Girls’ Golf: Wurster wins third league tournament |

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.

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

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.

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

Douglas County Census

People QuickFacts Douglas County Nevada Population, 2003 estimate 44,110 2,241,154 Population change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003 6.9% 12.2% Population, 2000 41,259 1,998,257 Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 49.3% 66.3% High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000 91.6% 80.7% Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 23.2% 18.2% Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 23.5 23.3 Housing units, 2002 20,320 901,597 Homeownership rate, 2000 74.3% 60.9% Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2000 12.5% 32.2% Persons per household, 2000 2.5 2.62 Median household income, 1999 $51,849 $44,581 Per capita money income, 1999 $27,288 $21,989 Persons below poverty, percent, 1999 7.3% 10.5% Business QuickFacts Douglas County Nevada Private nonfarm establishments with paid employees, 2001 1,340 48,863 Private nonfarm employment, 2001 18,151 916,981 Nonemployer establishments, 2000 3,985 113,744 Retail sales, 1997 ($1,000) 203,314 18,220,790 Retail sales per capita, 1997 $5,637 $10,874 Housing units authorized by building permits, 2002 676 35,615 Geography QuickFacts Douglas County Nevada Land area, 2000 (square miles) 710 109,826 Persons per square mile, 2000 58.1 18.2 Source: US Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts

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.

Girls’ Golf: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 5

Aug. 28: Wolf Run Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 470; 2. Carson 476; 3. South Tahoe 536; 4. Reno 563; 5. Damonte 592 Individual: 1. Bethany Wurster 80; 2. Katie Gettman 81; 3. Heather Henderson 85; Michele Nikkels 95; Rachel Merino 129 Sept. 4: Northgate Golf Club Team: 1. Douglas 444; 2. Carson 476; 3. Reno 506; 4. South Tahoe 513; 5. Damonte Ranch 541 individual: 1. Wurster 71; Henderson 88, Nikkels 89, Gettman 98, Louie 98, Merino 106. Sept. 12: Wildcreek Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 435; 2. Carson 472, 3. Reno 507 Individual: 2. Bethany Wurster 78, Katie Gettman 85, Heather Henderson 86, Michele Nikkels 92, Shelby Louie 94, Rachel Merino 133 Sept. 18: Thunder Canyon Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 430; 2. Carson 509 Individual: 1. Katie Gettman 79, 1. Shelby Louie 79; 2. Bethany Wurster 83; Heather Henderson 91; Michele Nikkels 98; Katelyn Lee 113. Sept. 25: Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Golf Results, Tuesday September 25 at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 436; 2. Carson 275; 3. South Tahoe 479; 4. Reno 525; 5. Damonte Ranch 553. Individual: Bethany Wurster 75 (1st Overall); Heather Henderson 83 (2nd Overall); Shelby Louie 89; Katie Gettman 89; Michele Nikkels 100; Katelyn Lee 116. Oct. 2: Washoe Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 481; 2. Carson 497; 3. South Tahoe 504. Individual Statistics: 3. Michele Nikkels 89; 5. Katie Gettman 90; Heather Henderson 92; Shelby Louie 94; Katelyn Lee 116; Rachel Merino 145.

Tigers look for perfect ending

One last challenge remains for the Douglas High swimming and diving team in its bid for another perfect regular season dual meet record. The Douglas girls and boys will be at home to celebrate Senior Day Saturday when the Tigers host Bishop Manogue and Galena in a double dual meet that will decide the Northern Division I conference championships. Competition is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start at the Carson Valley Swim Center. Both Douglas teams extended their conference dual meet win streaks last Friday against Reno and Reed — the girls have now won 65 straight and the boys 50 in a row. The Douglas boys were 204-84 victors over Reed and 199-98 over Reno, while the girls outdistanced Reno 184-115 and Reed 210-84. "I am very impressed with how the team is swimming," Douglas coach Sarah Davenport said. "We are looking fast and ready for our most challenging meet on Saturday … Manogue and Galena are very strong teams." The Tigers logged 62 season-best times Friday, Davenport noted. Their depth paid off across the board — the top seven places score in dual meets — against formidable Reno and Reed squads. Douglas won every relay race during the meet: ■ Boys 400 freestyle relay (3:29.14) with Joe Sullivan, Ryan Chen, Logan Killion and Josh Smithen. The time was a season best for the Tigers and would have been fast enough to crack the top four at last year's region meet. ■ Girls 400 freestyle relay (4:05.39) with Lilyanne Bickmore, Jordan Knowles, Kaila Duffy and Taylor Sullivan won by 17 seconds ahead of Reno. ■ Girls 200-yard medley relay (1:56.97) with Kaela Forvilly, Sullivan, Shelby Koontz and Emma Gray. ■ Boys 200 medley relay (1:46.09) with Josh Smithen, Chen, Kevin Smithen and Justin Hight. ■ Girls 200 freestyle relay (1:47.59) with Koontz, Gray, Knowles and Lindsey Johnston. ■ Boys 200 freestyle relay (1:34.84) with Sullivan, Killion, Hight and Kevin Smithen winning by nearly 11 seconds. In the individual events, Douglas scored a 1-2 sweep of the boys 100 breaststroke with Chen (1:05.97) and Jason Lowther (1:08.76). Killion also won the boys 200 freestyle (1:55.95) and Josh Smithen won the boys 200 IM (2:18.89). Jeff Tung of Reno won the boys 100 freestyle (50.21), just ahead of Sullivan (50.78) while Josh Smithen took fourth (51.64). On the girls side, Koontz, won the 100 freestyle (56.19), while Duffy won the girls 200 individual medley (2:24.01). Bai Aiello of Reed won the boys diving (249.25 points). Douglas sophomore Garrett Frankiewich was second (161.15), freshman Cole Petrosky third (153.20), Zachary Ingrey fourth (146.70), William Lennon-Williams fifth (126.65) and Andew Williams sixth (117.80). Amy Watanabe of Reed won the girls diving (200.75), while Jessica Withrow of Douglas was fourth (126.05), Olivia Tahti fifth (113.15) and Hallie Nelson sixth (103.20). Other team highlights included Ashley Hellwinkel qualifying for regionals in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Madison Harvey and Logan Silva qualified in the 500 freestyle. Douglas has 41 athletes who have qualified (21 girls and 20 boys) for the Northern Division I Region Championships, which will be held May 6 for divers at the University of Nevada's Lombardi Recreation Center in Reno, followed by the swimming prelims and finals on May 8-9 in Carson City. The Tigers are defending region champions in both the girls and boys divisions. The NIAA state meet is May 16, with diving at the Carson Valley Swim Center and swimming at the Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City.

