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Placer girls ski to GS victory

By: Journal Sports Staff
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TRUCKEE — The Placer High girls ski team dominated in giant slalom competition at Northstar-at-Tahoe Monday, placing four girls in the top 10 to win the team competition. Sophomore Karly Kenworthy was the overall winner, junior Paige Rothe placed second, senior Erin Babich took fifth and freshman Lanae Rothe placed eighth to lead the Hillgals. Sophomore Shannon O’Flaherty was 21st of 41 skiers. The Hillmen boys, competing with only three skiers in the four-man team format, were led by freshman Julian Faulkner, who took seventh. Junior Travis Tidd placed 21st and sophomore McCall Falkenstein finished 31st. More than 80 ski racers from seven area high schools including Bear River and Colfax competed Monday in the schools’ first downhill race of the season. Max Schopfer was second overall in the boys race for the Falcons, while Jack Hammann was 19th and Dylan Laidlaw finished 22nd. Mike Scinto took 28th to lead the Bruins effort. In the girls competition, Nicola Lorang took ninth to lead Colfax, followed by Tori Anderson (seventh) and Katlyn Krawczyk, who finished 29th. Kaitlyn Dwelle placed 18th to lead the Bear River girls, while Katie DeLaveaga was 23rd and Heather Magda close behind in 25th. The Placer girls dominant win brought back memories of the high school’s 2007 state championship team, then led by Allie Jacobson and Meredith Plant, who have both since graduated, and Paige Rothe and Erin Babich who return to the team. With the addition this year of Kenworthy and the younger Rothe, the Placer girls have high potential to repeat. More than 40 California high schools compete in the state championships, which this year will be held in Mammoth Mountain April 9-13. There are five more league meets between now and then and a lot of snow to cover. The teams will be back in action at Sugarbowl next Monday competing in slalom.