Whittell alpine ski’s Idso, Norton deliver third-place finishes at Heavenly duals
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A pair of third-place individual finishes for the Whittell alpine ski team helped the Warriors do the same last Tuesday, Jan. 19. Whittell junior Madison Idso and sophomore Payton Norton each took third in Tahoe Basin Ski League duals at Heavenly Mountain Resort, leading the team to a top-three finish for the first time this season.
As a team, Whittell placed third with 218 points behind event winner South Tahoe (305) and second-place Douglas (250). The Warriors’ girls team also cracked the top three, finishing with 105 points in the first TBSL duals race of the season.
Idso took third by beating Douglas’ Tara Cottrill to reach the podium. The junior lost to eventual champion Belle Johnson of Incline in the semifinals.
Norton earned his podium finish win a win over Truckee’s Noah Williams for third. He also lost to the eventual winner — Truckee’s Max Wingard — in the semifinals, and advanced there with a pair of wins over South Tahoe opponents.
Freshman Gunnar Barnwell was the only other Warriors’ skier to win a race Tuesday, advancing to the second round. Senior Matt Davis, junior Kai Mangiaracina and junior Kevin Peck lost their openers in the boys bracket while juniors Cameron Ceglia, Marissa Maidman and Annalisa Mortellaro each fell in the first round on the girls side.
Five days earlier, Norton led Whittell by finishing atop the podium. The sophomore took first in slalom at Alpine Meadows, helping the Warriors’ boys team to a third-place result.
Norton won the race with a combined time of 1:25.9. Whittell scored 174 points, and took third behind Truckee (197) and South Tahoe (190).
Barnwell also produced a top-10 finish on Kangaroo, placing ninth by skiing a 1:30.2. Davis (21st, 1:39.9) and Peck (23rd, 1:44.4) earned points for the Warriors while Mangiaracina, sophomore Bastion Elkins, sophomore Andrew Carlisle and senior Chris Evans also completed both runs.
On the girls side, senior Kate Krolicki produced Whittell’s top performance last Thursday — she finished 16th with a time of 1:52.6. Ceglia (28th, 2:13.8), junior Gigi Stetler (30th, 2:16.1) and freshman Lilly Jacobson (32nd, 2:17.4) also earned points for the Warriors.
South Tahoe returns to action Monday, Jan. 25, for duals at Heavenly. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
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