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BRUIN Monica Zutter had her best race of the season with Monday's seventh-place finish. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

BRUIN Monica Zutter had her best race of the season with Monday's seventh-place finish. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

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Alpine skiers, boarders get through second race

By From page B3 | January 31, 2012

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Despite a shortage of snow, South 1 Division skiers and snowboarders still managed to complete their second alpine race Monday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

The side-by-side Giant Slalom on Lower Main featured one new individual winner in Union Mine boarder Carter Price, who edged El Dorado’s Colby Haffner in a reverse of their last head-to-head race last Thursday. Team results were similar; the exception was the Ponderosa boy snowboarders who won their second straight race.

The Cougar girl skiers and boarders are undefeated on the season as are the Bruins’ boy skiers. In combined numbers Monday, El Dorado edged Ponderosa in snowboarding 289-280 while the Cougar skiers out pointed Ponderosa 157-144.

Carter held a 3 and .34-tenth of a second lead after his first run and lost just .06 tenths on the second  run to Colby in what’s shaping into the season’s closest competition.

“It’s pretty much neck-and-neck. We’re good friends and he’s tough to beat so winning or losing isn’t a big deal,” Carter said about competing against Haffner. “It was a good run, the snow was good and I stayed on my feet — no one DQ’d — it was a good day.”

Bruins flooded the top 10. Davis Alexander posted his second straight third-place finish while Reed January (sixth), Mathew Bateson (seventh), Jacob Hunter (ninth) and Danny Gassuan (10th) all helped Ponderosa to its win.

Oak Ridge locked up fourth and fifth behind Michael Bogowitz and Zachary Larsen while Cougar Ian Janoska was eighth.

El Dorado’s Sage Hoffee won her second straight race and eighth in a row dating back to the start of last season. The senior was joined in the top 10 by teammates Katie Harris (second), Brooke Beals (fourth), Madison Orr (fifth) and Taylor Caldwell (sixth) as the Cougars outlasted the Lady Bruins 88-69.

“The course was nice and fast and it was a good win. All day I was tired but snowboarding is what I love to do so I went out there and did my best,” said Hoffee about her 7 and a half second win.

Ponderosa’s Ashley Ritters turned in her best race finishing third as did Monica Zutter and Olivia Ortiz who came in seventh and 10th, respectively. Oak Ridge’s Stephanie Summers, second last week, slipped to eighth while Union Mine’s Natalia Witkowska placed ninth.

The South 1 boys ski side has its hands full with one Lambres (Reid) but the division could be in double trouble with the emergence of Alec Lambres to the mix. Monday, Reid and Alec finished 1-2 as Ponderosa ski continues to dominate.

“It was good to get out there and the weather was better than last week,” Reid said. “With the lack of snow it was good to do anything. The team had a good race and we’re starting off well.”

Bruin Michael Duhain overcame a rough first week to take third as did El Dorado’s Akio Joy (fifth). Bruins and Cougars filled the top 10: Ponderosa had Alex Matzat (sixth), Zach Fitzpatrick (seventh) and Andrew Olson (10th) while El Dorado placed Alex Bahro (fourth), Dayton Morris (eighth) and Andrew Vardanega (ninth).

On the girls ski side, Cougar Anna Greenwood won her second race by nearly 5 seconds over teammate Kristen Vardanega (1:26.49-1:31.44). El Dorado’s Caitlin Phillips was third and Madison Crovitz, seventh, in what could be a Cougar sweep on skis.

“The course was pretty firm and icy,” Greenwood said. “On the second run I thought the course would be softer so I went gung-ho and almost fell after hitting the ice but I recovered.”

Amador’s Petra Van De Hey was fourth, D’back Gabby Aveni was fifth, Bruin Laura Wisdom was sixth, Trojan Caitlyn Nolasco was eighth, Bruin Britanny Nompleggi was ninth and Oak Ridge’s Emily Vivian, 10th.

Next Monday the season will reach the half-way point with the first slalom on Lower Main.

Listed below are the top-25 placers.

Girls snowboard

1. Anna Greewood, ED, 42.37/44.12-1:26.49;  2. Kristen Vardanega, ED, 45.33/46.11-1:31.44; 3. Caitlin Phillips, ED, 46.06/46.77-1:32.83; 4. Petra Van De Hey, AM, 46.99/46.09-1:33.08; 5. Gabbi Areni, UM, 47.30/46.49-1:33.79; 6. Laura Wisdom, PO, 46.86/47.67-1:34.53; 7. Madison Crovitz, ED, 48.80/47.76-1:36.56; 8. Caitlyn Nolasco, OR, 49.38/50.04-1:39.42; 9. Britanny Nompleggi, PO, 50.06/49.81-1:39.87; 10. Emily Vivian, OR, 49.15/51.43-1:40.58; 11. Jessica Phillips, ED, 51.87/50.02-1:41.89; 12. Lauren Olson, PO, 51.68/51.65-1:43.33; 13. Amanda Pinski, PO, 52.32/52.34-1:44.66; 14. Danica Stevenson, OR, 54.53/51.17-1:45.70; 15. Lauren Struffenegg, AM, 1:04.39/1:05.80-2:10.19.

