Capellino, Braun make all-league
Narrowly missing the playoffs seems to have hurt the South Tahoe High basketball teams in regard to all-league selections.
The girls’ and boys’ teams each had a second-team selection and a pair of players given honorable mention.
The omission of senior Vince Capellino from the Sierra Division’s first team disappointed first-year boys’ coach Chris Proctor.
“There is a real pressure to give most of the first-team selections to the playoff teams,” Proctor said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Vince is a first-teamer and no doubt in my mind that Tony (Stagnaro) would be a second-teamer.”
South Tahoe senior guard Tess Braun was a second-team selection for the girls.
Stagnaro and Chris Eidam, both seniors, were given honorable mention on the boys’ side, while sophomore Alexis Holmes and junior Jessica Hallard received the same honors for the girls.
In division play, Capellino averaged 17.3 points per game, even though he was often advised to take more shots.
Stagnaro averaged 10.8 points per game, but his contributions to the team went much deeper. He was extremely active on defense, averaging 2.8 steals per game, and Proctor estimated that he was among the league’s top 10 in assists.
“You look at all kinds of players who are one-dimensional, and he was multidimensional,” Proctor said.
Proctor is excited that both Capellino and Stagnaro will go on to play college ball.
“If you fine-tune these boys and give them a college approach to the sport, we could see both excel at a rate you don’t get at the high school level,” Proctor said.
Eidam, a point guard, proved to be a valuable all-around player for the Vikings.
“He is that player that does all the things that are necessary to have success and don’t get in the scorebook,” Proctor said. “The fact that we hardly got pressed by anybody was a tribute to him and Chris Klug, and he ran all of our offenses.”
Braun concluded her high school basketball career by nearly leading the Vikings to their first regional playoff berth since 1998. She averaged 7.1 points per game for the season, including 6.5 in league games.
“She chose to score less and be more of a point guard this year and get everybody else involved to make us a better overall team,” said her coach, Chris Holmes.
A switch to from a zone defense to a man-to-man defense played to the strengths of Braun.
“She controlled the defensive tempo,” Holmes said. “She applied great pressure on the ball, and she’d make them pick up the ball so we could get into the passing lanes.”
Hallard developed into a key player on both sides of the court. She repeatedly assumed the responsibility of guarding opposing teams’ best perimeter threat, excluding the point.
In addition, she became one of the team’s top offensive weapons.
“In the second half of the season, that light kind of went on for her,” said Holmes of Hallard, who averaged 7.9 points per game in division and 6.8 overall. “She realized offensively that she could be and impact player.”
Alexis Holmes led the team with a 9.2 scoring clip in division and 7.5 points per game for the season. She was one of the team’s top rebounders.
“She is pretty easy to work with and is very determined,” Holmes said of coaching his daughter.
The team was one of the brighter teams in the state, with five players receiving all-state academic honors. Alexis Holmes, Tori Lindstrom, Tiffany Lueder, Karli Vath and Jordan Dalton made the grade for the girls, while Kyle DiGrande made the team for the boys.