STHS tennis teams fall to regional powers |

STHS tennis teams fall to regional powers

By Steve Yingling

and Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writers

A special strategy nearly enabled South Tahoe High to beat top-seeded Galena in the Northern 4A boys’ tennis semifinals on Thursday in Reno.

South Tahoe coach Justin Clark decided to form a doubles team with his second and third singles players in attempt to steal some doubles wins. Jonathan Siefker and David Grand swept their three doubles matches 6-2, 7-6 and 6-2, but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies advanced to the regional finals with a hard-fought 11-7 victory.

Unbeaten singles player Jimmy Roberts provided the Vikings with three points, winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1.

The Vikings’ final point was a pleasant surprise as the third-seeded doubles team of Nathan Noomen and Nick Kushner stopped Chad Webber and Doug Dussaq, 6-2.

“I’m proud of the way the fought, and I’m just excited about their successes and milestones they have made throughout the season,” Clark said. “Galena has gone to the state tournament five straight years. We almost beat a state qualifier.”

With Grand and Siefker playing doubles, Clark elected to use as many players as possible in singles, including Mike Weber, Cameron Chase, Darius Guerrero, Phillip Gaston, Jordan Zager and Brandon Reinhard.

Northern Nevada individual tournament play begins Thursday at Carson High.

Reno girls handle STHS

The defending league champion Reno Huskies won several close matches and cruised to a 14-4 win over the South Tahoe girls’ tennis team in the Northern 4A regional tournament semifinals on Thursday in Reno.

“We lost a bunch of close matches,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen, whose team lost three tiebreaker matches. “The girls played really hard. Reno is just a little better team, especially on their home courts.”

The doubles teams of Chela Wahl and Kenzie Usher and Cierra Rawlings and Savannah Cherry each won a match, while singles victories were credited to Alyssa Mlysnky and Rebecca Roberts. The Huskies led 5-1 after the first round and never looked back.

Fagen isn’t certain how many Vikings have qualified for the Northern 4A individual tournament next week in Reno.

At the very least, he said STHS will send two doubles teams and two single players.

“We had a good season – and the girls tried hard all day – and now I’m looking forward to some of the doing well in the individual tournament,” Fagen said.

STHS volleyball sweeps Hug

Jackie Lopez head a team-high eight kills and Rhiana Cerceo added two aces as the South Tahoe volleyball team won its second straight game with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 Sierra League sweep of Hug on Thursday at STHS.

Chelsea Madsen had three kills and Hillary Santana offered strong passing for the Vikings, who improved to 4-6 overall and 3-6 in league play. Ana Romo also provided good defense help for STHS, which hosts Damonte on Tuesday night at 6.

Warriors tie Dayton

Whittell High tied Sagebrush League leader Dayton 1-1 in a boys’ nonleague soccer match on Thursday in Dayton. Both of the goals were scored in a one-minute span in the second half.

After the Dust Devils put away a loose ball in the box, Whittell freshman Cody Williams scored his 14th goal of the season to tie it. Williams’ goal followed an indirect free kick by Christian Hernandez that deflected off the keeper.

“We improved quit a bit,” said Steve Maltase, whose Warriors lost to Dayton 4-1 in an earlier meeting. “Our defense played really well for the second straight game.”

The Warriors (7-10-3) meet Yerington at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

Wallace, DiGrande score twice

South Tahoe’s used a three-goal second-half flurry to pull away to a 4-1 boys’ JV soccer victory over North Tahoe on Thursday.

“We’re possessing the ball, passing and moving well, doing all the things we need to do,” said STHS coach Jim Pawling.

Kyle Wallace and Kory DiGrande each scored two goals for the Vikings, while Mauricio Vargas, Martin Sanchez and McQuade Brubaker were credited with assists. STHS plays host to Hug at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Eidam has big rushing game

A 26-point opening quarter triggered North Valleys’ 48-13 junior varsity football victory over South Tahoe last Saturday. For the Vikings, Rodolfo Mendoza rushed a yard for team’s first score in the second quarter, and Andrew Burkhart caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

STHS quarterback Thomas Eidam, who has split time between the varsity and JV this fall, rushed for 187 yards and 51 yards passing.

Tyler Slater led Viking receivers with four catches for 33 yards. Joseph Aker rushed for 53 yards. Defensively, Eidam and Justin Barnard led the Vikings with seven tackles, Julian Garcia made six tackles, Elliot Amsden contributed four tackles and Matt Olivares-Laine collected three tackles and two assists.

South Tahoe plays host to Reno on Saturday morning at 10:45 at Viking Bowl.

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