STHS tennis shocks Galena
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
Masha Long won all three of her matches, including a win over Sierra Leeder in what might have been a preview of the Northern 4A singles championship, to lead the South Tahoe girls’ tennis team to an 11-7 win over Galena on Tuesday at STHS.
The doubles team of Chela Wahl and Jenny Schmedes also won all three of its matches for the Vikings, who beat the Grizzlies for the first time in school history.
“I think we really made a turning point here,” STHS coach Pat Fagen said. “This is probably one of the biggest wins in our program’s history. I told the girls the past two years if they go out and play with confidence, they are best team in the league.”
Long defeated Leeder 7-6 in the first round, then cruised past her opponents in the next two rounds 6-2, 6-1. Wahl and Schmedes, meanwhile, led a doubles performance that could only be described as dominating. South Tahoe’s doubles teams won seven of nine matches, including a combined four wins from the teams of Kenzie Usher and Cierra Rawlings and Savannah Cherry and Lauren Sannazzaro.
South Tahoe hosts defending regional champion Reno on Thursday at 3 p.m.
“They’ve been working really hard on the fundamentals and they executed well today,” Fagen said. “It was a total team effort. If they play as well as they did today on Thursday, they shouldn’t have any problem beating Reno.”
WHS boys hang with Truckee
The Whittell boys’ soccer team got its first taste of Nevada 3A Tahoe League play this season and came away feeling pretty good following a 3-2 loss to perennial powerhouse Truckee on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
After the Wolverines went up 2-0 in the first half, Gabriel Camargo made it 2-1 in the 28th minute by dribbling past several defenders, then slotting a shot past the Truckee goalie. The Wolverines, who have won four state titles since 1995, scored their third goal a few minutes before halftime.
The Warriors (3-3 overall, 0-1 league) made it 3-2 in the 52nd minute when Camargo fed a ball to Mike Ferrante, who buried a half-volley into the net.
“It was back and forth the rest of the way (after our second goal),” WHS coach Steve Maltase said. “I was missing two starters on defense and we still did a good job back there. There was a lot of pressure on them most of the game, but our defense really did a nice job. We played with a lot of intensity and really physical.”
Truckee defeated South Tahoe in a penalty kick shootout to win the Galena preseason tournament last weekend in Reno. Whittell hosts Fernley on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The score of the Whittell girls’ soccer game was unavailable at press time.
Holmes, Uibel lead STHS golf
Freshman Alexis Holmes and Nicole Uibel each shot a 95 to finish in a tie for third place and lead the South Tahoe Vikings to a third-place finish in the team standings at the first Sierra League meet of the season on Tuesday at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club.
Sara Morris carded a 102, while Bernadette Schneeberg and Sarah Norton both shot 107s for the Vikings, who finished with a team total of 506 strokes. Reno won the meet with a 479 and Carson finished second with a 489. Douglas was fourth with 523.
“I am really pleased considering it was the first official tournament for some of our girls,” STHS golf coach Marsha Butler said. “For a building year, finishing 27 strokes out of first place isn’t that bad. We’ve got some things to work on, but I think the girls are pretty excited.”
Galena tennis tops STHS boys
Jimmy Roberts won all three of his matches for the South Tahoe boys’ tennis team in its 13-5 loss to Galena on Tuesday in Reno. Zach Kropf, the No. 3 singles player for the Vikings, won two of his three matches, including results of 6-1, 6-1 in the second and third rounds.
Roberts only lost two games in his three wins for the Vikings, who play at Reno on Thursday at 3 p.m.
“I thought our kids played good,” STHS coach Kyle Horvath said. “If they play this good against Reno, then I figure we can make a decent showing and leave with our heads high again. That’s the most important thing.”
Whittell football correction
It was reported in the Tribune’s weekend edition that former South Tahoe varsity football head coach Nick Samaras was hired by Whittell as an assistant coach. Samaras was not officially hired by Whittell and is coaching the Warriors as a volunteer.