NU boarders race back into contention
Heading over the hill to Homewood Monday, Samson Smith told his Nevada Union snowboarders that making a dash at the division title still wasn’t out of the question.
Considering the Miners were nearly 40 points out first place in the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation’s Central Division II title chase, NU’s hope for a fourth straight title looked dim.
But in the midst of Monday’s sunshine in the mountains, the Miners made their coach look pretty smart.
NU’s boys and girls each took second place Monday, combining for first place in team scoring and climbing back into contention for the D-II crown.
“I told them it was not out of the realm of possibility,” Smith said. “And you know what? They did it. They made up 39 points on Colfax and 29 on North Tahoe.”
Bear River had its best team showing of the year, said Smith, taking third place in combined scoring.
Smith said though he hadn’t yet calculated the current league standings after Monday’s win, he’s “pretty sure that North Tahoe, Colfax and Nevada Union are all within about eight points of each other” with one race to go in the season series.
Drew Kremple was the Miners’ top finisher, taking second place in the girls competition and carving out a season-best combined time of 1:17.19 to finish behind Colfax’s Natalie Martin.
Allison Martin was sixth for NU, while Sara Graham took 12th. Bear River’s Kristen Lawton finished eighth in the girls’ competition.
On the boys’ side, Bryce Straatmeier’s best run of the year finished third with at 1:14.48 and Doug Potter was fourth in 1:14.76. Those two weren’t far off first place, as Colfax’s Jon Winslow won in 1:13.53. Chris Potter finished ninth for NU for the third straight time on a giant slalom course.
Bear River got a sixth-place finish from Luke LaRash (1:16.68) and seventh from Leif Neilsen (1:16.75)
The final race of the regular season, a slalom competition back at Homewood, is set for next week.
“I am confident, because the kids are kind of jazzed now that they realize we’ve got a chance,” Smith said. “Winning the division is great. We’ve won it three years in a row and now we’d like to make it four years in a row.”
NU skis to third place
Nevada Union’s alpine ski team brought home a tie in Friday’s slalom competition at Sugar Bowl, but the Miners couldn’t sustain their momentum Monday, finishing third in the giant slalom race back at the Norden ski resort.
NU’s boys finished second, led by three Miners among the top 10, while Nevada Union’s girls took fourth place.
Nick Meyer’s seventh-place showing was tops for NU in the boys’ competition, while Skylar Pellizzier (eighth) and Matt Freitas (ninth) finished right behind. On the girls’ side, Jeanenne Richert finished sixth, while Sarah Callaham was 14th and Ariel Daly took 15th.
According to NU coach Ken Ramirez, the Miners are currently in second place in the season standings, just behind Davis High.
For Bear River, Anthony Green took third place and Haley Ells finished in the top 10 for the second-straight week.
Green, who posted a time of one minute, 12.16 seconds, was followed by his brother, Timothy Green (1:15.35) in fifth and Al Calderon (1:29.77) in 29th..
Ells, a freshman, grabbed ninth with a personal-best time of 1:20.56.
Dianna Paasch (1:25.89, 17th) and Katie Zilch (1:44.92, 32nd) also posted personal bests.
Each of the six Bear River individuals qualified for the state meet on the strength of their performances. Ramirez said he won’t know how many Miners qualified for the state meet until later today.
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