Vintage High School wrestlers made good impressions of their skills at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno on Thursday and Friday.
During the two days of boys grappling, James Robert (182 pounds) went 3-2 with a pin and Demetrio Martin (220) was 4-2 with three pins, each coming up just one win short of placing in the top eight.
First-day finishers were freshman Reece Imrie (113), who was 3-2 with three pins; Jesse Chaidez (145), who went 2-2 with two pins; Tucker Lanoue (145), who was 1-2 with a pin; Antonio Macedo (152), who went 2-2 with a pin; Sam Carter (160), who was 1-2 with a pin; and Konrad Fiske (285), who went 2-2 with a pin.
James Robert and Demetrios Martin both placed 12th in both their respective weights out of 58-man brackets.
Kolton Dikeman (126) and Remy Aguilar (182) picked up valuable experience but did not advance.
In the Friday-only women’s tournament, Martha Avina (189) went 3-1 with two pins and placed third. Izza Belle Ygnalaga (135) went 2-2 with two pins and scored a fourth-place medal. Wrestling in tough weight classes and not advancing were Madeline Maurer (110) and Chloe Jones (120).
For the girls, the tournament was a warm-up for the Napa Valley Classic, which Vintage will host Jan. 5-6.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Vintage 49, Gregori 37
The Crushers regrouped from Friday night’s 21-point loss to eventual champion Sequoia-Redwood City by downing the Jaguars of Modesto in Saturday’s third-place game of the West Coast Jamboree’s Ivory Bracket at Monte Vista-Danville.
Like in Friday’s contest, the Crushers (7-6) struggled to score in the first quarter. Despite starting 1 of 12 from the field, their defense was tight and they led 4-3 after the stanza.
“I give the girls a ton of credit for sticking with the game plan and keeping a positive attitude,” Vintage head coach Joe Donohoe said.
The Crushers’ shots started falling midway through the second quarter and they took a 16-11 lead into halftime, then took a 34-24 advantage into the fourth quarter and cruised to victory.
Nicole Gleeson and Alyssa Andrews were named to the All-Tournament team. Gleeson had a breakout performance offensively with a career-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Andrews had 17 points, going 11 for 13 from the free-throw line, and had eight rebounds and four steals, Bailey Loban tallied seven points, six rebounds and four steals, and Kate Ilsley had four points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
“I am very proud of the way the girls played through the tough start and stuck with it. We were rewarded for our effort and attitude,” added Donohoe, whose team hosts American Canyon at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Napa fifth in Lincoln Tournament
At the Lincoln Tournament, the Indians lost 72-49 to River Valley on Thursday, beat Rio Americano 51-48 on Friday, and routed Capital Christian 60-30 in Saturday’s consolation championship game to finish fifth.
“We definitely had some growth this weekend,” Napa head coach Darci Ward said. “Although we lost on Thursday and we were disappointed, we saw that there was slow improvement. The next night against Rio Americano, we pulled out a three-point win by persevering and battling up until the very end. The girls showed a lot of heart. (Saturday), we had our best game of the season. We set goals before the game and the girls met and exceeded all of them. Everyone played very well and we finally played aggressively and intelligently. Very impressed with their intensity for all four quarters.”
Malia Blackmon and Carly Johnson were named to the All-Tournament team for the Indians (4-7).
Against River Valley, Blackmon had 17 points, Johnson 13, Anna Ghisletta 10 and Jane McLoughlin seven.
In the win over Rio Americano, Blackmon had 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assist. Johnson had 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. Ghisletta scored nine and added three steals and a rebound. Faith Bartlett had eight points, and Breck Hearn five points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assist. McLoughlin had six rebounds, six assists and a steal. Sophia Brandon had three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Against Capital Christian, Blackmon drained three 3-pointers en route to 19 points and added six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Ghisletta added 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. Johnson had 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and a block. Jenna Baker had eight points with two treys, along with three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Hearn had five points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block. Bartlett chipped in four points, three rebounds and two steals. McLoughlin had two points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals despite being in foul trouble and sitting out the entire second quarter, and Ward said the junior played strong and was consistent the entire tournament.
Napa next hosts American Canyon at 7 p.m. Thursday.