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Douglas alpine skiers win race

The Douglas Tigers captured first-place in the combined team standings on Thursday afternoon during Tahoe Basin Ski League slalom races held at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

Danner Hillman, Sean Dunkelman, Bryan Harris and Sloane Niccoli were the four scoring racers for Douglas during the boys race.

The top four to finish in the girls race for Douglas were Mary Weyland, Kat Wulstein, Ariana Bilderback and Peri Buck.

Thursday’s event was hosted by Whittell. The next regularly scheduled league event is a slalom on Feb. 1 at Kirkwood.

Youth softball registration to continue on Wednesday

Registration for the 2017 Carson Valley Fastpitch season will continue on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

The program’s final registration session will be held on Saturday from noon-2 p.m. at the community center.

Participants must pre-register on the organization’s website — carsonvalleyfastpitch.com — and new players are required to provide birth certificate copies along with payment to one of the registration sessions.

The registration fee is $85 for players ages 4-6 and $90 for players ages 7-and-older.

A maximum rate of $160 is charged per family.

The program’s age divisions are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Eligibility for each division is based on a player’s age as of Dec. 31, 2016.

Contact Patti Snyder at 265-6447 (pattisnyder88@aol.com) or Melissa Strazi at 775-291-3763 (Melissa.strazi@gmail.com) for information.

Empire Ranch seniors membership under way

Memberships are now available for the Empire Ranch Senior Men’s Golf Club 2017 season. Applications may be obtained at the Empire Ranch Pro Shop, at 1876 Fair Way, Carson City.

Participants must be at least 55 years old to join.

The club has scheduled 35 weekly tournaments on Wednesday mornings, of which 10 are played at other local golf courses. The first tournament is on March 8. The club has a variety of tournaments which include individual stroke play, team scrambles, best ball, Stableford scoring and a club championship. All tournaments are separated into flights and handicapped, giving players an equal chance to win.

The club dues are $50 which includes 2017 NNGA membership. Call 775-885-2100 for more information.

Line Drive U now open

Line Drive University has opened for its 2017 baseball season.

The facility is located at 2577 Nowlin Road near Johnson Lane and is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is also open on weekends from noon until 5 p.m.

Line Drive U is open to the public and offers coin-operated baseball and softball batting cages, as well as team and individual practice areas.

Call 267-3331 for information.

Douglas girls rally for win

Hannah Carr scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half Friday night to help Douglas rally for an important 43-42 winter homecoming victory against Galena at Randy Green Court.

Douglas (4-6 league, 6-12 overall) trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, however, the Tigers mounted a comeback to remain in a tie for second-place with Carson in the Sierra League.

Rebounding was ultimately the difference for the Tigers, who grabbed 38 rebounds, 19 of which came on the offensive end. Eleven of those offensive rebounds came after halftime, often giving the Tigers two and three shots at the basket.

Carr had a double-double with 12 rebounds (eight offensive) to go with her 20 points. The 5-foot-11 sophomore scored seven in the fourth quarter, including a layup that gave the Tigers a 42-38 lead with 1:45 to go.

Madi Smalley scored six points in the fourth quarter and finished with nine for the night.

Galena (3-7, 6-11) led 23-14 at halftime and 30-20 after Jose Peck scored on a layup with 3:05 left in the third quarter. Carr converted a three-point play and Taylynn Kizer drained a 3-pointer, assisted by Molly Coverley, to spark a rally that brought the Tigers to within 32-28 at the end of three quarters. Hailey Hughes scored on a layup, assisted by Smalley, to put the Tigers on top, 37-36 with 5:22 left. The Tigers never trailed again.

Peck led the Grizzlies with 13 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half. Kristin Farrell also scored 12 for the Grizzlies, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Reilly Moss scored six of her 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Galena escapes with win in overtime

The Douglas Tigers fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit Friday night during their winter homecoming boys basketball game. Their uphill effort was good enough to catch up, however, the Tigers were not able to get over the top in overtime as Galena escaped with a 47-38 victory.

