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Vikings and Warriors to meet in Whittell Cup

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe High’s and Whittell’s boys soccer programs will clash for the first time in a real game Friday in Zephyr Cove.

“Getting to play South Tahoe is definitely an honor for us,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “I’m delighted they had an interest in being in our tournament. We’re just hoping we can give them some competition.”

The teams have scrimmaged in the past.

The Warriors and Vikings will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the inaugural Whittell Cup, a four-team boys tournament and three-team girls tournament. The pool play and championship format will continue through Saturday.

Whittell’s high-scoring center midfielder Nestor Flores has played against STHS stars Alex Torres and Leon Abravanel in club soccer, but he’s especially anxious to compete against them with school pride at stake.

“They are a really good team, and it will be a good match … a battle of the lake,” Flores said. “I’m nervous but at the same time I’m looking forward to it.”

On Friday, Whittell boys open with Yerington at 2:30 p.m. at Whittell, while South Tahoe meets Dayton at 2:30 p.m. at Zephyr Cove Park. The Whittell girls kick off the tournament with a 1 p.m. matchup with Yerington at Whittell. Because only three teams are entered, the Warriors won’t play again until 9 a.m. Saturday against Dayton at Whittell.

Girls’ and boys’ championship games are at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Whittell.

Yerington and Dayton are also entered in both tournaments.

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