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The Whittell High golf team is starting to get into the swing of things.

Despite missing two seniors, the boys finished second behind Manogue at Reno’s Rosewood Lakes on Friday. The top two squads come zone time will advance.

Chris Casteleyn tied for low medalist at 79. Scott Rahbeck had an 84, Rocco Bruno 86, Dustin Fox 88 and Chad Kolpacoff 91. Trevor Bartholomew’s 112 was not carded.

“It was a good day. Rosewood is a pretty tough course. It’s narrow with a lot of water and hazards. You’ve got to hit the ball well,” Casteleyn said. “I feel like I’m getting better, but there’s still room to improve.”

A win on Friday meant the team would be pumped for Saturday.

At least that was the plan for South Tahoe High softball coach Jan Johnson. But the Vikings (5-16, 2-9 league) backed up a Sparks victory, 5-3, with an 11-0 loss to Wooster Saturday.

“We played like a bottle of soda pop left out all night,” Johnson said. “We matched up well, but didn’t play good at all.”

At Sparks, the girls beat Illinois-bound pitcher Tammy Milligan for the second straight time. Sabrina Manning and Brooke Peterson each had two hits, while Kelly Patterson, Megan Humphrys, Kathryn Baer and Missy Johnson added one.

Amy Johnson got the win, striking out five against just one free pass.

“We managed to do what a lot of the better teams do to us,” said Johnson of Friday’s outing. “We manufactured some runs, kept after it and scraped out a win.”

Brooke Peterson had two hits in the Wooster loss. April Peterson, Humphrys and Missy Johnson added one hit each.

An 18-run outburst in the second inning was enough for Mineral County, which beat Whittell High’s (4-14) softball team 21-0 Saturday at Zephyr Cove Park. The Warriors lost game two, 14-3.

“We came up against one of the toughest teams we’ll play,” said Whittell coach Keith Lewis. “They really hit the ball well and earned every run they got.”

Jennifer Miles posted Whittell’s lone hit in the first game, as the Warriors struck out 11 times in 15 at-bats.

The Warriors scored twice in the first inning of the nightcap. Alethia Flores singled before Sara Van Cleemput and Corky Novotny added RBI hits. Van Cleemput singled and scored in the third.

South Tahoe’s track and field team saw Elliott Hubler win the triple jump Saturday with a leap of 44 feet, 7 inches.

The event was clouded somewhat as fellow jumper Jeff Sietz pulled up during his approach with a severely pulled hamstring muscle. The senior will see a doctor this week with what coach Rick Brown characterized as a “possible season-ending injury.” Sietz was third in the long jump at 20-9 before the injury.

The girls 400 relay team of Faye Clapp, Kelly Horan, Launa Giordano and Tirah Samura took second at 52.97 seconds. Both the junior varsity teams finished in third place.

“The future looks bright for the South Tahoe track team,” Brown said.

Sarah Sufka exploded in Lovelock on Saturday, taking first in the 400 with a state-best 1:02.4. It was the fastest time at the AAA level so far this season, according to coach Dan Makley.

The sophomore also finished fourth in the 200 at 28.7, while running second with Skye McEntire, Megan Glasson and Ali Tanner in the 400 relay at 55.4. She also clocked an unofficial 61 seconds in the first leg of the 1,600 relay’s third-place effort with Tanner, Ashley McClure and Samantha Taylor.

Nicole Wasson was fourth in the 400 and second in the 800. McClure was sixth in the 1,600; McEntire was fifth in triple jump and fourth in long jump; and Erin Zaskoda took sixth in triple jump and a personal-best 58.6 in the 300 hurdles.

On the boys side, Mark Witte was second in the triple jump at 39-2, while Zach Denson was second in the 300 hurdles at 45.9. Bob Linkul collected a third straight personal best, tossing the discus 132-2 for third place. Denson, Witte, Adrian Norman and Dane Wetterer finished sixth in the 400 relay at 49.3, while Wetterer, Norman, Nathan Porter and Jorge Soriano were fourth in the 1,600 relay at 4:15.

South Tahoe High’s baseball team (8-16, 4-13 league) fell out of playoff contention with two losses on Saturday at Sparks, 17-2 and 13-10.

Junior Greg Bruso took the loss in the first game. Greg Gerken and Scott Fair had hits while Carson Triggs was 2 for 3 with a double. The Railroaders scored six in the first.

In the nightcap, Bret Uppendahl went the distance, fanning six while walking two. Triggs’ three-run homer in the third tied it at 7-7. But the Vikes came no closer. Scott Souers, Eddie McDonnell and Chris Barna had hits while Gerken and Fair were 2 for 4.

“We’re going to stay positive for the last five games and do everything to keep them prepared,” said Tahoe coach Ralph Clelan. “This game is way too easy for them to make it hard on themselves.”

Reed, Carson, Reno and McQueen are at the top of the Northern Nevada AAAA playoff picture, with Elko, Sparks and Douglas fighting for the final two spots.

The junior varsity squad (9-9) won a pair vs. Sparks, 8-3 and 14-3.

David McKenna collected seven Ks in a complete game one win. Brian Summerfeldt homered and McKenna tripled.

Dustin Skiles had five fans in five innings for the win in the nightcap. Thrace Ramsey tripled and doubled, while Jeff Jensen pounded four singles. Clay Giffin was 3 for 3.

The Vikes have won four straight.

Whittell High’s baseball team (2-15) fell twice to Mineral County Saturday, 14-1 and 17-3.

Todd Echan singled, stole a base and scored in the fourth for the Warriors in game one. Bobby Lee added a single while Patrick Geimer punched a two-bagger. Matt Raab took the loss.

Whittell scored three in the first inning in game two. Raab singled and scored on a Lee double. Phil Barnes and Trent Gordon also singled while Devon Apocotos doubled.


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