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Valiants to prepare for season here

Steve Yingling

College teams have been using the South Shore for high-altitude training for years.

Among the visitors have been Cal’s football team, the UCLA track and field team and various volleyball teams.

Add the Manhattanville College women’s soccer team to that list.

Unlike previous visitors, the Manhattanville, N.Y., program has a local connection to Lake Tahoe. Manhattanville juniors Bailey Flood and Cybil Robinson formerly played girls’ soccer for South Tahoe High School.

“I’m excited to show the girls a good time,” Flood said. “I’m so excited to show my teammates the West Coast, my life and South Lake Tahoe.”

The Valiants are scheduled to train on the South Shore Aug. 16-21. They will use the Community Playfields and the Community Youth Sports Complex for practices.

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Flood, a center midfielder and a 2007 All-Freedom Conference first-team selection, said the team is operating on a tight budget and is hopeful that the community can provide some financial assistance during their one-week stay.

“We’re looking for the community to help us do activities in Tahoe, hopefully at discounted rates. I just want to show them around,” she said. “(I welcome) any ideas of what we could do, or if people want to give gift cards for grocery stores or something.”

Flood said that her teammates were very sensitive as to how far the South Lake Tahoe girls were from home during their freshman seasons. Their teammates’ parents cooked meals and baked goodies for them.

“It’s our time to reciprocate,” Flood said.

The team raised money to cover travel costs and has housing paid for during their visit.

The Valiants, the defending Freedom Conference champions, made its first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament last season. That team still is in tact, as the Valiants didn’t have any seniors.

“It’s so much in our benefit to train up here, especially in running when you condition up” Flood said. “It seems like you are flying when you go back down to sea level.”

To help the Valiants, contact Flood at (530) 541-1753 or at