Zone-worthy Vikings driving toward goals
While a certain world-famous basketball player is making his return global news, the South Tahoe High girls golf team is making a comeback of its own.
“It’s a huge difference from last year,” junior Kalotina Monos said. “Our team is doing better than I can ever remember. We have a lot of girls interested and it seems like it’s really been growing.”
With past seasons producing few positive team results, the Vikings and their coach Marcia Butler have busted out of the gates this season and posted great scores in their first four tournaments.
“We’re so on top of it this year,” Monos said. “We have four or five girls that seem really focused to get to the zone tournament.”
Playing in their only home event of the season Tuesday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course, the Vikings likely sealed up that coveted trip to zone.
Led by junior Dee Dee Crist’s 88 and Monos’ 91, the Vikings swung their way to a season-low team score of 499.
The Vikings third-place finish among 13 teams was only one stroke off the second-place result posted by Fallon. Galena won the event with a 467.
“I am very proud of the girls,” Butler said. “I think they really lived up to that home-course advantage.”
Also contributing for the Vikings were Lauren Dewing and Jacy Gleave, who both shot respectable 109s. Kylie Novasel also got in the mix with a solid 102, which was good for 20th overall.
Crist and Monos placed high individually as well, notching third and fifth overall.
Rounding out the Vikings scoring was Kaelyn DeVries with a 129.
With their last regular season event set for Monday, the Vikings are coming together at the right time.
“They have really matured in their game and thinking,” Butler said. “They’re gelling and realizing they have potential.”
Butler isn’t the only coach who can see a change.
“The last couple years they’ve had Misty (Butts) who was a real good player for them,” Carson High coach Paul Croghan said. “But this year they have depth and more girls playing better. If they can keep it going, I think they’ll be a force in the league, no doubt about it.”
While the girls know the task that lies ahead of them will be a challenge, they are happy to be a part of a winning team.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” Crist said. “We are starting to take golf a lot more seriously and we know we can get to zone and state; it’s just a matter of staying focused and still having fun.”
The Vikings will look to cap off their successful regular season in winning fashion Monday when they travel to Genoa.
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