Vikings corral the Colts |

Vikings corral the Colts

Gary Kank

After dropping two tough games last week, the South Tahoe High volleyball team got back on the right track Saturday, beating the visiting Wooster Colts 15-10, 9-15, 15-11 and 15-10 in a Nevada 4A contest at South Tahoe High School.

“It’s starting to come together for us,” Viking coach Gary Hankoff said. “We are building confidence.”

While the outside hitting of Rachel Hankoff, Jessica Dilegame and Myrna Sanchez continued to shine, one of the brighter spots in the game was defensive specialist Kevin Comlossy.

“Kevin really helped with defense and passing,” coach Hankoff said. “Passing has really been hurting us, but she’s has been a steady rock.”

The Vikings look for continued success as they travel to Hug on Tuesday.

STHS boys strikers whip Wooster

Playing on the road against Wooster High, the South Tahoe boys soccer team cruised to a 6-0 Nevada 4A victory Saturday in Reno.

The Vikings struck three times in the first 15 minutes of action on a successful penalty kick by Drew Ketelsen and two nice goals by Enrique Avina.

With a 3-0 score early into the game, Viking coach Joe Winters showed a lot of sportsmanship and pulled back, allowing his younger players to exhibit some of their skills.

The young guys didn’t disappoint and Tonio Precido, Pedro Magullenas and Devin Blann each notched a second-half goal.

Up next for the Vikings is a Wednesday road match against North Valleys.

Viking standout forward Alex Torres has been cleared to return to practice after straining his knee.

Whittell harriers running strong

The Whittell High cross country team competed in two big meets over the weekend and came away with excellent results in both.

Running in a Nevada 3A meet in Fernley Friday, the Warriors were able to finish third among 10 teams.

Chad Gerken finished fourth overall with a time of 18 minutes and teammate Brian Bebee ran to a ninth-place finish at 18:28.

Many others ran well for the Warriors as they placed eight runners in the top 40 in a field of 84 total competitors.

“The guys ran really well,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said.

After the Fernley meet, the Warriors became the road Warriors and took a 10-hour bus ride from Fernley to Wells for a five-team meet with host Wells, Independence, Carlin and Owyhee.

Not showing any effects of running the day before, the Warriors ran to a first-place 28-point finish behind Gerken and Ben Johnson. Wells came in second with 50 points, while Independence, Carlin and Owyhee placed third through fifth.

Gerken’s time of 18:37 was the best of any runner, while Johnson’s 19:57 was good for third. Mike Komorowski, Daniel Mitchell and Jarret Guajardo rounded out the top ten finishing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

On the girls side, Christina Arana finished in first place as teammates Kim McGlothlin, Alexis Abelow and Kaitlin Willens finished fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Overall, Rippet was pleased with the way his team ran against a strong Wells group.

“Even though they were a little fatigued from running in Fernley, they were mentally tough,” he said. “Our goal was to show Wells who was boss and I think we did that.”

For complete results from the Wells meet check out page 2B.

Whittell splits weekend set on the net

After knocking off Fernley 5-15, 15-1, 15-6 and 15-7 in a non-league contest Friday at Whittell High, the Warrior volleyball team struggled on the road, losing to the Hawthorne Serpents 9-15, 10-15, 15-5 and 12-15 Saturday in a Nevada 2A contest.

“We did not play well enough to beat them,” Warrior coach Dan McLaughlin said. “We made too many mistakes and they capitalized on them … they outplayed us.”

While they game didn’t go in the Warriors favor, there were many outstanding performances.

Erin Silver drove down 22 kills and 12 points, while Jessika Purdy dropped 25 kills and nine points.

Shelley Zaskoda was solid with nine kills, nine points and a service ace and senior setter Stephanie Evans dished out 65 assists, four kills and eight points.

McLaughlin reflected on the loss.

“Maybe the loss was a good thing for us,” he said. “It might be a warning that we need to play better.”

Warriors split weekend matches

Much like the Warriors volleyball team the Whittell High boys soccer team ran over Rite of Passage 11-0 on Friday, but fell to a 8-0 defeat hosting Truckee Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

Friday’s Rite of Passage game saw an offensive explosion by the Warriors.

Nestor Flores scores four goals and added three assists, while Oscar Cortez notched a hat trick with three goals of his own.

Also scoring for the Warriors was freshman Tim Prebazac with two goals and Argenis Flores and Kyle Bellotti each finished with a goal and two assists.

Unfortunately, hosting the Truckee Wolverines Saturday the Warriors tasted a bit of their own medicine.

After battling hard for the first 20 minutes, the Wolverines posted two quick goals and never looked back.

“Those first two goals broke our back and we kind of fell apart,” Warrior coach Steve Maltase said.

The Warriors will look to get back on track Wednesday when they take on North Tahoe in Zephyr Cove.

STHS running well

Competing off the hill in Rocklin, Calif. the South Tahoe High cross country team raced to impressive results.

While the boys side were missing key runners in Chris Cosmi, Cody McGehee, Scott Brower and Alex Tenocelotl many others stepped up in their absence and ran strong races.

Brian Marshall led the way for the Vikings, finishing 53rd overall with a time of 18:46. Packing nicely behind him were Jeff Koeck (18:53), Brian Kurek (18:55), Steven Grant (19:06) and Sean Pawling (19:46).

The boys placed well enough to secure third-place overall.

On the girls side, Amber Ramos continued her successful year, finishing her race 10th overall with a time of 19:59. Other top Viking runners were Marin St. Michel (21:44), Erica Zampardo (21:55), Nicole Herbert (22:45) and Caitlin Robinson (23:13).

Led by Ramos’ great run the Lady Vikings took a third-place overall result as well.

The Vikings next event is Friday in Elko, a meet Viking coach Dominque Westlake is looking forward to.

“It’s a chance to race against everybody and see where we stack up,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be healthy. The way the freshman and younger kids are running, who knows what the varsity will be and how much we’ll improve by the end of the year.”

For complete results of the Bella Vista meet check out the scoreboard on 2B.

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