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Dan Thomas

South Tahoe girls tie third game, 0-0, with Hug

Hug’s girls battled South Tahoe’s to a tie Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School, the second scoreless tie for the Vikings this year, and their third overall.

South Tahoe dominated possession, but couldn’t muster a score despite peppering Hug’s goalie with 10 shots. The Vikings are 2-1-3 overall, and have the same record in league play.

“We definitely had opportunities,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser. “We had 10 shots on goal and numerous shots around there, but the girls just couldn’t finish.”

The Vikings played without forward Diana Higman and sweeper Katrina Clapp, both of whom missed the game with injuries. The team also missed Reggie Braun and Jessica Perasso, who both sat out the first 50 minutes for a violation of team rules.

South Tahoe resumes league play Saturday when they travel to Sparks to take on the Railroaders at 11 a.m.


South Tahoe girls just miss against powerhouse Reno

Perennial tennis power Reno survived its trip to South Tahoe on Tuesday, by the slimmest margin possible in high school tennis.

In the last doubles match of the day, Reno’s top-seeded duo rallied from a 5-2 deficit to edge second seeds Lisa Borges and Shawna Hixenbaugh 7-3 in the 7-6 tiebreak. The win gave Reno the win it needed to escape South Lake Tahoe with an 11-11 win.

“My team has a good basic work ethic, and there’s always a period of adjustment for teams when they come into Tahoe,” said South Tahoe head coach Tom Barnes, whose Vikings fell to 1-2. “The fact that we’re training hard and we’re hitting our balls at altitude helps us keep it in play a little.”

Senior Jenny Olson, South Tahoe’s top-seeded singles player, won the only singles match of the day for the Vikings, 7-6 (7-2) over Reno’s second seed. The Vikings, though, nearly came away with the win with strong play from their reshuffled doubles teams. Borges and Hixenbaugh won two of their matches, as did top seeds Nikki Moore and Lauren Stevens – whose only loss came on a 7-4 tiebreaker at the hands of Reno’s top team.

“Certainly, a tight loss like those two matches, we can learn from,” Barnes said. “These girls are very intelligent, and they’ll use this knowledge and our discussion of these events to get better.”

South Tahoe’s schedule resumes Thursday, when the girls stay home to take on Fallon at 3:30 p.m.

Spiking Vikings resume winning ways against Hug

South Tahoe’s girls jumped back onto the winning track Tuesday, taking a win from their trip to Hug.

The spiking Vikings won in four games, despite not scoring a point in the third. Head coach Gary Hankoff’s Viking squad improved to 3-1 overall by winning their first division match 15-10, 15-7, 0-15, 15-10.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we got some things done,” Hankoff said.

South Tahoe had won its first two matches before a weekend trip to Elko revealed some weaknesses on South Tahoe’s team. While the team’s serving and defense was off, the Vikings improved their blocking and setting against Hug.

Hankoff played his second string in the third game. The subs couldn’t muster any offense, but gained experience for the future, which includes a trip to a tough tournament in Davis, Calif., this weekend.

“All in all, it was a chance for us to try some new things,” Hankoff said.

South Tahoe returns home to take on Reno at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Whittell’s boys cruise, tie four on Quincy

Following a brutal weekend tune-up tournament in Del Campo, Calif., Whittell’s boys returned home for a 4-0 win over Quincy on Tuesday.

“They were a little flat, so I think we dominated play for the most part,” said Whittell head coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors stand at 6-3 in 3A play this season, after winning one game against California’s big schools.

Junior Pat Heeran gave Whittell a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick, and sophomore Oscar Cortez made it a 2-0 margin before halftime. The Warriors didn’t let up in the second half, with scores from seniors Scott Corwin and Chris Markt, giving Whittell the 4-0 final margin.

Joe Piccola gave the Warriors strong play in the net to preserve the shutout. The game was Quincy’s first of the season after a number of wildfires prevented the school from starting earlier in the season. Maltase is anticipating a better team when the Warriors travel to Quincy for a 5:30 p.m. game Sept. 23.

“I expect it to be a tougher game out there, out at Quincy, because they’re going to improve,” Maltase said. “It’s a two-hour drive, and I think Quincy’s got four games between now and then, and they’re going to gain some experience.”

Whittell’s boys are off for the rest of the week, but take on the school’s alumni at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kahle Park in Stateline.

Huskies continue tennis tradition, defeat South Tahoe boys

Reno’s powerhouse tennis program provided South Tahoe’s boys with a glimpse of how far they need to go, winning 17-5 on Tuesday.

Reno, a program that has lost just one zone competition in recent memory, swept the doubles competition to take a home win over South Tahoe. The Vikings kept pace in singles, but Reno’s depth won out.

“It gives us an opportunity to see how far we need to go,” said South Tahoe head coach Pat Fagen, whose boys dropped to 2-1 with their first loss of the season. “Reno’s probably the best team in Northern Nevada. Our kids weren’t far off, but they were better than us at every position.”

Top-seeded Colin Moulton took two wins for South Tahoe, both 6-4, over Reno’s second and third seeds. Second-seeded Parker Alexander, a sophomore, also won two singles matches, both by a 6-4 margin. Third seed Graham St. Michel picked up another singles win for the Vikings.

South Tahoe’s boys hit the road in search of another win in their next match Thursday, when they travel to Fallon for a 3:30 p.m. match.

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