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News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, American Legion’s Oktoberfest, toy drive and more

BIRTHS

Adelynn Margarita Lizaola Meyer was born Sept. 19 to Fidencio Lizaola and Kelly Meyer of South Lake Tahoe.

Alma Rayne Ruvalcaba was born Sept. 20 to Art Ruvalcaba and Leah Aguilar of South Lake Tahoe.

Kelsey Grace Zorn was born Sept. 20 to Jacob and Jamie Zorn of South Lake Tahoe.

Omar Ruelas Ruiz was born Sept. 21 to Jorge Ruelas Quintero and Ana Ruiz Palomino of South Lake Tahoe.

Stella Renee Rivas was born Sept. 23 to Daniel Rivas and Haley Rivas of South Lake Tahoe.

Hazel Mae McCreary was born Sept. 23 to Frank and Jeri McCreary of South Lake Tahoe.

Jett Joseph Ritter was born Sept. 25 to BJ Ritter and Michelle Wittenberg of Gardnerville.

AMERICAN LEGION OKTOBERFEST

The American Legion Post 795 of South Lake Tahoe invites residents and visitors to join members of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary for an Oktoberfest celebration that includes a traditional German meal and live music by the Cash Only Band on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Food will be served from noon until 5 p.m. and the cost is $10. The American Legion Hall is located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Oktoberfest originally began when German Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.

For more information, contact Carol Olivas at (530) 544-1306.

LTCC TALK

The entire community is invited to Lake Tahoe Community College for a talk with author and anthropologist Enrique Martinez Curiel on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Aspen Room (library building). This is a free presentation that will be delivered in Spanish.

Curiel is the author of “Los que se van y los que se quedan,” or “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.” The book is based on a study Curiel conducted that analyzed the formal education of and transition to adulthood in the youths of families who remained living in Ameca, Jalisco, compared to those who instead migrated into communities throughout California. Curiel received the prize for Best Doctorate Thesis in Social Science and Humanities at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for his work.

This free event is sponsored by the Equity Department at LTCC. For more information about this event or the Equity Program, contact Laura Salinas at (530) 541-4660 ext. 549, or send an email to lrsalinas@ltcc.edu.

LAKE TAHOE TOY DRIVE

The Lake Tahoe Toy Drive is planned for Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon. It’s sponsored by the American Legion Post 795.

Food will be provided, along with live music by Cash Only Band.

Help 450 families in the community that can’t afford a Christmas this year. Cost is one unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item.

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES TO INVENTORY PUMPED GROUNDWATER

Beginning this September and continuing through December, staff from the Nevada Division of Water Resources, Office of the State Engineer, will be conducting pumpage and crop inventories in approximately 60 hydrographic basins statewide.

While conducting the inventories, staff will visit the sites of underground permits within the hydrographic basins. The purpose of the inventory is to, with other reports and aerial imagery, accurately determine the amount of groundwater pumped to produce an annual report of water usage statewide. Additionally, the information obtained for the individual hydrographic basins will be published and available on the Division’s website at www.water.nv.gov.

The mission of the Nevada Division of Water Resources is to conserve, protect, manage and enhance the State’s water resources for Nevada’s citizens through the appropriation and reallocation of the public waters.

AL ANON MEETING

Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.

PLAY BRIDGE

An ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game is planned for Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the South Lake Senior Center. Call John Guerry at 530-543-0237 or 530-318-3887 and email jguerrysr!@gmail.com. This is a year-round event.

Lake Tahoe Men’s Bridge Club meets every Thursday to play bridge year-round. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s a casual game with lunch at noon.

My view: Nevada vs. California mentality undermines community (opinion)

LOCAL MUSINGS

Does it matter where an organization is physically located, as long as they deliver goods and services? Bank of America is headquartered in North Carolina; they deliver financial services to South Shore residents. Southwest Gas is headquartered in Las Vegas, but they deliver gas to South Shore homes every day. The same goes for Liberty Utilities; they are located in Oakmont, Canada. In this day and age, where an organization is located has little bearing on the services it delivers. We think nothing of calling a company on the North Shore or in Nevada, or any place for that matter, as long as they perform the services you need.

