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.

Four-wheel drive not four-wheel stop

With an increased probability of snow and very cold temperatures back in the forecast today, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are warning motorists to take it easy on the roads. Tuesday's storm resulted in several accidents across Western Nevada, starting when the snow first started to fall up in Reno around 7:30 a.m. and extending south to Carson Valley by Tuesday night. Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Dave Gibson said troopers responded to 41 reported slideoffs, 112 reported motorist assists, 118 reported property only accidents and 56 reported injury accidents, between 7:30 a.m. and midnight on Tuesday. Douglas County had a half-dozen accidents, including two were vehicles slid off the road and into fields. Accidents continued on Wednesday with at least two caused by slick conditions. "Many of the incidents and accidents that the NHP troopers responded to were caused by motorists driving too fast for the conditions of the highway, following too closely to other vehicles and driver inattention," Gibson said. He urgesd motorists to use caution when driving on all Nevada roadways. "Use your seatbelt, turn on your headlights, make sure all of your windows are free of obstructions (snow and ice), please give yourself plenty of time during your commute, give yourself plenty of distance behind other vehicles and slow down as to have more time to react to any incident or accident that happens in front of you," he said. Gibson said motorists planning long trips should prepare by bringing extra clothing to keep warm in case they are stranded with no assistance for an extended period of time, food, water, a cell phone, and a flashlight. The California Highway Patrol reported a single vehicle rollover on Wednesday morning on Highway 395 south of the Mammoth turn-off. The driver of a pickup lost control on the snowy highway, left the highway and hit the median, where it rolled over. The driver received minor injuries. "Roll-over collisions pose a serious threat, not only to the occupants of the vehicle that rolls over… but to the occupants of all vehicles near them," said Lt. R. D. Cohan, Commander of the California Highway Patrol's Bridgeport Area. "The driver of this vehicle was fortunate nobody was seriously injured. This collision again reminds us of the importance of driving the speed limit, in this case 35 mph in the chain control area, as well as, the importance of wearing a seat belt, which allowed this driver to walk away."

Minor injuries in 7-car pileup

A seven-car accident at 1503 Highway 395 Thursday resulted in minor injuries for two Douglas High School students returning to school from their lunch break. The accident occurred when an unidentified pedestrian, crossing in the crosswalk from approximately west to east at Highway 395 and Centertowne Drive, proceeded across the street. Vehicles coming to a sudden halt in both northbound lanes on the east side of the street – three in the outside lane and four in the inside lane – became simultaneously involved in a pile-up that resulted in three “following too closely” citations. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office vehicle driven by Deputy D.J. Coverly initially stopped for the pedestrian. Behind him, a vehicle driven by Mary Linn Rodgers, a senior at DHS, stopped. Behind her, a vehicle driven by DHS junior Jennifer Buck failed to stop, according to the initial NHP report, hitting Rodgers truck, driving her into the police car. Buck’s vehicle was then hit from behind by a car driven by Matt Whitwam. In the outside lane, a car driven by DHS junior Dannie Carlson stopped, followed by a truck driven by carpenter Tim Green. A car driven by DHS student Jamie York hit Green’s vehicle, driving it into Carlson’s car, according to initial reports. Student Brianna Niichel was treated and released on site by paramedics. Student Mary Linn Rodgers was later treated for a sprained back her mother reported later in the day. The accident is under investigation by Nevada Highway Patrol. Officer Amy Del Soldato took the reports at the scene. “Whenever one of our vehicles is involved, we don’t do the investigation,” said DCSO Sgt. Ron Bushey. NHP determined that two separate accidents occurred. n What the law says. The laws governing crossing in a crosswalk state that drivers of motor vehicles should “exercise due care to avoid a collision … give an audible warning with the horn if appropriate … exercise proper caution upon observing a pedestrian on or near a highway, street or road, or in or near a school crossing zone or a marked or unmarked crosswalk.” Pedestrians are not to suddenly leave a curb to enter the street, and should use their own caution, the law states. “When the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway (separated by the center line) upon which the vehicle is traveling,” the driver shall yield,” the law reads. This means that if the pedestrian is not on your half of the highway, you may proceed with caution. n Use common sense. Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the DCSO said that shouldn’t be enough for safe drivers – they should use more common sense when pedestrians are crossing. “Even though the law states that you don’t have to stop until the pedestrian is on your half of the highway, I always stop as soon as someone enters the crosswalk,” said Modispacher. “I think it sets a good example, and also gives other drivers the heads-up that there is a pedestrian.” Modispacher said this accident should serve as a reminder to both drivers and pedestrians to pay attention. “I know in situations like this, the pedestrians feel terrible,” he said. “It also shows how driver’s inattention and following too close can be a serious problem.” Modispacher said the rule of thumb is to leave one car length for every 10 miles per hour that a vehicle is traveling. The speed on this stretch of road is 25 mph.

