Vikes’ three-peat family-oriented |

Vikes’ three-peat family-oriented

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

“Individuals don’t win championships, teams do.”

South Tahoe High’s third successive Sierra League boys swimming title followed that worn-out coaches’ but accurate cliche.

The Vikings wrapped up an unbeaten league season with a 102-44 thumping of Sparks on Friday at the Recreation Center in South Lake Tahoe.

“We had our mojo going, so it was pretty tough to break it down,” said Viking senior Tom Luerken, who won the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 12.69 seconds. “We had such a versatile team. It was a team effort, not one person. We could be put in any event, and that strategy allowed us to beat the other teams.”

Dale Bogard, the coach responsible for putting the finishing strokes on another masterpiece of a season, lauded her team for their unity.

“These boys have more character than any other team. For the Truckee meet, they all came out wearing terry cloth robes with their speedos underneath. These guys always get together and work as a team,” Bogard said.

Besides Luerken’s victory in the 100 backstroke, the Vikings’ Ryan Theilemann captured the 500 freestyle (5:53.50) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.12); Alex Romagnolo doubled by winning the 200 individual medley (2:43.28) and 100 butterfly (1:21.96); Jeff Koeck claimed the 100 freestyle in 58.84; and STHS swept the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.

“They all pitched in, especially in the long events. I was able to move them around without too much difficulty,” said Bogard of her interchangable parts.

South Tahoe also romped in the girls meet, beating Sparks 101-64.

Kristi Collins, Denise Bogard and Adrian Hankoff each won two events to cap a successful regular season.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t win league. A lot of teams that weren’t good in the past had good teams this year,” Denise Bogard said. “I think we would have done better if we didn’t have so many missed meets.”

Collins won the 100 butterfly (1:03.56) and 50 freestyle (27.25), Denise Bogard placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:29.28) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.31) and Hankoff dusted the field in the 200 freestyle (2:19.34) and 100 freestyle (1:00.06).

South Tahoe, which won all 12 events, received other individual victories from Ammy Cecil, 50 freestyle, 37.06; Jessica Tinlin, 500 freestyle, 6:45.97; and Lisa Anton, 100 backstroke, 1:14.90.

Sixteen Vikings have qualified for the zone championships Friday and Saturday in Reno. Qualifiers include Anton, Bogard, Collins, Nicole Fruitman, Hankoff, Russell Grant, Jordan Hardy, Kim Hunt, Koeck, Jon McKean, Scott Miller, Romagnolo, Theilemann, Tinlin and Shaina Willen.

Hunt became the Vikings’ final zone qualifier with her second-place time of 2:33.27 in 200 freestyle on Friday.

“She’s been trying to make it in the 50 and 100 free, but I told her she could do it in the 200 free. She got the confidence and did it,” coach Bogard said.

Sarah Osborne checked Whittell High on eight hits as Lovelock swept a Nevada 3A Division II softball doubleheader, 6-0 and 15-5, Saturday in Lovelock.

The Warriors wound up in the division cellar with an 0-12 mark and 1-15 overall.

Osborne blanked the Warriors on three hits in the opener.

Behind the pitching of Aurora Terry and improved defense the Warriors kept it close in game two. Lovelock broke open a 4-3 contest with an eight-run fifth.

Terry had two of the five hits, including a double, off Osborne.

Both teams had long been out of the playoff chase, but Whittell and Lovelock high schools definitely had something to play for in their season-ending baseball doubleheader Saturday in Lovelock.

At stake was the opportunity to finish out of the Nevada 3A Division II cellar. And when Whittell failed to clinch sixth place by losing the opener, 10-7, the second game was worth the last marble.

Whittell responded behind the hitting of Joe Piccola, pitching of Bryce Schussel and nearly flawless fielding for a 9-3 victory and sixth place.

“I tried to motivate them to win the first one, but errors got us behind,” said Whittell manager Doyle Wilson. “After the first game, I told them, ‘You’re down to the wire. Let’s win this one if we want to finish out of the cellar.'”

Schussel struck out 10 and shut down Lovelock for five innings. But the Mustangs scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull within 4-3.

However, the Warriors responded by erupting for five runs in the seventh inning for the second straight game. Schussel closed the Mustangs out in order in the last of the seventh.

Piccola went 5 for 5 to lead a 14-hit attack. Matt Olsen delivered three hits and Kyle Spingola, Brandon Lee and Mike Kiger contributed two hits.

“It’s the first time in two years we haven’t finished in the cellar. Hopefully, ending on a positive note will help us for next year,” Wilson said.

Schussel also started the opener but left with four strikeouts after three innings as Lovelock appeared headed for victory.

“I didn’t want to waste him,” said Wilson, who, by rule, can use his pitchers as much as 11 innings per week.

Lee led the Warriors with three hits in the opener. Kiger and Piccola had two hits.

Whittell finished 2-10 in Division II and 5-15 overall, marking a two-victory improvement over last year.

Douglas High junior Bobby Lee, a transfer from Whittell, drove in four runs as the Tigers were ousted by Reed 10-7 in the double-elimination zone baseball tournament on Friday.

Lee belted a three-run homer and RBI groundout as the Tigers followed a 6-3 loss to Carson on Wednesday with another tight defeat to Reed.

South Tahoe High produced eight zone-qualifying marks and two event winners at the Nevada 4A Division II track and field meet Saturday in Carson City.

James Clemmer won the high jump and Jake Hurwitz breezed to a .33-second victory in the 100 meters to lead the Vikings heading into Saturday’s zone meet at Reed High in Sparks.

