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Whittell golfers tied for first

Michael Traum

With four tournaments remaining in its season, the Whittell High golf team is starting to feel the pressure of qualifying for the postseason.

Only two schools in talented Division II of the Nevada Class AAA will qualify for the state tournament next month. After last Friday’s event in Hawthorne, the Warriors, Incline and Bishop Manogue are tied for first place.

“Too bad the format is that way. We have to live with it and try to make it into the one or two positions,” said Whittell coach Richard Brandt.

Manogue grabbed a share of first by winning last Friday’s stop at Walker Lake Golf Course. The Miners shot 426, compared to 430 for Whittell, Incline’s 436, Yerington’s 442, Hawthorne’s 446 and Dayton’s 474.

Chris Casteleyn and Scott Rahbeck fired 84s to lead the Warriors. Rounding out the Warrior scoring were Dustin Fox and Rocco Bruno, 87; and Chad Kolpacoff, 88. Eric Acevedo’s 89 wasn’t used.

Whittell resumes its Division II schedule Friday at Rosewood in Reno.

“We’re working on minimizing mistakes. It’s mental things. The kids need to remember what they do right, instead of overthinking shots,” Brandt said.

Russell Grant and Nick Romagnolo each won two races as South Tahoe High’s boys swim team defeated Incline, last year’s Sierra League champions, 78-52, last Friday in Incline Village.

Grant claimed first in the 200 free and 500 free while Romagnolo won the 200 individual medley and 100 breast.

Other Viking boys results were: Tom Luerken, fourth in the 100 free and second in the 100 back; Dustin Rath, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 500 freestyle; Erik Luerkin, second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free; Doug Wilson, third in the 50 and 100 freestyles; Scott Miller, second in the 100 free; and Forrest Armstrong, third in the 200 free and 100 back.

Meanwhile, Sarah Ross, Kristi Collins, Adrian Hankoff and Denise Bogard all won events as the Viking girls routed Incline, 108-51.

Ross captured first in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke, Collins won the 200 IM, Hankoff earned gold in the 50 free and Bogard beat the field in the 100 breast.

In addition, Collins was second in the 100 fly; Hankoff second in the 500 free; Bogard second in the 200 IM; Nicole Fruitman, second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free; Kim Hunt, third in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 backstroke; Nicole Buell, fourth in the 200 free and third in the 100 free; Amelia Owens, third in the 200 IM; Chantelle Young, fifth in the 50 free; Fernanda Attie, third in the 100 fly and 100 breast; Chantel Touryian, fourth in the 100 free; Shaina Willen, fourth in the 500 free and third in the 100 back; and Andria Allen, fourth in the 100 breast.

Tahoe’s only home meet is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday against Truckee and Hug at the Recreation Center.


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