STHS boys clinch No. 2 seed
Anthony DeMarta’s return to the lineup made a big difference as the senior midfielder scored a hat trick and the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team posted a 4-2 Sierra League victory over North Valleys on Saturday in Reno. DeMarta, who missed Wednesday’s game against Carson, scored two goals in the first half, including a penalty kick in the 22nd minute that opened the scoring.
Despite the decent showing from his team, coach Chris DeLeon was concerned with the Vikings’ overall play against a non-playoff team.
“It was just a frustrating game,” DeLeon said. “We did not have our chemistry. I don’t know if we took them for granted. Maybe we weren’t focused, but they took us out of our game.”
After North Valleys scored to make it 2-1 before halftime, DeMarta added his third goal in the 48th minute to give his team a 3-1 lead. Brian Walker, playing for Ian Chandler on the right side of the midfield, made it 4-1 in the 57th minute when he blasted a shot that bounced off the bar and then he followed his own shot and scored on his second attempt. Chandler, a regular for the Vikings, missed the game due to sickness.
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The Panthers added another goal in the 62nd minute when the game was out of reach. The Vikings (15-4-2 overall, 10-2-1 league) have now clinched a No. 2 seed for the Northern 4A playoffs, which start on Saturday. Carson clinched the regular-season title with its 6-0 win over Wooster on Saturday.
STHS girls closer to No. 2 seed
A relatively sluggish performance was outweighed by an improved playoff position as the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team beat North Valleys 2-0 in a Sierra League game on Saturday in Reno. Coming off an emotionally-charged 3-2 loss to league champion Carson last Tuesday, the Vikings used goals from Cassidy Berg and Karli Vath to shut out the Panthers.
“Overall, we didn’t play our best game,” said STHS first-year coach Clint Lockhart. “We worked on a lot of stuff that we’ve been practicing on, stuff we need to do before the playoffs.”
Kelsi Buts and Jamie Morris assisted on the two goals for South Tahoe (16-2-3 overall, 9-2-3 league), which can clinch a No. 2 seed in the Northern 4A playoffs with a win at Hug on Tuesday or a Reno loss at Carson on Tuesday. The Vikings hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Huskies (9-2-3) by virtue of their 1-0-1 head-to-head record against them.
Warriors struggle to score on road
Based on the shots that Whittell High took on goal on Friday and Saturday, the Warriors could have come away with a weekend sweep of Lowry and Spring Creek.
Instead the Warriors wound up on the short end of a pair of one-goal verdicts.
“Soccer is one of the only games you can dominate and lose,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “When don’t have time to shoot we take too long, and when we have time we rush our shot.”
Maltase said his Warriors outshot Lowry 20-5 in a 2-1 defeat on Friday. Whittell’s only goal came on a Christian Hernandez penalty kick in the closing minutes.
The Warriors also couldn’t find the net until the final minutes in 3-2 defeat at Spring Creek on Saturday.
Senior Kyle Kjer tallied his first high school goal on a rebound shot and Gabe Camargo scored off a cornerkick as both goals came in the final three minutes.
Spring Creek took a 1-0 lead just minutes into the game and enjoyed a 2-0 halftime lead after capitalizing on a breakaway goal just before intermission.
Whittell will wrap up the regular season with three games in four days. The Warriors play host to Quincy at 3 p.m. today before concluding Northern 3A Sierra Division play with a home game against North Tahoe on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and a road match with Sparks on Thursday.
“The season boils down to this week,” said Maltase, whose Warriors (7-13-1) trail fourth-place Sparks by two points.
Last Wednesday, the Warriors played more varsity players than previously planned in a 5-1 victory over Portola in Zephyr Cove.
Maltase used a mix of varsity and JV players since the varsity had been idle since Oct. 10
Kirk Baines scored twice and Mike Ferrante assisted on two goals for the Warriors. Also, Camargo collected an assist and a goal and Jeremy and John Paul Dominguez each deposited shots into the net.
WHS girls split on the road
Tierney McKool scored two goals, while Hannah Daly and Megan Alexander each added another as the Whittell girls’ soccer team posted a 4-1 nonleague victory over Lowry on Friday in Winnemucca. Sasha Rupp and Alexander both had assists for the Warriors, who also played a nonleague game at Spring Creek on Saturday.
Against the Spartans, Whittell was caught off guard when Spring Creek’s first shot on goal in the second minute bounced off the cross bar and into the net. The Warriors proceeded to take 18 shots on goal but couldn’t find the net against the 3A Sagebrush League’s first-place team.
Whittell (12-6) hosts 3A Sierra League opponent North Tahoe on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors conclude the league season at Sparks on Thursday.
WHS sends seniors out on top
Kendra Koskin had a team-high nine kills and eight aces as the Whittell volleyball team completed its fourth consecutive undefeated league season with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-12 Northern 2A victory over Silver Stage on Saturday in Silver Springs. In limited action, Jessica Woods, Kelly Karmann and Jordan Reeder combined for 13 kills and five aces for the Warriors, who have gone 48-0 in league play during Woods’ and Karmann’s careers at the school.
Junior Brittany Makara added seven assists, while senior Alana Mozley contributed four kills for Whittell. The Warriors (23-8 overall, 8-0 league) host North Tahoe on Tuesday and South Tahoe on Wednesday before the Northern 2A playoffs begin on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
Also for the third consecutive year, the Whittell JV team won the Northern 2A regular season title.
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