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Final prep hurrah

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe boys soccer captain Eric Holman wins the air battle with a clearing header during Truckee's 3-2 win in the regional final last week. Both teams will compete for the 3A state championship in Reno this weekend.
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The cream of Nevada’s prep crops is destined to rise to the top this weekend. That’s why they play the games.

Whether treading into uncharted territory or competing on common ground, Truckee and North Tahoe’s soccer and volleyball squads enter their respective state tournaments as serious contenders.

The playoff scenario is nothing new for each school’s soccer programs, as they own 21 state championships between the four teams.



The Laker and Wolverine girls remain tied at five for most state titles, while North Tahoe’s boys defeated Truckee in the final last year to gain sole possession of the state record, with six.

Truckee’s boys, which earned the north’s No. 1 seed with a 3-2 win over the Lakers last week, can even the score at six championships apiece this weekend. But they’ll likely have to get past the Lakers ” again.



And that’s no easy task.

The Lakers, a No. 2 seed entering the state tourney, finished the regular season 14-5-4 overall and 5-1-2 in the Northern 3A Sierra League. They split two games with Truckee before losing to their rival at regionals last week.

Truckee finished 7-1 in league play and 20-1 overall, with the low point of its season coming in a 6-0 loss at North Tahoe on Sept. 11.

It was their only lapse, as the Wolverines won their next 13 games, many by way of rout. Overall in league play, Truckee outscored its opponents 35-10.

North Tahoe, which tied with Sparks twice during the regular season, also posted a lopsided differential, outscoring league opponents 24-5.

Before thinking about butting heads for the state championship, however, Truckee must defeat third-seeded Incline in the semifinal today. North Tahoe has to beat Faith Lutheran, the No. 1 seed from the south.

On the girls’ side, the Wolverines defeated the Lakers 1-0 in the regional final Tuesday to secure the north’s No. 1 seed.

During the regular season, Truckee and North Tahoe tied 3-3 in the first meeting, and Truckee won the second contest 3-0 on Oct. 16. North Tahoe finished 5-1-2 in league and 11-5-2 overall, and Truckee went undefeated at 6-0-2 and 14-0-3.

The Wolverines shredded their league competition, tallying 47 goals while allowing just 8. North Tahoe scored 22 times and gave up 12 goals.

As is the case with the boys’ bracket, Truckee plays Incline in its semifinal today and North Tahoe squares off against Faith Lutheran.

Truckee and North Tahoe both will compete in the State Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas this weekend ” the Wolverines in the 3A and the Lakers in the 2A.

Total domination best describes the Wolverines’ season to date, as they annihilated their league competition en route to a perfect 14-0 run (16-0 counting playoffs, 32-3 overall). Only Yerington, which Truckee defeated in the regional final to earn the north’s No. 1 seed, pushed the Wolverines to a fourth game.

According to the 2006 NIAA record book, Truckee volleyball never has won a state championship. This year’s overachieving group would like to change that, but it first must beat Moapa Valley, the No. 2 seed from the south, Friday in the semifinal. Yerington faces first-seeded Pahrump Valley from the south in its semifinal. The championship is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m.

North Tahoe has four 2A state championships under its belt (1985-1988), and one from the 3A (2005). Rejoining the 2A this season, the Lakers finished the regular season 7-3 in league and 18-8 overall.

In the Northern 2A regional last weekend, North Tahoe lost to Whittell in four games, and thus will play as the No. 2 seed from the north against first-seeded Needles today. Whittell ” which has won four consecutive 2A state titles ” plays Lincoln County in its semifinal today. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m.

Friday, Mackay Stadium ” girls

– Faith Lutheran (No. 1 seed south) vs. North Tahoe (No. 2 seed north), 12 p.m.

– Truckee (No. 1 seed north) vs. Incline (No. 3 seed north), 4 p.m.

Friday, Mackay Stadium ” boys

– Faith Lutheran (No. 1 seed south) vs. North Tahoe (No. 2 seed north), 2 p.m.

– Truckee (No. 1 seed north) vs. Incline (No. 3 seed south), 6 p.m.

Saturday, Damonte Ranch High School

– Girls semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

– Boys semifinal winners, 12 p.m.

Friday, Silverado HS, Las Vegas

– Truckee (No. 1 seed north) vs. Moapa Valley (No. 2 seed south), 7 p.m.

– Pahrump Valley (No. 1 seed south), vs. Yerington (No. 2 seed north), 8:40 p.m.

Saturday, Silverado HS, Las Vegas

– Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Friday, Silverado HS, Las Vegas

– Whittell (No. 1 seed north) vs. Lincoln County (No. 2 seed south), 9 a.m.

– Needles (No. 1 seed south) vs. North Tahoe (No. 2 seed north), 10:40 a.m.

Saturday, Silverado HS, Las Vegas

– Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

– To print out state tournament brackets, go to http://www.niaa.com.


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