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STHS wrestlers shine at Yerington duals

Jeremy Evans

South Tahoe High wrestling coach Ken Robbins knew he had a young team going into the season. However, he saw a lot of growing up by his squad on Saturday at Yerington Duals.

Jon Fago’t, a junior, won all five of his duals and freshman Cameron Cason went 4-1 for the Vikings, who went 3-2 as a team in Yerington. Freshman Cody Shindelbower and junior Paul Hubbell both went 3-2 in the five dual matches, while Mike Burns posted his first two wins of the season and Grant Middlebrook pinned his opponent in a match to notch his first win in varsity competition.

“We lost to Fallon, Fernley and Yerington, which ended up winning the tournament,” Robbins said. “Those are three pretty darn good programs. All of our guys are much better now than they were a week ago. That’s what these dual tournaments do … they get you a lot of matches. That doesn’t always happen in individual tournaments.”

The Vikings, who lost to Damonte Ranch on Wednesday in a Sierra League dual, defeated Truckee and Sparks over the weekend. But while there were plenty of bright spots for the Vikings, they witnessed an unfortunate incident occur in the Truckee dual on Saturday when Chris Ewing (215 pounds) broke his arm.

“It’s one of those things that happens once every 100,000 matches,” Robbins said. “I watch a lot of matches and it happens once every few years, but this is the first time it’s happened to one of my kids.”

South Tahoe travels to Reno on Wednesday for a league dual, then visits Fallon on Saturday for another dual tournament.

Colfax downs STHS girls

The South Tahoe girls’ basketball team had a difficult enough challenge playing Colfax on the road last Thursday in its season opener. But the Vikings also had to adjust to California Interscholastic Federation rules, which include a 30-second shot clock.

“We didn’t handle that well,” said third-year coach Chris Holmes, whose team’s league affiliation is in Nevada where a shot clock isn’t used. “We just weren’t ready in 30 seconds. It’s not that we turned it over, but we weren’t looking for the shots soon enough. We were just a little hesitant.”

Alexis Nunes-Fenley scored a team-high eight points for the Vikings, but it wasn’t enough in a 49-22 nonleague loss to Colfax.

The Vikings (0-1) play Spanish Springs in the first round of the Winter Classic in Reno on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Spanish Springs.


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