Placer reigns at Shasta

Led by Kenworthy, Hillgals take home third state championship in four years
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Placer High junior Karly Kenworthy can ski down a mountain faster than most of her male peers, and she proved it again this week at Mount Shasta. Kenworthy defended her overall combined crown at the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships, winning Tuesday’s slalom for her second victory in as many days and helping the Hillgals defend their team state title at the two-day event. Kenworthy’s giant slalom performance Monday was the first time a girl had the state’s fastest overall combined GS time since 1994. She beat the fastest boy by almost a second. “Karly was very consistent throughout the entire year and she came back to defend her title and she definitely did,” Placer coach Matt Conley said. Two other Placer girls delivered impressive efforts to earn all-state honors. Senior Haley Meyer placed third in Tuesday’s slalom and was third overall for the two disciplines combined. Paige Rothe placed sixth in slalom and sixth overall. “Those young ladies definitely proved their worthiness,” Conley said. The Colfax girls also had a strong showing at state, placing two Falcons in the top 10 overall. Senior Allison Gutierrez was fifth in slalom and fifth overall and sophomore Nicola Lorang was ninth in slalom and ninth overall. Placer was first, Colfax second and the Nevada Union girls third to complete a clean Central Division II sweep. It was a rough two days for local boys at the state meet as no area riders earned all-state honors. Placer sophomore Julian Faulkner placed seventh in Tuesday’s slalom after a DNF in Monday’s giant slalom. Senior teammate Travis Tidd was 16th overall in slalom. Despite the struggles of the Hillmen and Falcons, the Placer boys and girls finished fourth overall and Colfax was eighth. Host Mount Shasta placed three boys in the top five of the slalom and used a strong showing from its girls to win the combined event.