Swim, golf and baseball teams all chalk up recent wins
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines varsity baseball team captured two wins against the North Tahoe Lakers in a doubleheader on their home field Friday afternoon and improved their regular season record to 2-2.
After four scoreless innings to start game one, the Wolverines erupted for five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, taking advantage of critical Laker errors.
Truckee held off North Tahoe’s seventh-inning surge to win the game 10-7.
Paul Smith hit the only home run of the game, a two run strike in the fifth inning, and was intentionally walked on his remaining at-bats. North Tahoe pitcher Bryan Collins, relieving Billy Freeman, was injured while trying to make a tag at home plate during the sixth inning and was unable to complete the game.
Truckee answered to the critical situation in game two, scoring a ninth inning run after holding the Lakers scoreless, winning the game 7-6.
Kyle Hunt scored from third base on a Laker error in the bottom of the inning, sealing the win. Carson Specht pitched the game and gave up only four runs in six innings.
“It was great high school baseball,” Truckee Head Coach Joseph Ferrerra said. “There was only one error in the game, that last play. Our team just played tough. It was just good baseball.”
The Tahoe-Truckee varsity swim teams claimed a win at home against Hug in their first home meet of the season but struggled at Reno versus Sparks.
The girls’ team won 103-60 against the 4A Hug Hawks on March 24. The Wolverines’ girls claimed first place in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay. In fact, the girls took first place in 10 out of the 11 races. Shannon Lankenau took first place in both her events, as did Lauren Browning.
The boys’ team, led by Wes Ajari who continually shatters personal bests – far exceeding the competition – lost the meet 92-42. Nikolai Travis and Joe Dahlen took firsts and seconds in their respective events and Josh Burgess contributed points. The Truckee boys continues to struggle as a result of the lack of members on the team.
“All of our ladies swam extremely well with almost a clean sweep in first places,” Truckee coach Amy Nicolopolos said.
“I am extremely proud of the whole team.”
The girls lost their first meet of the season on Saturday, April 8, to Sparks High School while the boys’ managed to almost claim its first win of the season, losing by only one point, 60-59.
“We would have had a greater chance at winning if we did not have four swimmers out that day,” Nicolopolos said regarding the girls’ loss. “We took firsts in 90 percent of the events but we simply had the numbers working against us.”
Kyle Gamet joined Ajari, Travis and Dahlen to help the boys almost break the school record for the 200 free relay.
The Tahoe-Truckee varsity boys’ golf team has won each of its last two matches.
The first, a tournament played at Yerington, saw the Wolverines overthrow all their Division I opponents by claiming six of the the top 14 spots and five of the top ten.
Mark Lundbeck took first place in the tournament, scoring an even par score of 72, six strokes ahead of North Tahoe’s Andy Cummings who placed second. Truckee’s Jason Waters scored an 81 for fourth place and Travis Spencer tied for fifth having shot an 82.
On April 7, the Wolverines struck again, defeating their division opponents in Fernley with a team score of 411, five shots better than second place North Tahoe.
Lundbeck again shot the highest score for the Wolverines with a 76, but ended up tied for second, seven shots behind Cummings. Truckee claimed the third- and fourth- place spots as well, with Waters shooting a 78 and Spencer scoring an 80.
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