Monday prep sports
Forvilly’s big point production lifts Warriors to third place
Whittell High’s diversified portfolio of track athletes helped speed, vault and throw the school’s boys into third place at Saturday’s Smith Valley Boosters Invitational in Yerington, Nev.
“We have kids in just about every event,” said Warriors head coach Brian Rippet. “The young guys are really flexible and willing to try everything to see what they can do. We were pretty excited. We got points all over the place. We scored in 12 out of the 18 events.”
Junior Luke Forvilly, who qualified for state as a sophomore, led the way, accounting for 36 of Whittell’s 70 points as Whittell soared near the top of the 20-team field. Forvilly won the triple jump with a league-best jump of 37 feet, 11 inches, and had second-place finishes in the long jump, 110-meter high hurdles and 200. He holds the league’s best long jump mark, and added a personal record in the high hurdles.
Forvilly’s classmates, Joel Warnick, and Chauncey Lane, helped out, too. Warnick was second in the 100 meters and second in the high jump and fourth in the 4×200 relay, along with Lane, Nick Gant and John Nunnally. Lane added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump and a seventh in the 300 hurdles.
Whittell’s girls were equally productive per person, finishing 11th out of 20 with just seven athletes posting points. Freshman Kim McGlothlin had the best finish, a third in the 1,600-meter run. Senior Erin Zaskoda, also a returning state qualifier, took fourth in the long jump, seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the 300 hurdles, and Jahna Rico helped pace the 4×200 and 4×400 relay team. Whittell returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Reed Rotary Invitational in Sparks.
The Wooster Colts apparently have a full stable of pitchers.
Despite starting its No. 2 pitcher – junior Jenne Bator – and a freshman – 6-foot-3 Brianne McGowan – Wooster managed to shut out South Tahoe in both halves of Saturday’s doubleheader in Reno. Wooster won 29-0 behind Bator’s no-hitter in the first game, and 8-0 in the second, improving to 13-1 on the season.
“It was good pitching and good hitting,” Vikings skipper Rich Barna said after his club dropped to 2-10 overall with the pair of losses. “They had a total of 21 hits in that first game, and it was the pitching. That’s not even their starter. That’s their No. 2 pitcher.”
The Vikings did put up a better showing in the second game, with Corrine Edwards (1-1) on the mound, but still couldn’t score. Vanessa Porter (1-6) picked up the loss in the first game.
South Tahoe returns to action at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Galena at the Field of Dreams at South Tahoe High.
Pitching, defense sparks Vikings split
South Tahoe earned its first baseball win in nearly a month on Saturday, splitting a home doubleheader with Sparks.
The Vikings (2-10 overall) won the first half of the doubleheader 9-3, but blew a 5-1 lead in the second game and wound up losing 14-10.
“We’ve been knocking at the door for a couple of days, and it just came together like we knew it could and would in game one,” said Vikings skipper Doug Russell. “Again, when we play good defense and get a strong pitcher on the hill, we’re in every game, and lately we’ve got a chance to win those games.”
Junior Ryan Cullen gave up seven hits but struck out four and walked just one in seven innings of work. That, combined with one-error fielding behind him and opportune hitting, allowed the Vikings to win their first game since March 9.
In the second game, the Vikings took a 5-1 lead out of the first before a series of errors helped Sparks score six runs in the third inning. South Tahoe rallied, but Sparks closed out a 14-10 win, and Toby O’Brien (0-1) picked up the loss.
The Vikings return to action at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Douglas at Todd Fields. South Tahoe appeared to win the March 14 meeting between the teams 9-8 before a broken pitcher-use rule forced the Vikings to forfeit the game.
Vikings stand heat at Rocklin track meet
Could South Tahoe stand the heat at the Rocklin, Calif. Invitational on Saturday, or would the cold-weather Vikings wilt?
“For our kids, it was finally a chance to get out and run in warm weather,” said Vikings head coach Rick Brown, who rated the performance by the team a five on a 10-point scale.
“Like I told the boys, now that you’ve gotten a taste of what it feels like, now you’ve got to go after it for zone.”
Distance runners and field events highlighted South Tahoe’s day in the warmer temperatures. Senior high jumper James Clemmer finally had a day in the sun, taking second in the event with a 6-foot, 2-inch leap. Manuel Lomeli was seventh in the mile with a season-best 4 minute, 40.3-second time, and Cory Martin was seventh in the two-mile run in his debut with the team.
Brown kept sprinter Jake Hurwitz out of the meet due to a slightly pulled hamstring.
A sixth-place finish in the 4×400 relay highlighted the day for South Tahoe’s girls.
South Tahoe returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Reed Invitational in Sparks.
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