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Giant sucess – photo gallery and video included

Stacy Hicklin
Sports writer

TRUCKEE ” She came flying down the course with her braided hair moving ever so slightly underneath her helmet as she carefully maneuvered between the flags.

After slowing down her momentum and finding the way to the side of the course, Nevada Union snowboarder Drew Kremple collapsed in the snow with a smile the size of Texas stretched across her face.

It was hard to tell which she was more excited about ” her blazing 1:05.61 on the red course or the extra length of the course she was able to speed through.

For the first time in two years, the Central II Division coaches created an extra long giant slalom run for their race at Northstar Monday morning ” a course that was wide open thus giving racers a great chance to get out an ride fast. Kremple, a senior, admitted it was the most tired she remembered feeling after a race, but her times for the day were far from reflecting that feeling.

Kremple won her third division race of the season, beating out North Tahoe’s Kaitlin McMurchie by nearly a second. McMurchie finished in 2:11.03 with Kremple crossing the line with a combined course time of 2:10.20. Nevada Union’s Caitlin Chase finished an eyelash behind McMurchie in 2:11.07.

“She really smoked that blue course,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said referring to Kremple’s time of 1:04.59, which was the fastest girls run of the day. “Drew knows when to step up.”

This was the division’s final giant slalom race of the year. Only the two best races count for individual points and with Kremple taking first in the first giant slalom race of the year as well, she finished as the No. 1 girls giant slalom racer in the division ” something that will give her an excellent seeding at the state race.

Nevada Union’s Tanzi Lampert also turned in an impressive performance with her sixth-place finish in 2:16.04, with Smith noting she may have improved her starting time at state by 50 to 60 places. Lisa Pichitino also scored points for the Miners with a run of 2:19.93 for ninth place. The Miner girls beat the North Tahoe girls by two points.

The Nevada Union boys team also ran one of its best races of the year finishing six points behind North Tahoe, resulting in a second-place finish for Nevada Union as a whole.

Senior standout Doug Potter finished second by just half a second, even after boarding through a minor fall on one of his runs. He finished in 2:00.34 with North Tahoe’s Gavin Lura winning in 1:59.61.

But perhaps the story of the day for the Miner boys was the third-place finish from sophomore Marco Maynard.

Maynard flew out of the gates to post a 58.86 on the red course, a time that ended up to be the fastest time from the boys all race. He came in a tad slower in his second run and was edged by hundredths of a second by Potter, finishing in 2:00.45.

This season has been one of ups and downs for Maynard who began the season sick with salmonella poisoning after returning from Spain, had various equipment struggles and was actually battling some sickness during the race.

“It’s been a rough year off and on, but I think I finally settled in with my board,” Maynard said. “I think that was the best I’ve ever rode, but I do feel like I still have faster times in me.”

Jared Olson and Austin Baker also scored points for the Miners with eighth and ninth place finishes. Olson was also battling illness, but wanted the race for his points toward state and raced anyway.

With just one division race remaining this season, the Miners have already turned their sights to the state meet ” with North Tahoe ahead by 59 points and barring any catastrophic collapse, the Miners will finish second to them in the division.

Smith noted the marked improvement in the race for more than half of his racers. He is optimistic that he will send 13-15 of his 16 varsity racers to the state meet.

The young Bear River squad finished fifth, with Magan Streeter finishing 19th in 2:29.81 and John Plagmeir in 20th in 2:15.81.

“We’ll have almost everyone coming back again next year so we’re starting to look toward the future and it looks pretty good,” Bear River coach Tom Kelley said

Both teams will finish the regular season Monday at Boreal in a slalom race.

To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

Nevada Union


1st ” Drew Kremple, 2:10.20

3rd ” Caitlin Chase, 2:11.07

6th ” Tanzi Lampert, 2:16.04

9th ” Lisa Pichitino, 2:19.93

12th ” Chelsea Ulinski, 2:22.29

14th ” Allysa Fennelly, 2:24.09

17th ” Katie Riley, 2:26.58

22nd ” Chloe Smith, 2:31.99


2nd ” Doug Potter, 2:00.34

3rd ” Marco Maynard, 2:00.45

8th ” Jared Olson, 2:09.73

9th ” Austin Baker, 2:09.89

14th ” Evan Peake, 2:13.45

17th ” Will Maillard, 2:15.47

24th ” Jordan Golnik, 2:17.88

DNF ” Justin Stewart

Bear River


19th ” Megan Streeter, 2:29.81

25th ” Dianna Paasch, 2:36.16

29th ” Brittnie Shepard, 2:43.91

33rd ” Lauren Tostado, 2:52.19

43rd ” Danielle Morrissey, 5:57.89


20th ” John Plagmeir, 2:15.81

21st ” Drew Goodrow, 2:17.04

22nd ” Aaron Serrano, 2:17.31

26th ” Ryan O’Neill, 2:18.05

28th ” Robbie Stoddart, 2:19.08

34th ” Curt Tomczak, 2:21.83

40th ” Joey Rumsey, 2:25.12

47th ” Lars Nielsen, 2:32.09

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