“After looking at the results from the other division, I wish we could be running zone on paper. Then we would be getting everybody into state that we need to get in,” said Viking coach Rick Brown.

Clemmer cleared 6 feet, 2 inches – two inches off his personal best – to win the high jump. Hurwitz’s electronic time of 11.06 – the best in Northern Nevada this spring – gave him an easy win in the 100.

The Viking sophomore also qualified for zone by placing fourth in the triple jump at 42-8. He also passed four runners during his 100-meter leg to vault the Viking 400 relay team into zone. Only .52 of a second separated the top five teams, with STHS clocking in at 44.92.

Hurwitz nearly added a fourth zone event to his workload but finished sixth in the long jump at 19-7. Only the top four competitors in each event advanced to zone.

Reno won the girls and boys division titles with 186 and 152 points, respectively. STHS’s girls were seventh with five points, while the boys came in sixth with 50.

Dawn Hock is the only Viking female making a trip to zone. She finished fourth by elevating 4-10 in the high jump.

Brown was most pleased and surprised by the third- and fourth-place finishes by Matt Arzio and Grant Carter in the 800 meters. Arzio completed the two loops of the track in 2:02.78, with Carter at 2:03.15.

“They were absolutely fantastic, breaking up the Reno connection,” Brown said.

STHS’s 3,200 relay team also qualified for zone with its third-place time of 8:39.48.

Viking sophomore distance runner Manuel Lomeli had the toughest luck as he finished fifth in the 3,200 meters (10:43.86) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:48.55).

“That kind of hurts, but he is a sophomore and still has some time to do that,” Brown said.

You’re only as good as your last golfer.

Whittell High learned that valuable lesson the enjoyable way on Friday as it slipped past Incline with a seldom-used tiebreaker in a Division II tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

When the two teams’ top five players combined for the same 420 shots, the tie-breaking rule called for exercising the score of the sixth player – one who usually goes home with a long face because he didn’t contribute.

But on Friday, Whittell’s highest scorer, freshman Ryan Salomon, became the hero with his 19-over-par round of 91.

“Ryan was really disappointed with his round and thought he should have played better. He ended up being the hero for the day,” said Warrior co-coach Frank Bruno.

Whittell’s Keith Truswell shared the low round of the day, 80, with Incline brothers Jason and Ryan Lanz.

Whittell’s other top four scorers also broke 90 as Dustin Fox carded an 81, Todd Echan 86, Jayde Haynes 87 and Lars Hansen 88.

“The thing that makes us pretty tough this year is you never know who is going to lead us. Everyone has contributed,” Bruno said.

Manogue, which finished out of first for the second time this season, came in third at 440, then came Dayton 444, Yerington 466 and Hawthorne 503.

Showing promise for years to come, Warrior junior varsity player Cary White, a freshman, shot an 82.

Whittell, which virtually clinched a state tournament berth with the win, will conclude regular-season play Thursday at Genoa Lakes. The six-team division tournament begins at noon.

The state tournament is May 19-20 in Dayton.

Track and field coach Dan Makley liked what he saw from his Warriors in their zone tune-up meet Saturday in Dayton.

“As far as training goes, we accomplished some things. That’s important, considering our shortness on the track this year,” Makley said after the Warriors collected three second-place finishes in an 18-team meet.

Erin Zaskoda showed the endurance of a pentathlete or decathlete as she finished second in the long jump and triple jump after competing in the 300 hurdles and 400-meter dash.

“I was very impressed with her jump, especially after running in the 300 hurdles and open 400. She ran those to get tired, and it worked,” Makley said.

Zaskoda was one-half inch better than the third-place finisher in the long jump with her mark of 14-6. She followed with the meet’s co-best triple jump of 31 feet, but dropped to second when the jumpers’ second-best marks were used to break the tie.

Senior discus thrower Bob Linkul provided the Warriors’ other runner-up finish with a toss of 146.2 1/4. He was seventh in the shot put at 40-9.

Luke Forvilly and Karin Kaleta supplied the other Warrior top six placings. Forvilly was fourth in the long jump (19-2 1/4), fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.3) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (46.2). After struggling in the high jump, Kaleta came back to place fifth in the triple jump at 29-11.

Other notable finishers for Whittell, according to Makley, were: Kendall Meeker, 78-2 in the discus, bettering her personal record by eight feet; and Joel Warnick, a personal-best 34-4 in the shot put.

Whittell will participate in the 3A zone championships Friday and Saturday at Reed High.

“We worked hard all week and worked hard on Saturday. I think we’re going to be ready when it counts,” Makley said.

Freshman Kendra Terry highlighted the final weekend of play for the South Tahoe High softball team.

Terry slammed an inside-the-park homer during the second game of a 10-0 and 13-1 doubleheader loss to Reed on Saturday at the Field of Dreams in South Lake Tahoe.

“Reed tore up the pea patch, and they’ll be in the zone hunt,” said Viking coach Jan Johnson, whose club gave up the final 23 home-plate touches on Reed’s 204-run season.

Postseason-bound Reed saved its top pitchers for zone, but still the Vikings struggled at the plate.

“They were disappointed because they were expecting to see some gas,” Johnson said. “They weren’t power pitchers, but they were smart and kept us off balance.”

STHS finished with a 2-22 Northern Nevada League record.

“The kids played hard. We have a lot of kids who need to get self-confident about their athletic ability. When they do that, they’ll do very well,” Johnson said.

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