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Prep sports wrap

Dan Thomas

Carson solves Viking girls strikers this time

South Tahoe High’s girls battled powerhouse Carson to a tie soccer match the first time the teams played, but could not duplicate the feat on Saturday.

Carson avenged Sept. 21’s scoreless tie, cruising to a 4-1 win over South Tahoe in Carson City. The loss dropped South Tahoe to 5-3-6 overall.



“The difference was probably a lot to do with their field, which was in awful shape,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser. “I guess we just let down a little in defense because we just weren’t letting them through (before).”

Carson scored two quick goals, and took the 2-0 lead into halftime. South Tahoe answered in the 52nd minute, when sophomore forward Diana Higman scored off an assist from Katrina Clapp, who Peyser moved up to midfield for the game. But Carson added two more scores, one in the 60th minute and one in the 80th, to pull away for the win.



Goalie Sarah Junge had four saves for South Tahoe.

South Tahoe enters the week with a strong grasp on fourth place in the Northern Nevada 4A league, but hasn’t gained any ground on third-place Reno in losing its last three matches. The Vikings return to action at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when the third-place Huskies visit for a rivalry game.

Volleyball Warriors spoil Yerington homecoming

Whittell’s volleyball Warriors, unfazed by a loud, partisan homecoming crowd at Yerington on Friday, manufactured a key road sweep.

“It wasn’t a particularly inspirational game, but in workmanlike fashion, we dispatched the Yerington Lions 17-15, 15-9, 15-8,” said Whittell head coach Dan McLaughlin. “We didn’t play inspired ball, we were just clearly superior players to Yerington.”

Senior offhand hitter Erin Zaskoda led Whittell with another solid all-around game, contributing 18 kills, six service points, six blocks and an ace. Shannon McGlothlin complemented Zaskoda on the front line with nine more kills, six service points and an ace. Defensive specialist Jahna Rico continued her emergence as dangerous serving threat for Whittell with 10 service points and three aces, and Jessika Purdy added 10 more service points for Whittell. Ashley Berns and Jamie Borge combined for four blocks.

Whittell improved to 14-9 overall, 6-2 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II play, and is tied for second place with Dayton, behind Bishop Manogue. The Warriors resume play at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to Fernley.

Yerington’s junior varsity swept Whittell’s JV, 15-11, 15-12.

South Tahoe runners close in on rival Huskies

South Tahoe’s cross country teams found out on Friday at the Lowry Invitational not much separates the Vikings from rival Reno.

South Tahoe’s boys closed the gap Reno seemed to own to six points on Friday, taking second in the meet. Reno won the boys division of the Lowry Invitational with 54 points, while South Tahoe was second with 60. Carson’s boys were third with 99.

Vikings runner Manuel Lomeli finished the 3.1-mile varsity race in 16 minutes, 48 seconds, just 14 seconds slower than Bret Ferrier, who set the winning pace for Lowry. South Tahoe teammate Grant Carter followed in eighth, in 17:06. Cory Martin (11th, 17:11), Jeff Cosmi, (18th, 17:36), Chris Cosmi (19th, 17:41), Sean Pawling (20th, 17:49) and Aston Wilcox (36th, 18:18) rounded out the field for South Tahoe.

South Tahoe’s junior varsity also was impressive, winning the JV meet by eight points over Reno. Jeff Koeck led the Vikings – and the entire field – with a first-place, 18:35 finish. Bryan Christiansen led three more Vikings into the top 10, finishing in 18:58. Justin Good was sixth in 19:09, and Steven Moore was ninth in 19:19. Robert Gonzalez, Freddie Ferrer, Ryan Nibouar, Corey Buckley, Luis Gomez and J.P. Howell rounded out the JV field for South Tahoe.

Cross country road Warriors travel to Incline

Whittell’s cross country Warriors hit the road on Saturday to hit the trail at Incline.

“Overall, we competed well,” said Whittell head coach Anthony Davis. “It was a flat course, so that kind of goes hand-in-hand with the speed work we’re doing to prepare for zone.”

Despite being shorthanded for the race and despite running on a flat course, Whittell’s runners continued to show improvement. Chad Gerken led the male Warriors, finishing the 2.5-mile course in 15th place, in 15 minutes, 16 seconds. Jarret Guajardo followed in 29th, finishing in 15:48. Daniel Wines rounded out the field, finishing 68th in 17:59. Arlyle Shaw led the Whittell girls, finishing 27th overall in 19:28, and Nichole Wasson followed in 39th, finishing in 21:38.

Two Whittell coaches also competed on Saturday, as Davis finished the course in 20:11, and Lindsay Wines finished in 23:11.

Whittell returns to action on Tuesday, meeting Incline again for a time trial, time and place to be determined. The Warriors travel to Reed on Oct. 28 for the zone championships. The boys race starts at 2 p.m., the girls race at 3.

Viking netters fail to advance at individual tourney

The weekend’s 4A Northern Region individual championships ended the season for South Tahoe’s tennis players, as no Vikings advanced to the individual state championships in Las Vegas.

“The kids played great,” said South Tahoe boys coach Pat Fagen. “We’re all fired up for next year. It’s going to be a great season.”

The doubles team of Joedy Michael and Andy Mora had the best performance in Reno for South Tahoe, advancing to the the third round before losing to the top seeds in the 32-team draw. Graham St. Michel and Chris Stamey advanced to the second round before elimination at the hands of Incline.

South Tahoe’s girls in the doubles draw – Nikki Moore and Lauren Stevens, Shawna Hixenbaugh and Lisa Borges, and Kristen Kirkland and Jenna Wilford – all fell in the first round on Friday.

Colin Moulton was the only singles player to advance past the first round for South Tahoe, with a 6-1, 6-1 win, but Moulton fell in the second round on Friday. Parker Alexander lost in the first round, but finished eighth.

Top seed Andy Sweatt of Galena, the grandson of Nat and Jo Hellman of Zephyr Cove, advanced through the bracket to win the region’s individual championship.

Nicole Reneer, Jenny Olson and Samantha Crosson all were defeated in the first round of the girls draw on Thursday.

The four semifinalists from each division advance to the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Tennis Championships on Oct. 22-23 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Spiking Vikings third in division in Santa Cruz tourney

South Tahoe’s volleyball players finished third out of seven teams in the silver division at Saturday’s Harbor Invitational in Santa Cruz, Calif.

“It was really good, especially for the younger players, I thought,” said South Tahoe head coach Gary Hankoff, who took just eight players to the tournament with injuries starting to become a factor for the Vikings.

The tournament afforded the Vikings a chance to build experience for their younger players.

South Tahoe resumes Northern Nevada 4A league play on Tuesday when the Vikings play host to Carson, which is 1-0 vs. South Tahoe this season, at 6 p.m.


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