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Nike has some treats for the Vikings

Steve Yingling

By the time the South Tahoe High cross country team reaches Portland, Ore., next month the Vikings will think they have died and gone to Nike heaven.

By qualifying for the first Nike Team Nationals on Dec. 4, the Vikings will receive some perks that anyone running almost nonstop since the middle of June richly deserves.

The Vikings’ eight-member team will get the opportunity to select and design their own uniform on Nike’s Website. In addition, Nike will cover the costs of airfare, housing and food and provide the Vikings with the gear they need to compete.

“Nike is going to treat us like Michael Jordan. They are going to do it up,” said STHS coach Dan Wilvers.

The coaches will also become the envy of the high school cross country world because Nike plans to draw them into computer “warfare.” Each coach will be provided a hand-held computer, which will allow them to track their runners on the course and analyze performances afterward.

“It’s mind-boggling. I’ll probably drop it and start yelling,” Wilvers said.

The Vikings are proof offseason training isn’t just for football and basketball players any longer. South Tahoe stepped up its summer training to become more competitive with Reno and Galena in the Northern Nevada League and passed them both in just one year.

The school should honor these girls with a pep assembly before they depart for Portland. These kids have worked hard and sacrificed so much.

But according to their coach, they will get to sit down with their families and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Just another perk for the state champs.

Mikey equals TD mark

Vikings’ senior quarterback Mikey Van Gorden equalled the record set by former McQueen standout Jeff Rowe for Northern Nevada’s single-season touchdown passes last Friday.

Rowe, according to the state record book listed on ihigh.com, tossed 27 TD passes in 14 games in 2001. Van Gorden accomplished his feat in two fewer games and on a team that won far fewer games.

The state record of 33 was set by Scott Brotherson of Virgin Valley in 1983. Brotherson performed his record in only 10 games.

Van Gorden also wrote his name into the net passing yards record book for a single game section. Van Gorden had a pair of 360-yard passing games, which rank sixth-best in the state all-time. He just missed tying the third-best mark for touchdowns in a game. Van Gorden threw for five touchdowns twice. Bong Kuk Pak of Las Vegas set the record of nine TD passes in a 1993 game.

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or syingling@tahoedailytribune.com


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