Vikings take Lancers to limit in doubleheader |

Vikings take Lancers to limit in doubleheader

Michael Traum

South Tahoe’s softball team dropped a pair to McQueen, 4-2 and 5-1, on Saturday at Tahoe Valley Elementary School.

“They were good games. We were in position to win, which is what we’ve been working toward, and they were two of the better games we’ve given McQueen,” said Tahoe coach Jan Johnson.

Amy Johnson and April Peterson each went the distance, allowing no walks against seven hits each. Missy Johnson and Sabrina Manning each had two hits on the day, while Peterson, Megan Humphreys, Ashley Francis, Amy Johnson and Lauren Stevens added hits.

The Vikings (3-22) are next scheduled to play at Fallon on Friday.

In junior varsity action, Kelly Huck and Stephanie Terry each had two hits during the first game of a doubleheader defeat to McQueen. The Vikes (1-22) lost, 16-5 and 12-0, on Saturday. Karin Edwards, Heather Roderick, Nicole Reneer, Kim Stoval, Tabitha Porter and Jill Barna added hits. The Vikes lost 7-4 at Elko on Thursday in a game coach Rich Barna said was the team’s best outing of the season.

The South Tahoe girls swim team team was tested by a Northern Nevada 3A school during its lone home meet of the season Friday.

The Vikings, used to swimming past teams like sharks in a pool of guppies, nearly lost their undefeated streak. Behind by seven points with just three events remaining, the Vikes rallied to down Truckee, 87-82.

In the first of the last three races, Sara Ross, Shaina Willen and Lisa Borges brought Tahoe to within three points in the 100 backstroke. Denise Bogard, Faye Clapp and Andria Allen narrowed the gap to one point in the 100 breaststroke. Finally, Kristi Collins, Jessica Tinlin, Bogard and Ross raced to first place in 400 free relay, saving Tahoe’s nearly two-year-long undefeated streak. Tahoe also beat Hug in the three-way meet, 136-28.

“Truckee gave the Tahoe girls the best competition so far this year. When Sarah hit the water, it was all over,” said Tahoe coach Dale Bogard.

Viking girls team results included: 200 medley relay – Ross, Bogard, Collins and Tinlin, first; Willen, Allen, Nicole Murray and Clapp, fourth; and Kate Devore, Sara Corey, Alexis Rudd and Amy Cecil, fifth; 200 free relay – Clapp, Megan Hicks, Kim Hunt and Nicole Fruitman, second; Murray, Devore, Borges and Allen, third; Cecil, Danielle Ledesma, Rudd and Sara Corey, fifth; 400 free relay – Hunt, Megan Hicks, Willen and Fruitman, third. Individual: Ross, first 100 free and 100 back; Collins, first 200 IM and second 100 butterfly; Bogard, 100 breast and second 200 free; Fruitman second 500 free and third 200 free; Willen, fourth 200 IM and third 100 back; Murray, fourth 100 fly and fifth 200 IM; Tinlin, second 50 free and third 100 fly; Clapp, fourth 100 breast and fifth 50 free; Rudd, fourth 500 free; Jan Goethals, 500 free; and Borges, fifth 100 back.

On the boy side, Tahoe easily swam to a pair of wins, downing Hug, 89-53, and Truckee, 112-0.

Viking boys team results included: 200 medley relay – Tom Luerken, Forrest Armstrong, Russell Grant and Erick Luerken, first; David Quandt, Cole Forstedt, JoJo Miller, and Matt Williams, third; 200 free relay – E. Luerken, Armstrong, Miller and Grant, first; 400 free relay – Williams, Quandt, Shane Anderson and T. Luerken, first. Individual: E. Luerken, first 200 free and 100 free; Grant, first 200 IM and 500 free; T. Luerken, second 100 back and third 200 free; Miller, first 100 butterfly and third 50 free; Quandt, third 100 back and fifth 50 free; Forstedt, second 100 breast; Williams, third 100 free and fourth 100 back; and Anderson, fifth 100 free and 100 breast.

The South Tahoe High golf team positioned itself well with a seventh-place finish in the first 4A zone qualifier on Friday at Ruby Ridge in Elko.

