By Nathan Curtis,
The temperature wasn’t the only thing hot in Tahoe on Friday the 13th.
The Davis High snowboard team brought their best game to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Tahoe, racing to a second-place overall finish despite the unfavorable snow conditions in the 70 degree heat. In addition to placing second in their league, the team had 11 racers qualify for the state meet in Mammoth in March.
“I think they all did really well, I mean there were trying conditions,” head coach Marcia Heller said. “The snow was obviously very, very soft and not fun to work with, but they still did great and had fun.”
The men’s team was paced by senior Sean Mulvihill, coming in fifth overall for both the slalom and giant slalom courses. Senior Dean Boswell also earned some big points for the men’s team with an eighth place finish in the slalom race and a ninth place finish in the giant slalom. Sophomores Connor Kinner, Cole Morse, and Ben Simmons and David Marciel all had swift times as well, placing 12th, 14th, 22nd and 29th respectively in the slalom race.
Out of the six teams in the race, the men placed second.
“I guess I’m happy with second place. I feel like a lot of guys who were aiming to qualify for states did. Even though some guys had some mishaps and falls, me included, the races went pretty well,” Boswell said.
The women’s team placed second out of the seven teams in their league as well. Sophomore Abbie DeWit led the Blue Devils with a fifth place finish in slalom and a sixth place finish in giant slalom.
“I think the races went well for me,” DeWit said. “ It was a little slushy, but it’s been really hot, so I guess that’s what happens.”
For the slalom race, Juniors Alessandra Corsten and Ava Mills placed in 8th and 11th while seniors Chris Roekl-Navazio and Alice Honig placed in 17th and 18th.
According to Heller, Mulvihill, Boswell, Kinney, Simmons, Marciel and Morse all qualified for the men’s state meet while DeWit, Honig, Corsten, Roekl-Navazio and Mills qualified for women’s.
“We had quite a few people who made the state meet that I was thrilled about. Some of these kids were complete beginners a couple years ago, and now they’re doing complete heel and toe turns down a slalom course which is hard to do, and that’s really gratifying to see,” Heller said.