Hubler sets triple jump record |

Hubler sets triple jump record

Mike Traum

A record-breaking performance by Elliot Hubler topped the action for the South Tahoe High track and field team Saturday in Fallon.

The senior shattered the school’s 13-year-old triple jump mark by more than a foot. Hubler hopped, skipped and jumped an outstanding 45 feet, 11 inches, breaking 1984 graduate Brian Barton’s mark of 44-9.

“He was absolutely amazing. He made the most perfect jump he’s ever made,” said Tahoe coach Rick Brown, who noted Hubler’s post-jump excitement. “He went nuts when they measured it, running up and down the runway with his hands raised.”

Hubler said he was feeling like he could break the record Saturday, a feat he’d been aiming for since his freshman year.

“Sometimes you can just feel it. Before the jump, I was asking myself how bad do you want it,” Hubler said. “When I got up (in the pit), the first thing in my mind was did I foul. Once I saw them pull out the measuring tape, I knew I had it. I was so happy, I was just running around. I don’t really remember it. I feel I can go even farther and it’s only the second meet of the season.”

In other action, junior Faye Clapp returned to the 300 low hurdles for the first time this season, posting a third-place time of 49.9 seconds. It was two-and-a-half seconds off her school record and three seconds better than this time last season. Freshman Tirah Samura added an eighth-place time of 52.6 in the same event.

Brown said he expects the team as a whole, which has had no more than one week of outside work, to continue improving.

“Everybody improved over last week at Carson. They’re telling me they feel tired and sore, which is exactly what they should be feeling. It’s just a matter of time,” Brown said.

Whittell High’s golf team battled a tough Dayton Valley course on Friday en route to a first-place team finish.

The Warriors took 465 cuts, followed by Incline 472, Manogue 473, Hawthorne 534, Yerington 542 and Dayton 589.

Senior Chris Casteleyn was the low-medalist, posting an 18-hole total of 86. Chad Kolpacoff had a 90, Rocco Bruno 94, Eric Acevedo 97, Dustin Fox 98 and Kevin Pruitt 139.

“Dayton is just a tough course, plus it was windy and kind of cold,” Casteleyn said. “The greens were really hard and fast. I thought I hit a couple of good shots, but they just kept going through (the greens).”

Usual low scorers Joe Weadick and Scott Rahbeck did not play and are expected to return, although they will have to qualify in practice to get into the starting rotation.

The South Tahoe High baseball team won one of three last weekend.

On Friday, Brett Uppendahl tossed a gem in a 7-1 win at Fallon. The junior went the distance, collecting six strikeouts against just two walks. The Vikes’ bats were also talking. Chris Barna was 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Uppendahl, Scott Fair and Greg Gerken each added two hits.

Saturday’s trip to Reed wasn’t as pleasing, however, as Tahoe dropped both ends of a double dip, 15-1 and 10-3. In the first inning of the opener, the Raiders scored seven times with the help of two Viking errors. Fair sacrifice flied Uppendahl from third base in the third inning for the only run. Gerken and Carson Triggs saw action on the bump.

In the nightcap, Bruso held Reed scoreless through the first few innings and helped his own cause with a three-run bomb in the fourth. But Tahoe was running short on arms, according to coach Ralph Clelan, and the Raiders took advantage, belting back-to-back homers in the fifth before taking the lead for good with seven runs in the sixth.

“We knew Reed would be a good team. They really hit the ball and we just came out flat and didn’t play as well as we could,” Clelan said.

Tahoe’s brutal early season continues on Tuesday when it travels to Douglas. The Vikes (1-2, 4-3 overall) then go to Carson Thursday before heading to Reno on Saturday for a pair.

The Whittell High baseball team got a healthy dose of growing pains on Saturday, losing a pair to Truckee, 14-1 and 15-1 in Gardnerville.

In the first game, Bobby Lee led off the game with the Warrior’s lone hit. He later scored on a Phil Villeza sacrifice. Matt Raab and Dusty Apocotos shared hill time.

