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Placer girls sweep finale

Kenworthy, Meyer, Rothe finish 1-2-3 for Hillgals in Central Division II slalom
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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TRUCKEE — Karly Kenworthy slipped and fell on her first slalom run. The Placer High junior was one of many skiers at Boreal to be awarded a rare re-run due to timing issues Monday, and she made the most of it. Kenworthy posted the two fastest times to lead another 1-2-3 finish for the Hillgals in the Central Division II finale under sunny skies. “I cleared the gate, so I just got back up and started skiing again,” Kenworthy said. “They didn’t get the time and it happened on the run that I fell. That doesn’t usually happen.” Kenworthy’s combined time of 1 minute, 11.93 seconds was almost two seconds faster than teammate Haley Meyer (1:13.92). Placer’s Paige Rothe was third (1:15.50), followed by Allison Gutierrez of Colfax in fourth (1:17.26) and Lanae Rothe of Placer in sixth (1:22.10). The Hillgals, who have already secured the best placement for next month’s state championships, used their last race as an early tune-up. “It’s just to have fun,” Kenworthy said. “It was the last race for the seniors, so we wanted to have fun.” Other teams, like Placer’s boys, had one last shot Monday to qualify skiers for state. The top four Hillgals will be joined at Mount Shasta by Julian Faulkner, Travis Tidd, Kyle Wells and McCall Falkenstein. Faulkner and Tidd will compete in both races at the state championships, while Wells qualified in slalom and Falkenstein in giant slalom. “Having the top skiers and taking as many as you possibly can to state is very beneficial, because in a field of 60, occupying the upper side, you push everybody down and it makes a big difference,” Placer coach Matt Conley said. While Placer swept the girls race, Colfax also had a strong day on the mountain, finishing a close third behind Davis. Nicola Lorang finished 12th for the Falcons, followed by Nicole Bajka (14th), Bailey Semmens (19th) and Mikalea Nielsen (20th). Bear River’s top skier, Kaitlyn Dwelle, was sitting in 18th after her first run before losing a ski near the bottom of her second. On the boys side, Nevada Union edged Colfax despite two top-10 finishes for the Falcons. Max Schopfer won in 1:08.66 and teammate Ross Thomson was sixth (1:15.36). “Max is a hell of a skier,” Conley said. “He always puts it out there on the line. In racing, on any given day you’ve got to put your best out on the course and hope the course is forgiving.” Faulkner took fourth overall (1:13.36), followed by teammate Travis Tidd 15th. Wells was 34th. Drew Anderson finished 14th overall for Colfax. Dylan Laidlaw (21st) and Tommy Irons (27th) also raced well for the Falcons. Scott Dwelle finished 37th to lead the Bear River boys. Tyler Craig, Shane Weathers and Tyler Marshall finished 45th, 46th and 47th for the Bruins, respectively.