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Vikings win fifth straight soccer match

Steve Yingling

Four unanswered goals, including two by Andy Butcher, helped the South Tahoe High boys soccer team defeat Wooster 5-1 Wednesday for its fifth straight victory.

The third-place Vikings (6-4) also received goals by Miguel Jiminez, Travis McCollum and Alex Romagnolo. Jiminez also provided two assists.

“They are playing really well and coming together really good. It’s exciting to see,” said Viking coach Joe Winters.

During the winning streak the Vikings have outscored their opponents 21-2.

“To start out 1-4, it can be pretty depressing, but there’s been a real change in attitude on this team. Most of the guys are hungry to play hard and they’re doing it,” Winters said.

Viking goalie Pat Reardon made eight saves.

South Tahoe plays a pivotal game Friday against Reno at 3:30 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School. The Huskies (5-5) occupy fourth place.

Here’s mud in your tie

A second-half goal by Corky Novotny enabled the Whittell High girls soccer team earn a 1-1 tie against Incline on Wednesday in Incline Village.

Mandy Ralls assisted on Novotny’s goal as the Warriors opened league on treacherous field conditions.

“Their field has no drainage, so it’s like playing in a mud bowl,” said Warrior coach Mike Leeper. “To come away with a tie on the road, it puts us in good position for league.”

Whittell, 2-1-2 overall, plays at Dayton at noon Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Whittell boys strikers surrendered three goals in the first 10 minutes of play and lost to Incline, 3-1.

“It’s brutal when you outplay a team for 70-80 minutes and still lose 3-1,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “But that’s what happens when you make mistakes and the other team converts off them.”

Matt Grimes netted the Warriors’ only goal in the 55th minute.

Whittell plays at Dayton at 2 p.m. Saturday and at ROP at 3 p.m. Monday.

Vikings school Wooster

South Tahoe High’s volleyball team must have homework piling up because they swiftly dispatched the Wooster Colts 15-2, 15-2, 15-5 in a Northern Nevada League match Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe.

“It wasn’t a wasted match at all. The girls did a good job of keeping their focus and playing to their level,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff, who was able to play everybody. “The score in these games are meaningless. Our goal is to get better every game, so we can do well at zone and state.”

Adrian Hankoff led the Vikings with 14 kills, while Alicia Lambert set up many of the points with her 16 assists. Melissa Maxwell added four kills.

The Vikings, 8-1 in league and 9-7 overall, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Douglas on Thursday, Oct. 15. The Tigers handed the Vikings their only league loss in five games earlier in the season.

“We really want to send them a message. I know the girls are looking forward to that match more than any match,” Hankoff said.

STHS plays host to Galena on Tuesday and McQueen on Thursday.

Swift sophomore gets first win

Manuel Lomeli won his first varsity race, sparking the South Tahoe High boys cross country team to a four-way meet title Wednesday in Fallon.

Lomeli, a sophomore who won a JV race last year at the Nevada Union Invitational, completed the 3.12-mile course in 17 minutes, 35 seconds.

Teammate Russell Grant was second at 18:16 in the 65-runner field. Three other Vikings made the top 10, including Grant Carter, fifth, 18:45; Travis Moore, eighth, 19:13; and Jeff Cosmi, ninth, 19:25.

Team scores were South Tahoe 25, Douglas 49, Wooster 72 and Fallon 105.

South Tahoe’s next meet is Oct. 9 at Carson.

The Viking girls cross country team also excelled in the Fallon meet, finishing second among four squads.

“Finishing second to the strongest girls team in our league – Douglas – was a great confidence-builder for our team,” said Viking coach Kathy Breidenbach. “The girls are starting to blossom into the strong runners that they are to become.”

Viking senior Launa Giordano took sixth overall with a time of 22:22. Four Douglas runners and one Wooster representative finished ahead of her.

Douglas’ Kathleen McSweeney won the race in 20:33.

South Tahoe’s talented trio of freshmen, Marin St. Michelle (22:52), Julie Garcie (23:15) and Cecilia Cuevas (23:20) placed seventh, ninth and 11th, respectively.

Team scoring was Douglas 23, STHS 49, Wooster 60 and Fallon 116.

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