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.

Feds invest nearly $118 million in rural Nevada

The USDA’s rural development agency invested nearly $118 million in rural Nevada communities during fiscal 2011. That translates into creating 213 jobs in business and helping 591families buy a home, according to the director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sarah Adler. “If a community has to choose between replacing a pumper truck or renovating their senior center, essential services can be lost,” she said. “We try to help keep them whole with lower-cost and longer-term loans.” She said nearly three-quarters of the investment was in the form of loan guarantees for private sector loans. Some $95 million of that was in the form of mortgage loans that helped 591 low- and moderate-income Nevadans in rural parts of the state buy homes. “This partnership is light on the taxpayers but long on results for rural communities,” Adler said. The funds are provided through Business Development loans, grants and direct loans to businesses as diverse as Marriott Towne Place Suites in Elko and a shrimp farm, Ganix, in Apex. Another $11.8 million was invested in water and waste systems, infrastructure such as fire stations and senior centers, fire equipment and utility improvements.

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

USDA Offers Rural Business Grants for Tribal Enterprises

The Nevada State Office of USDA Rural Development has announced it is accepting grant applications from tribal enterprises to develop small and emerging private business opportunities in rural areas of the state. This program provides grants for rural projects that finance the development of small and emerging rural businesses, and help fund distance adult learning for job training and advancement. Small and emerging private businesses are those with fewer than 50 employees with less than $1 million in projected gross revenues. USDA Rural Development expects to award approximately $3.2 million through the Native American RBEG program via a single national competition. There is no Nevada state set-aside for this program. Native American RBEG applications from Nevada compete with other Native American RBEG applications from around the nation. Last year 25 projects were funded, including two Nevada projects. The Moapa Band of Paiutes received $65,000 to purchase a bulldozer for use at the Moapa Paiute Farm in southern Nevada, and the Wells Band Council received $52,800 to conduct a feasibility study for a motel in Wells. For a tribally owned business to be considered private, it must be held through a separate entity such as a tribal corporation. The corporation may be owned by the tribe and distribute profits to the tribe. However, the governing board must be independent from the tribal government and elected or appointed for a specific time period. Pre-applications for the Native American RBEG are available at and are strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Michelle Kelly in Carson City, at (775) 887-1222 x 118, or David Foster, in Las Vegas, at (702) 262-9046 x 103.

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.

Carson Valley Rider gets help from state

The Carson Valley Rider is getting a $15,000 boost in the form of a grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism. The grant was one of three received by the Carson Valley Visitor's Authority amounting to $27,000 to market the Valley outside of Douglas County. Included in the proposals were print and internet ads in Nevada Magazine, the Reno Gazette Journal, the Las Vegas Review Journal and California. Grant money will also be used to design and print 70,000 copies of a new brochure for distribution in California. The Douglas County Historical Society will receive $2,000 to produce a website. The Dangberg Home Ranch is slated to receive $3,157 to purchase advertising in publications and online, including the Carson Valley Almanac. The Town of Genoa is slated to receive $5,000 to produce 10,000 brochures for placement and mailing at tourist destinations across the state. The state awarded $985,146 in grant funding for projects throughout rural Nevada designed to increase travel to those areas, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced Wednesday at the commission's quarterly meeting. "Nevada has so many hidden treasures in lesser-known areas of our state," Krolicki said. "The tourism professionals in rural Nevada work very hard to find creative, new and interesting ways to bring visitors to these extraordinary areas. The Commission is very pleased to be a partner with these local and regional tourism agencies in finding ways to increase visitors and economic activity to rural Nevada." NCOT's longstanding Rural Grants Program helps rural communities and also generates room tax revenue for the state. Grant recipients must provide a 50-50 match in funds or the equivalent in volunteer hours and use the money to maximize their marketing outreach, which will bring more travelers to Nevada's rural areas. The commission receives three-eighths of 1 percent of room tax revenue as its operation budget. A portion of those funds are used to offer the Rural Grants Program, which helps nonprofit groups and government agencies in rural Nevada enhance visitation from overnight stays. Funding for the grants does not come from the state's general fund. A total of 148 grants were awarded in this current cycle of grants. A second cycle will be awarded in December.

