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South Tahoe girls close regular season with soccer win

by dan thomas

South Tahoe High’s girls closed their regular soccer season on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at Fallon, as the Vikings prepared for the postseason.

Senior Jen Hamm scored two goals – and has four in the past three games – for South Tahoe and Reggie Braun added another for the Vikings, who improved to 7-4-7 on the season. South Tahoe long ago locked up fourth place in Northern Nevada 4A Division II, finishing with 25 points, 12 more than the host Greenwave.

“The girls played a really great game,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser. “We’re just really focusing on zone right now. Every touch is a touch for zone, so we’re really going to focus on winning that first game to take us into the state championship. They played the game of soccer they knew how to play, and I was really proud of them.”



The Vikings most likely will travel to Reed for the first round of zone, which begins on Nov. 2. The Raiders are the top team from Division I of the Northern Nevada 4A league, with a 12-1-3 overall record. South Tahoe and Reed battled to a 4-4 tie when the teams met in a non-division game Aug. 31 at South Tahoe Middle School.

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Fallon’s Greenwave swept South Tahoe’s visiting Vikings volleyball squad away on Tuesday, finishing off South Tahoe with a three-game win.

“We played them much better than we did last time,” Vikings head coach Gary Hankoff said after his team dropped a 15-8, 15-5, 15-10 match to first-place Fallon. “We had them in a lot of respects, but our defense really hurt us tonight.”

Fallon junior middle Jen Hucke showed why many regard her as the best player in the division, leading the Greenwave. Fallon improved to 16-1 on the season, and has a stranglehold on first place in the division, ahead of Carson and Reno, both 12-3.

“She’s for real,” Hankoff said.

South Tahoe’s younger players, though, responded to the challenge. Despite playing ill, sophomore setter Jessica Urreaga played what Hankoff called her best game, and Heather Roderick made several digs against Fallon’s big-hitting front line. Jessica Dilegame had four kills with a limited number of sets, and senior Chantelle Young got into the mix, leading South Tahoe with 16 kills.

South Tahoe dropped to 7-9, and is out of the zone playoff race, but Hankoff’s goal is for his squad to improve to .500. The Vikings return to action today when they travel to Reno for a 6 p.m. game, and wind up the season at 6 p.m. at home on Thursday against Reed.


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