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Whitttell volleyball defeats Galena in Durango tourney

Jeremy Evans

A season after losing Division I-caliber players in Jessica Woods and Kelly Karmann, the Whittell High volleyball team returned to the Durango tournament with a much different group of players this past weekend in Las Vegas. As a result, coach Dan McLaughlin’ young 2007 squad struggled to a 1-6 tournament record but perhaps gained something more important in the process.

“The girls told me that they have to play their very best just to be competitive with teams in this tournament,” McLaughlin said. “This bodes well for the future. It was a tremendous learning experience for them.”

Whittell opened the tournament on Friday against the nation’s top-ranked team in Mira Costa (Calif.), which beat the Warriors 25-5, 25-11. The Zephyr Cove team proceeded to lose its next five matches in similar fashion to Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson, Bakersfield Christian (Calif.), Granite Bay (Calif.) and Green Valley (Las Vegas).

However, the Warriors ended the tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 25-19, 25-16 victory over the 4A Galena Grizzlies. McLaughlin thought sophomore Lauren Andrew and Jordan Reeder played consistently well on both days.

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“Galena has been ducking us for years, and it was finally nice to match up with them,” McLaughlin said. “These girls don’t know anything about the history (between us), but it was very rewarding to beat a team of that caliber. And, for the second year in a row, we finished higher than any other Northern Nevada team at this tournament.”

Whittell, which has a non-tournament record of 8-4, hosts Spanish Springs on Tuesday.

Braun, Fox explode vs. Hug

Tess Braun had four goals and one assist, while Alli Fox added two goals and two assists for the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team in its 11-0 Sierra League win over Hug on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

Nina Thompson, Marissa Davis, Kelsi Buts, Cassidy Berg and Jordyn Pickering also scored goals for the Vikings, who led 6-0 at halftime. Karli Vath and Bree Norton each added assists for South Tahoe (14-2 overall, 8-0 league), which hosts Carson in a key league game on Tuesday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

The Senators tied Reno on Saturday and are in second place (6-1-1, 19 pts). The first-place Vikings have eight wins giving them 25 points. STHS hasn’t allowed a league in six consecutive league matches.

STHS boys shut out Hug

Carlos Macias scored two goals and Anthony DeMarta, Omar Reyes and German Garcia each added one as the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team shut out Hug 5-0 in a Sierra League game on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

The Vikings (12-2-2) led 3-0 at halftime in what turned out to be a physical game, according to STHS coach Chris DeLeon. Macias’ first goal came in the 74th minute when Ricky Macias was taken down inside the box with a vicious tackle that resulted in three broken bones in his ankle.

Carlos Macias converted the ensuing penalty kick and added another goal before regulation. Ricky Macias, a senior, had pins inserted in his ankle during surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

“It was a very physical game for both teams,” DeLeon said. “Their guys – and our guys – were taking guys down from behind and there weren’t any cards handed out. It got pretty out of control.”

South Tahoe hosts Carson in a pivotal league match on Wednesday at the Community Youth Sports Complex. The Senators lead the Sierra League with a 6-0-2 record (20 points), while the Vikings 5-1-2 (17 points) trail second-place Douglas by a point.

Lovelock proves its RECORD

The Pershing County Mustangs are the Northern 2A’s only undefeated football team, and Whittell found out why on Saturday in Lovelock as the Mustangs rolled to a 46-0 league win.

Lovelock (6-0) beat second-place teams Rite of Passage and Yerington by a combined 65-12 the previous two weeks.

“They are pretty good all the way around,” said WHS coach John Summers. “They are very athletic and, no doubt, the best team we’ve seen. It was good for our team to see that because now they know where they need to be if they want to be a playoff team.”

Cody Nelson rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries and Philip Gielow added 45 yards on the ground on 11 attempts. Roberto Concha-Foley completed 16-of-28 passes, while Rio DeLucia caught 11 passes for 77 yards.

Whittell (1-5) plays Independence on Saturday.

freshman steps up for WHS

With No. 2 runner Adam Kingman sidelined on Friday, John Robinson and Chris Crawford stepped up for Whittell High in a meet in Fernley.

The Warriors finished third as freshman Robinson placed 11th in 19 minutes, 30 seconds and Chris Crawford 16th in 19:59.

“I was really pleased with the races John and Chris ran; they probably ran the best races they’ve had all year,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “John ran 90 seconds faster than he did at Stanford (last week), and Stanford was at sea level.”

Senior David King led the Warriors with a 5K time of 18:24. Also for Whittell, Adam Laub was 12th in 19:44 and Allen McLeod was 19th in 20:27. Kingman didn’t run the meet because of an injured leg.

Dayton won both the boys’ and girls’ titles.

For the Whittell girls, who also placed third in the team standings, Shannon Marshall and Natalie Daly finished sixth and seventh in 23:18 and 23:26, respectively. Teammate Miranda Flores was 10th in 23:41, while Morgan King placed 17th and Mandy Hiser 27th. “I was pleased with how close Natalie was to Shannon,” Wines said.

Whittell competes Saturday at Folsom.

WHS soccer dominates Lions

The Whittell girls’ soccer team defeated Yerington 8-0 in a nonleague match on Saturday in Zephyr Cove. Sasha Rupp, Tierney McKool and Kelsie Martinez were among the Warriors’ goal scorers.

Whittell (12-3-1) returns to 3A Tahoe League play on Tuesday with a game at Incline.

The result of the Whittell-Yerington boys’ soccer game was not available at press time. The Warriors were 7-10-3 going into Saturday’s match.

SHUTOUTS PILING UP FOR JVS

Martin Sanchez, Kyle Wallace and Giovanni Perez each scored a goal as the South Tahoe junior varsity boys’ soccer team shut out Hug 3-0 on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe. Sanchez scored on a penalty kick, while the Kory DiGrande and Kyle Smaine assisted on the other goals. The defense, which has allowed three goals in the past seven games, was spearheaded by keeper Nick Olivares-Laine, sweeper Sanchez, fullbacks Griffen Boles and Nick Brower and stopper Ricky Braun.


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