Sign of a special time goes up at STMS
Not that anybody has had enough time to forget them yet, but the 2003 South Tahoe High Vikings’ soccer team is now assured of being forever remembered on the South Shore.
With help from various local businesses, including two major contributors, the program’s only soccer state championship was recognized Tuesday during a small ceremony Tuesday at the South Tahoe Middle School soccer field. Two signs, one acknowledging the Vikings’ Nevada 4A state soccer championship in 2003, and another showing Caro Construction and Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic were unveiled at the south end of the field. The two businesses made substantial donations toward the $2,500 project.
“Tahoe Fracture has always been real supportive of the local community and of soccer in particular,” said assistant coach Ed McClain, who assumed a large part of the fundraising duties. “They are amazing. They’ve always been willing to give back to youth athletics.”
Several members of last year’s team, which went 22-0-1 and defeated Centennial of Las Vegas 2-0 in the title game, attended Tuesday’s ceremony. Leon Abravanel and Alex Torres, the two goal scorers in the game, were among those who showed.
“It was really nice to talk to all the kids again, see what they are up to and how they are doing,” said Joe Winters, the Vikings’ long-time coach who retired before this past season. “It’s always nice to have something like that to be remembered by. It was a special group.”
Winters compiled a 169-34-26 record during his nine years with the program. The two signs are placed below a new scoreboard that has also been added to the middle school field, where South Tahoe High School’s soccer teams play their homes games. The middle school was responsible for purchasing the new scoreboard.