Vikes to host Incline |

Vikes to host Incline

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

While classmates continue their holiday vacation, it will be back to work today and Tuesday for South Tahoe High’s varsity basketball teams.

The Vikings’ girls play the first of four games in the Steele Canyon Holiday Classic at 4:30 p.m. today in San Diego. STHS (3-9) plays tournament host Steele Canyon in its opener, then will follow with games against El Cajon Valley on Tuesday, Brawley on Wednesday and Bassett on Friday.

“We’re stoked to be here,” said STHS coach Chris Proctor. “This is a tournament more on our level of competition, so we hope to have some good results while we’re down here.”

Meanwhile, the Vikings’ boys will play their final predivision game Tuesday when the Incline Highlanders come to town for a 7 p.m. lake showdown.

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South Tahoe (3-8) showed marked improvement during the recent Rail City Classic in Reno, according to coach Derek Allister.

“In the Reno tournament we kept playing better and better,” Allister said. “We seem to be coming together, so we’re anxious to get out there again because it’s our final tuneup before we get out there against Reno (on Jan. 6).”

The Highlanders (5-4) have a win over North Valleys of the Sierra Division in the preseason. The only common opponent between the teams is Bear River, which Incline defeated by 10 points, while the Vikings won by four.

“It should be a good matchup. Incline plays it a little slower than some teams we’ve played … they pack in their zone defense and that presents some problems,” Allister said.

South Tahoe was scheduled to play North Tahoe tonight, but the Class AAA lake school pulled out of the game a month ago. The schools will still meet at the junior varsity and freshman levels, beginning at 3:45 p.m. in South Lake Tahoe.

Viking Notes: Allister was in San Jose on Sunday night to watch former STHS center Curtis Johnson play. The freshman power forward is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds for undefeated Chemeketa Community College of Salem, Ore.

“He’s generating some real interest from schools,” Allister said. “He’s in a good program and playing alongside a 7-foot sophomore, so he’s not the big man in the middle.”

Hawaii, UNLV, Boise State, Texas A&M, Utah and Oregon are among the schools who have expressed interest in the 6-8 Johnson, Allister said.