The Bishop Manogue boys ski team team won its first state championship in school history Thursday at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, and it was in honor of Miners coach Scott Trabert.
The first-year coach, who said he has about 22 years of skiing experience, took a break from the ski world when his 20-year-old son Matt died on Aug. 9, 2010, in a car accident. Now, Trabert's return to skiing has been memorable.
"You know Manogue hasn't really been on the radar when it comes to skiing in this state, but Scott has really turned it around," Reed coach Todd Tuttle said.
Trabert's presence is added motivation for Miners sophomore Stephen Osborne as he performed at his peak, winning the slalom while wearing the skis Matt wore when he earned the same honor as a sophomore at Wooster in 2005.
"I actually didn't have the right skis for the weekend, and he (Trabert) offered them, so I was really honored to use them since his son meant so much to him and was such a great skier," Osborne said. "Even though Scott has only been our coach for one season, I've known him a long time and he's always been there for me like another dad would."
Osborne also grabbed a fifth-place finish in giant slalom and barely lost the overall individual title to Reno's Matt Cooper, who finished second in slalom and first in giant slalom.
"It was an honor and a pleasure to have Stephen be able to ski on my son's skis, win a slalom event this year ...," Trabert said. "I know my son's sitting out there looking over us very proud."
The Miners defeated second-place Wooster by a 131-95 margin. Reno finished in third place with a score of 148, and Reed fourth with 249.
The Manogue girls didn't fare quite as well, finishing third with 166 points behind first-place Galena (95) and Wooster (112). Reno finished fourth at 201.
However, Miners junior Alex Banales stole the show during day two of the state meet with a first-place finish in giant slalom. Banales beat Galena's No. 1 skier and the event's overall individual champion, Megan Rescigno, by 1.2 seconds.
"It's been a privilege to be a part of the team this season because Scott's such a great coach," Banales said. "He's really taught us a lot, and this is the hardest we've worked and the best we've performed in all three years I've been on the ski team."