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Grimes leads Bear River slope contingent at state

Bear River’s Matt Grimes set his sights pretty high going into the 2002 California/Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation championships at Mammoth Mountain Wednesday.

The senior alpine skier, who finished 38th and 18th in his previous two years in the state bracket, respectively, and was shooting for a spot in the top three this year, got his wish.



He took sixth in the giant slalom with a combined time of 91.36 seconds and second in the slalom (93.12), to finish second overall.




Bear River totaled 603 points to take fourth place in the boys competition. Mammoth won the boys alpine ski team event with 690 points.

“We were just so excited because we’re such a small team. I guess it’s quality instead of quantity,” said Bruin head coach Janis Serrano.

The Bruins finished 13th overall.

Bear River’s sophomore twins, Anthony and Timothy Green, also played a big role in the team’s success on the hill.

Anthony finished 22nd in the slalom (104.09) and 31st in the giant (99.36). Timothy was right behind, with a 107.90 (28th) in the slalom and a 99.64 (34th) in the giant.

Carl Payne took turned in a 103.76 in the giant slalom to take 43rd. Dustin Welch disqualified in the slalom.

Bear River’s sole female racer, Brianna Stoddart, finished 60th in the slalom and 77th in the giant.

Bear River’s snowboarders, led by Jon Hoag on the boys’ side and Kate Wellmon for the girls, took 22nd overall.

The Bruin boys scored 321 points to take 19th overall. The Lady Bruins totaled 320 points for 20th. Mt. Shasta swept the boys (685) and girls (684) snowboard competition en route to the title.

Hoag paced the Bruins with a 50th place in the slalom (75.81) and 77th in the giant (140.777).

Casey Aherns was timed at 76.66 in the slalom (57th) and 139.36 in the giant. Jacob Ells finished 54th in the giant (131.91) and 91st in the slalom (85.38).

Wellmon placed in top 50 in both events. She took 41st in the slalom (84.67) and 49th in the giant with a 147.64.

Rebecca Cross finished 72nd in the slalom (162.98) and 83rd in the giant (119.80). Kami Goodrow turned in a 106.97 (79th) in the slalom and a 188.68 in the giant for 82nd place.


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