Why do I bring this up? Because for over a decade there has been individual organizations and publications that continually refer to the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce as “Nevada based.” It started years ago when the South Lake Tahoe Chamber and the Tahoe Douglas Chamber were merged — and several of those that didn’t agree with the merger began referring to the new chamber of commerce as “Nevada based.” It didn’t matter that the board of directors were from both California and Nevada or that the majority of members were from California. They still refer to the organization as “Nevada based.”

The question is why? I’ll tell you — it’s to create an artificial division within the community that individuals try to exploit for their own benefit. There is no question that the community has different positions on issues, and those issues should be debated passionately. But to divide a community based on a state line most people (visitors and locals alike) could care less about, and a state line that does not exist as far as jobs and money are concerned, undermines the entire South Shore community.

So whenever you hear or read the words “Nevada based” from a politician, an organization or a publication, know they are seeking to divide us for their own benefit — be it power, money or influence. For what it’s worth, the Chamber now has an office in California in the Tahoe Mountain Lab building.

In other news, public art is so challenging — and the proposed sculpture for Lake View Commons has received very mixed reviews. It’s driven off the concept of the facility “Champions Plaza.” I am not sure who came up with that name, but I don’t think it really reflects the local values of the community. Just look at the daily use of the facility, especially Thursday nights. Does the use fit with the name?

That being said, I do think the three gold-medal woman deserve special recognition — but they are part of the community; they don’t define the community, as I believe this art is trying to do. I agree art is in the beholders eye, but art should speak to you and move you in some way. I can’t speak for others, but for me it doesn’t work. One thing art should do, however, is stimulate debate on who we are and what our values are, a discussion long overdue in my opinion; and if nothing else this piece is doing just that.

THE BIG PICTURE

Last week the Nevada Oversight Committee approved moving forward with a $750 million in public funding for building a stadium for the Oakland Raiders to move to. Really? This in a state ranked last in education in the United States.

RECOMMENDATION

It’s October — don’t miss the World Series. What else?

IT’S A WRAP

America lost one of its greatest sportsman with the passing of Arnold Palmer. We all owe him a big “thank you” for his contribution to the game. A tip of my hat, may he rest in peace.

Carl Ribaudo is a contributing opinion columnist for the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He is also a consultant, speaker and writer who lives in South Lake Tahoe. He can be reached at carl@smgonline.net.

Triple Threat Film Festival debuts at Homewood Mountain Resort

The first-ever Triple Threat Adventure Film Festival held at Homewood Mountain Resort features three nights of rock, dirt and snow thrills. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, and lasts through Sunday, Oct. 2. Three films will be shown on the resort’s 27-foot outdoor air screen at the North Lodge.

“Kicking off the event on Friday, Sept. 30, we will host Reel Rock Film Tour 11, showcasing rock climbing features and shorts that encompass some of the sport’s biggest stories, athletes, worldly explorations, first ascents and more,” states the Homewood Mountain Resort website.

Night two is filled with mountain bike movies by Anthill Farms, including “Strength in Numbers,” “NotBad” and “Not2Bad.”

The festival concludes with a night focused on winter sports, preparing attendees for the upcoming season.

“For night three on Sunday, Oct. 2, come by and get stoked for winter by starting the evening with a showing of Level 1’s new film ‘Pleasure.’ Shot on location around the world, Level 1’s film encompasses the simple joys that are found in skiing,” according to the site.

Each night will feature a raffle, from which proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit.

“Come out and celebrate the adventurous spirit of Tahoe and the sports we love while supporting the groups who make them possible!” states the site.

Each film begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $20, and grant guests access to all three nights of films. When purchased at the door, all-access tickets are $25.

Homewood Mountain Resort is located at 5145 West Lake Boulevard in Homewood.

— Lake Tahoe Action

Music icons subject of Lake Tahoe art display on South Shore

Some of music’s most recognizable faces are hanging in the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Photographer Jim Grant, of the Nevada Appeal and The Record-Courier, is displaying “Music Through the Camera Lens,” 20 images taken at concerts put on annually at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline.

Grant said the images aren’t your average photos; they’re manipulated in Photoshop to look almost like paintings. Some resemble the style used by Andy Warhol, he said.

