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Placer girls dominate giant slalom at Northstar

HIGH SCHOOL ALPINE SKIING: Schopfer, Faulkner lead Hillmen’s varsity boys
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High girls varsity ski team dominated at Northstar Monday, taking four of the top five spots in a six-team giant slalom competition. Senior Hailey Meyer placed first, junior Karly Kenworthy second, senior Paige Rothe was third and sophomore Lanae Rothe took fifth to lead the Hillgals to a first-place team finish. On the varsity boys side, Colfax High senior Max Schopfer placed first and Placer sophomore Julian Faulkner placed third to lead local competitors. Other top local girls ski racers were Colfax’s Nicola Lorang, fourth, and Nicole Bajka, 18th. Bear River’s Kaitlyn Dwelle placed 14th out of 41 varsity girls ski racers competing for Bear River, Colfax, Davis, Nevada Union, Placer and Quincy high schools. The Bruins’ Katie deLaveaga finished 24th with a combined time of 2:36.02. Other top local racers included Colfax’s Ross Thomson, who took 15th and Placer’s McCall Falkenstein, who placed 16th out of 51 varsity boys competing. Also on the boys side, Bear River’s Scott Dwelle finished 37th with a combined time of 2:40.71, while Tim Wong finished 44th with a combined time of 2:53.35. Tyler Craig and Tyler Marshall followed them with respective combined times of 3:01.66 (46th) and 5:22.18 (48th). In the junior varsity girls giant slalom race, Colfax eighth-grader Stephanie Scott took first to win the JV competition and Casey Bajka placed second out of 26 girls. The Placer girls Central 2 division league win comes on the heels of last year’s state championship team, led by Paige Rothe, the 2009 state giant slalom champion, and Kenworthy, the overall state girls champion and slalom winner. The high school ski teams compete in six league races in order to qualify for the state high school ski racing championships, scheduled in March 2010 at Mount Shasta ski resort.