Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor |

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

As it was Wednesday in Reno, the Vikings had so much motivation that Jon Gruden couldn’t have fired them up any more. Three different Vikings scored in a 3-0 romp over the Panthers to clinch their second straight Nevada 4A Sierra Division title.

As a result, the Vikings (9-0-2 in division play and 17-0-2 overall) will enter the Nov. 2 regional tournament as one of two No. 1 seeds. They will play the fourth seed from the High Desert Division, which appears to be Fallon.

“They weren’t convinced that we were better than Carson the first time we played them, so there was a lot of motivation,” said STHS coach Joe Winters. “This was a pretty satisfying win.”

Making the win more satisfying was the fact that the Vikings showed diversity on offense while top goal scorer Alex Torres played the role of decoy.

Leon Abravanel opened the scoring 9 minutes into the match, burning the defense before scorching a shot just inside the near post from six yards out.

Sophomore Corey Vermillion gave the Vikings a 2-0 halftime lead, taking a long pass from Jordan Boles and flicking over the head of the goalkeeper.

“Corey’s had a great year for a sophomore,” Winters said. “He’s a workhorse and he’s doing the right things.”

The Vikings capped the scoring halfway through the second half when Enrique Avina took a feed from Noe Estrada and blasted a shot off the back of North Valleys’ player’s head and into the net.

“We played more as a team and spread out their defense more than when we played the first time,” said Winters, referring back to the 1-1 tie a month and a half ago. “Last time we let them pack it in.”

STHS plays at Carson on Tuesday to conclude the regular season.

Key division match for STHS spikers today

Behind the all-around play of Cindy Davis and Rachel Hankoff, the South Tahoe High Vikings’ volleyball team downed Reed 15-6, 15-11, 15-5 Tuesday in Sparks.

Davis delivered 14 digs, 11 service points, three service aces and 10 kills while Hankoff provided 18 digs, 16 service points and 14 digs.

The wins sets up a key match tonight in Carson City, with the Vikings (8-3) playing the Senators (9-2) for second place in the Sierra Division.

Brittney Valenzuela collected 16 digs and 15 service points for the Vikings, and Angela Urreaga chipped in 10 service points and eight digs.

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