Warriors nearly stun Lakers
Too bad the Whittell High boys’ soccer can’t get a do-over for its Tahoe League season.
The Warriors brought a three-game winning streak to North Tahoe on Tuesday, and the Warriors nearly upset the fourth-ranked Lakers.
Whittell scored the first goal early in the second half, and the Lakers needed a score in the final two minutes to pull out a 2-1 league victory in Tahoe City.
In their previous meeting, North Tahoe won 8-0.
“They really felt like they accomplished something today,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “It’s been a rough four years for the seniors, but it was a nice ending being able to compete with a powerhouse like North Tahoe.”
Maltase estimated that it was the closest game the Warriors have played against North Tahoe in six or seven years.
Tyler Fairbank scored in the 45th minute off a corner kick by Thomas de Medeiros. North Tahoe scored the equalizer in the 58th minute, then sweated it out into the final minutes before seizing the expected win.
“We were dodging a lot of bullets … Alex (Potnick) made a lot of great saves,” Maltase said. “North Tahoe’s attack is fierce. They come at you in all directions, and they have 11 guys who play soccer really well. Our defense stepped up and we weathered it.”
Whittell (10-13-3 overall) play host to Sparks at 2 p.m. Thursday in their season finale.
“The attitudes of the kids has been great,” Maltase said. “We’ve been improving the last couple of weeks and making a lot changes.”
In the second game of the doubleheader in Tahoe City, the Lakers blanked the Whittell girls 5-0. No other details were available at press time.
Whittell (13-7-1 overall, 2-4-1 league) closes out the regular season against Sparks at 4 p.m. Thursday in Zephyr Cove.
Warriors sweep north tahoe
The beat goes on for the Whittell High volleyball team.
Whittell swept North Tahoe 25-13, 25-16, 25-21 Tuesday in Tahoe City to complete its fifth straight unbeaten season in the Northern 2A League.
During that span the Warriors have won 180 of the 181 games, according to coach Dan McLaughlin.
The Warriors brought a superior passing and defensive game to the North Shore to finish 10-0 in league play.
“We won with superior passing all game long and led particularly by Kendra Koskin,” McLaughlin said.
Koskin, a senior, had 10 perfect passes, three digs, nine kills, four aces and a block. Brittney Makara delivered a team-best 12 perfect passes, while Brette Harrington had 10 and Jordan Reeder seven.
Makara and Harrington also came up big on defense with six digs apiece and a combined 17 passes off serve receive.
Reeder finished with six kills and four blocks, Lauren Andrew had three kills and four blocks; Isabel Concha-Foley collected three kills and five blocks; Jacquelyn Baines contributed three kills; and Makara had three kills and two aces.
Whittell (13-6), which will host the Northern 2A regionals on Nov. 2 and 3, finishes its regular season against South Tahoe on Tuesday.
Senators sweep Viking Spikers
Carson defeated South Tahoe 25-15, 25-7, 25-16 in a Sierra Division volleyball match Tuesday in Carson City.
STHS (4-11 overall, 3-11 in league) plays at North Valleys on Thursday to close out its league season.