Yet another storied chapter was written in the local sports record books last month as prep teams from both North Tahoe and Truckee high schools were crowned 2010 Nevada State Champs. The winning teams were the North Tahoe boys cross-country team, the Truckee girls volleyball team, and the Truckee football team.
The North Tahoe Lakers sprinted home with the 2010 NIAA 2A Cross-Country State Title after winning the State Cross-Country Championship meet in Boulder City, Nev., on Nov. 6. The win marked North Tahoe’s 15th boys’ state cross-country title. North Tahoe easily won the overall race, placing four runners in the top 10 including seniors Hugo Ramierez and Carson Clark, who took third and fourth, respectively. Other North Tahoe seniors hoisting the state trophy with Ramierez and Clark were Luke Funicella, Griffen Lancaster, and John Baker.
‘The reason we were successful was due to the hard work and dedication that we had put in all season,’ said North Tahoe Head Coach Warren Mills. ‘They were a confident group going into the state race and we knew we could run with anyone.’
Stellar defense helped the Truckee girls volleyball team repeat as state champs. The Wolverines clinched back-to-back NIAA 3A State Titles with a four-set win over Dayton High School on Nov. 13.
‘Our philosophy was defense first, offense second, and we built our season around that,’ said Truckee Head Coach Erika Murphy. ‘We focused on conditioning that transferred to the court, things like quick-twitch muscle drills and defense response.’
The lady Wolverines finished the season with a 32–4 overall record thanks to the talents of seniors Allison Costa, Jillian Akers, Natalya Jones, and Kristina Tirman, as well as standout juniors Annie Reiswig and Kiersten Knoppel. Several of the girls also took top honors in the All-State voting as Akers won All-State Most Valuable Player, Murphy won Coach of the Year, and Reiswig and Knoppel made the All-State first team.
The Truckee football team steamrolled through another season, going undefeated (12–0) for the second straight year and winning back-to-back NIAA 3A State Championships. The Wolverines took the title, defeating Moapa Valley High School 27 to 7 on Nov. 20 in Las Vegas.
Eleven Truckee players were voted on the all-league first team for their efforts, including senior quarterback Ben Bolton, who was named Player of the Year, senior linebacker Morgan Nevin, who was named Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Bob Shaffer, who was named Coach of the Year. The championship marks Coach Shaffer’s seventh state title in 16 years as head coach and Truckee’s 10th championship overall. The Wolverine’s spotless record extended their winning streak to 24–0 — seven games shy of the NIAA 3A state record.