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Tigers ski to best team finish

by Chuck Smock

Lysle Turnbeaugh led the Douglas boys to their best finish in a Tahoe Basin Ski League race on Tuesday at Sierra at Tahoe.

Turnbeaugh finished 25th overall to lead a closely grouped pack of Tigers. Zac Beres crossed the line 28th, Zaq Rosenbloom was 32nd and Derek Dimitri finished 34th to help Douglas post a season-best 88 points in the 85-man field.

“I think those are pretty respectable numbers,” Douglas coach Bob Bytheway said. “We’re beating 50-plus guys. As a team, that’s a pretty good finish.

“The early season dry-land and on-snow training are starting to pay off.”

Scott Prather and Chuck Paya also skied well for the Douglas boys, Bytheway said.

The Douglas girls took fourth as a team behind a second-straight strong showing from junior Kelsey Newell, who finished eighth overall.

Angie Bommarito helped the Tigers with a ninth-place finish. And Arielle Finch was 15th.

“To have three girls in the top 15 is outstanding,” Bytheway said. “That’s excellent.”

Nicole McKinney also earned individual points for the Tigers with a 33rd-place finish.

Bytheway credited his co-head coach, Jason Dalessandro, with helping make sure the Tigers were ready for the slightly slushy snow during the race.

“Jason waxed their skies right before the race, based on the temperature of the snow,” Bytheway said. “He had the right combination for the snow conditions. And I think that contributed to the results as well.”

Turnbeaugh agreed with his coach that the continued training and the right wax paid off for the Tigers on Tuesday

“We all did a little better,” Turnbeaugh said. “We’ve had more gate training and we got to wax our skis at the top. That helped. You could feel the difference.”

Tahoe-Truckee won the boys’ team title on Tuesday. North Tahoe won the girls’ title.

The brother-sister duo of Stacey Cook and Gary Cook claimed the individual girls’ and boys’ races.

The Tigers will run the last Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the season on Wednesday at Diamond Peak. That race will determine the final team standings.

The top eight boys and top eight girls from each team will advance to the individual championship race on Feb. 16 at Sierra at Tahoe. A one-run race will determine the top 15 boys and girls, who will qualify for a dual format head-to-head giant slalom race for the individual championships the same day.