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Girls’ Golf: Wurster wins third league tournament

STATELINE – Even though Bethany Wurster represents Douglas High School and Alexis Holmes plays for South Tahoe High, they are more like golf teammates. As good “teammates” do, Wurster and Holmes root for one aonother and inspire each other. For two of the top golfers in the Sierra Division, and the state for that matter, a friendship has formed out of competition. “It will fuel you to strive for something better. You just want to beat them. You love them, but you want to beat them at the same time,” Wurster said Tuesday afternoon following a 3-over-par round of 75 that topped the Sierra Division event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. “It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, I hope you do well, but I hope I do better.’” Wurster, who birdied six holes, finished seven strokes ahead of Holmes, who came in third with an 82. The last of Wurster’s birdies on No. 18 cost Holmes a dinner. “Once I get my scoring figured out, it’s going to be fun,” said Holmes, who believes mismanagement of her game at times prevents her from scoring in the 70s. “I’m driving the ball really well, but I’m just hitting bad irons. I overcompenstate sometimes when I shouldn’t, so I’m 20 yards long, and it’s very difficult to two-putt from there. “Hopefully by zone I’ll get it figured out.” The two friends played Edgewood Tahoe on Sunday in preparation for Tuesday’s round, and Wurster beat Holmes 74-76 by eagling the final hole. Bishop Manogue’s Mackenzie Souers broke up the 1-2 Wurster-Holmes finish by shooting an 80. Alex Phillips, the defending state champion and also playing in the group with Wurster and Holmes, came in fifth with an 85. “It’s the first time all three have played together,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler. “Bethany and Alexis have developed a really good friendship, but they are always real competitive with each other.” Manogue, the defending state champions, were far superior than their division foes on Tuesday, as four Miners scored 90 or better en route to a 339 team total. Damonte Ranch was second with 419 strokes and Galena and Carson tied for third at 422. South Tahoe, which placed third in the previous tournament, finished sixth at 458. The Vikings’ Morgan Murphy shot 109 and Brittany Rumble fired a 118. Team scores 1. Manogue 439, 2. Damonte Ranch 419, 3. Galena 422, 3. Carson 422, 5. Fallon 453, 6. South Tahoe 458, 7. Douglas 467, 8. Wooster 526. Individual scores Manogue: Alex Phillips 85, Maggie Jones 84, Mackenzie Souers 80, Elise Levy 90, Megan Anderson 136, Lexi Robertson 114. Damonte Ranch: Shayla Miller 104, Ashleigh Westover 96, Rachael Schryer 101, Morgan Pisane 118. Galena: Hayley Jensen 100, Skylar Antencio 105, Sydney Atencio 113, Gabi Lucas 109, Rachael Zunino 107, Amanda Parmer 110. Carson: Megan Justice 113, Whitney Nash 102, Elayna Shine 105, Katie Cowperthwaite 110, Lindsay Burroughs 105, Katie Livermore 110. Fallon: Megan Hill 109, Brittyn Tidwell 103, Sarah Frandsen 123, Sara Parsons 118, Ashley Bowers 128, Katie Moore 131. South Tahoe: Alexis Holmes 82, Morgan Murphy 92, Brittany Rumble 118. Douglas: Bethany Wurster 75, Kelsey Endter 118, Megan Welch 151, Bri Burnside 138, Emily Downer 136, Kristen Greenhut 153. Wooster: Alana Crosby 123, Zoie Oberg 116, Karlee Day 130, Samantha Burrows 157.

