Preps: South Tahoe’s Buchholz wins 3rd race of year; netters finish season at state
Carissa Buchholz earned her third cross country victory of the season last weekend.
The South Tahoe junior and defending Nevada 3A state champion crushed a field of 161 runners by 15 seconds Saturday, Oct. 20, at Flat SAC in Sacramento.
She finished the 5,000-meter grassy course at Gibson Park in 18 minutes, 33.8 seconds.
Buchholz has set personal records this season at 4,000 meters, 3 miles and 5,000 meters and seems geared to win a second straight state championship barring any injuries. Only 17 runners have ever won two state cross country titles. Six have won it three times and only one person has won the title in four years.
Buchholz has competed in seven races this season and aside from her three first-place finishes, she also has three seconds — finishing behind the same Sacramento girl all three times — and one 14th place at the ultra-competitive all divisions Asics Clovis Invitational.
South Tahoe senior Christopher Hoefer led the Vikings boys to a 16th-place finish out of 30 scoring teams.
Hoefer finished 35th in a field of 217 runners in a time of 17:42.55.
Also for the Vikings, Leyton Sweeney was 70th in 18:39.37, Raymond Charly was 109th in 19:34.44, Calvin Holmes was 126th, Gavin Breen 152nd and Jack Bray was 160th.
The Vikings will compete Friday, Oct. 26, in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A Northern Region Championships at Rancho San Rafael in Reno in hopes of reaching the state championship meet Nov. 3 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boulder City.
Incline’s Pietzke leads trio at Flat SAC
Incline sophomore Niklas Pietzke led a group of three Highlanders at Flat SAC at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento.
Pietzke, a sophomore, ran in the frosh/soph 2-mile race and earned second place.
After the first turn he was fifth among about 200 competitors. He stayed with the group for the first mile before the eventual winner from Whitney high School broke away from the pack.
Pietzke’s first mile was timed at 5:32 and his overall time was 11:15.
Sophomore Esmeralda Pablo was 113th in the girls’ frosh/soph race out of 133 runners finishing in 18:29.01.
Incline will compete Friday, Oct. 26, in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Northern Region Championships at Rancho San Rafael in Reno.
South Tahoe, Incline finish tennis seasons at state meet
High school tennis players in southern Nevada are apparently from another planet where kids are born with silver rackets in their mouths rather than spoons.
Just earning a spot in the state tournament should have been the ultimate goal for players in northern Nevada.
Between South Tahoe and Incline high schools, they qualified 14 players for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A State singles and doubles tournament, but not one player or team claimed a single set.
Out of the eight matches Vikings and Highlanders were involved, they won just 15 games while surrendering 96.
For the boys, South Tahoe’s top singles player Juan Vazquez and their doubles teams of Clyde Rypins and Jeremiah Dahl, and Peter Sullivan and Quinn Proctor. Incline’s Dalton Fry represented the north.
Sullivan and Proctor put up the biggest fight before losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
For the girls, Incline’s Kate Tong and South Tahoe individuals Kayla Mason, Sierra Dahl and the doubles team of Alyx Carlson and Nicole Morgan gave their best efforts before being eliminated. Tong’s match was the most competitive before the junior ultimately fell 6-1, 6-3.
Incline singles player Millie Jenkins and the doubles team of Carolyn Eppolito and Melanie Racich each qualified for the state tournament but did not participate.