Lakers shut out boys in final

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

Injuries and red cards in Friday’s semifinal game may have done Truckee in for the final.

After beating Whittell 3-1 Friday, Truckee advanced to the state championship Saturday only to fall to North Tahoe, 1-0, suffering a replay of last year’s final match, which the Lakers won 3-2.

Ten minutes into the match against Whittell, Jim Leatherman was checked by a defender and he went down, snagging a hole in the field.

Leatherman’s hip was dislocated and he was out for the game and the season.

Later on, Taylor Greene was red carded after running into the Whittell goalie.

“After watching the videotape, it is questionable as to what happened,” said Truckee coach Larry Leatherman.

The result was a broken nose for the goalie and a day on the bench for Greene.

So when it came time to take on North Tahoe in the championship game, Truckee was a little worse for the wear, but its defense stepped up to the plate.

“They boys did everything we asked them to,” Leatherman said. “The ball just didn’t go in the net.”

It was a closely matched game, with the score 0-0 at the half. In the second half, the Lakers’ Johnny Wojcik took a pass from 30 yards out and threaded it through the Truckee de

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