Final crowbar burglar gets prison

A 44-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, who had hoped for probation, was sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of 66 months in prison for his role in a series of burglaries. District Judge Tod Young sentenced Jeffrey Lee Stephens to 18-60 months consecutive on three counts of burglary, 12-60 months consecutive on a fourth count of burglary and 12-32 months concurrent on two counts of attempted possession of stolen property. Stephens was the third defendant to be sentenced in the burglary spree that targeted homes and a business in Carson Valley. Codefendants Joseph Winters and his wife Jean were sentenced to maximum sentences of 20 and 12 years respectively. Stephens' attorney, Michael Novi, asked the judge Tuesday to sentence his client to probation. "He has a minimal criminal history," Novi said. He said custody of Stephens' 8-year-old daughter was riding on the outcome. "This case is important to him for many reasons," Novi said. "He feels he let his daughter down and wants custody back. He will have to jump through many hoops." Young interrupted Novi to say how offended he was that letters of support for Stephens include one from the little girl. "It's extremely offensive to ask an 8-year-old child to write a letter to the judge asking him not to put daddy in prison. That is grotesquely inappropriate," Young said. Novi said Stephens would be supervised by Parole and Probation in Nevada and California Child and Family Services. He said his client met with law enforcement for a complete debriefing to help recover stolen property. Prosecutor Maria Pence urged the judge to send Stephens to prison. "Probation is for newcomers to the criminal justice system," Pence said. "He (Stephens) has attempted to minimize his role when he was the one who led the way." She said when the trio was caught Oct. 18, 2013, Stephens was in the victim's house holding a pillowcase full of stolen goods, with tape over his shoes to disguise his footprints. She said he entered the residence after knocking on the door in the daytime and finding nobody home. He returned to the vehicle, got a crowbar and broke into the house. Stephens claimed the Winters threatened to harm his child if he didn't go along with the burglaries. "I wasn't the leader. They threatened the well-being of my child. I drove the car. After being badgered by her (Jean Winters), I took the deal. With her threatening my daughter, I did whatever they told me," he said. Young ordered Stephens to pay more than $4,000 restitution to the victims who included Northern Nevada Coin. The three defendants were arrested on Oct. 18 at a home in Valley Crest Estates where someone had used a crowbar to break in. At the scene of their arrest, investigators found a white 2000 Ford Explorer described in an Oct. 11 burglary attempt in Minden. They admitted to burglaries on Lakeside Drive in the foothill area, Parkview Drive and Valley Vista in Indian Hills. Similar thefts were investigated by California authorities. "I understand you have a substance abuse problem, but that doesn't entitle you to break into peoples' homes," Young said. He gave Stephens credit for 180 days time served.

Douglas final basketball season statistics

Record: 23-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-2 home, 8-1 away, 7-6 neutral Team Statistics Points for: 2,113 Points against: 1,767 3-pointers for: 114 3-pointers against: 121 Free throws for: 383-610 Free throws against: 345-527 Field goals for: 879 Field goals against: 633 Scoring by quarters Douglas 486 509 545 565 8 – 2,113 Opponent 402 413 457 492 3 – 1,767 Individual statistics *Keith Olson 203 71-116 477 *Mike Gransbery 133 49-66 386 *Jeff Nady 92 59-90 248 James McLaughlin 78 28-49 200 *Kevin Emm 74 27-42 194 Joe Nady 76 21-34 177 David Laird 55 46-62 156 *Nate Whalin 27 5-16 59 Jared Trowbridge 10 33-47 55 Ryan McPeek 16 17-32 50 Brandon Bernard 7 12-19 27 Herman Fillmore 4 11-16 19 Ross Bertolone 8 2-12 18 *- Starters 3-pointers Mike Gransbery 72 Kevin Emm 18 James McLaughlin 17 Joe Nady 4 Keith Olson 2 Brandon Bernard 1 Ryan McPeek 1 Fouled out Jeff Nady 4 Joe Nady 4 James McLaughlin 2 Kevin Emm 2 Keith Olson 1 David Laird 1 Nate Whalin 1 Record: 14-17 overall, 8-6 Sierra League, 5-3 home, 5-6 away, 4-7 neutral TEAM Points for: 1,353 Points against: 1,297 INDIVIDUAL SCORING *Jessica Waggoner 370 *Bridget Maestretti 173 Dana Pardee 149 *Taryn Williams 107 (from 12/27) *Dany Heidt 71 *Sarah Hartley 70 Nicole Didero 29 Katie Buffo 20 Allie Hughes 18 Kaela Horse 18 Michelle Richardson 12 Lisa Christen 8 Kristin Wyatt 6 Gina Pfaffenberger 2 * – Starters

