Vikings avoid two-match losing streak |

Vikings avoid two-match losing streak

Steve Yingling

Faced with a distinct possibility of losing its second straight division match for the only time this season, the South Tahoe High volleyball team turned to three of its top hitters and diggers to get the job done against Reno on Wednesday.

Behind 48 kills and 42 digs by Melissa Maxwell, Adrian Hankoff and Chantell Young, the Vikings fended off the Huskies 15-9, 14-16, 15-12, 15-5 in their final Northern Nevada League match in South Lake Tahoe.

“We sort of played down to their level, but Reno has a phenomenal setter. They don’t hit real well, but they do a good job of setting away from our blocks, which makes it really difficult,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff.

Adrian Hankoff led the Vikings with 19 kills, while Maxwell and Young put away 16 and 13 balls, respectively. All three made 14 digs.

The Vikings’ other key front-line player, Courtney Wilson, missed the match because of a sore shoulder and the flu.

STHS (15-3) will play in the Hiram Johnson Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday in Sacramento and then will compete in the zone tournament, which begins next Thursday at Reno High.

It wasn’t as easy as it could have been, but the South Tahoe High boys soccer team will go into the postseason on a winning streak.

Dave Brown’s goal in the 77th minute gave the Vikings a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fallon on Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.

Fallon tied the score at 1 with 20 minutes to play, forcing the Vikings (12-5-1) to up the game’s tempo. Their intensity upgrade paid off with three minutes to play when Miguel Jaiminez crossed a pass from the corner to Brown in front of the goal.

“We definitely had our chances but couldn’t put it in the net. Their goalie played a really nice game. We just seemed to hit the goalie wherever he was,” said Viking coach Joe Winters.

South Tahoe opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Andy Butcher scored on a crossing pass from Evan Baker.

Viking goalie Peter Chiarpotti made four saves.

Jeff Orr, the Vikings’ leading scorer, didn’t play because of a foot injury. He’s questionable for the Vikings’ home playoff game with Elko on Monday.

The Whittell High boys soccer starters are becoming so effective that they’re cutting into their own playing time.

Pedro Salinas, Dusty Apocotos and Chris Boudreau each scored two goals in the first half and then watched a scoreless second half from the sideline as Whittell blanked Yerington 6-0 Wednesday in a Nevada 3A Division II match in Yerington.

“They came out ready to play and worked hard for the first half and then I gave the young guys a chance to play. I was really impressed with how the younger guys played,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase.

Apocotos also assisted on two goals.

Whittell, 8-1 in division, can clinch at least a share of first place with a victory over Lovelock on Friday in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors are already guaranteed a home game in the state tournament Nov. 7.

Whittell High’s girls soccer team should have brought their homework to Yerington on Wednesday afternoon.

With a 5-0 lead at halftime, the Warrior regulars could afford to focus their attention elsewhere in their 7-0 rout of the Lions in Yerington.

“You don’t want to embarrass anybody. It was another one of those games where the younger players get in and play a lot of minutes,” said Whittell coach Mike Leeper, who gave his regulars the second half off.

Mandy Ralls scored a hat trick and Corky Novotny found the net twice to fuel the romp. Caitlin Fagan and Maggie Jones also scored for the Warriors.

Whittell can wrap up a state playoff berth by beating Lovelock on Friday.

“We are looking to get into a playoff mode and get everybody ready for the next two weeks of battle,” Leeper said.

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