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League selections strike Vikings as pecuilar

Some area coaches missed one of South Tahoe High’s finest boys soccer seasons in school history.

How else can you explain why the Vikings placed three players on the all-Northern Nevada League Division II first team but four on the more prestigious all-conference team?

Even though Viking coach Joe Winters expected more first-teamers and a second player of the year from a glorious 23-1-4 season, he has seen championship teams underappreciated in the past. South Tahoe won the zone championship and finished as a state runner-up to Green Valley.

“I thought Evan Baker should have been the offensive player of the year. Sometimes the balloting is really strange,” Winters said.

However, Baker, a senior forward who made the Vikings offense click, was recognized on the conference first team team along with three of his teammates: Paul Wilson, midfielder Dave Brown and goalie Peter Chiarpotti.

“Just Evan’s work ethic is the leadership of the whole offense,” Wilson said. “He makes sure everybody stays in it just by working hard. Just when you see him working hard up front, that’s when the offense needs to get into the game.”

Ironically, Chiarpotti was chosen as second-team all-division goalkeeper. Division coaches picked Baker, Brown and Wilson first team.

Wilson also earned conference defensive player-of-the-year honors, and Winters was selected coach of the year for the second time in four years.

Only one goal in the state final denied STHS an undefeated season, just two years after Winters’ only losing season during his six years at the helm of the Vikings.

“Six of our seniors were on that team, and it took a lot of work bringing them from that point,” Winters said. “They started believing in themselves. They were all part of the system for a couple of years and were finally able to reap the benefits of all the hard work they put in the last two years.”

South Tahoe was shut out in all-conference second-team selections, but forward Andy Butcher and midfielder Kerim Posada joined Chiarpotti on the second-team all-division squad. William Aguilar received honorable mention.





Offensive Player of the Year

Travis Bartek, Reed and Dylan Sheridan, Douglas

Defender of the Year

Paul Wilson, South Tahoe

Midfielder of the Year

Beau Keenan, McQueen

Coach of the Year

Joe Winters, South Tahoe

First Team


Evan Baker, South Tahoe; Travis Bartek, Reed; Brett Patterson, McQueen


Beau Keena, McQueen; Dylan Sheridan, Douglas; Dave Brown, South Tahoe; Luis Calvo, Sparks


Chris Ardens, Sparks; Paul Wilson, South Tahoe; John Sutherland, McQueen


Peter Chiarpotti, South Tahoe

Second Team


Jeff Johnson, Carson; Jorge Cubero, Galena; Vince Wolfe, Sparks


Peter Smith, Reno; Jeff Borden, Elko; TJ Plummer, Douglas; Matt Hohl, Carson


Nick Hernandez, Douglas; Brian Gaskins, Reed; Austin Baker, Reno


John Albertsen, Hug


Coach of the Year

Julia Peyser, South Tahoe

Offensive Player of the Year

Annie Baxter, Galena

Midfielder of the Year

Emily Jones, Wooster

Defender of the Year

Greta Pooset, Reno

First Team


Julia Spaulding, Douglas; Annie Baxter, Galena; Ali Bannister, Carson


Allison Williamson, Carson; Sierra Malan, Reed; Sarah Shearer, Douglas; Patricia Garrick, Galena


Great Pooser, Reno; Lee Bryant, Galena; Tia Tilikian, Lowry


Ashley Sulprizio, Douglas

Second Team


Sherika Hardaway, Reed; Jenn Hamm, South Tahoe; Amy Porath, Sparks


Michelle Sparling, McQueen; Emily Jones, Wooster; Kathy Struble, Reno; Pam Lujano, Reno


Misha Scrattish, Wooster; Jessica Bray, Carson; Kristen Vietti, Sparks; Jessica Girdner, Douglas


Jayleen Chen, Galena; Sarah Junge, South Tahoe

“this year in particular kind of combined effort over the las tcouple years, majob component,s seniors, 97 season when didnt have winning season, first losing season, 6 seniors on this time, lot of work bring ing from that pont, lot guys didnt’ belive couldn’t win, started beliving in themselves and learning systme and little more exp were.

seson ended on opposit notve last year, as far as finishing secon din dvision, 1-4, eight game winning streak, lost to carson in sudden death in zone semifnal, went on to wint9tate.

this year was culmina of htose years and this year being their year. all part of system for a copule years and were finlaly able to reap beneif all hard work put in lat two years.

Evan Baker, first team, forward

Dave Brown, first team, mid

Paul Wilson, first team, defender

andy Butcher, second team, forward

Kerim Posada, second team midfield

Peter Chiarpotti, second team, keeper

Voting don’t understand it.

all confernece ballots went

Paul Wilson def player of year, Divion II

HM, william Aguilar

Coach of the Year, Joe winters.

last year, diviosn II coach of year

96 coach of the year, conference.

sixth year at STHS.

thought evan baker, offensive player of year

first year midfielder of year, not always score lot goals, but in back but usually get lot of assists, Dylan Sheridan, midfielder, off player of year, didn’t score as many goals Evan Baker.

Toby Steele, defender, midfielder of year.

Don’t know how ballot going, it’s really strange.

sometimes feel, just dont’ think everythig were due because where we are.

thankful alex got it last year, belive strongly,

coaches didnt see that way.

would have gotten it, bshop gorman had gotten consideration for top 25 before coming into this tournament, stronly felt we could have gotten in there had we won state. coming out with four ties tough to go over. we’re alos not in a very big area, it’s also tough to get nationally ranked when coming fron Nevada.

Dixon, vacaville was bg one.

obv one game at a time, we didnt’ qite get that last game. That whole system in national rankiings it is relaly ambivious, competiton, who play, where play, conditions, can real make diff. they are great to hang on wall, we’re from a sall state, it’s tough to get national rankings when from Nevada.

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