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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 14, 2012 lC SPORTS AND RE CRAT [ ON Chester has three racers place top 10 in state Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The Chester High School ski and snowboard team gen- erated impressive results during the state champi- onships at Northstar Ski Re- sort March 4-8, as three Chester racers finished in the top 10 overall. Jesse Gorbet earned fifth overall in the men's snow- board competition, Moises McCulloch placed sixth over- all in the men's ski division, and Bailey Smith captured eighth overall in the women's ski division. Gorbet, a senior, finished his high school racing with an exclamation by taking ninth in slalom and fourth in giant slalom for fifth place overall. "With a bit of a slow win, ter, Jesse wasn't on the snow as much as he had been in the previous years," said Chester ski and snowboard coach Chad Hyink. "With limited practices throughout the year, he finished fourth in our league. "At the state meet, he was able to get in quite a bit of time on his board before the races, which were the last few days, and I think it helped him find his rhythm. He also put together four of his best races in the two days. I think he really want. ed to give a good perfor- mance, and with that mind- set and his athleticism, he was going to race well." McCulloch, racing in the men's ski division, took sev. enth in giant slalom and llth in slalom for sixth place overall.. "Moises came 0ut and skied some of his best runs all season," said Hyink. "He finished second in league by a few hundredths of a sec- ond, but was our top league finisher at the state meet." Hyink also noted that Mc- Culloch, as a junior, is set- ting himself up to do well next year, as well. Smith claimed eighth overall in the women's ski division by taking fifth place in slalom and 14th in giant slalom. "Bailey had some high ex- pectations after a sixth-place overall finish last year and finishing as the Central I in- dividual league champion again this year," said Hyink. "She didn't ski her best on the first day in the GS, but she was able to refocus and get back on track with a cou- ple of great slalom runs. On- ly a junior, she'll be ready for another great season next year." Chester skier Dakota Strand also turned in good results by finishing 18th in both slalom -and giant ...... slalom. Strand missed plac- ing in the top 10 by only sev- en points. "As a freshman, Dakota had a great year, finishing third in league, and he had a solid performance at the state meet," said Hyink. "He is a very consistent skier who limits mistakes. I think his success this year should give him a lot of confidence for the rest of his high school career." / Jesse Gorbet (top left), Moises McCulloch (above), and Bailey Smith (left), earn All-State awards for Chester High School. Competing in slalom and giant slalom, the three racers each finished in the top 10 overall during the state championships at Northstar last week, March 4-8. Photos by Shannon Morrow Good start Miguel Garcia takes a turn at the pitching mound for the Portola High School baseball team. The Portola Tigers won their first three games of the season at the Los Molinos tournament last weekend. Photo by Tiffany Williams Longboard races tentative The Plumas Ski Club's 20th annual historic long- board races are scheduled for this Sunday, March 18, at the ski hill above Johnsville. Race organizershope that this week's storms will bring enough snow to cover the course. Promoters also recognize the uncertainty of the upcoming rain and snow elevations, and that the races may or may not be possible. Regardless of conditions, the ski club will host an event Sunday, March 18, cel- ebrating longboard racing, ski club history and the re- newed possibility of a revi- talized ski area. Of Course, the races will be held if at all possible, but if conditions don't permit racing, it's still going to be a fun gathering, and atten- dance is encouraged either way. Longboard organizers met last week to review race plans and to organize an al- ternative party event in case rain at the ski bowl eliminates the potential to race. The January and Febru- ary races were cancelled due to this winter's drought and minimal snowpack at the historic Eureka Bowl, location of the old Plumas- Eureka Ski Bowl. As of last Friday, March 9, there was 18 inches of snow on the race course. "It's borderline, at best, if we don't get more snow, but we will do our best to make the races happen, if possi- ble," said race coordinators Rob Russell and Jim Webster. Weather reports have predicted a period of high snow levels near 7,500 feet midweek, followed by 3,000-foot levels Friday and .Saturday. "Trying to plan for the race is very tough when conditions are this vari- able," said Russell. The final decision on the races isn't expected until Friday or even early Satur- day, depending on what hap- pens with the snow condi- tions on the course. Longboard racers and spectators can best determine the race status by visiting plumasski- club.org Friday and Satur- day. Information will also be posted on Facebook and broadcast on local radio, as possible. Ski club president iron Lo- gan encourages supporters to come up to the hill even if the races can't happen. "If we make the call to cancel the races, we are still going to have an informal celebration from around noon - 3 p.m. on Sunday," said Logan. The "plan B" event will include free hot dogs, live music by the Lost Sierra Orchestra, a presentation on the history of longboard i racing and the Plumas Ski Club, and a presentation of the future goals of the chairlift project given by Eastern Plumas Recreation District. Watch the ski club web- Site for more information as the week progresses. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the club sponsored Historic Long- board Revival Series. The races not only perpetu. ate the unique history and frivolity of ski racing on 10- to 16-foot handmade wooden skis, but also serve to commemorate the world class ski history of Plumas and Sierra counties. This winter also marks the 60th anniversary of the Plumas Ski Club, which de- veloped the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl in Johnsville, dat- ing back to 1952. Many vol- unteers have worked togeth- er over the years to keep a family oriented' ski area in operation. Supporters of a revital- ized ski area near Eureka Peak note that the first organized ski racing in the entire Western Hemisphere began in Plumas County at Onion Valley, and pio- neer skiers and racers reportedly skied Eureka Peak and Eureka Bowl in the 1870s. Plumas-Eureka State Park, Johnsville and the "Lost Sierra" region are home to many firsts in ski- ing history.