WHS volleyball clinches league title
Whittell hasn’t won three consecutive 2A state titles without receiving contributions from numerous sources. The same situation is developing again this year as the Warriors used a variety of players to sweep three Northern 2A matches from Battle Mountain and Lovelock.
In Friday’s 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 victory over the Longhorns, Jessica Woods, Kendra Koskin and Kelly Karmann combined for 24 kills and six aces. Then in the second match of a doubleheader, the trio combined for 26 kills and eight blocks in a 25-13, 25-8, 25-16 triumph.
“The second game we came out inspired and came out as the real Whittell team,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin. “It was literally a block party. It’s important that everybody contributes and we got that in those games.”
On Saturday against the Mustangs, Whittell clinched its fourth straight Northern 2A title with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-14 win. The Warriors improved to 21-8 overall and 6-0 in league.
Whittell has league games against Hawthorne and Silver Stage this week. But even if the Warriors lost both matches, no other team could catch them in the standings.
“We are definitely starting to make statement about how good we really are,” said McLaughlin, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media poll. “I am pretty happy with where the team is right now. We are going through the league section of our schedule and are coming out very, very strong.”
Against Battle Mountain, freshman Lauren Andrew had a combined 28 service points and four aces. As a team, the Warriors had 16 blocks and eight service aces in the second match against the Longhorns.
Jordan Reeder also continued her steady play, recording 10 kills in the three matches and more than 60 assists. The Warriors host Hawthorne on Tuesday and close out their league season on Saturday at Silver Stage.
STHS boys win spirited affair
Paulo Caetano scored two goals – including one when the Vikings were down to nine players – as the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team beat Douglas 4-1 in a Sierra League game on Saturday in Minden. The Vikings had two players sent off during the game but still managed to dominate the Tigers and keep themselves in the league title hunt.
“I don’t know if it was really a heated game, but these kids have played against each other for years,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “So, basically, it’s kind of a bragging rights thing for the kids around here. I think we controlled most of the game and did a really good job of passing and making great runs.”
Bryan “Chino” Garcia opened the scoring in the fifth minute, then defender Andres Muñoz added another goal six minutes later as the Vikings led 2-0. In the 22nd minute, Caetano was taken down inside the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick for a 3-0 advantage.
Two minutes later, STHS midfielder Anthony DeMarta was given a red card for elbowing a player. Then in the 60th minute, Chino received his second yellow card for faking a foul and the Vikings were left with nine players for the final 30 minutes.
Douglas, though, scored its only goal in the 47th minute and never seriously challenged goalie Alfredo Solorio, who made one save. Caetano made it 4-1 in the 62nd minute with an overlapping run that was rewarded by a pass from Osvaldo Lizaola.
The Vikings (14-3-2 overall, 9-1-1 league) remain second in the league standings and host first-place Carson on Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
STHS girls soccer ties Tigers
Karli Vath and Tess Braun each scored goals, but it wasn’t enough as the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team tied Douglas 2-2 in a Sierra League on Saturday in Minden. Vath opened the scoring in the ninth minute, then the Tigers scored two unanswered goals and wrestled control of the game. Braun’s equalizing goal came in the 65th minute.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t hold that lead,” said STHS Clint Lockhart. “Both of their goals came off defensive lapses, but the errors were magnified because they resulted in goals. Now we’re going to need some help since Carson is still undefeated.”
South Tahoe is tied for second with Reno in the league standings at 7-1-3 (24 points). The Vikings host first-place Carson (9-0-2, 29 points) on Tuesday and will need to win that game and get help from others to keep their league title dreams alive.
“It’s too bad because if we beat Douglas, it puts us in a much better situation,” said Lockhart, whose team is 15-1-3 overall. “We had them down, but we let them back in the game.”