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South Tahoe unbeatable in Madness in Mountains

Steve Yingling

High school basketball still is six months away, but South Tahoe’s club team’s already in midseason form.

South Tahoe’s Basketball Club, comprised of South Tahoe High varsity players, split into two squads and won all 12 of their games to claim the Madness in the Mountains championship last weekend in South Lake Tahoe.

“We’re doing well in May, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do well in December,” said South Tahoe club coach Tom Orlich.

South Tahoe’s varsity starters won all six of their games by 11 or more points. On Friday, South Tahoe rocked Rocklin, Calif., 72-40. On Saturday, South Tahoe rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to whip North Salinas, 53-42; then won a physical 53-42 battle with Los Banos, Calif.; and thumped Everett Alvarez of Salinas, 60-41. On Sunday, Orlich said his club elevated its play in trouncing Foothill, Calif., 68-44 and Pacific Grove, last year’s California Division IV champions, 74-52.

Orlich lauded the play of Josh David, Travis McCollum, Tim Sprinkles, Billy Doughty, Matt Williams, Adam Williams and Andy Butcher.

“Everybody in the tournament had their moments. I kind of liked what our second group did, and Tim Sprinkles had a lot to do with it,” Orlich said.

If Orlich was looking for a tight game, maybe he should have matched his first and second teams against one another.

South Tahoe’s second team cruised past Lone Pine, San Marin, Homestead, St. Helena, Dublin and Smith Valley.

“We’ve never been this good with our second group. It’s a testament to our depth,” Orlich said.

Orlich was concerned that the tournament being canceled on Friday as the Tahoe Basin experienced snowshowers.

“I was sitting around on Friday afternoon and it started to cloud up as usual. A lot of teams hit some trouble at the summit, but once they got over it, they said it was fine,” Orlich said.

South Tahoe is also off to fast start in the varsity and junior varsity Nike League in Reno. South Tahoe’s varsity routed Carson by 26 points last Thursday while the JV trounced Hug’s JV by 32 last Wednesday.

The pace doesn’t let up this week as South Tahoe’s JV hosts a 10- to 15-team tournament Friday through Sunday. The varsity will play in the Foothill Tournament in Sacramento this weekend and travel to a tournament at Sierra College the following weekend.

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