Holmes leads STHS girls to third place
Freshman Alexis Holmes shot a 98 and placed fifth overall as she helped the South Tahoe girls’ golf team to a third-place finish at the final Sierra League match on Tuesday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
South Tahoe finished with a team total of 551 strokes and placed third behind Carson (514) and Reno (543). The Huskies’ score was their highest of the season but still finished first in the final league standings.
Nicole Uibel and Sara Morris both shot 106 and Bernadette Schneeberg carded a 112 for the Vikings, who qualified for next week’s Northern 4A regional tournament. For the season, Holmes averaged a 95 and was fourth in the final individual standings. Reno’s Alyson Felecina, who won medalist honors on Tuesday with an 84, finished first overall.
The two-day, 36-hole regional tournament starts next Monday at Wolf Run Golf Course. The top two teams advance to the 4A state tournament and the top six individuals from nonqualifying teams also advance to state.
“I think we have a chance to send two girls to state,” STHS coach Marsha Butler. “Alexis has a real good shot and to lead us as a freshman is really remarkable.”
Vikes sweep Hawks
Chelsea Madsen led a balanced attack with four kills and 11 digs in the South Tahoe volleyball team’s 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 Sierra League victory over Hug on Tuesday at South Tahoe High School.
Christina Baghdikian added five kills and Hillary Santana eight digs for the Vikings (7-10 overall, 3-4 league). Kim Kolesnik, who received her first stint of significant playing time of the season, contributed three kills in the South Tahoe’s second consecutive sweep.
“It was nice to have that before we play Damonte,” said STHS first-year coach Sarah Poulack, whose team swept North Valleys last Thursday in Reno. “It’s nice to have a break and let more girls get more playing time. But we also have to come out prepared against Damonte, which is a very solid team.”
South Tahoe hosts the Mustangs on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Warriors hold down high-scoring Truckee
Few teams have slowed down the Truckee Wolverines’ girls’ soccer team this fall.
Whittell High was one of them on Tuesday in Truckee. The Warriors used a determined defensive effort to blank the Wolverines for a half. But Truckee scored three quick second-half goals to forge a 3-0 Northern 3A Tahoe League victory.
“We’re pretty excited,” said WHS coach Lydia von Rumpf. “I don’t believe Truckee has been held under four goals all season.”
Freshman goalie Hannah Daly frustrated the Wolverines with 14 saves, and Marissa McKool and Christine Jurzenski disrupted Truckee’s offense with their stellar defensive play.
Truckee scored in the first minute of the second half to break up the scoreless tie, executing a lengthy shot over the hands of Daly. The Wolverines added goals in the 47th and 58th minutes.
The Warriors (10-4 overall, 1-4 in league) play at Dayton on Thursday.
Vikings stay in division title chase
South Tahoe didn’t get caught looking ahead on Tuesday to a big weekend girls’ soccer match with Reno.
Cassidy Berg scored a goal and assisted on another as the Vikings stopped fourth-place Damonte Ranch 3-1 at South Tahoe Middle School.
STHS (6-1-1) entered the match in a second-place Sierra Division tie with Reno, one point behind division leader Carson (5-0-2). The Huskies played at Wooster on Tuesday, while the Senators had an evening match with rival Douglas.
Karli Vath put the Vikings ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute on an assist from Nina Thompson.
The score stayed that way until the second half, when Berg took a pass from Jamie Morris and found the net for a 2-0 STHS lead. Berg assisted on Morgan Cook’s goal in the 62nd minute to make it 3-0.
Damonte Ranch avoided the shutout in the 68th minute on a goal that STHS coach Clint Lockhart thought shouldn’t have happened.
“It was a breakdown on our part,” Lockhart said. “The girls came out and stepped it up and played hard, but that one lapse led to the goal.”
The South Tahoe-Reno match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at STMS.