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Buckman drains, but SJCC still reigns

Aaron Buckman missed Monterey College’s past two basketball games with an ankle injury, but it sure didn’t hurt his shooting touch upon returning to the lineup Friday night.

The former South Tahoe High guard drained four 3-pointers and was one of only two Monterey players scoring in double figures in a 91-60 home loss to high-flying San Jose City College.

Buckman, recovering from his second ankle injury of the season, scored 14 points.

Monterey dropped to 10-16 overall, including 3-5 in the Coast Conference. San Jose City upped its conference-leading record to 9-0 and 25-4 overall.

Moorpark College moved into the thick of the Western State Conference men’s basketball title race with a dramatic 61-59 overtime win at league-leading Oxnard (Calif.) Saturday.

The Raiders’ O.J. Thomas sent the game into overtime with a 3-point basket as time expired. Moorpark opened the overtime session with a 5-0 run and held off Oxnard as both teams finished the evening with identical 4-2 conference records.

Trevor Lorz’s 17 points and Thomas’ 15 led Moorpark. The Raiders, who boast ex-STHS star Alan Case among their regulars, improved to 19-7 overall, while Oxnard slipped to 17-9.

Tahoe City’s 15-year-old Alpine skier extraordinaire, Julia Mancuso, continued to excel in the USSA Alpine Super Series.

Mancuso finished second to Canada’s Anne Marie LeFrancois in a downhill race Friday in Whitefish, Mont. LeFrancois finished in 1 minute, 22.43 seconds, compared to 1:23.07 for Mancuso.

LeFrancois leads the series with 260 total points, followed closely by Alison Powers of Winter Park, Colo., with 255. Mancuso is in third with 244 points.

The Super Series championships, the final races in highest-level competition series in the U.S., started Monday and continues through Thursday in Deer Valley and Park City, Utah.

The Community Athletic Coordinating Council, an organization consisting of representatives from all youth and adult sports groups in South Lake Tahoe, will hold its next meeting at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Recreation Complex, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

On the agenda are the field-use master calendar for 2000, review of the wet-weather field-closure policy, recreation ballot initiative and the annual field-closure date.

This meeting is open to all interested citizens.

South Tahoe High softball tryouts are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the high school gym. Both tryouts are mandatory.

Players need to bring gloves, a good attitude and a smile, according to first-year varsity coach Rich Barna.

“I’m confident we’re going to do real well this year,” said Barna, who welcomes back eight sophomores with varsity experience.

Practice starts Feb. 29, and the first of two scrimmages is at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at Douglas High. STHS opens its season March 9 at Fallon.

For more information, contact Barna at (530) 541-0612.

South Tahoe Middle School’s eight-grade boys basketball team won two of three games to claim fourth place in the season-ending Quincy Tournament last weekend in Quincy, Calif.

After a tournament-opening 43-18 loss to Jamesville, Calif., the Timberwolves bounced back to crush Shaeffer of Northern California, 41-22. Timberwolves coach Randy Stamme was impressed by the play of Kevin Capellino, Derek Jensen, Peter Maes and Danny Tobin.

“There was a big bunch of nerves for our guys because we hadn’t played since the Optimist tournament three weeks ago,” Stamme said.

The win propelled the Timberwolves into the fourth-place game against Chester, Calif. STMS romped past Chester 48-38 behind the play of Alex Tenocelotl, Graham Hoffman, Devin Blann and Adam Fountain.

STMS is planning a team banquet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Tahoe Pizza Company.

What South Tahoe Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team lacked in numbers, it made up with an unwavering attitude of not giving up.

The Timberwolves dropped both of its games in the Quincy Tournament last weekend in Quincy, Calif., but they showed great character in coming back from huge early deficits.

In their tournament opener, STMS, short on players because of injuries, fell behind Paradise 17-5 but fought back to within three points by intermission. But Paradise regrouped to earn a 42-27 victory.

Eric Domingo led STMS with nine points on three 3-pointers. Bryan Finkel chipped in seven points, Alex Urreaga five, Kyle Churchill four and Kyle Jones two.

In their second game against Portola, STMS trailed 21-6 in the first half but rallied to force a 25-25 tie in the third period. However, two Timberwolves fouled out in the fourth period and Portola pulled away for a 50-40 triumph.

Domingo scored 17 points to lead STMS. Finkel added eight points, Urreaga six, Churchill five and Daniel McCullough four.

“We are so proud of the players in the tournament,” said STMS coach Larry Finkel. “They showed heart and character to continually come back. No matter what the score has been, these players are winners in every sense of the word.”

The South Tahoe Wrestling Club sent 24 of its young grapplers to compete in the Northwest Reno Wrestling tournament at McQueen High on Saturday.

South Tahoe’s wrestlers continued to prepare for the Nevada Greco-Roman and Freestyle Championships March 17-19 in Elko.

In the 5-6-year-old peewee division, Rafel Gutierrez wrestled at 46 pounds, and Ray DeSomers wrestled at 38 pounds.

In the 7-8-year-old bantam division, Conner Callahan wrestled at 43 pounds, Cody Shindelbower placed fifth at 51 pounds, Brandon Robinson placed sixth at 63 pounds, Cameron Roth placed third at 44 pounds, Justin Dalton wrestled at 48 pounds, Chris Little placed third at 52 pounds, Cole Baginski placed fourth at 55 pounds, and Zack Williams placed third at 62 pounds.

In the 9-10-year-old midget division, Chase Baginski wrestled twice at 68 pounds.

Chris Wadstein placed fourth at 124 pounds in the 11-12-year-old novice division, Frank DeSomers wrestled at 71 pounds, Shayne Rowe wrestled at 91 pounds, Garrett Gibb fought hard to place third at 71 pounds, Lee Williams wrestled twice at 66 pounds, Miles Wallace placed first at 114 pounds, Allyssa Little wrestled at 87 pounds, Tyler Baginski placed second at 94 pounds, and Cody Reader wrestled at 92 pounds.

In the 13-14 schoolboy division, Kenny Craig placed second at 113 pounds, Andy Thran placed third, James Montanari wrestled at 88 pounds, and J.P. Foster placed first at 183 pounds.

As a team, the South Tahoe Wrestling Club is starting to pull together, using the moves the athletes learned in practice and in tournament situations, and working hard to earn wins. There are four tournaments remaining before the Nevada championships.

Practice continues from 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. for younger wrestlers, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the older athletes, Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call David Borges at 544-5800.

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