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Black Oak Mine Skiers Take Top State and National Honors
Posted 3/20/19


Black Oak Mine Unified School District

Press Release

March 2019

Black Oak Mine Skiers Take Top State and National Honors


Golden Sierra Junior/Senior High School’s (GSJSHS) 2019 one and only skier, senior Lucas Murray, has been selected as the California Inter Scholastic Federation (CIF) Sac-Joaquin Section Sierra Delta League Dale Lacky Scholarship recipient. This prestigious award is given to one male and one female athlete per league each academic year. Selection is based on academic achievement, community service and varsity athletic participation.    

High school skiers are part of the California Nevada Inter Scholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF), a subset of the CIF. South 1 is one of six geographically oriented Divisions in the state. GSJSHS joins other El Dorado County high schools in this division. The goal of the CNISSF is to provide high schools with the opportunity to field teams for Alpine Racing, including Women’s Ski - Giant Slalom and Slalom; Men’s Ski - Giant Slalom and Slalom; Women’s Snowboard - Giant Slalom and Slalom; and Men’s Snowboard - Giant Slalom and Slalom. Sierra-at-Tahoe is the host ski resort for CNISSF South 1.

Murray and his dad, Carl, have a lifelong attachment to the sport of skiing. Murray senior began coaching at GSJSHS twelve years ago when his oldest son, Matthew, was on the team. Second son, Alexander, and now son Lucas have all skied for GSJSHS, culminating with Murray’s outstanding 2019 season, a first in Men’s Ski and fifth in the Men’s Ski State Championships. His next event depends on what university he chooses. He has currently been accepted at the University of Nevada at Reno, Colorado School of Mines, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Embry Riddle as a Mechanical Engineering Major. He is waiting to hear from Stanford and MIT. He may race at the college level depending on the school he attends.


The Sierra-at-Tahoe program promotes all age groups of skiing competition, as exemplified by another champion skier, Georgetown School sixth grader Wyatt Daugherty, who has been skiing since he was two. Mother, Jessica Pierce Daugherty, is a 1996 GSJSHS graduate who met her skiing husband, Josh, in Breckenridge, Colo. At age nine, the family realized that Wyatt had a future in skiing and that he “had something and needed to be pushed.”  He joined a development team and then progressed to a competition team, skiing with sixteen-year-olds until he broke his wrist in 2018.

Wyatt rides for the Sierra-at-Tahoe competition team in Free Style (Slope Style, Half Pipe, Rail Jam (parks) and Skier Cross) and Free Ski (back country going over jumps). From April 5-11, he will be competing at the USA Snow Board and Free Ski Association (USASA), skiing in Slope Style, Half Pipe and Skier Cross at Copper Mountain in Colorado, right near his father’s hometown. As mother Jessica says, “We’ve come full circle!”

When Wyatt’s mother asked him to describe skiing, he said, “My favorite part is the nervousness I feel right before I’m about to drop into a jump or trick and how great of a feeling it is when you know you have a trick down and you land it perfectly.” “That feeling of harnessing your nerves to land your perfect trick knowing it’s an individual sport and it’s totally up to you to land, is the best feeling for him,” added Daugherty.