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STHS boys tennis clinches home playoff berth

Jeremy Evans

The South Tahoe High boys’ tennis team had to overcome plenty of obstacles in the 2007 season. Despite all the challenges, the Vikings are hosting a Northern 4A regional tournament match for the second consecutive season.

Jimmy Roberts, Johno Siefkert and David Grand combined for seven victories, helping South Tahoe defeat Douglas 11-7 on Thursday afternoon in Minden. The Vikings clinched the Sierra League’s No. 2 seed with the win.

“It was just a great team effort all season,” said STHS coach Justin Clark, who replaced Kyle Horvath weeks before the start of the season. “They had to work with a new coach and came back from two defaults at the beginning of the season. They gutted it out until the end and put it together at the right time.”

The doubles teams of Nick Kushner and Nathan Noomen and Nick Smith and Tyler Venema combined for four victories. South Tahoe (8-2) will play the No. 3 seed from the High Desert League on Tuesday at STHS. The opponent and time haven’t been determined.

Tigers tops STHS girls’ tennis

South Tahoe girls’ tennis coach Pat Fagen believed his team could’ve beaten the Douglas Tigers on Thursday at STHS. Instead, Fagen said, the Vikings beat themselves.

“A lot of our players just have to learn how to be more competitive,” Fagen said. “We were clearly the better team. We had seven close matches and lost six of them.”

South Tahoe singles players only won one of nine matches, allowing the Tigers to hold on for a 10-8 win. The doubles teams of Chela Wahl and Kenzie Usher and Cierra Rawlings and Savannah Cherry won six of the team’s eight matches.

Lindsey Martin notched the lone singles win for the Vikings, who will be a No. 3 seed at next week’s Northern 4A regional tournament. South Tahoe (7-3) plays second-seeded McQueen on Tuesday in Reno.

Whittell wins homecoming game

T.J. Kolesnik and Cody Williams each scored twice and delivered an assist as Whittell routed Portola in a boys’ soccer homecoming game in Zephyr Cove.

Alex Szendry also scored his first career goal for the Warriors, and Tyler Fairbank added a score.

Whittell (7-9-2) will play host to Truckee on Tuesday.

Carson sweeps STHS volleyball

Caroline Baghdikian had four kills and Rachel Kauser added three blocks in the South Tahoe volleyball team’s Sierra League loss to Carson on Thursday at STHS. The Senators won 25-13, 25-19, 25-14. Hillary Santana recorded four kills for the Vikings, who played one of their better games of the season.

“We had a great game at the net in terms of blocking and aggressive hitting,” said STHS first-year coach Meghan Reid. “This is team is so young and inexperienced. Once we get more experience, we will put the ball in the right place.”

South Tahoe (2-6 overall, 1-6 league) hosts North Valleys in a league match on Tuesday at STHS.

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