South Lake Tahoe U-12 boys team wins in AYSO Come up For Air tournament |

South Lake Tahoe U-12 boys team wins in AYSO Come up For Air tournament

Michael Traum

The Donkeys came out kicking.

In fact, the South Lake Tahoe under-12 boys team, coached by Steve Head, kicked its way to a tournament win in the AYSO Come Up For Air tournament this weekend in Lake Tahoe. The Donkeys were the only local team that won a title, according to tournament director Jodie Boles.

Playing games on nearly every available stretch of grass in town, the Donkeys ended the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Winters, Calif., on Sunday at Kahle Community Park. Down 1-0, Isaiah Mason booted home the neutralizer and the half ended 1-1. Alex Torrez put the Donkeys in the winner’s circle with a goal in the second half, as the Tahoe team avenged an earlier season championship game loss to Winters at the Memorial Day Weekend event in Davis. The Donkeys finished the weekend at 5-1.

“We got some revenge,” said Head, who will step down as an AYSO coach. “The kids played great. It’s a very, very good team. They’ve been playing together now for the last four or five years. They’ve outgrown me now and they’re going to get another coach. Maybe this was a going away gift.”

Just two other Tahoe teams finished in the top four.

The South Lake Tahoe Net Rippers, a girls under-12 team, and the South Lake Tahoe Splash, under-10, both finished fourth.

More than 800 kids representing 56 teams and three age groups attended the tournament from California and Nevada locations, including Southern California, the Bay Area and Carson City, Boles said.

“It’s a real strong tournament. The kids had a lot of fun and everybody wants to come to Tahoe. Most of them said they wanted to come back next year,” she said.

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