Warriors, Vikings hold their own in TBL
North Tahoe and Truckee may dominate the high school Alpine skiing circuit, but area teams Whittell and South Tahoe continue to make inroads toward breaking the North Shore’s vise-like grip on the Tahoe Basin League for the 1999 season.
Take Wednesday’s slalom race at Mammoth Mountain, for example. The Vikings and Warriors finished third and fourth in the overall standings, and placed several racers among the top 15 on both the girls and boys competitions.
“With us, it’s more of a ‘who can be there for this race?’ thing, said South Tahoe coach Mike Shreve, whose girls placed second and boys second. “That’s been our biggest challenge this season. We were one and two at the first race of the season. There are three keys to success: show up, stand up and ski fast.”
Speed racer Jamie Hansen led area girls with a second-place finish for the Vikes, while Laura Giordano (ninth), Amelia Edwards (10th), Beth Kirkland (13th), Katy Orr (14th) rounded out the STHS contingent in the top 15. Alexis Rudd (20th) and Janae Apland (23rd) also posted excellent finishes for South Tahoe.
Chris McKean paced the Viking boys by nailing down third overall, while Jon McKean (ninth), Thrace Ramsey (12th), Chris Mokowski (17th), Nick Abelow (18th), Cory Harris (19th) and Toby O’Brien (21st) contributed to the team’s second-place showing.
Truckee topped the overall competition, winning the boys races and finishing third with their girls team. The Wolverines were followed closely by North Tahoe in second place. The Lakers, however, lead the season standings with 22 points, with Truckee posting 21.
The Whittell Alpine team, featuring mostly underclassmen, continues to show promise under coach Mike Kiger. The Warriors finished fourth out of the six-team boys field Wednesday and tied for fifth in the girls slalom.
“I think we had four boys in the top 16. For us, that’s pretty good,” said Kiger of his young squad. Whittell racers Ben Johnson, Micheal Kiger, Sean Weatherston and Bret Schussel finished 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively, out of the 65-racer field. “We should be competitive for a couple years. If we keep improving each week, I think we’ll be just OK.”
Whittell skier Corky Novotny, a frequent Far West competitor, finished fourth overall in just her second high school race of the season. The Thompson sisters, Mia and Zoe, rounded out top Warriors with 21st- and 27th-place performances, respectively.
Both Whittell and South Tahoe will have an opportunity to show their stuff for South Shore spectators Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a TBL Alpine event at Heavenly Ski Resort. The skiers will get to race on the mountain’s famous World Cup Run. Fans are encouraged to attend and will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies offered by Heavenly and Harveys.
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