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Vikings strengthen unit at relays

Michael Traum

Running is an individual sport. But learning to work as a team, especially at the high school level, is key to winning league and state titles.

South Tahoe High’s boys and girls cross-country teams got a dose of togetherness on Friday, as the school hosted the South Tahoe Relays.

“The meet went off really well. It’s the favorite meet of a lot of teams and an opportunity to run a different format,” said Tahoe boys coach Dominique Westlake. “We’re halfway through the season right now and really have to start focusing on working as a team. This was a good chance to do that.”

Both the boys and girls groups entered multiple four-person teams in the 2.5-mile relay events. The combined times of all runners determine the team winners.

The South Tahoe boys “A” team of Russell Grant, Cory Martin, Jeff Cosmi and Manuel Lomeli had the best outing, finishing fourth out of 17 teams with a time of 55 minutes, 33 seconds. Hug was first at 54:04.

On the girls side, the Viking “A” team of Lisa Orr, Launa Giordano, Danielle Perucci and Cecilia Cuevas was also fourth at 1:10.10. Douglas was first at 1:03.57.

In the 31-team mixed division, Marin St. Michel, Erika Larson, Lucas Pakes and David Lake were 11th at 1:06.56; with Tiffany Good, Shayna Gianelli, Jeff Kueck and Derek Pakes, 12th, 1:07.22; Jennifer Carrell, Beth Kirkland, Ryan Gleason, and Freddie Ferrer, 15th, 1:08.12; Dawn Hock, Alicia Son, Travis Moore and Brian Christiansen, 16th, 1:08.44; Lauren St. Pierre, Cory Buckley, and Steven Moore, 1:10.23; Julie Garcia, Racheal Romero, Grant Carter and Adam Wexelblatt, 22nd, 1:10.48.

Whittell High’s girls soccer team got a convincing homecoming win, 6-0, vs. Moapa Valley on Saturday at Zephyr Cove Park.

The scoring was well distributed. Caitlin Fagen, Mandy Rawls, Corky Novotny, Maggie Jones, Renee Cascino and Megan Glasson each hit the back of the net.

“They dominated,” said Whittell coach Mike Leeper. “Now we have a huge game coming up.”

The Warriors travel to Incline on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. league contest.

Meanwhile, the boys team tied Meadows at 2 on Friday and beat Moapa 3-1 on Saturday for a homecoming win.

Dusty Apocotos scored three goals while Todd Echan netted two. The pair have teamed to tally 14 of Whittell’s past 15 goals.

The Warriors (4-2-1) play at Incline at 7 p.m.

South Tahoe’s boys and girls soccer team each picked up victories over Hug on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

The boys won 7-0, playing a better game than the last meeting at Hug, a 2-0 win, according to coach Joe Winters.

“We’ve been working hard and the boys responded well,” he said. “The defense has been solid the last couple of weeks and that gives the guys up front the confidence to go to the goal.”

Jeff Orr scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Vikes, which remain third in the division at 5-4. Dave Brown scored one with two assists, while Andy Butcher, Alex Romagnolo, Jon McKean and Ascension Gonzales each scored one. Peter Chirapotti, Abe Haen and Romagnolo had assists.

The South Tahoe junior varsity boys team won, 4-0.

Meanwhile, the girls played through miserable conditions to produce a 7-3 win over Hug. In hail, wind and steady rain, the Vikes (4-4) jumped out to a comfortable 4-0 halftime lead.

“They did a great job getting to the ball. Then it got cold in the second half. It was a well-deserved win,” said Tahoe coach Julia Peyser.

Reggie Braun, Jen Hamm and Katy Orr each scored two, while Christie Higman netted one.

The South Tahoe junior varsity girls team won, 5-0.

Whittell High’s volleyball team got a hard-fought homecoming victory in five games over Fernley on Friday.

The Warriors (14-4, 2-1 division) won 5-15, 15-5, 13-15, 15-13, 15-13. Erin Zaskoda and Karin Kaleta each banged 15 kills while Sarah Sufka tossed 43 assists.

“The Warriors managed to eek out a victory against a talented Fernley team,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “We showed a lot of guts, heart and determination.”

Whittell goes to Manogue on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. contest.

South Tahoe High’s girls golf team posted its best conference outing of the year on Friday in Reno.

The Vikings, who fielded five sophomores, finished sixth out of 13 teams. Misty Butts and Alana Wike each fired 103, while Carrie Waller shot 105, Nicole Vario 110 and Katy Allegrini 113.

“I’m really proud of them. They played where they should be shooting and we’re excited about it,” said Tahoe coach Marsha Butler.

Despite the finish, Tahoe remains out of the top-8 playoff spots. But Butts, Wike and Vario are on track to secure individual zone playoff berths.

Sophomore Chris Ortiz kicked a 36-yard field goal with six minutes remaining to give the South Tahoe High junior varsity football team a 17-14 win at Carson on Friday.

“I’ve never tried a field goal in eight years of coaching,” said Tahoe (2-3) head coach Mike Patterson. “He banged it in there. Our defense shut them out in the second half and we had some guys step up and do a good job.”

The Vikings mounted a 15-play, nine-minute drive to set up the field goal. Tahoe scored on its first two possessions in the first half. Chris Tanner scored on a two-yard run, set up by a 70-yard pass from Sean Kezer to Jerry Seeley. Kezer next connected with Ryan Hickey for a 50-yard score, putting Tahoe up 14-6.

Kezer finished 5 of 9 for 165 yards with one score and two interceptions before leaving near the end of the first half. Seeley had three catches for 80 yards and Hickey caught three for 69. Tanner rushed for 77 yards on 22 carries and made 11 tackles on defense. Ryan Griffith played for Kezer in the second half, connecting on 3-of-7 passes for 40 yards while adding nine tackles. Aaron Newcombe rushed six times for 46 yards while making seven tackles. Jason Johnson logged eight tackles and a fumble recovery while Jeremy Wilson added four tackles and one interception. Ortiz added four tackles to his game-winning kick.

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