Nick Cohee, a 2006 graduate of Douglas High School and 1st Team NCAA All-American ski racer for the University of Utah, is off to a fast start in his final collegiate racing career, winning the NCAA 2012 season opener at Eldora Mountain Resort outside of Boulder, Colorado this past weekend.
Cohee, who will graduate in May with a degree in finance, won the Giant Slalom event, scoring his best point result ever, moving him into the top 25 nationally, ahead of several current members of the United States Ski Team.
He is expected to be in the top seed at the NCAA Championships this March in Bozeman, Mountana, and will battle the top National Team skiers at the U.S. National Championships this April in Winter Park, Colorado.
"The way Nick is skiing right now, both slalom and giant slalom, he can beat anyone in the nation," said Jaka Korencan, Head Coach for the University of Utah Ski Team. "He has come into this season more committed than ever, is in fantastic physical condition, and is ready to win his first NCAA Title in March."
A former junior Silver Medalist and standout racer for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, Cohee is hoping to secure a spot on the national team for the 2012-13 season, challenging a dozen other top athletes who will be looking to land a selection to the 2014 Olympic Team heading to Russia for the Winter Olymics in February of that year.
"I've put more into this season because I know it's key to win against the best competition in order to secure U.S. Ski Team starts heading into 2013," said Cohee. "After I graduate this May I'll be able to focus 100 percent on just racing, and I think my chances are good to compete successfully against the best in the world."
Dillon Spates (Douglas, '11), fr., Waldorf College: Results not available. Waldorf is scheduled to compete at the Missouri Valley Invitational on Jan. 21.
Jessica Waggoner (Douglas, '09), soph., F, Army: Army beat Lafayette last week 44-43 but lost 58-56 at Navy. She posted a team-high eight rebounds against Navy and is averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16.2 minutes played per game on the year.
Chris Downs (Douglas, '11), fr., G, Butte College: Red-shirting. The Roadrunners beat Redwoods 71-68 last week.
Bri Burnside (Douglas, '11), fr., F, College of the Siskiyous: Siskiyous extended its win streak to 11 games with wins over Lassen (88-65) and Redwoods (94-61) last week. Burnside has 97 points on the year to go with 20 assists, a steal and 49 rebounds.
Jorey Scott (Douglas, '11), fr., F, Miramar College: The Jets topped Miramar College (85-66) and San Diego Mesa College (84-76) last week.
Devyn Hotho (Douglas '11), fr., F, St. Olaf College: Hotho returned to the ice after a foot injury as St. Olaf fell to St. Mary's and Lindenwood last week. The team hosts Bethel tonight.
Haley Von Schottenstein (Douglas '10), soph., Whittier: Von Schottenstein was part of yet another record-breaking performance, swimming a leg on the 200 medley relay squad that knocked nearly four seconds off the school record with a time of 1:54.39 at Claremont last week.
She was also on the school-record-breaking 200 free relay squad (1:42.01) and took first in both that 100 breaststroke and 100 fly in the dual meet.
Grant Denny (Douglas, '11), fr., Feather River: Events for the spring season start Feb. 17 at Norco, Calif.
Chris Balcom-Miller (Douglas '06), P, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox Double-A): Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training Feb. 19.
Jordan Hadlock (Douglas, '08), sr., C, Cal Poly: The Mustangs open their season Feb. 17 at home against Oklahoma State.
Tyler Hoelzen (Douglas, '09), jr., P, Sacramento State: Season opens Feb. 17 against Cal State Northridge.
Phil Mannelly (Douglas, '07), sr., OF, Lynn (Fla.): Season opens Feb. 2 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic.
Beau Davis (Douglas, '09), jr., C, Allan Hancock College: Season opens Feb. 3 against Compton College.
Kyle Ford (Douglas, '10), soph., C, Feather River: Season opens Feb. 3 at Taft College.
Kameron Van Winkle (Douglas, '11), fr., SS, Siskiyous: Season opens Feb. 3 against Gavilan.
Tanner Egan (Douglas, '11), fr., 2B, Siskiyous: Season opens Feb. 3 against Gavilan.
Shane Fencl (Douglas, '11), fr., SS, Feather River: Season opens Feb. 3 at Taft College.
Matt Thomas (Douglas, '11), fr., P, Feather River: Season opens Feb. 3 at Taft College.
Walker Gemmill (Douglas, '11), fr., C, Lassen: Season opens in February.
Cody Lommori (Douglas, '11), fr., 1B, American River: Season opens in February.
Stephanie Harper (Douglas, '09), jr., P/1B, Concord: Season opens Feb. 11 at Fayetteville State.
Liz Nickles (Douglas, '09), jr., Northern Colorado: Nickles has qualified for the Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships in the triple jump in each of her first two seasons and has been having a solid indoor season so far. She won the triple jump at the season-opening Wyoming Power Meet on Dec. 2 with a leap of 37-2.25. She also placed third in the long jump (17-0.5). She took sixth in the triple jump at the Air Force All-Comers Meet last week with a leap of 36-.075. Today the bears travel to the Cherry and Silver Invitational in Abuquerque, N.M.
Jessica Waggoner (Douglas, '09), soph., Army: Will join squad after basketball season.
Wade Meddles (Sierra Lutheran, '10), soph., Azusa Pacific: Season opens with Run For The Dream Invitational at Fresno today.
Davey Fisher (Douglas, '09), jr., Pacific Lutheran: Outdoor season does not start until March.
Bri Burnside (Douglas, '11), fr., College of Siskiyous: Will join squad after basketball season.