Wolverine teams gathering momentum
Below are brief recaps of what is going on with the various Tahoe-Truckee sports teams.
With their win at Lahontan this past week, the Truckee girls’ golf team has nearly secured a first place seed in this year’s zones.
“We’d basically have to fall flat on our face to lose first place at this point,” said Truckee Head Coach Mike Merriman.
Truckee claimed the team victory with a collective score of 492, decisively beating Fernley, which finished second at 516. Spring Creek finished third with 539 strokes.
Rene Trudeau claimed another individual honor, shooting an 89, leaving her undefeated on the season. Kim Waller claimed second place with a score of 93. Fernley’s Erica Eilridch finished third in the Truckee hosted event with a 95, narrowly edging Truckee’s Megan Harter who finished at 96.
The Truckee golf team only has two games left in the regular season. They play at Fernley on Thursday before hosting the final tournament Friday, Oct. 15, at Northstar.
Junior varsity girls’ soccer
The girls faced one of their most formidable matches of the season, Saturday, against Spring Creek.
Regardless, the squad kept its perfect 7-0 record alive, winning by the score of 2-0.
Kristine Trudeau scored early on an assist from Katelyn Kulak.
Jaimee Froelich also scored, assisted by Vanessa Ramirez.
The Wolverines saw strong defensive play from sophomores Brooke Deschryver and Andrea Richards, who, playing the midfield and defender positions, helped lead the Truckee team to another shutout. Michelle Austin, a freshman, also contributed a lot to the defense.
Junior varsity boys’ soccer
Thus far on the season, the JV boys’ soccer team has scored 49 goals while allowing only one, springboarding to a 7-0 record.
Most recently, on Saturday, they defeated Spring Creek 7-0. Matt Shultz had two goals in the game along with Kyle Flynn, who also pounded in a pair. Jarrod Gifford and Tim Jitloff mustered a goal apiece. Andre Echenique scored on a header off an assist by Beto Alcaraz.
“The team as a whole is executing well and we are looking forward to the Armillo Tournament in two weeks,” Head Coach Rob Curtis said. “Some of the best schools in Northern California participate in that tournament. We can’t really judge our progress until then.”
The Truckee cross country team has improved with each competition.
Most recently, at the Whittell Invitational, the squad showed vast improvement in its times as the team battled for an unofficial second place overall finish.
Betsy Van Blarigan, scorching through the past few invitationals, had to settle for a second place finish at the invitational, finishing the 2.8-mile course with a time of 21:33.
“They ran varsity boys and girls together,” said Truckee Cross Country Coach Mike Brady. “She couldn’t see the competitor in the mix. She had beaten the girls that beat her in the last two Invitationals.”
The boys were much improved.
Louis Van Blarigan finished seventh overall and first for Truckee with a final time of 19:10.26. Iran Munzano clipped at his heals, finishing eighth overall at 19:10.7.
Andrew Van Blarigan finished 15th at 19:44.31.
The next highest finishers were Graham Herr (23rd at 20:30.37) and Brian Beno (24th at 20:31.44.) Richard Home placed 47th and Hugo Najera, in his first race of the season, finished 49th.
“We’ve really improved a lot,” said Brady. “We pushed really hard and did really well. I’m pleased.”
The Truckee girls’ tennis team has fought to a 3-4 overall record in its first season.
In the last couple of weeks, the team has claimed victories against Sparks and HUG, while losing to Reed and Galena.
“There are a couple of teams that are really tough, but we’re pretty competitive with a lot of teams in the league,” said Tennis Coach Laura Borghello. “We have one more match. If we win on Wednesday, there’s a chance that we’ll go to zone as the fourth seed.”
Sandra Brunner has continued to dominate. She has defeated all of her opponents very easily, not allowing more than one game to any single player.
“I’m 99 percent sure that she’ll go to state,” Borghello said, “depending on how she does in zone. I’m sure that she can beat anyone in our league.”
Lindsay Borghello is doing well, sitting on a 15-4 record on the season. Heather Thym is shooting about 50-50, “sticking in there … just like Heather,” Borghello said.
Michelle Stock and Jenny Schaefer have started to gather momentum and are starting to win lots of doubles matches.
In the match against Hug, Truckee won by a decisive 21-1.5. Every member of Truckee’s team played and every player had at least one win.
Junior varsity football
After scoring only once in their first three games, the Truckee Wolverines have exploded the past couple of weeks.
This past Saturday the Truckee team unloaded on a small Battle Mountain squad, winning a shutout 54-0.
“We played a solid game all the way through,” said Head Coach Dow Higginbotham. “We were able to score four touchdowns in the second half with our second- and third-string players on the field.”
Adam Lindroth opened the Wolverines’ scoring with a 1-yard TD run early in the first quarter.
Later in the first quarter, Lance Rakich picked up a fumble on a Long Horn pitch, and carried it 30 yards for another score.
Evan Birchard capped the quarter’s scoring by pounding in a 1-yard TD run.
Kevin Schlesinger, Truckee’s quarterback, had a 27-yard run in the second quarter, putting the Wolverines ahead, 29-0, at halftime.
Schlesinger struck again in the third quarter with a 60-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Dwyer.
Josh Roberts scampered five yards for another score and Birchard had a 43-yard punt return to put the Wolverines up 47-0 by the end of the third quarter.
A 30-yard run by Schlesinger in the fourth quarter capped the Wolverines’ scoring.
“Right now we’re just focusing real hard on North Tahoe,” Higginbotham said.
The team plays North Tahoe on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.
The varsity volleyball team continues to fluctuate between hot and cold, lately eking out wins after putting themselves in desperate situations.
It took five games for the Wolverines to defeat Fernley, last Tuesday, and five games to defeat Wooster on Friday.
“Tuesday,” said Truckee coach Maggie Shane, “we … uh … had a weird day.”
After dropping the first two games, 7-15 and 9-15, the Wolverines gathered their composure and swept the next three, 15-9, 15-3, and 15-8, against Fernley.
“Overall, the first two games were bad,” Shane said. “They weren’t there. Everyone was making errors … dumb personal errors. In the end we did much better, but our stats were still poor in comparison to what we had been doing this season.”
Normally hitting at about 60- or 65-percent, the Truckee team dropped to around 45-percent against Fernley. The serving percentage went down and the errors were higher than normal.
“It’s either all or nothing,” Shane said. “It’s coming around, though, and it really showed on Friday.”
The Wolverines advanced their overall record to 7-1 on the season (2-1 in league) by defeating Wooster 15-9, 17-15, 6-15, 9-15, and 15-13.
“We were doing well,” Shane said. “We worked hard for the win.”
The win came in spite of Kendra Murphy, the team’s setter, who attempted to make a dig and reinjured her wrist which she had fractured last season.
Murphy was forced to leave halfway through the third game and the Truckee spikers had to substitute Tiffany Parry in her spot.
Jasmine Eisenberg substituted later and the Truckee team had to completely reverse its rotation.
“All the serve-receives were different, who they set to was different,” said Shane, “We dropped that game trying to make order of the chaos.”
Emily Feliciano stepped in at relief and more adjustment was necessary. The team finally got it together for the rally score win.
Feliciano led Truckee with six aces and seven digs against Wooster. Murphy finished with four aces. Sara Ford had six blocks while Tessie Boreen managed seven kills. Lindsey Babb and Erin Demont had four and five kills respectively.
Truckee hosted league rivals, North Tahoe, on Tuesday but scores were unavailable at press time.
The Wolverines’ next game is Tuesday, Oct. 12, when they will host Fernley, starting at 6:30 p.m.
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