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Vikings rout Winnemucca soccer teams

Michael Traum

Both of South Tahoe High’s soccer teams posted the first wins of the season on Saturday over Lowry in Winnemucca.

Freshman Melissa Stetson knocked in her first goal as a Viking as the girls cruised to a 5-0 win. Emily Magana, Jen Hamm, Aly David and Reggie Braun each added goals. Tahoe blasted 30 shots on goal.

“We did a good job and we’re starting to see a lot of the plays and midfield runs that we work on in practice,” said Tahoe co-coach Julia Peyser, who also credited the junior varsity players who played with the varsity.

Tahoe (1-2) hosts McQueen on Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School.

Meanwhile, sophomore Ascension Gonzales scored three goals as the boys routed the Buckaroos, 8-1.

Jeff Orr, Evan Baker, Andy Butcher, Alex Romagnolo and Victor Gonzales added goals while freshman Peter Chirapotti saw his first start in the net.

“We dominated and controlled the whole game. They only had a couple of chances,” Romagnolo said.

Tahoe (1-2) hosts McQueen on Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.

South Tahoe High’s volleyball team overcame a slow start to down Lowry, 11-15, 15-13, 15-8, 15-5, on Saturday in Winnemucca.

Senior Adrian Hankoff led the Vikings with 23 kills and Chantelle Young delivered 12. Other players making major contributions were Melissa Maxwell, seven kills and two block assists; Alicia Lambert 48 assists and six aces; and Courtney Wilson, five kills and six blocks.

Lowry caught the Vikings by surprise by winning the opening game with some outstanding ball control.

“I was seeing my life pass before my eyes. We came in way too relaxed and they were a lot better than we thought they would be. We couldn’t pass at all in the first game and we had a lot of hitting errors,” Viking coach Gary Hankoff said.

Tahoe (1-0) travels to Sparks on Tuesday, and hosts El Dorado of California on Friday.

Whittell High’s volleyball team opened the season with an impressive win at Truckee last Thursday.

Junior Erin Zaskoda led a balanced attack with 18 kills and two blocks, as the Warriors handled the Wolverines, 15-8, 15-10, 15-1. Karin Kaleta added 12 kills and two blocks, while Aurora Terry had 10 kills and two blocks. Sarah Sufka tossed 47 assists.

“It was one of the best team-oriented games played by Whittell in years,” said coach Dan McLaughlin. “We have a very quick team. Truckee had no answer for our ability to get to the ball. It bodes well for the future.”

Whittell (1-0) travels to the Dayton Tournament next weekend.

Varsity runner Manuel Lomeli and the JV’s Jeff Cosmi represented South Tahoe High in good fashion at the highly competitive Oakmont Invitational last weekend at Sierra College in Rocklin.

Lomeli, a sophomore, placed 31st in the 20-plus-team varsity race. Times were not available.

“Manuel’s a very natural runner and has lot of talent. He’s a very quiet person but has the heart of lion,” said Viking coach Dominique Westlake.

Other Vikings to finish were senior Russell Grant, senior Travis Moore and junior Grant Carter. Junior Cory Martin didn’t finish after falling on the two-mile course.

Jeff Cosmi nearly cracked the JV top 10, finishing 11th in 11 minutes, 30 seconds. The winning time was 10:41.

South Tahoe’s other JV results included Ryan Gleason, 44th, 12:46; Jeff Koeck, 54th, 13:00; Steven Moore, 61st, 13:26; and Freddie Ferrer, 65th, 13:40. Jacob Ramos’ placing and time was not available.

South Tahoe will participate in the Reed Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Sparks.

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