South Tahoe soccer splits Douglas doubleheader |

South Tahoe soccer splits Douglas doubleheader

Dan Thomas

Five minutes of offensive production plus 80 minutes of tough defense equaled a soccer victory for South Tahoe’s boys Saturday.

The Vikings scored two goals five minutes apart and shut down the Douglas offense to beat the Tigers 2-0 and stay undefeated. South Tahoe’s boys concluded a home doubleheader with the girls teams on a winning note.

“We were all hustling and going hard,” said Vikings senior co-captain Paul Wilson, a midfielder. “We’d been practicing hard and wanted to win.”

South Tahoe scored twice in less than five minutes of the first half. Miguel Jiminez and Chris McKean pressured a loose ball in front of the Douglas goal, forcing a bad clear that ricocheted back into the net for a Douglas own-goal in the 18th minute. Five minutes later, Wilson crossed the ball to South Tahoe midfielder David Brown, who juggled it, then headed it in, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead.

“I just put my leg out and caught it,” said Brown, one of the team’s 12 seniors. Brown finished a big week Saturday after scoring one of South Tahoe’s goals in a 2-2 tie at McQueen on Wednesday and assisting on the other.

The Vikings took the 2-0 lead into halftime, then dominated possession throughout the second half. Douglas managed just three shots in the final 40 minutes, as the midfielders and backs kept the Tigers from challenging second-half keeper Pat Reardon.

“The guys came out pumped and they knew they had to,” said South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters, whose Vikings improved to 8-0-2 overall (3-0-2 in Northern Nevada 4A league play) with Saturday’s win.

“It’s just that desire to get in there and put a lot of pressure on them, and it paid off in that first goal,” Winters said. “We dominated the second half, and we felt they realized things weren’t clicking for them today.”

Winters played all 20 eligible Vikings on his roster, and every one contributed in handing Douglas (3-1-1) its first loss of the season. Brown, Wilson and Victor Gonzales keyed a midfield unit that won the majority of the game’s 50-50 balls, while Steve Fruitman, Gregg Hamm, Ryan Daugherty and Jon McKean settled the defense. Winters had to reach further down the bench than usual, without the services of Hank Ketelsen and Carlos Davila – who missed the entire game with injuries – and without Chris McKean, who sustained a collarbone injury during the game and did not return.

South Tahoe’s boys stay home for their next game, a 3:30 p.m. Wednesday matchup with Hug at South Tahoe Middle School. Winters said the Vikings have things to work on in practice, but Wilson anticipates they’ll be prepared.

“We’re ready for anybody,” he said.

Douglas girls 6, South Tahoe 0

On Saturday, South Tahoe’s girls gave up as many goals – six – in their first loss of the season as they did in their previous three games.

Douglas High’s relentless offense produced two scores in the game’s first 15 minutes, then added four more after halftime to take a 6-0 win over South Tahoe. The Vikings dropped to 2-1-1 with their first loss of the season in the first half of Saturday’s soccer doubleheader.

“We got a big ol’ piece of humble pie,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser, whose Vikings gave up four second-half goals as Douglas’s counterattack broke the game open.

“They were a very solid team,” she said. “Their passing was incredible.”

Douglas scored first, scored early, and scored often, and helped create two South Tahoe own-goals. Abby Aldrich put the Tigers up 1-0, then Sarah Shearer helped create South Tahoe’s first own-goal. The Tigers scored both early, and seemed to unsettle South Tahoe.

“We really were watching them play the game,” Peyser said.

South Tahoe nearly got into the game in the second half, though. With the Vikings trailing 2-0, a Douglas foul set up a penalty kick in front of the Douglas goal, to the right in the 51st minute, but senior Jen Hamm was wide right. That was one of only four scoring opportunities the Vikings would muster in the half.