“I had all these images and I wanted to make digital art,” he said. “It’s something different than the usual Tahoe landscapes.”

The photographer said he’s been working on the project since last fall, slowly but surely manipulating the photos, a process that takes a couple of hours per image.

The display includes images of Sheryl Crow, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler and others.

It can be seen through Dec. 3. Grant, who also teaches at the college, will give a brief talk about the exhibit at an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lake Tahoe Community College is at 1 College Way in South Lake Tahoe.

Slow start costs Whittell football in 36-30 loss to Virginia City

ZEPHYR COVE — A big early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Whittell football team in a battle of 1A West League unbeatens Friday, Sept. 23. The Warriors fell 36-30 to Virginia City, ending their streak of 12 straight regular season victories.

“Early mistakes cost us,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.

Whittell (3-1, 1-1 1A West) trailed by 20 points early in the second quarter before settling in against the Muckers. Virginia City (4-0, 2-0) scored on its first two possessions Friday night, and went up 20-0 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Yoder to Wyatt Pieretti with eight minutes left in the first half.

“Some kids were overhyped and then settled down,” Bryant said.

The Warriors got on the board on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown and two-point conversion from senior Dismas Womack. That was the first of two second-quarter scores for Whittell — the other was a 37-yard pass from Womack to sophomore Dalton Warswick — and the hosts went into the break trailing 28-16.

Whittell took the opening drive of the second half 67 yards in two minutes for a score, cutting Virginia City’s lead to 28-24 on a 6-yard scoring run and two-point conversion from Womack. But the Muckers answered with a score on the next drive to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter Whittell found the end zone early to make it a one-possession game, but couldn’t get any closer than six points. After junior Corey Huber ran for a 1-yard score with nine minutes left, the game finished scoreless — allowing Virginia City to prevail and remain undefeated.

“They’re a good, physical team,” Bryant said of the Muckers.

With a chance to tie the game late, Womack was intercepted and the visitors ran out the clock. The loss was Whittell’s first in the regular season since Oct. 30, 2014 — also a home defeat against Virginia City.

Womack finished 7-of-13 passing for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in defeat — and ran for 42 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Huber led Whittell with 48 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Warswick caught three passes for 108 yards and a score.

For Virginia City, Yoder was 4-of-6 for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to go along with 75 yards rushing and a score. Sam Strahan ran for a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Ireland Franklin had 68 yards rushing and two scores.

Whittell returns to action Saturday, Oct. 1, at Smith Valley (2-2, 0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Bringing back blues basics: Castro & The Painkillers play Harrah’s on Oct. 1

Get ready for an evening of blues-rock this weekend as six-time Blues Music Award winner Tommy Castro jams in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe alongside his band The Painkillers.

“We play that room once a year maybe. It works well for live music and it’s one of those places where you get to stay and play — you just hang out and enjoy the whole experience.

“We try to make a special event out of it,” Castro said.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ latest album, “Method to My Madness,” released in October 2015. While Castro fans will recognize the same soul behind much of The Painkillers’ work, the infamous horn section is not prevalent. With his newest release, the artist went back to the basics to create a more guitar-focused set.

“I like to make a different kind of record every time. So in order to explain the inspiration for this record, you have to think about the one I did last time, which was ‘The Devil You Know.’ That was a big production and I had several special guests. It was a very big project.

“The new album, ‘Method to My Madness,’ I wanted to do the exact opposite of that. I wanted to make it very live, no special guests, just me and my three guys playing live in the studio the latest batch of songs that I had written or co-written — organic and real as possible,” Castro said.

But at the same time, Castro recognizes the connection many of his fans have with the brass sound that commonly accompanies the group’s sound.

“We hear from fans, ‘We miss the horns,’ and I understand that because I enjoyed it too. I understand that people miss that sound,” Castro said.

For a portion of the Stateline concert, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will bring out the horn section for a limited time.

“Our sound still is very identifiable — the kind of songs I write, the way I sing and play, the style of the band hasn’t changed so much. Let’s say you were a fan before, you would still enjoy the show with what we’re doing with our new material. At the same time, a lot of people miss the horns and I totally get that, which is why we bring them out on special occasions,” he added.

