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South Tahoe tennis teams demolish Damonte Ranch

South Tahoe gave Damonte Ranch little chance of winning their Sierra Division boys’ tennis match Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Vikings won all nine singles matches and dropped just two doubles matches in a 16-2 trouncing of the Mustangs.

With the win, the Vikings remained unbeaten in three matches.



“The boys are playing well,” said STHS coach Justin Clark, noting that the Vikings won a tighter 11-7 match against Damonte last year. “No matter who plays, I feel really good about the way our team is playing.”

In singles, STHS’s Cameron Chase won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0; Michael Weber won 6-3, 6-1, 6-2; and Nick Kushner, who played doubles in the first two matches, won 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.



Two of the Vikings’ doubles teams went 2 for 2 in their matches. Francisco Marin and Grant Jones won 7-6, 6-1, while Kolton Van Pelt and Colton Marchesseault were victorious 6-0, 6-4.

South Tahoe plays at Douglas on Thursday.

The Vikings’ girls shut out Damonte Ranch 18-0 on Tuesday in Reno.

South Tahoe top-three singles players – Lindsey Martin, Rebecca Roberts and Cassandra Marin – each won three matches.

In doubles, sisters Amanda and Emily Rives won three matches, as did Shannon Piazzo and Angel Aquino. The Vikings’ No. 1 duo of Mariella Penollar and Guadalupe Ramirez dropped just three games in winning their two matches.

The Vikings take a 3-0 match into a home encounter with Douglas on Thursday.

Vikings rally by Lancers

Nearly a half elapsed before the fourth-ranked South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team woke up Tuesday at McQueen High in Reno.

The Vikings scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-2 nonleague win over the Lancers.

“We didn’t seem like we were in it,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart, whose girls’ match followed the first day of school. “The second half they picked it up and played like they should have.”

South Tahoe (5-1) began its rally on a successful Erica Cook penalty kick. The one-one-one shot with the goalie was preceded by McQueen’s goalie grabbing Marisol Lizaola’s legs after the Viking got around her in the box.

The Vikings kept it going in the second half as Shelbi Spicer put in a deflection from a shot by Ali Palacios at the 61-minute mark. Six minutes later, Palacios buried a 20-foot attempt on a through ball from “Mickey” Segers.

Keeper Janet Campuzano blanked the Lancers in the second half. On her best save, she knocked a free kick over the top of the goal.

South Tahoe will begin Sierra Division play against Wooster at 11 a.m. Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

Holmes assumes league lead

South Tahoe High senior Alexis Holmes moved into first place in the Northern 4A Sierra Division girls’ golf standings on Tuesday.

For the second straight match Holmes finished second, but her round-to-round consistency has helped propel her to the top of the league.

Holmes shot an 85 at Thunder Canyon Golf Course in the Washoe Valley. Alex Phillips of Manogue was first, three shots better than Holmes.

“She felt in control of her game,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler.

Morgan Murphy posted the Vikings’ second-best score with a 101.

The Vikings return to action next Wednesday at Arrow Creek Golf Course in Reno, then will play their only home match Sept. 22 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline.

Warriors make Tigers work

For nearly a half the Whittell High boys’ soccer team played Douglas even on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.

The Tigers scored three straight goals, including two in the second half, to win the nonleague match 4-1.

“The game was a lot closer than that,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “They had a late PK, and we had four or five legitimate chances to score and barely missed.”

An own goal late in the first half put Douglas ahead to stay, 2-1. Earlier, the Warriors tied the match on a T.J. Kolesnik chip shot on a breakaway. Trevor Fairbank sent the goal in motion with his throw-in pass.

Two Whittell players were injured in the match: Keeper Austin Neil was cleated but returned late in the game, but the severity of senior Adam Kingman’s badly turned ankle was unknown at press time.

Whittell will play four games in the Del Campo tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Vikes take Lancers to five games

For the second consecutive match, the South Tahoe High volleyball team worked five games before winding up on the losing end.

The Vikings battled back from a tough opening game before dropping an 8-25, 24-20, 18-25, 25-21, 6-15 nonleague match to McQueen on Tuesday in Reno.

“They played really well in the second and third games,” said STHS assistant coach Brittney Hadley. “It’s only the second match.”

Rachel Kaufer led STHS with 13 kills, while Kelsey Henderson contributed five blocks and Sarah Breisacher delivered seven digs.

The Vikings (0-2) play host to Carson on Thursday night.


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