The Dalles ski team struggled a bit last Saturday during slalom action at Ski Bowl, but has nearly a month to fix a few aspects before state on Mar. 6-8. In the group shot are, from bottom to top, Louis Red Cloud, Rowan Simpson, Paul Capek, Henry Perez, Cooper Klindt, Ashley Quisenberry, Hannah Biehn and Kailee Klindt.

The Dalles ski team struggled a bit last Saturday during slalom action on the Ski Bowl Course, but the group has nearly a month to fix a few fundamental aspects before state on Mar. 6-8.

Four of the seven skiers had two-run marks and both the boys and girls teams did not accumulate enough completed times in a varsity meet at Mount Hood Meadows.

“Overall, it was a tough day for The Dalles as a team,” TD head coach Dane Klindt said. “I’m looking forward to next week and after to show the league what our Dalles athletes can do.”

Following his third-place effort on Jan. 26, Louis Red Cloud posted an opening run of 56.71 seconds and ended his day with a ninth-place mark of 46.01 to get his combined 1:42.72 for 14th place out of 37 skiers.

George Harrison secured 18th place, as he improved off his 54.11 with a 52.96 and a 1:47.07.

Following failed opening runs, Ethan Martin and Rowan Simpson were able to lock in second-run times, with Martin posting a 58.70 and Simpson crossing the finish line in 1:04.46.

“Louis hooked a tip in the first run, but came back strong for the second,” Klindt said. “George finished both runs and continues to show great consistency. Ethan and Rowan both had trouble on their first run, but came back strong for their second.”  

Nash Levy tallied first place on the boys side with a final rally of 1:20.14, placing .54 seconds ahead of runner-up London Madrid, of Sandy (1:20.78) and 10.84 ahead of Benson’s Toby Mick (1:30.98).

Led by Levy and teammate Chris McElwee (1:32.21), Hood River Valley scored first place with a combined 4:23.91.

Sandy (4:29.14), Grant (4:51.55), Benson (5:13.10) and Cleveland (5:18.94) were the teams representing the rest of the standings.

The Dalles girls team had Hannah Biehn put up the best outcome overall with 19th place in the field of 35, starting with a 1:02.35 and ending with a 58.93 for her two-run final time of 2:01.28.

Right behind Biehn was Ashley Quisenberry, who tallied runs of 1:04.60 and 1:01.41 to get her 2:06.01 and a 21st-place finish.

Senior standout Petra Van Kessel-Ervin opened up in promising fashion with a 58.35, which placed her 15th in the field, just a shade below 18 seconds in back of first place.

She ran into trouble on her second run, however, and was tagged with a Did Not Finish.

“Petra had a great first run, but hooked a tip on the second one,” Klindt said. “Hannah continued to show she is on the verge of breaking out and showing the league what she’s got. Ashley also showed great improvement.”

The Hood River Valley duo of Josie Peterson and Erica Anderson were 1-2 in the individual standings, with Peterson finishing with a 1:21.65, while Anderson ended up 1.77 seconds off the pace at 1:23.42.

With Peterson, Anderson and Paris Nunn (1:33.58) taking charge, Hood River Valley rose to the top of the standings with their 4:18.65.

Sandy (4:48.86), St. Mary’s Academy (4:54.54) and Grant (5:13.46) rounded out the team placings.

In junior varsity events, Lucy Booth jumped up to fourth place with runs of 57.21 and 57.94, which gave her a total of 1:55.15, 7.88 seconds behind Hood River Valley’s Reed Mamuska (1:47.27).

The Dalles had three junior varsity participants and Henry Perez was the only one to produce a two-attempt time of 1:29.47 and 1:21.13 for his 2:50.60 to take seventh place in the field of 18 skiers.

Paul Capek did not complete either of his attempts and Cooper Klindt was sitting in sixth place after an opening run of 1:09.08, but he could not complete the second try.

“Lucy continues to show great promise for next year,” Klindt said. “Paul and Cooper had one good run each and both hooked tips on their second ones “Henry still shows consistency as an up-and-coming TDHS racer for the future.”

After this weekend, The Dalles has one final event at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23 on the Reynolds Run at Ski Bowl.

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