2014 Primary Election results

Congress District 2 — Democrat Douglas District *Kristen Spees 540 8,205 Brian Dempsey 563 6,799 Vance Alm 233 3,221 Ed Lee 185 3,163 Governor — Democrat Douglas State * None of these 526 21,718 Bob Goodman 213 17,950 Stephen Frye 252 8,229 John Rutledge 260 6,038 Charlie Chang 100 5,617 Chris Hyepock 131 4,740 Allen Rheinhart 96 3,605 Abduyl Shabazz 260 2,730 Frederick Conquest 35 1,866 Governor — Republican *Brian Sandoval 6,096 105,826 Eddie Hamilton 115 3,758 None of these 198 3,508 William Tarbell 81 1,966 Thomas Tighe 66 1,495 Gary Marinch 39 1,195 Lieutenant Governor — Democrat *Lucy Flores 1,112 52,305 None of these 339 11,508 Harley Kulkin 198 9,366 Lieutenant Governor — Republican *Mark Hutchison 3,953 62,920 Sue Lowden 1,912 42,280 Chris Dyer 359 6,824 None of these 345 5,008 State Controller — Republican Douglas State *Ron Knecht 4,562 56,480 Barry Herr 519 20,815 Cort R. Arlint 440 14,734 None of these 738 15,420 State Assembly District 39 — Republican Douglas District *Jim Wheeler 4,037 5,070 Robin Reedy 2,443 3,012 Sheriff Douglas *Ron Pierini 6,335 David J. Brady 1,888 Michael T. Gyll 911 District Judge Dept. 1 *Tod Young 7,643 District Judge Dept. 2 *Michael Gibbbons 7,817 School Board Area 2 *Robbe Lehmann 7,182 School Board Area 6 *Thomas Moore 7,182 School Board Area 7 *Ross Chichester 7,564

Tiger golf takes 4th place

Freshman Michele Nikkels continued her successful rookie season, shooting a 100 to lead the Douglas girls’ golf team to a fourth-place finish at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Wednesday. Reno’s Alyson Felesina took first overall with a 79 and Melissa Slocumb shot an 81 to take second for the Huskies. Reno won the match as a team, shooting a 442. For Douglas, Sarah Schonian shot a 113 and Kristin Wyatt shot a 114. Jolie Kizer shot a 118, Shelby Louie shot a 129 and Alyssa Matus shot a 131 to round out the Tigers’ afternoon.

Basketball: Warriors fall short against Nuggets in OT

The Warriors had a bench consisting of only three players, all NBA Development League call-ups, but still forced the Northwest Division leaders to overtime Wednesday. Led by 39 points from guard Monta Ellis and 33 points from forward Corey Maggette, the Warriors took the Denver Nuggets to the final minute of overtime. But Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups was too much to overcome, scoring 10 points in overtime as the Warriors fell 123-118. “They’re full strength, we were not, and we’re still in these kind of games,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s tough, you give all that effort … and you have it in your hands.” But it was Billups who had the game in his hands. He tied his career high with 37 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists. He scored Denver’s first eight points in overtime, including a layup that put the Nuggets up 113-111. Curry gave the Warriors the lead with a 3-pointer inside the two-minute mark. Moments later, Ellis put the Warriors up 117-116 with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Nuggets guard J.R. Smith answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Ellis had a chance to tie the score at 119, but he split a pair of free throws with 25.5 seconds left. After two free throws by Billups, Anthony Tolliver missed a 3 from the corner, sealing the Warriors’ defeat. The Warriors have been plagued by injuries all season, and things nearly got worse before the game. Ellis pulled out of the afternoon shootaround complaining of soreness in his left ankle. Ellis then didn’t come out for pregame warm-ups until seven minutes before the game and took only a handful of shots before lying on the floor and stretching. He leads the NBA in complete games (nine) and was averaging a league-high 42.2 minutes before playing all 53 against Denver, but he denied that the heavy workload affected his ankle. “It’s just that I have a plate in my ankle, and when it rains my ankle throbs,” Ellis said. “So it wasn’t nothing like I’ve been playing on it too much and it was hurting. It was just because of the weather.” Even with Ellis in the lineup, the Warriors could only a muster a bench of Cartier Martin, Chris Hunter and Tolliver. Not surprisingly, they struggled out of the gate. They missed seven of their first 10 shots and managed just 12 points over the first six minutes of the game. Golden State shot 34.6 percent for the quarter. But Denver led just 30-25 entering the second quarter. The Warriors eventually erased their deficit, which was as high as 51-32 after a layup by Nuggets guard Aaron Afflalo at the 7:38 mark. The Warriors put together an 11-1 run to take the lead, a spurt started by Martin’s fade-away as the shot clock expired and capped with a dunk by Hunter. Golden State led 43-42 with just over five minutes left in the first half. The Warriors’ rally set the tone for what would be a closely contested game the rest of the way. The final five minutes of the first half saw five ties. Two free throws by Tolliver sent the Warriors into the locker room tied at 53. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter up by one, but perhaps should have been ahead by more. They led 80-71 with just over three minutes left in the third after Maggette scored seven straight points. Golden State led 82-78 in the final seconds of the third quarter. But Denver guard Ty Lawson was fouled by Ellis while taking a buzzer-beating heave from midcourt. After review, referees determined Ellis’ foul came before the horn, and Lawson was awarded three free throws, making all of them. Ellis was involved in a similar situation Jan. 5, resulting in a heartbreaking loss to the Nuggets. Denver needed a basket in the final seconds, and Ellis, contesting Smith’s desperation heave, was called for a foul. Smith made all three and the Warriors lost by a point. Still, the Warriors led 95-92 with just under six minutes left after Ellis found Hunter for a layup. But Denver went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes. Billups answered a 3-pointer by Curry with one of his own. The Warriors trailed 102-98 with just over two minutes remaining. The deficit was 105-100 moments later, and Billups fouled Ellis in the act of shooting a 3-pointer from the corner. Ellis made two of three free throws. The Warriors gave up consecutive offensive rebounds before center Andris Biedrins tied up Carmelo Anthony with 32.5 seconds left. The Warriors got the ball back after a Nuggets violation during the jump ball. The Warriors, out of the timeout, ran a play that appeared to be designed to get Ellis a 3-pointer. Ellis drilled it, tying the score at 105 with 28.4 seconds left. After Anthony missed a runner in the lane, the Warriors got the ball back and called a timeout with two seconds left. But the play out of the timeout resulted in Tolliver taking the final shot. It wasn’t close, and the game went to overtime.

