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Daly’s NCAA titles tops 2009

Editor’s note: The following list is the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s top 10 sports stories of 2009. The choices and the order are subjective:

1. National title for Daly: Hannah Daly, a true freshman goalkeeper at North Carolina, became the first South Shore athlete to be a member of an NCAA Division I championship team. Daly, a reserve who started a handful of games for the Tar Heels, graduated from Whittell High School a year early in order to join the most successful women’s soccer program in the country.

2. Threepeat for Smith: South Tahoe High senior Kelsey Smith joined a short list of Nevada cross country runners who have won at least three individual state championships. Smith’s third straight state title followed her second consecutive regional championship. The latter title helped the Vikings win their first regional championship.

3. Coaching chaos at STHS: A new school district policy of reviewing coaches at South Tahoe High led to the loss of two long-time spring mentors. After being reselected as the softball coach after her position was re-opened, Joann Allister resigned on the eve of the season opener. Baseball coach Matt Tillson was relieved of his job after school officials were displeased with his conduct with umpires. His dismissal caused in an uproar in the community, and Tillson’s position was ultimately filled by former Whittell coach Don Amaral.

4. Golfing doubleshot: The Legends Reno Tahoe Open made a controversial move of its tournament from August to the same weekend in July as the two-decade-old American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

5. WHS title run ends: Whittell High’s record-setting six-year state volleyball championship reign came to an end against The Meadows in the Nevada 2A finals. The Warriors still made the finals despite losing Northern 2A League MVP Lauren Andrew to injury in the regional tournament.

6. Tough rider: Snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the Burton Open Global Series and the $100,000 cash prize despite two major injuries: a broken pelvis and ruptured spleen.

7. (tie) Second title for Haase: Former South Tahoe High basketball star Jerod Haase earned his second NCAA men’s basketball championship at North Carolina. Haase served as the the director of basketball operations for the Tar Heels, who routed Michigan State in the finals.

7. (tie) Sho time at Squaw: Bump skier Sho Kashima put forth a strong showing for family and friends at the U.S. Freestyle Championships at Squaw Valley. Kashima, who is vying for a spot in the upcoming Winter Games, won the duals championship – his second national title in three years.

8. North-of-the-border history: Former Sierra Division defensive player of the year Garrett McIntyre didn’t allow the dissolution of the Arena Football League to end his pro football career. The defensive lineman became the first local football player to catch on with a Canadian Football League team. McIntyre became a starter for Hamilton early in the season and overcame an ankle injury to help the Tiger-Cats make the playoffs.

9. T-i-n-l-i-n spells relief for Pack: Dan Tinlin, a South Tahoe High graduate, started his first season with the Nevada baseball team with an uncertain role but quickly became the Pack’s top arm out of the bullpen. The junior led the Wolf Pack with a 3.62 earned run average and four saves and was tied for second on the team with four victories. An ulnar collateral ligament tear ended his brilliant season prematurely.

10. Title town: Whittell High’s golf team won its third straight state championship, while the Vikings captured their second consecutive state skiing championship. Individual state titles went to STHS skier Derek Holmgren (overall), Whittell trackster Shannon Marshall (high jump and both hurdle events) and WHS hurdler Kyler Felton. Nearly taking state were Whittell’s girls’ track and field team, which was seeking its fifth straight title; the resurgent WHS baseball team, which bounced back from an 8-19 season in 2008 to finish state runner-up to Needles; the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team, which unexpectedly finished as regional runner-up and tied for third in the first state tournament; and the STHS girls’ cross country team, which placed third in the state.

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