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Kacirek resets school record in TJ

Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Katrina Kacirek broke her school record in the triple jump and Whittell High won both the boys and girls’ divisions at their season-opening track and field meet Saturday in Hawthorne.

Kacirek bettered her school mark in the triple jump by an inch with a hop, skip and jump of 35 feet, 4 inches.



A new teammate, however, prevented Kacirek from dominating the long jump like she usually does. Jessica Woods, a sophomore, outdistanced Kacirek by two inches in the long jump. Woods jumped 15-8, compared to 15-6 for Kacirek.

“It gives us exciting possibilities of scoring lots of points,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet.



Rippet required his athletes to compete four times and they made the most of the opportunity, winning 12 of 17 events.

Woods, Kacirek, Casey Brumbach and Meri Johnson nearly brought down the 4 x 100 relay mark with their winning time of 53.9 seconds. Woods’ 4-7 jump was No. 1 in the high jump pits.

Krista Castro also had a huge day, winning the mile and 800 meters in 6:49 and 3:05, respectively. She also ran a leg in the Warriors’ victorious 4 x 800 relay. Castro, Danielle Daly, Kristin Kline and Alana Lee were timed in 12:50.

Other Whittell winners were Lee, 3,200, 16:54; Brumbach, 300 hurdles, 54.4; Christina Richardson, 100 hurdles, 23.6; and Kelly Karmann, discus, 93-9.

Whittell score 199 more points than runner-up Hawthorne. Lovelock was third, Smith Valley fourth and Round Moutain fifth.

Sophomore Jake O’Malley helped the boys to a surpising first-place finish. O’Malley won the high jump (5-6), was runner-up in long jump (16-8), third in the 100 (12.8) and led off Whittell’s winning 4 x100 relay, which included Justin Jordon, Ian MacKelvie and Dae Sabistina as well. They were timed in 51.2.

Andrew Altman, Otto Shiao, Matt Andrew and Alvin Regala turned in a dramatic victory in the 4 x 200 relay. Altman did a face and body plant to get the baton to Andrew just as the team was about to run out of room in the exchange area.

“He came up bloody and dirty but smiling because his team got first place,” Rippet said.

Tyson Guajardo led the distance runners, finishing second in the mile at 5:27 and runner-up in the two mile at 12:29.

“I was surprised at how fit and determined Tyson was,” Rippet said.

Sabastina took second in the 100 high hurdles, finishing in 20.1.

Boys’ scores were Whittell 162, Smith Valley 150, Round Mountain 88, Lovelock 42 and Hawthorne 12.

Next up for Whittell is a meet Saturday at Fernley.

Warrior nine starts 3-1

The smallest school in the Yerington tournament denied Whittell a a 4-0 start to its baseball season.

Loyalton, Calif., which has an enrollment of 183 students, used a barrage of home runs to beat the Warriors 10-3 Saturday.

“They were just tough and just hit the ball,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral. “I had to use our (No.) four and five pitchers and they saved their ace for us.”

Until they met Loyalton, the Warriors collected three victories with a sure-fire winning recipe: good pitching and good defense.

Whittell didn’t commit an error in beating Mammoth 7-0, Fernley 7-1 and Bishop 4-2. The Warriors also didn’t walk a batter in the first two victories.

Marcus Mellberg struck out four and gave up one hit in the blanking of Mammoth. Ryan scored twice and was one of seven Warriors with hits.

Whittell senior Chris Shapiro overpowered Fernley, striking out eight in four innings. The Vaqueros only nicked Shapiro for two hits.

“He was in command the whole time,” Amaral said.

Brian Peate and Tommy Esquivel each delivered two hits and an RBI. Gosh, Brian Vogt and Chris Anton contributed one hit.

Shapiro, Mellberg and Peate each homered in the two-run win over Bishop.

But it was the clutch relief of Jeff Young that clinched the victory. Young came in with the bases loaded and struck out five of the six Bishop hitters he faced in 1 2/3 innings. Peate again had two hits.

Cody Harrington led Whittell with two hits against Loyalton, while Gosh, Mellberg, Peate and Esquivel had one.

“The first two games we played our baseball with solid defense on the infield and outfield,” Amaral said. “Our bats weren’t what we hoped they would be, but it takes 12-15 swings against live competition to get into the groove.”

Whittell will visit one of the top Northern 4A teams today in Wooster.

“We want to be challenged,” Amaral said.

Warriors struggle in opening tourney

Opening its softball season with two freshmen pitchers and a freshman shortstop against a tournament field of larger schools wasn’t a good combination for Whittell High.

The Warriors lost three of their four games in the Yerington tournament on Friday and Saturday, emerging with a 10-1 triumph over Hawthorne.

A seven-run first inning in their season opener against Mammoth was misleading. Mammoth changed pitchers and rallied for a 10-8 victory.

Whittell went on to lose 8-3 to tournament host Yerington and 11-1 to Lowry.

Lindsay Wines started a freshman pitcher, Abby Kingman, and a freshman shortstop, Abby Kingman, for the first time in her 10-year coaching career at Whittell.

“(Pitchers) Abby and Austyn (Harrington) did a pretty good job putting the ball in play, but we weren’t doing a good job on defense,” Wines said. “We went into the week just wanting to see what we had and wanting to improve over the weekend.

“We didn’t want to win as many as we’d like to have won, but as coaches we are definitely pleased with what we saw. The kids were all trying.”

Senior Whitney Gielow caught every inning of all four games and delivered two hits and two runs against Mammoth and a hit vs. Yerington.

Holly Connelly had a productive weekend at the plate, collecting two hits against Yerington and two hits and three runs against Hawthorne. Harrington and Ariana Rodriguez came through with two hits vs. Hawthorne. Raven Raimond hit the ball hard twice with one hit to show for it in the victory.

Abby Kingman pitched a complete game against Hawthorne, striking out three and allowing three hits. She got out of the first inning on four pitches.

Whittell (1-3) starts a six-game week at Smith Valley at 3 p.m. Tuesday and travels to Dayton on Thursday.


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