Wolverine Roundup: Lady Wolverines on the rebound
Friday the 13th was far from unlucky for the Lady Wolverine soccer team, which traveled to Manogue to face the Miners for the second time this season. After walking away from its first meeting with a hard-fought 2-2 tie score, the Truckee team prepared to collect a win this time. Mike Holman’s Wolverines carefully studied the film from the first game against Manogue and altered its game to adjust to the Miners’ variety of play.
All this hard work was not in vain, as the Lady Wolverines pulled out its most impressive performance to date, heading home with a 2-0 victory. A whopping 30 shots on goal for the Wolverines dwarfed the efforts of the Miners, who boasted only nine goal attempts.
Kristine Trudeau exhibited her dogged talent and led the Wolverines to triumph with one assist and imposing offensive play. Goals for the Wolverines were scored by Kristine Bena, who followed a shot by Trudeau with a header in the 28 minute of play and Cali Pratt, who netted the last goal of the game in the second half with an assist from Trudeau. Kirsten Seitz and Stacey Cook aided in the Wolverines’ performance with stellar defensive play.
This win generated momentum for the Truckee team as it headed into play last Saturday against Yerington, and quieted the Lions’ roar with an overwhelming 8-0 victory.
Varsity footballers tame Lions
The Lions failed to make any noise in Truckee this weekend as the Wolverines’ varsity football team tamed Yerington with a well-balanced 42-6 victory.
Special teams as well as the defense contributed to the Wolverines’ scoring barrage as Truckee improved its record to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in league. As it currently stands, the Wolverines are in third place behind Lowry and North Tahoe.
After Yeringtion scored first in the opening quarter, Truckee’s Evan Birchard answered with a first-quarter touchdown run. The Wolverines relentless offense and defense warmed up in the second quarter as Casey Nelson scored on a 48-yard dash followed by a spectacular 22-yard touchdown interception by Dan Shannon to push the score to 21-6. Gary Cook closed the first half scoring on a 44-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Schlesinger.
The Wolverines failed to materialize scoring opportunities in the third quarter and were plagued by penalties. In the fourth quarter, Birchard took a punt return 80 yards for another touchdown and Frankie Calderon ran the ball in for the final score of the game.
The Truckee team appeared more fluid and solid in its play than last week’s game, taking control of the field and dominating the first, second and fourth quarters.
Coach Bob Shaffer was pleased with the Wolverines’ play, yet noted that the defense gave up more yards passing than he would like to see. In addition, Shaffer stated that if the play that was demonstrated in the third quarter continued, then “we’re going to be up for some long Saturdays.”
JV girls’ soccer reflects varsity’s success
Norma Cannon and the junior varsity Wolverines’ soccer team have been dominating the field all season and boast an 11-1 record thus far, losing only to North Tahoe.
Last Tuesday, the Wolverines defeated the Whittell Warriors 7-0, staying fired up despite the onslaught of cold weather and snow. The inclement weather was not the only change witnessed on this day, as Cannon took the opportunity to rotate positions and players on the field. As a result, goalie Emily Grissmer scored two goals while other goals for the Wolverines came from Lisa Dodds, Brittany Mazzini and Nikki Ross. Friday the 13 proved to be another victorious day for the Wolverines junior varsity team as the Truckee team blanked Manogue, 5-0. Casey Lapoint converted a penalty kick in the first five minutes of play and proceeded to put in another goal to finish with two of the game’s five goals. Nicole Cardinale scored off an assist from Nikki Ross and finished the day with a hat trick.
The Wolverines have three games remaining, traveling to Spring Creek this Saturday and Incline on Tuesday before returning home for its last game against North Tahoe on Oct. 27.
Cannon feels confident about the Wolverines’ prospects for the rest of the season and notes that she “is especially proud of their cohesiveness and cooperation as a team.”
Boys’ soccer continues to roll
After tying Whittell at the beginning of the season in the Quincy Tournament, the Wolverines’ boys’ varsity soccer team looked forward to an equally challenging game on Wednesday, Oct 11. What the team found instead was a day of complete dominance on the field as it walked away with a 9-0 victory and overflowing confidence as the regular season draws to a close.
Scoring for the Wolverines with three goals each were Elias Silver and Jason Waters. Beto Alcaraz finished the day with two goals of his own, clearly demonstrating the reason this Truckee team is leading the league.
Coming off this win, the Wolverines pounced on Manogue on Friday, Oct. 13 with 36 shots on goal to the Miners three. Elias Silver finished twice for the Wolverines, resulting in a 2-0 Truckee win.
Last Saturday’s game against Yerington followed the Wolverines’ trend of domination, easily pulling out a 4-1 victory over the Lions. Elias Silver wrapped up the game in a neat package and sealed it up with four unanswered goals.
Despite missing four key senior players – out taking the SAT exam – the Wolverines played a solid defensive and midfield game and controlled the field for the duration of play. The Wolverines its game against Spring Creek.
JV football wipes out Lions
Running onto the field, ready to hold its line, the Wolverines’ junior varsity football team demonstrated what a solid defense is capable of. Last Saturday’s game against Yerington was an easy victory for TTHS, as the Wolverines began tits first drive at the Lion’s 41-yard line.
Despite two penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Wolverines performed flawlessly, taking control of the game from its first possession and driving the ball to a 34-14 victory. The Lions were allotted two touchdowns, one with seven minutes left in the first half, and the second in the fourth quarter, yet it was evident to the crowd that the win was in the clutches of the Wolverines the entire game.
The Truckee Lady Strikers lost to Lowry on last Friday, 13-15, 9-15, 12-15. The Wolverines stayed on the heels of the Buckaroos throughout all three games, yet were unable to pull together their mental game to gain the advantage. Jasmine Eisenberg led the Wolverines in kills and digs while Heather Shove assumed the position of “the roof” for Truckee, with an impressive eight blocks.
Last Saturday’s game against Spring Creek was a fight to the end for both teams, as Truckee played solid offense and scrappy defense to battle it out in five games. In the end, the Wolverines fell short of the win, yet demonstrated clear dominance in ability on the court. After winning the first game 15-13, the TNT ladies lost focus and allowed the Spartans to rally in the second game. Pulling together at the close of the second game, the Wolverines were too far behind to reclaim its dominance on the court.
Coming back in the third game, the Wolverines pulled out another 15-13 win, yet again failed to utilize its momentum and lost the fourth and fifth games, thus giving Spring Creek the match. This was a disappointing loss for the Wolverines, who were relentless throughout the afternoon, yet managed to come up just short of victory.
The ladies’ last home game will be Saturday against Yerington as the team bids farewell to the seniors.
Junior varsity boys soccer team
Undefeated in league play, the Truckee boy’s junior varsity soccer team went in search of some tougher competition in Fairfield, Calif. this past weekend. .
Delivering solid performances for the Wolverines’ team, the combination of Tim McDonald, Tim Jitloff, Tom Kleffman, Miguel Tafolla, Kyle Kelly, Kyle Flynn and Matt Scholz was a winning one for Coach Kyle Adams.
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