Two minutes after the penalty kick, Douglas started to put the game away. Julia Spaulding dribbled around the left side of South Tahoe’s goal, away from the defense, then launched a bending kick over keeper Sarah Junge, into the right side of Tahoe’s net. Douglas went up 4-0 10 minutes later, when Stephanie Webb forced Tahoe’s second own-goal. The Tigers took advantage of a collision that left Junge prostrated in front of the goal, and Shearer made it 5-0 off an assist from Jessica Haltom while Junge was on the ground. Douglas closed out the game’s scoring with just under 8 minutes to go, when Spaulding kicked in her second off an assist from Webb.

“We’ve got to focus,” said South Tahoe senior Tirah Samura, who added Douglas always has been a good team. “We’ve got to put this behind us.”

Douglas remained undefeated, improving to 5-0. South Tahoe returns to practice in preparation for a 3:30 p.m. match Tuesday against Hug at South Tahoe Middle School.

“I really think it’s what we needed,” Peyser said. “We really did need to know that we have weaknesses. It’s good to be humble.”

Whittell boys go 1-3 in Del Camp tourney

Whittell’s boys still represented the smallest school in the Del Campo Classic on Friday and Saturday in Del Campo, Calif., but improved over last year.

The Warriors finished 1-3 in pool play going against some schools nearly 10 times Whittell’s size. Whittell tied just one game in last year’s Del Campo tourney. With approximately 240 players, Whittell, by far, was the smallest school in the 40-team field.

“We did well,” said head coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors still are 5-3 against 3A competition this year. “All the teams there are … 1,500-2,000 kids.”

Whitell carried a 0-0 tie with Ponderosa into the final two minutes of the first game before an own-goal gave Ponderosa the win. Forest Lake beat Whittell 2-0 in the second game, and the Warriors dropped their third game to host Del Campo after giving up three first-half goals.

But in the final contest, Whittell knocked off Oakmont – which tied the pool’s top two teams – 1-0. Oscar Sanchez scored off the deflection of a Chris Markh shot to give Whittell the win.

“Despite losing three of four games, it was a great learning experience, and we were really competitive in all the games,” Maltase said. “We stepped it up a little bit. We learned a lot and we worked on some things.”

South Tahoe returns home to resume its 3A schedule Tuesday. The Warriors play host to Quincy at 5 p.m.

Cross country:

South Tahoe boys stride, girls strive at Reed meet

If South Tahoe’s boys can duplicate Friday’s effort on the state meet course when zone and state roll around, the Vikings may be a force to contend with.

The Viking boys took an early look at the zone and state courses at Reed High School on their trip to the Reed Invitational. The varsity boys posted a second-place finish, while the JV squad was first in their division. Even without some key runners at the meet, South Tahoe’s top five nearly matched the top five from meet champion Reno, finishing just 37 points behind.

“I think Reno is the team to beat at this point, and they were missing one of their top guys as well,” said South Tahoe head coach Dominique Westlake. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Cory Martin was South Tahoe’s top individual finisher, finishing the 5K course seventh overall, in 17 minutes, 59 seconds, while Manuel Lomeli was 10th in 19:05. Grant Carter was 11th, in 18:05. Jeff Cosmi was 25th, Jeff Koeck 55th and Steven Moore 60th for South Tahoe, which was second out of 31 teams at the meet. South Tahoe finished 83 points ahead of its nearest competitor, third-place Spring Creek.

“I’m really happy for these guys,” Westlake said.

Westlake anticipates better things may lie ahead for South Tahoe’s boys: While Reno has been training all summer and shouldn’t get much faster, Tahoe’s times continue to improve.

“(That) 37 points is not insurmountable, by any means, in cross country,” Westlake said.

The junior varsity boys took first out of the seven JV squads at the meet. Chris Cosmi was fourth, Sean Pawling fifth, both less than a minute off the top time, which Sergio Calvillo set for Carson. Aston Wilcox was ninth and Justin Good 25th for South Tahoe, which had three more runners in the top 40.

While the boys were making a statement, South Tahoe’s girls continued to make strides.

“The girls, to me, are really where I want them to be,” said coach Kathy Bluethman.