Dillon Voyles and Stettler Anderson combined to score 11 points in overtime to help Galena pull out a win that preserved its share of first-place in Sierra League play.

Galena (8-2 league, 16-4 overall) only managed two field goals and seven points in the third and fourth quarters as Douglas (4-6, 5-14) rallied from a 28-14 halftime deficit.

The Tigers climbed back within striking distance with a 13-1 run through the third quarter. Cade Pankey knocked down a jumper, assisted by Kaden Christen, and Desmond Hinnant sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key, assisted by Josh Meza, to bring the Tigers within 29-27 in the final 1:11 of the third quarter.

Tre Jackson scored to make it 29-29 at the outset of the fourth and then converted a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 35-all and force overtime.

Anderson scored on two inside shots to give the Grizzlies an early advantage in the extra period and Voyles put the game away as he shot seven-for-eight from the free throw line in the final 56.8 seconds.

Moses Wood led all scorers with 16 points for the Grizzlies. Wood scored 15 in the first half, including three 3-pointers.

Jackson led Douglas with 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Nine players scored for the Tigers, who visit Carson on Tuesday.

Toddler dies in Johnson Lane crash

A toddler died Thursday from injuries received in a three-vehicle crash at Johnson Lane and Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol

A preliminary investigation revealed that a white Chevrolet 3500 work truck towing a trailer was northbound when it failed to slow for traffic ahead, striking the rear of a white Nissan.

The Nissan was pushed out of the way by the force of the collision. The pickup then collided with the rear of a blue Honda Fit that was stopped in the left lane.

Both the driver and the toddler, who was in the back seat, were transported for treatment. The toddler was in a car seat. According to emergency personnel on scene, the driver was the child’s grandmother.

The Honda’s rear was crushed by the force of the collision, and the truck still had the vehicle’s rear bumper hanging from it when rescuers arrived.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has yet to release the names of the drivers involved.

Trooper Dan Gordon said Tuesday night that the highway patrol’s fatal accident investigation team was on investigating the crash.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and East Fork Fire District rescuers also responded to the wreck.

A Go Fund me account for the child raised $7,640. To donate go to http://www.gofundme.com and search for Avas-fight-for-life-fund.

Valley bracing for more snow

With a powerful winter storm expected to arrive today on the heels of three days of snow, officials are warning residents to be prepared for power outages and slick roads.

A winter storm warning is in place starting 10 p.m. Saturday in Carson Valley and lasting through Sunday, with snow expected to reach all Valley floors.

Douglas County emergency personnel are preparing for Sunday’s storm by increasing staffing.

East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said there will be additional ambulance personnel on duty, while he Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will also be fully staffed for the day.

Douglas County Emergency Management has made a request for two Nevada Division of Forestry hand crews and state transportation personnel to assist with clearing hydrants and storm drains.

Fogerson said that power outages and road conditions that isolate portions of the Valley are top issues residents could face from the storm.

Also on the list are rock slides, falling trees and motor vehicle collisions.

He said medical and search helicopters won’t be able to fly due to weather.

He urged residents to have a plan to survive without help for 72 hours, including a supply of food and water.

“Stay informed,” he said. “Don’t travel when unsafe. For this storm, the weather service is recommending travel Saturday during the day or wait until Tuesday.”

NV Energy said it is staging personnel across the more difficult spots to reach in Northern Nevada in preparation for possible power outages from the storm.

“NV Energy has staged multiple crews, troublemen and heavy equipment in potentially hard to reach areas of northern Nevada to improve response time,” said Shawn Elicegui, senior vice president of customer operations. “We also have a plan in place to transport NV Energy southern Nevada workers if needed and are working closely with other local utilities in order to respond to outages and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”

The company asked that customers report outages at nvenergy.com/outage or by calling customer service at 775-834-4444.

■ People should stay away or in their car if they encounter a downed power line.

■ Call 911 to report a downed line.

■ If someone in your house is on life support develop a backup plan.

■ Review safety rules for portable generators if you own one.

■ Learn how to override your electric garage door opener.

