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Volleyball reunion keys title

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

An unexpected reunion of former Laguna Volleyball Club members Shawn McLaughlin and Dusty Shinn led to a national championship.

McLaughlin of South Lake Tahoe and Shinn of Arnold, Calif., went unbeaten in winning the 18-and-under division of the National Outdoor Grass Volleyball Championships on Saturday at Reed High in Sparks.

Shinn’s family vacationed in South Lake Tahoe last week, allowing Dusty and McLaughlin to become quickly reacquainted in volleyball. They only lost one game in winning their pool and the single-elimination round that followed in the USA Volleyball-sponsored event.

Ball control was the key to Shinn’s and McLaughlin’s success in the 18-team tournament.

“We could play defense and pass better anybody in the tournament,” McLaughlin said.

Stateline resident Jessika Purdy teamed with McLaughlin to finish fifth in the B division of reverse coed on Sunday. Purdy and McLaughlin won their pool, then lost in quarterfinals.

Discovery USA pair break top 10

Discovery USA runners Jim Jurcevich and Jill Gaitenby finished fifth and 10th, respectively, in the 30th annual Wharf to Wharf Race on Sunday from Capitola-By-the-Sea to Santa Cruz, Calif.

The Olympic hopefuls, who are training in South Lake Tahoe, ran into stiff competition from Kenyan competitors in the 14,000-runner field.

Jurcevich of Defiance, Ohio, was the top American, completing the 6-mile course in 28 minutes, 39 seconds. Evans Rutto of Kenya won the $3,000 first prize, crossing the finish line in 27:38.

Gaitenby of Boston, Mass., was the fifth American woman to finish. Her time of 34:16 was less than 4 minutes behind winner Esther Kiplagat, who also received $3,000 for the win. The Kenyan’s time was a record-breaking 30:42.

Romero drops to 3-5

Former South Tahoe High pitcher Jordan Romero lost his fourth straight Northern League decision in a 10-3 loss to Schaumburg on Thursday night in Sioux City, Iowa.

Romero (3-5) gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. Schaumburg chased Romero during a five-run eighth inning. Romero struck out four and walked none.

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