Giannoni transfers back to South Tahoe |

Giannoni transfers back to South Tahoe

Steve Yingling

If high school coaches had wishing wells in their back yards, the wells would be filled with transfers.

In the Sierra, transfers making an immediate athletic impact are few and far between. However, Viking football coach Tim Jaureguito and basketball coach Tom Orlich may have struck it rich as junior John Giannoni has transferred to South Tahoe High.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder transferred from Lodi, Calif., to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District earlier this month. He has been practicing with the Vikings the past few weeks, meeting the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s requirement of participating in 10 practices before playing in a game.

Jaureguito says Giannoni will see his first action when the Vikings host perennial Nevada 4A state title contender Wooster at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Depending on what he’s learned this week, he’ll play some receiver and some back for us. But it’s too early to tell how much he’ll help us. He’s a great athlete, and because he’s such a good athlete he has the potential to help our football team,” Jaureguito said.

Giannoni played 12 games for the Viking varsity basketball team two years ago as a freshman. He returned to Lodi after residency couldn’t be secured on South Shore.

“I, on the part on the administration, wish him well. We have nothing but 100 percent support for him,” said STHS Athletic Director Frank Kovac.

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