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Truckee boys suffer first loss

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

The Colfax Falcons came to Tahoe-Truckee high school and handed the Wolverines’ boys’ basketball team its first loss of the season last Tuesday.

The Wolverines (5-2) were defeated 88-52 and, according to Truckee Head Coach Mike Gray, were taught a lesson.

“[Colfax] played with defensive intensity to the final buzzer,” Gray said. “It was the same kind of basketball I want to bring here.”

Truckee’s leading scorers this season, Mark Logan and Mark Theil, were held well below their averages.

Logan led the Wolverines with 21 points. Theil, who “got in foul trouble early and couldn’t get back in the game mentally,” according to Gray, scored nine points.

Peter Kennelly, playing at guard, scored 11 points.

Five Colfax players scored in double figures, with its leading scorer, Nate Ray, knocking down 14 points.

The Wolverines traveled to Colfax for a three day tournament, two days after the loss. Truckee won two games and lost once in overtime.

Against Dixon, in Truckee’s first game of the tournament, the Wolverines won, 53-42.

“We could have won by more,” Gray said, “but I wanted to play everyone.”

Logan led all scorers with 27 points. Kennelly scored 13.

Truckee’s second game in the tourney, against Argonaut, resulted in a 72-69 overtime loss.

Despite trailing by seven points with a minute and a half remaining in regulation, Truckee managed to battle back to tie the game at the buzzer.

“Defensively, it was a team effort,” Gray said. “They really dug down deep and played well in the closing minutes.”

“It was free throws that really killed us,” Gray said. “We missed the free throws when it really counted.”

With 30 points, Logan, again, led all scorers.

Sophomore, David Larson, was given a chance and made the best of it, according to Gray.

“Larson came into the game in the first half against Dixon and knocked down a three pointer,” Gray said. “He had a good floor game, too. I put him in again in the second half against Dixon and he hit another three pointer. I decided to give him a chance in the game against Argonaut and he really stepped up.”

Larson scored 20 points in the game.

Theil scored 14 points.

The Wolverines closed the tournament by defeating Forest Lake, 65-59.

Logan was Truckee’s leading scorer, knocking down 31 points. Theil had 15 points.

Girls’ basketball

It was a bleak week for the Wolverines’ girls’ team.

The Truckee team was defeated by the Lassen Warriors last Tuesday and was left to fester on the loss after finding out that it was not included on the list of teams participating in the three day Forest Lake Tournament.

The Wolverines were defeated at home, 50-19, by the Lassen squad.

“[Lassen was] the best shooting high school team I’ve ever run against,” Head Coach Mike Merriman said. “It seems like every shot they made went in.”

Meanwhile…

“We’re having trouble scoring points,” Merriman said. “I lost most of my top scorers last season and a lot of the players I have aren’t used to scoring lots of points.”

Shauna Murray led the Wolverines with six points. Heather Shove and Laura Gorden had four and three points, respectively.

Returning to the roster last week was Erin DeMont. DeMont played three minutes against Lassen after missing the first part of the season due to a family emergency. Merriman is confident that DeMont will be starting during the Lake tournament this week.

Upcoming games

The varsity girls’ team will play all the tournament games at North Tahoe high school. The varsity boys will be playing at Whittell for the tournament. The JV girls will play at home for the tournament while the JV boys will play at Incline.


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