Viking matment second in Yerington tournament
In past seasons, the South Tahoe High wrestling team didn’t have a David Vasquez – a heavyweight – to win the tight duals.
But the Vikings have 38 grapplers this season, including an all-important heavyweight to compete in the final weight class, and his impact is being felt immediately.
Vasquez, a 265-pounder who played football in the fall, won three dual-deciding matches as South Tahoe earned a second-place trophy in the Yerington Lions Club Tournament on Saturday in Yerington.
“This kid is legit,” said STHS coach Jack Lopez. “Once he gets you on your back, he’s hard to turn over.
“His only loss was to a Lowry kid and that’s only because of his inexperience.”
Vasquez was 4-1 in the tournament, and three of his final-match wins allowed the Vikings to beat Yerington 41-39, Spring Creek 45-33 and Incline 40-39.
South Tahoe also defeated Truckee 51-30 but lost to tournament winner Lowry 60-18.
The narrow victory over Yerington made Lopez’s weekend.
“I never thought I’d beat a Yerington team,” Lopez said. “I’m real pleased but the teams we beat aren’t 4A teams.”
Vasquez had plenty of help in helping the Vikings to a 4-1 dual start: Cavin Ross, defending zone champion at 119 pounds, won all five of his matches; Ascension Gonzales, 5-0 at 171 pounds and Nick Alexander, 4-1 at 215.
Gonzales, Alexander, Justin Nixon and Vasquez were part of a string of four straight pins that enabled the Vikings to overtake Spring Creek after trailing 33-21.
South Tahoe continues its season with a three-way dual with Lovelock and Truckee on Wednesday in Truckee.
Warriors have tough time in Fernley
By Matt O’Neill
Competing against schools two and three times bigger, both the Whittell High basketball teams had a tough time at the Fernley Invitational Tournament during the weekend.
The boys team dropped all three games it played. Friday, the Warriors opened the tournament against host Fernley and fell 72-57.
The score, however, was not indicative of the competitive of the game as the Warriors were only down six points at the break.
“We just ran out of gas,” Warrior coach Steve Maltase said. “They’re one of the better 3A teams out there.”
Whittell was paced by senior Bryan Sigel, who had 26 points, while freshman Nick Summers added 12 in the defeat.
The Warriors came back and faced 4A school, Fallon and fell to the Greenwave, 68-35.
Whittell was within 12 points at the break but were outscored 20-5 in the third quarter. Sigel had 14 points to lead the Warriors.
In the final game of the tournament, the Warriors lost to Yerington, 60-50. Senior Luke Forvilly played strong defense for Whittell, but the Warriors were unable to overcome foul trouble from Sigel and Joel Warnick.
“I’m going to have to have my top six players play a lot of minutes because my bench doesn’t have a lot experience,” Maltase said.
Summers paced the Warriors with 18 points, while Nestor Flores had six.
The girls varsity didn’t fare much better as they dropped both games as well.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Warriors managed only 11 points in the loss to Fallon, 76-11.
Senior Caitlin Fagan led the Warriors with six points.
Whittell bounced back and competed with Yerington before falling 52-35. Fagan had to take on the majority of the ball-handling duties when Alisha Roth left the game with a twisted ankle and Ashley Wines sat out the contest due to illness.
“She came up big for us,” Warrior coach Lindsay Wines said.
Fagan had 22 points in the contest and was named to the all-tournament team.
The junior varsity girls team was in Virginia City and took home second place in the Muckers’ invitational tournament.
The Warriors opened with a 31-14 win over Smith Valley. Jackie Laurian poured in 16 points, while Barbara Rees and Jenna Hayes each had six in the win.
Whittell fell in the second game of the tournament to Dayton 33-18. Laurian had five points and Hayes had four. Both were named to the all-tournament team.
Both programs will travel to Coleville on Tuesday.
Vikings drop two in Lowry
The South Tahoe girls basketbal team couldn’t overcome a pair of early deficits as the Vikings dropped the last two games of the Lowry Tournament during the weekend.
STHS fell to host Lowry 63-43 on Friday as the Vikings just let the Buckaroos get out to an early lead and couldn’t close the gap.
“We weren’t prepared mentally to face them,” Viking coach Tim Jaureguito said. “Not to make any excuses, but it’s hard to play the host after sitting around all day.
“That makes it tough to focus against the home team.”
Lindsey Hitt paced the Vikings in the game with 23 points.
Again, South Tahoe found themselves in a big hole against Hawthorne, this time the Vikings were able to dig themselves out and almost beat the Serpents before falling 58-53.
STHS was behind 12 points before making a comeback and led the five-time defending Nevada 3A stat champs by four in the second quarter. The two teams went into the break tied.
In the second half, the Vikings lost Hitt, Jen Galea and Ashley Larmore to fouls and were forced to go with an inexperienced lineup.
“We made some mistakes because of the inexperience,” Jaureguito said. “That allowed them to pull away.”
Hitt, again led the way with 15 points. But, the big boost came from Larmore, who had eight points.
“Ashley hadn’t played well yet,” Jaureguito said. “She made a big step for us this weekend. We’re going to need our inside players to score more.”
The Vikings will hold their home opener on Tuesday when they play host to Reed at 7 p.m.
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