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Whittell’s Norton tops podium at TBSL Heavenly slalom, Warriors boys place third

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Payton Norton slides down Heavenly Mountain Resort’s World Cup in a Tahoe Basin Ski League race Monday, Jan. 25. Norton won the boys individual title, the Warriors’ first of the season.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Whittell’s Payton Norton delivered a first for the Warriors’ alpine ski team Monday, Jan. 25, at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The sophomore won the Tahoe Basin Ski League slalom race on World Cup, claiming the team’s first individual title of the season.

Norton won the boys race by more than a second while skiing a 50.00 over two runs. He was in first after the opening run with a time of 27.04.

Led by its standout sophomore, Whittell scored 180 points and finished third in the boys standings behind South Tahoe (200) and Douglas (184). Freshman Gunnar Barnwell came in sixth for the Warriors, delivering the team’s next-best performance by skiing a 53.82.

Junior Kaven Peck (15th, 1:02.50) and senior Gabe Rusk (28th, 1:22.24) also scored points for Whittell on Monday. Sophomore Andrew Carlisle (29th, 1:25.43) was the only other Warriors skier to complete his runs on the boys side — senior Matt Davis and junior Kai Mangiaracina were each disqualified.

On the girls side, junior Madison Idso led the Warriors with an 18th-place finish. Idso was in fourth after a first-run time of 29.53, but dropped with a combined total of 1:10.21 after her second run.

Senior Kate Krolicki was Whittell’s next-best racer, skiing to 21st with a time of 1:12.87. Freshman Lilly Jacobson (31st, 1:33.89) and junior Cameron Ceglia (33rd, 1:38.55) rounded out the Warriors’ top four — as a team they placed sixth on World Cup.

Whittell is back in action Wednesday, Feb. 3, for giant slalom at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. The TBSL regular season finale precedes zone duals Feb. 10 and state races Feb. 23-24.

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