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Seven Vikings score in rout of Damonte

Steve Yingling

More than once coaches tell their players that they’ll perform like they practice.

Since South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team has been working hard, the results reflected that in a 7-1 dismantling of Damonte on Tuesday in Reno.

“It was a good team effort, they are building confidence and they are starting to play like they practice,” said STHS coach Randy Volkmar.

Six different Vikings scored in what officially was their season opener. South Tahoe finished runner-up in a 12-team tournament last weekend at Galena.

Nolie Pierini started the rout by scoring in the third minute. Her goal was followed by Cybil Robinson in the sixth minute, Rachel Ward at 10:00, Megan Roberto at 15:00 and Luauna Brinkley in the 35th minute.

South Tahoe led 5-0 at halftime and the Vikings capped the one-sided game with Ashlee McGehee scoring at 55:00 and Kera Cunningham at 69:00.

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The Vikings will travel to play Bishop Manogue on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Reno on Tuesday.

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The STHS boys were nearly as dominant at Spanish Springs.

Led by two unbeaten doubles teams and the dominant performance of freshman singles player Jimmy Roberts, the Vikings won 36-9.

Team captains Jamie Moore and Marcale Jones were nearly perfect, dropping only one game in winning all three of their matches. Teammates Clayton Cole and Greg Gaskin also defeated all three of their foes.

Roberts, making his Viking debut, lost only one game in taking all three of his matches. Nathan Garofalos took two of his three matches and Jason Schmedes split his two. Sophomore Sean Brower substituted in for Schmedes and won 6-3 in the final round.

“Spanish Springs was a good first match to build momentum going into Thursday,” said coach Kyle Horvath, whose Vikings play host to Reno at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

No 3 doubles team Nick Noomen, a sophomore, and freshman Tyler Venema won both of their matches together. Horvath then paired two freshmen – Venema and Nick Smith – in the final round and they nearly pulled off an upset, losing 7-5 to Spanish Springs’ top team.

“I was really impressed how they played,” Horvath said.