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Unprecedented sweep for Timberwolves

Steve Yingling

CARSON CITY – They weren’t pretentious enough to bring a broom, but they did leave wearing “Clean Sweep” buttons.

For decades, there has never been a school that has swept all four team titles at the Tah-Neva League Cross Country Championships. That feat was finally accomplished by South Tahoe Middle School on Wednesday at Centennial Park.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said coach Karin Holmes, who coached the Timberwolves along with Scott Hudson. “Last year, we were two points away from one.

“You just have to have everything fall together.”

South Tahoe left little uncertainty in the team title chases, winning all but one of the championships by at least 32 points. The only one reasonably close was the sixth- and seventh-grade boys’ division, where the Vikings produced a 10-point victory over Carson.

Top-10 performances by Connor Henderson, second (11:43); Andrew Noll, sixth (12:13); and Ryan Caro 10th (12:31) and strong supporting roles by Leo Trebotich (11th) and Aaron Piazzo (12th) enabled the Timberwolves to hold off Carson.

“Leo pulled it together and really helped us out,” Holmes said. “He hadn’t run like that and that was awesome.”

The Timberwolves produced two individual champions with Cheldon Rabbetts (eighth-grade girls) and Shelby McIntyre (seventh-grade girls) capping unbeaten seasons. Rabbetts captured the 2.25-mile race in 16 minutes, 1 second to edge teammate T.J. Zaccor by four seconds. McIntyre was six seconds faster than teammate Cassidy Cichowicz in winning the sixth- and seventh-grade 1.75-mile event in 12:19.

McIntyre wanted to talk more about the team title she and her teammates just won, though.

“It’s good because last year we got second by two points,” she said.

The rocky and hilly course next to Eagle Valley Golf Course sent some runners tumbling face first, causing the participants to become more sure-footed.

“I just looked down the whole way,” McIntyre said.

Four other local runners earned top-10 medals in the sixth/seventh girls’ race: Kingsbury’s Sammy Rupp placed third in 12:28, South Tahoe’s Kira Smith was sixth in 13:20, Kingsbury’s Darby Reeder came in seventh in 13:21 and Kingsbury’s Sierra Forvilly was 10th in 13:52.

A tough fall to one of STMS’s top runners was overcome by the Timberwolves as Casey Willitts and Kate Albrecht placed 13th and 16th, respectively in their 75-runner field.

“They pulled off awesome races. You have so much depth with these (kids),” said Holmes, who was also assisted by Julie Butler and Doug Cichowicz.

Other top-10 finishes for Kingsbury were by Ty Sprock, fourth, sixth/seventh boys; Zach Welch, ninth, sixth/seventh boys; and Riana Cerceo, fifth, eighth-grade girls.

The sweep didn’t become final until the STMS eighth-grade boys inundated the top 10 with finishers as they have throughout the season. Brady Hiob and Blair Berry led the way with fourth- and fifth-place efforts, while Justin Dalton, Connor Yingling and Eric Cramer placed eighth through 10th.

When the final team trophy was presented, all four South Tahoe teams celebrated together and chanted “No. 1” for several endless minutes. And Holmes and Hudson took different approaches dealing with the traditional water color soaking. Hudson escaped a bath and Holmes was drenched.

“I let them get me a bit because they deserved it,” Holmes said.

TAH-NEVA LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

WEDNESDAY

At Centennial Park, Carson City

GIRLS

Sixth- and seventh-grade division

Team scores

1. South Tahoe 36, 2. Eagle Valley 38, 3. Carson 72.

Top 10 individuals

(1.75 miles)

1. Shelby McIntyre, South Tahoe, 12.19; 2. Cassidy Cichowicz, South Tahoe, 12:25; 3. Sammy Rupp, Kingsbury, 12:28; 4. Kenzie Tillitt, Carson, 12:56; 5. Samantha McCarty, Eagle Valley, 13:10; 6. Kira Smith, South Tahoe, 13:20; 7. Darby Reeder, Kingsbury, 13:21; 8. Erika Sosa, Eagle Valley, 13:43; 9. Sadie Gastelum, Pau-Wa-Lu, 13:49; 10. Sierra Forvilly, Kingsbury, 13:52.

