All-conference awards elusive for Vikings
Postseason honors were about as scarce as sunshine this spring for athletes at South Tahoe High.
Three softball players and just one baseball player achieved all-conference selections in voting recently conducted by Northern Nevada 4A coaches.
Amy Johnson led the list for the softball team, earning a second-team spot as a utility player. The senior hit a solid .303 and had a two-year fielding percentage of .950, making just 11 errors in 195 chances.
“I was very surprised. It’s quite an honor because there are so many good players in the league,” Johnson said. “But there are good players and talent in Tahoe, too. Hopefully, this can encourage them to work hard and know that it’s not impossible.”
Joining her are juniors Kathryn Baer and Megan Humphries. Baer, a third baseman, had a .991 fielding percentage while leading the team in extra-base hits. Humphries, a catcher, overcame injuries to finish with .332 at the plate.
“(Amy) has excellent fundamentals and a natural grace to make things look easy,” said coach Jan Johnson. “(Kathryn) has great hands, a great knowledge of the game and is a kid you’ve got to be super happy for. (Megan) caught every inning of every game, has a great attitude and works hard. Every year she’s stepping up.”
On the boys side, pitcher Greg Bruso was named to the second team. The senior, who also was tagged as an honorable mention outfielder, said being recognized is secondary to the team as a whole deserving more respect.
“We deserve a lot more looks than we get. I think (the rest of the league) takes Tahoe for granted and doesn’t give us much credit,” Bruso said. “It’s a good reward to get, but the team deserves more recognition, not just one guy.”
Both teams finished last in the league, a statistic that Jan Johnson said undoubtedly contributes to the lack of recognition come awards time.
“These kids are quality players but have a tough road to go. If you’re not winning, they really don’t take a look at you,” he said.
Added baseball coach Ralph Clelan, “There are kids that had the skills and I put up a bunch of them. No one voted for us. But there’s not much you can say (to the other coaches) when you finish last.”
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