Last week, Davis High School sent 17 athletes to the state championships, where they raced against the top skiers from 32 schools throughout California. And once again, DHS came out on top, winning the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championship, not a small feat for a flat-land school competing against ski powerhouses from Mammoth, Mt. Shasta and the Lake Tahoe area.
The conditions at the Northstar California races were rainy at times, and the snow was consistently slushy and heavy. A giant slalom course that was nearly twice as long as any the team had faced this season gave the skiers additional challenges. Yet the Blue Devils took first place by a close margin.
The combined total tally for DHS was 1,329 points, just nine points ahead of second-place Mammoth Lakes High School. Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills finished third with 1,254 points.
DHS girls ranked second with 677 points behind Mammoth Lakes (692 points), and the boys ranked second with 652 points behind El Dorado High School (662 points).
So how does coach Bob Brewer explain his team’s impressive victory?
“Depth, depth, depth,” Brewer said. Where many of the schools in the state have a couple of phenomenal skiers, DHS has many.
The always-outstanding Lily Wolfe did not disappoint this season. Frequently finishing first for the entire Davis team, Wolfe, a senior, skied the fastest in both slalom (second place) and giant slalom (fourth place) for the Blue Devils.
Modest about her accomplishments, Wolfe explained, “This was my fourth year competing at the state championships in both slalom and GS. Each year I have finished my GS races — never doing as well as I had hoped — but I never once finished a slalom race,” due to crashes or losing her skis.
“It was great having my senior year be the year where I finished all my races successfully and proved to myself and everyone else what I was capable of,” she added.
Team results for the other Blue Devil girls participating in the state championship were: Alix Graves, seventh overall in slalom, sixth in GS; Nina Shields, 16th overall in slalom and 14th in GS; Aina Smart, 54th overall in slalom and 45th in GS; Lindsey Bavetta, 20th overall in slalom; Lauren Smith, 15th overall in GS; Shannon Segall, 20th overall in GS; and Kerry Boyers, 12th overall in GS.
The boys were led by senior Kian Reno, who ranked third overall in slalom and 18th in GS. Reno said jokingly about his last year on the DHS ski team, “At least I can say my brother (sophomore Justin Reno) never beat me in a race.”
Team results for all the Davis boys who competed at the championships are: Kian Tanner, 15th overall in slalom and 40th for GS; Justin Bier, 25th overall for slalom and 20th for GS; Miles Wong, 12th overall in slalom; Davis Perez, 52nd overall in slalom; Jack Beckman, sixth overall in GS; Justin Reno, 22nd overall in GS; Tyler Powell, 25th overall in GS; and Michael Welsh, 39th overall in GS.
From a fan’s perspective, the races were also a little challenging. A very long walk up a steep hill was required to get to the finish line, but parents, grandparents, siblings and others came to cheer on the racers.
DHS parent and gatekeeping volunteer John Shields said, “The level of support for our racers from the Davis parents and other skiers was amazing — even from my gatekeeping spot high up on the course, I could hear the distinct roar every time a Davis racer finished.”
Note: All photos for the CNISSF state championship races are available at lefrakphotography.com.
— Reach Tanya Perez at 530-747-8082 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @enterprisetanya.
DHS all-division skiers for 2014
Girls: Lily Wolfe, first; Lindsey Bavetta, fifth; Lauren Smith, sixth; Alix Graves, seventh; and Aina Smart, eighth.
Boys: Kian Reno, second; Miles Wong, fourth; Kian Tanner, sixth; Davis Perez, ninth; and Jack Beckman, 10th.
DHS all-state skiers for 2014
Girls: Lily Wolfe, second; and Alix Graves, seventh.
Boys: Kian Reno, eighth.