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Vikings finish second at Colfax Tournament

Jeremy Evans

The buzz at the Colfax Tournament was that South Tahoe High had knocked off Rocklin the previous weekend at the Viking Classic. After all, the Thunder started the season ranked No. 7 in the Sacramento Bee’s area rankings, while the Vikings were coming off a four-win season.

For an encore performance in Colfax, South Tahoe beat Dixon and Lincoln in the first two rounds before losing to Golden Valley 62-52 in the championship game. The Vikings trailed most of the game and were never able to cut the lead to less than 10 points in the second half.

Coach Derek Allister said Golden Valley did a good job of keying on Jared Wood and Casey Curcie, limiting the Vikings’ top two scorers to just 14 points in the loss.

“They pretty much handled us the entire game,” Allister said. “They controlled the tempo and we never really did a good job to make them accelerate that tempo. It was a comfortable win for them. When teams tempo us like that, we struggle. But I think we’re going to find a way to overcome that.”

In a 62-60 win over Lincoln on Friday, South Tahoe’s Conor Freeman hit a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to lift the Vikings to victory. Down 58-57 with a minute left, Wood converted two free throws to put South Tahoe up 59-58 before Lincoln came down and regained the lead.

Freeman scored 14 points and was one of three players to finish in double figures in the two-point win. Casey Curcie led the way with 19 points. Wood finished with 14.

Freeman also had six points in the championship game, Dan Tinlin scored a season-high 15 points and K.J. Allister added eight points against Golden Valley. Freeman and Curcie were both named to the all-tournament team for South Tahoe (8-2).

The Vikings’ next game is against Spanish Springs on Tuesday in Sparks. The Vikings host Bishop Manogue on Wednesday at 7 p.m., then travel to the Sacramento area for the Folsom Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

“We got a pretty tough week coming up,” coach Allister said. “But I really like where we are right now. Who are we to complain?”

Warriors win two games at Lone Pine tourney

Whittell bounced back from Thursday’s loss to Trona, Calif., on Friday to beat both Big Pine and the Bishop junior varsity. Brian Hanshew had 14 points in the first half before leaving the game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 52-37 win over Big Pine. Tommy Esquivel added 17 points, Christopher Craig had 10 and Sean Ingenluyff, Kenny Castro and Joseph Hsiao all came off the bench and played “great” defense in the 15-point victory. Nick Teply added seven points in the win.

In a 65-54 win over Bishop later on Friday, Hanshew returned to score a game-high 21 points, Esquivel had 15 points and Craig finished with 15 as the Warriors had three players in double figures. Scott Lusby and Teply both finished with five points.

On Saturday, Whittell lost its final game of the tournament, a 53-50 decision to Kern Valley. The Warriors (3-5) had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation but couldn’t convert. The Warriors also lost a one-possession game in a 77-75 loss to Trona. Chris Shapiro returned against Kern Valley after missing both of Friday’s game to illness.

“I think it really was a good tournament for us,” said coach Dennis Young. “We’re scoring a lot of points. Even the two games we lost, we had chances to win. I think our kids getting that experience will only help us. I like where we are at. I think we’re going to surprise some teams this season.”

The Warriors’ next game isn’t until the first round of the Mesa Verde Tournament Dec. 28-30.

Whittell girls upend North Tahoe

Sophomores Jessica Woods and Kelly Karmann led the Warriors to a 54-26 win Friday at North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City. Woods had 20 points and nine rebounds, while Karmann added seven points and 11 rebounds, including three offensive boards.

Sarah Ingenluyff recorded 10 points and six rebounds in the blowout victory, Whittell’s second over the Lakers this season. The Warriors (3-2) don’t play again until next Monday, when they play at Sparks.

Freshmen struggle vs. Douglas

Douglas’ freshman girls’ basketball team trailed South Tahoe most of the first quarter but once the Tigers got on track they never looked back in a 62-7 victory on Friday.

The Tigers turned the contest with their press defense.

“One of the good things about facing adversity early in the season is that we can use the time from now on to truly gauge the progress of the entire season,” said STHS coach Simon Ruvalcaba. “I want to make our team goal now to be to look back at the early season and be able to see the improvement.”

Ruvalcaba was pleased with the performances of Jazz Carlucci, Delanie Sabac, Jessica Partida and Bernie Schneeberg.


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