■ Keep refrigerators and freezers closed to reduce food spoilage. If unopened and full, food can last for two days.

Customers can view outage information and updates via the NV Energy outage center at nvenergy.com/outage. For more information about NV Energy, please visit nvenergy.com or contact customer service at 775-834-4444.

Sierra Lutheran girls win at Smith Valley

The Sierra Lutheran varsity girls basketball team returned home on Wednesday with a 33-25 win at Smith Valley in a game that was highly anticipated due to the Bulldogs’ success from past seasons.

The lady Falcons executed a tough offense that kept them neck-and-neck with the Bulldogs. Grace Bonafede and Brynna Hansen were aggressive underneath the basket to help Sierra Lutheran pull down 10 offensive and 12 defensive rebounds.

Bonafede finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and Hansen with seven points and six rebounds.

Smith Valley held a 22-16 lead at the end of three quarters, however, the lady Falcons finished the game with a 17-3 run and expanded their final margin of victory to eight points in the final two minutes.

Victim testifies in December robbery

A couple facing multiple charges including robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon were bound over for trial on Friday.

Stacy Conti-Salway, 35, of Gardnerville Ranchos, was arrested Dec. 15 and Francisco “Frankie” Perez, 28, was arrested in Yerington on Jan. 3.

During a preliminary hearing Friday, the victim of the crime recounted the crimes allegedly perpetrated by the couple.

He said that starting at the end of July, he and Conti-Salway dated for about four months. During that time he provided her with about $900 per week, as well as sometimes paying her $1,600 rent and allowing her to use his vehicles and debit card, he said.

“She needed the help,” the victim said.

On Dec. 12 the victim met with Conti-Salway at the Carson Valley Inn to break up with her. He gave her some money to gamble with before he left, he said.

The next day she asked to meet with him for “closure,” and he said they met in her truck. After he left her truck he realized he left his wallet and phone in the truck, he said. He later called Conti-Salway from a landline and also went to her house to try to get his belongings back, but she denied having them, the victim said.

On Dec. 14 Conti-Salway called the victim to say she had his belongings and he could come over and pick them up. When he arrived, she told him “you can go clean your bank accounts out and you can have your phone and wallet back,” the victim said.

The victim said he told her he would not do that and was leaving the house when he was struck in the temple from either the side or behind by an aluminum baseball bat wielded by Perez. He said he then reached back for the bat and a slight struggle ensued.

“While you were having this tug of war for the bat, did something fall on the floor?” asked prosecutor Ric Casper.

“Yeah, a gun” the victim said.

The victim said Perez then allegedly picked up the gun, held it to his chest, and over the course of the next couple of hours, Perez and Conti-Salway ordered him to go to the bank with them and withdraw money from his bank accounts.

At one point Perez handed Conti-Salway the gun and said “be careful, the safety’s off,” the victim said.

After withdrawing $300 from a drive-through teller and providing Conti-Salway access to another of his debit cards, he was allowed to go, the victim said.

Upon cross-examination by defense attorney Derrick Lopez, who represented Conti-Salway, the victim said that while he has never found himself in this type of situation before, he has “had women in the past I have provided for.”

The victim also admitted that he and Conti-Salway used opiates together a couple of times.

“Was it in fact true that you were angry she spent the money on groceries instead of pills?” Lopez asked.

“No,” the victim answered.

Representing Perez, defense attorney Maria Pence asked if it was true that the victim had hit Stacy. The victim laughed and said he had never struck her.

During the proceedings Perez sat with his chin up while Conti-Salway spent the majority of the time looking down.

East Fork Justice Court Judge Tom Perkins ordered Frankie Perez and Stacy Conti-Salway to appear in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 30 for arraignments.

Perez remains on $500,000 bail and Conti-Salway is on $982,521 bail.

Douglas bowling club to make home debut Saturday at Wink’s

Coming off its historic first victory, the Douglas High bowling club will host its first High Desert Interscholastic Bowling Program dual meet Saturday at Wink’s Silver Strike bowling center in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Douglas, in its inaugural season, and Reed will face off starting at 1:30 p.m. Douglas is 1-1 for the season after its 24-21 win against Damonte Ranch on Jan. 11 at High Sierra Lanes in Reno.

