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Record, Re~rter Wednesday, March 14, 2001 1C Keller who direct- to three league fired last week as High School base- the varsity coach three seasons, was March 7, over the future of though Baitinger retire at the con- 2001 season, he by the deci- after dedicat- to the program. was pretty unfair," a really rotten team's coach last guided the record and a among the top 10 the state among was the coach won its state- straight league to leading to its 15th straight title last season, as the school's coach for eight I years, helped prepare many of the players who would be the focus of Quincy's recent suc- cess. Despite that past success, Quincy officials purportedly believed it was time for changes in the program, which has been having difficulty attracting enough athletes this year. According to sources close to the situation, Baitinger alienated players and others because he is considered stub- bern. QHS Principal Tim Gallagher declined to com- ment on what led to Baitinger's dismissal. Gallagher said it is not appropriate for him to com- ment on personnel issues. Part of the concern, Baitinger said, is that he want- ed to bring up a few junior var- sity players to round out the varsity roster. But, Baitinger said he was met with resistance from the junior varsity team. In addition, he said he had trouble drawing other ath- letes. "I felt like I did everything I K ll F~ Alan Elaitinger, formerly the Quincy baseball coach, was let go one week ago. carves a heel-side turn on the snowboard course at the Iqve boys and three girls raced on Chester's snowboerding team students will Join the team next season. school in the dis- :Rives students the to snowboard is Chester High Snowboarding bs March 6-7, of riders represent- L of schools, but the from Plumas 2hester. snowboarding four years ago freshman rider, Since then, the the team has been and this year race. At least 'iders are already the team next to keep promot- Fellows, Northern I ,he, there are 70 representing This season, six qualified for Northstar. now a senior, was taking the 22nd Slalom and Aron Scott was both races in and Mike Bostic the men's compe women, Maya Was fastest in and Bryce was fastest in Alli McNeill, the Lady paced with Pt~ t~ ~rz~ t4~row state champi. this year, and Photo t~ ~ Mcxrow Senior snowboanf Ross Paterson waits at the starting gate before his first rum Paterson is the charter member of Chester's snowbeml team. Freshman Alyssa championships at Backman gets through Northstar March 6. the gates in her first Slalom run of the state n an an n By Shinnon Morrnw Spoqs Editor With the fastest boys team and the third-fastest girls team in the entire state, the Quincy High School ski team captured third place overall in the State Ski Championships at Northstar March 5-6. "Our goal at the beginning of the year was to be one of the top three teams in the:.state," said coach Bob Phelps. "No team worked harder than Quincy, and we never lost sight of our goal. The fact that we met our goal and have the No. 1 boys team in state is a dream come true." Quincy beat out all the Tahoe-area schools, finishing just behind Mount Shasta High School (first) and Mammoth Lakes High School (second), which are each locat- ed near the base of major ski areas. Just 25 points separated the top three teams, with the Trojans totaling 1356 points. The fourth-place team, Nevada Union High School, was 130 .points behind Quincy. Thirty- six schools from seven differ- ent leagues were represented at the state finals. Travis Phelps led Quincy's boys, taking second place out of over 100 racers in the com- bined times of Slalom and Giant Slalom (GS). Phelps tied for first place in points, so the tie breaker was decided by the total combined time of all four races, which Phelps lost by less than a second. Michelle Hochrein was the fastest for Quincy's girls, win- ning fourth place in combined times. Hochrein was equally strong in Slalom and GS, tak- ing sixth in each event. Quincy's boys team slid into fin'st place with 688 points, just two points in front of Mount Shasta. The Trojans were faster in GS than Slalom, but all five racers finished in the top 30 in both events. In boy's GS, Phelps took / / / Travls Phelps hup in Inside pole on his way to the flnhh line. Phelps took second place In state this year. third, followed by Pat Sheehan tent in GS and Slalom, with (seventh), Brian Sheehan four of the five racers finish. (11th), Collin John (16th) and ing in the top third of both Josh Sebold (30th). events. Phelps also took third in In GS, Hochrein's sixth- Slalom, with Josh Sebold next place finish was followed in the 19th position. Brian closely by Lindsay Morton Sheehan, Danny Price and Pat (17th), Alia Mrowczynski (21st) Sheehan hadless than one sec- and Allie Henson (26th). ond separating their Slalom Alyssa Backman finished 73rd. times, which placed them In girl's slalom, Hochrein together in the 25th, 26th and (sixth) was the fastest Trojan 27thspots, respectively, again, with Mrowczynski Pat Sheehan's second Slalom (18th), Morton (20th) and run was the fifth.fastest out of Henson (33rd) also racing everyone, but on his first run strong. Backman placed 58th. he missed a top gate and had to "I want to thank Kathy hike, costing him several valu. John, my co-coach, and Jim able seconds. Shirley from Portola for all Quincy's girls were consis- their hard work," said Phelps. The Quincy girls ski team placed Mrowczynski, Aille J4inJon, Mlchelle third overall in the state finals. From left: Alia Hochrein, Lindsay Morton and Alyssa Backman. 4