Dunkelman shines for Tigers in finals
March 1, 2014
Douglas High senior Grant Dunkelman captured second in the dual slalom race at the Tahoe Basin Ski League Championships Tuesday at Alpine Meadows.
Truckee’s Addison Dvoracek beat Dunkelman in the dual slalom final. Dunkelman also placed fifth in the boys slalom Monday at Squaw Valley to provide the top highlights for Douglas during the championship meet.
Garret Driller was on his game Monday, meanwhile, as the North Tahoe senior defended his titles from a year ago in both the slalom and giant slalom races. Driller’s first-place performances helped lift the Lakers’ boys (329 points) to wins in all three events and the overall team championship ahead of Truckee’s 294 and South Tahoe’s 274 (only the top three teams from the regular season competed for team titles).
Driller edged Dvoracek as he posted a two-run combined time of 1:21.75 to Dvoracek’s 1:21.95.
Douglas was led by freshman Danner Hillman, who placed 15th with a time of 1:37.85. Bradley Losbhbaugh also finished 21st and Dunkelman 28th for the Tigers.
Driller dominated the slalom, as he was the only racer to eclipse the 1-minute mark with a combined time of 57.88 seconds.
Dunkelman moved up one spot from sixth-place after his first run and finished with a combined time of 1:03.44. Douglas teammate Tyler Cottrill was close behind in eighth-place with a 1:50.30 clocking, while Hillman placed 16th (1:11.66) and Loshbaugh 21st (1:17.57).
Cottrill also advanced to the round-of-16 in the dual slalom, while Loshbaugh and Hillman qualified for the round-of-32.
In the girls competition, Tara Cottrill led Douglas in both races on Monday. She finished 18th in thegiant slalom (1:44.52) and moved up to 14th in the slalom (1:14.36). She also reached the round-of-16 in Tuesday’s dual slalom.
Katherine Hill finished 24th in the slalom for Douglas, Katya Koepsel 27th and Carolyn Wilber 28th. In the slalom, Hill finished 22nd, Wilber 23rd and Koepsel 24th. Hill, Koepsel and Wilber qualified for the round-of-32 in the girls dual slalom.
Maia Bickert of South Tahoe swept all three races in the girls competition to help lead the Vikings to the girls’ overall championship, with 302 points to runner-up Whittell’s 279 and Incline’s 232.
In the girls giant slalom, Bickert won with a time of 1:28.92, followed by Whittell’s Madison Idso in 1:30.38. Bickert narrowly beat South Tahoe teammate Mikaela Clothier, 1:01.20 to 1:01.49, in the slalom. Bickert beat Whittell’s Michael Gardner to win the girls dual slalom final.