Miners dominate on slopes
Nevada Union snowboard coach Samson Smith called his team’s giant slalom race Monday afternoon at Sugar Bowl one of his favorite competitions in recent memory.
Don’t get him wrong – he wouldn’t mind winning by 100 points – but his team’s two-point finish in front of rival North Tahoe to take the Central II Division race, along the type of performances he saw from his snowboarders, was one to remember.
For the second competition in a row, Nevada Union snowboarders finished first in both the boys and girls races. Senior Doug Potter won the boys race by nearly four seconds, finishing in 1 minute, 13.57 seconds with junior Caitlin Chase taking the girls title in 1:16.83, close to three seconds faster than the second-place girls finisher.
“It was a big win for Caitlin,” Smith said. “You don’t see people win by three seconds very often. And if you look at the overall results, she was the second fastest racer on the hill in regard to both boys and girls.”
Colfax’s Brian Kirkegaard, the second-place finisher in the boys race, finished in 1:17.44.
Seven of Nevada Union’s boys finished in the top 15, with three finishing in the top 10. At the end of the day, the Miners finished six points behind a North Tahoe boys team that saw four of its eight racers finish in the top eight.
Smith was impressed with sophomore Marco Maynard’s fifth-place finish along with another sophomore, Jared Olson, who finished 10th. Maynard, who was a state qualifier last year, and Smith had a long talk after training on Saturday about the tactics of racing that paid off and much of Olson’s speed came after recently adjusting his bindings.
The Nevada Union girls team had an excellent day on the hill, placing four of its snowboarders in the top eight, with six finishing in the top 11. The Miner girls beat the North Tahoe girls by eight points, giving the boys and girls teams a combined two-point win.
“That’s what saved us – the girls were really strong,” Smith said.
The Miner’s next race is at 10 p.m. Monday at most likely Squaw Valley.
1st – Doug Potter, 1:13.57
5th – Marco Maynard, 1:21.91
10th – Jared Olson, 1:24.75
12th – Austin Baker, 1:25.13
13th – Jordan Golnik, 1:25.44
14th – Evan Peake, 1:25.90
15th – Justin Stewart, 1:25.95
48th – Andrew Metroka, DSQ
1st – Caitlin Chase, 1:16.83
3rd – Drew Kremple, 1:20.59
7th – Allysa Fennelly,1:26.44
8th – Lisa Pichitino, 1:28.33
10th – Tanzi Lampert, 1:29.57
11th – Chelsea Ulinski, 1:29.98
20th – Katie Riley, 1:36.77
26th – Chloe Smith, 1:43.49
Bear River snowboarding takes fifth
The Bear River snowboarding team finished fifth in the giant slalom race at Sugar Bowl, having compiled 195 points.
Bear River’s boys finished fourth with John Plagmeir leading the way with a 16th place finish in a time of 1:25.98. Curt Tomczak, Ryan O’Neill and Lars Nielsen were the other snowboarders who earned points for the team.
Leading the way again for the short-handed Bruin girls team was Magan Streeter coming in 13th with a time of 1:30.69. Dianna Paasch, Lauren Tostado and Danielle Morrissey scored points for the team as well.
16th – John Plagmeir, 1:25.98
21st – Curt Tomczak, 1:28.19
25th – Ryan O’Neill, 1:28.95
26th – Lars Nielsen, 1:29.77
29th – Robbie Stoddart, 1:31.64
31st – Drew Goodrow, 1:31.92
32nd – Mike Dydiw, 1:33.18
38th – Aaron Serrano, 1:35.05
13th -Magan Streeter, 1:30.69
23rd – Dianna Paasch, 1:39.11
32nd – Lauren Tostado, 1:58.43
41st – Danielle Morrissey, 3:23.56
Bear River alpine ski team at Northstar
The Bear River alpine ski team took a fairly small squad to Northstar for a Central II Division Slalom race.
But despite the disadvantage in numbers, Bear River coach Janis Serrano felt her team had a pretty good day of races.
Junior Haley Ells finished in 2:04.16 to take 12th place with Katie and Kelly Zilch finishing 23rd and 32rd with times of 2:24.04 and 3:43.07.
Mike Scinto, a freshman, led the boys team with a 27th place finish in 2:31.83 with Casey Thorne taking 2:34.61 to complete the course for 29th place. Freshman Wade Corbett missed a gate and was disqualified.
“I thought Mike Scinto really improved,” Serrano said. ” These were probably his fastest times and his formed look good. Things are coming together for him.”
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