Castro is joined by The Painkillers, which includes bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Mike Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown. All have made music since a young age and toured extensively with renowned blues musicians.

“It’s a tight band — we play well together musically and personally. They’re pros that really know how to do this and have fun while they’re doing it,” Castro said.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers has been together since 2012.

The show begins in Stateline at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets, which begin at $29.35 plus tax and fees, are available online at www.ticketmaster.com.

South Tahoe girls soccer blanks Elko, Spring Creek, delivers first shutouts of season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team did something it hasn’t done this season during a two-match homestand last weekend, Sept. 23-24. And the Vikings did it twice.

South Tahoe shut out Elko and Spring Creek at Viking Stadium during 3A Northern League matches played on consecutive days. The clean sheets were the Vikings’ first of the season, and came courtesy of consistent play.

“It’s a huge confidence builder for a young back line,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “We were able to move some new players back there and maintain those shutouts — and really not have any scary opportunities from the opposition.”

South Tahoe (4-4, 4-2 3A Northern) opened the home set with a 3-0 win over Elko on Friday. The Vikings led by a goal at halftime and pulled away from the Indians after the break to end a two-game losing streak.

“We had a pretty rough first half against Elko — we were continuing to play panicked,” Salmon said. “By the second half, we massaged things out.”

Junior Bailey Segers finished with a goal and two assists in Friday’s win, and junior Lulu Gutierrez also found the back of the net. Senior Ana Garcia and sophomore Riley Turner added an assist apiece.

“They finally put it together to calm down and not try to penetrate an area that there was no space to be found,” Salmon said. “The focus has been patience, and preventing turnovers and unforced errors.”

The following morning, the Vikings beat Spring Creek 4-0. South Tahoe rode three first-half goals to a victory over the Spartans, as senior Claudia Janese delivered a second straight shutout behind a back line anchored by sophomore Lillie McGuire.

“We played a full 80 minutes for the first time this season,” Salmon said. “We put it all together, and it could have been seven or eight goals.”

Four players scored in the Vikings’ win on Saturday — Garcia, senior Emma Dayberry, junior Annie Brejc and junior Samantha Frates. Dayberry tallied three assists while senior Jennifer Valdivia added one.

“Our most powerful offensive players are our wingers — they have power, endurance, speed and good technical abilities,” Salmon said. “Annie and Emma have been able to get in, but we hadn’t seen the offensive performances from them yet.

“It really starts with those two players. They create a lot for us.”

The Vikings return to action Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Fallon. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

South Tahoe football beats Lowry 44-6, stays healthy while winning third straight

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The South Tahoe football team went into its game Friday, Sept. 23, with two main goals — win and stay healthy. In a 44-6 victory at winless Lowry, the Vikings achieved both objectives.

South Tahoe (4-1 3A Northern) had five different players find the end zone in the 38-point win, which extended its winning streak to three games. The Vikings comfortably beat Lowry (0-5), and maintained their health in the process.

“We were a little banged up during the week,” Vikings coach Louis Franklin said. “It was the first time we didn’t have enough guys healthy enough to hold bags on the scout team — we had about 18 guys healthy.”

The Vikings took it easier in practice last Monday and Tuesday leading up to Friday night’s win, and got more players in the mix as the week went on. South Tahoe’s game plan against Lowry never changed, but coming out of the contest with no new injuries became a bigger priority.

“The main focus was to do our assignments, do our job and do it well — we were able to do that,” Franklin said. “But after two really physical games with Fernley and Fallon, we really needed to get healthy again.”

Junior quarterback Peyton Galli finished 11-of-19 passing for 227 yards and three touchdowns against the Buckaroos. Galli spread the ball around in his third straight start for injured senior Tommy Cefalu, throwing touchdowns to seniors McCallan Castles, Noah Jackson and Robert Cage.

“Peyton is making a lot of progress, and we think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league,” Franklin said. “He’s been doing a good job protecting the ball for us and our offense hasn’t really dipped since he’s started.”

Castles had a game-high 145 yards receiving on five catches, Jackson finished with three catches for 35 yards, and Cage caught two passes for 17 yards. Jackson also ran for 46 yards on six carries.

