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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.

Sports Briefs: Registration open for Kahle Community Center youth basketball leagues

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR KAHLE YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES

Douglas County Parks and Recreation is currently holding registration for the upcoming season of youth basketball at Kahle Community Center. The registration for players in third through eighth grade is open until the leagues are full — and space is limited.

Kahle will offer five leagues this season: third/fourth grade boys, fifth/sixth grade boys, seventh/eighth grade boys, and girls 3-on-3 for third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. Registration ranges from $70-85, and teams typically have one practice and game per week.

Third through sixth graders will begin play in November, with the seventh and eighth grade seasons set to start in January — both leagues will run through March. Games will be held at Kahle between 5:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact, Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271. The center is located at 236 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline.

Tahoe Keys to apply for herbicide trial in effort to fight aquatic invasive species

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) recently announced it is seeking a permit to test herbicides in 2018 as a way to combat aquatic invasive plants — an ongoing (and longtime) issue in the 172-acre lagoon system.

Aquatic invasive plants, primarily curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil, have taken over more than 90 percent of the Tahoe Keys and present an immediate threat to Lake Tahoe.

“These plants threaten the lake’s ecosystems, the water’s clarity, and our recreation and economy,” said Dr. Lars Anderson, UC Davis aquatic plant expert.

“In spite of ongoing efforts, they continue to grow in the Keys, and with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s State of the Lake Report showing record-breaking increases in lake temperatures, the threat to Lake Tahoe is greater than ever.”

Between 13,400 and 18,600 cubic yards of weeds have been removed annually since 2011. The plants have also become home to non-native warm-water aquatic species including goldfish, catfish and bullfrogs.

Stakeholders have been combating the issue for more than 25 years, using a variety of plant-fighting methods, including harvesting and fragment collection, dredging, bottom barrier mats, rotovating, dewatering, nutrient reduction and other biological controls.

Results from these efforts have been mixed — and costly.

TKPOA’s harvesting attempts amount to roughly $400,000 a year, while the harvesting process itself also generates 4,000 plant fragments per acre harvested, which could go on to regrow elsewhere if not properly collected.

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last September determined that some herbicides may be approved for use on a case-by-case basis in Lake Tahoe, paving the way for a new method of invasive species control in the Keys.

“This is one evaluation of one method the association is considering in our comprehensive plan to gain control over the invasive plants,” said John Larson, chair of the association’s Water Quality Committee.

If approved, the association would apply low levels of three herbicides — Endothall, Triclopyr and Penoxsulam — at nine test sites in 2018. The test sites would cover about 13 acres, or eight percent, of the Keys and would be in dead-end lagoons far from the lake.

According to TKPOA, the test sites would have multiple surface-to-bottom barriers to ensure the herbicides, which are considered nontoxic to humans, fish and wildlife, would not reach the lake.

Additionally, they would be diluted to between 0.02 and 2 parts per million, or about half the maximum concentrations allowed by the EPA.

“We understand that people have strong feelings about the potential use of herbicides in the Keys. We also understand, however, that to really address the aquatic invasive plant issue not only in the Keys lagoons but for all of Lake Tahoe, we must be willing, as a community, to try a variety of state-of-the art tools to see what combination of options are best for moving forward.” Larson said.

“What we are announcing is a test to evaluate another method that could be important for our tool box to gain control of the infestations in the Keys’ lagoons.”

TKPOA pointed to dye studies conducted in 2011 and 2016, which demonstrated that water movement would not carry the substances into Lake Tahoe during the test period.

The herbicides also break down by light, microbial action and other processes within a few days to two weeks.

Dr. Sudeep Chandra, a professor at University of Nevada, Reno who specializes in aquatic ecosystems and has studied the Keys extensively, agrees that it is necessary to use all available tools to combat the issue of invasive species.

Chandra, who coauthored an implementation plan for control of aquatic species in Lake Tahoe in 2015 with Dr. Marion Wittmann, said it’s a complicated decision with emotional ties.

