STHS golf team seizes first zone berth
South Tahoe High’s golf team was charged up after making school history on Tuesday afternoon in Reno. Hours afterward, coach Mike Patterson was still charging.
The Vikings qualified for the zone tournament for the first time in their six-year existence by overtaking Douglas for the eighth-and-final spot during an 18-hole tournament at Rosewood Lakes in Reno.
“I’ve made zone as an individual before, but it’s a lot better to make it as a team,” said STHS senior James Peterson.
As a reward, Patterson took the six-member team to dinner at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill in Carson City.
“It’ll probably cost me 100 bucks or more, but it will be worth every penny,” said Patterson by cell phone afterward. “We’ve always been right there with four ninth-place finishes, so it was really nice this year to get over the hump.”
Patterson’s players didn’t plan on sparing Patterson any expenses, either.
“I’m feeling that steak, and desert, too,” said Vikings sophomore Sean Fannan.
South Tahoe couldn’t have scripted the final round any better. Needing to beat Douglas by two places and five shots, that’s exactly what happened.
The Vikings finished ninth and Douglas 11th, and their five-shot edge on Tuesday brought a tiebreaker into play. To break the eighth-place tie the team’s total strokes from all six league matches were combined, with STHS slipping by 2,613 to 2,614.
“It couldn’t have been any closer than that,” Patterson said.
Fannan had as much to do with the Vikings late-season charge into eighth place as anybody on the team. He came up clutch Tuesday by equalling Galena’s Travis Whisman, Lowry’s ryan Plummer and Carson’s John Chirila with low rounds of 2-over-par 74.
“I’ve always liked the course and I shot great,” said Fannan, whose scorecard included three birdies. “My short game was good today, and I got up and down from everywhere.”
Filling out STHS’s scoring were Pat Curtis 84, Peterson 86, Hunter Harris 88 and Patrick Kelly 93. Mikey Scheller’s 99 didn’t count in the scoring.
Teams scores from Rosewood were Reed 393, Elko 397, league champion Carson 399, Lowry 401, Reno 401, Galena 401, McQueen 407, Wooster 419, STHS 425, Sparks 427, Douglas 430, Fallon 488 and Hug 507.
Peterson, one of only two seniors on the team, credited the younger players for making zone.
“This year more than any year the younger guys shot well, especially Sean, Hunter and Patrick,” said Peterson, who highlighted his round by sticking his tee shot within four feet on the 170-yard par-3 fifth hole and sinking the birdie putt.
STHS will tune up for zone with a nine-hole match with Wooster Thursday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
Tammy Cowen blasted two hits and played flawlessly filling in at shortstop, but South Tahoe High lost a 12-0 softball decision to Fallon on Tuesday at the Field of Dreams in South Lake Tahoe.
Fallon jumped out to a 4-0 lead against STHS starter Vanessa Porter in the first inning of the Northern Nevada League Division II game. The Greenwave battered Porter and reliever Corrine Edwards for 11 hits.
“We lacked the spark to play today,” said Vikings manager Rich Barna. “And the bottom line was that most of Fallon’s runs were earned.”
Cowen supplied half of the Vikings four hits. One of her singles was a full-swing bunt that she beat out.
“She has been hitting the ball well the last couple of games,” Barna said.
Cowen also filled in for Missy Johnson at shortstop. Barna limited Johnson, a senior, to a DH role because of a broken finger on her throwing hand.
STHS, 4-20 overall and 4-17 in division, plays its final home game against Douglas at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Whittell High lost a nonleague baseball game to Virginia City for the second time, but manager Don Amaral was able to play 16 players in the 11-7 loss Tuesday in Virginia City.
“It would have locked us in for a winning season, so now it will be an uphill battle,” said Amaral, whose club dropped to 9-10 overall going into a key regular-season-ending Nevada 3A Division II doubleheader with Lovelock on Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Whittell can qualify for the Division II playoffs as a No. 3 or No. 4 seed with a doubleheader sweep.
Whittell fell behind early but felt it had tied the game 8-8 when junior Brandon Lee apparently hit one over the left-field fence in the fourth inning.
“It’s the worst call I’ve ever seen in my life. It was 20 feet inside the foul pole and they called it foul,” Amaral said. “But, hey, we hit the ball, but we just didn’t play very well overall.”
Lee, however, was credited with one homer – a two-run shot that gave him seven for the season.
Senior Matt Wiggins started his first game on the bump and freshman Tyson Fredericks finished up.
Brett Schussel led the Warriors with three hits, while Lee and Trent Gordon contributed two hits.
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