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STHS alums play roles in college football

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Reserve linebacker Nick Garratt received playing time in top-ranked USC’s 47-14 dismantling of Washington State on Saturday.

The ex-STHS football player has been performing on special teams.

USC (3-0) plays at Washington on Saturday.

Garratt isn’t the only former Viking still playing collegiate football. Adam Fountain, a junior, is a starting lineman at Humboldt State; Brandon Tinlin, a senior, is a backup tight end at Iowa State; Mike Van Gorden is playing wide receiver at Azusa Pacific; running back Grant Swinney is a freshman walk-on at Humboldt State and freshman tailback Kyle Jones is a member of the Southern Oregon State program.

Tinlin participated in Iowa State’s heartbreaking 36-35 loss to Toledo last Saturday. The Cyclones (1-3) play at Nebraska on Saturday.

Fountain and Swinney’s Jacks won their first game of the season with a 44-7 trouncing of Menlo College. Humboldt State forced six turnovers.

Jones’ Raiders won a 34-27 thriller at Willamette on Saturday in Salem, Ore.

Carson High product Shane Van Zant scored the deciding touchdown with 11 minutes remaining on a two-yard run. It was Van Zant’s first score of the season.

Jones last played for the Vikings in 2004 and is living out a dream of playing college football.

“It’s definitely a good feeling playing football again. The first couple of weeks of camp seemed surreal to me,” he said. “I’d been trying to play football since I got out of high school and I am finally situated in a program that is growing and growing.”

Jones said if he doesn’t see any action on special teams, he will redshirt.

“I am just trying to work my way through the mix,” he said. “There is a lot of good competition, especially at the running back position, but I have confidence in myself. Basically, I am just working my butt off trying to get on the special team’s unit.”

Jones has added incentive to play as soon as possible because the Raiders (2-2) travel to Azusa Pacific for their next game on Oct. 6. Van Gorden, a sophomore with AP, and Jones were teammates with the Vikings.

Pekar, Wallace debut with wins

Miles Wallace and Elliot Pekar made successful college wrestling debuts last weekend in Sacramento.

Both former Viking wrestlers won their first college matches in a tournament at Sacramento City College.

Pekar, a state finalist during his senior year at South Tahoe, continued on to the finish fourth in his weight class.

Bettencourt’s team is 8-5

Former South Tahoe High volleyball player Jessica Bettencourt is giving the Seattle Pacific University team valuable minutes.

Bettencourt had four blocks and a kill in the Falcons’ 30-20, 30-23 and 30-25 win over St. Martin on Saturday night in Lacey, Wash.

The win raised Seattle Pacific’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference record to 3-2 and overall mark to 8-5.

Earlier in the week, Bettencourt contributed four kills and a block in a three-game loss to conference leading Western Oregon.

Valiants struggle to score

Manhattanville College continues to struggle to find its scoring touch, but South Tahoe High grads Cybil Robinson and Bailey Flood are doing their parts to end the drought.

Flood had two shots on goal last Tuesday in a 0-0 women’s soccer tie with Drew. The tie ended a seven-match losing streak.

Robinson, who has scored Manhattanville’s two goals this season, recorded five of the six Valiant shots in a 3-0 defeat to unbeaten New York University on Friday. The teams were tied at the half.

The Valiants haven’t scored since a match on Sept. 5.

Pioneers upset No. 22 Huskies

University of Denver men’s soccer team upset No. 22 Washington 4-1 on Friday night at the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle.

Leon Abravanel, who played for STHS’s 2003 state soccer champions, is a reserve midfielder on Denver’s squad.

“The way the team played tonight provides a giant step as a program,” said Denver coach Bobby Muuss on the school’s Website.

Despite a 2-1 loss to Portland on Saturday, the Pioneers were awarded the tournament title because of a better goal differential out of four teams tied with a 1-1 record.

Denver (4-3) will open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play against defending conference champion New Mexico on Oct. 5 in Albuquerque.

Woods’ team drops two matches

After starting Horizon League play with two wins, the Wright State Raiders came back to .500 following road defeats at UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee last weekend.

Woods, a freshman from Whittell High in Zephyr Cove, had three kills, two assists and eight digs in a 30-22, 30-19 and 30-21 setback to Green Bay on Friday.

On Saturday, Woods delivered a key kill that put the Raiders ahead of league-leading Milwaukee 13-11 in the first game. But Milwaukee came back to win 30-25 and followed up with 30-23 and 30-25 triumphs for a three-game sweep. Woods stepped up her play with 17 digs, six kills and an ace and assist.

Wright State (4-11 overall and 2-2 in the Horizon League) heads to Xavier for a nonconference match today.

Lawrence debuts for Huskies

Mel Lawrence, one of the top runners to ever come out of Northern Nevada, debuted at Washington with a third-place finish.

The former Reno Huskies’ competitor helped Washington win the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

Lawrence was one of three Huskies to break 21 minutes in the 6-kilometer race. She was timed in 20 minutes, 58 seconds. Teammates Anita Campbell and Katie Follett were timed in 20:20 and 20:37, respectively. The previous meet record was 20:50.

Lawrence’s next meet is Saturday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore.

Editor’s note: If a Whittell or South Tahoe graduate is playing a collegiate sport somewhere and hasn’t been mentioned, please let the Tribune know by phoning (530) 542-8010 or by e-mail to

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