In 2013, Sierra Nevada College surprised the community with an addition to the athletics department: a lacrosse team. According to the head of the women’s team, Honora Fallon-Oben, last year the SNC lacrosse teams were considered provisional teams within the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League, or WCLL.
“For the first year, the SNC team’s stats and records did not count. They played solemnly because they enjoyed the sport, and to prove to WCLL that they could field and manage a team to the league,” said Oben.
Oben, along with her team, is proud of the results from last season.
“WCLL was very impressed that in a location such as Tahoe, where lacrosse is not as widespread, we were able to make history as the first ever women’s lacrosse team at Sierra Nevada College and successfully complete the season,” said Oben. “We have done an excellent job proving to the league that we should be accepted as a full member.”
After the league meeting in October, the SNC lacrosse team will be voted in as a full member of the WCLL. It is the first season that the teams will be officially competing so this season will be important for both the men and the women’s teams.
The water ski club at Sierra Nevada College might sound like a laid-back opportunity to mess around on a boat on Lake Tahoe, but the club has a goal that stretches far beyond simple recreation.
As the first water ski club at SNC, this marks the introduction of an entirely new competitive team to the college. The club is one of 17 registered teams that make up the Western Collegiate Water Ski Association. SNC team members will attend their first competition on Sept. 27-28 in Chico, California.
“My main focus starting the water ski team was to give the students another competitive sport to do that is relatable to our location and provide another asset for the college,” said Cory Johnson, president of the water ski club.
The club’s mission statement, according to the Student Government Association’s website, is to unite students through an active and skillful sport while striving to build a healthy competitive spirit for all. “We will grow as individuals and as team members to expand our knowledge and abilities,” it states.
Johnson presented the idea to start the team to SNC faculty, and with the help of a few club members, it is close to succeeding establishment as an official part of the school. The club has been granted $4,900 courtesy of the SGA; $4,000 thanks to club proposals, and $900 thanks to a second place finish at club field day on Sep. 6. These funds however, are tentative and cannot be granted until President Lynn Gillette approves the club and the school’s insurance provider accepts the team through its underwriters.
Johnson is optimistic about the insurance decision and Gillette’s approval.
“I’m very hopeful on that. We’ve got the support of Shannon Beets, executive vice president and provost, as well as SNC Controller Linda Odell.”
“Both Beets and Odell are excited to see this happen and look forward to seeing things progress for the team,” said Johnson.
So far the team has had six practices, two on Lake Tahoe and four on a private lake.
“We water ski a few mornings during the week, starting at 7 a.m.,” said Sophomore Nelly Steinhoff, a new member of the team. “On the weekends we have different groups of five people who will go down to Gardnerville to a man-made lake where we are taught the proper technique to shred a slalom course, trick skis, and jump skis.”
Another obstacle for the team has been determining the commitment level of the club members. According to Johnson about 50 percent of the team seems truly committed to the competitive level.
“It’s hard because we all have our own college interests, as well as work and jobs and school. Being part of a competitive team is difficult, but I was fortunate enough to be on the freestyle snowboard team on both my freshman and sophomore year and if you want to do something then I believe it would be pretty easy to wake up at 6 a.m. and work out and go skiing, if you’re really into it,” said Johnson.
At the moment the club is comprised of twelve members, seven men and five women. Johnson encourages anyone interested in participating to consider enrolling in the club for the spring and fall semesters of 2015.
Sierra Nevada College sits at the epicenter of the outdoor sports Mecca of Lake Tahoe, and has a student body that routinely takes full advantage of all of the opportunities in the basin. Now steps are being made by administrators at SNC to seize a ripe opportunity sitting near the top of Donner Pass. A partnership is being established between SNC and Boreal Ridge Corporation, which includes the properties Boreal Mountain Resort, Woodward Tahoe and Soda Springs Mountain Resort, and students will start seeing the benefits of this partnership as early as June 2014.
“It’s a natural fit for our like-minded demographics,” stated Matt Peterson, director of Marketing at Boreal Ridge Corporation. “Sierra Nevada College challenges its students to learn both inside and outside the classroom walls. This is terrific opportunity to expand those walls further and only the start of things come. We’re stoked for the future of this partnership!”
The most immediate benefit of the partnership is a $300 discount that Woodward Tahoe is offering specifically to SNC students for its snowboard, skiing, and adult action sports camps, which take place on June 22-28. This discount would knock the price of the week long camp down to roughly $1499.
According to Nicole Ferguson, vice president of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Information Technology at SNC, the week of camp covered by the discount is specific to adults 18 and over, and mainly college students, from around the country.
This is only a small part of what Ferguson, who is the main force behind the partnership on the college side, hopes to accomplish. She believes that the partnership might lead to some great internship opportunities as well.
“Since it’s a new partnership we’re still exploring all the possible opportunities that will go along with this but it’s clear that our students are interested in internships at Boreal/Woodward,” said Ferguson. “Especially emphasizing our majors in Business and Sustainability to create a seamless internship process with them that benefits both the students and Boreal/Woodward.”
Ferguson also has some creative ideas involving direct student interaction with Woodward/Boreal’s weekly Expression Sessions. The Expression Sessions consist of weekly rail jams that take place at Boreal Mountain Resort under the Friday night lights.
“A possibility would be for us to collaborate on an event on one of those nights so if SGA (Student Government Association) is hosting a rail jam or something similar they are definitely looking for a partnership to do that sort of thing with our student body,” Said Ferguson. “It’s a perfect demographic for us because SGA or clubs on campus are always looking for ways to raise money; they’re looking for ways to get students out and doing things in an environment that everybody loves.”
The last object of discussion involves a possible discounted all-access pass to Boreal and Woodward for all SNC students. This is a goal that Ferguson is very hopeful about but says that no final decisions have been made and they are still exploring the many possibilities of the partnership.
“A lot of these discussions have just been started and nothing has been closed on but we are clearly on the same page with Boreal/Woodward on a lot of the initiatives,” said Ferguson.
By Sage Sauerbrey
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Photos by Keala Reeverts