Boarder smokes her foes |

Boarder smokes her foes

Nevada Union senior snowboarder Drew Kremple had her mind made up well before the race – she was going to win, no question about it. But not only did Kremple go out and torch the rest of the girls field, she beat every last racer male or female to win the Central II Division slalom race Monday afternoon at Alpine Meadows.

Despite Kremple’s stellar race, the Nevada Union snowboarding team finished seven points behind rival North Tahoe to take second place. The Miners are now 55 points behind North Tahoe, with two more races remaining, making a Central II Division Championship an uphill fight.

“It’s a long shot, but I’ve seen stranger things happen,” said Nevada Union coach Samson Smith.

Kremple has now won giant slalom and slalom races this season. Her time of 1 minute, 13.81 seconds beat the nearest racer, Tyler Turpin of North Tahoe, by nearly two seconds.

In addition to Kremple – Chelsea Ulinski, Allysa Fennelly and Lisa Pichitino all earned points for the Miners. Ulinski was seventh in 1:25.09, Fennelly and Pichitino finished 13th and 15th respectively with times of 1:28.78 and 1:30.31.

Junior Caitlin Chase finished uncharacteristically low (18th place) after taking a horrendous fall on her first run and being forced to hike 30 feet back uphill on her raceboard to go through a gate.

The Miners’ girls finished in a tie for first-place with North Tahoe.

In the boys race, the four Miners scoring points for the team all finished in the top 10, with Doug Potter coming away with second-place in 1:17.92. Austin Baker finished with a career-high fifth-place in 1:20.23.

“Austin was amazing,” Smith said. “He absolutely came out of nowhere and shocked me with his runs.”

Evan Peake, riding a new slalom board, took sixth in 1:21.42 with Jordan Golnik logging a 1:24.88 that was good enough for 10th. The boys team finished seven points behind the North Tahoe boys.

The Nevada Union junior varsity boys put on a show with four of the top five spots going to Miner snowboarders. Justin Stewart finished first in 1:23.11 with Cory George, D.J. Ferguson and Eric Gillespie taking third, fourth and fifth places.

Nevada Union competes again at 10 a.m. Monday at Northstar in a giant slalom.

Individual Results:


1st – Drew Kremple, 1:13.81

7th – Chelsea Ulinski, 1:25.09

13th – Allysa Fennelly, 1:28.78

15th – Lisa Pichitino, 1:30.31

17th – Chloe Smith, 1:32.93

18th – Caitlin Chase, 1:33.96

25th – Tanzi Lampert, 1:40.52

31st – Katie Riley, 1:51.73


2nd – Doug Potter, 1:17.92

5th – Austin Baker, 1:20.23

6th – Evan Peake, 1:21.42

10th – Jordan Golnik, 1:24.88

14th – Andrew Metroka, 1:27.30

28th – Marco Maynard, 1:34.65

38th – Will Maillard, 1:44.73

43rd – Jared Olson, 1:57.36

Bear River snowboarding team shows improvement

Last week Bear River snowboarder Magan Streeter was unable to finish one of her runs, resulting in a disqualification with no points awarded. This week, however, she posted a ninth-place finish with a time of 1:25.50.

Also earning points were Dianna Paasch, who was 20th in 1:35.17, Brittnie Shepard, 24th in 1:39.59, and Lauren Tostado who finished 27th in 1:43.24.

The top Bear River finisher for the boys team was Robbie Stoddart taking 1:28.95 for 18th place. Lars Nielsen was 22nd, with Drew Goodrow 27th and Sean Carney 33rd.

Bear River will also compete again at 10 a.m. Monday at Northstar in a giant slalom.

Individual Results:


9th – Magan Streeter, 1:25.50

20th – Dianna Paasch, 1:35.17

24th – Brittnie Shepard, 1:39.59

27th – Lauren Tostado, 1:43.24

40th – Danielle Morrissey, 3:45.35


18th – Robbie Stoddart, 1:28.95

22nd – Lars Nielsen, 1:30.86

27th – Drew Goodrow, 1:32.99

33rd – Sean Carney, 1:40.53

36th – Ryan O’Neill, 1:43.81

40th – John Plagmeir, 1:49.68

46th – Brett Sanders, 2:06.44

DNF – Curt Tomczak

Bear River alpine team continues to work on state seeding times

With just six skiers on its alpine team, every member of the Bear River team will participate in the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski & Snowboard Federation Alpine Skiing State Championships in March. And with the pressure to qualify for state taken off their shoulders, the Bruins’ skiers continued to work on their times in a giant slalom at Sugar Bowl.

Junior Haley Ells was 12th in 2:29.85, with Katie and Kelly Zilch turning in times of 2:47.67 and 4:11.03, respectively for 28th and 35th places.

Finishing closely together for the boys were Wade Corbett and Mike Scinto, who ended up 29th and 31st, respectively in 2:53.43 and 2:54.58.

“Casey Thorne skied with a broken arm and finished in 3:21.49,” said Bear River coach Janis Serrano said. “He had to take it easy, but it was pretty amazing once he decided to do it.”

The Bruins have their last Central II Division race of the season at 10 a.m. Monday at Boreal for a slalom.


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