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Whittell Alpine team finishes fifth

Tribune Staff Report

George Whittell High’s Alpine skiing team struggled to fifth place out of five teams in a Tahoe Basin League slalom race Wednesday at Mount Rose.

Corky Novotny finished highest among the Warriors, sixth, despite a second-run fall. After taking second place in the first run, Novotny fell early in her second descent but hiked up the hill and finished her run for the top 10 showing.

“She really tries hard and evidence is that she will climb and get through the gate,” said Whittell advisor Mike Kiger.

Jessica Gibbs was the only other Whittell female finisher, placing 19th in 2:37.97.

Truckee and North Tahoe battled for the top two places in combined, boys and girls. Truckee won the combined and girls titles while North Tahoe captured the boys division. Whittell was fifth in all three.

A pack of Whittell boys finished from 18th to 27th. Owen Brinkley was 18th, 2:21.58; Trevor Bartholomew, 19th, 2:26.55; Dan Fassenti, 21st, 2:30.27; Kris Ledbetter, 23rd, 2:33.47; Eric Sanders, 24th, 2:37.24; Jayde Haynes, 26th, 2:46.14; and Mitch Stromburg, 27th, 3:14.91.

“Last time we had a lot of DQs. This time we stressed finishing the course, and we improved on that,” Kiger said.

Whittell will compete in a slalom race next Wednesday at Kirkwood.

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