Morrow voted Sierra Division Player of Year
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
It makes numerical sense that South Tahoe High, which finished second in the Sierra Division, would place three players on the all-league teams. But what is surprising is that the Vikings took both the player and coach of the year honors, even though they finished behind the Douglas in the standings.
Junior setter Stephanie Morrow was voted Player of the Year and Gary Hankoff was Coach of the Year to lead five selections to the all-league teams. Kim Krouskoupf and Jennifer Filipko were both named to the first team, while junior outside hitter Jessica Bettencourt made the second team. It was the first such honor for Hankoff, who has coached at South Tahoe five of the past six years.
“Stephanie, I think she’s a great setter,” Hankoff said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s the best setter in Nevada. She’s a little raw. There might be girls with more experience than her, but she’s got great instincts. I thought Jessica deserved to be on the first team but these things come down to politics sometimes. Usually these things come down to a senior will always make it over a junior.
“She’s been a middle her whole career and I moved her to outside a few games into the season. I don’t think she ever got comfortable there, but she always worked hard to get better.”
Morrow, Krouskoupf and Bettencourt were the only three players to play in every game this season for the Vikings, who finished 18-11 and lost in the first round of the Northern 4A playoffs. Morrow led the team in both aces (36) and assists (428). Krouskoupf recorded 74 kills and led South Tahoe in both hitting percentage (.316) and blocks (46). Filipko was second on the team in both kills (102) and hitting percentage (.232). She also recorded 102 kills.
Bettencourt led the Vikings with 121 kills and was second on the team with 38 blocks.
Senior Michelle Aguilar was an honorable mention selection.
Long, Roberts on region team
STHS sophomore tennis players Masha Long and freshman Jimmy Roberts were both named second-team all region.
Long advanced to the quarterfinals of zone, where she lost to eventual three-time zone champion Julie Burgarello of Galena.
Roberts, who ranks among the top 100 junior players in Northern California, was South Tahoe’s No. 1 singles player all season. He advanced to the third round of the zone tournament.