Vikings lose their first league dual of season
Usually losing and the happy meter don’t mix. But for Ken Robbins, he couldn’t be happier about his South Tahoe Vikings losing to Wooster 37-36 Thursday in a Sierra Division dual at South Tahoe High School.
“Obviously we are real disappointed,” Robbins said. “This was a match we should’ve won, but our kids are disappointed about it. The past few years, our kids wouldn’t feel bad about losing by one point to Wooster. My kids are crushed. That’s a good sign.”
The Vikings (3-2 overall, 1-1 division) built a 30-13 lead but lost four of their final five matches to suffer their first division loss of the season. South Tahoe’s Mike Crouse, who was wrestling up a weight class at 112 pounds, defeated Mike Lucido 6-4 to stay undefeated on the season. He is the only Viking who has yet to lose.
Elliot Pekar (145 pounds), Anthony Barton (160), J.P. Foster (215) and Brandon Johns (135) all pinned their opponents. Barton’s pin, which came with 38 seconds left in the first period, was his first as a varsity wrestler. The Vikings’ other two wins were at 152 pounds, which Josh Reeder won by forfeit, and in the 171-pound match, where Miles Wallace defeated the Colts’ Nick Perrival 7-2.
South Tahoe’s next match is another Sierra Division dual next Wednesday against Douglas in Minden.
“We put ourselves in a tough position in the league by losing this one,” Robbins said. “But I know the kids are excited to get back out there again.”
Whittell boys hoops loses in Lone Pine
Chris Shapiro scored 20 points to lead five Warriors in double figures, but it wasn’t enough in a 77-75 loss Thursday night to Trona, Calif., in the first round of the Lone Pine Tournament.
Chris Craig had 14 points, Brian Hanshew 13, Brian Vogt 12 and Tommy Esquivel finished with 10 for Whittell (1-4). Trona jumped out to 13-2 lead in the first quarter before the Warriors battled back and went into halftime leading 35-34. The second half was tight throughout, but Whittell didn’t have an answer for Trona’s 6-foot-8 center Joseph Corrica, who scored a game-high 30 points.
Shapiro attempted a 25-footer at the buzzer that would’ve won it for the Warriors but his shot bounced off the rim. Whittell plays Big Pine, Calif., today at 9 a.m., then faces the Bishop junior varsity at 1:30 p.m.
“We were kind of sluggish,” said Whittell coach Dennis Young. “I thought we really didn’t play that well and that we were the better team. But the kids played hard and we did the best we could on their 6-8 guy.”
The Warriors will make up their game against Sage Ridge sometime in the first week of January. The game was postponed because of inclement weather Wednesday in the Tahoe Basin. Also, Whittell’s game with Coleville that was originally postponed this past Tuesday will not be made up. The same goes for the Warriors girls’ basketball teams, which were also scheduled to play Coleville on Tuesday.
Sluggish Vikings still win
South Tahoe High didn’t do enough things well to please its coach on Thursday night, but the Vikings came away with what mattered most – a victory.
The Vikings won their opening game in the Colfax Tournament, defeating Dixon 65-58, despite struggling on both sides of the court.
“We just sort of walked around tonight, and I’m not sure why,” said STHS coach Derek Allister. “We didn’t play with much energy and that bothered me.
“Every good team has to win when they’ve played poorly. We’ve strung together seven pretty decent games. To stumble through and win wasn’t acceptable but somewhat understandable.”
South Tahoe (7-1) was led by Casey Curcie’s 24 points and Jared Wood’s 22.
The Vikings will play defending tournament champion Lincoln, which beat STHS in the first round last year, at 6 p.m. Friday. STHS will play in either the finals at 6:30 p.m. or in third-place game at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling contributed to this story.