Athletes of the Week: STHS boys’ tennis doubles dominate, Whittell’s running back Norton steps up
South Tahoe High School
This week the Tribune features another standout squad in South Tahoe boys’ doubles teams. The Vikings tennis was ridding a 4-0 record going into Tuesday’s match against Bishop Manoguw High School, in thanks to their senior teams of Kolton Van Pelt and Colton Marchesseault and Grant Jones and Greg Baghdikian.
“We have the top two doubles teams in the league,” said head coach Justin Clark. “They’re fully capable of being undefeated. Both teams, they’re that good.”
Last year, both nearly were. Van Pelt and Marchesseault did go undefeated, winning 29 matches, with Jones and Baghdikian dropping only three matches and winning 26.
“I’m impressed with the leadership with these four guys. With their high academics and their high tennis,” said Clark, noting that all four carry a 4.0 GPA or higher. “It’s a coaches dream.
In fact as a unit, the three doubles teams have only lost twice so far this season. The third unit will change at times, but regulars in that spot include Brandon Cramer and Hayden Bronken.
“The third doubles has been a pleasant surprise,” said Clark. “They’ve been working all summer and all three years. These are the things you need for the northern tennis teams.”
Whittell High School
The Whittell Warriors finally got on the playing field last Friday after having to forfeit their opening game of the season when their starting quarterback went down. Then against Silver State Academy in Yerington, Nev., Whittell suffered another injury at the helm, when Shawn Mand went down with leg cramps. Coach Jeff Jones turned to starting running back Houston Norton to lead the Warriors in the second half. Though, the contest ended in lopsided fashion, Jones was impressed by Norton’s performance.
“Houston Norton played really well, played really hard,” he said.
Coach said that Houston had close to 100 yards rushing on the day and hauled in a 30-yard pass that led to the Warriors second touchdown before the half.