Whittell’s Norton wins Diamond Peak GS; Warriors race in TBSL regular season finale
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Payton Norton won his second Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the season Wednesday, Feb. 3 — and did so by the narrowest of margins. The sophomore finished first in the Diamond Peak giant slalom race, winning by a margin of two-hundredths of a second.
Norton skied a 1:05.79 at Diamond Peak, edging South Tahoe’s Alec Jobbins for the victory. He led Whittell’s boys team to a fifth-place finish in the league’s regular season finale.
Freshman Gunnar Barnwell was the Warriors’ next-best finisher, placing 14th by skiing a 1:12.44. Junior Kaven Peck (21st, 1:18.18) and senior Matt Davis (24th, 1:19.37) earned points for Whittell while junior Kai Mangiaracina, sophomore Bastion Elkins and sophomore Andrew Carlisle also completed the GS run.
On the girls side, junior Madison Idso was the Warriors’ top finisher. Idso took fifth with a time of 1:11.77, leading Whittell to 114 points and a sixth-place finish.
Junior Cameron Ceglia (32nd, 1:36.06), freshman Lilly Jacobson (37th, 1:40.32) and junior Elin Bjurstam (40th, 1:48.87) finished in the points for the Warriors. Junior Marisa Maidman and Annalisa Mortellaro rounded out Whittell’s contingent at Diamond Peak.
Whittell returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 10, for zone duals at Alpine Meadows. State races are scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24.