‘Disco Bob’ cuts another record
Pity the person who has to engrave and update the Whittell High School track and field records for the remainder of the season.
Two school marks fell at the 27-team Fallon Invitational on Saturday in Fallon.
Senior “Disco” Bob Linkul broke his own discus record by nearly two feet, while junior Erin Zaskoda nudged aside the school’s 13-year-old triple jump record by one inch.
“These kids who went to Fallon can run, throw and jump against anybody,” said Whittell coach Dan Makley.
Linkul’s discus toss of 155 feet, 5 inches bested his throw of 153-9 last year.
“He gets the most out of his ability and certainly deserves it,” Makley said. “He can go farther. We’re looking for 160 now.”
Linkul didn’t place in the shot put, but he did chuck the steel ball a personal-best 41 feet.
Zaskoda and Karin Kaleta began a friendly competition for the school triple jump record. For now, the record stands at 32 feet, 5 inches, but with Kaleta hopping, skipping and jumping 32-1, Zaskoda’s mark is precarious.
“Erin broke a school record and no one has done better and still she came in ninth and Karin 11th,” said Makley, citing how competitive the meet was. “I’m pretty sure that will change before the year is done.”
Zaskoda also performed personal-best times in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with respective times of 18.78 and 53.68. Kaleta tied for third in the high jump at 4-10.
Meanwhile, Sarah Sufka demonstrated that she’s nearly as good against the 4A competition as she is versus the 3A.
Sufka won her 800-meter heat by 40 meters and was third overall with a time of 2 minutes, 28.2 seconds. Her school record is 2:23.64. The senior also was fifth in the 400 meters, even though she dominated her heat with a time of 63.8.
The remainder of the team competed in the frosh-soph meet Friday at Reed High in Sparks.
Luke Forvilly’s busy day was highlighted by second- and third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Forvilly ran an 11.6 in the 100 and 24.8 in the 200. Forvilly fell in the 110-meter hurdles, an event that Makley thought he could have won.
Freshman Jessica Purdy excelled in her first high school meet, claiming fourth place with a long jump of 14-5.
Other noteworthy performances for Whittell included: Joel Warnick, shot put, 37-8 and 100 meters, 12.8; first-time high jumper Nicole Jurzinski, 4-2; Nicole McKinney, 110 hurdles, 21.4.
“Considering this is third time we’ve been on a track all year and the first time on an all-weather surface, I thought our kids were excellent and way ahead of where they could be at this point,” said Makley, whose squad will compete Saturday at Hawthorne.
Once again, talented Viking sophomore sprinter and hurdler Jake Hurwitz made the biggest impact in the Vikings’ meet Saturday in Fallon.
In an 80-sprinter field, Hurwitz blazed to a second-place clocking of 10.81 seconds – only .05 behind the winning mark.
But Hurwitz wasn’t content with that performance as he placed third in the 200 meters (22.53) and fifth in the long jump (20-5). All three efforts are PRs for Hurwitz.
“He now is legit. Some coaches were questioning some of his times earlier,” said Viking coach Rick Brown. “Now that they’ve seen him, he was quite the hit with all the coaches. They can’t believe he’s doing these things as a sophomore.”
Corey Martin and Manuel Lomeli also were at their best in Fallon. Martin set a PR in the shot put with a seventh-place toss of 46-1. Lomeli didn’t place in the 3,200 meters but improved 20 seconds with his 11:05 run.
For the Viking girls, Dawn Hock surpassed the 30-foot barrier in the triple jump for the first time but didn’t place. She just missed placing in the high jump with her best of 4-10.
Launa Giordano, a senior, bettered her 800-meter time by 10 seconds with a 2:36 effort.
On Friday at the frosh-soph meet at Reed, Amy Carter and Lindsay Hitt energized the Vikings. Carter was second in the 100 hurdles at 19.59, with Hitt third at 20.96. Hitt was second in the 300-meter hurdles at 56.40, with Carter third at 56.72.
Carter and Hitt also teamed with Julie Tam and Katie Allegrini to finish third in the 400 relay with a time of 58.78.
The baseball game took so long, the second one couldn’t be played.
Whittell outlasted Squaw Valley Academy 23-18 in a three-plus-hour game Saturday at Lampe Park in Garderville. The teams were supposed to play a doubleheader.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game, but the guys did a real nice job,” said Whittell coach Doyle Wilson, whose club trailed 5-0 before its first time at-bat.
However, Whittell erupted for 10 first-inning runs to apparently take control. But Squaw knotted the score at 18 in the fifth inning before Whittell took the lead for good with a five spot in its fifth.
Bryce Schussel, who beat Squaw to open the season, entered the game in the sixth to close out the win.