On the ground, senior Jacob Bernal ran for a team-high 51 yards and two scores on 15 carries. Senior Dylan Gooding added 38 yards rushing on four carries.

“We’re really getting a lot of different guys in the end zone,” Franklin said. “They can’t just key on one guy and that’s helping diversify the offense — it makes it harder for teams to scout us.”

Defensively, the Vikings held their opponent to one touchdown for the second time in three weeks — and did some scoring of their own. Junior cornerback Matt Cain had two interceptions and six tackles against Lowry, including one that he returned for a score.

Senior Zen Contestable led South Tahoe with 13 total tackles (nine solo) while playing inside linebacker Friday, and was one of five players to record double-digit stops. Gooding, senior Max Sweitzer, junior Jakob Costley and senior Gabriel Bueno each added 11 apiece.

“Minus one time, we really eliminated the big play from their offense,” Franklin said. “One time we overpursued in a run pursuit and they ran for a long score — but we forced them to throw the ball more and had a lot of turnovers on defense.”

South Tahoe returns to action Friday night, Sept. 30, at Wooster (1-4) — the Colts lost at Spring Creek 24-8 last Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We can only win one game a week,” Franklin said, “but we look to build that momentum going forward.”

Copsy’s late goal lifts Whittell girls soccer past North Tahoe 3-2

ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell girls soccer team needed a spark in attack to break a deadlock against cross-lake rival North Tahoe on Monday, Sept. 26. The Warriors turned to Ali Copsy, and the senior delivered.

Copsy scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute — her second of the match — to lift Whittell to a 3-2 win over the Lakers. The Warriors prevailed in a back-and-forth contest, avenging losses in last season’s Div. III State championship and this year’s season opener in the process.

“We knew from the get go it was going to be a tough 80-minute game start to finish,” Warriors coach David Caputo said. “I’m glad to see that in the end we were on top.”

Whittell (6-1) opened up a two-goal lead nine minutes into Monday’s match, only to have North Tahoe (4-2-2) rally and tie things up midway through the second half. Copsy moved from wing to forward with 15 minutes to play, and generated a number of scoring chances before ultimately burying the winner.

“I didn’t know if the goal was coming, but I wanted it,” Copsy said. “We had been working so hard in the last 20 minutes — I was just waiting and it was bound to happen.”

On the goal, Copsy corralled a long ball from senior Madison Idso that left her alone against a North Tahoe defender and the Lakers goalkeeper. With the defender on her right, Copsy took the ball left toward the end line and fired a shot that slid past the goalkeeper and inside the post from a narrow angle to make it 3-2.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go right because I had somebody on my shoulder, so I went left and I prayed that thing was going in,” Copsy said. “It’s almost like second nature. I can feel it and I can feel when I need to let go — my legs took over and they knew.”

North Tahoe had two chances to tie the match in the last six minutes, but the Warriors were able to hold on. A goal in the 78th minute was called off after a handball, and a minute later Taimani Hussey made a save on a long shot that preserved the victory.

“It builds confidence for us if we make it to zone and state that we can hang with them,” Copsy said. “It was important for us as a team to feel like we’re good together.”

The Warriors opened the scoring in the fifth minute when senior Gigi Stetler easily finished a breakaway opportunity. Four minutes later, Copsy took a through ball from Stetler and converted the chance to put the Warriors ahead 2-0.

“We had them scared,” Caputo said. “If we would have potentially capitalized and scored that third goal, they would have been demoralized.”

The Lakers found the back of the net in the 28th minute when Payton Black produced a one-touch finish on a cross from Aliza Neu, and Whittell took that one-goal lead into the break. In the second half, North Tahoe scored again to make it 2-2.

“The moment that they scored, we started playing afraid — afraid to make tackles or play [passes],” Caputo said. “The momentum shifted at that point.”

Maile Markham — the Lakers’ most dangerous player — dribbled through Whittell’s defense and finished a breakaway past Hussey to tie the score in the 58th minute. The Warriors came close to taking the lead on two separate occasions before Copsy delivered with six minutes left.

Though not a league match, Monday’s contest against North Tahoe was as important as any Whittell will play in the regular season. The Warriors have had few opportunities to play against quality competition thus far, similar to what they would see at regionals.

