STHS softball team leads way in all-league selections |

STHS softball team leads way in all-league selections

Steve Yingling and Jeremy Evans

The South Tahoe High softball team had its most successful league season in over a decade, and that success was reflected on the all-league teams. Brittany Barcellos and Kelly Bartlett both made the first team as an outfielder and utility player, respectively.

Barcellos, a junior, was one of the fastest players in the Northern 4A, getting down the first-base line in 2.75 seconds.

“Brittany is our spark plug, and I’m so glad she has another year with the Vikings,” said STHS coach Joann Allister. “She covers a tremendous amount of territory and will do even better next year. She can drop a bunt, slap and drive a ball, making her a defensive nightmare.”

Bartlett, meanwhile, played in every inning and was the team’s winningest pitcher and a solid middle infielder.

“Kelly really came on as a middle infielder during league, making diving catches and stops,” Allister said. “Kelly’s stick will be hard to replace as she put the ball in play almost every at-bat.”

Bartlett got two of the Vikings’ three wins in a sweep of North Valleys in late April, assuring the team of its best league record since the mid-1990s. South Tahoe went 6-15 in league and 10-19 overall, a one-game improvement over 2007, when it went 5-16.

Freshman Moriah Lane made the second team as an infielder. Primarily South Tahoe’s first baseman, Lane was a potent hitter for her first varsity season, recording three home runs, including two in league play.

Sophomores Cindy Lucero (pitcher/infielder) and Sarah Breisacher (outfielder/infielder) were both honorable mention selections.

In second year, Mazzoni makes All-Region

In only his second season of competitive golf, STHS senior Kyle Mazzoni became perhaps the best boys’ golfer in school history.

Mazzoni was the first Viking to ever earn a medal at the Northern 4A regional championships, as he finished fifth, only four strokes off the lead.

On an ever larger stage, Mazzoni adapted to the better competition in his first appearance in the state tournament. Mazzoni placed 11th – the best in school history – with rounds of 79 and 82 at the Tournament Players Club in Las Vegas.

Those accomplishments helped Mazzoni earn first-team All-Region and first-team All-Sierra Division.

“He just really was a competitor, whether it was a qualifying round to see what number he would play on the team or a match, he was always really tough and grinded it out,” said STHS coach Mike Patterson late in the golf season.

Trevor Borek, a senior, who just missed making the regional tournament, received honorable mention for his division play, while senior Kyle Garrett was given honorable mention for his play at regionals.


In track and field, the Vikings’ Kelsey Smith was first team after winning regional and state titles in the 1,600 meters.

In addition, Smith was first team in the 3,200 meters for placing second at regionals and first at state.

Regional 3,200-meter winner Kate Lambdin was first team as well. Lambdin was runner-up to Smith in the 3,200 at state. The San Jose State-bound Lambdin was second team in the 1,600.

Trebotich makes it 2 for 2

Otto Trebotich made it 2 for 2 by being selected to the Sierra Division first team for the second straight season. The sophomore shortstop/pitcher led division with a .500 batting average.

“He’s got great baseball instincts, has very good character and really doesn’t let anything rattle him. If it does, he’ll use that as a weapon,” said Vikings’ fourth-year skipper Matt Tillson. “As long as he keeps working hard, the sky is the limit for him as a ballplayer.”

Vikings’ junior catcher Gary Prescott was chosen to the second team. He hit .478 and became one of the league’s most skilled players behind the plate. Prescott was leading the league at .547 going into final series against North Valleys.

“He wasn’t the best hitting catcher and wasn’t the best defensive catcher, but he was the best overall catcher in the league,'” Tillson said. “He plays at 110 percent all of the time.”

South Tahoe had two players accorded honorable mention. Senior third baseman Kevin Yelles, who had his season shortened by a detached knee ligament, and senior first baseman/catcher Ivan Trebotich were given that recognition.

Tillson shared division coach of year honors with Reno’s Pete Savage. Tillson’s team collected 13 wins overall, one of the top victory totals in school history. The Vikings finished with an 8-13 division record to finish in sixth place out of eight teams.

“It’s nice to be recognized by the other coaches in the league, but it’s more of a team award,” Tillson said. “It shows how much effort and work the team put in this year.”




First Team

Zach Beebe, Spanish Springs

Scott Kelly, Spanish Springs

Thomas Wicker, Douglas

Kyle Mazzoni, South Tahoe

Donald Carano, Bishop Manogue

Trent Hays, Galena

Bobby McCracken, Wooster

Honorable Mention

Kyle Garrett, South Tahhoe

Sierra League First Team

Thomas Wicker, Douglas

Jon Singer, Carson

Zack Rispin, Carson

Kyle Mazzoni, South Tahoe

Bobby McCracken, Wooster

C.J. Gibson, Damonte Ranch

Honorable Mention

Trevor Borek, South Tahoe

Boys’ Track and Field


Joesph Abbott, Galena, Athlete of the Year

Joesph Abbott, Galena, Runner of the Year

Josh Butler, Damonte Ranch, Field Athlete of the Year

Justin Alian, Damonte Ranch, Coach of the Year

Girls’ Track and Field


Kayla Sanchez, Carson, Athlete of the Year

Kayla Sanchez, Carson, Runner of the Year

Adreinne Hill, Reed, Field Athlete of the Year

Jessica Juriaan, Damonte Ranch, Coach of the Year

Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming and Diving

Kirdy Franco, Spanish Springs, Girls’ Swimmer of the Year

Michael Weiss, Reno High, Boys’ Swimmer of the Year

Chelsea, Luse, Damonte Ranch High School, Girls’ Diver of the Year

Kyle, Swansen, Reed High School, Boys’ Diver of the Year

Susan, Schraeder, Wooster High School, Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year