Airport Road accidents

Editor: The fact there have been so many accidents at that intersection, has been puzzling to me. Most accidents occur during daylight and good weather. Mostly, I read the person has stated their vision was obstructed by large vehicles traveling northbound as they were attempting to make a left turn from Airport Rd into the southbound traffic lane of 395. If a persons vision is obstructed, why would you drive into an obstructed view area? Don't you wait till it is unobstructed and clear before moving into the southbound lane? Are you a defensive driver or are you playing Russian Roulette with yourself, your passengers and others on the road? In order to use the privilege of a driver's license, you are supposed to show responsible driving for yourself and others on the roadways. One of those ways is by using common sense and laws to navigate the roads. Moving your vehicle when your vision is obstructed is a "no no." You need to wait till you have clear vision before driving your vehicle across oncoming traffic. The key words being "obstructed" as opposed to "clear" vision. In my estimation, to continually add signal lights on a highway, indicates we are no longer responsible drivers who are able to make good decisions and choices while driving. We complain about new laws for guns, immigration and other issues. Perhaps we have become a society that is no longer able to make good decisions without a law to enforce it. I am aware county and school employees are instructed to drive north to Johnson Lane if needing to make a left turn for safety. That too, shows people are not willing to wait till they have clear vision to make the left turn. So, to protect their employees and others, they made that request. Are we impatient of circumstances? Maybe we need to stop and smell the roses, leave earlier so we have the time to wait for clear vision, or just respect life and others, drive defensively, slow down. Those are all good words to use while driving on our roads no matter what road or intersection. School will be out soon and even more people on our roads. Please, be wise and remember to respect the rules, your vehicle and others. Don't use alcohol or drugs and concentrate on driving. I use these roads and wish to stay safe. Accidents will be very costly, financially and emotionally, life changing and possibly fatal. Beverly Giannopulos Minden

Three people injured in weekend accidents

Two injury accidents resulted in three motorists being helicoptered for treatment over the Memorial Day weekend. The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident at Highway 88 and Centerville early Sunday morning. Trooper Dave Gibson said a preliminary investigation indicates the accident occurred when a southbound Mercury Mountaineer being driven by Gardnerville resident Crystal Philips crossed the centerline and into the path of a Subaru Impreza in the northbound lanes driven by Reno resident Chelsey Lynn John. The accident was reported 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Both women were taken by helicopter for treatment with nonlife-threatening injuries. An injury accident occurred late Saturday night in Topaz Ranch Estates that required the driver to be helicoptered to Renown Regional Medical Center. The accident was reported at 11:44 p.m. Saturday on Topaz Ranch Road between Canyon Drive and Slate Road. The vehicle rolled, trapping the woman who was driving inside. Her identity has not yet been released. The accident is being investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A Zephyr Cove couple had a harrowing experience when the right rear wheel of their vehicle came loose on Highway 395 near Parr Boulevard on Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at 12:48 p.m. as the couple were returning home. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a GMC Yukon XL was towing a trailer south on the highway when the wheel came off the vehicle. The Yukon's driver lost control, and the trailer fish-tailed a short distance before rolling over into the center median. The Yukon remained upright, and neither the driver nor the passenger suffered any injuries. The trailer remained hooked to the Yukon by the safety chains. No other vehicle was involved in the accident, according to Trooper Chuck Allen. However, the trailer blocked both lanes of travel, leaving the highway partially blocked for several hours.

