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Whittell alpine ski opens season in Sierra-at-Tahoe GS

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Payton Norton, pictured at last year’s Tahoe Basin Ski League State duals, finished 12th at the season-opening TBSL giant slalom event Dec. 8.
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2015-16 Whittell Alpine Ski Schedule

Dec. 9 Giant Slalom (at Sierra-at-Tahoe)

Jan. 7 Giant Slalom (at Mammoth Mountain)

Jan. 14 Slalom (at Alpine Meadows)

Jan. 19 Duals (at Heavenly)

Jan. 25 Duals (at Heavenly)

Feb. 3 Slalom (at Diamond Peak)

Feb. 10 Zone Duals (at Alpine Meadows)

Feb. 23 State Giant Slalom/Slalom (at Alpine Meadows)

Feb. 24 State Duals (at Diamond Peak)

Home events in bold

TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — The Whittell alpine ski team opened its 2015-16 campaign on the South Shore in the first Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the season Dec. 9. The Warriors raced in the giant slalom event at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, highlighted by a 12th-place finish from sophomore Payton Norton.

Norton was Whittell’s top individual finisher in the season-opening event, placing 12th by skiing a 1:08.7. Incline’s Winston Pretti finished first with a time of 1:02.6 while North Tahoe won the boys team title.

Led by Norton, the Warriors finished sixth with 103 points — 94 behind the Lakers. Junior Kai Mangiaracina was Whittell’s next-best racer, placing 29th with a time of 1:17.7.

Seniors Gabe Rusk (40th, 1:24.5) and Hilton Atherton (43rd, 1:33.5) also earned points for Whittell at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Sophomore Andrew Carlisle (46th, 1:37.0) completed each of his two runs while senior Matt Davis, junior Kaven Peck and freshman Gunnar Barnwell all earned DNFs.

On the girls side, junior Cameron Ceglia led the way by skiing a 1:39.1 to finish in 34th place. North Tahoe’s Magnolia Neu finished first overall with a time of 1:06.9 and Truckee took home the girls team crown.

As a team, the Warriors finished in seventh with 48 points. Whittell took five skiers to the race, and were hurt by a pair of disqualifications — including one on a run by junior Madison Idso.

Two racers also earned points for Whittell in its season opener. Freshman Lilly Jacobson took 44th with a time of 1:57.8 and junior Marissa Maidman placed one spot behind her by skiing a 1:59.8.

Whittell returns to the slopes on Jan. 7 in a TBSL giant slalom race at Mammoth Mountain. The Warriors have nine races this season, concluding with State on Feb. 23-24.

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