Viking runners surprise Grizzlies, Huskies in home relay
South Tahoe continued its powerful running streak when it needs to do it most, at the end of the season and about a week before the 4A Northern Regional Championships.
South Tahoe’s relay team of Hudson Wilvers, Bryan Kurek, Kyle Sullivan and Chris Cosmi finished first out of 15 teams in the Optimist Relays on Thursday at South Tahoe High School, beating Northern Region rival Galena by a mere 2 seconds.
South Tahoe’s team finished with a combined time in the 4 X 2.3-mile course of 52 minutes and 5 seconds. Galena was right behind them at 52:07.
Reno wasn’t far behind either in third with a combined time of 52:35.
STHS head coach Dominique Westlake said that Reno and Galena are South Tahoe’s biggest regional competition.
The varsity girls’ team of Megan Hillyard, Caitlin Robinson, Karen Dalmacio and Anna Lambdin finished fourth out of seven teams in the girls’ relay with a time of 68:17.
In the top three spots were Reno (60:07), Galena (64:57) and McQueen (66:00).
South Tahoe’s varsity coed team of Alex Sharp, Tyler Reiger, Heather Newman and Laurel Morrow finished fifth out of 13 teams in the coed division at 64:38.
Reno finished first (56:55), followed by Douglas (61:23), Reed (61:45) and North Valleys (62:19).
In JV, South Tahoe’s boys’ relay teams finished runner-up and third behind Reno.
The JV girls’ team was first first, and the “B” team was fourth out of four teams.
The coed JV team finished runner-up out of three teams behind Reed and ahead of Douglas.
Whittell High’s cross country team ended its regular season on a cool, fall day at home with its best foot forward.
Both the Warriors’ boys and girls’ teams won the Warrior Warpath Invitational at home Thursday, and Whittell’s boys team did so by sweeping the top three posts.
Oscar Suarez and Brian Beebe, who discussed crossing the finish line in a tie, finished as the top two runners.
But Suarez took the lead in the last quarter of the 4,500 meter run through the forest to finish with a final time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds.
Beebe was a half minute behind him at 19 flat and Danny Mitchell, the third runner in the order, crossed the finish line at 19:14.
For the girls, Addie Devine, from Incline, ran as if she was being pushed on by a higher force to finish as the top female runner with a time of 22:19.
Christina Arana, the top runner from Whittell, crossed the line at 22:55.
Coming in third in the Warpath was Whittell’s Aly VanDeusen with a time of 23:36.
The boys’ team landed smoothly in first place with a team total of 22. Sage Ridge was runner-up with 59 and High Sierra, at 65, was third.
The girls’ team took first with a score of 30, followed by Incline (44) and Sage Ridge (52).
Warrior coach Brian Rippet said the team ran surprisingly well after a grueling practice earlier in the week.
The Warriors will compete in zone Nov. 2 at Carlin at 10 a.m.
South Tahoe’s volleyball team concluded its regular season on Thursday with a disappointing defeat at home against the Carson City Senators.
The Vikings, who were one game back from the Carson City in a race for second place in the 4A Northern Regional Sierra League, needed to win Thursday to force a tiebreaker for second place.
The Vikings lost in three games, 1-15, 10-15, 8-15.
“We got crushed,” said head coach Gary Hankoff. “We got embarrassed.”
Hankoff said the two teams were in exactly the same position as last year, and were facing Carson for second place in league. Then, the Vikings beat the Senators.
But not this year. Hankoff figures the Senators remembered last year all too well.
“The (Viking) girls played like they didn’t really care,” Hankoff said.
Douglas (10-1) will likely finish as the undisputed leader. Carson (10-2) will likely finish its season in second, followed by South Tahoe (8-4) in third.
South Tahoe’s JV concluded its undefeated season (15-0) by beating Carson’s JV, 13-15, 15-7, 15-12.
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