Roberts has rare feat in STHS victory

Staff report

Jimmy Roberts winning a tennis match 6-0 isn’t unusual. But the way he won 6-0 on Thursday was indeed a rare feat.

Roberts won all 24 points in a second-round victory – the first time in his career he’s won a game without losing a single point – as the South Tahoe boys’ tennis team cruised to a 16-2 nonleague win against Truckee at STHS.

“I have never heard of that in high school tennis before, to not make a single mistake is pretty rare,” said STHS Kyle Horvath. “This big victory wasn’t because the other team was playing bad. My kids today we’re just playing their top tennis and it was good to see.”

Zach Kropf and Rodrigo Bravo each won two singles matches, while the doubles team of Nick Smith and Tyler Venema won three matches. Freshman Derek Garofalos won a third-round singles match 6-1, and the doubles teams of Nik Noomen and Sean Brower and Nick Kushner and Michael Weber combined for three victories.

Darius Guerrero and Jordan Zaeger won their third-round match 6-4, while David Stewart and Donnie Goodyear posted a 6-3 victory to record their first win of their high school careers. The 14-point margin was the Vikings’ most lopsided of the season and it ensured South Tahoe will be the Sierra League’s No. 3 at next week’s Northern 4A regional team tournament.

The Vikings (7-3 overall, 5-2 league) will play on Tuesday at the High Desert League’s No. 2 seed, which will likely be McQueen. Regardless of how the team does on Tuesday, STHS coach Kyle Horvath said the Vikings have qualified two singles and two doubles teams to the Northern 4A regional individual tournament, scheduled for the following week.

Horvath said Roberts and Kropf will be South Tahoe’s singles representatives in the individual tournament. Smith and Venema and Noomen and Brower will be the two doubles teams.

Vikings sweep Panthers

Christina Baghdikian had nine kills and Chelsea Madsen added five more as the South Tahoe volleyball team cruised to a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 Sierra League win over North Valleys on Thursday in Reno. Hillary Santana led the way defensively with 13 digs and Nikki Karetov contributed five kills.

The Vikings (6-10 overall, 2-4 league) continue league play next week with games against Hug and Damonte Ranch.

Vikings go into playoffs with eight straight wins

The South Tahoe girls reeled off their eighth straight tennis victory with a regular-season-ending 13-5 victory at Truckee on Thursday.

Doubles partners Jenny Schmedes and Chela Wahl won their matches 6-1 and 6-0, while Cierra Rawlings and Lauren Sannazzaro cruised 6-4 and 6-3. More doubles success came from Savannah Cherry and Kenzie Usher as they won 6-3 and 7-6.

Singles star Masha Long claimed her only match 6-0.

“I’m pleased with the way the girls have been playing and I think they are ready for next week,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen.

STHS, 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Sierra Division, will enter the playoffs as a No. 2 seed and play host to an undetermined opponent on Tuesday.

Vikings to test waters at Stanford

Saturday is a big-time day for the STHS girls’ cross country team. No, it’s not the homecoming dance; it’s time for the Stanford Invitational.

Four nationally ranked teams will be at the meet, including No. 2 Corona, and the Vikings have a chance to make a move in the regional and national polls. Reno will also compete.

“Our race will be the biggest next to (Nike Team Nationals) that we’ve ever raced,” said STHS coach Dan Wilvers. “We’ll have no excuses about our national standing after this one.

“We seem healthy and I think we’re ready.”

The Vikings’ boys team will also compete in the meet, which gets underway at 9 a.m.

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