Vikngs striving to field 3 football teams
After opening preseason practice with two teams, the South Tahoe High Vikings have expanded to three squads for the 2006 football season.
Although the number of participating juniors and sophomores are low, the school plans to tender a JV squad.
New varsity head coach Mike Gorman had been considering offering a frosh-sophomore team that would play a junior varsity schedule. But the school administration had already announced to the rest of the Northern Nevada 4A League that the Vikings would field three teams.
“We have two weeks to try to beat the bushes and try to establish three teams, which I would love,” Gorman said. “Do we have enough time, do I have enough coaches? I’ll do the best I can to pull it off.”
The retired police officer is pleading to former and new players to come out for the program.
“I need kids who played last year to come back out,” said Gorman, who has approximately 80 players in the program. “It’s a new program, new coaches, new dedication. We are going to do all we can to win at all three levels. Bring football back to South Lake Tahoe.”
Two sophomore joined the junior varsity team on Thursday, pushing the JV roster to 18 players. The varsity squad numbers 34, while the freshman team has a roster of 25 players.
“The frosh and varsity numbers are fine,” said South Tahoe High Athletic Director Don Borges. “And the JV numbers are close. You don’t want to start out with 16, but it we got in the 20s we’d be all right. There are gonna be injuries and bumps and bruises. I’m optimistic that we are gonna be able to field three teams.”
Gorman said that several parents of freshman players had complained about their children playing against juniors.
“My comeback was that there are sophomores playing on varsity playing against seniors,” Gorman said.
But Borges is assuring parents that STHS freshmen will compete against other ninth-graders.
“You don’t want freshmen playing against JV. There are exceptions,” Borges said. “There is a big difference between a frosh boy and a junior boy.”
numbers are encouraging so we
you want that freshman team playing freshmen, don’t want freshman playing JV, there are exceptions.
Only 10 juniors and 18 sophomores have turned out two weeks into practice. As it stands, all of the juniors and two sophomores are scheduled to play for the varsity. That leaves 16 sophomores to form the nucleus of the JV team.
If Borges has to eliminate a team after next week’s scrimmages in Truckee, he intends to shut down the JV for a season.
South Tahoe will travel to Sparks High School on Saturday to scrimmage Sparks, Lovelock and Dayton. Since the Vikings’ opponents don’t have a freshmen team, the STHS freshmen and sophomores will scrimmage the JV squads starting at 9 a.m. Varsity action begins at 11 a.m.
Players who wish to join the team, need to fill out a packet of insurance and eligibility forms in the school office. Practice runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Players must practice 10 days before being eligible to participate in a game.