Nevada Union boarders take third overall |

Nevada Union boarders take third overall

The Nevada Union snowboard team wasn’t daunted by wind on the mountain when they competed at the state competition at Mammoth Mountain.

The Miners strung together several strong runs to post a third-place finish in the combined totals. The girls team took third place and the boys finished fifth in the two-day event.

“It was a great year,” said Nevada Union coach Dale Knight. “Mammoth did a great job hosting the competition. It was great up there.”

The weather, said Knight, wasn’t a big factor in the outcome of the event.

“It was really windy,” said Knight. “But that didn’t affect the races much. It was pretty gnarly though.”

The Miners’ boys team was made up of five boarders. They were led by the first-place run of Nolan Hale. Hale was No. 1 in the state in giant slalom and finished fifth in the slalom for a third-place all-state combined total.

Joe Kremple, Ryon Toal, Jimmy Rothschild and captain Toby Woodley rounded out the team.

On the girls side, Amelia Herrera led the Miners. Herrera was third in the giant slalom and finished 10th overall, earning an all-state nod.

Julie Bottrell, Tori Orlowski, Tiffany Hopkins and Allison Martin rounded out the Lady Miners’ squad.

“We did a great job,” said Knight. “I’ll tell you though, Shasta dominated up there. They were insane. They took everything.”

Nevada Union’s snowboard team is three seasons old. In the first year of existence, they finished fifth in the state.

The Miners won the state title last year. After taking third this year, Knight said he was pleased with the team’s consistency.

“It’s nice that we’ve been able to keep up there at a highly competitive level,” said Knight. “We’ve got some talented boarders here.”

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