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Vikings display foot speed, endurance strengths at Reed meet

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe High’s girls’ track and field team placed eighth out of 28 scoring teams and 37 schools overall at the Reed Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Sparks.

The Vikings’ distance medley relay team placed first in 13 minutes, 26.9 seconds,

and two-time state meet winner Kelsey Smith placed runner-up in the 1,600 meters with her effort of 5:24.9. Smith was joined by Kylie Noll, Karly Arroues and Shelby McIntyre on the victorious relay team. Noll and McIntyre also were point-makers in the 1,600, finishing fourth (5:30.3) and fifth (5:31.5), respectively.

South Tahoe’s 4×100 relay team placed runner-up to Reno with their collective time of 52.02 seconds. Because of the number of teams at the meet, there were multiple heats, and the Vikings didn’t know where they stood after winning their heat. The Huskies’ winning time of 51.54 barely eclipsed the Vikings’.

“They were jumping up and down and screaming when they saw the final results because they had to run in a slow heat where they were 50 meters in front of the other teams at the finish and couldn’t gauge their place until the next heat was over,” said STHS coach Melissa Berry.

“They have been working hard and are determined to make it to state this year. It will be exciting to see them improve even more, then watch them in a head-to-head race with the teams in Northern Nevada.”

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Ali Palacios, Alyssa Lowe, Alyssa Mesecher and Chelsea Madsen comprise the Vikings’ swift relay team. Madsen nearly finished in the points in the long jump, too, finishing 12th (15-5).

The STHS boys were led by Chris Klug, who took third in the 40-yard football dash (5.05), fifth in the 100 meters (11.83) and sixth in the long jump (21 feet, 3/4 of an inch). Klug’s 100 time was even faster in the preliminaries when he ran an 11.44.

Klug’s efforts helped the boys place 14th in the team standings.

Sophomore Erik Cramer placed 12th in the 100 hurdles (17.61), the Vikings picked up a point with the 4×100 relay team placing eighth (47.44), and junior Erich Baumann tied for 15th in the pole vault (10-6).

A quarter inch was all that separated runner-up Hannah Daly of Whittell (38-7.25) from winner Kathie Arias of Dayton in the shot put. The North Carolina-bound senior also placed 14th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.73. Spring Creek’s Bethany Pennington was first at 16.54.

Shannon Marshall, who won the high jump at Fallon the previous week, was sixth after clearing 4-10 at Reed. She was involved in two other individual events, placing ninth in the 100 hurdles (18.34) and 11th in the 300 hurdles (52.22).

Kyler Felton finished just outside the scoring spots in his three events. He was 11th in the long jump (20-4.75) and 14th in the 100 hurdles (17.89) and 300 hurdles (45.56).

John Robinson, a sophomore, led the Warriors’ in the sprints by placing 13th in the 400 (53.28), only .82 out of the top eight. The Warriors’ 4×800 relay team placed 11th (9:19.6), while the distance medley team was 14th in 12:50.7.

Highlights from the frosh-sophomore meet included STHS’s Brady Hiob placing fifth in the 1,600 (5:06.3), and Whittell’s Max Beck tying for ninth in the high jump (5-0)

STHS softball drops twin bill

Bishop Manogue shut down the STHS softball team’s offense Saturday in a Sierra Division doubleheader sweep in Reno.

The Vikings were limited to one run in 6-0 and 9-1 defeats.

The losses dropped the Vikings to 2-7 overall and in the Sierra Division.

South Tahoe is scheduled to play at Galena on Thursday before playing the Grizzlies in its home opener Saturday.

Lakers beat Warriors with seventh-inning run

North Tahoe pushed across the winning run in the seventh inning Saturday to take the opening game of a Northern 2A softball doubleheader against Whittell.

Whittell forged a tie in the sixth inning, but the Lakers went on to a 13-12 victory. North Tahoe completed the sweep with a 14-4 five-inning victory in game two.

Marissa Besson struck out five Lakers in the opener. Megan Miller, Heather Esquivel and Chaine Paradis each collected two hits for the Warriors, and Danielle Vanscoy roped a triple.

Esquivel and Lupe Martinez led the Warriors with two hits in the second game.

Whittell (5-10-1 overall, 0-4 league) is scheduled to play a nonleague game against Truckee on Tuesday in Gardnerville.

Miners solves Vikings’ pitching late

Manogue broke open two pitching duels with late rallies Saturday to sweep the South Tahoe baseball team 7-2 and 12-2 in Reno.

In the opening game, STHS starter Max DeLallo and the Miners’ Ryan Baker were locked in a 2-1 game before Manogue pulled away in the fifth inning. Tanner Braun pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Vikings.

Kyle DiGrande belted a triple and double for the Vikings, and Derek Holmgren rapped a base hit.

In game two, Matt Marsh kept the Miners’ offense in check as the Vikings trailed 4-2 going into the fifth inning. Manogue triggered a decisive rally with three straight bunts, including two that worked, to pull away.

Holmgren led the Vikings with two hits, while Chris Ewing delivered a hit that helped the Vikings load the bases at one point.

Junior Otto Trebotich was suspended for Saturday’s games.

The Vikings (5-9 overall, 0-6 in division) play at Galena on Thursday, then host the Grizzlies on Saturday in a home-opening doubleheader.