Vikings lead Sierra Division at 3-0
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
South Tahoe did very little wrong in a Sierra Division doubleheader sweep of Hug on Saturday.
Eight Viking pitchers blanked the Hawks for 10 innings in identical 21-0 baseball victories in RENO.
“We played better than we did Thursday. They came out more focused,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson. “We were putting much better swings on the ball.”
The Vikings scored 11 runs in their first at-bat.
In the first-game shutout, Otto Trebotich pitched two innings, while Derek Holmgren, Kevin Yelles and Joel Morris each threw an inning. In game two, Jason Winslow worked two innings and was followed on the mound by Kyle DiGrande, Chris Ewing and Matt Marsh.
First-place South Tahoe (7-7 overall) will travel to Damonte Ranch on Thurday in a battle of 3-0 Sierra Division teams.
Tillson is hopeful that his team will begin practicing at Todd Fields on Friday. The team began shovelling the infield last Friday, and spots of grass are now visible in the outfield.
South Tahoe had many hitting stars in both games. In game 1, Otto Trebotch was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI; Gary Prescott 3 for 4, triple, four RBI; Ivan Trebotich 2 for 4, double and triple, two RBI; Derek Holmgren 3 for 4, double and triple, four RBI; Matt Marsh 2 for 5, RBI; Chris Heng 2 for 3, RBI; and Kyle DiGrande 2 for 2.
In Game 2, Otto Trebotich was 2 for 4, triple, two RBI; Prescott 2 for 2, triple, two RBI; Ivan Trebotich 2 for 3, double, RBI; Marsh 2 for 4, two RBI; Max DeLallo 2 for 2, double, two RBI; Joel Morris 2 for 2, two RBI; and Jason Winslow 4 for 4, double and three RBI.
The Vikings will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday at Ernie’s. See varsity or JV players for the $10 tickets, which are good for a burger, shake and fries.
Rice, Palacios, Smith win at Reno meet
South Tahoe High distance runners grabbed three of the top four spots in the 1,600 meters at a four-team track and field meet Wednesday in Reno.
Kelsey Smith, Kate Lambdin and Kylie Noll were first, third and fourth, respectively with times of 5 minutes, 34 seconds, 5:37 and 5:38.
Brendan Rice and Ali Palacios also won events for the Vikings. Rice was first in the high jump with a personal-best 6 feet, 2 inches, while Palacios captured the 400 meters in 1:08.8.
After achieving his personal best, Rice tried to clear 6-4 but had an additional barrier to overcome.
“He was literally jumping in the dark and couldn’t see the bar,” said STHS coach Melissa Berry.
In addition, Mike Burns, Blair Berry and Mac Cerceo scored top three places for the STHS boys. Burns was third in the 200 at 25.1, Berry was third in the long jump at 18 feet, 3 1/2 inches and Cerceo took third in the 800 (2:11.7). Cerceo also came in fourth in the high jump and Burns placed fourth in the 100 (12.1).
Cassandra Diaz and Karly Arroues also delivered top three performances for the girls. Diaz was runner-up in the 100 at 13.16, and Arroues finished second in the 800 (2:41.5). Palacios was fourth in the 800 at 2:55, and Alyssa Mesecher finished fourth in the long jump at 13-9.
Reno won the girls’ meet with 119 points, and the Huskies took first in the boys’ meet with 123 points.
South Tahoe competes Thursday at the Outer Relays in Fallon.
Viking JV pitchers throw one-hitter
Melissa Smith and Krissy Guarino combined on a one-hit shutout as the South Tahoe High JV softball team defeated Hug 12-0 on Thursday.
The Vikings picked up a pair of forfeit wins over Hug on Saturday.
Smith and Guarino teamed up for nine strikeouts, including the side in the second and fifth innings, and only three walks. Smith also delivered a home run to lead a seven-hit attack. Melissa Ewing was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.