Vikings run table of Northern Nevada’s top teams
Galena and South Tahoe seem to be making a habit out of playing close games against each other. The two prep boys basketball squads locked horns in the 1998 zone championship, with the Grizzlies prevailing in an overtime thriller. The Vikings had their way this weekend, however, again playing past regulation for a 57-49 overtime victory.
“These two teams have always been fairly evenly matched in the past,” said South Tahoe coach Tom Orlich. “You go out there and play a tough game and sometimes it takes more than four quarters to decide the outcome.”
South Tahoe (12-4) controlled the tempo – and the scoreboard – for most of Saturday’s game, but lost its grip in the fourth quarter. Up seven points minutes into the final quarter, the Vikings fell victim to an opportunistic, hot-shooting Galena run. The Grizzlies forced several late turnovers and held onto a three-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Vikes guard John Giannoni III kept his poise and converted a clutch, three-point play to send the game into an extra period. South Tahoe left no doubt in overtime, outscoring Galena 11-3 to lock up the win.
The weekend started out auspiciously for South Tahoe, as the Vikings jumped on Douglas early and often for a 78-37 win. South Tahoe’s pressure defense created most of its offense, as the Vikes put together a 29-point lead at the break and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Viking girls routed
Like Orlich’s squad, the South Tahoe girls basketball team also battled Douglas and Galena over the weekend. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they could not manufacture the same results, dropping both contests by lopsided margins.
In Friday’s game, Douglas dropped South Tahoe 60-25; Saturday’s contest didn’t get any better for the Vikings, who were dealt a 62-25 defeat by Galena. The pair of losses dropped South Tahoe’s record to 4-11 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Vikes coach Tim Jaureguito could not be reached for comment.
South Tahoe will get another chance for its first league win at home Friday against Wooster.
Viking grapplers remain busy
The South Tahoe High wrestling team isn’t having any trouble keeping itself busy lately, as Viking wrestlers competed in a pair of weekend tournaments, the team’s third meet in less than a week.
South Tahoe coach Tom Barnes accompanied four wrestlers to Incline, while assistant coach Dennis Romero led a group of eight to a meet in Carson City. Earlier in the week, the Vikes hosted a dual meet against Carson and Douglas, picking up a long-overdue tie against the Tigers.
The young team continued to mature over the weekend as sophomore captain Cavin Ross captured a third-place finish at the 112-pound weight class at the Incline tournament. Viking Jordan Breisacher nailed down the fourth spot at the 140-pound weight class.
At the Carson Senators tournament, Vike Rook Naccarato pinned a Truckee wrestler in the 130-pound championship match to collect South Tahoe’s only top mark in medal matches. Freshman Ryan Wallace nearly won it all 125 pounds, falling to a Reno grappler in the finals to earn a silver medal. Fellow rookies Galen Breisacher (135-pound class) and Nick Alexander (171-pound class) rounded out South Tahoe’s medalists with fourth-place finishes.
The Vikings will keep their schedule filled as they hit the mats for the Randy Couch Memorial Tournament Jan. 16 at South Tahoe High.
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