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.

Consultant: Close Valley middle school

Developers of the school district’s new 10-year facilities master plan are recommending closing one middle school in the Valley, moving ninth-graders to the high school and converting one elementary school into a kindergarten through eighth-grade operation. MGT of America, which was awarded a $200,000 contract last summer to develop the plan, laid out their recommendations Tuesday night at Carson Valley Middle School in front of about 50 school board members, staff and parents. “It’s a dynamic facilities master plan,” said MGT Principal William Carnes. “There will be adjustments made in the next 10 years as the plan unfolds.” At the Lake, the plan calls for the consolidation of Zephyr Cove Elementary and Whittell High School into a kindergarten to 12th-grade school. In laying out their reasoning behind the recommendations, MGT consultants projected that student enrollment will both dip slightly and rise slightly over the next 10 years, but will not exceed a total of 7,000 students. MGT also discussed the current capacities of schools. As of now, Pinon Hills Elementary is the only school over its official capacity at a 107 percent. Whittell High School is the least used at 65 percent, with Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School following at 78 percent. Ten-year projections into the future show five schools over capacity, including Scarselli Elementary at 103 percent, Jacks Valley Elementary at 110 percent, Minden Elementary at 117 percent, Pinon Hills Elementary at 140 percent and Carson Valley Middle School at 106 percent. The same projections show Pau-Wa-Lu dropping to 63 percent in 10 years, and Whittel High School dropping to 43 percent. Phase 1 of the plan includes renovating or expanding Pinon Hills, Meneley, Gardnerville and Jacks Valley elementary schools for a total cost of $16.3 million. Boundaries would be adjusted to move 50 students from Gardnerville Elementary to Minden Elementary and 100 students from Minden Elementary to Meneley Elementary. Phase 2 would entail an estimated $23 million renovation of Douglas High School to accommodate incoming ninth-graders. Consequently, one middle school would be closed, and the other renovated for the Valley’s seventh- and eighth-grade students. In addition, one elementary school in the Valley would be converted, at a cost of about $2.9 million dollars, into a kindergarten-eighth-grade school. “This would give parents, students and teachers more options,” said MGT Senior Partner Edward Humble. He said moving ninth-graders back to the high school was a top priority among the community, but wasn’t included in phase 1 for two reasons. “It’s a lot of money,” he said. “And it takes a lot of planning. You can’t just move the ninth-graders tomorrow.” When it comes to deciding which middle school to close, and which elementary school to convert, Carnes said more studies are needed. “You need a little more information to make a good solid decision about which one,” he said. The empty middle school would be used for administrative offices, professional development, alternative school and a possible career and technical education center. Assuming CVMS would be closed and Pau-Wa-Lu kept open, MGT estimated the cost of the measure at a little more than $1 million. Phase 3 would require roughly $1.9 million to convert Whittell High School into a kindergarten-12th-grade school, and another $1.9 million to renovate Scarselli Elementary. Assuming a 5 percent annual inflation rate, MGT’s three phases would cost nearly $58 million. District Chief Financial Officer Holly Luna estimated the district has about $30-40 million in bond proceeds, plus whatever the district receives from the future liquidation of Kingsbury Middle School. MGT presented other, cheaper options as well. Maintaining the current grade configuration in the Valley and adding capacity to schools as needed would cost the district $27.7 million. Another option to move sixth-graders in the Valley to the middle schools and ninth-graders to the high school would cost $37.3 million in improvements. Trustee Sharla Hales told MGT the school board needs more details about the justification of each recommendation, and the pros and cons of each. “If moving ninth-graders to the high school is being deferred, we need to know what’s behind the recommendation and why,” she said. Board Vice President Tom Moore agreed. “We need the pros and cons laid out so someone going down the line can see the rationale,” he said. During the meeting’s public comment, only one parent from the audience spoke. “A lot of the recommendations seem too slow to solve the current problems,” said parent Troy Martin. Tuesday’s meeting was a preliminary overview of the plan. School board members can accept or reject any recommendation. A town hall meeting to further discuss the matter will be 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at Carson Valley Middle School. The complete facilities master plan can be viewed online at

