MT. SHASTA — Ponderosa’s Reid Lambres showed at last week’s CNISSF State Finals at Mt. Shasta he was more than just the South I Division’s best skier. On a bigger stage against more and better competition, the Bruin won both Wednesday’s Giant Slalom and Thursday’s slalom to end his senior season as the undisputed state champion of prep skiing in California.
Lambres, pictured on page A-1, posted tight victories in both races over Del Oro’s Travis Glynn as just three seconds combined separated the two on the All State Team. The dual wins were a first for Ponderosa skiing and the first in El Dorado County since Golden Sierra’s Jake Larson accomplished the feat in 2007.
“I don’t think it’s really hit me yet but I feel really good about it and how the team did,” Lambres said. “It’s pretty nerve-wracking during the race when you know any screw-up can ruin it.”
The Bruin boys ski team of Lambres, Andrew Olson, Michael Duhain, Alec Lambres, Ryan Fischietto, Sam Neill and Hunter Lay finished second in the state behind host Mt. Shasta High (676-660). El Dorado was 8th, Oak Ridge, 11th, and Union Mine, 18th.
On the girl’s side, Ponderosa was 8th, Oak Ridge, 9th, El Dorado, 12th, and Union Mine 20th. In combined points, Ponderosa was 4th, Trojans, 9th, Cougars, 11th, and Diamondbacks, 20th.
In combined points for ski and snowboard, the Bruins took third place.
All State Team selections went to Reid (1), Cougar Andrew Vardanega (7) for boys and Ponderosa freshman Fiona Zeier (8) for the girls.
The El Dorado girls snowboarders, led by Katie Harris, Madison Orr and Taylor Caldwell were third best in the state. Ponderosa was 11th, Oak Ridge 15th and Union Mine, 21st. For the boys, the Cougars took 8th, Ponderosa, 9th, Union Mine 14th and Oak Ridge 16th. In combined points, El Dorado was 6th, Bruins, 10th, Troy, 16th and D’backs, 19th.
Oak Ridge’s Zachary Larsen came in 4th and 6th in his two races to land the 5th spot on the All State Team. Harris (6), Ponderosa’s Monica Zutter (6) and Orr (10) made it for the girls.
Boys slalom 1-Reid Lambres, PO, 33.04/39.13-1:12.17; 6-Andrew Vardanega, ED, 37.95/43.82-1:21.77; 8-Andrew Olson, PO, 38.58/43.79-1:22.37; 21-Ryan Fischietto, PO, 38.52/49.22-1:27.74;23-Joel Kaderka, ED, 42.70/46.20-1:28.90; 29-Dallas Diel, OR, 43.32/47.92-1:31.24; 31-Dustin Diel, OR, 43.23/48.38-1:31.61; 36-Parker Doshier, oR, 44.68/49.77-1:34.45;44-Ryan Bruinus, UM, 46.76/50.96-1:37.72; 67-Robert Thatcher, UM, 1:51.72; 78-Alec Lambres, PO, 38.79/DSQ; 81-Hunter Lay, PO, 40.62/DNF; 82-Sam Neill, PO, 41.56/ DSQ; 83-Dayton Morris, ED, 43.48/DNF; 84-Tyler Atkinson, ED, 43.94/ DNS. 85-Blake Prall, UM, 48.54/DNF.
Girls slalom 12-Fiona Zeier, PO, 45.14/48.91-1:34.05; 27-Amanda Pinski, PO, 48.55/52.26-1:40.81; 29-Danica Stevenson, oR, 48.42/52.71-1:41.13; 30-Lauren Olson, PHS, 49.15/52.78-1:41.93; 32-Caitlyn Nolasco, OR, 51.99/54.92-1:46.91; 38-Kat Porter, PO, 54.81/56.15-1:50.96; 39-Ally Roemer, ED, 57.38/54.69-1:52.0744-Lindsey Ganzert, ED, 58.65/1:00.39-1:59.04;45-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:00.02/1:00.11-2:00.13; 47-Meghan Hauck, PO, 1:00.44/1:03.39-2:03.83; 48-Maia Haugaard, UM, 59.75/1:06.47-2:06.22; 51-Courtney Volek, ED, 1:04.72/1:07.41-2:12.13; 63-Emily Vivian, OR, DSQ.
Individual county results for last Thursday’s slalom race is attached to the story at mtdemocrat.com. Complete race results and team scored can be viewed at cnissf.org.