Crowbar burglars face more charges

Additional felony charges have been filed against three people accused of operating a burglary ring in Douglas and El Dorado counties. Amended complaints were filed Wednesday charging the suspects with four counts of burglary each. Originally, they were charged with two counts. The suspects, all of South Lake Tahoe, are in custody in Douglas County Jail. They are: ■ Jeffrey Lee Stephens, 44, $70,155 bail; ■ Jean Rene Winters, 45, $95,655 bail; ■ Joseph Alan Winters, 48, $56,054 bail. The Winters are married. On Wednesday, East Fork Judge Tom Perkins vacated a preliminary hearing set for Friday, and set their next court date Nov. 13. Attorney Michael Novi, of Reno, appointed to represent Stephens, said his client was willing to waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 15 days of his arraignment. "This will give us time to review the discovery and come up with a game plan," Novi said. Attorneys Jamie Henry and Derrick Lopez, representing the Winters, agreed to the continuance. The suspects allegedly were caught in the act Oct. 18 at a home in Valley Crest Estates behind Home Depot in northern Douglas County. Earlier that day they were suspected of breaking into a home in the Foothill area on Lakeside Drive. A print at the scene matched the boot of one of the suspects, according to reports. Additional charges accuse them of burglaries on Parkview Drive in Indian Hills and Inspiration Drive in Zephyr Cove. The burglaries reportedly occurred Oct. 11-18. According to reports, the three were in possession of stolen property when they were arrested. At the scene was a white 2000 Ford Explorer, described in an earlier burglary attempt in Minden. On Oct. 12, a woman said she was in her home when two men using a crowbar tried to break into her residence on Esmeralda Avenue through the front door. The woman called 911 and was able to copy the license number that was traced to a South Lake Tahoe man who reported his plate was stolen that day. The case is being investigated by DCSO, El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe law enforcement agencies. The defendants are suspected of a number of similar daytime break-ins. Anyone who has seen the suspects or their vehicle in their neighborhood, or been contacted by them, is asked to call Douglas investigators Ted Duzan or John Preston at (775) 782-9905.

