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High schools begin sports seasons

Steve Yingling

South Shore soccer teams wasted no time asserting themselves during the opening weekend of the prep soccer season.

Jerry Foster won his South Tahoe High girls soccer coaching debut in convincing fashion on Saturday as the Vikings punished Elko 5-1 in South Lake Tahoe.

First-year Whittell girls mentor Mike Leeper coached the Warriors to first-place trophy in the Quincy Tournament. The Warriors won all six of their matches during the Friday and Saturday event.

Meanwhile, the South Tahoe boys avenged a heartbreaking zone semifinal defeat to Elko last fall, 4-0, on Saturday in Elko.

Whittell’s boys tied Quincy for the division title at the Quincy Tournament, winning four of five matches.

STHS boys 4, Elko 0

Evan Baker scored two goals and goalie Mario Zepeda mades seven saves at the Vikings opened with a breather.

In the previous match between the two schools, Elko upset the Division I champions in the zone semifinals on penalty kicks.

Baker opened the scoring in the 25th minute on an assist from David Justus. Eight minutes later, Brian Winters found the net unassisted. The Vikings extended their 2-0 halftime early in the second period as Paul Wilson fed Travis McCollum for a score in the 47th minute. Baker closed out the scoring in the 79th minute on a pass from Jeff Orr.

“Everything’s not clicking yet, but we’re a young team, so I think time will help us,” said Tahoe coach Joe Winters.

Besides Zepeda’s impressive goalkeeping debut, Winters was pleased with the defenders in front of him.

“Defensively we were very solid. Alex Romagnolo was superb and we had solid midfield play from Brian and Baker,” Winters said.

Pedro Virdon scored twice and Matt Woronkiewicz added another goal as the Viking junior varsity completed the sweep in Elko, 3-1.

South Tahoe will meet Reed in its home opener at 3:30 p.m Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School. The JV match follows at 5:30 p.m.

Whittell 4-1 at Quincy

After losing their opener to Quincy 2-0, the Warrior boys blanked their four remaining opponents: Battle Mountain 1-0, Manogue 0-0 (won shootout 6-5), North Valley Chrisitan 3-0 and Portola 5-0.

Quincy and Whittell tied for the first in one of two divisions. Each games was 40 minutes long.

Goalkeeper Jesse Rizzo and center midfielder Dusty Apocotos were selected to the all-tournament team.

“I was very happy with the defense,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “The defense – Jordan Trim, Jose Gonzalez, Erick Manzano, Trevor Bartholomew and Rizzo – kept us in a lot of games.”

Scoring-wise, Whittell’s Kyle Spingola, a transfer from Napa, had three goals. Todd Echan and Gonzalez tallied twice.

The Warriors travel to Yerington on Sept. 10.

Warrior girls perfect at Quincy

The Warriors didn’t wait long to claim their first trophy, taking first at the Quincy Tournament with six victories against no defeats.

Whittell defeated the Quincy A and B teams, Portola, Greenville and the Incline varsity and junior varsity in shootouts.

Courtney Benvenuto and Renee Rizzo were chosen to the all-tournament team.

Whittell went 7-0 to win its division at Quincy Tournament on Saturday.

Foster starts with a ‘W’

Four different Vikings scored goals as they gave Foster a 5-1 triumph over Elko in his STHS coaching debut on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

Senior Jennifer Perasso booted in two goals and junior Christie Higman, sophomore Katy Orr and junior Robyn Lindner scored one apiece.

“I knew we had a good team, but I had the first-game jitters. Once they got rolling our passing was excellent,” said Foster, crediting senior Faye Clapp for her playmaking.

Perasso opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match, but Elko evened the score on a freak goal before halftime.

“It was a moon ball, like a punt, from midfield that went over our goalie’s head. It kind of stunned us,” Foster said.

STHS, however, scored twice before intermission to take a 3-1 lead.

Foster lauded the defensive play of senior Sara Corey, who controlled the midfield.

The Viking junior varsity won 4-2.

South Tahoe opens its home schedule against Reed on Tuesday with the varsity playing at 3:30 p.m. and the JV at 5:30 p.m.


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