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Vikings clinch league soccer title, beat Wooster

Dan Thomas

South Tahoe’s boys clinched the Northern Nevada 4A Division II league title on Saturday with a 10-1 win at Wooster.

With the victory, South Tahoe raised its league record to 13-0-4 (18-0-4 overall) by pulling away from an overmatched Wooster team. The victory gave South Tahoe 43 points, too many for Douglas to catch up in one game.

“It was definitely one we felt we would have if we played well in these last two games,” said South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters. “The biggest challenge was getting through the Douglas, Carson and Reno games. At this point, we just want to stay healthy and avoid anything bad happening.”



Miguel Jiminez and Ascension Gonzalez scored two goals apiece for South Tahoe, and Jiminez added an assist. Evan Baker had a goal and two assists, and Larry Martinez two more assists for South Tahoe. After Wooster tied the score 1-1 15 minutes in, South Tahoe pulled away for a 5-1 halftime lead, and cruised to the win with five second-half goals.

South Tahoe has one game remaining, at Fallon on Wednesday. Douglas briefly led the league in points after South Tahoe was idle for homecoming week, but the Vikings had more games over the end of the season, and raised their unbeaten streak to 22 games on the season. The Vikings have not tied since Oct. 13 at Douglas. The zone playoffs begin Nov. 3 when South Tahoe plays host to a first-round game at South Tahoe Middle School.



South Tahoe girls beat overmatched Wooster

South Tahoe’s girls found some wide-open spaces on the soccer field, winning 7-0 at struggling Wooster on Saturday.

The Vikings improved to 6-4-7 and essentially have locked down fourth place in Northern Nevada 4A Division II soccer. After South Tahoe opened up the offense early, head coach Julia Peyser removed three of her players, and played Wooster eight-on-11 for the rest of the game. The Vikings responded by seeing the open spaces in the field, and added more goals, opening a 5-0 lead by halftime.

“They did a really good job,” Peyser said.

Senior Emily Magana and sophomore Jen Galea had two goals each for South Tahoe, senior Jen Hamm scored once and junior Casey Triggs had one more – her first of the year.

South Tahoe wraps the regular season at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fallon. The zone playoffs begin Nov. 2.

Vikings tie 11 goals on Galena for senior day

South Tahoe’s boys celebrated senior day Friday with one goal for every year the soccer team’s upper class has completed in school – 11.

The Vikings pulled back into first place with an 11-2 home win over Galena – and showed the visiting Grizzlies around the other side of a blowout after Galena did the same to Lowry earlier in the year. South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters honored his seniors by playing the senior class in the first half, and had a 6-1 lead by halftime.

The seniors – who hadn’t played as a unit much this year – needed about 15 minutes to adjust. But once they did, the goals came in bunches. The results were little different in the second half, as the underclassmen had five more goals, and allowed Galena to score once more.

Evan Baker finished with two goals and two assists for South Tahoe, while Pedro Verdin and Carlos Davila had two goals apiece. Andy Butcher and Paul Wilson had a goal and an assist each, and Miguel Jiminez and Gustavo Romero had two more assists apiece. Senior Pat Reardon played most of the game in goal for South Tahoe, and was spelled by Ryan Daugherty.

The Vikings officially pulled ahead of Douglas for the league lead with the win. South Tahoe raised its record to 12-0-3, for 40 points, and Douglas had 38 with a 12-3-2 mark.

The lone negative for South Tahoe came three quarters of the way through the second half when sophomore Chris McKean re-injured his collarbone. McKean had cracked his collarbone in September in a home game against Douglas.

Butts finishes among top 30 at state golf tourney

South Tahoe junior Misty Butts just missed finishing among the top 25, but was within the top half of the field at the 1999 U.S. Bank/NIAA Girls Golf State Championship.

In the championship, which wrapped Thursday at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Butts shot a 93-99-189 to finish 27th. Two Green Valley golfers tied for the lowest round of the tournament with twin 153s.

Butts, competing in her second straight state golf championship, was the only duffer from South Tahoe to qualify.

Hordzwick shows improvement at state golf tourney

Whittell sophomore Tara Hordzwick improved over her two rounds at the 3A state golf tournament Thursday and Friday in Fernley.

Hordzwick shot a 118-104-212 to move from 47th to 39th out of the 58-player field in Fernley. Hordzwick was the only golfer from Whittell’s young team to qualify, and could make the trip to state two more times before her career is over at Whittell.


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