South Tahoe fall athletes recognized by coaches
A state cross country champion, a tight end with 60 receptions, one of the highest-scoring forwards in Northern Nevada and a coach of the year.
South Tahoe High had its share of standout athletes and honors during the fall, and Northern Nevada 4A League coaches recognized those feats during recent all-league voting.
Vikings’ senior Kelsey Smith earned the biggest honor of the fall by being recognized as the Northern 4A’s top athlete. Smith’s top billing was based on her winning the Northern 4A regional meet for the second time prior to claiming her third state individual championship.
Sophomore Shelby McIntyre joined Smith on the all-region first team, while junior Torrie Zaccor and sophomore Cassidy Cichowicz earned second-team honors. The runners were honored based on how they finished in the regional meet.
“We ran well at regionals, so it turned out great for our team,” said STHS coach Dan Wilvers. “It was simply based upon the regional meet to avoid, I supposed, any of the politics that are associated with selections of other teams.”
In football, the Vikings’ Garrett Tinlin landed on the All-Sierra Division first team. Tinlin shared the first-team tight end selection with Carson junior Ty Collins.
Tinlin posted numbers for a tight end that rank him among the all-time school leaders – if not the best single season in STHS history. He made 60 catches for more than 700 yards and nine touchdowns.
“For Garrett to understand our offensive package, routes and formations and the way we moved him around, he did an amazing job,” said STHS first-year coach Kevin Hennessee, who implemented his offense two weeks before the season began.
In comparison, Carson’s Collins had two receptions.
Two STHS football players received honorable mention: senior quarterback Thomas Eidam and senior receiver Matt Oliveras-Laine. Eidam passed for more than 1,000 yards and threw 13 touchdowns, while Oliveras-Laine compiled impressive stats before his season was cut short by injury.
“For Thomas to grasp the new offense and to have the success we had in moving the ball like we did was testament to what he is capable of doing,” Hennessee said. “It makes you wonder what he was capable of doing if he had this offense for a couple of years.
“Obviously had we been more successful as a team, the recognition would have been great for both Garrett and Thomas.”
The South Tahoe girls’ soccer squad put three players on the first team after advancing to the regional finals and tying for third place in the state.
Shelbi Spicer, a senior forward, made the first team after scoring 17 goals in the regular season. Joining Spicer on the first team were senior midfielder Cassandra Diaz and senior defender Erika Cook.
In addition, senior goalkeeper Alexis Nunes-Fenley received honorable mention after returning to the Vikings late in the season following rehabilitation of a torn ACL.
“It was based on her years playing varsity,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart. “It was nice of them to nominate her and award her that.”
Lockhart also was the recipient of a noteworthy league honor. His peers voted him coach of the year.
Even though the STHS boys’ team missed the postseason, Sierra coaches thought highly of many of Chris DeLeon’s players. Senior Ricky Braun, junior Kory DiGrande and sophomore Ryan Caro were named to the second team. Senior Tanner Braun, senior Fernando Gomez and senior Nick Brower each received honorable mention.
“It was one of the best teams I’ve coached that didn’t make the playoffs,” DeLeon said. “Ryan making it as a sophomore was a pretty big deal. He’s a tall, strong midfielder who had some pretty goals. That really put a picture in these coaches’ heads to remember him.”
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