Bobman resets school shot put record
South Tahoe High’s Matt Bobman broke his own school record in the shot put but finished second at the Carson Kiwanis Invitational on Saturday.
Bobman, a junior, bettered his personal best by a foot with a throw of 50 feet, 6 inches in the preliminaries but came up short of winner Joe Suder of Manogue (52 feet, 2 inches). South Tahoe coach Dan Wilvers thinks Bobman’s best throws are still in front of him after only two seasons of competing.
“Right now, Matt still has some work to do on his technique. Shot putting, despite his excellence at it, is still a new sport for him,” Wilvers said. “I’m thinking he’ll toss even farther this year, as he seems to be getting better and better at using all of his body and not just his arm strength.”
The Carson Kiwanis Invitational, held at Carson High, featured more than 20 teams from Nevada and California.
Mikey Van Gorden finished third overall in the 100-meter dash and helped the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams to second-place finishes. The relay teams excelled despite competing without Grant Swinney and Corey Vermillion due to injuries.
Alex Sharp was third in the 1,600 with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 42.90 seconds.
The Vikings won’t compete again until regional qualifiers at Reed High on May 7-8.
Russo switches roles
The South Tahoe baseball team dropped a pair of games to North Valleys 12-2 and 7-0 on Saturday at Todd Fields.
Highlights were hard to come by for the Vikings as they lost their final two league games of the season. Chris Thorne had an RBI triple in the first game and senior catcher A.J. Russo put in a solid six innings in his first pitching action of the season in the second game.
South Tahoe (3-18 overall, 0-14 Sierra) finishes its season by hosting Fallon on Tuesday.
Panthers sweep Vikings
North Valleys capped off a miserable week for the South Tahoe softball team by sweeping a Saturday doubleheader, 10-0 and 18-0, in South Lake Tahoe.
South Tahoe’s Missy Lucero broke up a perfect game in the seventh inning of the opener with a single, while Ashley Sizer, Kylie Novasel and Erin Jamison had hits for the Vikings in the second game.
While South Tahoe managed to go the distance in the first game, an 11-run sixth inning ended the nightcap on the 10-run rule.
South Tahoe (2-19 overall, 0-12 Sierra) was outscored 50-0 in four losses last week.
White Pine shows its strength
Whittell High heard White Pine was good before it came to Lampe Park on Saturday. The Warriors believed all of the talk by the time the 2002 state champs departed Saturday afternoon.
White Pine swept the nonleague softball doubleheader 13-4 and 11-0, breaking open the first game in the final inning and using a three-hit shutout in the second.
“They are definitely a powerhouse when it comes to 2A softball,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “Their coach told me he had 60 girls try out for his softball program this year and they have a JV program.”
In the opener, Whittell’s Anna Kingman was 4 for 4 with two RBIs, Sasha Silver 2 for 4 and Sara Piccola 1 for 3 with two runs scored.
White Pine scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to blow it open.
In game two, only Piccola one, Katlin Willens and Kaitie Green collected hits.
Despite the two defeats, Wines was pleased with her team’s play.
“They did a lot of things really well,” Wines said. “We had a couple of girls making diving catches in the outfield, (catcher) Whitney Gielow had a close calls on throws to second base and we made a double play.”
Whittell (11-9) plays Coleville (19-0-2), the only undefeated softball team in Nevada, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lampe Park.