BY Rebekah Ashley
Asst. News Editor
The Sierra Nevada College snowboard and ski teams are nearing the end of their pre-season training as snow begins to fall in the Sierras.
For the Eagles, pre-season training began at the end of August and continues until lifts open and the athletes can bring their training to the slopes.
According to freestyle skier Aiden Lee and snowboarder Colleen Healey, the freestyle team’s pre-season training consisted of running at Diamond Peak, workouts at both Incline High School and Ski Beach, and Woodward Tahoe trampoline and foam pit sessions.
“I’ve never been part of a ski team before so this whole experience is new to me, but it’s been super helpful in preparing for my season,” said Lee.
According to Healey, it was an intense pre-season of dryland training.
“We mainly focused on getting in shape through cardio workouts at the beginning and then began to introduce core and leg workouts. We started out small and then worked our way up to more difficult training regiments,” she said.
Alpine skiers Viking Roald and Elias Stürz say for the race team, pre-season is a time the team come together at the Village Green, Diamond Peak, Mount Rose and High Altitude Fitness.
“Every training we do, we do together as a team, either if it means running for miles in the Tahoe mountains or hitting the gym,” Roald said. “This preseason, we have pushed ourselves harder than ever.”
The first competition for the freestyle ski and snowboard team will be on Jan. 18, 2015, at Diamond Peak.
“I’m not nervous about it, I actually think it’ll be kinda fun to compete,” Lee said.
By Jamie Wanzek
Sierra Nevada College’s athletics have revolved around skiing and snowboarding for the past 20 years, but the athletic department is officially seeking expansion into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in order to officially add six new sports to the athletic department: men’s and women’s soccer and cross-country running; men’s golf, and women’s volleyball and softball.
“Athletics are an important part of colleges and universities. We are adding a more traditional, integral part,” Jon Cherry, assistant athletic director and freeski coach said.
The NAIA is an athletic association that organizes college and university level athletic programs for smaller colleges and universities across the country. The NAIA gives smaller institutions an athletic association aside from the the NCAA I,II,III (The National Collegiate Athletic Association), which is typically suited for large colleges and universities.
On Oct.1, the SNC athletic department officially submitted its NAIA membership form in hopes of becoming an accepted institution. The process from here includes an official review of SNC’s mission statement, student enrollment profile, budget for athletics and the current and projected sports sponsorships, according the the NAIA website.
“The idea of going NAIA or NCAA has always been there. This year the department finally submitted an application, due to the success of the Lacrosse team. The Lacrosse team showed that other sports teams can succeed at SNC,” Cherry said.
BY DOMINICK MONTELARO
On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Sierra Nevada College men’s lacrosse team faced Santa Rosa Junior College(SRJC) in their first home game of the new season. There was no shortage of familiarity between the two sides, as six players transferred from SRJC to SNC in the past year. One of the new players, Junior Jack Witt, plays defense.
“It felt like a throwback seeing them all out there but it was fun getting some hits in on them,” said Witt.
Despite early possessions and good shots on goal, SRJC was not able to capitalize. SNC took an 8-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“It felt good to get an early lead on them so we could work on some new things as a team,” said Witt.
The pace of the game slowed down drastically in the second quarter making the score 10-4 by the half.
The second half of the game showcased many of the team’s younger players. Freshman Goalie Stephen Jenab and Sophomore Goalie Austin Farina each saw a quarter in cage and held the SRJC team to just 3 goals in the second half.
“We had some ups and downs in the game but it felt great to get out there and overall my first college home game went great,” said Jenab.
With great goalkeeping and persistent offense, the Eagles cruised to a 19-7 victory.
“We could have played better in many aspects of the game but we still showed everyone watching what we can do,” said Junior Faceoff Specialist Todd Grimm.”The home crowd helps us all. I was all about the excitement and number of people.”
Grimm was not the only one excited about the turn out. SNC Senior and lacrosse fan, Marissa Crump said, “The game was so conveniently close to the school that it brought a much bigger fan base which is something the school’s lacrosse team needs. It brought people to watch the game that aren’t always a part of that scene.”
While the Eagles don’t have another home lacrosse game until the spring, they seized this opportunity to showcase what they are capable of.
Big Bear Lakes, California: an unassuming, countrified nook tucked in the underskirt of the San Bernardino mountains. These mountains are a homey getaway from the swarming ruckus of Southern California; a sip of mother nature; the oasis in the desert. Big Bear is also the breeding ground for a certain caliber of snowboarding, synonymous with the terms “legend”, “OG” and “timeless.”
Big Bear’s 11th annual “Hotdawgs and Handrails” attracted thousands of spectators to the resort on Sept. 20. It’s the premier pre-season snowboarding event that, in the past, has elevated relatively unknown riders (including Keegan Valaika, Zak Hale, Ryan Paul and former Sierra Nevada College student Tommy Gesme) to the limelight of the snowboard industry. Although this year’s podium held some more familiar names, this will still stand as a breakthrough for folks who had to compete on two courses rather than just one. To start things off Luke Haddock, a Vermont native, hustled for the entirety of the session, aiming for idyllic execution. It was Haddock’s clean full cabs on the down bar that landed him in third place.
“I was shocked to find out I made the podium, the level of riding was extremely progressive,” Haddock said.
