Vikings swinging their way toward zone |

Vikings swinging their way toward zone

South Tahoe High golf set a goal to qualify for zone as a team, and through three tournaments the Vikings are right where they want to be.

Sitting in seventh place overall puts the team into contention for zone for the first time in three years.

“We feel that zone is definitely a potential for us,” head coach Marsha Butler said.

The Vikings put themselves in this position by turning in consistent performances at Elko, Wolf Run and Rosewood Lakes. After their first match at Elko, the team was in eighth spot, they fell to ninth after Wolf Run, but pulled themselves back into the race by getting into seventh after Rosewood Lakes.

Senior Misty Butts has been the leading force for the Vikings as she has been in the top 10 after three matches.

Butts turned in a 12th-place finish at Wolf Run and shot a 83, good enough for eighth at Rosewood Lakes to keep her in contention for another zone berth.

Kalotina Manos and Adrienne Crist were the next two Vikings behind Butts at Rosewood Lakes when they tied for 17th with 92s. Lauren Dooling shot a 105 and Molly Alameda shot a 111.

Vikings boys back on winning path

The South Tahoe boys tennis team returned to its winning ways by beating Manogue 12 1/2 -10 Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.

Just like the match against Reno, the contest against the Miners came down to the final set. This time, however, the team of Chris Stamey and Jason Scott defeated the No. 2 doubles team for Manogue.

“I was really proud of Chris and Jason because they played well, knowing that the whole match was riding on their set,” head coach Pat Fagen said.

The Vikings also won eight of nine singles matches and were led by the stellar play of Graham St. Michel and Andy Mora, who won all three of their matches, and Corrie Lindsay, who took two of three.

The doubles squad of Joedy Michael and Parker Alexander won two of three as well, only dropping their contest with Manogue’s No. 1 doubles team, which is one of the best in the state.

Next up for the Vikings will be a trip to Wooster, which is a revenge match for South Tahoe because the Colts upended the Vikes last season.

“This is the toughest stretch for us right now,” Fagen said. “If we can get through this, then the rest of the season will be a little easier. If we come out and play to our potential, we’ll do fine.”

The two teams square off at Wooster on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

STHS girls netters come up short

The South Tahoe girls team did not fare as well against the Miners as the boys did. The Vikings fell to Manogue 15 1/2 -7, but head coach Debbie Matthews was pleased with her team’s improvement.

South Tahoe was carried by the strong play of doubles partners Kelly Haslem and Shannon Hixenbaum, who won all three of their matches. Kristin Kirkland and Saleene Hancock delivered another win for the Vikings and Sam Crosson also won one of her matches.

“We’re doing pretty well right now,” Mathews said. “Each match we’re getting a little better.”

The Vikings next hold serve against Wooster at home on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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