Parents: Time to register your kids for kindergarten

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2000-2001 school year will be on various dates at various Douglas County elementary schools. n March 20-31: C.C. Meneley Elementary, 1446 Muir Drive, Gardnerville. Gardnerville Elementary, 111 Toler, Gardnerville. Scarselli Elementary, 699 Long Valley Road, Gardnerville. n April 3-14: Jacks Valley Elementary, 701 Jacks Valley Road. Minden Elementary, Minden. Pinon Hills Elementary, Johnson Lane area. Zephyr Cove Elementary, Warrior Way, Zephyr Cove. Parents may complete registration materials at their neighborhood school. During registration, a time will be reserved for language development screening for the child who is being registered. Nevada School Law says that a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten during the 2000-20001 school year. At the time of registration, parents must provide birth certificate and complete and up-to-date immunization records signed by a doctor or nurse. The Douglas County Public Health Nurse will have special kindergarten shot clinics for pre-registration on Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Call for an appointment. A clinic will be held every Thursday 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The clinics will be held at the Douglas County Community Health Department, 1133 Spruce Street, Gardnerville; phone, 782-9038. There will be an $8 fee. If it is not affordable, the fee will be based on a sliding scale. Parents need to take their children’s shot records.

Srudents show their stuff in school geography bees

Collin Kamholz, an 8th grade student at Carson Valley Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Dec. 13 and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship. Collin also won the CVMS school-level competition last year as a 7th grader and as a 6th grader at Pinon Hills Elementary School. The school-level bee, at which 27 students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 13th annual National Geographic Bee. Michael Rechs, a U.S. history teacher, was the moderator of the CVMS bee. Angela Abawi and Roger Rusmisel, also history teachers at the school, participated as the scorekeeper and timer, respectively. Collin has since taken a written test, which will determine whether he is eligible to compete in the state bee April 6. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state and territory will be eligible. Collin has qualified for the state Bee two straight years. Winners at elemenetary schools in the Valley also announced recently are Kyle Neddenriep of Scarselli, Linda Morgan of C.C. Meneley, Corey Dowell of Jacks Valley and Alex Conrow of Gardnerville. It was announced earlier that Heidi Lengdorfer won the Bee at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and Eric Wylie at Pinon Hills Elementary. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and their teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 22 and 23. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 23. The program will air on the new National Geographic Channel, and afterward on PBS stations, produced by Maryland Public Television. Anyone can brush up on geography with GeoBee Challenge, online geography quiz at, which poses five new questions a day from previous National Geographic Bees. Questions range from the relatively simple to a stumper such as, “Name the ocean current that makes it possible for coral to form as far north as the Bermuda Islands.” (Answer: the Gulf Stream) The National Geographic Society is the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organization. The 112-year-old society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the society, has a circulation of about 10 million and is read in every country in the world. The National Geographic Channel, a daily cable network, launched in the United States this month. Eighty million subscribers receive the channel abroad in 110 countries in 15 languages. The society has funded more than 6,500 scientific research projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.

Golf: Wurster wins third regional title in four years

SPARKS – It was a huge day for Carson Valley golfers Tuesday afternoon at the NIAA 4A Regional Golf Championships at Red Hawk. Carson High’s girls golf team reached the state tournament for the first time in coach Terry Gingell’s eight-year tenure as head coach, and Douglas High’s Bethany Wurster won the 4A regional individual title for the third time in four years. Spanish Springs won the team title with a 36-hole total of 684, including a 338 on Tuesday. Carson was next with a 714, which included a 360 after an opening-round 354. Bishop Manogue was third at 726. Wurster won the individual title with a 151, five shots better than Tess Jones of Spanish Springs. McQueen’s Kelsey Roberts was third with a 159. “Bethany kept her focus and was able to pull off her third regional title,” Douglas coach Steve Gustafson said. “She struggled a bit the second day. There were some tough pin placements, a little wind, and the pressure from Tess Jones. “At one point, they were dead even. Bethany carded a birdie on sixteen, which gave her the motivation needed to finish strong.” Douglas finished fifth as a team (763) behind Reno. “As a team, they played better than any coach could ask,” Gustafson said. “We were not the strongest team in the field, but the kids shot their season bests. “Fifth place was quite an accomplishment for this team. We didn’t have a lot of experienced players, besides Bethany, most of our girls started playing within the past year.” Tawnie Wentz took 16th (95-91-186), Molly Jordan was 37th (107-106-213), Emily Gosselin was 39th (105-110-215), Megan Welch was 41st (113-108-221) and Devyn Hotho was 47th (119-113-232) for Douglas.