Boys snowboard

1. Carter Price, UM, 45.68/44.99-1:30.67; 2. Colby Haffner, ED, 49.02/44.93-1:33.95; 3. Davis Alexander, PO, 51.86/52.45-1:44.31; 4. Michael Bogowitz, OR, 53.11/51.61-1:44.92; 5. Zachary Larsen, OR, 53.25/52.21-1:45.46; 6. Reed January, PO, 55.40/55.22-1:50.62; 7. Mathew Bateson, PO, 56.50/54.44-1:50.94; 8. Ian Janoska, ED, 58.82/52.22-1:51.04; 9. Jacob Hunter, PO, 56.67/54.67-1:51.34; 10. Danny Gassuan, PO, 54.72/56.85-1:51.57; 11. Quincy Blackwell, ED, 55.91/56.23-1:52.14; 12. Brandon Walsh, PO, 56.48/56.24-1:52.72; 13. Zach Ober, PO, 57.46/55.86-1:53.32; 14. Tyler Peeters, ED, 57.03/57.41-1:54.44; 15. Travis Cordero, ED, 1:01.09/55.74-1:56.83; 16. Jonas Rogers, ED, 59.60/57.28-1:56.88; 17. Shane Austin, OR, 1:00.16/59.38-1:59.54; 18. Matthew Budd, ED, 1:03.29,/57.69-2:00.98; 19. Anthony Marquez, UM, 1:08.26/54.53-2:02.79; 20. Jack Phillips, PO, 1:02.76/1:01.92-2:04.68; 21. Travis Harlan, AM, 1:03.76/1:03.85-2:07.61; 22. Steven Hanrahan, CC, 1:05.55/1:03.59-2:09.14; 23. Andrew Davidson, ED, 1:07.30/1:02.48-2:09.78; 24. Brian Williams, UM, 1:04.83/1:06.36-2:11.19; 25. Ryan Hughes, UM, 1:09.61/1:04.43-2:14.04.

Boys ski

1. Reid Lambres, PO, 36.91/36.75-1:13.66; 2. Alec Lambres, PO, 38.72/37.83-1:16.65; 3. Michael Duhain, PO, 40.88/40.39-1:21.27; 4. Alex Bahro, ED, 40.90/41.14-1:22.04; 5. Akio Joy, ED, 43.00/39.88-1:22.88; 6. Alex Matzat, PO, 42.11/41.39-1:23.50; 7. Zach Fitzpatrick, PO, 42.93/40.64-1:23.57; 8. Dayton Morris, ED, 42.88/42.46-1:25.34; 9. Andrew Vardanega, ED, 44.15/41.68-1:25.83; 10. Andrew Olson, PO, 43.95/42.17-1:26.12; 11. Alexander Murray, GS, 43.11/43.20-1:26.31; 12. Ryan Faischietto, PO, 44.18/44.30-1:28.48; 13. Tyler Atkinson, ED, 46.09/44.63-1:30.72; 14. Shane Wise, UM, 46.45; 46.45/45.82-1:32.27; 15. Robby Fritzler, ED, 48.64/45.33-1:33.97; 16. Dylan Brownell, PO, 48.31/46.44-1:34.75; 17. Steven Haugaard, UM, 50.29/45.55-1:35.84; 18. Dustin Diel, OR, 49.04/47.55-1:36.59; 19. Matt Poindexter, ED, 49.66/48.55-1:38.21; 20. Rian King-Iseger, OR, 49.93/49.67-1:39.60; 21. Kyle Brazil, ED, 47.44/52.92-1:40.36; 22. Joel Kaderka, ED, 52.51/52.24-1:44.75; 23. Keenan Raleigh, ED, 58.03/47.86-1:45.89; 24. Hunter Lay, PO, 1:20.25/42.64-2:02.89; 25. Ethan Carpenter, AM, 1:14.20/58.88-2:13.08.

Girls ski

1. Sage Hoffee, ED, 46.37/49.26-1:35.63; 2. Katie Harris, ED, 51.96/51.41-1:43.37; 3. Ashley Ritters, PO, 54.37/57.77-1:52.14; 4. Brooke Beals, ED, 53.56/1:01.00-1:54.56; 5. Madison Orr, ED, 56.19/58.90-1:55.09; 6. Taylor Caldwell, ED, 1:03.96/54.76-1:58.72; 7. Monica Zutter, PO, 57.29/1:02.40-1:59.92; 8. Stephanie Summers, OR, 1:07.59/52.33-1:59.92; 9. Natalia Witkowska, UM, 59.26/1:01.48-2:00.74; 10. Olivia Ortiz, PO, 1:00.66/1:00.99-2:0165; 11. Maggie Nuttall, PO, 57.85/1:04.59-2:02.44; 12. Morgan Faulkner, PO, 59.64/1:03.51-2:03.15; 13. Stacy Hayhurst, UM, 1:02.09/1:02.01-2:04.10; 14. Kassi Hoelscher, UM, 57.67/1:07.28-2:04.95; 15. Katie Merrill, AM, 1:02.17/1:04.55-2:06.72; 16. Torianna Green, PO, 1:00.90/1:07.39-2:08.29; 17. Megan Goetz, PO, 1:09.08/1:08.62-2:17.70; 18. Breanne Morley, UM, 1:06.66/1:11.06-2:17.72; 19. Taylor Rasmussen, UM, 1:17.45/1:17.36-2:34.81; 20. Savannah Freudenbe, OR, 1:13.69/1:32.16-2:45.85; 21. Ashley Farrell, ED, 1:32.33/1:41.87-3:14.20; 22. Sierra Johnson, PO, 1:41.87/1:41.52-3:23.39; 23. Caileigh Halabicky, ED, 2:03.71/1:55.41-3:59.12.

Code: ED-El Dorado; OR-Oak Ridge; PO-Ponderosa; UM-Union Mine; GS-Golden Sierra and AM-Amador

 

Jerry Heinzer

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