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Lady Vikings earn second win

Now that the hits are coming, South Tahoe High’s softball team can focus on its fielding problems.

The Lady Vikings picked up their second victory of the season on Saturday at Sparks and could have had their third if not for a letdown in the fielding department.

South Tahoe (2-14) smashed 22 hits in the doubleheader but 12 errors allowed the Railroaders to escape with an 8-4 victory after losing the opener 7-5.



“It’s great to get a win, but we want to do this some more,” said STHS softball coach Jan Johnson. “We couldn’t hit a bull in the rear end with a base fiddle before this doubleheader. When you get 11 hits in two games, you have to be in the game.

“But we’re just not making real good decisions on defense, especially when we run into an attacking offense.”




Melissa Johnson earned the win in the opener, striking out eight while allowing one walk and four hits. Six Viking errors enabled the Railroaders to score four unearned runs.

Megan Humphreys started her perfect day at the plate with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Humphreys, Kathryn Baer and Jill Barna provided hits as the Vikings turned a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 edge in the fourth inning. Barna and Missy Johnson finished with a pair of hits, while Tammy Cowen spanked a double.

South Tahoe outhit Sparks 11-8 in game two, but a defensive lapse in the fourth inning let the game slip away.

Following a game-tying two-run homer by Melissa Johnson, Sparks scored three times in its fourth on only one hit. Four stolen bases and three errors fueled the rally.

Humphreys’ stats in game two were nearly identical to hers in the opener as she went 3 for 3 with a double. Barna also delivered two more hits, as did Baer and Stephanie Edwards.

STHS plays at Hug on Tuesday and McQueen on Saturday before embracing their long-awaited home opener April 27 vs. Hug.

STHS’s baseball team was on the thrilling and agonizing ends of 11-run innings in their 15-12 and 17-7 doubleheader loss to the Railroaders on Saturday in Sparks.

In the opener, the Vikings batted around for 11 runs in the fifth inning to seize control 12-4. However, the Railroaders rang up 11 runs of their own in the sixth to pull out the win.

“It was two innings of amazing baseball,” said STHS manager Doug Russell. “They were hitting and we couldn’t seem to get an out and when we did have an opportunity for one, we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Austin Merritt, Thrace Ramsey and T.J. Prevost all homered for STHS (1-15 in Northern Nevada League play and 1-18 overall) during the 11-run fifth. Ramsey’s was a three-run homer, and Merritt and Prevost connected for two-run blasts.

According to Russell, Merritt’s blast was the first to clear Sparks’ scoreboard in right field in at least seven years.

“It was one of those rare moments where everything just clicks and it’s a joy to watch,” Russell said.

Merritt delivered four of the Vikings’ 14 hits and two RBIs. South Tahoe’s collective hitting effort also included three hits and two RBIs by Tim Sprinkles, two hits and three RBIs by Ramsey, two hits and two RBIs by T.J. Prevost and two hits by Chris Hannum.

South Tahoe also was in control of game two, leading 6-3 after three innings, but Sparks exploded for seven runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth to shorten the game by an inning.

Prevost and Ramsey homered for the second straight game. Ramsey’s was a two-run shot, while Prevost’s was a solo homer. Ramsey, John Capitani, Beau Barkley and Jeff Jensen collected two hits.

The best news of the weekend for the Vikings came on Sunday when Russell announced that his team’s first home game should happen against Douglas on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. if the weather holds.

What a difference a year makes for South Tahoe High sprinter Jake Hurwitz.

Last year as a freshman, Hurwitz didn’t even qualify for the finals of the Reed Invitational. On Saturday as a sophomore, Hurwitz won the 100 in 11.21 seconds, crossing the tape with a 5- to 10-meter cushion.

Viking boys coach Rick Brown isn’t taking the credit, though.

“Another year of maturity has helped him quite a bit. Last year he was a gawky freshman that nobody knew about, but his experience of playing varsity football made him grow quite a bit and improved his work ethic. Football gave him a different outlook to what it was like to work hard and achieve something,” Brown said.

By running hand-held 100 times of 10.9 and 10.81 this season, Hurwitz is closing in on the school record of 10.76.

“He’s got it in him. Whether it’s this year of the fact he has two more years, it will go. I’m sure of that,” Brown said.

South Tahoe’s other outstanding individual performance of the meet was produced by high jumper James Clemmer. Clemmer, a junior, cleared 6 feet, 1 inch to finish third.

