Whittell sweeps soccer matches at Dayton
If Whittell High could step outside the Sierra League and play in the Sagebrush League for one season, making the playoffs wouldn’t be such a struggle.
The Warriors won their fifth straight game without a loss over a Sagebrush League opponent with a 3-1 girls’ soccer victory over second-place Dayton on Thursday in Dayton.
Whittell has won only one of five games in the Sierra League, which has produced every state 3A champion since 1996. The Warriors must still play Sagebrush League leader Spring Creek and third-place Lowry.
“It’s really too bad that it’s not split up a little better; it’s geographic,” said Whittell coach Lydia von Rumpf. “If we go to zone, we’ll end up playing either Spring Creek or Dayton, so wins in the cross league are what we need to build up for that.”
The Warriors’ scored first on a penalty kick by Marissa McKool in the 20th minute. It was Whittell’s first successful PK of the season.
Whittell gained some breathing room in the 71st minute when Natalie Rastello took a pass from Sasha Rupp just outside the 18-yard mark and lofted a shot over the goalie’s head and into the net.
A breakaway by Dayton’s Ashley Winter 2 minutes later brought the Dust Devils within a goal, but Whittell’s Gabbi Tracy ended the suspense with a goal in the 79th minute.
Freshman Hannah Daly was again spectacular in goal, stoppping 16 shots.
Whittell (11-4 overall) plays host to rival Incline at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Warriors blank Dayton
The Whittell boys’ soccer team used three first-half goals to blow past Dayton 3-0 in a nonleague match Thursday in Dayton.
Damon Garcia assisted on two of Whittell’s goals, which were scored by Casey Kaleta, Mike Ferrante and Marty Rahbeck. Gabriel Camargo collected the Warriors’ other assist.
“It was a good shutout. They barely had any offensive chances and we had a ton,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase.
Whittell (6-10-1) will try to avenge an earlier loss to Incline on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
Warriors dominates Serpents
Kendra Koskin had a team-high 10 kills to go with her five aces as the Whittell volleyball team swept Hawthorne 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 in a Northern 2A match on Thursday in Hawthorne.
Jordan Reeder added five kills, three digs and a team-high seven aces for the Warriors, who had 20 aces against the Serpents.
“Hawthorne was an improved team, but they were simply overmatched,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin. “They just weren’t in our class and we overwhelmed them.”
Jessica Woods contributed seven kills, four digs and two blocks for Whittell (16-8 overall, 3-0 league), which hosts Douglas in a nonleague match on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Zephyr Cove.
Prep events canceled
Rain postponed two prep events on Thursday involving South Tahoe athletic teams. The boys’ tennis team was scheduled to face Reno in the Northern 4A regional tournament semifinals, but that match has been rescheduled for Friday morning in Reno. The girls’ soccer team was scheduled to host Hug at South Tahoe Middle School. The game has been rescheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. at STMS.
Damonte sweeps STHS
The Damonte Ranch volleyball team swept South Tahoe 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 in a Sierra League match on Thursday in Reno. The Vikings fall to 7-11 overall and 3-5 in league. No other details were available at press time.