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Miners heat up slopes, take team combined

Nevada Union’s snowboard team mowed down the competition in the second-to-last slalom race of the regular season Monday.

Nevada Union won the event with an overall score of 281 points and now has qualified eight snowboarders – four boys, and four girls – for next month’s state finals.

Bear River took third with a combined score of 217 points. The Bruins will send three boys and two girls to the big dance.

For the girls, NU grabbed the top three spots.

“The girls just stepped up to the plate,” said NU coach Dale Knight. “We paid more attention to the girls’ practices, and they showed they were listening.”

Amelia Herrera turned in a combined time of 1 minute, 8.79 seconds to take first. Julie Bottrell (second, 1:12.53), Tori Orlowski (third, 1:15.41) and Tiffany Hopkins (12th, 1:21.81) will join Herrera at the state meet.

Alison Martin (11th, 1:51.48), Pam Huntington (13th, 1:22.05) and Karly Powell (19th, 1:34.11) also competed for the Lady Miners.

For Bear River, Rebecca Cross (14th, 1:23.64) and Kate Wellmon (18th, 1:31.42) qualified for the state meet. Amanda Gonzalez turned in a 1:21.07 to finish ninth.

NU’s Nolan Hale won the boys’ race with a time of 1:01.37.

He’ll be joined by fellow Miners Joe Kremple (fifth, 1:07.55), Rion Toal (ninth, 1:08.70) and Jimmy Rothschild (15th, 1:11.70) at state.

Gabe Cashman, who went into the race with a broken arm, took 26th with a time of 1:22.55 despite a fall. Danny Lake finished 31st for the Miners (1:24.81).

Bear River’s Casey Aherns (third, 1:06.31), Jacob Ells (eighth, 1:08.26) and Jon Hoag (16th, 1:13.69) earned spots in the state final. Benje Williams (14th, 1:11.46), Luke Laresh (20th, 1:19.12), Leif Nielson (25th, 1:22.07), Chris Streeter (30th, 1:23.85) and Zack Woodward (33rd, 1:32.35) rounded out Bear River’s racers.

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