Couple to enter pleas in burglaries

A couple accused participating in a series of burglaries waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and are set to enter pleas Jan. 7 in District Court. Jean Rene Winters, 44, and her husband, Joseph Winters, 48, are charged with three burglaries and one attempted burglary each. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked East Fork Judge Tom Perkins to vacate preliminary hearings set for Friday. The Winters couple and codefendant Jeffrey Lee Stephens, 44, are accused of operating a burglary ring in Douglas and El Dorado counties. They are in custody in Douglas County Jail. Stephens' attorney, Michael Novi, told the judge his client was planning to go ahead with a preliminary hearing Jan. 17. Stephens face the same charges. The suspects allegedly were caught in the act Oct. 18 at a home in Valley Crest Estates behind Home Depot in northern Douglas County. Earlier that day they were suspected of breaking into a home in the Foothill area on Lakeside Drive. A print at the scene matched the boot of one of the suspects, according to reports. Additional charges accuse them of burglaries on Parkview Drive in Indian Hills and Inspiration Drive in Zephyr Cove. The burglaries reportedly occurred Oct. 11-18. According to reports, the three were in possession of stolen property when they were arrested. At the scene was a white 2000 Ford Explorer, described in an earlier burglary attempt in Minden. On Oct. 12, a woman said she was in her home when two men using a crowbar tried to break into her residence on Esmeralda Avenue through the front door. The woman called 911 and was able to copy the license number that was traced to a South Lake Tahoe man who reported his plate was stolen that day. The case is being investigated by DCSO, El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe law enforcement agencies. The defendants are suspected of a number of similar daytime break-ins.

Pillowcase burglar sentenced

A man convicted of a Gardnerville armed robbery more than a decade ago, was sentenced in Carson City to up to 10 years on Monday for his role in the pillowcase burglaries. Tracey Lee Lock, 41, received the maximum of 48-120 months in prison for his role in as many as 30 burglaries that occurred in Douglas County, Washoe Valley and Carson City. Lock is scheduled to be sentenced in Douglas County on Nov. 9. He faces 6-15 years in prison for his involvement in burglaries here. While facing multiple counts of burglary in all three jurisdictions, Lock entered guilty pleas to one count in Carson and another in Douglas. He is required to pay restitution of $133,087 in all the cases. Lock was originally thought to be the ring leader of the group, but Carson City Assistant District Attorney Kristen Luis said that he cooperated with police after he was arrested and helped the police narrow down where the group hit, what was taken, and where some of the stolen items could be found. "He essentially helped close the case in all three counties," Luis said. Lock said he was sorry for what he had done, and said that the actions were because of a drug and gambling problem he had at the time. "Your conduct has had a major impact on the residents of Carson City," said Judge James Russell. "To the extent that I can, with one count of burglary, I sentence you to no probation and a maximum of 120 months. Lock has yet to appear in court in Washoe County for his involvement in cases pending in that jurisdiction. Lock was one of a half dozen people arrested in February by the Carson City Sheriff's Office. Also facing charges in Douglas County is Travis Lieberwirth, 37, whose attorney is negotiating in several jurisdictions to resolve his charges. Lieberwirth is scheduled to return to Douglas County District Court on Oct. 28. The pillowcase burglaries got their name because burglars took one from the scene of their break-ins to haul off the valuables. The burglars would focus on jewelry, small electronics and other items that were easy to carry away. Douglas County homes on Kingsbury Grade, East Valley Road, Lindsay Lane and Fuller Avenue were among those targeted by the burglars. In one of the burglaries, a woman came home two days before Christmas to find all the presents had been opened. A break in the case occurred in a Foothill Road neighborhood when a gold Dodge Neon was spotted in the neighborhood. Investigators traced the Neon to Lieberwirth, which led them to Lock. According to documents filed in support of charges against the two men, Lieberwirth allegedly told investigators he was a lookout while Lock went into the houses.

Basketball: Ellis, Morrow pace Warriors to first win

OAKLAND – Monta Ellis had 24 points and a season-high 12 assists, Anthony Morrow added 24 points, and Corey Maggette had 20 to lead Golden State to its first win of the season, 113-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Stephen Jackson added 20 points and rookie Stephen Curry had seven points and nine assists for the Warriors, who trailed by 13 points in the first quarter and were outrebounded 46-35. Rudy Gay had 29 points and eight rebounds for Memphis while Allen Iverson added 18 points to become the 16th player in NBA history to reach 24,000 for his career. The Grizzlies lost their third straight and were held under 115 points for the first time since their season-opener.