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Vikings open state with Gorman

Steve Yingling

South Tahoe High coach Tom Orlich and Bishop Gorman’s head man Jeff Wagonseller won’t need any introductions on Thursday.

The two coaches have met before in the Nevada state boys basketball tournament. South Tahoe plays Bishop Gorman in first-round state playoff game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Reno High.

“They are very well-coached, have good athletes and very disciplined. They’re just a typical Catholic school, and we expect to have our hands full,” Orlich said. “It will come down to how well our systems match and how well we perform.”

During last weekend’s zone tournament, the Vikings’ patient offense and tough man defense held Sparks to 37 points and Galena to 44. Containing the high-powered Las Vegas schools will present a new challenge.

“It’s too early to tell (what point range we need to be successful). We’re going to sit down (today) and look at film and review our scouting reports,” Orlich said.

The Vikings last met Bishop Gorman in the first round of state in 1993. Gorman won 55-48.

Gorman (26-7) won the Sunset Division but was knocked off by Valley in the Southern Zone semifinals on Friday. The Gaels rebounded to take third place, beating Sunrise Division winner Las Vegas 79-75 in double overtime on Saturday.

“I think we can play with and beat anyone,” said Viking senior Nick Romagnolo. “It’s all a matter of believing in ourselves and being confident. If all the guys do that, we can beat anyone.”

Tahoe, which failed to win a division or zone title for the first time in 11 years, hasn’t won a state playoff game since earning its second championship in 1992.

“We still go to state and can be the first team since Jerod (Haase’s) team to win a game,” Romagnolo said. “It’s just a matter of confidence, especially with the tough nonleague opponents we’ve played. Maybe we can win state and get that 11th title. Don’t count anything out.”


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