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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 17, 2010 11B SPORTS and REC] jECATION Portola senior Chase Shirley maintains maximum speed through the GS course at Mt. Shasta last week. Shirley was the state's fastest skier overall. Photo by Karen Barker Chester's Emily LaGroue took 11th in slalom and 12th in GS at the state championships. Photo by Shannon Morrow Chase Shirley wins first at state championships Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plu Racing against the best high school skiers from Cali- fornia and Nevada, Portola's Chase Shirley won first place overall at the 2010 state ski championships at Mt. Shasta March 7-9. Shirley took first place in GS (giant slalom), March 8, and second place in slalom March 9, making him the fastest high school skier in the state. Finishing with 239 total points, Shirley defeated sec- ond-place skier, David Carter of Mount Shasta, by one point ....... After the times of the four runs were combined, Shirley recorded a total time of 162.49 seconds, three-tenths of a sec- ond faster than Carter. "Chase demonstrated hard word, dedication and team leadership all season for our men's varsity ski team," said Portola coach Mark Smith. Plumas County had two other skiers finish in the top ten to win All-State titles. Quincy sophomore Garrett Hagwood earned seventh place overall, and Portola's Parker Newsted claimed 10th. Hagwood took ninth place in slalom and llth in GS for 222 points and a total time of 184.68 seconds. Newsted took 10th in slalom and 16th in GS for 216 points and a total time of 186.08. As a team, the Portola men captured third place overall at the state champiQnships. With seniors Shirley and Newstead in the top 10 for Portola, their sophomore teammate, Tyler Atkins, con- tributed well with a 13th place in slalom and 37th place in GS. The Portola men posted a team score of 642 points, just two points behind second- place Ponderosa High School in E1 Dorado County. "Our varsity men's alpine ski team was outstanding all year and has continued the tradition of good sportsman- ship and championship per- formance that Portola High School athletics is known for," said Smith. The Quincy men's team registered 538 points for sev- enth place overall. Jared Kuipers placed fourth in GS with a com- bined time of 94.16 to earn 117 points for Quincy. Sopho- more teammate Koby Barker clocked a 104.44 for 26th place and 95 points. "We did better in GS than I ever thought we would," said Quincy coach John Kuipers. "It's not our strong suit." The next day in slalom, Barker claimed the 17th posi- tion for a combined time of 88.93 seconds to earn 104 points for the Trojans. Almost 40 percent of the male racers were disquali- fied or did not earn times on the slalom course, largely due to a tricky last gate that many skiers missed. Jared Kuipers was among those who were disqualified, along with Chester's Natty Brockway and Michael Pixler. The Chester men's team compiled 319 points for the 15th position overall. Chester's Moises McCul- loch performed well as a freshman, placing 30th in GS with a combined time of 105.71 seconds, and placing 36th in slalom with a com- bined time of 110.49 seconds. Pixler earned 74 points for the Chester Volcanoes, with a 47th place in GS at 115.10 seconds. 11th and 12th, respectively. Smith's combined time was 103.26 seconds, and La- Groue's was 104.01 seconds. Quincy's Alexis DeCoe was the next local skier, with a time of 113.10 seconds for 24th place. Teammate Trini- ty Stirling came in at 116.58 seconds for 30th place, and Stefany Barnes was timed at 119.52 seconds for the 34th position. In the women's slalom competition Wednesday, La- Groue earned llth place for Chester with a time of 94.58 seconds. DeCoe took 14th for Quincy Women ............... with a time of 99.08 seconds, In the women's overall, and Chester's Bry Ward Quincy again took seventh place as a team with 528 points. The Chester women immediately followed in eighth place with 515 team points. Portola doesn't have a women's team this season. During Tuesday's GS race, Chester's pair of phenomenal freshmen skiers Bailey Smith and Emily LaGroue placed claimed the 23rd position at 111.49 seconds. Barnes (135.10 seconds) and Stirling (158.93 seconds) took 44th and 52nd for Quin- cy. Chester's Smith was dis- qualified after missing the same last gate that hampered many other skiers. Division awards There are six divisions in the California Nevada Inter- scholastic Ski and Snow- board Federation. The Central II Division, which holds Quincy and Por- tola, finished the season in first place with a total of 6,627 points. The Central I Division, which Chester is a part of, took fourth place with 2,619 total points. Chester High School's com- bined men's and women's team won first place overall in the Central I Division. The Quincy Trojans com- bined for fifth place in the Central II Division. Individually, three Plumas County skiers took first place in their respective divisions throughout the regular sea- son. McCulloch won the men's Central I for Chester, Kuipers won the men's Cen- tral II for Quincy, and Smith won the women's Central I for Chester. As a sophomore, Quincy's Garrett Hagwood placed seven overall in the men's division at the state championships. Photo by Karen Barker ,!i :ii Senior Parker Newsted placed 10th overall, giving Portola third place as a team in the men's di- vision. Photo by Karen Barker Koby Barker took 17th in slalom and 26th in GS to total 199 points for the Quincy Trojans. Photo by Karen Barker Four Quincy skiers earned all-conference honors after finishing in the top 10 in the Central II Di- vision. From left: Garrett Hagwood, Alexis DeCoe, Koby Barker and Jared Kuipers. Portola's Chase Shirley, not pictured, also earned all-conference. Photo by Karen Barker