Placer boys, Colfax girl win snowboarding state championships

By: Journal sports staff
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The Placer High School’s boys snowboarding team repeated as state champions Tuesday at Mount Shasta. Colfax’s Nelly Steinhoff also repeated as the girls individual state champion.

Placer, which entered the second day of the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation competition trailing Truckee by five points after the giant slalom event, beat Truckee by 15 points in the slalom to earn a 10-point victory.

“They just came through like gangbusters,” coach Mark Faulkner said of his Hillmen. “They did really well.”

Placer was led by Jacob Peek (fourth overall), Andrew Carrier (sixth overall) and Scott Muraki.

Steinhoff won Monday’s giant slalom and Tuesday’s slalom by huge margins.

“She was absolutely unbelievable,” Faulkner said. “I would venture to say her times were faster than any of the boys.”

Placer and Steinhoff were able to pull off their victories in conditions that Faulkner described as “miserable” and “absolutely terrible.”

Placer was behind Truckee in the standings after four Monday races, 335-330. But Placer topped Truckee, 345-330 Tuesday.

Others performing well for Colfax included Brittany Thomas, who finished seventh in the giant slalom, 11th in the slalom and eighth overall.

Peek and Carrier made the all-state boys team, and Steinhoff and Thomas made the all-state girls team.

Colfax junior Kyle Bryant finished seventh in the slalom.

The state championships continue today through Thursday for skiers.

Colfax and Del Oro will both be competing.

Faulker said that while it will be a nasty two days because of the conditions, he expects Del Oro sophomore Travis Glenn to have a big outing.