“It’s a complex subject, including complex feelings on my emotional side, my non-science side. We’ve watched the Tahoe Keys build a population of invasive species and plants. We know there is a problem and the Keys is at the heart of it,” said Chandra.

“On the science side, we need to have as many tools to combat this as possible.”

At the time that Chandra’s implementation plan came out in June 2015, the use of herbicides was not an option.

“I would suggest that if this plan or policy is moved forward to use herbicides or pesticides for invasive specifies control that there is ample resources for scientists to monitor its impact on the native species and other parts of the lake,” he noted.

“It’s very important for scientist to be supported when we are implementing these large changes.”

TRPA spokesman Tom Lotshaw said that as a region, the best options for managing invasive species in Lake Tahoe are still being investigated, and may vary by species and from site to site around the lake.

The organization, he said, will thoroughly assess the environmental impacts of testing these herbicides in the Tahoe Keys.

“Even a limited pilot project to test aquatic herbicides as a way to kill invasive weeds in waters adjoining Lake Tahoe would be a first for our region,” said Lotshaw.

“TRPA is committed to looking carefully at this request and any issues that may be associated with it as we also look to protect our environment and our residents and visitors and make continued headway in fighting aquatic invasive species at Lake Tahoe.”

Other lakes that have used these herbicides include Discovery Bay south of the California Delta, Big Bear Lake in Southern California, Clear Lake in Northern California, Loomis Lake in Washington, and areas within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

On Nov. 1 a public workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Tahoe Public Utility Building (1275 Meadow Crest Drive) to educate the public on the efforts made to combat aquatic invasive species in the Keys.

The Tahoe Keys was created in the late 1950s by dredging an estimated 5 million cubic yards of material from the marsh at the mouth of the Upper Truckee River. The effort destroyed much of the river’s marsh, a major filtration system from Lake Tahoe’s largest tributary.

Farmer releases reference book for Tahoe gardening

Have a green thumb, but think gardening and farming are impossible in the Sierras? Never fear — Gary Romano, whose 65-acre farm is located north of Truckee, recently released a new book, “July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra,” in which he shares his knowledge and experience growing food in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“My motivation at first was to get more young people involved in farming. Anything over 3,000 feet elevation people said wasn’t an option because they thought it was too difficult to do. I thought it would be a good starting point for a lot of people to have hope that you can garden from 3,000 up to 7- or 8,000 feet,” Romano said.

Romano is a third-generation farmer who grew up in the Bay Area. His childhood was filled with pulling weeds and planting seeds, and after working as a park ranger and county park administrator, he returned to the farm. The book title itself comes from a phrase Romano’s uncle used to say on the farm when he was younger.

“He used to say all you have up here in the Sierras is July and winter. July is summer and every other month is winter. I thought that was an appropriate title for the book,” said Romano, who now owns Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth.

“July & Winter” covers an array of topics, ranging from varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries suitable for the region, to when and how to plant, to biodiversity benefits and how to extend the growing season. The reference book also includes tips for working with soil, water and nutrients for any site.

“[Sierra Valley Farms] is a good reference for what the Sierras [are] all about. We’re at 5,000 feet — mid-range of what my book covers. We have a cold climate I can relate to, we do have snow, so we deal with how to handle a fair amount of snow — not like Tahoe, but pretty close. I thought [the book] would be a good starting point for the average person trying to garden in Tahoe or Yosemite — it follows the whole Sierra Mountain Range,” Romano said.

The book begins with elementary points of gardening, and works its way to more advanced material.

“There are some beginning points for the general public, but then in the appendix we have a whole section set up for small farmers on how to set up a mountain farm.

Most of the book is for the gardener or homeowner, anybody wanting to garden, and in the appendix it’s set up for small farmers who maybe want to go the next step, farm for hobby, living, second job, or just for their own use,” Romano said.

He calls the book comprehensive, saying it’s useful for any farm size, and farmers and gardeners living outside the Sierra can also utilize the techniques discussed.

