Every JV team claims a win this week | SierraSun.com

Every JV team claims a win this week

Below are brief recaps of what is going on with the various Tahoe-Truckee sports teams.


Rene Trudeau and the Truckee golf team continue to dominate the opposition, and claimed their fourth consecutive victory, Friday, in Tahoe City.

A score of 83 was enough for Trudeau to capture first place in the tournament. Trudeau has won every competition in which she has competed this season.

Megan Harter returned from a hiatus to shoot an 87, claiming the second place crown.

Melissa Davis shot a 101, which is her best score this year.

Emily DeCarlo and Kim Waller helped to contribute to TTHS’ team score which ranked it at the top of the field. North Tahoe claimed a second place overall team score with Fernley placing third.

The Wolverines will host the Lahontan Tournament this Friday which, according to Head Coach Mike Merriman, “may clinch first place for the season if we win.”

Junior varsity football

The JV Wolverine football team mustered a whole heckuva lot of defense, Friday, to claim its first win of the season.

The Wolverines overcame the Reed Raiders, 21-0. The win came as the result of six interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.

Jason Ames, awarded the game ball and designated as the honorary team captain, had two picks which he returned for touchdowns. Ames returned an interception in the second quarter 30 yards for the game’s first score. He struck again in the fourth, collecting another pick and carrying it 65 yards for a TD. Ames also had a fumble recovery.

Lance Rakich, three plays after Ames’ first interception, had a pick and sprinted 40 yards for a score.

Evan Birchard, Ian Wrenn and T.J. Dwyer also had interceptions.

Dow Higginbotham, Truckee’s Head Coach, commented on the play of Marco Reza and Ryan Ochoa, attributing the interceptions, in part, to their defensive press.

The offense, though not scoring, accumulated more yardage than it has in the last three games combined.

“It was a big morale boost to beat a 4A team a week before our first league game,” said Higginbotham. “The kids feel confident (hopefully not too confident.) Our goal is: we want to take league.”

The team’s next game is on Saturday vs. Battle Mountain. The game will be played in Surprise Stadium starting at 11 a.m.

Junior varsity girls’ soccer

The JV girls’ soccer team continued to roll over its opposition, giving up only two goals thus far on the season.

The Wolverines defeated Manogue 7-1 then turned around on Monday and defeated Squaw Valley 6-1.

Vanessa Ramirez scored twice against Manogue with Darcy Spencer, Jaimee Froelich, Niki Ross, Alicia Blount and Kelly Snyder each contributing a goal apiece.

In the game against Squaw, the hero was Spencer, who erupted for 3 goals. Kristine Trudeau, Brooke Deschryver and Ramirez also contributed a goal apiece to the victory.

Truckee had 28 shots on goal against Squaw, allowing only seven.

“Our defense is definitely coming along strong,” said Truckee Coach Ona Merlo. “Sydney Stokes, our stopper, and Kelsey Fisher, the sweeper, are shoring up the defense.”

The girls’ next game is Saturday at 10 a.m. when they will travel to face Spring Creek.

Junior varsity boys’ soccer

The boys’ team tallied its fifth shutout of the season last Wednesday, decisively beating Manogue, 7-0.

Jeff Ebner contributed two goals to the win. Gabe Gannam had a goal and two assists while Andre Echnique tallied a goal and an assist. Cody Prouty has goal kept for each of the shut outs.

The boys’ next game is at Spring Creek, beginning at noon.

JV volleyball

The JV volleyball team is off to a 2-3 start overall, but is comfortable with a 2-1 league record.

The squad defeated Incline and Battle Mountain, and most recently, lost to Spring Creek.

The spikers won at Battle Mountain in two games, 15-12 and 15-11. Deidre Panziera, the team’s captain, is the first string setter and was described by the team’s head coach, Iva Zina Bolla, as having awesome serves and sets “against Battle Mountain and in general.”

Bolla also remarked on Nicole Comeaux’s passing and hustling on the court, describing it as “incredible.”

Heather Shove had three or four roofs in the game against Battle Mountain.

Bolla also made a point to acknowledge Morgan Adamski, saying that she is a “very consistent player with all around good court play.”

The team will travel to Wooster tomorrow before returning to play a game on Oct. 5 at home against North Tahoe. The North Tahoe game starts at 5 p.m.

Cross country

The cross country team has its first winner of the season.

Betsy Van Blarigan is on a roll, claiming the first place prize in both the Dayton and Spring Creek invitationals this past week.

On Wednesday at Spring Creek, Van Blarigan ran the 3.3 mile (5K) course with a time of 26:20, defeating the next competitor in her class by about a minute, according to Cross Country Coach Mark Brady.

Two days later, Van Blarigan ran a 24:05, again winning by a substantial margin.

“The first race was very hilly,” Brady explained, “which is to her advantage, she’s great on hills. She was in second until they hit the hills and she pulled way ahead.

“At the second race, someone went out really hard, and eventually tuckered out. Betsy paced her way by,” Brady said. “I’m really pleased with her.”

Iran Manzano was the highest finisher for the boys at both races. The freshman finished eighth at Spring Creek with a time of 23:13 and 14th at Dayton with a time of 21:35.

Brian Beno, Andrew Van Blarigan and Graham Herr finished in consecutive order (23rd, 24th and 25th) with times of 25:02, 25:04 and 25:06 at the Spring Creek meet.

Richard Home placed 15th in the freshman division with a time of 28 minutes.

Manzano, Herr, Lewis Van Blarigan, and Beno were the highest finishers at the Dayton Invitational.

The team’s next meet is tomorrow, where they will compete in the Manogue Invitational starting at 2 p.m.

Varsity volleyball

The senior spikers had a decisive win over Battle Mountain last Friday but faltered against Spring Creek.

The varsity team won 15-7, 15-6, and 15-7 against Battle Mountain, dropping one game when Head Coach Maggie Shane decided to play the bench, resulting in an inconsequential 7-15 loss.

Sara Ford led the team with five kills and four blocks. Erin Demont and Tessie Boreen both managed five kills and Jasmine Eisenberg was the team’s most successful server with 16 points. Shannon Russ had three digs.

Against Spring Creek, the squad lost in five; 15-8, 10-15, 15-7, 10-15, and 11-15.

“Neither team played really well,” explained Shane. “It was more a matter of exchanging errors than it was of decisive victories. We’d get five or six points, but it was always off a bad pass or shank or something and the same was true for them. What it came down to was that they made fewer mistakes in the rally score.”

Demont had nine blocks and nine kills. Eisenberg had five kills and served six aces. Abby Whitfield had 5 kills and Amanda Rink served four aces.

Truckee will host their rival, North Tahoe, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, beginning at 6:30.

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