Fago’t places third at Lowry tournament
When Miles Wallace and Elliot Pekar placed last year at the Lowry Invitational, the South Tahoe High School wrestlers built confidence from those finishes and advanced to the 4A state tournament.
Heavyweight Jon Fago’t is hoping to do the same this year. The STHS junior reeled off five consecutive victories before falling to the eventual champion in the tournament semifinals on Saturday in Winnemucca.
Fago’t, who was giving up as much as 50 pounds in several matches, improved his season record to 15-3 and landed on a podium for the first time in his high school career.
“It was a huge day for him,” said STHS coach Ken Robbins. “He knows what placing last year did for Miles and Elliot. This might be the beginning of what the season might end like for him.”
South Tahoe was one of 38 teams participating in the event, 10 of which were Nevada 4A schools. Nampa (Idaho) won the tournament and Spring Creek took second.
With only five wrestlers, the Vikings didn’t fare well in the team standings, but they had other bright spots.
Tyler Slater, wrestling at 103 pounds, went 2-2 to end his first week of action after missing the first part of the season. Cameron Cason went 1-2 at 119 pounds for South Tahoe’s only other victory.
While Cody Shindelbower and Paul Hubbell didn’t pick up a victory against some of the West’s toughest competition on Friday and Saturday at the Lowry Invitational, they did post victories in the Vikings’ Sierra League loss to Wooster on Thursday in Reno.
South Tahoe had to forfeit eight matches in the 36-32 setback to the Colts but won all six of the matches it did wrestle in. The Vikings return to league action on Wednesday when they host Douglas at 5:30 p.m. at STHS.
WHS boys go 3-1 at Comstock Classic
Coming off a 82-42 loss to Virginia City on Thursday in the opening game of the Comstock Classic, the Whittell boys’ basketball team returned to its winning ways on Friday and Saturday by going 3-0 to end the tournament in Virginia City.
Jeremy Dominguez scored a team-high 22 points in a 51-41 win over Coleville on Friday, then Christian Hernandez and Alex Potnick combined for 25 points in a 56-47 win over Loyalton (Calif.) later on Friday. The Warriors closed out the tournament with a 64-52 win over Wells.
“Our defense played very well,” said WHS coach Brian Mehrer. “I was very happy with how we responded (following Thursday’s game). After that, I told the guys I’d be happy if we came out of the tournament with a 2-2 record. We ended up going 3-1.
Whittell (7-2) hosts Pyramid Lake in a nonleague game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
Short-handed Warriors go 1-3 at tourney
Whittell girls’ basketball coach Nathan Tolbert learned this weekend how important depth is to his team’s fortunes. Down to seven players, the Warriors lost to Coleville 50-35 and Wells 36-32 on Friday, then came back to defeat Loyalton (Calif.) 40-38 on Saturday at the Comstock Classic in Virginia City.
“That game against Loyalton, we were the better team throughout, we just had to slow the pace because of our weary legs,” Tolbert said. “With our limited roster, we had to keep rotating players all the time.”
Tierney McKool had 12 points – nine of which on 3-pointers – against the Wolves, and the senior guard added 11 more in the loss to Leopards. Kendra Koskin had a team-high 18 points against Loyalton, and McKool was the only other Warrior in double figures with 10.
Whittell (5-4) plays at Smith Valley on Tuesday.
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