Strong finish to season for skiers |

Strong finish to season for skiers

The Miners ski team concluded its season on the slopes with a strong finish in a slalom at Boreal, cementing the team’s second ranked position in the Central Division II Ski league.

Skylar Luhon led all NU racers on Monday, racing to a fourth-place finish in combined time of 1:11.75. Other point earners for the boys were Chris Convis who finished in 18th in 1:23.09, Scott Valentine in 16th in 1:20.08, and Alex Skinner in 19th in 1:23.33.

Marnie McDowell led the Miners girls team again, finishing in eight place with a combined time of 1:22.82. Kendra Green followed her in 12th place, while Marybeth Mondoc came in 17th and Hannah Webb came in 24th.

Apollo McDaniel had a great time for the open team, finishing in 1:28.60.

“We had the most spectacular crash from Brian Beirfdorf,” NU coach Ken Ramirez said. “He probably did at least eight side cart wheels. He cartwheeled right down the stretch and walked away from it.

“I thought I was gonna be in the ER for sure.”

The Miners were able to shake off the scare and celebrate the announcement of its team members who have qualified for the state championships, held in the first week of March at Northstar-At-Tahoe.

McDowell, Green and Mondoc qualified for both the giant slalom and slalom championships on the girls end. Johnny Flannigan, Luhon and Valentine qualified for both on the boys end. David Monroe, Chris Convis and Blake Winters qualified for the giant slalom championships.

Bruins survive stumbles

Despite some hikes by many of Bear River’s skiers, the Bruins still managed to produce a decent standing in the Central Division II ski meet at Boreal Monday.

Meagan Ballew had the highest finish for Bear River, coming in a combined time of 1:29.01. Caitlin Dwelle came in 18th with a combined time of 1:34.17.

Heather Magda was the Bruins’ last point getter, coming in 23rd after the rest of the girls team did not finish after hiccups in their runs.

Wesley Koster led the Bruins’ boys team, coming in 21st in a combined time of 1:25.44. Jason Stanley finished in 35th place in 1:45.93 followed quickly by teammates Mike Scinto, Jonathan Boone and Tim Higginson. All but Higginson counted as points to the Bruins run.

“We had wonderful, nice, sun-shiny day,” Bear River coach Janis Serrano said. “We had some stumbles but we still had a great day.”

The Bruins are excited to have four girls and four boys be represented at the state championships in March.

Mike Scinto, Koster and Higginson qualified for the boys giant slalom while Ballew, Dwelle and Katie deLaveaga qualified on the girls end.

Koster, Scinto and Jason Stanley will compete in the slalom while Ballew, Dwelle, and Magda qualified for the girls competition.

The state championships will be held the first week of March at Northstar-At-Tahoe. For more information on the championships, visit


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