“Every time he goes out there, he gets better. There hasn’t been one meet this season where he hasn’t improved. It’s going to be very interesting now that we’re going to get outside,” Brown said.

The medley relay team of Jeff Cosmi, Grant Carter, Matt Arzio and Manuel Lomeli gave the Vikings’ a good start Friday with their fifth-place effort. Cosmi ran 1,200 meters, Carter 400, Arzio 800 and Lomeli 1,600.

South Tahoe will serve as “hosts” during a meet with Carson, Reed and Reno on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Carson City.

Coach Jerry Carter was impressed by his Lady Vikings’ performances at Reed.

Even though there were no top-three performances, Carter felt his team members maximized their efforts.

“All of the girls did a good job, with 90 competitors in each event most of them were able to finish in the top third in their events,” Carter said.

Leading the charge were Danielle Kellher, 200 meters, 29.7; 100 meters, 13.9; Julie Tam, 100 meters, 13.89; 400 relay (Amy Carter, Lindsay Hitt, Tam and Mindy Mandingong), just out of the points; Dawn Hock, triple jump, 29 feet, 7 inches, high jump, 407; and open 200, 31.71.

Whittell’s Sarah Sufka and Bob Linkul continued to excel against the larger track powers.

Sufka was third in 800 meters and Linkul third in the discus at the Reed Invitational on Saturday in Sparks. All of the competitors ahead of them were from a class higher – the 4A.

Sufka was timed in 2 minutes, 29.57 seconds, while Linkul chucked the discus 148 feet. Sufka’s third-place showing in the 800 came 20 minutes after her disappointing fifth place in the 400 meters. Only defending 4A state champion Hillary Smith and Douglas’ Jenny Smokey finished ahead of Sufka.

“She has one surprise after another. I wasn’t even planning on her running the 800, but she wasn’t happy after the 400, so she went over there and did it,” said Whittell coach Dan Makley.

But Sufka and Linkul were only part of the Warriors’ success on Saturday. Most of the high marks came in the frosh-soph portion of the meet.

Luke Forvilly was busier than a policeman on the New Year’s Eve as he placed in four events. The Warrior sophomore was first in the long jump with the school’s best effort in the 1990s at 20 feet, 3 inches; second in the 200 meters (24.1) and his qualifying time of 23.08 was .04 off the meet record and a personal best; third in the 300 hurldes (45.54); and fourth in the 100 meters (11.91) after running 11.65 in trials.

“I think he got his share of rest last night,” Makley said.

Freshman Nicole McKinney also had a busy day. McKinney ran a personal best 21.0 in the 100 hurdles to finish second on her heat and then contributed to the 400 and 1,600 relay teams.

“She really became a track and field athlete on Saturday,” Makley said.

Also, Erin Zaskoda pulled off a personal record of 53.4 in the 300 hurdles to finish first in her heat; Ben Johnson, fifth in the 800 (2:16) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:13); Evan Jones, ninth in the 3,200 meters, improving by more than a minute with his time of 12:26; and freshman Jonathon Nunnelly, sixth, 100 meters (12.37) and teamed with Chauncey Lane, Bryan Sigal and Joel Warnick to place sixth in the 800 relay at 1:43.18, the school’s fastest time this spring.

Whittell will compete in a meet at Lovelock on Saturday.

South Tahoe High’s swimming teams ran the Wooster Colts right out of pool Friday in Incline Village.

The Lady Vikings throttled Wooster 128-25, while the boys cruised to a 121-31 Sierra League triumph.

“The girls and boys had some races with improved times,” said Viking coach Dale Bogard.

Adrian Hankoff, Denise Bogard and Kristi Collins each won two events for the Vikings. Hankoff won the 100 and 50 freestyles, Bogard claimed the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley and Collins captured first in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. The trio also combined with Lisa Anton to win the 200 medley relay and Jessica Tinlin to place first in the 200 free relay.

Other Lady Viking winners were: Tilin, 200 freestyle; Nichole Fruitman, 500 free; and the 400 relay team of Anton, Fruitman, Kim Hunt and Shaina Willen.

Second-place honors went to Alexis Rudd, 500 free; Willen, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley; Fruitman, 200 free; Hunt, 50 and 100 free; Tinlin, 100 butterfly; and the 400 relay team of Katy Howitt, Lindsay Parker, Shauna Hixenbaugh and Katy Orr.

