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Season down to the wire for many Wolverines sports

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunRandon Nunez, right, and Kellen Bonham practice sprinting drills on the track Wednesday.
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Losing the remaining two games of the regular season to rival North Tahoe High would be the worst case scenario for the Wolverines.

Of course, failing to beat the school’s rival never sits well with coaches and players, but the results of the doubleheader this Saturday in Truckee mean the difference between playoffs and the end of a season.

With the Northern 3A standings knotted up at the top, several teams’ playoff hopes are in limbo, including Truckee.

Lowry leads the league with an 11-3 record, followed by Truckee and Spring Creek at 9-5. After that is North Tahoe and Yerington at 8-6 and Fernley at 9-7.

If the second-place Wolverines win out, they’ll be guaranteed to host the playoffs, said Mike Ellis, Truckee’s baseball coach. If they split the final two games, they still have a chance to host, depending on the results of the Spring Creek-Lowry matchup this weekend.

“If we lose two we could be in trouble,” Ellis said. “But we’re planning on hosting. We’re going to sweep [North Tahoe].”

Wolverines ace pitcher Kevin Embertson, whose earned run average has shrunk to 1.06 after several quality starts, is gearing up for the big matchup. Embertson will pitch the second game of the doubleheader, which is a pattern he follows for every doubleheader at his own request.

“I’m treating it as a usual start,” the right-hander said, although admitting that this start was his most important of the year. “I’m pretty excited. It will be fun. It’s big that we have home field advantage.”

Embertson said one of the key advantages of the games being played in Truckee is that the Wolverines are familiar with fielding grounders on the “rock garden.”

The scene of players walking the all-dirt infield filling their gloves with rocks explains the fitting nickname.

But Ellis has been prepping the field every day, and he receives help by way of handing rakes to his players before practice.

“It’s looking good,” Ellis said of the infield.

As the Truckee High track team moves closer to its regional meet at Lowry in two weeks, athletes continued to set personal records and place well among 3A schools.

At an all-division meet on April 30, with prom on the same day, only 15 athletes were able to compete at the meet in Yerington. But the team still fared well.

On the girls side, freshman and newcomer to track Melanie Lashbrook placed fourth in the 800 meter, in a personal record time of 2:40.2. Lashbrook has been training hard with the girls 4×800 team, and is looking to do well at the state meet. Freshman Kalei Cofer continues to set personal record’s, running 18.05 in the 100 meter hurdles, which was good enough for fourth place overall. Newcomer Kelsey Shalvis, also a freshman, set a personal best in high jump with a 4’6″ jump, earning her a ninth place finish, with many 4A competitors placing ahead of her.

With the state meet in Las Vegas only three weeks away ” May 20-21 ” Shalvis is one of many seeking to qualify.

Coach Bob Blount had this to say of the team: “It’s great to see a new kid step up each week, putting themselves in a position to go to state. This week it was Shalvis in the high jump.”

Shalvis also ran the 4X200, along with Lauren Altieri, Cofer, and Brandie Macken. They placed seventh.

On the boys side, the top overall Truckee finisher was Kellen Bonham, who placed third and earned a medal in the 100 with a time of 11.56. Bonham also set a personal record in the 400 with a time of 55.43, and he led off the 4×200 relay, along with Cole Froelich, Kyle Britto, and Jamie Maehler.

Maehler, who is always a strong competitor, barely edged out Spring Creek near the finish line of the relay to place fourth in a time of 1:37.7. Maehler also set a personal record in the 400 with a time of 52.9, good for fifth place.

Froelich, a sophomore, has also been training hard, and as a newcomer to track, he is showing great potential in the 300 hurdles where he ran a personal record of 44.17, placing ninth overall and third among 3A schools.

Chris Beck and Kyle Rinella also set personal records in the hurdles with times of 51.68 and 51.88. The boys 4×800 team, of Riley Harrison, Sean Estabrook, Kyle Britto, and Michael O’Connor, placed fourth among 3A schools, and Harrison, normally a hurdler and jumper, ran for the team with an impressive split of 2:20. Harrison has been recruited to train for the event next year.

Finally, in the long jump, Cooper Doos jumped 17’3″ and is hoping to exceed his personal record of 18’3″ when the team travels to Lowry this Saturday for its last meet before regionals.

With one more dual meet to go ” this Friday at 3 p.m. at the Truckee High Pool ” the girls are 5-2 and the boys are 2-5.

So now the team is gearing up for the zone championships May 13 and 14 at Carson Aquatic Center. To make it to zones, a swimmer must make a time standard to qualify. So far, Wolverines swimmers are qualified in the following events:

Erika Cornell ” made all time standards but will most likely be swimming the 500 freestyle, 200 free, 100 free, or the 50 free.

Kat Alitieri ” 500 free, 200 free, 100 backstroke.

Mary Silvas ” 200 free, 500 free.

Alex Prodaniuk ” 200 free, 500 free.

Angela Raso ” 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly.

Lora Lashbrook ” 200 IM 100 fly.

Haley Howell ” 200 IM.

Nissa Krider ” 100 free, 50 free.

Colin Shane ” qualified in several events, but will likely be swimming 200 free and 50 free.

Arek O’Conell ” likely will be swimming 100 free and 50 free.

Blake Heckendorn ” likley will be swimming 200 free, 500 free

Taylor Morfett ” 100 free.

In order to go to State, swimmers must place in the top two at zones.

O’Conell, Alitieri, Silvas, Cornell, Shane, and Heckendorn should place in the top 16.