Third time’s the charm for South Tahoe ball striker
Misty Butts of South Tahoe High qualified for the state girls golf tournament for the third straight year with a score of 93 and finishing 10th in zone. Her performance was an improvement of six spots over last year’s performance of 16th.
In fact, all of the Viking ball strikers improved an average of six spots from their previous year’s performances.
Kalotina Monos finished in 22nd at zone and Lauren Dewing matched her career-best 107.
“She was really pleased with the way she played,” Viking coach Marsha Butler said.
Butler took her team to zone for only the second time in school history and was pleased with the way it performed, despite only sending one player to state.
“Throughout the year they’ve continued to improve,” Butler said. “We’re all looking forward to seeing how Misty does at state.”
Butts will compete Wednesday and Thursday at Genoa Lakes.
STHS harriers run away from the competition in Elko
The varsity boys team finished second, while the JV took first by almost a 50- point margin.
Again it was Manuel Lomeli who paced the Vikings with his fourth-place finish (16 minutes, 54 seconds). Lomeli was followed closely by Chris Cosmi, who finished sixth with a time of 16:55.
“Manuel ran well despite a sore foot,” Viking coach Dominque Westlake said. “Chris ran very well and is back to his old form from earlier this season.”
Sophomore Hudson Wilvers finished in ninth (17:01), just in front of Tim Koepsell, who was 11th (17:09) and Derrick Giannoni (12th) with a time of 17:11.
Jeff Cosmi (15th), Zack Powers (22nd) and Sean Pawling (18:17) rounded out the Viking scoring.
“Jeff Cosmi ran well, but needs to be a little closer to the top four,” Westlake said. “Zack is getting stronger each week with more varsity experience.”
The JV was led by the strong performances of Aston Wilcox (18:05), Scott Brower (18:08), Alex Tenocelotl (18:20), and Justin Good (18:27), who finished one through four.
“We dominated the race,” Westlake said. “It was fun to see four blue jerseys out in front.”
Cameron Woods came in 10th (18:57), Robert Gonzalez was 11th (19:23), Luis Alvarez 12th (19:30) and Tyler Rieger came in 14th with a time of 19:32.
Whittell running closer to state
The Warriors helped themselves get closer to a team berth for state with a sixth-place finish at Fernley. The only 2A school to finish ahead of Whittell was Pyramid Lake. But the key to the meet was finishing ahead of Austin, who finished fourth at the Carlin meet.
“Finishing ahead of them gives our guys confidence to be right in there in the mix of it all,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said.
Whittell was paced by the strong running of Jarret Guajardo, who turned in a 19:10 to finish 34th. Two spots behind Guajardo was Brian Beebe in 36th (19:14).
“Once again we were led by Jarret as our No. 1 runner,” Rippet said. “Brian passed seven people in the last mile to finish in a time of 19:14.”
Justin Alexander was 46th (19:33), Michael Chilton finished 59th with a time of 20:31, while Michael Komorowski was 60th, Parker Fox was 82nd and Chris Foti 86th.
“The boys were really proud of their efforts after the team scores were announced,” Rippet said. “Beating the 3A schools was nice, but more importantly we showed the 2A schools that we are still a threat.”
Arlyle Shaw continued her impressive running, turning in a season-best time of 24:34, finishing ahead of all other 2A girls and in 33rd place.
STHS tennis makes some noise at zone
The Viking tennis programs continues to make its presence felt at the zone championships at the Plumas Tennis Courts in Reno.
The duo of Joedy Michael and Parker Alexander showed they belonged in the elite groups of doubles by making it deep into the tournament. The two played their way into the semifinals before falling to a Galena pair.
“They played up to their seeding,” Viking coach Pat Fagen said. “Joedy and Parker played some great tennis this weekend.
“They beat a tough team from Truckee and took the two Galena teams to three sets.”
The Vikings No. 2 doubles team of Chris Stamey and Jason Scott also made its way into the latter rounds of competition. The two made it all the way to the quarterfinals before falling to a Galena team.
“Jason and Chris have been playing very well all year and were getting stronger each week,” Fagen said. “I am really proud of the way they played with a lot of heart and never stopped fighting.
“I feel they are one of the to five teams in the entire league.”
South Tahoe’s third doubles team, Mikey Ledesma and Garrett Moulton, did not have as much success as the other two, failing to make it out of the first round.
“Garrett and Mikey played their best match all year,” Fagen said. “I am expecting big things from them next year as juniors.”
Graham St. Michel fell in the second round to Truckee’s Christian Wolf in two sets, 6-4, 6-2.
“Graham played a long, tough first-round match Thursday afternoon and then faced another baseliner in the next round,” Fagen said. “He probably would have won his second-round match but didn’t have the energy to stay out there another two or three hours.”
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