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Tawnya Gamble, Wooster High School, Sierra League Coach of the Year

First Team

Brittany Barcellos, South Tahoe High School, Outfield

Lauren Hoppe, Douglas High School, Outfield

Hayley Medeiros, Reno High School, Outfield

Emily Weaver, Douglas High School, Infield

Ashleigh Westover, Damonte Ranch High School, Infield

Samatha Puzey, Reno High School, Infield

Carly Corthell, Reno High School, Infield

Megan Moran, Wooster High School, Catcher

Abby Rankl, Carson High School, Catcher

Amanda Webster, Damonte Ranch High School, Pitcher

Stephanie Harper, Douglas High School, Pitcher

Cassy Von Drak, Carson High School, Pitcher

Lexie McKinnon, Damonte Ranch High School, Designated Hitter

Kelly Bartlett, South Tahoe High School, Utility Player

Second Team

Jenny Quam, North Valleys High School, Outfield

Ashley Barrett, Damonte Ranch High School, Outfield

Mackenzie Cauley, Douglas High School, Outfield

Crista Casci, Carson High School, Infield

Kari Losure, Reno High School, Infield

Moriah Lane, South Tahoe High School, Infield

Melanie Pfeiffer, Wooster High School, Infield

Meagan Frankel, Damonte Ranch High School, Catcher

Teila Irwin, Damonte Ranch High School, Pitcher

Jessica Rasmussen, Wooster High School, Pitcher

Daria Leid, Carson High School, Pitcher

Morgan Blomstrom, Douglas High School, Designated Hitter

Caitlin Wolfe, Damonte Ranch High School, Utility Player

Honorable Mention

Nicole Keller, Carson High School

Sarah Breisacher, South Tahoe High School

Jamie Brown, North Valleys High School

Brittany Naastad, North Valleys High School

Marina Diaz, Douglas High School

Brittnee Dolley, Damonte Ranch High School

Rebecca Trute, Douglas High School

Shelby Richard, Damonte Ranch High School

Cindy Lucero, South Tahoe High School

Bailey Hill, Wooster High School

Marissa Cates, Reno High School

Rachel Durham, Reno High School

Angelica Abasta, Hug High School

Nisha Washignton, Hug High School


Jordan Hadlock, Douglas High School, Player of the Year

Kegan Peterson, Reno High School, Baseball, Pitcher of the Year

Pete Savage, Reno High School, Coach of the Year

Matt Tillson, South Tahoe High School, Coach of the Year

First Team

Rob Valerius, Carson High School

Drew Simpson, Reno High School

Anthony Rosa, Damonte Ranch High School

Jordan Lewis, Wooster High School

Tyler Hoelzen, Douglas High School

Zach Sanford, Reno High School

Chad Schryer, Damonte Ranch High School

Brian Walsh, Damonte Ranch High School

Victor Mendoza, Wooster High School

Tanner Thomas, Douglas High School

Pat Gallagher, Reno High School

Brett Valley, Carson High School

Cody Stevens, Damonte High School

Kyle Stone, Carson High School

Paul Cagle, Carson High School

Troy Torres, Douglas High School

Otto Trebotich, South Tahoe High School

Second Team

Tom Jameson, Reno High School

Ray Daniels, Damonte Ranch High School

Tyler May, Douglas High School

Jared Harvey, North Valleys High School

Matt Rutledge, Carson High School

Tommy Preston, Carson High School

Drew Good, Carson High School

Skyler Kachurak, Reno High School

Cody Croxon, North Valleys High School

Michael Hamilton, Wooster High School

Beau Davis, Douglas High School

Devin Carter, Damonte Ranch High School

Thomas Wood, Reno High School

Austin Nyman, Reno High School

Tim Rudnick, Douglas High School

Glenn Wallace, Reno High School

Shawn Walters, Reno High School

Gary Prescott, South Tahoe High School

David Belardes, Damonte Ranch High School

Josh Mathis, North Valleys High School

Honorable Mention

Doug Corl, Wooster High School

Joey Webb, Damonte Ranch High School

Michael Whalin, Douglas High School

Cavin Hill, Reno High School

David Eller, Carson High School

Kameron Van Winkle, Douglas High School

Dustin Buttner, Carson High School

Jimmy Williams, Wooster High School

Ivan Trebotich, South Tahoe High School

Brandon Frankel, Damonte Ranch High School

Marcus Adams, Carson High School

Jason Rasmussen, North Valleys High School

Spencer Lewis, Wooster High School

Kevin Yelles, South Tahoe High School

Andrew Galindo, Wooster High School

Danny Sexton, Damonte High School

Cody Barr, Carson High School

Bobby Patton, Wooster High School

Jeff Crozier, Douglas High School

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