Truckee rallies to beat South Tahoe on senior night


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The best two soccer teams in Nevada the past few years waged another epic struggle on Wednesday.

With about 100 family members in the stands and another several dozen on the hillsides surrounding the field, South Tahoe and Truckee put on an entertaining show.

South Tahoe jumped on top with two spectacular goals that thrilled the home crowd, but the Vikings couldn’t keep Truckee and its championship pedigree from rallying to earn a 5-3 victory.

These teams have battled in the state championship game for the past three years with Truckee taking home the crown all three times, and have won four straight titles overall. With a pandemic shortened season and no playoffs, Wednesday’s game was as close as it gets to a state title.

The rivals played with intensity reserved for each other. And the energy was especially high for the Vikings on senior night.

“It was emotional,” said South Tahoe’s Kelsey Hogan. “It’s hard. A lot of us grew up wanting to be a Viking. It’s just been the best experience. Although we didn’t win the game, it was a good night. I’m thankful for all the girls and my family. It was a good, competitive game.”

Hogan helped the Vikings get on the board 6 minutes into the game.

From the far left side of the field, Hogan booted a left-footed cross to the other side of the field looking for Giovana De Loia who raced the goalie to the ball just inside the goal box.

De Loia won that race and sliced a shot past the goalie. The slow-rolling ball seemed like it took a minute to reach the net, but it crossed the goal line right before a Truckee defender could make a play.

“It’s just Kelsey,” De Loia said of the crossing pass. “Her and I have been doing that for years, just cross the field and one of us finishes.”

The Hogan-De Loia combo struck again late in the first half.

Hogan explored space with a run down the right side. Under defensive pressure and still on the run, Hogan near the corner of the field, lofted a high arcing cross to the back post. And De Loia was there, of course, to volley the ball out of the air and into the net.

“I knew when I kicked it that Giovana was going to get it,” Hogan said. “Giovana and I have a sense and that’s just how we score.”

“It was a good game, we played well and it was nice to score one last time on the home field,” De Loia said.

Leading 2-0 in the closing moments of the first half, Truckee switched the momentum with a goal in the final minute. The shot was placed perfectly out of reach of keeper Phoebe Barkann. The ball hit the post and careened almost parallel to the goal line but just trickled over for the score.

Truckee tied the game on another perfectly placed shot that rocketed off the crossbar and bounced almost straight down, but just behind the goal line with about 30 minutes left in the game.

The Wolverines grabbed the lead with 19 minutes to go on a corner kick.

Just a minute later South Tahoe got even.

Freshman Olivia Hall took the free kick from about 30 yards, from above the corner of the penalty box. Normally Hogan takes those kicks but she had cramping issues in the final 30 minutes. Both calves cramped but somehow she returned to the game after about 10 minutes stretching on the sidelines.

Hall made the most of her opportunity with a beautiful kick that rose just above Truckee’s three-person wall and curled high over the goalie’s head and into the net.

“I unfortunately could not shoot the ball with my leg,” Hogan said. “But Olivia Hall is a freshman and she already is amazing.”

“I could tell right when she hit it that it was going in, It was perfect,” De Loia said.

The tie was short-lived as Truckee scored the game winner with about 5 minutes left and added the dagger goal with about 2 minutes left.

The Vikings (5-1) were scheduled to play Hug at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Reno and then finish the season with another clash against the Wolverines on their field at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 7.

Biofeedback shows promise as a depression treatment

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique that leverages the use of electrical sensors to control the body and some of its functions. Using this technique, people can make conscious changes to the way their bodies function, for example, taking control of their heart rate, or relaxing certain parts of the body to aid in pain relief.

Dr. Wes Irwin

There are different types of biofeedback, each designed to control a different part of the body: the brain, respiratory system, heart rate, muscle contraction, sweat glands, temperature, etc.

Biofeedback is non-invasive and can help people feel more in control of their health. It can also be used safely in conjunction with most medications to further enhance the effects of treatment, or—in some cases—reduce or replace the need for medications altogether.

Biofeedback is often performed in physical therapy settings, medical facilities, or hospitals. Increasingly, however, wearable biofeedback devices are being used at home, with programs that interact via Bluetooth with mobile devices and computers.

What do we know about biofeedback for mental health?

A recent study has shown promise in using biofeedback as an effective mental health treatment. This study was performed using real-time functional MRI neurofeedback (rtfMRI-FT), aiming to learn how biofeedback treatment affects the brain in patients diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses.

Through biofeedback treatments, study participants learned how to control their neural activity, using a scanner to monitor changes in brain activity. The ultimate goal be for patients to be able to control neural activity in their day-to-day lives. For example, a patient could train their brain to feel optimistic rather than pessimistic, or calm rather than anxious.

Preliminary studies have shown that biofeedback has a moderate effect on the activity in specific regions of the brain while patients are learning to control their neural activity, and a larger effect once the patient begins to use this biofeedback in their day-to-day lives. Studies show that biofeedback can reduce a patient’s symptoms, with only slight cognitive impairment immediately after the treatments begin.

It is too soon to deduct anything concrete about biofeedback for mental health, but preliminary results show that researchers are learning about how this non-invasive technique could be used to treat chronic pain or mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, stress, and many more.

In the meantime, effective treatments for chronic pain and mental health disorders are available. Treatments like ketamine are highly effective for both pain and psychiatric conditions.

Contact Tahoe Ketamine

If you or someone you love is suffering from depression or their mental health and want to learn more about the different treatment options such as ketamine infusion therapy or any of the other wellness services we offer, contact us for a free consultation or more information.

Dr. Wes Irwin is owner/operator for Tahoe Ketamine.

Authorities seek help in locating South Tahoe bank robbery suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe authorities are seeking help in locating a suspect who robbed a bank Thursday afternoon.

Authorities are seeking help in locating a bank robbery suspect. Provided

South Lake Tahoe Police responded at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to a robbery at the Wells Fargo on Emerald Bay Road at the “Y.”

A press release said the suspect approached the teller and said he had a gun.

The suspect is described as a caucasian male about 5-feet-11 with short brown hair.

He was wearing a dark colored zip-up hooded jacket or sweatshirt, a two-toned trucker hat and a dark green gaiter mask.

The suspect fled from the scene on a BMX style bike, southeast through the Raley’s parking lot.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call SLTPD at 530-542-6100 and reference case No. 2103-0047.

A bank robbery suspect is being sought by authorities. Provided