Home sales up, prices down

Home sales are up in Carson Valley, but home prices themselves continue to slide, according to data released by the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. In the East Fork Township, which includes Carson Valley and the Topaz Lake area, the number of home sales in the third quarter of the year reached 213 – up from 144 in the same quarter of 2010. In fact, this year had the highest third-quarter total since 2005, when 322 homes were sold. In 2006, the third-quarter total dropped to 169 and stayed well under 200 for the next four years. But higher sales seem to have come at the cost of home values. The median sales price for the third quarter this year slipped to $180,250, down from $216,500 in the same quarter last year. In the same time period, the average sales price fell from $263,276 to $222,896. While the data clearly shows year-over-year losses, both median and average prices in the third quarter are new lows for this year itself. The median sales prices in the first and second quarters of 2011 were $199,000 and $200,000, respectively. The average sales price was $264,001 in the first quarter and $269,845 in the second. Annually, both categories have fallen quite a ways. Median prices peaked in 2006 at $398,000. The average sales price also peaked in 2006 at $467,252. Sales are a different story. While prices have been falling this year, the third quarter produced the strongest showing in number of sales. The third-quarter total of 213 is an improvement over both 147 in the second quarter and 131 in the first. In the first three quarters of 2011 alone, there have been nearly as many homes sold, 491, as in the entire year of 2008, which saw 492 homes sold. Since the 2008 trough, total annual home sales have been increasing – from 578 in 2009 to 595 in 2010. Jim Valentine of ReMax Realty Affiliates in Gardnerville said one would expect prices to catch up to rising demand. “That’s what you’d expect. We have seen multiple offers, and the offer prices are higher than it looks now, but most sales are still going lower,” he said. Valentine described the market as “a confused sea.” “You can’t see the current. You can’t see the waves,” he said. “Sellers are wondering whether to jump in now. It seems things are going down and that maybe they should get out. But buyers are also trying to time the market.” Valentine said a lot prospective buyers are still on the sidelines. “With prices and interest rates where they are, activity should be higher than levels we’re seeing,” he said. “A lot of people are still wondering what’s going to happen. “But remember we are different than the rest of the nation, and we always have been. You have to look at our circumstances here in the Valley. We’re not Detroit.” Valentine said more low-ball sales could mean more foreclosed properties are improved over time. “Those homes are purchased and refreshened,” he said. “As those homes are sold, they are being lived in and cared for, and values will be going back up.”

Pau-Wa-Lu earns membership in NFL

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School has been granted charter membership in the NFL – and they’re not talking about football. “I am pleased to inform you that your program has attained charter status in the National Forensic League,” NFL Executive Director Scott Wunn wrote in a Feb. 8 letter to PWL English and speech and debate teacher Callie Campbell-Parr. “This significant distinction is the highest school membership honor in the NFL. As a charter member, your program has demonstrated excellence in attaining new members and degrees.” The charter announcement was commemorated by certificated listing the names of currently active students and coaches. Presently, there are 30 students on the team. “Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL, and reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several years,” NFL officials said in a press release. The National Forensic League is a not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop life skills. Last year, more than 112,000 secondary students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, built their communication, leadership, cognitive and presentational skills. As members, students may compete to attend the world’s largest academic event, the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament, which awards more than $153,000 in college scholarships to top students each summer. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL, including Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brad Pitt and James Dean. For more information, visit