Six South Tahoe girls make all-league team
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
It’s tough to imagine South Tahoe High’s Randy Volkmar being disappointed about placing six players on the Sierra Division’s first and second teams. After all, the Vikings tied with division champion Douglas for the most selections on the two teams. But Volkmar thought South Tahoe should’ve had one more first- teamer.
“I was surprised Bailey Flood wasn’t on the first team for defender,” Volkmar said of his sophomore stopper. “It’s really an inexact science. The voting process is kind of odd, but I thought all the girls were deserving of what they got. You never know with these things.”
Although Flood, who established herself among the best defenders in the division, wasn’t selected to either team, the Vikings had plenty of others who were. Senior midfielders Nolie Pierini, who led the team in scoring, and Megan Roberto made the first team, while junior forwards Luanna Brinkley and Ashley McGehee were picked to the second team. Senior defender Colleen Sheehan, who typically marked the opposing team’s best forward from her left back position, also made the second team. Pierini, Roberto and Flood were the team’s tri-captains.
“Nolie was our leading scorer and Megan Roberto was our team leader and captain,” Volkmar said. “I think we were well-represented. That’s the best way I can put it.”
Sophomore goalie Ellie Vermillion, senior Rachel Ward and freshman forward Karli Vath were all honorable mention selections.
The Vikings finished the season 9-4-1 and advanced to the Northern 4A semifinals, where the lost to McQueen 1-0 on a late goal. It was only the second time since 1996 that South Tahoe advanced out of the first round of the zone tournament.
“The girls were able to get a taste of zone and of winning that first game and playing in the semifinals,” Volkmar said. “They saw how intense and fast those games are and I think we’ll have a strong team next year.”