NU ski team schusses way into first place |

NU ski team schusses way into first place

The Nevada Union ski team catapulted itself over North Tahoe and into first place in their division with a win Monday at Northstar-at-Tahoe in the giant slalom.

The Miners scored 348 combined points to beat Colfax’s 325 points and 312 from North Tahoe. Also competing were Placerville with 259 points, Davis with 180 points, and Bear River with 178 points.

Placing seven of eight skiers in the top 20, and five in the top 10, the girls squad scored 178 points to easily out-distance North Tahoe with 157 and Colfax with 150 points. Drew Kremple finished second with a combined time of one minute, 24.14 seconds. Allison Chambers finished fourth with a combined time of 1:27.59 and Kristen Glaze was right behind her at fifth with 1:27.88. Alison Martin finished seventh with a time of 1:28.84 and 1:29.94 was good enough for a tenth place finish for Lisa Pichitino. The win marked the first victory over the North Tahoe squad this year for the girls.

On the boy’s side, NU had six skiers in the top 20, and three in the top 10. Douglas Potter scorched the slopes with the two fastest runs of the day to lead the Miners. His combined time of 1:14.12 was 3.83 seconds faster than his closest competitor. Chris Potter came in sixth with a combined time of 1:24.78 and Marco Maynard finished eighth at 1:25.74.

Nevada Union has two races left in the regular season, with their next one at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Tuesday.

Girls basketball

NU drops Grant 56-33

The Nevada Union Miners won easily Tuesday night with a 56-33 victory over Metro league foe Grant on the Pacers’ home floor. The game was never close as NU built up leads of 17-5 after one quarter and 30-12 at halftime.

“We did a good job,” said NU coach Duwaine Ganskie. “They threw a zone on us. We answered with some good passing. Good post passing between (Ali) Daley and (Heather) Gore.”

Senior Ali Daley led the scoring for the Lady Miners with 14 and freshman Sarah McAtee added 11. Senior guard Tracy Malone dished out six assists.

The win sets up a rematch Thursday with McClatchy, currently second in Metro league standings.

“We have to win if we want to keep our chances for a league championship alive,” said Ganskie. “We let them steal one at our place, so we’ve got to go down there and try to take one ourselves.”

McClatchy won 42-38 at NU on January 19. A win for the Lady Miners would set up a possible league championship game against league leader Yuba City for the last regular season game on February 17 at Nevada Union.

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