Wolverine roundup: The week in high school sports
Varsity football coach Bob Schaffer’s Wolverines appeared to be two very distinct teams last Saturday. Although the final 42-12 score hints at complete domination over Fernley, the Wolverines were inconsistent and sporadic in their performance.
Evan Birchard led the Truckee team with 151 yards rushing and 13 carries resulting in three touchdowns. Other contributors to the win were Billy Wrenn who scored on an 11 yard pass in the first quarter, Kevin Suter on a 30 yard pass and Casey Nelson, who added another six points in the fourth quarter. While executing enough plays to pull out the victory, the Wolverines failed to present a solid front. Like a ship maneuvering through inclement weather, the team rose and fell with the turbulence of the waves, combining moments of skillful play with periods of definite struggle. The unknowing spectator would have believed that two teams were alternating use of the field from the Wolverine bench, and Coach Bob Schaffer was not blind to this binary display.
“We will definitely be working on consistency this week,” Schaffer noted.
The Wolverines have until Saturday to work through the holes in their game when they will take on Yerington at home.
Two champions, each huddling together on their respective side of the field and two final team shouts- this was the scene that opened the long-awaited soccer game last Friday that featured the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines and the North Tahoe Lakers in their first meeting since last year’s championship game.
Cheered on by a surprisingly large audience for a Friday afternoon, the two undefeated teams embarked on “the game.” The tension and rivalry between these neighboring teams did not dissipate once one stepped off the field, but rather could be witnessed in the body language of the crowd and heard in the shouts of parents, friends and loyal fans.
The Wolverines came out fighting in the first half as Elias Silver assisted Brian Lowrence in the 29th minute of play to put Truckee up 1-0. Promptly settling the score, the Lakers scored to put the teams at an even 1-1 heading into halftime. Both teams played impressive ball with sold offensive drives and strong defensive presence.
The second half of play, however, painted a rather different picture as the Wolverines scored three unchallenged goals. Retaining the strategy of strong defense, the Wolverines successfully held off Lakers’ star Will Wolford and thus dismantled the core of North Tahoe’s play. With numerous offensive drives that failed to materialize, along with the no other offensive threat than Wolford, the Lakers fell prey to the depth and careful play of Curtis’ Wolverines.
The first goal of the second half was scored by Truckees’ Jason Letters off a skillful pass from Silver to the far side of the goal. Gabe Gannam tallied the next goal after the Lakers’ keeper bobbled a direct kick by Jeff Ebner. The final goal of the game occurred in the 79th minute of play, as Elias Silver dribbled the ball through the Lakers’ deflated defense.
The Wolverines remained steady and fluid, playing smart soccer despite the excitement leading up to the game and the immense rivalry between the two teams. Leaving the field with a solid 4-1 victory and confidences soaring, the Wolverines celebrated with each other and the fans.
While this win places Truckee at the top of the league in 3A play, Coach Curtis is the first to concede “it is just round one.”
North Tahoe Lakers’ girls varsity soccer team emerged victorious over the Wolverines on Friday, despite a last-minute coaching change that caused considerable confusion on the Lakers’ bench. Opening the game with a strong drive to the goal by Cali Pratt, Truckee pulled ahead 1-0 in the first minutes of play. North Tahoe answered back with an own goal that was credited to the Lakers’ Brittany Bent to put the teams at one apiece. Both teams had several shots on goal and played strong possession ball throughout the first half, yet failed to deliver additional goals and paused at the half holding at 1-1. The second half showed strong play by both teams with a goal by Kristine Trudeau for the Wolverines. The Lakers put two more in the net to solidify their win, closing the day with a 3-2 victory. After a disappointing loss, the Wolverines bounced back on Saturday to clobber Dayton in a 10-0 win.
The Tahoe-Truckee varsity volleyball team worked fervently against Manogue last Tuesday in Reno, forcing the Miners to dig a little harder to pull out the win. Manogue, the top team in 3A league play, is a powerhouse with a quick offense and talented players on the court. Despite their indomitable competition, Truckee fought for every sideout and challenged the Miners throughout all three games. Final scores for the match were 4-15, 2-15 and 6-15, with Manogue winning in three games. Last Thursday, the luck changed for the Wolverine varsity volleyball team as they picked up their first win of the season at home against Fernley. After playing well in the first two games with scores of 15-11 and 15-7, the Wolverins had to work through fatigue in the third game to win the match in four games. Leading the team in serving were Jasmine Eisenberg and Heather Shove with three aces each. Amy Eisenberg played impressive defense with 10 digs, while her sister Jasmine scraped up six of her own to keep the Strikers on top. This win puts the Tahoe-Truckee team at 1-10 overall and 1-8 in league play going into their next home game on Saturday against Yerington.
A Wolf Weekend
Christian Wolf swung into action for the Truckee varsity tennis team this weekend in Reno, winning all three of his matches in grand style 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Despite the team’s 13.0-9.5 loss to Reno, the Wolverines left their paw prints on the court at sectionals with stellar play by number one singles Wolf, number two singles Ryan Thym and the doubles combination of Borghello and Ratto. The Wolverines are eagerly awaiting the finalized seeding results that will dictate regional play today at Plumas, where two singles players (Wolf and Thym) and two undetermined doubles teams will play to win the right to advance to the state tournament.
The Truckee girls’ golf team closed regular season play on an upswing, with their best team score this season at Lowry last week. While demonstrating great improvement in both individual and team play, the Wolverines still finished fourth overall.
Coach Mike Merriman was pleased with the girls’ performance, in particular with Renee Trudeau, who finished first individually with a nearly flawless round of 80. This score was especially impressive taking into account the difficulty of Fernley’s course.
Finishing third in the standings was Lowry with a combined team score of 500, a performance that was not up to par with their usual domination.
Ahead of Lowry by a mere five strokes was Manogue with a total of 495, and pulling out an impressive win, the North Tahoe Lakers drove to first place despite the disadvantage of a small squad.
Placing second in the individual overall standings was Mackenzie Swecker of Lowry at 83 and Tiana Jones of North Tahoe finished third with a total of 86.
Truckee sophomore,Tiffany Schegg, played her best round of the year completing her round with a 114.
The Lady Wolverines head into state next week in Mesquite, NV on Oct. 18 at the Casablanca Golf Course.
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As seniors from North Tahoe collected diplomas this week, a group of Lakers continued another local tradition — capturing first place at the boys’ regional golf championship.