Despite losses, Young is pleased
In just one 24-hour period, Whittell boys’ basketball coach Dennis Young thought the Warriors might have reversed their season.
Although his team lost both Northern 2A contests over the past three days, Young thinks Whittell showed significant improvement from a 97-49 setback against Rite of Passage on Friday to Saturday’s 85-63 loss to Independence.
“We played our best game of the season on Saturday night,” Young said. “Hopefully we’ll start turning things around because we played really well on Saturday. They kids played together. If we limit their second and third-chance points, we win that game.”
Whittell went into the fourth quarter trailing only 56-55, but Independence outscored the Warriors 28-8 in the fourth quarter because of its dominant inside game.
Chris Craig led Whittell with 17 points, while Jeff Young contributed 14 points and Jeremy Dominguez 11 for Whittell (3-16 overall, 0-5 league). Against Rite of Passage, Craig scored a team-high 16 and Jeff Young added 14 points in the loss.
“Rite of Passage is the best team that we’ve played this season,” coach Young said. “There’s about three or four teams with a chance to win our league. They all seem to be beating each other. But if we keep playing like did on Saturday, we’ll have a chance to knock off some of those teams.”
Whittell hosts Battle Mountain on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors’ makeup game against Hawthorne still hasn’t been rescheduled.
STHS grapplers lose final home match
The South Tahoe wrestling team won more matches than it lost during Saturday’s Sierra Division dual against North Valleys but lost 48-24 at South Tahoe High School. That’s because the Vikings had to forfeit four weight classes, surrendering 24 points in their final home match of the season.
South Tahoe won five matches to North Valleys’ four. Jeff Valeny (112 pounds) won by pin, as did Elliot Pekar (152) and Miles Wallace (171). At 135 pounds, Lee Williams scored a two-point reversal with 30 seconds left in his match to win 2-1 and Brandon Johns also won by decision at 145 pounds.
South Tahoe’s Chris Ewing lost 6-5 at 189 pounds and then the Vikings had to forfeit at both 215 pounds and the heavyweight class.
“We wrestled excellent,” said STHS first-year coach Ryan Wallace. “Even the matches we lost, we were in position to win. This is the best we’ve wrestled all season. It showed what quality wrestlers we do have.”
South Tahoe, which dropped to 2-4 in division duals, wrestles at Hug on Wednesday, then will prepare for the Northern 4A Regional Tournament on Feb. 3 at Spanish Springs High School.
Vikings’ girls drop two games
The Carson girls’ basketball program completed a clean sweep of the South Tahoe Vikings on Saturday in Carson City. The Senators opened up a 33-6 halftime lead and cruised to a 64-27 Sierra Division victory in the varsity game.
Carson won the JV game 54-18 and the freshman game 49-14. South Tahoe’s varsity team dropped to 1-10 overall and 0-6 in division play this season.
South Tahoe also lost a division game to Douglas 37-20 on Friday night in South Lake Tahoe.
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