Romano has written one other book, “Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land,” which published just over three years ago. While it is not necessary to read his first book before picking up “July & Winter,” he says they tie together and make a good pair.

“[‘Why I Farm’] is about the philosophy of being a farmer and the challenges ahead. This book coming out now is the tools for how to do it,” Romano explained.

“July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra” is available for purchase online, as well as through publisher Bona Fide Books and local South Lake Tahoe shop Gaia-Licious Global Gifts.

For more information about the book and publisher, visit www.bonafidebooks.com. To learn more about Romano, visit www.sierravalleyfarms.com.

New law allows Californians to rescue pets from hot cars

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that allows Californians to rescue animals trapped in hot cars without fear of prosecution.

The bill signed on Saturday lets citizens smash car windows to set the pets free as long as there is no other way to rescue them.

That means rescuers can break into the car if the animal appears to be in peril, the car is locked and law enforcement is not arriving quickly enough.

The rescuer must stay at the scene until law enforcement respond to the situation.

The bill was introduced after a series of incidents in which dogs died after being left in closed cars on hot days.

Cocktails for a Cause draws supportive crowd; Krista’s Cause cocktail wins

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It was a festive, yet reflective evening at the Barton Foundation’s 7th annual Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser. More than two hundred revelers gathered at Riva Grill to sample cocktails made by local mixologists and raise more than $8,000 for Barton Health’s Cancer Wellness Program.

Seven mixologists each created drinks with Tahoe Blue Vodka that symbolized a different cancer ribbon. Bartenders from Azul Latin Kitchen, Boathouse on the Pier, Chart House, Cold Water Brewery, Heavenly Mountain Resort, LewMarNel’s Steaks & Spirits and Riva Grill participated.

As attendees judged and voted with their dollars, many mixologists shared pictures and stories of loved ones affected by their cancer cause. For Ryan Parker, the brewmaster at Cold Water Brewery, his story was personal. Six weeks ago, his wife Rose was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

“I know that most of these people [attending the event] are surrounded by cancer, whether it’s a family member, a friend or neighbor,” said Ryan. “A fundraiser like this brings us all together with a common purpose and to celebrate life with one another.”

Ryan did have something to celebrate when his co-worker, Jacob Craig, received the most tips and was recognized as Most Congenial Bartender. The Cold Water team served The Magic of Pixie Dust, a periwinkle concoction featuring a stem of candied lavender and a rim of pixie stick sugar.

In a new twist this year, celebrity judges determined the Best Cocktail. Criteria included originality, taste, use of Tahoe Blue Vodka, presentation, and connection to their cancer cause. Gary Gamprie and James Olson of LewMarNel’s Steaks & Spirits received the honor for their mauve fruit smoothie, Krista’s Cause, named after his South Lake Tahoe friend Krista Carson battling brain cancer.

“This is my sixth year in this contest and when I found out the theme, I immediately thought of Krista,” said Gary, who lived with Krista’s husband nearly 25 years ago.

This is the first victory for LewMarNel’s Steaks & Spirits and Gary Gamprie. Krista’s Cause will be featured as the signature cocktail the Barton Foundation’s 25th annual Gala at the Festival of Trees & Lights in December.

Barton Health is dedicated to the delivery of consistently exceptional care to community members and visitors. Barton Health’s Cancer Wellness Program will address the social, emotional, and functional aspects of a patient’s cancer journey through supportive services, such as massage, exercise, psychotherapy, and nutrition classes. The program will be offered free of charge to community members undergoing cancer treatment.

Letter: BEAR League board member says, ‘We are not making this up’

The BEAR League appreciates any time the local press sheds light on issues that hold back our Lake Tahoe Basin community from being a place where coexistence with wildlife in our urban/wild-land environment can be a reality.

In a recent Tahoe Daily Tribune article, the BEAR League was named multiple times and yet the BEAR League’s Executive Director, Ann Bryant, was not contacted for a statement.

