Depth helps lift NU ski team to 1st place
Monday’s slalom race at Boreal did not get off to the best of starts for the Nevada Union Alpine ski team, as two of the teams top skiers suffered setbacks that left things in limbo.
“When you have downhill racers competing against some of the fastest racers in the state,” said NU coach Ken Ramirez, “the top dogs push the envelope and one slight move in the wrong direction can send a skier sprawling or missing a gate.”
“I like to say that a team is as strong as its bench. Depth has been a critical factor for our team.”
That depth helped lift the Miners to another first-place finish in Monday’s slalom at Boreal.
Nevada Union’s No. 4 girl Kendra Green, slammed into a gate so hard it shattered her pole guard and then caught onto the gate and sent her spiraling. And then, to make things tougher on the Miners, No. 3 skier Quinlan Grim straddled a gate which resulted in a disqualification.
“Here comes the depth,” Ramirez said.
Marybeth Mondock and Erica Newman stepped up when needed and scored high enough to keep NU in first place overall, helping to bring the Miners to the end of an undefeated season and the Central II Division championship. Mondock took 13th in a combined time of 1:28.05, while Newman finished 21st in 1:36.30. They followed Marnie McDowell, who finished seventh (1:22.53), and Olivia McDowell (1:23.52), who took eighth for the Miners.
On the boys side, Pat Chapple brought home third place in 1:11.50, while Mac Lujan was seventh (1:16.33), Brian Biersdorff ninth (1:19.63) and Scott Valentine 12th (1:20.04).
Bear River’s boys were led by Scott Dwelle’s 37th place finish in 1:39.43. Tyler Craig, Shane Weathers and Tyler Marshall finished 45th, 46th and 47th, respectively, with combined times of 1:52.76, 1:55.33 and 2:05.12. After having to hike on his first run, Tim Wong finished 49th with a combined time of 2:29.43.
For the Bear River girls, Kaitlyn Dwelle was sitting 18th after her first run and then lost her ski toward the bottom of her second run resulting in a DNF.
Eleven Miners have qualified for the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championships, set for Mt. Shasta March 7-9. Marnie McDowell, Quinlan Grim, Kendra Green, Patrick Chapple, Mac Lujan, Scott Valentine, Eric Green and Brian Biersdorff each qualified in both the giant slalom and the slalom. Olivia McDowell, Marybeth Mondock and Robert Sekerek each qualified in the slalom.
“The teams in this division are some of the strongest in the state,” Ramirez said, “giving us a good idea of how things will stack up at Mount Shasta … when the top racers merge together to battle it out for a wide range of titles: Top Ten per venue, Top Women’s and Men’s Teams, and the coveted Combined Championship. Fingers are crossed and edges are sharpened.”
Nine more Miners are headed to the CNISSF state championships, as Nevada Union’s snowboard team has qualified six boys and three girls for the Mt. Shasta competition in March.
Zach Curtaccio, Tyler Guenter, Jeff Murray, Kolby Olson, Lucas Price and Ryan Zink have all qualified to compete in the giant slalom at states, along with NU girls Drew Bernadette, Paige Lampert and Autumn Meinke.
On Monday at Squaw Valley USA, however, the Miners were hard-pressed to keep pace with a hot Colfax team, which swept first through fifth places on the boys side.
“That’s basically a perfect score,” said NU coach Samson Smith. “It’s looking good, though, going into states. As a whole, our division is definitely solid. I feel like we will have more than one Central II team on the podium.”
If that’s the case, the Miners just might be one of them. In Monday’s slalom competition, Colfax won with 274 team points, with the Miners finishing second with 248 and North Tahoe third with 212.
Olson took sixth place for NU in 50.09 seconds and Price was eighth in 51.08. Guenter finished ninth (51.69) and Murray 13th (51.94). Andrew Scarafiotti, a first year boarder, took 33rd.
NU’s girls took sixth place, which meant Nevada Union as a team took third place overall.
Bernadette was the top finisher for NU girls in 55.70 seconds. Lizzie Edwards finished 28th (1:05.66), Meinke was 33rd (1:07.43) and Lampert 40th (1:13.74).
Next up for the NU boarders is the slalom race at Boreal next week, followed by a final slalom race at Alpine Meadows on Feb. 22.
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