Vikings win Sierra Division opener
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Janelle Perasso scored two second-half goals as the South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team avoided an upset by Hug 4-1 on Tuesday in Reno.
Karli Vath and Ally Fox also scored goals after the Hawks had taken a 1-0 halftime lead in the Sierra Division opener for both schools.
Vath and Nina Thompson assisted on Perasso’s goals, Elizabeth Webb set up Vath’s score and Cassidy Berg put Fox in position to score. Fox, a senior, was playing her first game of the season.
Obviously STHS coach Clint Lockhart wasn’t pleased at the break.
“At halftime it’s something I put to them very simple: Either pick it up and start playing or pick it up and go home,” Lockhart said. “They want to win league and they want to go far in the playoffs. They have to give it their all against every team they play.”
Perasso was switched from defender to forward for the second half.
“It helped pick it up in the second half,” Lockhart said. “A lot of it was getting it turned around at halftime.”
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead by converting a 35-yard free kick.
STHS (6-2 overall, 1-0 division) plays at Carson on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Fairbank’s goal gives WHS soccer a tie
Tyler Fairbank scored the tying goal with 15 minutes remaining as the Whittell High JV boys’ soccer team tied Quincy 1-1 Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
Whittell coach Steve Maltase sat his veteran senior players, giving his younger, more inexperienced team members additional playing time.
“It was exciting to see them build on the tournament at Del Campo. They moved the ball great and we played with a little more pace,” Maltase said.
Whittell will resume league play against Battle Mountain on Saturday.
STHS volleyball wins at Hug
South Tahoe High won its second straight volleyball match, sweeping Hug on Tuesday night in Reno. The Vikings (2-1) beat the Hawks 25-15, 25-15 and 25-20.
“They are definitely progressing,” said STHS coach Meghan Reid. “They are stepping up their level of play and showing a lot of heart.”
South Tahoe’s statistical leaders were Lauren Seidel, kills; Hillary Santana, passes and serves; and Erica Kolari, blocks.
Hug defeated STHS in the JV and frosh matches
The Vikings will travel to Damonte Ranch on Thursday to play the defending state champion Mustangs, who were ranked second in last week’s Sierra Nevada Media Group poll.
Wahl-Cherry win two doubles matches
The Galena Grizzlies denied South Tahoe a singles victory during a 15-3 Sierra Division girls’ tennis victory on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
Galena was so dominant in singles play that the Vikings won no more than a game in each set.
Chela Wahl and Savannah Cherry, however, won two of their three doubles matching. The Vikings’ top doubles team beat Galena’s No. 2 duo 6-2 and No. 3 team 6-0.
The Vikings’ other point was scored by Sierra Rawlings and Kenzie Usher as they beat Galena’s 3, 6-4.
South Tahoe doubles team Brooke Borges and Hannah Kropf lost a couple of close matches and are impressing coach Pat Fagen with their play and work ethic.
But Fagen still isn’t pleased with most of his team’s play.
“I’m still looking for nine girls who want to work hard in practice and go out there and give it their best,” he said. “I’m looking for some of our better players to step up and give some leadership, then we will have a good season.”
STHS (3-2 overall) plays at Wooster on Thursday.
Galena rolls past Vikings
Senior Jimmy Roberts won all three of his singles matches, but Galena High dispatched the South Tahoe boys’ tennis team 14-4 in a Sierra Division match on Tuesday in Reno.
Roberts lost a total of seven games in his three matches.
The Vikings’ fourth point was provided by David Grand in singles. Grand sandwiched a 6-0 win around 6-0 and 6-1 defeats.
STHS’s doubles teams were competitive, losing many matches by a 6-3 count but couldn’t come up with any victories.
“It’s a good eye-opener,” said STHS coach Justin Clark. “You have to get up and be ready for every match. You have to get excited about competition.
“Now we know what competition is like we can train for that end- of-the-season goal.”
South Tahoe (3-2) could see the Grizzlies again in the postseason but must finish strong in their final five division matches.
“It’s back to the drawing board. We have to keep working and maybe next time everything will work in our favor,” Clark said.
The Vikings will play host to Wooster on Thursday.
Balanced scoring for frosh-soph team
Matt Olivares, Tyler Slater, Rigel Garman and Joey Aker each scored a touchdown in the South Tahoe High sophomore-frosh football team’s 27-24 defeat at Dayton on Aug. 31.
Slater rushed for 75 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 27 yards. Aker recorded three quarterback sacks and rushed for 51 yards on 19 carries.
Olivares picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown, rushed three times for 34 yards and caught five passes for 29 yards.
Garman provided 46 yards rushing as the Vikings surpassed the 200-yard barrier as a team.
Quarterback Cody Shindelbower completed 8 of 13 passes.
Other defensive standouts were Justin Barnard, Andy Burkhart and Aker – all three players tackled Dust Devils for losses.
South Tahoe plays host to Spanish Springs at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Diversified attack keys WHS tie with Quincy
Whittell’s junior varsity used three different goal scorers to achieve a 3-3 tie with Quincy’s varsity in a girls’ soccer match on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
Kelsey Martinez, Taylor Shepack and Tracey Gabby all found the net, giving Whittell a 3-1 lead late in the second half. But Quincy scored twice in the final 10 minutes, including a deep shot just before the final whistle, to gain the tie.
“The JV girls did really well,” said WHS varsity coach Tony Cormier, who deferred the coaching duties to Lindsey Douglas for this game. “There are some kids who definitely got their workout for the evening. They passed and switched the field great.”
Whittell will play at Lovelock on Friday and at Battle Mountain on Saturday.