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STHS doubles its pleasure at the pool

Mike Traum

South Tahoe High’s boys and girls swim teams capped a pair of undefeated seasons by winning their final Sierra League meet of the year Saturday in Reno.

The girls downed three-time defending league champs, Fallon, while the boys title was on the line as well. It marks the first time in the team’s four-year history that either squad has won a league title and neither team had ever finished the season undefeated.

“The team got together on Friday night to eat pasta and get mentally prepared for the meet. The strategy paid off,” said Tahoe coach Stacy Romagnolo.

Senior Nick Romagnolo collected wins in both the 200 individual and 100 breast. He finished his league career undefeated, having never lost in either event for an impressive fourth straight year.

“The main thing is to go to state. But it’s neat not to have lost to any of the small school swimmers (Sierra League),” said Romagnolo, who will compete against the big schools (Zephyr League) at next weekend’s zone meet.

Freshman Kristy Collins completed her season without a loss as well, taking the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, leading the team to a 105-66 win. Sarah Ross added wins in both the 50 free and 100 back. Adrian Hankoff was first 500 free and second 200 free; Denise Bogard first 100 breast, second 200 IM; Nicole Fruitman third 200 free and 500 free; Nicole Buelle third 200 free and second 100 free; Shaina Willen fifth 200 IM and 100 back; Chantelle Young third 50 free; Kim Hunt fourth 50 free and 100 back; Amelia Owens fourth 100 butterfly; Fernanda Attie fifth 100 butterfly and third 100 breast; Chantel Touryan third 100 free; and Andria Allen fourth 100 breast.

On the boys side, Russell Grant was first in the 200 free and second 100 butterfly, as the team won 85-65. Erik Luerken was first in 50 free and second 500 free; Forrest Armstrong first 500 free and second 200 free; Dustin Rath third 200 IM and second 100 free; Doug Wilson fourth 50 free and 100 breast; Scott Miller third 100 butterfly and fifth 100 breast; and Tom Luerken fifth 100 free and third 100 back.

Chris Casteleyn fired a 76 (38-38) to take low-medalist honors and lead the Whittell High golf team to its first-ever home match win at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Friday.

Rocco Bruno and Dustin Fox both carded 84s. Scott Rahbeck shot 86, with Chad Kolpacoff 89 and Joe Weadick 96.

The Warriors totaled 417 strokes, with Incline 437, Manogue 446, Yerington 479, Hawthorne 525 and Dayton 560.

“The kids really came through. It was a very exciting finish as the scores came in,” said Whittell coach Richard Brandt, whose squad can secure a trip to the state playoffs with a second-place result next weekend in Incline Village.

A first-place finish would secure the Div. 2 title. Whittell leads Manogue by one point and Incline by two.

South Tahoe High’s baseball team dropped its final two games of the season at McQueen, 12-4 and 5-4, Saturday.

Greg Gerken struck out seven and walked one in going the distance. A seven-run sixth for the Lancers put it out of reach. Greg Bruso poked a solo shot, while Carson Triggs was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Matt Solbrig had a hit.

Bruso climbed the bump in the nightcap, fanning 10 against one free pass. The Vikes (11-20, 7-17 league) saw a two-run lead slip away in the sixth. Adam Heggan, Chris Barna and Gerken each added two-base knocks.

“We played great all day and had a chance to win both games,” said Tahoe coach Ralph Clelan. “We won three of our last five. Overall, I’m really happy with the way these kids played and bounced back. As a coaching staff, we’re going to expect a lot next year, especially with our returning juniors and the junior varsity players who are coming up.”

South Tahoe triple jumper Elliott Hubler sailed 46 feet, 1 inch to win the Northern Nevada 4A track and field divisional crown Saturday in Sparks.

Fellow senior Jeff Seitz, battling a pulled hamstring, was fourth at 42-5. Both boys qualified for next weekend’s zone tournament.

Faye Clapp qualified for zone in the 300 hurdles with a fourth-place time of 48.17 seconds. The girls 1,600 relay team also qualified at 53.46.

Sarah Sufka posted a school-record time of 2 minutes, 28.5 seconds in winning the 800 at Manogue High School on Saturday. The sophomore broke the 11-year old mark of 2:30.6.

“She led wire to wire. It was actually fairly easy for her. It was a good race,” said Whittell coach Dan Makley.

Nicole Wasson was fourth in the same event at 2:36. The girls 1,600 relay squad of Skye McEntire, Erin Zaskoda, Ali Tanner and Sufka took second. Karin Kaleta was third in the high jump with a personal best of 4 feet, 7 inches. Freshman Matt Miller continued to improve, collecting bests in both the discus and shot events.


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