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STHS’s Flood, Robinson headed to New York

Soccer stars to play for Manhattanville College

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer

Now that Bailey Flood and Cybil Robinson just graduated from high school, the former STHS soccer stars are ready to take their next big step in life. And what a sizable step it is.

Flood and Robinson will play women’s soccer next fall for Manhattanville College, an NCAA Division III school located in Purchase, N.Y. The private school competes in the Skyline Conference and is located 30 minutes from New York City in Westchester County.

“It was a package deal,” said Flood, a defender/midfielder who was named to the Sierra League’s first team last fall. “We always wanted to go to college together. Especially going this distance, it was either both of us were going or neither of us.”

Manhattanville is coached by Matt Paton, a former assistant coach with the University of Nevada women’s soccer team. He knew Flood and Robinson from his time in Reno and wanted the Tahoe players to help build his program.

Paton’s first season with the Valiants was in 2005, when they finished 7-13-1 overall and 4-2 in conference. The team won only two games the previous season, so the program seems to be already improving.

“Bailey is just a very strong player, a good all-around player,” said former STHS girls’ soccer coach Jose Gonzalez, who resigned in the offseason. “The same thing with Cybil. They are going to be a great addition for him. They will give a big boost to that program.”

Flood and Robinson were both all-league selections as juniors in 2004, when they helped the Vikings reach the Northern 4A regional tournament semifinals. This past season, they helped South Tahoe to a 9-7-2 record and another berth in the Northern 4A regional tournament.

Although NCAA Division III schools don’t award athletic scholarships, Flood and Robinson are receiving a variety of grants and scholarships to help offset their costs. But the former Vikings are also concerned with continuing their athletic success at the college level.

“They are really working on building their program and the coach said we have a really good chance of being able to play right away,” Flood said. “That’s a good thing because I’m not really good about sitting on the bench.”

Flood and Robinson are the second and third South Tahoe girls’ soccer players to commit to a college for next fall. Earlier this spring, Virginia Loyola signed with Western Nevada Community College in Carson City.

“I’m just excited to go because it was an opportunity to play soccer and do something different, go from West Coast to East Coast,” said Robinson, who also likes the prospect of shopping in nearby New York City. “Hopefully we will help turn the program around.”

Skelly goes out on top

South Tahoe lineman Chris Skelly did in fact play his final high school football game of the year on Saturday night at Mackay Stadium in Reno. A 6-foot-2, 255-pound senior, Skelly played the entire game for the Silver team in a 24-0 loss to the Blue team in the 25th annual Sertoma Classic, an annual all-star game featuring the top graduating seniors from Northern Nevada.

It was erroneously reported in Monday’s sports section that Skelly was on the Blue team and didn’t play. The article also misspelled his name.

“It was just fun to play another game,” Skelly said. “It was a great way to go out, being in an all-star football game like that.”


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