Nevada Union opens with quick wins on the slopes |

Nevada Union opens with quick wins on the slopes

Nevada Union’s snow boarding teams picked up where they left off last year.

The Miners boys and girls teams combined to capture the season-opening meet held at Sugar Bowl Monday afternoon. Bear River placed third overall.

Last year, the boys team won a state championship, while the girls finished fifth.

NU’s Nolan Hale won the overall boys title Monday with a combined time of 1:21.26 on the two giant slalom course runs. Teammate Joe Kremple placed third with a time of 1:24.90, while Miners Toby Woodley (1:29.67) and Rion Toal (1:29.99) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

“Nolan actually fell during the second run, and managed to still finish with a better time than his first run,” assistant coach Samson Smith said. “He is fearless.”

Bear River’s boys team took second, behind the fourth and fifth-place performances of Casey Aherns (1:25.74) and Jacob Ells (1:27.90).

NU’s girls captured its competition as well, with senior Julie Bottrell and junior Amelia Hererra placing first and second. The pair distinguished themselves from the field on Monday. Bottrell won with a time of 1:36.31; Hererra’s total time was 1:37.34. Third-place finisher Jessica Bell of Davis finished more than five seconds behind Hererra.

“I was happy to see the girls place well,” NU coach Dale Knight said. “They (rose) to the challenge. There are a lot of new girls on the team.”

NU’s Tori Orlowski and Karly Powell placed eighth and 10th, respectively. Bear River was led by Rebecca Cross, who took fourth, and Bruin teammate Kate Wellman, who finished seventh.

BR skiers slalom

The slalom run on slopes of Boreal proved to be a tough proving ground for the Bear River ski teams. The Bruins, running with small numbers of athletes on both the boys and girls squads, posted some strong runs.

The boys finished second overall behind the second-place showing of Matt Grimes. Grimes had a combined time of 1:04.95.

Carl Payne finished seventh. Timothy Green was 10th and Dustin Welch was 12th.

On the girls side, two Bruins posted placing times. Brianna Stoddart was 14th and Dennise Sweet finished 17th.

“We could definitely use more kids, especially girls,” said Bear River coach Janice Sorrano. “We don’t have many kids out, but the ones that are are doing a great job.”

Next up for the Bruins will be the giant slalom course at Sugar Bowl Monday.

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