“With the way our league is, it’s really hard to judge because there’s such a huge variety of ability,” Caputo said. “We need to make sure we’re taking care of things, so when we face these tougher teams we’re not caught off guard.”

Whittell resumes league play Thursday, Sept. 29, at White Pine to begin an extended stretch of road matches. The Warriors play seven straight off the hill before closing the regular season with home matches against West Wendover and White Pine on Oct. 28 and 29.

Sports Roundup: Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer wins non-conference finale, South Tahoe volleyball extends streak, Vikings boys soccer rallies for tie

LAKE TAHOE CC WOMEN’S SOCCER BLANKS WEST VALLEY IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE MATCH

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team rode a big second half to a shutout win Friday, Sept. 23. The Coyotes beat West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif.) 3-0 at home to head into conference play with a second straight victory.

Lake Tahoe (3-3-2) did all its scoring in an 13-minute span after the break Friday. The burst started when freshman Marlie Mandaguit scored off an assist from Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo in the 50th minute.

“I can’t say I’m totally satisfied, as this team has proven to be inconsistent,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said. “But they are a dangerous group when they play for each other and play hard as a unit.”

Freshman KayLynn Watring scored eight minutes later, and freshman Kenya Maltase made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute off an assist from Guerrero-Escobedo. The goals erased a subpar first-half performance, and allowed Lake Tahoe to bury West Valley (1-6-1).

“Had we have played with the intensity I saw in the first 20 minutes of the second half for the entire game, it would’ve been a rather comfortable win,” Evans said. “Instead, we had to battle and West Valley deserved to be up at halftime as we were reeling a bit. We just weren’t connecting and doing the right things.”

In goal, sophomores Alicia Rea and Yami Jimenez-Ojeda combined to keep the Vikings off the board for LTCC’s second straight shutout and third of the season. After an up-and-down non-conference slate, the Coyotes will head into Golden Valley Conference play with two straight victories.

“When they finally realized they are a blue-collar team that has to be hard workers to get results, it’s really impressive at times to watch this group,” Evans said. “Hopefully they come out with that intensity the rest of the way, because we need it to challenge for the conference title.”

Lake Tahoe opened conference play Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Butte College. The Coyotes return home Friday, Sept. 30, to host Feather River College — kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

SOUTH TAHOE VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS SPARKS, CLOSES ROAD TRIP WITH SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN

SPARKS, Nev. — The South Tahoe volleyball team extended its winning streak to six consecutive matches with a road victory Friday, Sept. 23. The Vikings swept Sparks 25-19, 25-10, 25-20, to finish undefeated during a stretch of six straight away contests.

South Tahoe (12-3, 5-1 3A Northern) turned over its offense to sophomore Sydney McCarthy on Friday, and the setter finished with 23 assists, three aces and five digs. Junior Novel Moses led the Vikings’ attack against Sparks (0-12, 0-6) with seven kills, five aces and six digs.

Senior Isabel Leon added nine digs and two aces in the win, while sophomore Hailey Naccarato totaled eight digs. After its extended road trip, South Tahoe is tied with Fallon (9-3, 5-1) for second place in the league standings.

The Vikings return to action Wednesday, Sept. 28, when they begin a stretch of four straight home matches against league leading Truckee. First serve at the Blue Gym is scheduled for 6 p.m.

VIKINGS BOYS SOCCER TIES SPRING CREEK 2-2 ON THE ROAD

SPRING CREEK, Nev. — The South Tahoe boys soccer team capped off a two-match road trip by rallying for a draw Saturday, Sept. 24. The Vikings tied Spring Creek 2-2, erasing a one-goal halftime deficit to earn a point in the standings.

South Tahoe (1-6-1, 1-4-1 3A Northern) fell behind early on goals from Spartans striker Spencer Pemelton, but scored in each half to pull even. Both of the Vikings’ goals came off set pieces in the draw.

A day earlier, the Vikings fell 3-1 at Elko. South Tahoe trailed by two goals before senior Cristian Estrada scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute — the Indians added a late goal and ultimately prevailed.

The Vikings return to action at home Wednesday, Sept. 28, against Fallon. Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 5 p.m.