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South Tahoe netters coming together

South Tahoe girls tennis is beginning to gel as a unit now. The Vikings picked up a convincing win over Wooster, 13-9.

Almost every member of the team proved to be a winner as STHS got its first league win of the season.

The duo of Kelly Haslem and Shawna Hixenbaugh led the charge with three doubles wins. Larissa LaRue, Sam Crosson and the doubles team of Kristin Kirkland and Saleene Hancock all won two of their three matches.



The surprise win for the Vikings was from the duo of Sarah Segal and Carla Jett Pearce, who got their first triumph of the season.

“We’re really excited about their win,” said Vikings coach Debbie Matthews.




Whittell running down the Incline

The Warriors had their first home cross country meet of the season when they hosted Incline High on Tuesday. They almost pulled out a win, falling by only four points. Incline scored 25 points, while Whittell had 29.

“They have Drew Castleberry, who’s probably going to win state,” Warrior head coach Brian Rippet said. “I told the guys that we have split the one-two spots and Jarret did that for us.”

Jarret Guajardo was the top finisher for the Warriors with his second-place time of 21 minutes, 44 seconds.

Incline’s runners then finished third and fourth, while the Warriors had the next three runners at fifth through eighth.

Brian Beebe came in fifth with a time of 24.10, followed by a pair of freshman, Justin Alexander (24.18) and Michael Chilton (24.24).

Daniel Wines probably had the best finish of the race when he closed the 30-second gap between himself and the runner in front of him to about 2 seconds with only 30 yards to go.

“We didn’t know if he needed to pass him or not at the time,” Rippet said. “But, as it turns out, he needed to beat him and another guy for us to win. We only lost by 20 seconds.”

The Warriors will hit the trails at South Tahoe on Friday.

STHS netters win two in a row

The Viking boys tennis team is winning with authority now. South Tahoe handed Wooster a sound 16 to 6 defeat at Wooster on Tuesday.

Head coach Pat Fagen used the match as an opportunity to play some of his substitute players. Brendan McGraw and Sean Nelson earned their first varsity wins.

“I was very pleased with their wins,” Fagen said.

Continuing his dominant play was Graham St. Michel, who remained undefeated on the season with his singles win. Mikey Ledesma and Garrett Moulton, the No. 3 doubles team, pulled out three wins, beating the Colts’ No. 1, 2, 3 teams.

Jason Scott and Chris Stamey also pulled the hat trick by winning all of their matches.

“I had the chance to play everyone,” Fagen said. “And they all performed, which was great to see.

“I was very proud of the way the team is playing and coming along.”

Viking spikers go to the wire with Douglas

Gary Hankoff was pleased with the way his young team performed against the Tigers, taking them to five games before finally succumbing 15-13, 3-15, 15-13, 7-15, 11-15 at home Tuesday.

“I thought we had them in the fifth game,” Hankoff said. “We gave them a big-time scare.”

The Vikings were slowed by some injuries, with the most notable being Jessica Dilegame being hindered by a tender groin that limited her to only eight kills for the match.

“It was really affecting her game tonight,” Hankoff said. “She couldn’t play the back line like she normally does.”

But where Dilegame was suffering, others picked up theirs. Jessica Urreaga and Rachel Hankoff had spectacular matches. Urreaga had 18 assists, while Hankoff lead the team in kills with 14.

“Jessica had the best game. She served 100 percent for us with three aces,” Hankoff said. ” She helped us a ton.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Vikings when Carson comes to town on Friday.


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