Warriors third at Edgewood
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Keeping up with the Nevada 3A schools at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Friday should only help Whittell golf team as it prepares for regionals at the same site later this week.
Whittell finished third in a 14-team field as all five scoring Warriors broke 90. Brothers Tyler Fairbank and Trevor Fairbank led the Warriors with 81s. Michael Koskin shot 84, Jonathan Szendrey 85 and T.J. Kolesnik 88.
“I was real happy with their performances. Our young guys are stepping up real well,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “If we can continue to get those five guys in the 80s, I can’t ask for much more than that.”
Fernley’s Branden Dalton carded the low round, a 2-under 70.
Top team scores were Truckee 402, Yerington 409, Whittell 419 and Lowry 425.
Whittell will now focus on the Northern 2A-1A regional tournament, which starts at noon Wednesday at Edgewood.
Vikings advance to regionals
Nine South Tahoe High track and field athletes qualified for next weekend’s Northern 4A regional finals in Reno.
Vikings’ distance runners Kelsey Smith and Kate Lambdin finished one-two in the 1,600 meters to lengthen their seasons. Their times were 5:17.9 and 5:24, respectively. Lambdin’s bettered her personal record by six seconds. They’ll be joined by teammate Kylie Noll. Noll was seventh in 5:33.
All three runners will reportedly compete in the 3,200 meters, along with freshman T.J. Zaccor.
South Tahoe’s girls’ 4×100 relay team of Ali Palacios, Cassandra Diaz, Alyssa Mesecher and Chelsea Madsen qualified fifth with a time of 51.63. Distance coach Dan Wilvers is also considering entering boys’ and girls’ 4×800 relay teams.
“It was ias gratifying a day as I’ve had as a coach. PRs all over the place,” Wilvers said.
The only STHS boy to make the finals was high jumper Brendan Rice. Rice qualified at 5-10 along with 10 jumpers who cleared the same height.
Several other Vikings barely missed the cutoff. Chris Klug ran the 100 in 11.51, missing a finals berth by .07, and was 10th in the long jump (19-9.25), where nine competitors moved on. Jimmy Roberts cleared a personal-best 11-6 in the pole vault to finish 10th, missing the finals by 6 inches.
“An absolutely great vault for a kid who has very little experience, a testament to his athletic ability,” Wilvers said.
Other results were freshman Erik Cramer placing 13th in the 110 hurdles at 17.0; Karly Arroues, 15th in 800, personal-best 2:30.1; Mike Burns, 23rd in the 100 (11.82) and 18th in the 200 (24.35); Mac Cerceo, 12th in 800, personal-best 2:05; Matt Arroues, 24th in 800, personal-best 2:07.6; Jordan Dalton, 20th in 1,600, personal-best 6:00.9; Brady Hiob, 25th in 1,600, personal-best 5:00.59; Klug, 18th in high jump, 5-6; Tanner Braun, 17th in triple jump, 35-3; and Riana Cerceo, 29th in 800, personal-best, 2:42.1.
The regional finals are scheduled for Saturday at Damonte Ranch High.
Vikings deliver 3-game sweep of Panthers
Pitching was the key as South Tahoe completed a three-game baseball sweep of North Valleys on Friday at Todd Fields.
In the opener, junior Matt Marsh threw a complete game as the Vikings edged North Valleys 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning. In the nightcap, sophomore Max DeLallo went the distance as the Vikings beat the Panthers 8-3.
It was the school’s first three-game sweep of a Reno school – other than Hug – in recent memory, according to coach Matt Tillson.
STHS equaled its victory total from last year (13) and won more league games (eight) than any previous season under Tillson.
“On the one hand, we’re happy with the way we finished; on the other hand, we wish we could keep playing right now,” Tillson said. “I don’t think there’d be any team out there that would want to face us at this point.”
Despite going eight innings, Marsh was economical in his pitch count. He threw 85 pitches in outdueling Panthers’ ace Jared Harvey.
Harvey ran into trouble in the bottom of the eighth when Otto Trebotich, the Sierra Division’s top hitter at .500, led off with a single. Trebotich, however, was erased when Tillson asked him to steal second base.
But after a strikeout, the Vikings assembled the winning rally with two outs. Gary Prescott walked, Ivan Trebotich singled and Derek Holmgren was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After getting ahead of Kyle DiGrande at 0-2, Harvey threw four straight balls to walk in the winning run.
The Vikings finished with a 13-21 overall record, including 8-13 in division play. Tillson will welcome back many of his starters next season.
“The kids worked hard this year, showing up at 6 in the morning with practice. They were dedicated to this year, and it showed,” Tillson said. “They are a bunch of fighters, and I like them.”
JV softball team finishes 16-12
Melissa Smith made sure that the South Tahoe JV softball team ended the season with an unusual series sweep of Reno on Saturday.
Smith fanned 12 and allowed five hits to earn the win on the mound and smacked two triples as the Vikings routed Reno 15-5 in five innings. Smith was also backed by her teammates’ only committing one error.
It was the Vikings’ third straight mercy-rule victory over Reno as STHS ended the season with a 16-12 overall record and a 13-8 Sierra Division mark.
Krissy Guarino had the biggest day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Terra Backinger contributed two hits, including a double, and a walk.
The team was coached by manager Dave Galicia and assistants Steve Kolesnik and Phil Sturgess.
Northern 3A-2A Golf Tournament
Friday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
1. Truckee 402, 2. Yerington 409, 3. Whittell 419, 4. Lowry 425, 5. Spring Creek 459, 6. Incline 461, 7. Battle Mountain 465, 8. Fernley 469, 9. North Tahoe 480, 10. Dayton 539, 11. ROP 562, 12. (tie) Hawthorne, Sparks and Sierra Lutheran (incomplete, not enough players).
Top-five medalists: 1. Branden Dalton, Fernley, 70; 2. (tie) Vinnie Arrighi, Yerington, 74; Jordan Berrington, Yerington, 74; 4. (tie) Pat Galvin, Truckee, 79; Jerry Jakich, Lowry, 79.
Whittell scores: Tyler Fairbank 81, Trevor Fairbank 81, Michael Koskin 84, Jonathan Szendrey 85, T.J. Kolesnik 88.