Trevor Maxwell wins giant slalom crown as West Linn caps an undefeated season

West Linn's boys ski team captured the state title for the fourth year in a row. The team is, front row from left: Trevor Maxwell, state champion in the giant slalom, Grant McDonald and Dylan Tuor. Back row: Colin Maxwell, Jordan Riesterer, Chris McNabb, Kyle Larson and Carson Pike.Not even some nasty weather could prevent the West Linn boys ski team from capping off another near-perfect season last weekend as it claimed its fourth straight state title and continued what has turned into a dynasty on the slopes.

It was a brutal start to the competition at Mount Hood Meadows.

Thursday saw heavy snowfall throughout the day with winds gusting up to 65 mph.

The boys raced the slalom and the girls raced in the giant slalom.

The day proved to be an all-out team effort for both the boys and the girls.

Top seeded Trevor Maxwell, the Three Rivers League champion, won the first run of the race by .90 seconds over the second-place competitor from Sunset. He was followed by Jordan Riesterer and Colin Maxwell to secure first place on the first run by a narrow .24 second margin over Lakeridge.

In the second run, Trevor Maxwell straddled a gate, taking him out of the individual slalom competition and out of getting a second run time for the team time. The situation meant that the remaining team members had to rally to win the run without their top skier. Kyle Larson was the top finisher for the Lions followed by Riesterer and Chris McNabb.

The Lions won the race for the day by 1.54 seconds over Lakeridge.

Dylan Tuor, the alternate for slalom race, finished first among the alternates.

For the girls giant slalom race, Anna Sassara was the top finisher for the Lions, taking eighth. She was followed by Tyler Shipley, Emily Jordan, Sammy Steeh and Quinn Mitchell. The girls team finished sixth for the day.

Carly Savoy finished ninth in the giant slalom alternate category.

After the challenging weather on Thursday, Friday saw clear skys and plenty of sunshine.

The West Linn boys won the giant slalom event, winning both runs. Trevor Maxwell, Chris McNabb and Jordan Riesterer had the top times on both runs to secure the first place finish.

Trevor Maxwell was the 2014 giant slalom state champion for the second year in a row.

Grant McDonald finished in first for the second run as the giant slalom alternate.

The girls slalom on Friday had a familiar feel to the boys event on Thursday.

Top seed Sassara had a great first run. No. 2 seed, Shipley, fell on the first run, meaning she was out of the competition as an individual and could not score a time for the team on the first run.

Once again the girls team rallied. Steeh and Jordan delivered solid runs and the team secured the sixth place finish.

Ellery Ross finished fourth in the slalom alternate category.

The boys achieved the historic four-peat while capturing both the slalom and giant slalom events as well.

The Lions also had some impressive individual slalom and giant slalom combined results.

For the boys, Riesterer placed fifth, McNabb ninth, Colin Maxwell 10th and Larson 11th.

For the girls, Sassara placed fourth, Jordan 38th, Steeh 47th and Mitchell 55th.

Chris McNabb received the Move Up Award for the slalom race. This is given to the athlete who moves up the most spots from where he starts. McNabb started in 88th and finished 14th, moving up 74 places.

Overall it was a great way to end what has been a challenging ski racing season for the Lions. The teams demonstrated teamwork at the highest level when it really counted.

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