Whittell alpine ski places 3rd at Heavenly duals
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — At the second Tahoe Basin Ski League duals race in five days, the Whittell alpine ski team delivered its best performance of the season. The Warriors took third in the event held at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s World Cup, led by podium finishes from senior Michael Gardner and sophomore Madison Idso on the girls side.
Idso finished second in the girls’ bracket, losing to Incline’s Annika Hansen in the finals. The sophomore earned the second seed with a 24.24 in time trials.
After losing in the semifinals, Gardner bounced back to beat Incline’s Laurel Taylor for third place. In time trials the senior skied a 24.57 to earn the fourth seed.
Junior Kate Krolicki (20th, 30.64), senior Lauren George (30th, 38.59) and junior Jade Louis (31st, 43.72) were each eliminated in the first round Monday. The Warriors’ girls team placed second with 143 points, 31 shy of first-place Incline.
On the boys side, a pair of Whittell racers advanced to the second round — junior Matt Davis (12th, 26.50) and freshman Andrew Carlisle (30th, 31.73). Sophomore Kaven Peck (21st, 28.84), senior Logan Manchester (23rd, 29.02), junior Gabe Rusk (25th, 29.37) and freshman Warren Martineau (28th, 30.68) were each eliminated in the first round — junior Hilton Atherton (35th, 35.72) narrowly missed out on the bracket.
Whittell’s boys team placed fourth with 84 points, 25 shy of third-place North Tahoe. Douglas won the boys championship while Incline delivered the overall title.
In the junior varsity boys race, the Warriors sent three skiers down the hill led by freshman Jonathan Duffy (10th, 35.30). Noah Bachman-Dodge and freshman Dylan Kixmiller also raced JV for Whittell.
Whittell returns to action next Wednesday in a TBSL slalom race at Diamond Peak. The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
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