Other Kingsbury results

51. Mary Kalinowski, 17:44; 63. Chelsea Pfotenhauer, 18:32

Other South Tahoe results

13. Casey Willitts, 14;29; 16. Kate Albrecht, 14:37; 30. London Gustofen, 15:49; 47. Kate Carlson, 17:32.

Eighth-grade division

Team scores

1. South Tahoe 27, 2. Carson 59, 3. Dayton 66

Top 10 individuals

(2.25 miles)

1. Cheldon Rabbetts, South Tahoe, 16:01; 2. T.J. Zaccor, South Tahoe, 16:05; 3. Erika Garcia, Dayton, 16:36; 4. Carly Leninger, North Tahoe, 16:53; 5. Riana Cerceo, Kingsbury, 17:14; 6. Annika Deurlington, Alder Creek, 17:35; 7. Amanda Gordon, Carson, 18:02; 8. Sarah Cody, Sage Ridge, 18:24; 9. Olivia Phisnak, Carson, 18:51; 10. Adriana Romanowitz, Pau-Wa-Lu, 18:55.

Other Kingsbury results

25. Taylor Shepack, 21:27; 34. Marissa Besson, 22:57.

Other South Tahoe results

11. Sarah Benedict, 18:55; 13. Ali Palacios, 19:04; 15. Rebecca Sanders, 19:29; 17. Madison Treiber, 20:00; 20. Amanda Southard, 20:16; 21. Karly Arroues, 20:34; 24. Catie Aiton, 21:03; 28. Amanda Pearce, 22:19.

BOYS

Sixth- and seventh-grade division

Team scores

1. South Tahoe 37, 2. Carson 47, 3. Alder Creek 85

Top 10 individuals

(1.75 miles)

1. Harrison Root, Carson, 11:38; 2. Connor Henderson, South Tahoe, 11:43; 3. Kasey English, Alder Creek, 12:05; 4. Ty Sprock, Kingsbury, 12:08; 5. Patrick McElravey, North Tahoe, 12:09; 6. Andrew Noll, South Tahoe, 12:13; 7. Peter Brinsen, Carson, 12:15; 8. Marc Biederman, Alder Creek, 12:15; 9. Zach Welch, Kingsbury, 12:20; 10. Ryan Caro, South Tahoe, 12:31.

Other South Tahoe results

11. Leo Trebotich, 12:34; 12. Aaron Piazzo, 12:36; 17. Scott Spicer, 12:51; 23. Bryan Holmes, 13:16; 24. Connor Rettig, 13:20; 34. Brandon Cramer, 13:45; 35. Garrett Singer, 13:46; 44. Chris Goode, 14:12; 45. Jared Linder, 14:13; 47. Cosmo Murphy, 14:18; 57. Jensen Green, 14:53; 60. Alexander Fails, 14:59; 64. Jake Francis, 15:04; 65. Austin Zaccor, 15:05; 78. Ben Elliott, 16:04; 87. Jason Elder, 16:27; 95. Grant Jones, 17:10.

Other Kingsbury results

27. Michael George, 13:22; 79. Alex Kelley, 16:04.

Eighth-grade division

Team scores

1. South Tahoe 36, 2. Alder Creek 79, 3. Carson 80, 4. Eagle Valley 81.

Top 10 individuals

(2.25 miles)

1. Logan Phillipi, Eagle Valley, 14:59; 2. Brent Moyle, Eagle Valley, 15:08; 3. Eric Garcia, Carson, 15:27; 4. Brady Hiob, South Tahoe, 15:32; 5. Blair Berry, South Tahoe, 15:34; 6. Tyler Brooks, Alder Creek, 15:38; 7. Evan Richards, Carson, 15:45, 8. Justin Dalton, South Tahoe, 15:45; 9. Connor Yingling, South Tahoe, 16:04; 10. Eric Cramer, South Tahoe, 16:06.

Other Kingsbury results

14. Blake Werle, 17:05; 16. Cody Williams, 17:08; 21. Cody Cashburn, 17:38; 38. Matt Schorr, 19:52; 39. Jamie Barandas, 19:55.

Other South Tahoe results

11. Andrew Contaxis, 16:13; 29. Nick Kowles, 18:53; 37. Casey Dixon, 19:15.


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