In the Viking boys romp, Russell Grant and Ryan Theilemann won two events and three relay teams were victorious.

Grant captured the 200 and 500 freestyles, while Theilemann won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Also delivering valuable first-place points were Tom Luerken in the 100 backstroke and Jon McKean in the 100 breaststroke.

Winning relay teams were the 200 medley squad of Luerken, McKean, Theilemann and Grant; the 200 free quartet of Alex Romagnolo, David Quandt, Jordan Hardy and Scott Miller; and the 400 free grouping of Theilemann, Romagnolo, Grant and Jeff Koeck.

Second-place efforts were turned in by Luerken, 500 free; Koeck, 100 backstroke; Romagnolo, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly; McKean, 200 freestyle; Lucas Gallanty, 200 individual medley; Quandt, 50 free; and Scott Miller, 100 freestyle.

South Tahoe will compete against lake rivals Truckee and Incline on Friday in Truckee.

“The competition will be hard. We hope to have some fast swims with more swimmers achieving zone qualifying times,” Bogard said.

Although the zone meet is a month away, the Vikings already know they’ll need a bus to transport their qualifiers. Nine boys and eight girls have already qualified for the May 14-15 meet in Reno.

Sarah Sufka was fifth in the 400 meters, 63.01. Good thing about them they were back to back.

“I wasnt even her planning on running the 800, but she wasn’t that happy after the 400, so she went over there and did it.”

she came back 20 minutes or less and ran the 800 final, only people beat her 4A defending state champon Hillary Smith of reno and Jenny Smokey Douglas.

“she has one suprirse after another.”

Hurdlers ahd Prs, Erin Zaskoda 53.4, improves her 300 hurdles by little bit, first in heat; freshman Nicole McKinney 100 hurdles, pr 21.0 flat,s econd in heat, leg on 400 relay, ran leg on 1,600 relay, she really became a track and field athlete on Saturday. a freshman has ermaged.

Boys, frosh-soph division, Luke Forvilly first in the long jump, 20 feet, 3 inches, best in 90s, second in 200 meters, 23.08 .04 off meet record his pr and fastest time in last 10 years in trials and 24.1 in finals; third in 300 hurldes, 45.54; fourth in 100, 11.91 (11.65 in trials).

I thik he got his sahre of rest last night.

Jonathon Nunnally, freshman, sixth in the 100 finals, 12.37, and 800 relay sixth overall (Nunnally, Chauncey Lane, Bryan Sigal, Joel Warnick), 1;43.18, three sophs and freshman, our scoool’s fastest time this year.

Ben Johnsn, freshman distance runner, 5th in the 800, 2:16; sixth in 1,600, 5:13. by far his best times this year.

Evan Jones, frosh, ninth in 3,200 meters, 12:26, 1 minute faster than previous best.

we actually score quite a few points in that division, I’m pleased with our results.

“ther arms held up better than ours dad. we made an error or two that woudl ahve stopped the carnage that was going n.

They were hitting and we coudlnt’ seem to get an out and when we did we just couldnt’ capitalize.

It was two innings of amazing baseball.”

weather hold frm here look willl be home on Tuesday.

thrace and R both had home run each game. both swimng real well, austin merritt homer in first game loongest homer seen this year. coach of sparks team first time seen a ball go over the right field scoreboard been there he just got ahod of ne one rare meoment whee everttying clocks and it’s joy to watch.

compliment all girls of doing a good job, 90 competitors in each event, it was a very large meet and a very long two days. top third of their events.

Danielle Kellher, 29.7, 200 meters; 100 meter , 13.9;

Julie Tam, 100 meters, 13.89; 400 relay (Amy Carter, Lindsay Hitt, Tam and Mindy Mandingong) VERY Good showing, finished just out of money; Dawn Hock, triple jump, 29 feet 7 inches, 4-7 in high jump 31.71 open 200.

a lot ofhard work out there, and we’re pointing to our home meet on April 21 at Carson City and battle of lake against Whittell n April 27.

parks

It’s great to get a win, but we want to do this some more

STHS 7 runs, 11 hits, 6 hits

SParks 5, runs, 4 hits,

Winning pitcher: Melissa Johnson 7 innings, 8 strikeouts, second win of year. Only one walk which is a big imporovem for her. wer’e trying to get them down,

one earned run. she pitched a good ball game. we still hae some defe cleaning up to do, we have to get ore cons on defense.