Raab led the way with his stick in the second game, collecting a double and single while scoring from second on a passed ball. Lee and Villeza each singled. Devon Apocotos and Bryce Schussel worked the rubber.

“We’re a young, inexperienced team and we’re making mistakes that’ll (improve) with working together,” said coach Brian Geimer, who carries just one senior. “We’re starting five or six freshmen. You can’t teach chemistry, it’s just something they’ll have to work through. And the older guys have taken note of what’s happening and they’re really helping out a lot.”

The Warriors, 1-2, travel to Dayton on Thursday.

South Tahoe’s swim team served notice on Saturday that both the girls and boys could be major-league threats come tournament time.

In the season opener, the girls lapped Sparks, 112 to 54, while the boys won, 80 to 45, at Lombardi Center in Reno.

Sarah Ross topped a list of numerous firsts, taking the 100 back and 500 free. Kristi Collins was first in the 200 individual medley and 500 free; Denise Bogard was first 100 breast and second 200 IM; Kim Hunt first in 100 free; Nicole Fruitman was second in 100 butterfly and 500 free; Nicole Buelle took second 50 free and fourth in 200 free; Kelly Reiner was third in 200 free; Amelia Owens claimed fifth in 200 free; Shaina Willen was third in 200 IM and second 200 back; Chantel Touryian seized third in 50 free; Lisa Borges was fourth in 100 free; Katie Orr took fifth in 100 free; Stephanie Nicholson captured sixth in 100 free and 50 free; Kim Hunt placed third in 100 back; Fernanda Attie came in third in 100 breast; and Andria Allen was fourth in 100 breast.

The relay team of Ross, Collins, Bogard and Buelle took firsts in both the 200 medley and 400 free. Touryian, Hunt, Fruitman and Willen were first in the 200 free and 400 free relays, while Attie, Allen, Borges and Orr were third in the 400 free relay.

On the boys side, the lone eight Vikings were led by Nick Romagnolo’s firsts in the 200 IM and 100 breast, and Russell Grant’s firsts in the 200 free and 500 free. Dustin Roth was first in the 100 free and third 200 free; Doug Wilson was first in 100 back and second in 50 free; Forrest Armstrong claimed third in the 500 free; Erik Luerken was fourth in 50 free and third in 100 free; and Tom Luerken came in fourth in the 100 free.

The relay group of Grant, Roth, Wilson and Romagnolo was first in the 200 medley. Grant, Rath, Romagnolo and Scott Miller were first in the 400 free relay. Erik Luerken, Tom Luerken, Armstrong and Wilson finished second in the 200 free relay.

Tahoe next swims April 12 in Reno.

Whittell High’s track and field team opened its season Saturday at the Fernley Relays.

In a meet where teams compete in all relays, including field events, the Warriors’ boys best performance came in the long jump while the girls did well in the sprint medley.

Led by Mark Witte’s leap of 17 feet, 5 inches, the long jump squad was second overall. Adrian Norman jumped 16-10 and Frankie Ayala sailed 16-2.

Ali Tanner and Nicole Watson ran 100s, with Megan Glasson in the 200 and Sarah Sufka in the 400 as the group finished third in the sprint medley.

Individually, Bobby Linkul tossed the discus 121-7 and Sufka added an 800 split-time in the distance relay of 2 minutes, 44 seconds.

“It was a start that’s encouraging because we learned some things. Our young people who haven’t been in track got a chance to see they can be competitive, but also know they have a lot of work to do,” said Whittell coach Dave Makely.

Whittell High’s softball team dropped a trio of road contests last weekend.

On Friday, the Warriors fell to Spring Creek, 12-2, before succumbing twice on Saturday to Carlin, 13-2 and 13-1.

On the weekend, Sara Van Cleemput had two hits and scored once, Aurora Terry scored twice, Jennie Knutson had a hit and a run, Amanda Eaton had three hits with two runs and Jennifer Miles had a double and scored one.

Handfuls of errors, according to coach Keith Lewis, didn’t help his team’s cause.

“We made the simple plays look hard. I have high expectations for them. I’m a bit disappointed,” he said.

Whittell (2-5) goes to Dayton on Thursday.

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