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New faces, new opportunities for Vikings

There’s a lot of new faces on the girls’ basketball team at South Tahoe High, and a lot of room for new leaders to step up and guide the team.

From last year’s team, which lost to Wooster in a play-in game to determine the fourth and final seed in zone, about a third graduated. Among that third were the core veterans of the team.

But several young players who saw a lot of playing time will likely emerge as the nucleus of the 2003 team, such as 6-foot-1 center Lyndsay Salina, who is one of the team’s returning seniors and the tallest player on the team, and 5-foot-6 junior guard Tiffany Pinson.

On this year’s varsity of 14, there are five seniors and as many juniors. Three sophomores and one freshman will also suit up.

Also new to the varsity roster is head coach Chris Proctor, who has been an assistant under former boys’ coach Tom Orlich and boys’ junior varsity coach.

Proctor replaced Tim Jaureguito, who commuted from Reno to coach the team last year. Jaureguito is now a school administrator at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, where he was an assistant on the Miners’ 3A state championship football team.

With so many new faces to varsity, you could say 2003 will be a building year for the Vikings. But with some returning talent and a work ethic that Proctor says will be the team’s benchmark, the new coach prefers to sum up the situation, if he must, as a year that will contain some big surprises.

Some of those surprises will come from senior playmaker Micah Owen, a 5-foot-8 strong overall player who will split time between the point and down low.

The two players likely to carry the team in the beginning are Pinson and Salina.

For them, everything is new. But they like what coach Proctor is up to and the level of play he expects from the team.

“At first it was a little hard. I was with Jaureguito for two years and I was so used to his way of doing things,” Owen said. “Since the summer (with Proctor) … I’ve learned a lot.”

Some call it a more advanced level of play, others just say it’s different. But one thing that isn’t up for debate is the level of heart and determination Proctor brings to the court.

Proctor said he points to the championship flags around the gym that Orlich won with the boys’ team, and explains that those teams weren’t always the ones with the most talented players, but the ones with the most heart. He’s said he wants to bring that work ethic to this team as well.

“We’re not going to out-talent anybody. But we can out-hustle them and that’s going to be the key,” Proctor said.

Also showing strong promise are fellow seniors Cindy Davis, Erika Zampardo and Amanda Mooney.

Erin Jamison, a junior, is also emerging as one of the team’s strong shooters.

“She’s an all-around athlete that I expect a lot out of this year,” Proctor said.

Proctor said he has three sophomores with potential and that freshman Monica Knight will be one of his stars in years to come.

The Vikings play their first game today at Galena at 7 p.m.

Coach: Chris Proctor, first year varsity, fifth year overall

Last year: 5-7 in the 4A Sierra League, missing the playoffs by one game

Key Returners: Lyndsay Salina, Micah Owen and Tiffany Pinson

Key to success: Play harder than their opponents

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