STHS soccer notches key win
Molina, Navarro score goals in 2-0 defeat of Wooster
By Jeremy Evans
The South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team is used to being on top of the Sierra League standings. The Vikings might be headed back to their customary perch after a 2-0 win over first-place Wooster on Wednesday in Reno.
Joseph Molina and Omar Navarro both scored goals for South Tahoe, which improved to 9-1-2 overall and 3-0-2 in league. The Colts fell to 4-2-1 overall and 3-2 in league. Douglas, which beat North Valleys 8-1 on Wednesday, is in first place at 4-1.
“Wooster is much improved … they have quite a bit of individual talent,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon, whose team stands alone in second place. “But today we played a pretty solid game. Our defense was solid. Our midfielders were playmakers. Our forwards had great opportunities. It could’ve been 5-0 or 6-0.”
Molina put the Vikings up 1-0 in the 26th minute when he redirected a cross from Mac Cerceo into the net. Then in the 78th minute, Navarro headed an Osvaldo Lizaola cross to finish the scoring. South Tahoe goalie Josh Doherty made eight saves against the Colts.
The Wooster goalie, meanwhile, was forced to make 11 saves – several of which were certain goals – against South Tahoe, which plays Douglas on Saturday in a showdown for first place at the Community Youth Sports Complex.
“This was a big confidence booster for this team,” DeLeon said. “The guys took it upon themselves … there were no big speeches from the coaches. We left it up to them because we haven’t been satisfied with how we’ve been playing.”
Four Warriors medal at Sparks meet
Miranda Flores finished in sixth place to lead four different Whittell medalists in a six-team meet on Wednesday afternoon in Sparks. Flores finished the 5K race in a time of 25 minutes, 40 seconds, while Morgan King placed 10th in 26:19 to also medal for the Warriors, who competed against Sparks, Truckee, Fernley, Yerington and Dayton.
Natalie Daly and Mandy Heiser placed 11th and 27th, respectively. In the boys’ race, Adam Kingman led the way for Whittell with a seventh-place finish (19:51). Adam Laub also medaled by placing 10th (20:16).
Allen McLeod (13th), John Robinson (18th), Chris Crawford (24th) rounded out the boys’ top finishes for the Warriors, who will compete in the Stanford Invite this weekend in Palo Alto. Only the top 10 racers in each event earned medals in Sparks.
“I thought McCleod ran well for us at the South Tahoe meet last week and again for us today,” said WHS cross country coach Lindsay Wines. “Morgan King – for this being her first year running – it was a big momentum boost for her to finish in the top 10.”
STHS volleyball coming off two losses
The South Tahoe volleyball team was swept by Douglas (25-17, 25-12, 25-11) in a Sierra League match on Tuesday night in Minden. Wooster also swept the Vikings last Thursday in Reno.
South Tahoe (2-5 overall, 1-5 league) hosts Carson in another league match tonight at 6.
DiGrande’s hat trick leads STHS JV boys
Kory DiGrande notched the South Tahoe boys’ JV soccer team’s first hat trick of the season in the Vikings’ 3-0 win over Wooster on Wednesday in Reno. McQuade Brubaker, Nick Olivares and Giovanni Perez all had assists for South Tahoe, which improved to 4-1-2.