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Local Roundup: Miner boarders earn win as a team

The Nevada Union snowboarding team came away with a dominating win to finish the Central II Division race season, taking home a team win in a slalom at Boreal along with two individual wins.

Nevada Union’s Caitlin Chase not only won the girls race, but posted the best overall combined time finishing the course in 1 minute, 14.06 seconds. She was nearly a second faster than the best boy finisher – her teammate Doug Potter who cruised along to another first place in 1:15.29.

“Caitlin’s a hammer,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said.



With the win, Chase is in the mix to be the No. 1 slalom racer in the division with final results still being tabulated. The division’s No. 1 giant slalom racer, Nevada Union’s Drew Kremple, finished third in the race in 1:19.39 – even with a fall on the tricky blue course.

Kremple was not the only snowboarder to have trouble on the blue course.




“There were lots of falls on the blue course, but they weren’t unrecoverable,” Smith said. “By the middle of the boys race there was some pretty good ice forming at the top of the run.”

Also earning points for the team were Tanzi Lampert and Lisa Pichitino, finishing in eighth and 10th places, respectively, in 1:25.72 and 1:27.83.

Potter’s first-place finish put him in the running for the title of No. 1 slalom racer in the division. His teammate Marco Maynard, a sophomore, put together back-to-back stellar races, coming in third again this week in 1:17.16.

Jared Olson came up with an excellent finish in seventh place to help his state qualifying aspirations, with Austin Baker’s 10th-place finish rounding out the team points for the boys team.

The Miners experienced a bit of a scare as sophomore Evan Peake took a nasty fall on the blue course, flying upside down 6 feet off the ground and landing on his shoulder. He got up, however, and still finished 27th in 1:29.95.

Going into the final division race, the Miners trailed rival North Tahoe by 59 points, but with their 42-point win, came dangerously close to pulling a major last-second upset for a division title.

“We had a great race today, the kids were really jazzed,” Smith said. “Everyone needed to do well and they did. Last year I think we might have peaked too early, but now I think we’re peaking at the right time and carrying a lot of momentum into state.”

The Miners compete at the state championships March 8-9 at Mammoth Mountain.

Individual Results:

Girls

1st – Caitlin Chase, 1:14.06

3rd – Drew Kremple, 1:19.39

8th – Tanzi Lampert, 1:25.72

10th – Lisa Pichitino, 1:27.83

11th – Chelsea Ulinski, 1:27.85

13th – Allysa Fennelly, 1:29.59

19th – Chloe Smith, 1:38.72

32nd – Katie Riley, 1:57.07

Boys

1st – Doug Potter, 1:15.29

3rd – Marco Maynard, 1:17.16

7th – Jared Olson, 1:22.23

10th – Austin Baker, 1:22.83

12th – Jordan Golnik, 1:23.37

27th – Evan Peake, 1:29.95

31st – Will Maillard, 1:31.65

37th – Andrew Metroka, 1:35.86

Three Bear River boy snowboarders finished in the top 20 in their final division race of the season.

John Plagmeir and Robbie Stoddart ended up 15th and 16th, ending with times just hundredths of seconds apart. Plagmeir was timed in 1:26.16 and Stoddart in 1:26.19. Teammate Aaron Serrano was 20th in 1:27.13.

Also earning points for the Bruins was Ryan O’Neill in 26th.

In the girls race, the Bruins’ top racer Magan Streeter did not finish on the blue course, which meant all four of the other snowboarders’ times had to count for team points.

Dianna Paasch finished 22nd in 1:42.13 with Brittnie Shepard and Lauren Tostado finishing back-to-back in 28th and 29th places, respectively, in 148. 10 and 1:48.76. Danielle Morrissey was clocked in 3:52.86.

Girls

22nd – Dianna Paasch, 1:42.13

28th – Brittnie Shepard, 1:48.10

29th – Lauren Tostado, 1:48.76

40th – Danielle Morrissey, 3:52.86

DNF – Magan Streeter

Boys

15th – John Plagmeir, 1:26.16

16th – Robbie Stoddart, 1:26.19

20th – Aaron Serrano, 1:27.13

26th – Ryan O’Neill, 1:29.70

30th – Drew Goodrow, 1:30.89

32nd – Curt Tomczak, 1:32.36

38th – Lars Nielsen, 1:40.17

DNF – Sean Carney

Coaches may submit game reports for the Local Roundup by calling The Union at 477-4240.


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