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South Tahoe tennis teams roll over Railroaders

There was little suspend in South Tahoe High’s boys’ tennis season opener Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Vikings senior-laden squad only gave up two games in the first round of match en route to a 18-0 rout of Sparks.

Senior Mike Weber only lost one game in winning three matches, sophomore Kolton Van Pelt surrendered just two games in taking his three matches and senior Cameron Chase dropped two games in his two wins. Francisco Marin subbed in for Chase in the final round and won 6-0.



The Vikings were just as dominant in doubles no matter who was on the court. STHS’s No. 1 pair of Jordan Zager and Nick Kushner won 6-0, as did Derek Garofalos-Phillip Gaston and Colton Marchesseault-Gregory Baghdikian. Grant Jones and Jake Daum subbed in and won two matches by shutout, while Bryan Holmes and Hayden Bronken won 6-0 and 6-1 and Jack Percival and Michael Bott won 6-3, 6-2.

“We had a few errors, but it’s something you’ll see in the first couple of matches and hopefully that’s it,” STHS coach Justin Clark said. “Hopefully they can continually improve on each basic shot, become more competitive and build up on each match won or lost.”



South Tahoe will travel to Fallon on Thursday.

Girls don’t even lose a game in doubles

The South Tahoe High girls’ tennis team was just as dominant as the boys on Tuesday, thumping Sparks 8-0 in Sparks.

Shanon Piazzo and Cassandra Marin each won three singles matches for the Vikings. Marin won all three of hers by 6-0 counts. Junior Rebecca Roberts contributed two 6-0 singles victories before giving way to Tina Tu in the third match. Tu also won 6-0.

In doubles, South Tahoe’s Krisha Penollar-Lupe Ramirez and Amanda Rives-Emily Rives each won three matches without dropping a game. In fact, the Vikings only lost one game in the nine doubles matches.

South Tahoe will play host to Fallon in its home opener at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holmes shoots 82, finishes second

Strong winds did little to take Alexis Holmes off of her golf game Tuesday.

The South Tahoe High senior shot an 82 to finish second in a season-opening Sierra Division tournament at Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno. Holmes only trailed winner Bethany Wurster of Douglas. Wurster shot 79.

“The wind came up very early and there was difficulty controlling approach shots,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler. “For an opening round, I’m pleased what I saw.”

STHS started the season with four players but under a rule adopted last by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, schools can post a complete score with four players. The Vikings finished with a 426 total. At press time, it was uncertain where STHS finished, but Bishop Manogue won the event.

Other STHS scores were Morgan Murphy 99, Brittany Rumble 108, and Morgan McCauley 137.

The Vikings travel to Thunder Canyon near Carson City on Sept. 8.

Warriors drop soccer home opener

Whittell High School dropped its boys’ soccer home opener to Yeringon 3-1 on Tuesday.

Junior T.J. Kolesnik scored the Warriors’ only score. Kolesnik tallied four goals during last weekend’s Quincy Tournament, where the Warriors posted a 2-2-1 record. Trevor Fairbank added three goals in the five games.

The Warriors (2-3-1) play at Fernley on Thursday.


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