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

Accused drunk driver due in court this morning

A North Valley woman, who was arrested after a May 21 accident at East Valley Road and Johnson Lane, is scheduled to be arraigned in Douglas County District Court this morning. Tamara Kim Smith, 44, was arrested on three counts of felony child endangerment, after allegedly running a stop sign and causing the accident. Inside her vehicle were three children, age 9-11. A preliminary breath test indicated Smith’s blood-alcohol content at .113, over the legal limit of .08 for driving. Records indicate Smith was convicted of driving under the influence in April 2006.

WNC Douglas offers courses for new drivers

The Western Nevada College will offer six sessions of new driver education this spring for teens age 15 and older. Each session meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the WNC Douglas campus. Session dates are Saturdays, Feb. 17-March 20, and Monday-Thursday, March 29-April (Douglas spring break). Cost per session is $110. Nevada law requires new drivers under age 18 to take a 30-hour new driver education course if one is offered within 30 miles of their home. The class may also improve their success rate on the state noncommercial driver’s license exam, which now costs $25 for first time testing. There is a new retest fee of $10 for each time the written or behind-the-wheel driving skills test is retaken. Young drivers will learn safe driving techniques through lectures, class discussion, guest speakers, and films that cover Nevada driving regulations, basic vehicle control, and driving maneuvers in various situations and environments. Teens learn how to avoid accidents, and what to do if involved in an accident, their vehicle breaks down, or they are stopped by a public safety officer. The course also covers how to handle distractions and peer pressure, and prevent falling asleep at the wheel and driving under the influence. Speakers include public safety officials and insurance representatives. Instruction includes tips on how to drive safely around large trucks and motorcycles and avoid unexpected objects in the road, as well as maneuvering safely through roundabouts and rules for driving in bad weather. To register for the noncredit class, fill out the online application at, then print out and mail or fax (775-445-3148) the registration form to WNC Admissions, 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City, NV 89703. Students should wait two days and then call (775) 445-4458 to confirm registration and pay for the class.

Turn lane longtime goal at site of fatal accident

Washoe Tribal officials have sought a center turn lane for years at the scene of Thursday morning's fatal accident. Anyone making a left turn into either the Washoe Tribal offices or the Washoe Tribal Smokeshop must slow down in the travel lane. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation Sierra Corridor Study, the Washoe Tribe has also asked for a reduction in the speed limit. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Nevada Highway Patrol had yet to release the identity of the driver of a Ford Taurus, who was killed in the three-vehicle accident at the location south of Gardnerville. According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of the Taurus was northbound on Highway 395 at about 9:50 a.m. when he slowed to turn into the smoke shop. A full-sized Chevrolet pickup that was following the Taurus struck the smaller vehicle and knocked it into opposing lanes, and into the path of a full-sized Dodge pickup towing a travel trailer, according the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Taurus suffered substantial damage to the rear and passenger's side. The Chevrolet pickup suffered heavy damage to the front, as did the Dodge, which careened off the road and ended up off the right roadway. The driver of the Taurus was dead at the scene. The occupants of the other two vehicles received nonlife threatening injuries. Both lanes of Highway 395 were blocked for four hours while members of the Nevada Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team examined the scene and cleared the wreckage. Southbound motorists were diverted onto Riverview Drive and into the Gardnerville Ranchos, then into Dresslerville and back over the Carson River at Main River Road. The detour required officers to direct drivers, many of whom were from out of state, through the communities. Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this accident. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689- 4623 or regarding case No. NHP- 130701640

Carson man may be victim in accident near Tonopah

A 78-year-old man was killed in a head-on accident on Highway 6 west of Tonopah 9 a.m. Sunday, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The man, who is believed to be from Carson City, was driving a green 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix west when the vehicle drifted into the path of an eastbound 2008 Peterbilt tractor trailer driven by an Oregon man. The trucker tried to avoid the accident but the vehicles collided near the right edge of the eastbound travel lane. The driver of the sedan and his two dogs were dead at the scene. The trucker and his teenage son received minor injuries in the accident. The accident occurred just east of Coaldale, where the road was partially blocked for five hours. Highway 6 and Highway 95 follow the same route between Coaldale and Tonopah.