Lakeridge's boys also win, beating second-place Lincoln easily on Saturday

COURTESY MIKE JULIANA PHOTOGRAPHY - Lake Oswego's Drew Pieringer races through Saturday's giant slalom at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl; Pieringer finished 11th for the Lakers with a time of 2:30.36.The Lake Oswego girls ski team won its fourth race in a row Saturday, easily outdistancing second-place Lincoln in a giant slalom at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl.

Laker skiers finished third, fourth and eighth overall, with freshman Kiera Bertell leading the way with a time of 2 minutes, 30.24 seconds for her two runs. She was followed by sophomore Larissa Chan (she was fourth with a time of 2:32.86) and junior Italian foreign exchange student Lolli Pasotti (eighth at 2:38.71).

With a combined team time of 7:34.57, Lake Oswego easily beat out second-place Lincoln, which finished at 7:40.68. Also scoring for the Lakers on the second run (at 1:12.62) was junior Nicole Danilevsky, who did not finish her first run after crashing on the early part of the course.

"Any race on Reynolds is challenging," Danilevsky said. "It's very long and steep."

The Lake Oswego girls sit in first place in the Three Rivers League with 56 points. Just two races remain in the regular season, a giant slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday and a slalom race at Ski Bowl East on Feb 11.

For Lakeridge, which finished third at 7:48.89, event-winner Izzy Hoffman led the way with a winning time of 2:18.44. Other contributors for the Pacers were: Ryan Barbee (11th at 2:45.60); Laurel Finlay (12th at 2:46.01); Anna Patricelli (16th at 2:54.09); Jenna Achord (1:23.45 for her one completed run); and Campbell Drake (1:24.61 for her one completed run).

Boys Meet

On the boys side, it was Lakeridge that led the way, compiling a team time of 6:59.16 to beat second-place Lincoln by more than eight seconds.

The Pacers grabbed the day's top two spots (Jihoon Pak and Ty Glumbik), saw three more racers finish in the day's top nine and left the rest of the field far behind. Pak won the event with a time of 2:18.29 for his two runs, Glumbik took second at 2:18.32, followed by Cooper Lawhead in sixth at 2:22.78, Connor Hilts in seventh at 2:22.84 and Alex Johnson in ninth at 2:25.14.

For Lake Oswego — which finished fourth as a team at 7:42.55 — senior Drew Pieringer finished 11th for the Lakers with a time of 2:30.36. He was followed by junior Nick Talbot (16th at 2:39.74) and freshman Gabe Coder (17th at 2:42.08). Junior Laz Glickman finished ninth on his first run, but did not finish his second run.

For Lake Oswego, its fourth-place finish Saturday has the team clinging to the final league qualifying position for the OISRA State Championships in March. At third place overall in the TRL, the Laker boys are hoping to finish strong in the final two races.

"It's a short season and every race counts," Laker head coach Spencer Raymond said. "We are focusing on the final two races. They're key to our season standings."

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