Two more regular season dates remain on the Douglas squad’s regular season schedule before the league playoffs begin on Feb. 11 at Gold Dust West in Carson City.

MEFIYI dishes out kudos for camp

Me-for-Incredible-Youth, Inc. (MEFIYI) has expressed its gratitude for assists received for the holiday youth basketball skills and development camp for first through eighth grade students on Jan. 3-5 in Gardnerville.

MEFIYI organized the camp along with Jam On It Basketball Academy for 1st-8th grade ballers along with at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center to provide “a great holiday treat for our local youth basketball players.”

MEFIYI Director JoJo Townsell noted: “MEFIYI would like to thank Jam On It Basketball Academy coaches Mychal Williams, Jordan Fletcher and MEFIYI Coach Nathan Tolbert for their excellent and enjoyable instruction. Together, we hope to bring more basketball programs to the Carson Valley.”

Assistance was also received from The E.L. Cord Foundation, Robert R. Banks Foundation, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, NFL Foundation, Professional Athletes Foundation as well as the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, Townsell added.

Youth softball program registration to continue

Registration for the 2017 Carson Valley Fastpitch season will continue starting this Saturday in Gardnerville.

Sign-ups will be taken on Saturday from noon-2 p.m.

Additional registration will be held on Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. and Jan. 28 from noon-2 p.m. at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Participants must pre-register on the organization’s website — carsonvalleyfastpitch.com — and new players are required to provide birth certificate copies along with payment to one of the registration sessions.

The registration fee is $85 for players ages 4-6 and $90 for players ages 7-and-older.

A maximum rate of $160 is charged per family.

The program’s age divisions are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Eligibility for each division is based on a player’s age as of Dec. 31, 2016.

Contact Patti Snyder at 265-6447 (pattisnyder88@aol.com) or Melissa Strazi at 775-291-3763 (Melissa.strazi@gmail.com) for information.

Youth basketball opens Saturday

The Douglas County Youth Basketball League will open a new season on Saturday.

The youth program, open to boys and girls currently in first through sixth grades, is hosted by the Douglas High School programs on four Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school’s two gyms. The final three dates are Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

The program is directed and monitored by Douglas High coaches with assistance from players in their programs. Each camp session focuses on individual skill development and the basic understanding of team concepts and rules.

The cost is $25 per day and additional siblings in a family may register for $20. Passes that cover multiple days are available as well — $85 for each of the four sessions ($70 for siblings), $65 for three sessions ($50 for siblings) or $45 for two sessions ($35 for siblings).

Visit DouglasTigerBBall.com for information or to register. Sign-ups will be taken at the door.

Empire Ranch seniors membership under way

Memberships are now available for the Empire Ranch Senior Men’s Golf Club 2017 season.

Applications may be obtained at the Empire Ranch Pro Shop, at 1876 Fair Way, Carson City. Participants must be at least 55 years old to join.

The club has scheduled 35 weekly tournaments on Wednesday mornings, of which 10 are played at other local golf courses. The first tournament is on March 8. The club has a variety of tournaments which include individual stroke play, team scrambles, best ball, Stableford scoring and a club championship. All tournaments are separated into flights and handicapped, giving players an equal chance to win.

The club dues are $50 which includes 2017 NNGA membership. Call 775-885-2100 for more information.

Line Drive U now open

Line Drive University has opened for its 2017 baseball season.

The facility is located at 2577 Nowlin Road near Johnson Lane and is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is also open on weekends from noon until 5 p.m.

Line Drive U is open to the public and offers coin-operated baseball and softball batting cages, as well as team and individual practice areas.

Call 267-3331 for information.