USDA offering grants for renewable energy projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $338,850 in grant money and more than $1.5 million in loan guarantees to offer rural small businesses and agricultural producers. The funding is available to help rural businesses purchase and install renewable energy system and make energy improvements. USDA Nevada director Sarah Adler said the program has already funded wind, solar and hydroelectric projects in rural Nevada. She said her office has just hired an energy coordinator to help bring more renewable dollars to the state to manage the program. Applications are due at the USDA state office by June 23. But Adler urged those interested to submit projects by May 26 saying that will enable Energy Coordinator Mark Williams to assess them for completeness, strengths and weaknesses. More information is available by contacting Williams at 887-1222, Extension 116 or

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

R-C Sports Today: Douglas wrestling takes 2nd at 4A Regionals

Everyone expected it to be close and the four top teams in the region proved the crowd right Saturday as the Carson Senators held on to claim the team regional championship. There had been much speculation as to who would pull out on top, but Carson took two individual championships (Kyle Banko, 130 pounds and Travis Lamborn, 160 pounds) and qualified seven individuals for the state championships. Douglas was right on Carson’s heels, taking second with 175.5 points. Tony Ferris (171 pounds) and Sean Molina (189) emerged as regional champions. It was the first trip to the top of the podium for each. Ferris defeated Damonte Ranch’s Micah Chalk 12-9 to take the title and Molina upset South Tahoe’s Miles Wallace 8-7 for his title. The Tigers had six total individuals qualify for state with Jake Williams, Ryan Pruitt and Devin Barker each taking silver medals and Garrett Hekhuis taking third in the 112-pound division. Damonte Ranch came in third as a team with 172.5 points and Fallon followed in fourth with 144. The Nevada State 4A Championships are this weekend at Spanish Springs High School. The Coleville girls regained sole possession of first place in the Western 1A League over the weekend with wins over Gerlach and Pyramid Lake. Coleville picked up a 35-26 win over Gerlach Friday night getting 13 points each fron Amara Rowley and Kimberly Torley. The Lady Wolves closed out their home season Saturday with a 59-42 win over Pyramid Lake. Rowley had 23 points and 12 rebounds in that matchup while Torley had 16 points. Through Feb. 3 Record: 19-7 overall, 9-2 Sierra League, 8-1 home, 5-1 away, 6-5 neutral TEAM STATISTICS Points for: 1,702 Points against: 1,428 3-pointers for: 88 3-pointers against: 95 Free throws for: 309-490 Free throws against: 279-424 Field goals for: 630 Field goals against: 513 Scoring by quarters Douglas 387 406 431 478 – 1,702 Opponent 342 342 350 394 – 1,428 INDIVIDUAL SCORING *Keith Olson 169 64-107 402 *Mike Gransbery 117 46-61 339 *Jeff Nady 77 50-78 209 James McLaughlin 63 21-35 161 Joe Nady 59 20-28 142 *Kevin Emm 52 19-31 133 David Laird 41 31-43 113 *Nate Whalin 22 3-9 47 Jared Trowbridge 8 22-33 40 Ryan McPeek 8 12-21 28 Brandon Bernard 7 12-16 27 Ross Bertolone 8 2-12 18 Herman Fillmore 2 7-10 11 *- Starters 3-POINTERS Mike Gransbery 58 James McLaughlin 15 Kevin Emm 9 Joe Nady 4 Brandon Bernard 1 Keith Olson 2 FOULED OUT Jeff Nady 4 Joe Nady 3 James McLaughlin 2 Keith Olson 1 Kevin Emm 1 David Laird 1 Nate Whalin 1 Through Feb. 3 Record: 12-15 overall, 6-5 Sierra League, 5-2 home, 3-5 away, 4-7 neutral TEAM STATISTICS Points for: 1,172 Points against: 1,122 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Jessica Waggoner 313 Bridget Maestretti 147 Dana Pardee 131 Taryn Williams 101 (from 12/27) Dany Heidt 55 Sarah Hartley 51 Nicole Didero 29 Allie Hughes 18 Katie Buffo 14 Kaela Horse 8 Lisa Christen 8 Michelle Richardson 4 Gina Pfaffenberger 2

USDA makes $153 million in investments

The Nevada State Office of USDA Rural Development has announced that $153 million has been invested in rural Nevada communities during federal fiscal year 2010, which closed Oct. 1. Funds provided through grants, home mortgages, loans, and loan guarantees helped boost $23.7 million in business development, allowed 621 families to enter homeownership, as well as securing $20.8 million over the next two years for rural communities to enhance their telephone and Internet connectivity. As an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development provides financing programs and expertise in three core areas: community infrastructure, business development, and affordable housing. This year, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it also had the opportunity to assist with the development of broadband infrastructure for high speed Internet and data transmission in rural areas. “We just finished a banner year in not only the dollar amounts we pumped through our core business areas, but also in the importance of the projects we funded to local communities,” said State Director Sarah Adler. For more information, visit