Area schools win four championships: Whittell boys, South Tahoe girls take state titles in cross country; South Tahoe boys’ soccer and Whittell volleyball teams see regional tournament victories | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Area schools win four championships: Whittell boys, South Tahoe girls take state titles in cross country; South Tahoe boys’ soccer and Whittell volleyball teams see regional tournament victories

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Tahoe High cross country runners, from left, Kimmy Arroues, Kate Lambdin and Kelsey McClurg head to the finish Saturday during the 2005 NIAA State Cross Country meet in Reno.

The south shore of Lake Tahoe became title town on Saturday afternoon as two area high schools combined to win four championships.

Whittell High won its first boys’ state cross country title in 25 years as junior Tyson Guajardo led the Warriors with a second-place finish at San Rafael Park in Reno. Seniors Jeremy Bahr-Worley and Chris Craig finished seventh and ninth, respectively, as Whittell’s top five placed among the top 16.

“We practiced a lot harder this year. We ran hills a lot this year,” Guajardo said.

Several hours after Whittell captured its state title, the South Tahoe High girls avenged a regional defeat to Reno by handing the Huskies a rare loss on their home course at San Rafael Park in Reno.

Top eight finishes by Kylie Noll, Kimmy Arroues, Kate Lambdin and Kelsey McClurg helped the Vikings repeat as 4A state champs.

“It feels awesome. It made my year,” said STHS senior Megan Hillyard, who finished 15th overall. “Sickness and injury, dealing with that all season, and then coming into this (big) race was really hard.”

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A few hours after the cross country state titles were won, the Whittell volleyball team and South Tahoe boys’ soccer team continued their legacies by winning two regional championships.

The Warriors swept Lovelock in the Northern 2A Regional Tournament championship game at Whittell High to claim their third straight zone title.

“Our girls played very loosely and with confidence,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin, who has also led the Warriors to the past two 2A state titles. “Lovelock is a very good team, but we just had too many weapons.”

The Vikings, meanwhile, beat Elko 1-0 in the Northern 4A Regional Tournament championship game on Saturday at Carson High.

Erick Sandoval’s goal in the 59th minute was all the Vikings needed as they posted their third shutout in the postseason.

It was South Tahoe’s third regional championship in the past four years and its first since 2003, the same year it won the 4A state title.

South Tahoe plays Bishop Gorman in the state semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Carson High.

“I just want to go out there and give it our all again next week like we did today,” Sandoval said. “Hopefully we’ll come out with a state championship.”