Warriors qualify for state
Whittell High’s boys finished runner-up at the Northern 2A cross country championships on Thursday in Carlin.
Sage Ridge prevented the Warriors from winning their third straight regional title as four of its runners placed in the top 10. Senior David King led the Warriors to their fifth straight state meet berth by placing fourth in the 5K at 19 minutes, 3 seconds. Sophomore Adam Laub was the only other Warrior in the top 10 as he finished 10th in 19:54.
“That was the second-best scenario that we could have come out with. Beating Sage Ridge would have been a tremendous feat. They have a really strong team,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.
The Whittell girls qualified four of their runners for state as Shannon Marshall finished fourth in 23:55, Miranda Flores took 12th, Morgan was 14th and Natalie Daly came in 16th. Whittell finished fourth as Sage Ridge also captured the girls’ championship.
Also for the Whittell boys, Adam Kingman was 14th, John Robinson 18th, Chris Crawford 24th, Allen McLeod 33rd and Cody Casburn 47th. Sage Ridge’s Nathan Chellman set the course record with his winning time of 17:35.
Damonte slips by Vikings
South Tahoe and Damonte Ranch did mail in their final Sierra League football game on Thursday in Reno.
With no playoff implications on the line, the teams battled to even score deep into the fourth quarter before the Mustangs pulled out the 27-20 victory.
“Both teams showed up to play football, and I’m proud of our guys for playing a tough, hard game,” said STHS coach Chris Morgan.
The Mustangs scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3 minutes remaining. STHS kept even with Damonte on a pair of Tyler Lasteri touchdown runs and a Willy Ervin to Chris Klug touchdown pass.
STHS finished its season 1-9.
Incline edges rival Whittell
The Incline football extended its winning streak over rival Whittell as the Highlanders defeated the Warriors 29-22 in a Northern 2A contest on Thursday in Incline Village.
Incline (2-7) fell behind 22-14 in the third quarter after Whittell returned a fumble 95 yards for touchdown. But the Highlanders scored 15 unanswered points, including a touchdown with 6 seconds left in the game to post their fourth consecutive win over the Warriors.
Whittell (2-7) hasn’t beaten Incline since 2002. The Warriors didn’t field a team in 2003. No other details were available at press time.
McKool leads WHS girls over Sparks
Tierney McKool scored on a pair of rockets on Thursday, leading the Whittell girls’ soccer team to a 2-0 win over Sparks in a 3A Tahoe League match at Zephyr Cove.
McKool scored her first goal on an assist Sasha Rupp, then added her second after stripping a defender of the ball outside the box and drilling a shot past the keeper. The Warriors (14-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 league) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Whittell, which will be the league’s No. 3 seed at next week’s Northern 3A regional tournament, celebrated senior captains Becca Gardner and Megan Alexander’s final regular-season game with the Warriors.
The result of the Whittell-Sparks boys’ game was unavailable at press time.
“Becca and Megan played one helluva of game for their last home games,” said WHS first-year coach Tony Cormier. “I think we are out of our slump now. We just had a tough week with some of those games.”