Fall athletes recognized
Accolades rained like division titles for Tahoe-Truckee High School athletes during this year’s all-state teams’ selection process.
Coaches for each of the three division winning teams in the various 3A league fall sports nominated athletes based on their performances over the past season. A total of 20 Truckee high school athletes were recognized for their achievements in football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, volleyball and golf.
Seven players were selected from the Truckee varsity football team, two of which were recognized as players of the year at their respective positions.
David DeCoite, a senior playing at the free safety position for the first time this season, was named as the 3A defensive player of the year.
“He’s well deserving of the award,” Truckee Head Football Coach Bob Schaffer said, “for as good a year as he had. He probably could’ve had a better year except that he had to learn the quarterback position.”
DeCoite played quarterback for Truckee for the last six games of the season after the first four choices were either injured or dismissed from the team. He also played the wingback position in the early part of the season, at which, in his junior year, he was named as an all-state player.
DeCoite just signed a contract to play for the Division I-AA University of Montana Grizzlies where he will join his older brother, Dan DeCoite, who just transferred to the University of Montana this year from Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City.
David has been nicknamed “the missile” by Montana head coach Joe Glenn because of the violence and speed of his hits, according to father Dennis DeCoite. Dennis sent in tapes of both of his sons and the University offered both players full athletic scholarships (saving the two’s parents an estimated $180,000.) According to Dennis, David is the first male to get a full athletic scholarship straight out of Truckee High School.
“I feel good,” David said. “I’m nervous to go up there and play, but I’m ready. I just want to play football. I was really lucky to get picked up by the university.”
David says that he and his brother plan on rooming together. He feels like the experience to play the game with his brother is a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” though the two did play one year together in high school when Dan was a senior and David was a sophomore.
Brad Noel was also selected to the team and was named, along with Manogue’s Mike Yenick, as Lineman of the year.
Casey Nelson, in his junior year, was named to the all-state team as both a running back and as a kick returner. Tudi Corral, a 5-7, 155-pound senior, was recognized as one of the five linebackers of the year, having led the Wolverines in tackles this season. Jose Hurtado (5-9, 205-pound senior) was named to the all-state first team as a guard, leading the way for Nelson who scored 90 points this season.
Gary Cook and Mark Thiel were both named to the second team as kickers.
Named to the Nevada AAA All State Boys’ Soccer team following their dramatic 2-1 win over North Tahoe for the state championship this year were four players.
Gabe Valle, a senior at Truckee, was named to the first team as a stopper and Juan Aguilar, another senior, was named as a first team fullback. Making the second team were Peter Kennelly (a senior stopper on the squad) and Elias Silver, a junior, recognized at the forward position.
Rebecca Shook, Kristine Bena and Kirstin Seitz were all named to the first team of the AAA Girls’ All State Soccer team. Jillian Marchi was named to the second team. Shook was chosen as the State player of the year.
Renee Trudeau and Megan Harter were both selected from Truckee’s girls’ golf team to the first team.
Betsy Van Blarigan was chosen from the Wolverines’ cross country team to be on the all-state squad.
Truckee had the most athletes selected for the various teams from a high school.
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The Truckee girls’ cross-country team raced to a runner-up finish at today’s Class 3A Northern League championships.