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Vikings’ iron men reach potential

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

South Tahoe High golf coach Mike Patterson wasn’t blowing smoke.

He knew his team had the potential to score within the top eight teams in the Northern Nevada League, and on Monday at Sierra Nevada Golf Course his Vikings proved him right.

Led by sophomore Patrick Curtis’ 82, the Vikings finished sixth out of 13 teams – a marked improvement from the last-place finishes in the past two zone qualifying tournaments.

“We played up to our abilities, but I hope it’s not going to be too little too late,” said Patterson, who felt when the season began that his team would be among the eight teams which qualify for zone.

“I think they played with a little bit of confidence today. It’s a hard golf course, and I think our local knowledge was definitely useful.”

The encouraging performance left the Vikings’ in a ninth-place tie with Hug and Wooster in the overall standings, six points behind eighth-place Lowry.

All of the Vikings broke 100 Monday on the hilly course designed by Johnny Miller and John Harbottle. Contributing to the 437 team total were Ricky Wasilchuk with 84, James Peterson and Patrick Kelly 89, Sean Fannan 93 and Brian Ware 98.

Chris Beaty and Travis Whisman fired 75 and 76, respectively, to lead Galena to a first-place total of 391.

Patterson will take some junior varsity players Wednesday to Fallon. The varsity will resume play Monday at Empire Ranch in Carson City.

Battle of the Lake a week away

Now that the final traces of snow have melted away at the South Tahoe Middle School track and field, the community can start anticipating the April 27 Battle of the Lake.

The competitive headliner between South Tahoe and Whittell high schools is only part of the festivities. A middle school division featuring South Tahoe, Kingsbury and St. Theresa School has been added to the fray.

Also added to juice up the meet are open 100- and 1,600-meter races and a parents relay. Open races require a $5 entry fee, while the parents relay is free.

Field events begin at 3 p.m., with running races starting at 3:30 p.m. Spectators will be admitted for free.

For more information, phone meet director Anthony Davis at (530) 541-1873.

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