Boys team second at league final
Danner Hillman and the Douglas High boys alpine team finished its season on a historic note at the Tahoe Basin Ski League Championships on Feb. 28 at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.
Douglas returned home with a team trophy for its second-place performance in the boys giant slalom, slalom and combined scoring. The Tigers trailed only North Tahoe by a 392-374 score in the combined standings, the best overall team finish at the Tahoe Basin League championships for Douglas since it joined the organization in 1990.
As an added bonus, the Douglas girls captured the league’s Academic Championship award with a team grade point average of 3.85, just edging past South Tahoe’s 3.83.
Hillman, a senior and fourth-year veteran of the Douglas team, was the Tigers’ top individual performer as he took third-place in the giant slalom and slalom races. The two results gave him third-place as well as in the combined standings, behind only Incline’s Winston Pretti and Whittell’s Payton Norton.
Hillman placed third in the giant slalom as a junior at the 2016 league championships. He also finished second in the league’s season points standings.
These results are noteworthy when considering that the league’s five original schools — Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline, Whittell and South Tahoe — have all produced eventual Olympians.
Sean Dunkelman, a junior, placed seventh in the giant slalom, ninth in the slalom and seventh in the combined.
Also for Douglas, Bryan Harris placed 10th in the slalom, 14th in the giant slalom and 12th in the combined; Luke Walters placed 19th in the giant slalom, 21st in the slalom and 18th in the combined; while Sloane Niccoli took 17th in the slalom, 31st in the giant slalom and 21st in the combined.
North Tahoe edged Douglas 194-185 to win the giant slalom team title.
On the girls side, sophomore Emily Hillman led Douglas as she placed 16th in the giant slalom, 12th in the slalom and 11th in the combined. Senior Mary Weyland, a four-year veteran of the team, placed 15th in the slalom, 21st in the giant slalom and 16th in the combined.
Freshman Adriana Bilderback was a top-20 performer, as she placed 20th in the slalom, 27th in the giant slalom and 20th in the combined.
Note: The championship meet was scheduled to be held over two days, however, racing was canceled on Feb. 27 due to inclement weather and both races were held on one day.