North Tahoe prep roundup: Sophomore boys lead cross country team, soccer teams take on South Tahoe |

North Tahoe prep roundup: Sophomore boys lead cross country team, soccer teams take on South Tahoe

Provided to the SunNorth Tahoe's Hugo Ramirez runs to a second-place finish individually in the small-schools sophomore race at the Bret Harte Invitational this past weekend. The Lakers placed first in the sophomore team competition.

North Tahoe’s sophomore boys captured the top spot among small schools in the Bret Harte (Calif.) Invitational this past weekend.

The Lakers’ Hugo Ramirez led the way, finishing second overall with a time of 12:05 in the 2-plus-mile race. He trailed only Alex Schramm of Pacific Grove, who placed first individually in 12:02.

Ramirez was followed by teammates Luke Funicella (12:22) in third place and Carson Clark (12:32) in fifth. John Baker (13:01) finished 10th and Griffin Lancaster (13:21) 19th.

“With our sophomores, I don’t want to say we expect it (a win), but they’re pretty darn talented,” said North Tahoe head coach Warren Mills … “They’re going to put fear into the hearts of their competition. They’re the real deal.”

In varsity competition, the Laker boys raced a man short and did not place as a team, as junior Angel Gonzalez was not able to attend the meet.

Individually, junior Miles Heapes posted the best result among Lakers, finishing 23rd in the 3.2-mile race with a time of 18:35. The winner, Matt Airola of Bret Harte, finished in 16:25.

North Tahoe senior Tom McElravey (18:42) followed Heapes in 27th place. The Lakers’ Bobby Carabetta (19:31) was 48th and Ben Lurie (19:35) 51st.

On the varsity girls’ side, Sierra Postler and company led the Lakers to a fifth-place finish.

Postler placed 19th overall with a time of 22:42. She was followed by teammates Maiya Greenwood (25th, 23:17), Brenda Ramirez (38th, 24:32), Carlie Postler (43rd, 24:50), Nicole Ramm (45th, 25:01), Cassidy Curtin (64th, 26:41) and Julia Levy (66th, 26:54).

The North Tahoe boys soccer team played visiting South Tahoe to a 2-2 tie in a nonleague game Monday.

The Vikings (2-7-1) twice took a one-point lead before the Lakers (2-9-3) answered with tying goals.

South Tahoe took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute before North Tahoe sophomore Zach Rickenback scored an equalizer just before the half. The Vikings again took the lead in the 52nd minute, but North Tahoe sophomore Israel Ramirez responded with another goal four minutes later to knot the score at 2-2.

“It was a well-played game between both teams,” said North Tahoe head coach Beto Alcaraz. “We’re slowly getting there. Don’t count us out just yet.”

In the most recent Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll, released late last week, North Tahoe was ranked ninth and South Tahoe 10th.

The South Tahoe girls soccer team, which is ranked third in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll, defeated visiting North Tahoe 4-0 in a nonleague game Monday.

South Tahoe scored all four goals in the first half.

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