Marcus Marshall steps up for Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

The Nevada Wolf Pack found out Wednesday night that it can win a game without Cam Oliver. Oliver played 31 minutes in the 83-76 victory over Air Force but he didn’t start (he was late for a film session this week) and did almost nothing in the first half when the Pack built a 15-point lead. He connected on a couple of meaningful shots in the lane in the second half but when the night was over he had just 10 points and five rebounds. He was, simply, a productive sixth man and not one of the best players in the Mountain West. The wonderfully talented 6-foot-8 sophomore seemed subdued and lifeless for the most part against Air Force, especially on the defensive end, and didn’t display his usual joy and passion for the game. He certainly wasn’t anything close to resembling the player who was supposed to be a candidate for Mountain West Player of the Year this year. He hasn’t been that player for close to a month now.

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Oliver has missed his last 10 3-point shot attempts and 16 of his last 17. He is just 8-for-37 (22 percent) on threes over the last eight games. The 3-point shot shouldn’t mean that much to a player who is 6-foot-8 and is as athletic, powerful and talented as any player in the conference. But when Oliver’s 3-pointer is going through the net, it seems to ignite a passion, intensity and aggressiveness in his overall game. When the shot isn’t falling he gets tentative on offense and tends to disappear on both ends of the floor, like on Wednesday night. When Oliver is hitting his 3-pointers, he dominates the game. He’s cocky, confident, aggressive and he is clearly the best player on the floor. That’s the player – the cocky, confident Oliver who puts a team on his back – that the Wolf Pack needs. More than any other player on the roster, Oliver can transform the Wolf Pack from a good team into a great team. There is not another player in the conference that even resembles Oliver, a guy who can score points in bunches from any spot on the floor and can block or rebound every shot in the building. The Pack is good enough to win the mediocre Mountain West with Oliver playing a complementary role, like he has been the last month or so. But they can get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament when he is the best player on the floor.

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The Wolf Pack have become Marcus Marshall’s team this year. It’s Marshall who takes all the big shots. It’s Marshall who is the most aggressive player on offense. It’s Marshall who the Pack looks to when it needs a big basket. Marshall, right now, is the Mountain West Player of the Year hands down. He leads the conference in scoring (21.5 points a game) and is one of the best 3-point shooters in the nation. He is fearless, has ice water in his veins and leads by example with his toughness and maturity on the court. He could step into the NBA right now and help a team. Marshall is, without question, pound-for-pound (he’s generously listed as 6-3, 200 pounds) one of the best players in the country.

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ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Wolf Pack going to the NCAA tournament as a 12th seed. ESPN also projects the Pack to finish the regular season with a 26-5 record overall and 15-3 in the Mountain West. It’s tough to argue against those lofty predictions. The Pack will likely run away with the Mountain West this season. Nobody else in the league can seem to play well for two weeks in a row. Boise State even lost at home on Wednesday to New Mexico, leaving the Pack all alone in first place in the league at 5-1 and as the only unbeaten team in the conference at home (8-0). There are still a couple key games remaining (at Boise on Jan. 25 and at San Diego State on Feb. 12) but the Mountain West regular season title is the Wolf Pack’s to lose.

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The Wolf Pack might not even have to win the Mountain West tournament to get to the NCAA tournament. Yes, San Diego State won the regular season title last year but lost in the conference tournament and didn’t get a NCAA invitation. But the Aztecs had nine losses after losing in the conference tournament title game to Fresno State. There’s a very good chance that the Wolf Pack will have six or fewer losses if it loses in the Mountain West tournament. It will be very difficult to leave out a six-loss team that is ranked in the top 35 of the RPI (the Pack is now at 32 and climbing), even if it loses in its conference tournament.

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NFL predictions: New England over Pittsburgh and Atlanta over Green Bay. New England is the best team in the NFL and has been all season long. If Pittsburgh, which couldn’t even score a touchdown against Kansas City last week, can walk into Foxboro and knock off a 14-2 Patriots team in the AFC title game, it will be the biggest upset of this NFL season. Don’t ever count out Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay miracle worker is doing it with mirrors right now. Everybody outside of Atlanta wants to see a Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl but the Falcons are home this weekend and they also have a pretty good quarterback (Matt Ryan) and a running game.