Second place fell upon Denis “Bonus” Leontyev, the Russian rail wizard.
“I thought the course was really fun. I really enjoyed the fact that there were two different courses,” Leontyev said.
His resounding consistency and eye-catching trick selection, regardless of the feature at hand, was what paid off for him in the end. However, it would take more than technical precision and unmitigated riding to walk with the $10,000 prize.
Local surfers had the ride of their lives Sept. 25, thanks to high winds that churned up a giant swell on Lake Tahoe’s northern shores. Sierra Nevada College senior Conner Wagner is an avid surfer and tries to make it out on the lake whenever there are waves.
“Some of these waves are overhead,” said Wagner. Wagner spends his winter breaks surfing the north shores of Oahu, Hawaii, and he snowboards in Tahoe when he returns.
“These are the biggest waves I have ever seen on the lake,” said Wagner.
Surfing on Tahoe has become sort of a novelty. According to locals, there is nothing else like it.
“When you duck-dive a wave, the water is crystal clear, and it’s warm. It’s like surfing in Hawaii,” said Incline resident Russell Conway.
In the summer Tahoe water temps can reach 70 degrees. But wintertime temperatures cause the water to dip into the low 40s. The surfers congregate at one of the best breaks, which is at Hidden Beach just outside of Incline Village. The large boulders off the shore of the beach generate breaking points for the waves rolling in.
“You can get clean rights and lefts all day,” said Conway.
It has to be pretty windy to surf Tahoe, usually the wind has to be a consistent 25 plus mph.
“Most storms come in during the fall and winter, but you can get some great surfing in the summer too,” said J.P. Donovan, a lifeguard at Sand Harbor. “The wind normally blows from the southwest, west or northwest.”
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Sierra Nevada College men’s lacrosse team participated in the annual High Sierra Lacrosse Fundraiser, also known as the LAXtoberfest Lacrosse Tournament, at North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City. It was a victory for the team, placing 3-0 in the tournament.
“It was great to have all the guys back together again on the field after a long summer break and to see us all click right back into action after our success last season. I’m really excited to see what next season has in store for us,” said Jake McIntyre, starting attackman for SNC.
Last season the team achieved an undefeated season for their very first year playing, according to the Sierra Nevada College website. Saturday, the day began with a successful start as the Eagles took 11-3 against Santa Barbara Community College and then continued to dominate throughout the tournament.
“It was a good way to start the fall season off,” coach Bruce Meierdiercks said. “We own the lake.”
They played the Tahoe Dawgs, a local men’s club team, in which they earned another large margin victory.
“We were a bit worried coming into the tournament because practice had been cancelled for the previous two weeks due to poor air quality from the King fire. To see our squad come out and take care of business after not practicing was a really good confidence boost to send us into the new season,” said Sergio Orduna, starting defensive player for SNC.
During the tournament the weather was rainy and cold, which was significant in subsiding the King Fire smoke. Lacrosse players were unfazed by the weather conditions, however participants in the stands were a little more sensitive.
“Rain or smoke, I’ll be supporting these guys, but, yea, I still can’t feel my fingers,” SNC fan Sierra Parada said.
Over 70 competitors all over the West Coast traveled to Sky Lake Ranch in Durham, California, to compete in a three-event water ski tournament on Sept. 27-28.
For the Sierra Nevada College water ski team, this was the first tournament since the team was formed this fall. The western regional opener was a chance for the water ski team to earn valuable points from three different events in hopes of competing at National Championships at the beginning of October.
“After this first tournament, we are 100 percent sure we want to be here. We are the first ones up in the morning and the last ones going to sleep,” said Cory Johnson, president of the water ski club. “We party hard, but we ski harder.”
Along with SNC, major universities such as UC Davis, Arizona State University, Chico State University, Cal Poly and UCLA gathered at 7 a.m. Sept. 27 around Sky Lake Ranch, near Chico, California. The weather was perfect, with a sunny sky and no wind. The course was set up on the lake and people were getting boats ready for the skiers. The first event was slalom and all the SNC skiers got around the first turn.
The best SNC performance on the slalom course was by Marco Gooding, who made it to the fourth turn and earned the team 115 points.
“I tried really hard out there, missed a few turns but I still had a great time,” Gooding said. “It’s the first tournament of the season for the team, but we are still killing it.”
Teammates Johnson and Ian Van Metre both scored 65 points and Sophomore Grant Furlan earned 45 valuable team points for SNC.
With the change in seasons, warm weather and afternoons on the beach are numbered. On Saturday Sept. 20 Cory Johnson, resident assistant and president of the Water Ski Club, organized a volleyball tournament and barbecue at Ski Beach for one of the last days of summer in Tahoe.
“I have always been an avid volley player, and once I moved up here I played pretty much everyday over the summer,” Johnson said.
As the first tournament that Johnson hosted, he was responsible for organizing and running the event.
“From the tournament necessities, to the barbecue essentials, I got all of that together. Haley Gray was really helpful in getting me some of the other essentials, like tongs, extra coals and lighter fluid,” Johnson said.
The event was funded by the Sierra Nevada College. As an RA, Johnson is asked to organize one or two events a month. He said the volleyball tournament became his major event for the semester.
“We will probably do it again,” Johnson said.