Vikings rally past Raiders
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
A 1-0 halftime deficit to defending Northern 4A regional champ Reed was just the incentive the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team needed for a comeback on Tuesday.
Kelsi Buts and Karli Vath scored second-half goals as the Vikings recovered for a 2-1 nonleague victory at the Community Youth Sports Complex at South Tahoe Middle School.
“They were upset that they were losing,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart, who estimated that the Vikings controlled possession 75 percent of the time in the opening 40 minutes. “They knew they were playing well and upset that a goal had gone in. They didn’t get down on themselves and responded very well.”
Vath, who assisted on her team’s first goal, scored the game-winner with about 5 minutes remaining on a feed from Bree Norton.
The Raiders used a Viking breakdown on defense to take a 1-0 lead. But the defensive play of “Jell” Perasso, Elizabeth Webb and Brittany Barcellos kept Reed from scoring again.
Eventually the frustration of several first-halfshots hitting the cross bar and missing wide was replaced by the satisfaction of scoring twice via teamwork. Vath, Norton and playmaker Tess Braun each had a second-half assist.
It was STHS’s second win over Reed in less than two weeks.
“They definitely had some confidence going into the season, and they know they still have a long road ahead of them,” Lockhart said.
The Vikings (5-2) open Sierra Division play at Hug next Tuesday.
Karl, assisted first.
Vikings smash North Valleys
South Tahoe’s girls’ tennis team continued to roll on Tuesday, pummeling North Valleys 16-2 in South Lake Tahoe.
The Vikings ran their league record to 3-0 as No. 1 singles player Lindsey Martin and the doubles teams delivered more solid results.
Martin won both of her matches, losing five total games, to remain unbeaten. Jenny Wiseman and Rebecca Roberts also contributed two singles victories.
“Lindsey is very competitive and has great work ethic,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen. “She played volleyball last year as a freshman, so we’re very happy to have heron the tennis team.”
Chela Wahl and Kenzie Usher teamed up for a pair of doubles wins as did Hannah Kropf and Brooke Borges.
STHS will play its biggest match of the young season on Thursday when it travels to perennial league power Reno.
“We’ve had some good practices and I think the team is coming together,” Fagen said. “We need to get the singles (players) to step it up a notch and they’ll be the top team in the league.”
For the second straight match, the South Tahoe boys received a forfeit victory. The Vikings (3-0) also were credited with a forfeit win last week against North Tahoe.
Holmes’ 95 leads STHS golfers
Alexis Holmes and Nicole Uibel each shot in the 90s to lead South Tahoe golfers in a Northern 4A Sierra Division girls’ golf tournament Tuesday at Northgate in Reno.
Holmes fired a 95 and Uibel shot 96 as the Vikings finished fourth. Other player scores were Bernie Schneeberg 103, Casia Hancock 106 and Blair Segal 113.
STHS played with the minimum five as one of its regular players was sick. Top-4 team scores were Douglas 444, Carson 476, Reno 506 and STHS 513.
Whittell football game moved
Whittell High has received an extra home football game as this Saturday’s Northern 2A contest against Rite of Passage has been moved to Zephyr Cove.
The game will kick off at 1 p.m.