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Local Roundup: NU nordic skiers slide past competition

When the storm gods took a break late last week, the Nevada Union Nordic skiers took advantage of it.

Traveling to Mammoth Lakes and the Tamarack Ski Center, the team raced a 6-kilometer classic ski course under blue skies and on fresh powder. The conditions apparently suited the team, as evidenced by their excellent finishes.

In the Boys Open Division, junior Joe Rodrigues finished the two-lap course through rolling forested terrain in 28:57, securing himself an eighth place finish. Exchange student Hirofumi Suwa and Cole Paquette finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in 33:40 and 34:15. Kyle Riordan (41:15) took 18th place and freshman Gunnar Wambaugh (41:51) finished 19th.

Skiing in the Girls Open Division, junior Kelsey Brennan flew through the course, capturing the top finish for Nevada Union with a sixth place finish in 33:07. Teammate Peggy McBride-Henslee (36:15) finished in 16th place.

Tess Engel (41:06) came in 24th and just behind, Katelyn McGee (41:36) finished 25th. Molly Hardesty-Moore (42:05) finished in 26th place, just ahead of teammate Kirstie Williams (42:09) who took 27th. Exchange student Cecillie Larsen (42:26) finished in 28th place, and Kelsey Parker (44:56) skied in to a 29th place finish.

Coach Adam Lawrence said it was a very successful day for the team.

“I think today’s showing was the team’s best yet,” he said, “and I think we’re just going to get better and better.”

The Nevada Union Nordic Ski team races next at North Tahoe High School on Friday. The race is a duathlon, consisting of a 3K classic race followed by a 3K pursuit skate race.

Alpine Skiing

Miners tie with Blue Devils

Nevada Union placed four skiers among the top 20 in both boys and girls Central Division II competition Monday at Sugar Bowl for the giant slalom competition, which allowed the Miners to wrap up competition in a tie for first place with Davis at 365-365.

“We were sitting with a real comfortable lead after the first run but the competition and the mountain had their own plans,” said NU coach Ken Ramirez. “Placer, Quincy, and Colfax have new coaches that are building strong programs and their athletes cranked up the heat to finish in high point spots closing the gap and threatening the lead.

“Then the mountain grabbed hold of Patrick Chapple who was sitting in third place and plucked his ski off his boot and then reached out and slapped Mac Lujan over into a slide. He was able to pop back up but his time was affected. It was enough to let Davis High School swish up and finish the race sharing first place with Nevada Union.”

For the NU boys, Scott Valentine was the top finisher, claiming seventh in a two-run time of 2:12.67, while Eric Green was ninth in 2:16.54. Lujan (2:17.14) finished 11th while Brian Biersdorff (2:18.10) was 12th.

Marnie McDowell was the top finisher for the Lady Miners, taking ninth in 2:17.25. Quinlan Grim (2:19.68) was 12th, Kendra Green (2:21.71) 15th and Olivia McDowell (2:23.76) 16th.

Dwelles lead Bruins at Sugar Bowl

Kaitlyn Dwelle finished 17th out of 40 overall with a combined time of 2:24:30 and Scott Dwelle placed 33rd out of 51 with a combined time of 2:38.51 to serve as Bear River’s top finishers in the girls and boys races, respectively, Monday at Sugar Bowl.

“The athletes were able to enjoy a fantastic giant slalom course on Sugar Bowl’s Mactavish run today,” said Bear River coach Janis Serrano. “It was nice and long with lots of terrain changes.”

Bear River’s Katie deLaveaga hit a rut that popped her ski off on the second run, after sitting in 23rd place following her first run.

Tim Wong came in 38th with a combined time of 2:59.24 for the Bruin boys. Right on his heels was Shane Weathers placing 39th with a combined time of 3:00.13, only hundredths away from Wong. Rounding it out for Bear River was Tyler Marshall, 42nd, with a combined time of 3:14.79. 

The next Central Division II race is the Monday, Feb. 8, slalom at Boreal.


NU, North Tahoe tie for 2nd

In a tight finish to the Central II Division giant slalom competition, Nevada Union ended Monday’s meet at Alpine Meadows knotted up with North Tahoe in second place 242-242.

Colfax came through with the win by totaling 262 team points.

“Colfax laid down som pretty good runs,” said NU coach Samson Smith. “They had four guys in the top 10 and that’s pretty tough to beat.”

NU’s boys were led by Lucas Price’s fourth-place finish, but only after he suffered a crash that broke his board in two places during a practice run. Fortunately for Price, his coach happened to have exactly the same board on his feet – although he normally rides a different board – which allowed a quick change of the bindings before competition began.

“Two practice runs on a board he’d never ridden and he takes fourth place in 1:09.94,” Smith said.

Tyler Guenter finished 10th for NU in 1:12.73, while Jeff Murray (1:13.16) was 12th and Zach Curtaccio (1:15.63) took 16th. In addition to the point scorers, Smith was also pleased with the ride of freshman Andrew Scarafiotti, who was moved up from the Open division to the varsity level Monday.

“Today was his 13th day on a snowboard,” Smith said. “And he took 43rd. He’s a natural.”

For the Lady Miners, freshman Drew Bernadette posted her second top-10 finish of the year, clocking a two-run combined time of 1:18.24 or eighth place. Autumn Meinke was 23rd in 1:22.51, while Lizzie Edwards (1:26.82) was 28th and Paige Lampert (1:26.86) was 29th.

Snowboarding action resumes next Monday with slalom competition at Squaw Valley USA.

Girls Basketball

JV: Nevada Union 49, Roseville 39

Cheyenne Toney scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Remington Maxwell added eight points for the junior varsity Lady Miners Friday in Sierra Foothill League win over the visiting Tigers.

NU, which improved to 16-5 overall and 5-2 in the SFL, hosts Granite Bay Thursday.

Coaches may submit game reports via e-mail at bhamilton@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. daily.

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