As a BEAR League board member and volunteer, I want to take this opportunity to address two points made in the article.

As to the public safety issue, not one person has ever been killed by a wild black bear in California or Nevada. Furthermore, I want to add the BEAR League has never stated that black bears are nothing more than teddy bears.

The BEAR League and our trained responders know very well that black bears are capable of damage if trapped in close quarters with no escape. Our literature reinforces this.

As to Nevada Department of Wildlife’s comments about their relocation program, they are categorically untrue.

For the 10 years prior to 2010, (one year before the bear hunt started as the bear hunt started in 2011) only one bear was moved to this new hunt zone.

From Oct. 26, 2010 to Sept. 16, 2015 (the last date of information on trapping and relocating data we’ve received from public records requests), 27 bears have been relocated from the Tahoe Alpine environment to multiple popular bear hunts units.

We are not making this up. This is the data supplied by NDOW. Last year 50 percent of Tahoe trapped bears were relocated to a hunt zone unit.

As for the killing of bears that NDOW considers “nuisance bears,” why do they more often than not end up being yearlings?

Toogee Sielsch

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Letter: ‘Please join me in supporting Jason Collin for South Lake Tahoe City Council’

In a crowded field of city council candidates, Jason Collin stands out.

I have known Jason for the past six years. Jason is young, energetic and willing to collaborate with others to get things done. Our city will benefit by someone who has the ability to unite our council leadership, improve the culture of our community and set a positive vision for our community’s future.

I’ve worked with Jason in a variety of team environments. He is the kind of person that you want on your team both as a leader and as a collaborator. Jason leads by example, gives valuable insights and is extremely positive.

Please join me in supporting Jason Collin for South Lake Tahoe City Council.

Ryan Galles

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Collin still committed to council candidacy after fatal Kingsbury Grade crash on Friday

A head-on collision on Kingsbury Grade resulted in the death of one driver and serious injuries for several others, including South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate Jason Collin.

Collin, his wife Natalie and several others were in an RV headed to Mammoth on Friday, Sept. 23 when they were struck by a Nissan Pathfinder headed in the opposite direction. The collision was reported at 1:21 p.m.

The group was headed to test a running route for an upcoming event by Epic Tahoe Adventures, of which Collin is “Chief Officer of Awesomeness.” He also works as Barton Health’s Director of Home Health and Hospice.

The driver of the Pathfinder, 47-year-old Carrie Hilderbrand of Wellington, Nevada, died from her injuries at the hospital. She was the only occupant in the car.

Collin and Hilderbrand were transported by air ambulance, while three of the RV passengers were taken away by ground ambulance. At least two people had to be cut from the wreckage, reported the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Nevada Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation indicated that Hilderbrand allowed her car to drift over the double yellow lines, and ultimately strike the left front of the motorhome, driven by Collin.

At this time, it is not known if drug or alcohol impairment factored into the accident, but the investigation by the highway patrol is ongoing. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

COLLIN’S CANDIDACY

“Jason sustained serious injuries in the crash yesterday resulting in both legs being broken and shattered in various places from the knee down. He has had 2 successful surgeries so far and has one more scheduled for Monday. He is in excellent spirits and is recovering well and will hopefully be released next week,” according to a Facebook post by Epic Tahoe Adventures on Sept. 24.

“His wife Natalie also broke a finger in the accident but was treated and released yesterday, and is by Jason’s side. The Collin family appreciates the outpouring of support and love the community has shown.”

On Sept. 25 Collin posted on Facebook himself thanking everyone for the support.

“I am doing pretty well considering everything that’s happened. I had surgery to straighten out my right leg today. And I will have surgery Monday to straighten out my left ankle,” he wrote.

Collin still is committed to running for city council, said his wife Natalie on Sept. 26.

“The accident might slow down his campaign a bit, but his spirits are high and he continues to be optimistic about running for city council. He is still committed to being part of positive change in Tahoe,” said Natalie.

“We are completely focused on his recovery. Fingers crossed he gets home by the end of the week.”