Vikings win first boys soccer match |

Vikings win first boys soccer match

Steve Yingling

South Tahoe High found its offense and some defense in a 2-0 boys soccer win over Hug on Wednesday in Reno, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Jeff Orr and Andy Butcher each scored as the Vikings improved to 1-4 in the Northern Nevada League.

“Coming off some tough losses, this is a whole new beginning,” said STHS coach Joe Winters. “It’s tough being 1-4, but we’re optimistic that we’ll make the playoffs. We’ll just have to keep working hard.”

Orr opened the scoring 26 minutes in on an assist from Victor Gonzalez. Butcher closed out the scoring in the 53rd minute, depositing a pass from David Brown into the net.

Winters also attributed the victory to the defensive play of Alex Romagnolo and Paul Wilson. Romagnolo responded to his new sweeper position, limiting Hug’s scoring chances.

“We didn’t give them too many opportunities. Alex gives us good leadership in the back, and it’s something I should have done sooner,” Winters said.

The Viking junior varsity also blanked the Hawks, winning 5-0. Juan Vasquez scored a hat trick, while Tyler Bradford and Travis Martin tallied one.

South Tahoe will host Sparks on Saturday. The JV game begins at 9 a.m. and the varsity at 11 a.m.

Tough foes for STHS volleyball

No one can accuse South Tahoe High’s volleyball team of a soft schedule.

A preseason favorite to win the Nevada 4A state title, the Vikings are bettering themselves by playing some of the best teams Northern California has to offer.

Davis, Calif., rated second in Northern California by the Sacramento Bee, overwhelmed the Vikings with their serving to post the nonleague win, 15-11, 11-15, 15-8, 15-5 Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe. On Saturday, the Vikings lost a five-game match with the Bee’s top-rated team, El Dorado.

“We basically got served off the court,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff. “It was a lot of serving errors, a lot of blocking errors, but mostly passing errors.

“Eighty percent of volleyball is keeping the ball in play, because that forces the other team to make mistakes. That’s the kind of volleyball we have to play, we’re not very big. They just didn’t have it tonight.”

Adrian Hankoff led the Vikings with 20 kills and Melissa Maxwell put seven away.

One of the Vikings’ top passers, Chantelle Young, missed the match.

The Vikings, 4-2 overall, and 1-0 in Division II play at Reno tonight.

Sophomore leads STHS harriers

Viking sophomore Manuel Lomeli ran to a top-five finish during a seven-team cross-country meet Wednesday in Reno.

Lomeli finished the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes and 58 seconds, 1:01 behind winner Mark Anderson of Reno. Lomeli’s trend of good performances continued, coming off a fourth-place finish (18:16) at the Reed Invitational last weekend.

“I didn’t expect them to run really fast because they were really tired. We used this race as a training run. We’ve worked real hard this week and didn’t back off for this race,” said Viking coach Dominique Westlake.

The Viking boys finished third out of four teams. Reno was first with 19 points, followed by Carson (45), STHS (71) and Douglas (110). Hug, Wooster and Fallon competed in their own three-way meet.

Also completing the race for the Vikings were Russell Grant, 15th, 19:48; Grant Carter, 22nd, 20:10; Travis Moore, 26th, 20:50; Jeff Cosmi, 35th, 21:45; Ryan Gleason, 45th, 21:45; Steven Moore, 55th, 22:42; Jeff Koeck, 57th, 22:56; Freddie Ferrer, 68th, 24:05; Corey Buckley, 69th, 24:08; David Lake, 70th, 24:13; Lucas Pakes, 75th, 25:19; Adam Wexelblatt, 84th, 31:00; and Craig Newman, 85th, 33:52.

Meanwhile, the Vikings girls took on three of Division II’s toughest teams and fared well.

South Tahoe finished fourth, but wasn’t too far out of second place. Scores were Carson 35, Reno 54, Douglas 69 and South Tahoe 73.

Viking senior Launa Giordano cracked the top 10, completing the 3.1-mile, hilly course in 23:47. Other Vikings results were; Lisa Orr, 11th, 24:44; Danielle Perucci, 15th, 25:42; Cecilia Cuevas, 16th, 25:43; Jennifer Carrell, 24th, 27:11; Alicia Son, 28th, 27:31; Beth Kirkland, 34th, 28:36; Iris Ott, 36th, 28:39; Dawn Hock, 37th, 28:42; Shayna Gianelli, 41st, 28:51; Rachel Romero, 42nd, 28:58; Hada Estrada, 48th, 32:06; Mindy Manglinong, 49th, 32:35; and Lauren St. Pierre, 53rd, 33:40.

“I have already seen a large amount of improvement since our first meet in Rocklin, Calif., and I only know we are going to become stronger,” said first-year Viking coach Kathy Breidenbach.

Highlanders leveled by GWHS

Whittell High’s volleyball team upped its season record to 7-1 with a four-game win at Incline on Tuesday.

Sarah Sufka led the way with 38 assists and 19 service points, including seven aces, as the Warriors beat the Highlanders, 15-4, 15-7, 5-15, 15-5.

Karin Kaleta smacked 11 kills, while Aurora Terry added eight and Jamie Borge had six. Shannon McGlothlin banged down five kills and Jahna Rico tallied three, as the Warriors mounted an all-around outing.

“It was a balanced attack,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin, who credited Terry with leading the effort. “She showed veteran leadership.”

The Warriors host their home opener today vs. Dayton at 6 p.m. in Zephyr Cove. The JV, which beat Incline 15-4, 15-10, plays today at 5 p.m.

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