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Big weekend for Whittell, South Tahoe hoop teams

For Jared Wood and Conor Freeman, this is the weekend they have been dreaming about since they put on South Tahoe High basketball uniforms in 2002.

Through all of the losses, there was always hope that a winning season wasn’t that far from their fingertips.

Now the seniors are a couple of wins away from securing the school’s first postseason berth since the 1999-2000 season.



South Tahoe can clinch a regional playoff berth by winning at Douglas on Friday and then beating nemesis Carson on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Vikings (6-4) hold a one-game lead over Douglas and North Valleys in the Sierra Division. They trail first-place Hug by four games and second-place Reno by a game.




“This is what you go into athletics for … to play in big games,” said STHS coach Derek Allister. “It’s such a critical stretch of games, including Tuesday’s game at North Valleys. There’s so much hinging on these games for all three clubs.”

A loss in either game will likely force the Vikings to win at North Valleys on Tuesday to nail down third place. The third seed in the Sierra Division will likely play at Elko or Reed in the first round of the regional tournament.

“Two wins should put us in pretty good shape, but you can never tell in this game,” Allister said.

Defeats in both weekend games could make it tough for the Vikings to earn the division’s fourth slot. The fourth seed will most likely play at Galena to open regionals.

“We just have to keep playing good, solid basketball. We’ve been a good home team and we’ve had moments on the road. It’s an exciting time for the kids to see what they can do,” Allister said.

Whittell’s boys and girls’ teams are also preparing to play games critical to their playoff chances.

The Whittell boys, who trail Lovelock by one and a half games for the final Northern 2A playoff berth, meet the Mustangs tonight at 7:30 in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors travel to third-place Hawthorne on Saturday.

Whittell’s girls can strengthen their playoff position by sweeping Lovelock and Hawthorne this weekend. Whittell has a one-game lead over the Serpents for the final playoff spot and only trails third-place Silver Stage by a game.

Tonight’s JV girls’ game has been canceled because Lovelock reportedly doesn’t have enough players.


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