“That was our first 1-2-3 inning of the game,” Wilson said.
Joe Piccola and Mike Kiger had the Warriors’ biggest blasts. Piccola ripped an inside-the-park grand slam, while Kiger gapped a two-run double.
At 3-2, Whittell already has equaled last season’s victory total. The Warriors open 3A Division II play at Yerington on Tuesday.
Going to the bat rack for the final time with Galena’s softball team ahead 8-0 on Friday, the South Tahoe Vikings must have had few positive thoughts going through their heads.
Instead of going home empty, however, the Vikings made a valiant rally.
“They didn’t give up, and they came out smoking in the seventh inning,” said Viking coach Jan Johnson, whose club scored four times and lost 8-4 in Reno. “We had enough hits to win, but the thing I’m pleased with more than anything is we held them down.
“We realize we have to play better defense. The kids also realize that these are things that are fixable. They realize they can play with the top teams in the league.”
STHS outhit Galena 11-6, but six errors ruined any chance the Vikings had of pulling off the upset. Galena scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to blow open a 3-0 game.
Jill Barna ignited the Viking seventh-inning rally with a triple. Tammy Cowen’s two-run double and RBI singles by Kathryn Baer and Heather Roderick accounted for STHS’s last-inning scoring flurry.
Barna’s three-bagger capped a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. Roderick and Megan Humphreys supplied two Viking hits. Kendra Terry and Melissa Johnson slugged the Vikings’ other hits.
With spring break right around the corner, the Vikings will remain busy, playing at Elko on Thursday and at the Reed Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
“We feel if we keep making improvements, it could be an interesting second half of the year,” Johnson said.
Vikings keep on hitting, but …
South Tahoe High’s baseball team continues to smack the ball all over the park, but victories are scarce.
The Vikings lost a doubleheader to Galena, 10-4 and 21-6, on Saturday in Reno. The defeats dropped STHS to 0-10 in the Northern Nevada League, while Galena improved to 8-2.
Jeff Jensen, Chris Hannum, Tim Sprinkles, Thrace Ramsey, Austin Merritt and John Capitani collected two hits as the Vikings lost the second game despite going ping for ping with Grizzlies – 15 hits for the winners to 13 for STHS.
In the opener, Galena clung to a 3-2 lead after four innings, but a three-run fifth inning and four-run sixth gave the Grizzlies some breathing room. Merritt and Ramsey led the Vikings with two hits.
Sometimes the STHS swim team doesn’t realize how talented it is until the zone championships arrive.
However, the Viking girls got an inkling of how special they are with their fourth-place finish in the Lombardi High School Invitational on Saturday at the University of Nevada, Reno.
“They did great. I don’t remember us placing fourth before in that meet,” said Viking coach Dale Bogard.
Carson’s girls handily won the meet with 73 points, but only four points separated Bishop Manogue, Incline and STHS for second through fourth places, respectively.
Behind strong relay team efforts and the individual performances of Kristi Collins and Denise Bogard, the Vikings demonstrated why they’re more than a Sierra League power.
South Tahoe was runner-up to Reed in the 400 medley relay with a time of 5 minutes, 54 seconds. Leading the charge were Lisa Borges, backstroke; Jenni Schoonover, breast; Nicole Fruitman, fly; and Nicole Murray, freestyle.
Showing their depth, a different contingent of swimmers spearheaded the Vikings’ third-place showing in the 400 all-events medley relay. Contributing to the 4:25.05 clocking were Shaina Willen, 50 back; Bogard, 50 breast; Jessica Tinlin, 50 fly; Kim Hunt, 50 free; Collins, 100 IM; and Lisa Anton, 100 freestyle.
Collins also was second in the 100 intermediate 50 butterfly, while Bogard placed third in the 50 breaststroke.
Even though there were shorter distances for the meet, I felt the girls were swimming where they should right now with good times,” coach Bogard said.
South Tahoe’s boys finished last as Reno edged Carson for the team title.
The Viking boys and girls will put their two-year Sierra League unbeaten streak on the line on Friday in Incline Village.
“I did get a chance to look at Incline on Saturday, and we have our work cut out for us,” coach Bogard said.
So what if snow covers their hometown courses. Mountain boys can play golf with the valley boys.
Truckee and Whittell finished first and third, respectively, at an 11-team Nevada 3A Tournament last Friday at Walker Lake Golf Course in Fernley.
With snow lingering on courses around the lake, Whittell and Truckee have put in their time at valley venues to upgrade their games. The Wolverines’ five-man crew was nine shots better than Manogue, 383 to 392. Whittell was third with 427 strokes, two strokes better than Incline.
