SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Good weather, great conditions and familiar terrain was some of the backdrop as South 1 Division alpine racers were back in action Wednesday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
The other? Enough snow from a recent storm that made for a safe course on Lower Main as the division reached its midpoint with the season’s first slalom race.
Results-wise on the team side, El Dorado was the big winner as the Cougars out pointed the field in boys and girls snowboard, boys ski and snowboard combined. Ponderosa’s girls won the ski race while the Bruins and Oak Ridge tied for combined ski points with 428.
Two individuals, El Dorado boarder Taylor Caldwell and Ponderosa skier Alec Lambres, were repeat winners — both are 3-0 on the season — while two new faces crossed first: Trojan skier Allena Thompson with a near 14 second win and Ponderosa boarder Davis Alexander who edged teammate Reed January by less than two seconds.
“Sierra’s home so it’s nice to be back home,” Cougar coach Jeff French said. “The people there (Sierra) do such a great job for us and all the youth programs.”
El Dorado’s win knocked Ponderosa from the top spot, a place the Bruins have occupied for some time in recent South 1 history. The Cougars were led by Andrew Vardanega who place third just .008 seconds behind second place finisher Alexander Murray from Golden Sierra.
“We had some solid performances. Andrew Vardanega took third and Taylor Atkinson (fifth), Joes Kaderka (seventh) and Kent Shcardt (13th) all had solid performances,” French said. “Everyone stayed up and had decent runs. It was a narrow margin and just a few points separating us, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa. It was a stroke of good luck for El Dorado while Ponderosa had some misfortunes.”
Oak Ridge, behind Dustin Diel in sixth and 8-through-12 finishers Josh Prettyman, Dallas Diel, Parker Doshier, Rian King-Iseger and Sean Campbell, took second with the Bruins third.
Lambres, who raced with a heavy heart due to the recent passing of his grandmother, posted the best time for both runs Wednesday and won by 5.20 seconds over Murray; a smidgen more over Vardanega.
Caldwell trailed teammate Madison Orr 43.37-43.43 after the first run but comfortably made it up on the second to edge Orr 1:27.83-1:30.24. The next to cross, Bruin Torianna Green, was 10 seconds back.
Other Cougars in the top 10 were Marisa McGrew (fourth), Sofia Costa (eighth), and Ellie Spelhaug (ninth).
“It was pretty tight (points-wise) between Madison and I after the first run but my second was smoother and a lot more faster,” Caldwell said. “The team did really well, scored a lot of points and pulled it off. It felt good to be back at Sierra … finally some storms hit and we were able to get the ball rolling.”
On the boy’s side, January led Alexander (37.85-38.02) after the first run before Alexander rallied. Union Mine’s Oliver Verablerose, with his second top-5 finish in three tries, was third while El Dorado riders, who dominated the top in the season’s first race, took the 4-through-7 spots (Jonas Rogers, Quincy Blackwell, Cameron Peeters, Charlie Plamondon).
The girls ski race had a trio of county schools fill the top six spots. Thompson dominated in her race with an impressive victory margin while Trojan teammate Danica Stevenson was third. In the season’s first race, Thompson split her first two giant slalom races — placing second in one and not finishing the other.
The Bruins, without their top skier from two weeks ago, had Amanda Pinski (second) and Lauren Olson (sixth) near the top while Cougars Ally Roemer and Emily O’Donnell were 4-5.
Ponderosa’s Marina Neill, Stephanie Pinski and Miranda Jachens were also top-10 while D’back Maia Haugaard was eighth.Bruin Fiona Zeier, a dual winner at the Heavenly in the season’s first race, suffered a disqualification Wednesday.
South 1 will complete its slalom season next Monday at Sierra with two races and return the following week for a giant slalom to wrap up the regular season. The state championships at Northstar are the first week of March.
Listed below is the top 25 finishers.
1-Taylor Caldwell, ED, 43.43/44.40-1:27.83; 2-Madison Orr, ED, 43.37/46.87-1:30.24; 3-Torianna Green, PO, 46.71/53.82-1:40.53; 4-Marisa McGrew, ED, 51.51/53.49-1:45.00; 5-Savannah Freudenbe, OR, 55.35/54.01-1:49.36; 6-Tori Castaneda, PO, 1:02.67/1:24.83-2:27.50; 7-Anika Lehr, UM, 1:04.61/1:27.88-2:32.49; 8-Sofia Costa, ED, 1:34.49/1:07.74-2:42.23; 9-Ellie Spelhaug, ED, 1:30.38/1:31.08-3:01.46; 10-Karia Wilson, PO, 1:27.00/1:38.42-3:05.42; 11-Angela Fletcher, UM, 1:38.95/1:29.53-3:08.48; 12-Morgan Glass, ED, DNS.
