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Wolverines have shaky start

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee High School basketball teams are fluctuating between hot and cold, but only the varsity boys have come away with nothing but wins.

The varsity Wolverines’ boys’ team blistered past a big and strong Mariposa team last Thursday and then, the following day, eked past a lesser Whittell team, according to Truckee Head Coach Mike Gray.

Mark Logan and Mark Thiel were dominant in the 62-49 win over Mariposa. Both players tallied double-doubles with 15 rebounds and 24 and 21 points, respectively. Peter Kennelly finished the game with 11 points.

The game against the Whittell Warriors was a different story, however.

“We played terribly,” Gray said. “Our legs were tired, we didn’t come mentally ready to play and we underestimated the [Warriors]. We could not have played a worse game than this and expect to win.”

The Wolverines won the game 48-43.

Thiel was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points. Kennelly and Logan both finished with 10 points apiece.

“Thiel’s turned his game up four or five notches since last season,” Gray said, “and Kennelly’s having a fantastic season so far. We need one more guy on the floor to step it up and we’ll be a hard team to contend with … if we can be consistent.”

Girls’ basketball

The girls’ team was soundly defeated in its season opener Nov. 30 by the Dayton Dust Devils, 44 – 17.

Two days later, the team bettered the defeat by one point, beating the Whittell Warriors 49 – 21.

Heather Shove and Lauren Gordon led the scoring for the Wolverines.

“I’ve been real happy with both sophomores,” said Head Coach Mike Merriman.

The junior varsity girls defeated Whittell 36 – 13.


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