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Viking swimmers still undefeated

Michael Traum

South Tahoe High’s boys and girls swim teams remained undefeated on the season with convincing wins Saturday vs. Wooster in Reno.

On the boys side, sophomore Russell Grant finished first in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events, leading the Vikings to a 79-48 victory. Nick Romagnolo added wins in both the 100 fly and 100 breast. Forrest Armstrong was third in the 500 free; Erik Luerken third 50 free and fourth 500 free; Tom Luerken third 200 free and 100 back; Doug Wilson fourth 50 free and second 100 back; Scott Miller third 100 free and 100 back; and Dustin Rath second 50 free and 100 free.

Kristi Collins paced the girls to a 122-39 blowout of the Colts, paddling to firsts in the 200 IM and 100 fly. Sara Ross was first in the 100 back and second in the 100 fly; Denise Bogard first 100 breast and second 100 fly; Nicole Fruitman first 200 free and second 500 free; Kim Hunt third 200 free and fourth 100 back; Lisa Borges fourth 200 free; Shaina Willen third 200 IM and 100 back; Chantelle Young third 50 free and 100 free; Chantel Touryan fourth 50 free and 100 free; Fernanda Attie fourth 100 fly and third 100 breast; Nicole Buelle second 100 free; Ashley LaCroix third 500 free; and Andria Allen fourth 100 breast.

The boys and girls squads, both 5-0, finish the league season next Saturday against Fallon, both 4-1, Saturday in Reno.

Whittell High’s golf team traveled to Spring Creek Golf Course Friday for an invitational tournament which featured 13 Northern Nevada small schools, including teams from the Warriors division.

Whittell (423) finished one stroke behind tournament winner Truckee (422). Spring Creek (425) was third with division foes Incline (440) fourth and Manogue (441) fifth. The scores did not count toward league standings.

Senior Chris Casteleyn tied with Battle Mountain’s Ryan Prawitz for low medalist honors with a 79. Chad Kolpacoff fired an 81, Dustin Fox 87, Rocco Bruno and Joe Weadick 88 and Scott Rahbeck 90.

Fox, just a freshman, is coming into his own according to coach Richard Brandt.

“He’s fitting in and adding to the group very nicely. He’s starting to get comfortable with the seniors and is playing well for a freshman,” Brandt said.

With just two league matches remaining, Manogue leads the division at 17 points, with Whittell second at 16 and Incline at 15. Only the top two teams advance to the zone playoffs. The Warriors need to finish in second place twice to secure a postseason berth.

The school’s lone home match is at Edgewood Tahoe Friday at 11 a.m.

South Tahoe High’s baseball team ended a five-game slide with a pair of home wins over Hug Saturday.

Displaying fortitude which fans had hoped would be more of a mainstay this season, the Vikes came from behind in both contests, winning 8-7 and 10-5.

Junior Greg Bruso went the distance in the first, fanning four while walking the same. Down two runs in the final frame, Adam Heggan belted a two-run double for the game winner. He finished 3 for 5, while Bruso and Scott Souers added triples.

Greg Gerken went seven in the night cap, with three Ks and one free pass. The Vikes spotted the Hawks a 5-0 lead. Thrace Ramsey, who was called up from the junior varsity squad, led the comeback with a two-run base knock. Austin Merrit added two RBIs.

The Vikes (10-18, 6-15 league) play their final home game Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Bob Linkul keeps getting better and better for the Whittell High track and field team.

The sophomore bumped up his personal record mark in the discus for the fourth week in a row Saturday, hurling the platter 137 feet, 4 1/2 inches to place second at the 67th annual Yerington Relays Saturday.

Linkul finished just six feet out of first-place in the event behind the throw of 143-9 3/4 by Reno’s Jason Phillips.

Another highlight for Whittell was a third-place performance in the girls 1,600-meter relay by the quartet of Skye McEntire, Sarah Sufka, Ashley McClure and Nicole Wasson. The quartet was timed in 4:39.02.

The relay completed a successful day for Sufka, who logged fifth-place finishes in both the 400 (1:03.41) and 800 (2:34.93).

Whittell’s girls finished seventh in the team standings with 27 points. The Warriors tied for 11th in the boys team scoring with eight points.

South Tahoe High’s golf team finished 12th out of 13 teams at Friday’s Northern AAAA boys golf zone tournament qualifier at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course.

Ricky Wasilchuk led the charge by firing an 81, with Adolph Zertuche 85, Jeff Johnson 88, Kipp Gstettenbauer 89, Michael Lentz 96 and Mitch Underhill 106. Tahoe finished at 439, just 10 strokes out of eighth place.

“The bad news is that we’re in 12th. The good news is that we’re at home next week and we can make up those shots,” said Tahoe coach Mike Patterson.

The second round of the qualifier will be played next Friday at the Lake Tahoe Country Club in South Lake Tahoe.

It came as no surprise that Reno High stood atop the leader board. Cullen Brasfield shot 3-under par 69 to earn medalist honors and the Huskies carded a team total of 377.

What did come as a surprise were the top three pursuers – Galena at 387, Reed at 393 and Douglas at 400 – in the first of two qualifiers that will determine which eight teams advance to the Northern AAAA zone tournament May 16 at Carson City’s Eagle Valley East Golf Course.

Galena freshman Travis Whisman shot 70 to finish second individually and lead the Grizzlies to their 387. Reed knocked 31 shots off its previous best for 18 holes as four players shot in the 70s. And Douglas posted its season best score behind Greg Bodenstein and Markus Zinke, who both shot season-best scores of 75 on the challenging 6,104-yard layout at Rosewood Lakes.

Carson finished fifth at 411, just ahead of McQueen (412) and Sparks (416).

“This was kind of an indication where everybody’s at,” Douglas coach Tim Davis said. “I knew Reno would be there. I also knew Galena would be solid and that Reed has a lot of talent. One surprise was that I expected Carson to be right there, too.

“But the top eight is what you’re looking at. Once that’s settled and you get to zone, you know Carson is going to be the team to beat on their home course.”

South Tahoe High’s softball team finished the second-to-last weekend of the regular season with a pair of losses.

On Friday, the Vikes fell to Hug, 11-1, and Saturday to Reed, 10-0.

Maren Taylor singled, Amy Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice before stealing second and April Peterson singled home Johnson for the Vikes lone run of the weekend, which came in the seventh inning Friday.

Peterson, Bekah Foster, Kelly Patterson and Kathryn Baer each had hits against Reed’s tough pitcher, Jamie Huston.

The Vikes (5-19, 2-12 league) will look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they host a trio of contests this coming week.


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