1-Davis Alexander, PO, 38.02/38.76-1:16.78; 2-Reed January, PO, 37.85/40.19-1:18.04; 3-Oliver Verablerose, UM, 40.13/40.88-1:21.01; 4- Jonas Rogers, ED, 41.44/41.34-1:22.78; 5-Quincy Blackwell, ED, 41.91/41.94-1:23.85; 6-Cameron Peeters, ED, 42.30/44.00-1:26.30; 7-Charlie Plamondon, ED, 43.66/43.05-1:26.71; 8-Inaki Garat, OR, 43.87/43.20-1:27.07; 9-Bryson Able, UM, 44.78/45.06-1:29.84; 10-John Behman, PO, 45.97/45.22-1:31.19; 11-Kevin Penn, OR, 44.79/46.84-1:31.63; 12-Ryan Hughes, UM, 47.05/47.82-1:34.87; 13-Kyle McManis, ED, 47.62/50.71-1:38.33; 14-Talon Green, PO, 50.14/48.55-1:38.69; 15-Brad Smith, ED, 50.04/48.85-1:38.89; 17-Jayden Diez, ED, 53.53/49.25-1:42.78; 18-Brandon McCorkle, PO, 52.85/50.28-1:43.13; 19-John Shaller, OR, 53.14/50.22-1:43.36; 20-Broderick Petrucci, OR, 56.17/48.20-1:44.37; 22-Sam Wright, UM, 52.84/58.47-1:51.31; 23-Nicolas Rasmussen, OR, 55.84/55.77-1:51.61; 24-Nathan Bailey, UM, 59.22/53.43-1:52.65; 25-Cameron Thompson, PO, 58.28/55.29-1:53.57.
1-Allena Thompson, OR, 50.20/53.51-1:43.71; 2-Amanda Pinski, PO, 1:00.21/57.39-1:57.60; 3-Danice Stevenson, OR, 1:00.31/59.75-2:00.06; 4- Ally Roemer, ED, 1:02.63/59.63-2:02.26; 5-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:04.42/1:01.37-2:05.79; 6-Lauren Olson, PO, 1:03.82/1:02.18-2:06.00; 7-Marina Neill, PO, 1:05.14/1:01.82-2:06.96; 8-Maia Haugaard, UM, 1:06.84/1:05.69-2:12.53; 9-Stephanie Pinski, PO, 1:08.40/1:05.14-2:13.54; 10-Miranda Jachens, PO, 1:07.23/1:06.78-2:14.01; 11-Jessica Prettyman, OR, 1:07.67/1:07.58-2:15.25; 12-Leonie Pulz, OR, 1:12.69/1:04.18-2:16.87; 13-Gillian Davidson, OR, 1:08.88/1:11.96-2:20.84; 14-Lauren Johnson, UM, 1:10.55/1:12.57-2:23.12; 15-Allyson Olson, PO, 1:13.47/1:09.92/2:23.39; 16-Lindsey Ganzert, ED, 1:13.46/1:13.68-2:27.14; 17-Abbi Cundall, PO, 1:20.30/1:18.67-2:38.97; 18-Gloria Dabiri, OR, 1:27.16/1:19.82-2:46.98; 19-Trinity Harwell, ED, 1:28.18/1:25.11-2:53.29; 20-Fiona Zeier, PO, DSQ; 23-Heather Dunham, OR, DNF; 24-Alexis Hayek, OR, 2:20.41/DNS; 25-Jennie Davis, OR, DNF.
1-Alec Lambres, PO, 44.01/45.45-1:29.46; 2-Alexander Murray, GS, 47.19/47.47-1:34.66; 3-Andrew Vardanega, ED, 46.72/48.02-1:34.74/ 4-Ryan Fischietto, PO, 48.33/48.17-1:36.50; 5-Tyler Atkinson, ED, 48.87/49.97-1:38.84; 6-Dustin Diel, OR, 50.19/51.99-1:42.18; 7-Joel Kaderka, ED, 54.18/54.00-1:48.18; 8-Josh Prettyman, OR, 56.50/53.41-1:49.91; 9-Dallas Diel, OR, 56.39/54.69-1:51.08; 10-Parker Doshier, OR, 55.70/55.70-1:51.40; 11-Rian King-Iseger, OR, 54.65/58.64-1:53.29; 12-Sean Campbell, OR, 58.29/56.52-1:54.81; 13-Kent Schardt, ED, 57.45/58.57-1:56.02; 14-Hunter Lay, PO, 1:03.16/54.48-1:57.64; 15-Keenan Raleigh, ED, 58.36/59.32-1:57.68; 17-Dylan Devine, PO, 1:03.82/1:01.83-2:05.65; 18-Hunter Spriggs, OR, 1:06.60/1:01.53-2:08.13; 20-Will Newey, PO, 1:09.17/1:06.94-2:16.11; 21-Sean Coulombe, OR, 1:11.71/1:05.46-2:17.17; 22-Matthew Kolbl, PO, 1:10.81/1:10.24-2:21.05; 23-Carl Quicksall, ED, 1:10.88/1:11.34-2:22.22; 25-Cameron Walters, OR, 1:16.19/1:12.71-2:28.90.
*DNS — Did Not Ski
*DNF — Did Not Finsh
*DSQ — Disqualified
ED-El Dorado, GS-Golden Sierra, OR-Oak Ridge, PO-Ponderosa, UM-Union Mine, AM-Amador, AR-Argonaut, CC-Capital Christian.