J.V. teams triumphant
Below are brief recaps of what is going on with the various Tahoe-Truckee sports teams.
Junior varsity football
Last week it was just a couple of games, now it’s a streak.
The JV Wolverines defeated the North Tahoe Lakers last Saturday, 24-6, advancing their record to 2-0 in league play and claiming their third consecutive win.
The win came as the result of a substantial defensive effort that saw the Wolverines shut out the Lakers for three and a half quarters.
North Tahoe scored the first points of the game on a 33-yard pass from Miles Miller to Isidro Rojas. Failing on the extra point, the Lakers led 6-0.
The Wolverines charged back with a 38-yard run by Evan Birchard for a touchdown. Birchard, in turn, kicked the extra point and the Wolverines took the lead.
The second quarter accounted for the rest of the Wolverines’ points. Adam Lindroth ran 26 yards for a touchdown to start off the quarter. Birchard kicked a 27-yard field goal midway through the quarter and a 32-yard pass from Kevin Schlesinger to Jason Ames – with a two point conversion run by Ian Wrenn – completed the Wolverines’ scoring.
The team accumulated 214 rushing yards on the game and 259 total yards.
Defensively, the Wolverines were playing without their strong safety and team captain, T.J. Dwyer, who had fractured two bones in his foot earlier in the week and will be out for the remainder of the season. According to Truckee Head Coach Dow Higginbotham, Ryan Gunter – Dwyer’s replacement who had only practiced twice at the safety position – stepped in and did a great job.
“We didn’t lose a step on defense,” said Higginbotham.
Higginbotham also cited the performance of Marco Reza, saying that he played “another very solid game” at the defensive tackle position.
With the rivalry out of the way, now it’s time for the JV football team to concentrate on avenging last year’s losses. Higginbotham says that now’s the time to make up for last season’s losses to Rite of Passage, Fernley and Spring Creek.
The JV squad will kick off homecoming football action against ROP on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
Junior varsity boys’ soccer
The Wolverines claimed decisive wins over Tahoe City and Quincy, largely on the heels of JV superstar Jeff Ebner.
Ebner managed to score four goals in the 7-0 win over Tahoe City. In Truckee’s next game, at Quincy, Ebner unloaded for four more goals and led the Wolverines to an 8-0 victory.
Against Tahoe City, Truckee came out a little off target.
“It was close in the first half,” said Truckee Head Coach Rob Curtis, “We just couldn’t capitalize. We eventually wore them down, though.”
The score was 1-0 at halftime.
Against Quincy, the Wolverines dominated the game and controlled possession throughout.
Jarrad Gifford contributed two goals to the victory and Tommy Kleffman, usually a defensive player, was moved to the left wing position and racked up a score.
Cody Prouty, Truckee’s goalie, and the defense – anchored by Nick Sterling – recorded its eighth shutout in nine games.
The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 64-1 so far this season.
“That one goal,” joked Head Coach Rob Curtis, “is haunting us. “
The team travels to participate in the Armijo tournament this weekend, where they will participate in five games against a number of California’s top soccer squads, including Jesuit and Fairfield.
Junior varsity girls’ soccer
The JV girls’ soccer team did not play last week. Instead, the squad is gearing up for the big rivalry match against North Tahoe on Saturday. The game is at North Tahoe and begins at 10 a.m.
Truckee’s cross country team continues to improve its times, but met with a record-breaking field of competitors at Fernley this past week.
Spring Creek’s Tony Fleming blistered through Fernley’s 3.1 mile course with a 16:15 time, breaking the course record.
“It was an really fast field,” Truckee Coach Mark Brady said, “running on a fast course.”
As usual, Betsy Van Blarigan was Truckee’s top finisher. Van Blarigan finished fifth with a time of 21:34.
Iran Munzano finished at the 14th spot with an impressive 18:42.
Louis Van Blarigan finished 20th at 19:19. Brian Beno finished 38th at 20:05 while Andrew Van Blarigan, crossing the finish line only seven seconds later, finished 43rd.
“We did well, we’ve just got to get faster,” said Brady.
The cross country team will travel to Incline on Saturday for a meet that begins at 2 p.m.
Nerves got the best of the Tahoe-Truckee varsity volleyball team.
The Wolverines got overly anxious in anticipation of their match against area rival, North Tahoe, and lost in four games, 15-3, 9-15, 15-12 and 15-13.
“They were nervous,” said Head Coach Maggie Shane of the Wolverines. “They knew they had the ability to beat [North Tahoe] but they never have. They played okay in the last three games.”
Statistically, Truckee played just a little below its level. They served at about 83 percent, and hit at about 83 percent – both pretty standard percentages for the team – but hit at 57 percent, well below its average.
“Their errors were overcompensation … they were trying too hard,” Shane said. “In some cases they lost the team effort. Some players were trying to save the game and weren’t concentrating on the position that they were supposed to be playing.”
Kendra Murphy returned from her bruised wrist injury and set for the entire match. Erin DeMont led the team with eight kills and three blocks.
Sara Ford had four kills and three blocks. Jasmine Eisenberg had five kills and Tessie Boreen knocked down four.
It was the team’s first loss in league this season.
The Wolverines travel today to play Dayton, with games starting at 3, 4, and 5:30 p.m. The team’s next home game is on Friday, Oct. 22, against Battle Mountain.
The girls’ golf team, with the absence of Megan Harter, has finally given up its first loss of the season.
The Wolverines lost by 12 strokes, 522-510, to the hosting Fernley team.
Rene Trudeau kept her undefeated streak alive by shooting an 83. Trudeau captured first place eight strokes ahead of the event’s second place finisher, Truckee’s Kim Waller, who shot a 91.
Truckee’s loss did not change its status as the number one seeded team going into zones.
The Wolverines will host their last regular season meet on Friday at 10 a.m. The meet is at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
The state tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, at Fernley.
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