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Miners just miss 4th title

Samson Smith said it from the beginning of the season.

If Nevada Union’s snowboard team was to win its fourth consecutive Central Division II championship this season, the Miners must edge out the competition in a very tight race.

NU’s head coach was correct, but the Miners just missed a four-peat Monday, winning the slalom competition at Homewood Ski Resort, but falling a mere two points shy of Colfax for the season series championship.



Colfax claimed the title by totaling 1,851 team points. The Miners managed 1,849 for second place.

How close is two points?




“Basically, we lost the title by a quarter of a second – or 27 one-hundreths of a second to be exact,” Smith said. “Moving up one place is a two-point swing.”

Had NU reversed its placing with a Falcon boarder, as in one case which a Miner boarder finished 0.27 seconds behind a Colfax competitor, the season standings would have finished in a stalemate.

“Needless to say, it was a heart-breaker when we added up the points,” Smith said. “That was especially true, considering the kids had made up nearly 50 points (in the standings) over the past two races.”

NU trailed both Colfax and North Tahoe by eight points in the team standings, heading into Monday’s competition. North Tahoe, however, fell out of contention with a sixth-place finish at Homewood.

NU was led by Drew Kremple’s first-place finish in the girls’ slalom, after she clocked the fastest time on each the blue course (43.48 seconds) and clocked a combined time of 1:29.73. Colfax’s Natalie Martin was second in 1:32.47, while Bear River’s Kristen Lawton landed in third place with a time of 1:38.11.

Sara Graham (1:43.24) and Kristen Glaze (1:43.53) took seventh and eighth places, respectively, for the Miners. NU’s Allison Martin finished 12th and Allyssa Fennelly 15th.

On the boys’ side, NU’s Manel Machado carved out a combined 1:30.70, taking second place, while teammate Doug Potter took third in 1:31.66. Colfax’s Robert Dawson was the winner in 1:25.04.

Bear River was led by Luke LaRash’s ninth-place finish (1:38.72), while NU’s Oren Hovemann (10th) and the Bruins’ Jon Cosbie (11th) and Leif Nielsen (15th) also had strong showings.


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