Megan Humphreys 3 for 3, double, two RBIs.

Jill Barna, 2-4, 2 singles

Missy Johnson, 2 hits.

Tammy Cowen, 1 double

Heather Roderick, single; Kim Stoval, single; Kathryn Baer, 1 single

good bal game

SSTHS 201 4

Sparks 12

Missy singled in first, sacrificed by Tammy and scored by Megan hit; FOur in the fourth, couple errors, base on balls, Jill Barna had hit, Kathryn Baer also drove in run, Megan Humphreys drove in one runs.

they didn’t score after third inning. we gave them four runs.

Second game

Corrine Edwards and Vanessa Porter

lost 8-4

SParks 8 runs, 8 hits,

STHS 4 runs, 11 hits, 6 errors, gave up 6 stolen bases.

Megan Humphreys

they stole hom

wer’e just not making reall good decision, espe when we run into a attacking offense. some of our decision has diff. working to correct that.

Megan Humphreys 3 for 3, double. perfect for the day. She had quite a day.

Missy Johnson two-run homer, no fence, chasin got apartments, stand up all the way, in fourth inning, made 3-3 tie.

Kendra Terry led off with hit before JOhnson’s homer.

Sparks scored three runs, 1 hit and four stolen bases and three erros in that inning.

We couldn’t hit a bull in the rear end with base fiddle, before last week, we wre on it, get 11 hits in two games, you got to be in the game.

Jill Barna 2 hits; Stephanie Edwards, 2 hits; Kathryn baer 2 hits.

at Hug on Tuesday; MCqueen on Saturday and hope to have Douglas here week from Thursday.

STHS baseball lost 15-12 and 17-7

Vikings scored 11 runs in the fifth inning in the opener to take a 12-4 lead but couldn’t hold on as Sparks scored 11 of its own in the bottom of the sixth.

Sprinkles, hannum and Jensen pitched in the sixth. Hannum got the loss.

Hitting, Sprinkles 3-5, double, 2 RBIs, Austin Merritt 4-5, 2 RBIs; Ramsey 2-4, three RBIs, Hannum 2-3, Prevost 2-4, two RBIs. Merritt, Ramsey and Prevost all homered.

Sparks out hit vikes 15-14.

Vikes led game two, 6-3 after three innings, but Sparks scored 7 in fourth, 4 in 5th and 3 in sixth for a 17-7 win in six innings.

starter Prevost got the loss.

Jensen, Ramsey, capitani, Barkley two hits. PRevost and Ramsey homered.

Sparks 7-10 in league, Vikings 1-15 in league and 1-18 overall.

Outhit 18-12, three pitchers.

Hurwitz won the 100 meters, 11.21, won by .20.

“h’s geting better, this year wins whole thing, what differen maeks for him, last year didn’t qualify for the finals.

“another year of maturity has helped im quite a bit. He’s exp of playing varsity football made him grow up quite a bit, and improved his work eithic, oppt to be in varsity sit such as gootball gave him a diff outlook to what it was like tow ork hard nd achive something. last year, he was this gawky fre nobody knew about it.

doing it all on what raw talent he had last year, the fotall thing hd tp put up with team asp, paying time, and now applyitng to this, too.

School record, 10.76.durings 1980s.

“He can break it. He’s got it in him, wehter this year or fact he ahs two more years. It will go, I’m sure of that.

Reed track not that fast anymore, not sprinter friendly track, he may wind up having best shot May 1 at San Joqcuin delta if he does’t do it our meet on April 27.

He was 5-10 meters ahead of second place kid. he doesn’t have a good start, sitll need to work on that, he was hand-time 10.9 in trials that was pretty good.

Took whole team, other junior James Clemmer, third, 6-1, pr, head 6-3 cleared but tuck butt, everytime go out he keeps getting better. he hasnt’ been one meet this season hasn’t improved, now it’s going toe be very tine now that we’re going to get outside.

5th plae distnace medley on Friday night (Jeff Cosmi, 1,200; Grant Carter, 400; Matt Arzio, 800; Manuel Lomeli, 1,600).

home meet Wednesday at Carson, Reed, Carson, Reno and ourselves, 3:30 p.m. Sat at Carson Invitational, 9 a.m.

Ran 10.81 at Fallon hand-timed, automatic-timing best.

Bobby Linkul was third in the discus at 148, first of AAA throwers.

Sufka third in the 800 at 2:29.57.


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