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Whittell sophomore Alex Potnick pitches gem against Sparks

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

In the opening weekend of high school spring sports, a handful of South Shore athletes served notice that a promising season lies ahead.

Sophomore pitcher Alex Potnick tossed a one-hitter and struck out 10 to lead the Whittell baseball team to 4-1 upset of Sparks, a Nevada 3A school.

“He was pretty much dialed in, throwing strikes consistently,” said Whittell skipper Starbuck Teevan. “He pretty much established himself as our No. 1 after that performance, but we’ll see in (next weekend’s) Whittell tournament.”

Junior Jordan Morgan also threw well for the Warriors in a 4-3 defeat to Quincy. Morgan had seven strikeouts and four walks.

Nick Warner, a junior outfielder, led the Warriors’ offense, collecting two hits against Quincy and three vs. Sparks. In the Sparks win, Warner swatted a triple and double, knocked in three runs and stole a base. He had two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases against Quincy.

“He was a big part of getting things going for us. At the same time, we had baserunning errors. If we don’t make those, I think that we could have easily won three of four games,” Teevan said.

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Junior Cody Nelson, who wasn’t on the team a year ago, pleased Teevan with his contributions Saturday. Nelson had a hit in each game, stolen two bases against the Railroaders and swiped another one in the Quincy game.

Whittell (2-2) plays at Smith Valley on Tuesday.

Vikings improve to 3-1

South Tahoe’s baseball team added two more impressive wins to its early season victory total on Saturday at the Carson tournament.

The Vikings stunned Spanish Springs 8-3, using a six-run outburst to beat one of area’s top-rated preseason teams.

“Spanish Springs was ranked sixth in one of the preseason polls and picked to finish second or third in their division,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson. “It’s a huge win for us. I think it’s going to wake people up, especially when they learn we don’t have Gary (Prescott) or Otto (Trebotich) right now.”

The Vikings trailed 2-0 but tied the score with a two-run third inning. South Tahoe scored six times in the top of the fifth inning, orchestrating the rally with “small ball.” Tanner Braun’s two-strike bunt single down the first-base line with runners on first and second bases highlighted the rally.

Pitcher Matt Blank, a junior, kept the Spanish Springs bats quiet in earning the win.

Senior Matt Marsh threw a 55-pitch shutout in the Vikings’ 8-0 triumph over Fernley on Saturday. Max DeLallo belted a three-run homer that traveled 390 feet in the fourth inning, breaking it open.

Carson won the tournament with a 4-0 record but didn’t play South Tahoe. The Vikings (3-1) and Senators meet on Thursday in a Sierra Division opener in Carson City.

“Our kids are really confident right now,” Tillson said. “We’ve only practiced twice outside the gym, and we had no errors on Saturday.”

Stewart leads swimmers against Manogue

Clara Stewart won two events for the South Tahoe swim team in its opener against Manogue on Saturday at Northwest Pool in Reno. Stewart captured first in the 500-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while teammate Hanna Bratton won the 100 backstroke.

Sophomore Luca Genasci led the STHS boys, winning the 500 and 200 freestyle races David Wise, a junior, won the 100 freestyle.

Felton wins two events in Newark meet

Kyler Felton keyed a successful performance by the Whittell track and field team Saturday at the Cougar Invitational in Newark, Calif

Felton won the long and triple jumps.

For the four-time defending state champion girls’ team, Isabel Concha-Foley was second in discus and third in the shot put. Sammy Brumbach finished runner-up in the long jump, and the 4×400 relay team was second.

Also for the boys, the 4×400 relay team finished third. Sophomore John Robinson, who ran 54-second leg on that team, was runner-up in the frosh-sophomore high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and third in the 400.

Warriors tie North Tahoe

Justina Pritzker and Marissa Besson each belted a triple Saturday in Whittell’s 9-9 tie against North Tahoe in the Yerington softball tournament.

Pritzker also slapped a single and pitched all four innings against the Lakers. She fanned five and walked five. Heather Equivel and Danielle Vanscoy added singles for the Warriors.

The Lakers scored three runs in the fourth inning to create the tie.

“We’re playing them a lot better. They threw their best pitcher against us,” said Whittell coach Rich Barna.

Besson was scheduled to pitch Whittell’s final tournament game against Lone Pine, but umpires wouldn’t allow her to throw with tape on one of her fingertips that was injured last summer. Pritzker allowed one run through two innings, but Lone Pine broke open the game in the third inning en route to a 15-1 victory.

Austyn Herrera delivered the Warriors’ only hit.

Barna was pleased with the Warriors’ 2-2-1 record in the two-day tournament.

“It was a very positive thing for us,” he said. “We’ve have girls who are new to team who have progressed past the point of midseason. I’m actually pretty confident that we are going to make a pretty good showing this year.”

Whittell plays at Smith Valley on Tuesday.

Madsen, Klug lead STHS tracksters

Chelsea Madsen and Chris Klug were the stars in the STHS track and field team’s opener Saturday at Reno High School.

Madsen scored in all four of her events, winning the long jump, placing third in the 100 and fifth in the pole vault. She also ran a leg in the Vikings’ victorious 4×100 relay. Alyssa Lowe, Alyssa Mesecher and Ali Palacios were also part of that winning team.

Klug was runner-up in the long jump (20-1) and was among the top finishers in the 100. Officials results weren’t available as of Sunday.

Klug and Blair Berry, however, injured groin muscles during the frigid meet, which also included Reno, Spanish Springs and North Valleys.

“For the first time being on the track, I thought they were competitive with the three teams that were there,” said STHS coach Melissa Berry.

Also for the Vikings, Gavin Garcia placed fifth in the high jump.