STHS winter athletes named to all-league teams
There was a time not too long ago when South Tahoe High wrestling was just a school on a schedule, a rollover team not to be concerned about. First-year coach Ken Robbins changed that perception this winter and there are four wrestlers in particular who symbolize that.
Mikey Crouse was named to the Northern 4A first team at 103 pounds, while Miles Wallace (160 pounds), Martin Taylor (189) and Cody Reeder (275) all were selected to the region’s second team. Crouse qualified for the state tournament after his runner-up finish to Carson’s Owen Craugh in the regional championship match.
“The zone tournament is what our sport is driven by when it comes things like this,” Robbins said. “There were a lot of years where South Tahoe went without anybody making those teams. Martin and Cody, nobody even knew their names before the season. Now they are all-region wrestlers. It’s a good feeling when you get as many guys as we did noticed.”
Despite a fifth straight season of not qualifying for the postseason, the South Tahoe boys’ basketball team was well presented on the all-Sierra Division teams selected by coaches. Junior Jared Wood, who averaged 14.8 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game, was also named to the Northern 4A’s second team.
Coach Derek Allister was surprised that Wood made the first team, not because his talent wasn’t worthy but because of the Vikings’ losing season.
“To the victors go the spoils,” Allister said. “I was very happy to see that Jared made first team. He was well-deserving. He was a unanimous pick. It’s tough because teams like Reno and Hug should get a couple kids. I think the coaches liked that he came out every night and played well. He was as steady as a rock.”
Senior guard Casey Curcie and junior guard Conor Freeman both made honorable mention for the division honors. Curcie averaged 14.8 ppg, while Freeman, who missed the last few games of the season because of a broken nose, averaged 10.5 ppg.
“I think it would’ve been difficult for either of those two to make second team because of how things turned out,” said Allister, whose team finished 12-16 overall and 2-10 in division play. “I think those players showed our potential had we been as good as I thought we would. It’s always nice to get accolades. Casey will be tough to replace. He was a guy who could score in bunches and put points on the board in a hurry.”
In girls basketball, South Tahoe’s Katelyn Pakes and Jessica Bettencourt were honorable mention selections. Both players will return next season for the Vikings, who were 2-10 in division play.
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