The Viking girls finished 10th in the meet, with sophomore Marin St. Michel leading the way. St. Michel shook off the last effects of a cold to finish the race 27th in the big-school league, 37th overall. Her time of 24:11 was 3:26 off the pace of winner Tatyana Tibaduiza of Galena High School. St. Michel led teammates Lisa Orr, Cecilia Cuevas and Iris Ott into the top 50 league finishes, while Beth Kirkland, Norma Olivas and Rachel Romero also finished for South Tahoe.

“I think we did really well,” Bluethman said. “They did better than last week.”

Still, South Tahoe’s biggest competition may not be on the cross country course.

“If I can get these girls to stop playing youth soccer, we’d be screamin’,” Bluethman said.

The new runners on South Tahoe’s junior varsity also had a strong showing: Erica Zampardo, a freshman, was fourth-fastest overall and second among big-school runners, finishing the meet in 18 minutes, 1 second, less than a minute off the winning time Kara Concha set for Reno. Katie Sheehan was fifth overall, leading teammates Crystal Plotner, Norin Cuevas, Mindy Manglinong and Megan Meagher into the top 50 league finishes.

The meet provided both varsity and JV runners a preview of the zone championship course.

“Every girl who raced, they liked it,” Bluethman said. “It’s not a tough course.”

South Tahoe’s boys and girls continue their schedule Wednesday at the Carson Invitational, then travel to the Nevada Union Invitational on Saturday in Grass Valley, Calif.

Whittell on track for zone-championship mission after Reed meet

The small squad of cross country runners Whittell High brought to Friday’s Reed Invitational showed coach Anthony Davis the team is on track.

“Reed went very well for us,” Davis said. “We are definitely on track for a great season. Overall, as a team, we ran very well.”

Davis and his young Warriors have targeted the Division II championship for the last year Whittell competes in Northern Nevada’s 3A classification.

Whittell took three girls to the meet, not enough to compete as a team. But junior Arlyle Shaw was the top finisher for the Warriors, finishing the 2.3-mile course in 20 minutes, 12 seconds, good for 33rd place overall. Senior Nichole Wasson was 72nd, with a 22:42 in her first race of the season, while sophomore Ingrid Manzano earned Davis’s most valuable runner award, finishing in 25:23, but raising her level of performance to come in 86th.

Whittell’s boys had the opportunity to test themselves against northern Nevada’s big schools. The primary competition for the Warriors, Bishop Manogue, came in ahead of Whittell, with 269 points, compared with Whittell’s 404.

“That’s round one,” Davis said. “As our mission goes, we are definitely on track.”

Sophomore Chad Gerken was Whittell’s top male runner, coming in 28th overall, finishing in 19:16. Classmate Ben Johnson was 43rd, finishing in 19:51. Sophomore Argenis Flores was 74th in his first-ever high school meet, finishing in 20:43. Freshmen Jarret Guajardo and Daniel Wines were 142nd and 168th, respectively.

“I’m looking for some great things out of these two kids,” Davis said. “Overall, we accomplished a lot of things we wanted to accomplish at this meet.”

Whittell’s schedule continues with a dual meet against North Tahoe at 3 p.m. Friday at Whittell. On Saturday, the team travels to the Nevada Union Invitational in Grass Valley, Calif.


Elko def. South Tahoe, 3-1

South Tahoe’s marathon road trip to Elko ended in the first defeat of the year for the Vikings after four marathon games Saturday.

The experienced Indians exposed South Tahoe’s inexperience in some positions, winning 15-12, 11-15, 15-13, 16-14.

“All the games were really close, with lots of lead changes,” said South Tahoe head coach Gary Hankoff. “It was actually pretty exciting. They were all nail-biters.

Co-captains Chantelle Young and Courtney Wilson were solid for South Tahoe, but could not win the Vikings the match. South Tahoe fell to 2-1 on the season after taking their first two matches at home.

“Elko’s a really good team. They returned everybody. I knew they were going to be tough, and much-improved over last year. They should definitely be a contender in their division next year.”

“We probably should have won, but we definitely didn’t have it,” Hankoff said. “They were definitely the better team.”

South Tahoe’s schedule continues Tuesday, when the Vikings hit the road for a 3:45 p.m. game with Hug.

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