The Railroaders started their 2016 push with a 2-2 weekend at the Howell Memorial Tournament at the South Valleys Sports Complex in south Reno.
Sparks (2-2, 0-0) bested 3A North counterpart Elko as well as Damonte Ranch, and fell to strong 4A squads Reno and Bishop Gorman.
“I was pretty happy with what the team did the whole weekend,” Sparks coach Art Hurtado said. “(But) we have a lot of stuff to work on.”
The Railroaders will play one more non-league game on Thursday at home against Wooster (first touch at 3 p.m.) then will open 3A North play next Wednesday at home against Truckee.
Bishop Gorman 4, Sparks 1
Sparks ended its weekend on Saturday with a loss to a team that’s not often on the schedule, Las Vegas private school power, Bishop Gorman.
“They’re a power a team. They were there to win that thing,” Hurtado said. “We tried to hold them as much as we could. It was hard. They must’ve had 20-30 shots … And that’s with our defense playing tough. They’re a phenomenal team.”
His daughter, Angie, scored Sparks’ lone goal.
Sparks 5, Damonte Ranch 1
The Railroaders routed the 4A North’s Damonte Ranch in Saturday’s first game
Lizeth Garcia scored twice and Hurtado, Juanita Lopez and Evelyn Munoz all scored once.