Golf takes fifth at Wildcreek

Battling an extremely tough course, the Douglas girls’ golf team struggled to a fifth-place finish in Sierra League play Tuesday afternoon at the Wildcreek Golf Course. Freshman Michele Nikkels again lead the team, shooting a 113 for the Tigers. Sophomore Kristin Wyatt carded a 117, senior Sarah Schonian shot a 118 and Jolie Kizer shot a 120 for the Tigers. Freshmen Jessica Gorton and Katelyn Lee rounded out the Tigers’ card. Douglas travels to Eagle Valley next week.

Kindergarten registration April 5-16

Kindergarten registration for Douglas County elementary schools is April 5-16. Parents must bring the following materials to register their child at a school site: original birth certificate, complete and up-to-date immunization records and proof of residency (utility bill with street address). Gardnerville Elementary School is located at 1290 Toler Ave. and can be reached at 782-5117. Scarselli Elementary School is located at 699 Long Valley Rd. in the Gardnerville Ranchos and can be reached at 265-2222. Jacks Valley Elementary School is located at 701 Jacks Valley Rd. and can be reached at 267-3267. Minden Elementary School is located at 1170 Baler St. in Minden and can be reached at 782-5510. Meneley Elementary School is located at 1446 Muir Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos and can be reached at 265-3154. Pinon Hills Elementary School is located at 1479 Stephanie Way in the Johnson Lane area and can be reached at 267-3622. Douglas County Community Health Department at 1133 Spruce St. in Gardnerville has a shot clinic by appointment only Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 782-9038. The Carson City Community Health Department at 1711 N. Roop St. is open for immunizations 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of each month. For information call 887-2195. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 30 to attend the 2010-11 school year. Early registration can prevent large kindergarten classes next year. Parents may enroll their children provided all immunizations are completed by the start of the 2010-11 school year.

Kindergarten registration coming up

Douglas County School District kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 year will be next week, Monday-Friday, and April 9-13. Registration materials will be available at each school site. Parents must bring the following to register their child: original birth certificate, complete and up to date immunization records signed by a doctor or nurse as required by Nevada Law, and proof of residency (utility bill with street address) in your neighborhood. Although parents may enroll their child, the child may not start school until all immunizations are completed by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. State of Nevada immunization requirements for kindergartners and new students to the State of Nevada include Dtap, IPV (polio), MMR, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox). Nevada School Law states that a child must be five years old by Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year. Parents should register their children at their neighborhood elementary school: Gardnerville Elementary School, 1290 Toler Lane, 782-5117; Jacks Valley Elementary School, 701 Jacks Valley Road, Carson City, 267-3267; C. C. Meneley Elementary School, 1446 Muir Drive, Gardnerville, 265-3154; Scarselli Elementary School, 699 Long Valley Road, Gardnerville, 265-2222; Minden Elementary School, 1170 Baler Street, 782-5510; Pinon Hills Elementary School, 1479 Stephanie Way, Minden, 267-3622 Two locations are available for immunizations. The Carson City Community Health Department is located at 1711 North Roop Street, Carson City, 887-2195, and is open for immunizations the first and third Tuesday of each month 8 a.m.-noon. Parents should bring immunization records with them. The Douglas County Community Health Department is located 1133 Spruce Street, Gardnerville, 782-9038 and has a shot clinic by appointment only Wednesday and Thursday. Parents should bring their immunization records with them.