Whittell golfers fourpeat at division tourney
STATELINE – The Whittell High golf team won its fourth straight Northern 2A regional championship Thursday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course despite a tough back nine that was made even tougher by strong wind conditions.
Only one Whittell player, Michael Flanagan, scored lower than his season average on Thursday, leading the team with an 89.
The other Warriors hit serious trouble on the back nine, especially the 18th hole. Scott Lusby, who had the best average on the team, sliced two tee shots out of bounds and took a 10 on the way to a 97 final score, while Cody Harrington finished at 91 after shooting a nine on the last hole. Tim Lipovsky and Devin Farnsworth also shot 91 for the Warriors, with Marty Rahbeck’s 104 thrown out of the team’s 459 score.
“The wind was really bad on the back nine,” Lusby said. “I was getting pretty mentally tired by then, just trying to get done and in the clubhouse.”
White Pine High and Hawthorne took the other two spots in the state tournament by shooting 471 and 473, respectively. Hawthorne’s Stephen Summerbell won the individual title with an impressive 80, the only top-25 player other than Flanagan to beat his average.
The Nevada 2A state championship will be held in Needles on May 19 and 20. Whittell won the state title in 2001 and took third last year.
Vikings qualify for regionals
The South Tahoe High golf team clinched a spot in the Northern 4A regional championships with a fifth-place finish in the final league meet on Thursday.
The Vikings shot a 428 on the way to their best league result of the season, led by matching 82s by Dan D’Angelo and Alex Yure. Brandon Bruzzese shot an 87 and Tom Mooney an 88, with Kevin Fannan and Dylan Yuzbick bringing up the rear at 89.
South Tahoe finished seventh in the final league standings, with eight teams going to the regionals. Galena High will be the top seed at the regionals at Wolf Run Golf Course in Reno on Monday and Tuesday, with the top two teams advancing to the state finals.
“We accomplished our biggest goal of the season by making (regionals),” South Tahoe head coach Mike Patterson said. “Last year was the first in quite a few that we didn’t make it and we really wanted to get back there.”
Kashima puts on a Sho
It was the Sho Kashima show on Thursday as Whittell beat Virginia City High, 14-0.
Kashima played all nine positions for the Warriors and had three hits and five RBIs. The versatile junior also picked up the win as one of four Whittell pitchers.
Chris Pavich hit a two-run homer for Whittell (19-12 overall), while Chris Shapiro had three hits.
Kingman powers WHS win
Anna Kingman belted a grand slam and two-run homer as Whittell High’s softball team crushed Virginia City 23-4 on Thursday.
Kingman had eight RBIs and Kaitie Green, Katie Komorowski and Sara Piccola combined for seven Whittell hits.