Miners show mettle
The Union Staff
Despite fighting against weather issues throughout the week, the Nevada Union snowboarding team returned from the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Meet at Mammoth Mountain last week with plenty of individual and team hardware.
The Miners finished just 24 points behind Central II Division rival North Tahoe for a second-place team finish, with seniors Doug Potter and Drew Kremple and junior Caitlin Chase being named all-state snowboarders.
“We walked away with our chins up, incredibly proud of this team,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said. “Competition is so unbelievably stiff now – it’s amazing how many good racers were at the state meet.”
And three of those racers wore Miner bibs.
Chase took home second place in the slalom, fifth in the giant slalom and third place overall. Her teammate, Kremple, was fifth in the slalom, third in the giant slalom and fourth overall to cap off her career with her best state meet.
Potter finished his high school career placing seventh in the slalom, fifth in the giant slalom – good enough for fourth overall. The top 10 male and female racers were named to the all-state team.
“It’s nice to see Drew and Doug go out together as all-state racers,” Smith said. “Drew really put down some nice solid runs and surprised some girls on raceboards. In the giant slalom, she took a slightly rounder line than most of the girls on raceboards and with her smooth riding style, was sneaky fast.”
The snowboarders did manage two slalom runs March 8, but just one run in the giant slalom the next day. Smith was given the honor of setting up the second giant slalom run Thursday, but saw times where he could barely see the gates because of the weather as he went down the course.
Chase’s fifth place in the giant slalom was particularly impressive as she discovered a crack in her snowboard the night before the race. She was able to borrow a board from teammate Evan Peake, took one run on it before the race and finished fifth.
Lisa Pichitino scored points for the Miners in the slalom with a 14th-place finish in addition, with Tanzi Lampert taking 22nd in the giant slalom to put her points to the team total.
After the first day of races, the Miner girls trailed the Mount Shasta girls by just three points. The final margin grew to just 13 points after the giant slalom.
Along with Potter, Peake and Jared Olson scored points in the slalom with Potter, Olson and Marco Maynard earning points in the giant slalom. Maynard finished 12th, with Peake taking 42nd after starting as No. 95 seed.
“The different between us and North Tahoe was 24 points and that’s probably only like a matter of five seconds throughout two days of racing with six racers and 18 total runs,” Smith said.
The six members of the second place Nevada Union snowboard squad will participate in the outdoor snowboarding performance taking place tonight in Nevada City as part of the premier of the movie First Descent. The movie will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, with the outdoor performance, with mainly professional riders, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Bonanza Market parking lot.
2nd -Caitlin Chase, 47.49
5th – Drew Kremple, 49.77
14th – Lisa Pichitino, 54.18
27th – Tanzi Lampert, 56.91
28th – Allyssa Fennelly, 57.12
37th – Chelsea Ulinski, 59.72
7th – Doug Potter, 46.19
42nd – Evan Peake, 53.82
60th – Jared Olson, 55.69
65th – Jordan Golnik, 56.90
78th – Austin Baker, 58.63
101st – Marco Maynard, 1:06.10
3rd – Kremple, 55.96
5th – Chase, 57.25
22nd – Lampert, 1:04.04
25th – Fennell, 1:04.93
38th – Pichitino, 1:08.97
43rd – Ulinski, 1:09.87
5th – Potter, 47.58
12th – Maynard, 51.50
57th – Olson, 1:00.04
63rd – Golnik, 1:00.81
76th – Peake, 1:03.25
DSQ – Baker
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