Placer girls ski to state title

Kenworthy wins girls overall while Colfax’s Schopfer takes gold in boys slalom
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High girls ski team swarmed to the top of the medal stand at the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships at Mammoth Mountain this week. Sophomore Karly Kenworthy dominated on the slalom course Thursday to win Placer’s second individual title in two days. The Hillgals’ combined performance in the slalom and giant slalom led to their second CNISSF title in three years. “Even with a couple of hikes today, we ended up with a 19-point cushion,” coach Matt Conley said of Placer’s margin of victory over second place Shasta. “They put it all out there today. The whole team put in work and even with an unfortunate day we got those completions and those were very important.” Kenworthy’s first place showing the slalom combined with her fourth place in Wednesday’s giant slalom led to an overall individual crown. Placer junior Paige Rothe earned all-state honors for the third straight year with an eighth place overall finish. Rothe won the GS title Wednesday before taking 17th in the slalom on Thursday. Senior Erin Babich skied well in the slalom to take 13th for the Hillgals. Freshman Lanae Rothe placed 33rd among the field of over 70. The Placer girls took second at the 2008 CNISSF Championships. In the boys competition, Colfax’s Max Schopfer won gold in Thursday’s slalom. He had the fastest times on both the first and second runs to take first place among more than 80 competitors. Schopfer was the only local skier to earn all-state honors on the boys side. Placer junior Travis Tidd had a strong 24th place finish while Colfax’s Dylan Laidlaw skied to 29th. Jack Hamman took 34th for the Falcons and Bear River’s Mike Scinto was 37th. Golden Sierra skier Matthew Murray placed 39th. Placer’s McCall Falkenstein was 48th, the Grizzlies’ Cameron Chappell placed 52nd and Placer’s Kyle Wells was 65th. Placer’s boys and girls combined to take eighth place in the state.