The Vikings carded 416 strokes, edging McQueen’s 417 and Wooster’s 418. The final qualifier is scheduled for Tuesday at Red Hawk in Sparks. The combined scores of both events will decide the top eight teams for the zone matches on May 14-15.

“The kids did really well. It’s where we need to be going into Tuesday. But the fight isn’t over,” said Tahoe coach Mike Paterson. “I think we’re in good shape. Red Hawk is a tough course and we’ve been practicing at Genoa, one of the toughest courses in Northern Nevada.”

Reno finished an impressive best of 363, equal to a 72.6 average for five players. Carson was second at 380, then Elko 391, Galena 393, Reed 398, Douglas 402, STHS 416, McQueen 417, Wooster 418, Lowry 427, Sparks 430, Fallon 440 and Hug 441.

Tahoe’s low man was freshman Patrick Kelly at 81. Brian Ware shot 82, Brian Huber 84, James Peterson, 84 and Patrick Curtis 85. The low-medalist was Reno’s Colin Brasfield, a San Diego State-bound senior, who carded a 65.

Whittell High’s track and field team is peaking at the right time. A dozen athletes posted personal-bests in a 15-team meet on Saturday in Yerington.

“We had a superior day. Both teams (boys and girls) showed a lot of strength,” said WHS coach Dan Makley.

Jordan Trim led the boys side to a fourth-place finish. The senior tied the school record and set his best-ever mark of 51.6 in the 400, good enough for second place. He also won the 200 in 23.6 and was fourth in the 100 at 11.7. Avery Norman leapt his best in the triple jump, winning it at 40-8 3/4, and was second in the high jump at 6-2. Bob Linkul won the discus at 151.3. Luke Forvilly was fourth in the long jump, a personal-best of 19-2.

On the girls side, Karin Kaleta began rounding into form in the high jump. The defending zone champ was third at 4-11. Sarah Sufka was second in the 400 at 61.9; Jessica Gibbs, fourth, 400, 64.7; and Erin Zaskoda, third, 300 hurdles, 54.65. The 400 relay team of Ali Tanner, Gibbs, Zaskoda and Sufka was second at 54.06.

Whittell next competes against South Tahoe in the “Battle of the Lake” on Wednesday at the South Tahoe Middle School.

Another fab-freshman is emerging on the boys track and field team at South Tahoe High.

Distance runner Manuel Lomeli finished second in the 1,600-meter race at 4:44.6 and first in the 3,200 at 10:24 in the 45-team Delta Invitational on Saturday in Stockton. His previous bests were 4:57 and 10.47, respectively.

“He was incredible. I don’t know if the change in altitude made that big of a difference. He’s now the third-ranked varsity runner in the 3,200 in Northern Nevada,” said Tahoe coach Rick Brown. “I definitely think he’s one of the better ones to come along in a while. He doesn’t look for praise. He just goes out and runs his race.”

Cory Martin ran a personal best in the 3,200 at 10:36, while Dusty LaChapelle ran 10:41. Dan Williams was sixth in the elite 400 at 52.76.

On the girls side, Jamie Hansen ran a best of 5:49 in the 1,600. The winning 1,600 time was 5:12. Launa Giordano was eighth in the elite 800 at 2:36.4. The winning 800 time was 2:17.

Whittell High’s golf team was seventh out of 14 teams on Friday in Spring Creek.

The Warriors, led by Keith Truswell’s 85, carded 458 strokes. Dustin Fox followed at 87, Todd Echan 90, Lars Hansen 93 and Jade Hines and Trevor Bartholomew 103.

Whittell is out of the 3A team playoff race. Fox, who is Division 1’s low average player at 79.2 strokes, and Echan have a chance to go to the state tournament as individuals. Two league matches remain on the season.

Greg Bruso hit home runs in both games and earned the win in the second, as South Tahoe’s baseball team split with McQueen, losing 18-5 before winning 12-2, to end the season on Saturday at Todd Fields.

Bruso took a two-hit shutout into the fifth inning en route to the win. The Vikings (5-17, 7-19 overall) turned three double plays, two in the nightcap.

“It feels good just to win. I think we played as hard as we could all season. We never let down and did the best we could considering what we went through weather wise,” Bruso said.

Complete-game reports were not available.

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