Quartet of Vikes honored
One of the biggest signs of respect for a program is getting players named to the all-league teams.
For the first time under Tim Jaureguito that happened this season for the South Tahoe girls basketball team.
Juniors Lindsey Hitt and Amy Carter became the first two Vikings to be honored in the four years that Jaureguito has been at the helm.
“Thngs are just now starting to fall into place,” the coach said. “We have not progressed as quickly as I would have liked, but every year we’ve gotten a lot better.
“If you could’ve seen us four years ago and compare it to this year, there’s no comparison.”
Hitt, the Vikings’ leading scorer, was named to the second team, while Carter was given honorable mention.
“Lindsey was always a good scorer, but she finally started to work on the defensive end as well,” Jaureguito said. “She realized that defense was just as important.”
Carter came on late and played very consistently for South Tahoe’s final games.
“Amy was someone with whom I just waited and waited and waited for the light to go on,” Jaureguito said. “She stepped up and played very well for the last five weeks of the season.”
In addition to being named to the all-league teams, the duo joined two other Vikings in Las Vegas for the Junior National Regional Competition March 18.
Beth Hickman and Jen Galea were the other two members of the team to go to the competition.
All four players impressed the coaches in Las Vegas and were named to the USA Junior National Team and will head to Atlanta in July 23-29.
While in Atlanta, the quartet will compete in the six-day event where the girls will be coached by college coaches and get an opportunity to create a higher, more visible profile for themselves.
Along with making the USA Junior National Team, Hickman was named to the Academic All-State by earning a 4.0 grade-point average as well as starring for the Vikings.
“Beth is such a solid player. She’s so coachable,” Jaureguito said. “As a coach, you wish you had 15 Beths on your team.”
The best thing for Jaureguito and his staff is that all four players will be returning next season.
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