Reno rings up Vikes softball
Reno High’s Huskies showed why they’re the big dogs of the Northern Nevada 4A softball league Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader against visiting South Tahoe.
“Both games were plagued with errors that we gave up a lot of runs on,” said South Tahoe head coach Rich Barna, whose team fell to 2-5 overall with the losses.
South Tahoe lost the first game 17-0 after managing just one hit – from sophomore Kendra Terry – against Reno. Eight of South Tahoe’s 16 batters who came to the plate struck out.
Reno completed the sweep with a 10-0 win in the second game. South Tahoe did manage six hits – two from junior Stefanie Terry – but couldn’t beat a dominant Reno team.
The Vikings return to acton at 3:30 p.m. Friday with a game at Galena.
Coleville’s bats light Lampe
Coleville simply brought too much offense to Lampe Park on Saturday, sweeping a softball doubleheader against home team Whittell.
Whittell lost 18-1 in the first game, and 22-6 in the second game of its final tune-up before league play.
“We just weren’t able to execute the outs,” said Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines, whose club fell to 1-7 with the two losses. “They were just able to nail the ball. They hit the ball extremely well.”
Coleville had six extra-base hits between the two games, spoiling a good outing by Warriors pitcher Meredith Shaw. She had six walks and 12 strikeouts between the two games, and Whittell’s Erin Silver had another solid defensive performance at shortstop. The Wolves offense also overhadowed Whittell’s top performances at the plate. Stephanie Evans was 3-5 for the day, Ashley Wines 3-4 and Cherae Nitzel 2-3 with an RBI.
Whittell opens league play Tuesday at Yerington, then returns home for a game against Incline on Thursday.
Warriors taste big time at Fernley
The races weren’t any longer, but Saturday’s track meet at Fernley exposed Whittell’s track and field athletes to competition on a large scale.
“I think our freshman-dominated team saw what a couple of years of training and growth will do for you,” Warriors head coach Brian Rippet said.
The Fernley meet was bigger than Whittell’s season-opening trip to Yerington on Wednesday, and bigger than most of the Warriors’ meets this year. Whittell’s boys finished ninth out of a 14-team field that contained may of the state’s 2A and 3A powers, and a reduced-size girls squad posted three points.
Senior Erin Zaskoda, a state qualifier last season in the triple jump, competed in that event for the first time this year, taking sixth with a mark of 29 feet, 6 inches. Jahna Rico won both of her heats in the 100 meter dash, and both of her heats in the 200.
Junior Luke Forvilly won the long jump – the event he took second in at state last year – with a leap of 19 feet, 4 inches. He was also third overall in the 200. Whittell’s 4×200 relay team of sophomore John Nunnally and freshmen Nick Gant, Nick Lowe and Dustin DiGrigorio was fourth at the meet.
The Warriors return to action on Wednesday with another meet at Yerington.
Vikings go the distance to – and at – Elko
South Tahoe’s distance runners and sprinters led the way as the Vikings survived the marathon road trip to Elko on Saturday.
“The weekend didn’t go that badly,” said Vikings boys coach Rick Brown. “The weather was nice, we got away with no major injuries to report. Everybody was still standing and smiling.”
Even though a strong Reno team overshadowed South Tahoe’s boys squad, the Vikings posted some strong individual results at the farthest reaches of the Northern Nevada 4A conference.
“It was a long day, but a good day,” said Vikings girls coach Julie Pope.
On the girls side, freshmen Jackie Marshall and Cindy Davis led South Tahoe. Marshall was first in the long jump and third in the 400 meter run, and Davis was first in the triple jump. Also, South Tahoe had four third-place finishes in the relay races. The Vikings 4×100 (Davis, Courtney Carrell, Amy Carter and Lindsey Hitt), 4×200 (Danielle Kelleher, Jillian De Lallo, Anna Welden and Mindy Manglinong), 4×400 (Hitt, Carter, Carrell and Marshall) and 4×800 (Beth Kirkland, Katie Sheehan, Cecilia Cuevas and Norma Olivas) all finished on the podium.
South Tahoe’s boys 4×800 team of Manuel Lomeli, Hudson Wilvers, Jeff Cosmi and Grant Carter shaved nearly 10 seconds from the time it posted at the first meet, and all the school’s entrants in the 1,600 meter run improved.
Junior Jake Hurwitz won the open 100 meters with an 11.12-second mark, also an improvement, and was second in the long jump and fourth in the 200. Sophomore Josh Griffin edged Hurwitz in the 200, taking third in 23.5 seconds. Senior James Clemmer won in his first entry into the high jump, with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches. The 4×100 relay team of Jose Padilla, David McKenna, Griffin and Hurwitz was second with a combined time of 45.98.
South Tahoe returns to action on Saturday with a trip to the Fallon Invitational.
Warriors second in first league golf match
Whitell’s boys opened league golf play Friday by taking second behind Bishop Manogue in Yerington.
Whittell finished second behind the more-consistent Miners with a team score of 415 strokes. Manogue had a combined score of 394.
“Manogue played really well,” said Warriors head coach Frank Bruno. “We didn’t play as well as we could have, although we had a couple of bright spots.”
Ryan Solomon had Whittell’s low score, a 79. Todd Echan shot an 82 for the Warriors, Keith Truswell an 83, Dustin Fox an 85, and Patrick Flanagan an 86.
Whittell returns to action Friday with a league meet at Hawthorne.
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