Leading Whittell’s scoring was Keith Truswell and Lars Hansen with 82s. Jayde Haynes chipped in a with an 85, and freshman Ryan Salomon carded an 88. Dustin Fox, the Warriors’ only state qualifier last year, shot 90.
“I’m disappointed that two of my better golfers had (off-days), but on the other hand, our other kids picked up the pace. It shows we have some depth and that’s a good sign,” said Whittell coach Frank Bruso, who other standout palyer, Todd Echan, shot 92.
Whittell travels to Dayton on Thursday for a division match.
Squaw Valley layed only one game because first game went too long, 3 hours. Whittell 23-18.
Rather interesting game.
Highlights: joe Piccola inside the park grand slam homer in third inning. It was a real one. He did greal good job with it.
Lots hits, errors and walks. Lot of evertying in that game. It wasnt retiest game, but guys did real nice job.
Squaw valley 5 runs in first, we scored 10 in the botom. took hour.
built 18-11 lead in fourth,t heny came back to tie it up. Bottom of fifth, we wetn up 23-18, top sixth, I put n Bryce Schussel, beat them before, and he close them down.
retired 1-2-3. first one of game.
Mike Kiger, double, way in gap left-center and center, went to fence, drove in two runs. eight hits.
3-2, start divison play at Yerington on Tuesday and Dayton n Thursday.
in halls, gyms, zephyr cove beach and parking lot, wherever we can go.
We had a good weekend. few kids for Fallon Invitational on Saturday.
Six prs, broke two school records and medal or two; Bob Linkul broke own record in the discus, first against everybody, 155-5, new school record, last year 153-9.
“Yes, he does. We’re looking for 160 now. He is a hard worker and a serious determined young man. He gets the most out of his ability and he certainly deserves it.”
other school record, Erin Zaskoda, triple jumper, junior, went 32 feet, 5 inches, gave her record by 1 inch, breaking. Other TJ Karin Kaleta, 32-1 for PR. 1986 record 32-4.
I’m pretty scure that will be chancged before the year is done.
“she broke a school record and no one has done better and came in 9th and Karin 11th.
27t eams represetned, includjng 4A schools at meet.
These kids went to fallon can run or throw, and jump against anybody.
Kaleta tied for third in HJ at 4-10.
On running side, Erin Zaskoda prd in both hurdles, 18.78 n 100s and 300s 53.68.
Sarah Sufka ran 400, placed 5th, 63.8. she won her heat, raced by heat.
she was way out in frotn, and pushng herself as best as she could. the school record in the 400 is 60.02.
800 meter, won her heat by 40 meters, third overall, 2:28.2.
her school record in the 800, 2;23.64.
800 winning time, 2:25.8. she really wasnt’ too far off in that, defending 4A champion Reno High smith
On friday, took rest of our team to wooster JV meet at Reed high, basically 4A meet, only 3A school there.
OUr inexperience freshmen got chances to show their stuff. Luke Forvilly spill in 110 hurdles, banged knee, probably going to win it, but came back demonstratng toughness second in 100 meters, 11.6; third in 200, 24.8.
100 time is only tenth off best, so he’s about ready to bust though.
Jessica Purdy, frosh, fourth in long jump, first high school meet, 14 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
Other notable showings: Joel Warnick, shot put, 37-8; ran 100 in 12.8; HJ, Nicole Jurzinski, first-time, 4-2 and looks like she has potential; Nicole McKinney, 110 hurdles, 21.4.
Considering this is third time been n grack all eyar and first ime on all-wather surface I thought our kid were excelent and way ahead of where they could be at this point.”
in halls, gyms, zephyr cove beach and parking lot, wherever we can go.
“good thing about it, is bring tract to athe att of pople in slt, by bringin to att, rbing allwather track to the att and maybe they’ll step up and save it.
the other giood thign is it’s fun for the athtles to take on st and see how it goes. We’re all in good sprotsman spirt about it, so it’s really fun.
We’ll score more poitns than we did last year unless it gets pooostoned again. we’ll put a full team out there and see how we go. I would neve rpredict that we’ll overcome a 4A school just because of the depth they have availabel to them.
We’ll win some evetns, I’m p[retty sure about that.
three’s some events that the promot are calling elite events, that shoul be some farily exciting contests. It gives our kids some motivation, obv going to state main motivtaiton, to keep imrpoving. We had a good weekend, but we stil have a lot to do.
Makley, third year in a row, fourth overall.
Linkul, in addtion to discus victory, PRd in shot put, 41-0, 13th place. Against all 4A schools, not bad, he threw farterh than anyboyd jn our divison.
Next meet is Hawthorne on Saturday. We ust want to get a meet in.
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