Title town, Lake Tahoe, Nev./Calif.
November 13, 2005
For the second straight weekend, the South Shore area was title town as South Tahoe and Whittell combined to win two more state championships.
South Tahoe’s boys soccer team won its second state title in three years as P.J. Bacon and Ernesto Mosqueda both scored in the Vikings’ 2-0 victory over Elko in the 4A state championship game on Saturday at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” Bacon said.
On the same day in Las Vegas, Whittell strengthened its volleyball dynasty by beating Lovelock 24-26, 28-26, 25-19, 25-13 in the 2A state championship game at Canyon Springs High School. The Warriors have won the past three state titles and four of the past six.
“It’s a good place to be,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin, whose team finished the season 30-7. “Everybody wants to get a state championship. But once you do, you realize how hard it was and how much work was put into it. It doesn’t matter how many you win. You appreciate state titles each time.”
The trio of Jessica Woods, Kelly Karmann and Katrina Kacirek combined for 44 kills, 27 digs, 19 aces and 13 blocks in two state tournament wins. The Warriors swept Southern 2A champion The Meadows 25-10, 25-13, 25-12 in the semifinals on Friday.
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Also on Friday, Mosqueda scored his 29th goal of the season and Erick Sandoval recorded his second postseason goal as the Vikings beat Sunset Region champion Bishop Gorman 2-1 in the state semifinals at Carson High. Mosqueda, a senior striker, scored his 30th goal in the win over Elko.
The Vikings (19-1-3) outscored their five postseason opponents 13-1 en route to regional and state titles.
“Our conditioning and our way of everyone passing the ball around (enabled us to win),” said senior midfielder Rafael Aguirre. “They had all of the boom ball, but we know how to control that.”
Just minutes earlier, Aguirre watched as second-year STHS mentor Chris DeLeon experienced a traditional fate for a title-winning coach – a Gatorade drenching at midfield.
“He had it coming,” Aguirre said. “They yell at us, but it’s all worth it. We actually learn off of it.”
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