South Tahoe wins twice in Shootout |

South Tahoe wins twice in Shootout

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Even though South Tahoe High’s basketball season doesn’t begin for a little over four months, the program can take comfort in knowing that the competition can’t be tougher than it saw over the weekend.

South Tahoe played against two of the toughest teams – Foothill, Calif., and Judge Memorial, Utah – in the 13-team South Tahoe Shootout at South Tahoe MIddle School.

Foothill,, which went on to share the tournament’s best record with Bishop Manogue of Reno at 6-0 – struggled to beat South Tahoe on Saturday. Foothill only led by four points in the second half before pulling away for a 43-32 victory in a game marked by aggressive play. Garrett Tinlin and Ricky Braun kept South Tahoe close by taking their defenders to the basket; junior Kory DiGrande gave the Vikings a lift by hitting a pair of three-point baskets.

Foothill is coached by former South Tahoe High star Drew Hibbs.

South Tahoe, which beat Branham of San Jose on Friday and Oakland on Saturday – finished with a 2-4 record.

In its finale, South Tahoe was dispatched by Judge Memorial 53-25. South Tahoe played without junior Peter Pielaet-Strayer, who missed most of the tournament with a bad back.

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To read more about the tournament, see Wednesday’s print edition of the Tribune.