Softball wins big over Whittell; track team getting competitive
The Truckee High softball team routed Whittell 15-2 at Truckee River Regional Park Wednesday.
Morgan Womack got the win and Kathleen Lee closed the game. At the plate for Truckee, Corina Mincey went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and four runs scored; Katie Geresy 2 for 3 with three runs; Dani Turner 2 for 4 with a double and triple; Katie Reiswig 2 for 3 with a double; Jordan Raber 1 for 3; Katie Zusy 1 for 2; and Amanda Jones 1 for 1. Truckee head coach Mitch Brown said junior shortstop Kelly Stephens continues to improve defensively.
“She’s had a great season,” Brown said of Stephens. “Her defensive skills have picked up immensely.”
The Wolverines are 4-10 in league play and still have a chance to make playoffs if they win both games of a doubleheader with North Tahoe this Saturday, Brown said.
As the Truckee High track team moves into its competitive phase of the season, both the girls and boys teams are gearing up to score points for the Northern 3A Regionals Championship meet at Yerington on May 12 and 13.
At last weekend’s league meet in Yerington ” with 4A teams competing ” the boys placed fourth overall, second in the 3A behind Dayton.
“We’re giving every athlete a chance to make it to regionals,” said Diana Yale, Truckee’s head track coach. (The top three in each event and one relay team can enter for regionals.) “We’re trying as many kids as possible in different events, hoping to score as many possible points at zones. We’re telling the athletes that every point counts, even if you place eighth, you score a point for the team. I’ve seen track meets won by just one point.”
One of the top competitors for the boys was Brandon Peterson, a senior out for his first year in track. Peterson earned gold in both the 100 meter (11.29) and the 200 (22.71) while anchoring the 4 x 200 team (Austin Lynch, Drew Stewart, Sam Silver) to second place behind 4A Hug. He also placed second overall and first among 3A schools in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-feet-2-inches.
“I wish we had Brandon on this team sooner,” Yale said. “He has outstanding talent as a track athlete and is determined to win. He has found another sport, besides football, that he can succeed and do well in. He could score a lot of points for the team.”
Austin Lynch, also a senior in his first year out for track, placed third overall in the 400 (52.6) (first in 3A) and seventh in the 100 (11.78) (third in 3A). Lynch also led off the 4 x 400 relay (Kyle Britto, Sean Wilson, Sam Silver) that finished third and was on the 4 x 200 team.
“Austin is another top point scorer,” Yale said. “He also has found another sport that he likes and has done extremely well. He is a hard, dedicated worker in practice, is willing to learn from coaches and wants to improve.”
The boys 4 x 800 team also did very well, placing third (second in 3A) with freshmen Micah Silver and Hansen Leclair, junior Kyle Britto and sophomore Troy Calandra.
“We’re fortunate to have so many outstanding distance guys who are younger who will also score a lot of points for the team,” Yale said.
In the field events, senior Alfredo Oropeza is likely to score points for the team while improving his shotput throw of 43’3″.
“Anything can happen at a track meet. You never know when someone might just pop a personal record in the throws or launch a jump,” Yale said.
The girls team also competed well by placing fifth. The 4 x 800 team of Whitney Brixey, Maisha Goodpaster, Melanie Lashbrook and Emilia Skytte won gold with one of the best times in the Northern Nevada this season, 10:41.
“This team is strong and are tough competitors. If they continue to work hard in practice and stay focused, they have a good shot at state,” Yale said. Skytte also placed sixth in the 400 (65.6) and fourth in the 800 (2:41). Brixey placed second in the 3,200 (13:12) and sixth in the 1,600 (6:02).
The 4 x 100 team of Brandie Macken, Hailey Vincent, Shannon Holt and Lindsay Holt placed second (first in 3A) in 54.79.
“This is one of the top teams going into zones,” said Truckee assistant coach Bob Blount. “They run well as a team and have good handoffs.”
Vincent and Macken both posted good times in the 100 and 200, at 14.11 and 14.21, and 29.37 and 29.54, respectively.
Lindsay Holt, another athlete with natural talent on the track, placed seventh in the 200 in 28.54.
In the 300 hurdles, Vanessa Blount ran a strong race with a time of 55.25. Rachel Hines, who fell on the last hurdle, finished the race but didn’t set a personal record. Both girls are competing well among 3A schools, Yale said.
With Holt, Goodpaster, Skytte, Lashbrook and Brixey ” all good athletes with the potential to compete in four events each at state ” the girls team is looking strong, Yale said.
This Saturday the team travels to Lowry for its last league meet before regionals.
The Truckee High golf team placed fifth in the Spring Creek Tournament last Thursday, finishing with a score of 439. Spring Creek scored 410, Lowry 417, Dayton 424 and Fernley 429.
Individually for Truckee, Kevin Barchas shot an 82, Bryce Poulin 86, Pat Galvin 87, Rich Breuner 91 and Danny Kruck 93.
With two tournaments remaining ” this Friday at North Tahoe and next Friday at Old Greenwood in Truckee ” and the top three teams moving on to the state tournament May 15 and 16, the Wolverines are in fifth place in the Northern 3A with a score of 44. Lowry and Spring Creek are tied for first place (54), followed by Dayton (46) and Fernley (45).
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