Freshmen help South Tahoe netters close regular season with a win |

Freshmen help South Tahoe netters close regular season with a win

trib staff report

South Tahoe High’s boys dug deep inside and deep into the bench on Wednesday to edge Incline’s boys 12-10.5 in tennis at South Tahoe High School.

Two freshmen, Keenyn Wallace and Garrett Moulton, provided the margin of victory with a doubles win in the day’s final match. South Tahoe head coach Pat Fagen played some of his younger players to test the team’s depth, and came away with the close win.

“We didn’t even know that we’d be the deciding factor,” Wallace said after he and his partner sealed the 6-1 win in front of a large gallery. “We just got put together today, so we didn’t know what to expect.”

Moulton emerged from the shadow of a family tree that includes a brother and an assistant-coach dad on the team. Wallace and Moulton finished the day 2-1, with their only loss coming 7-5 at the hands of Incline’s top-seeded doubles team. The two freshmen credited their more-experienced teammates with helping them along.

“After that, we try to use it as best we can,” Moulton said.

Two doubles teams – Colin Moulton and Chris Stamey, and Joedy Michael and Chris Stamey – finished the day with two wins apiece, and sophomore Parker Alexander was 2-1 in singles.

South Tahoe’s boys improved to 8-2, and finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second, along with Wooster and Douglas. By virtue of a tiebreaker, the fourth-seeded Vikings draw Galena, the top team from the other half of the league, for the first round of zone. With nothing to lose, the Vikings tested their depth, which paid off in a South Tahoe win.

“I think it’s just coming together as a team and getting (them) into what we were trying to teach them at the beginning of the year,” Fagen said. “They knew how to play, but they didn’t know how to win.”

South Tahoe travels to Galena for Friday’s playoff match.

‘Wave, goodbye: South Tahoe boys roll over Fallon, 7-0

South Tahoe’s boys ran their unbeaten streak to 17 soccer games on Wednesday, rolling over visiting Fallon 7-0 at South Tahoe Middle School.

The Vikings improved to 14-0-3 on the season and increased their lead in Division II of the Northern Nevada 4A league. South Tahoe scored its final two goals against the Greenwave after Vikings head coach Joe Winters left the match with a red card for questioning an encroachment call on a South Tahoe penalty kick.

“The guys played superbly,” said Winters, who left about 20 minutes before the end of the match. “They came out focused, played hard and just played great soccer.”

Winters’ ejection came after referees ruled a South Tahoe player was encroaching on a free kick by senior Evan Baker, and called back the apparent goal. Winters said he didn’t use foul or abusive language, and called the situation “comical.”

“If that was dissent, then there’s a whole new meaning to the word ‘dissent,'” said Winters, who is optimistic about his team’s chances to sweep Douglas without him on Wednesday.

“I feel that my team will rise to the challenge and show that they’re even better than what they’re showing so far,” Winters said.

Baker finished with three goals, while Steven Fruitman had three assists, and sophomore Peter Chiarpotti recorded the shutout for South Tahoe in goal.

The Vikings broke the scoreless tie in the 15th minute when Fruitman set up Gustavo Romero on a cross. South Tahoe led 2-0 when forward Carlos Davila – back from an injury for the first time since Aug. 27 – scored on a breakaway that midfielder Paul Wilson set up. Fruitman set up senior Dave Brown with a throw-in for his second assist, and South Tahoe led by three at halftime. Baker scored his first goal on a cross from Ascension Gonzalez, then Baker converted the penalty kick that gave South Tahoe a 5-0 lead and the Vikings went up 6-0 when Fruitman set up forward Andy Butcher for a score. Baker closed out the scoring on an assist from Miguel Jiminez, who forced a turnover in Fallon’s zone.

Assistant coach Manuel Morales will lead the Vikings against Douglas on Wednesday. South Tahoe will miss the services of Hank Ketelsen, who received a red card on a retaliatory penalty in the game.

South Tahoe is 9-0-3 in league play, and alone in first place while Division I Fallon fell to 4-8-1. After homecoming weekend, the Vikings resume league competition at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Douglas.

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