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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.

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.

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

The R-C Morning Report for July 29

Two fires are burning in Yosemite National Park, which have forced closures of areas in the vicinity and threaten the towns of El Portal and Foresta. The El Portal fire is at 2,600 acres and has claimed a structure. The Dark Hole fire is at 590 acres. We may see drift smoke after the present weather pattern clears out. A landscaper who was sent to prison for taking jewelry from homes he was working on is scheduled to appear in Douglas District Court today. Cesar Dominic Hartman, 24, is out on parole and is to set up a payment plan today for the $9,427 loss to the victims. I got .12 inches of rain in Genoa last night, but I see from poking around other rain gauges that the rest of the Valley didn't see too much precipitation. Expect scattered thunderstorms today after noon. The high is expected to hit 85 degrees under otherwise partly cloudy skies.

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.

Yosemite plans late spring burn

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start on, or around, June 18 and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach picnic area. The total prescribed burn area will include 111 acres and is expected to last one to two days. Yosemite Valley has received approximately two inches of springtime rain leaving the Taft Toe area moist and within prescription fuel moistures. This prescribed fire will reduce the amount of hazard trees along Southside Drive, which provides increased safety for hikers on nearby trails and drivers along the roadway. The primary objective of the prescribed fire is to reduce the accumulation of small diameter mixed conifer trees and reduce excessive dead and down woody debris. It will also reduce the amount of fuel build-up, which enables fire to reach the tops of mature trees and threaten mature black oak trees and saplings. A combination of fuel reduction techniques will occur prior to the scheduled fire, including mechanical thinning in order to create more open forest stands and recreate vistas that have long been overgrown by the dense forest. Smoke from the fire may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite Valley, Foresta, and the El Portal area. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires. A smoke management plan has been submitted to the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District, and a burn permit will be issued prior to ignition. A smoke monitor will be placed in nearby communities to monitor smoke.

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.

Swauger Creek fire near containment

Five structures are threatened by a 125-acre fire burning in timber and brush near Highway 395 in Mono County. Residents were advised to evacuate the area of the fire 10 miles north of Bridgeport, which was reported 12:35 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. The structures threatened include homes and outbuildings. As of 8:35 p.m. Thursday none had been damaged or destroyed. An air tanker, five hand crews, seven engines and a helicopter worked during the day on the Swauger Creek fire, which is expected to move downslope tonight. Forecast winds for Friday will move the fire upslope into uninhabited continuous timber. No estimate of containment or control has been issued. As of 6 p.m. Thursday firefighters have a line around 35 percent of the Clear Creek fire, and expect to have it contained by Saturday. The number of personnel working the fire on the ridge between Jacks Valley and Clear Creek Canyon has dropped nearly in half to 80. High winds and dry fuels did cause some spotting on the fire this afternoon, but the spot fires were quickly contained. Three hand crews and three engines are working on the fire, where the northwest flank on the south side of Clear Creek Canyon is still active. The size of the fire has been revised down to 187 acres due to improved mapping. Firefighters expect to have a line all the way around the 633-acre Evans fire burning north of Reno at 10 p.m. Thursday. The fire is 80 percent contained as 110 firefighters work on it. Thursday's lightning storm caused fires near Genoa Peak and in the area of Old Clear Creek Road Heavy rain fell near Toms Place in Mono County with .78 inches and pea-sized hail reported. A large mudslide was reported across Lundy Lake Road near Mono Lake.

School board to explore Pinon Hills portable option

Pinon Hills Elementary School may be getting a portable to alleviate overcrowding, but not before the new school year starts. On Tuesday, board members voted 4-1, with board members Karen Chessell and Sharla Hales absent, to investigate potential funding sources for a portable at the North Valley school. Included in the motion was a directive to research the potential impacts of adding a portable versus the impacts of rezoning. Board member Teri Jamin objected to the measure and voted against the motion. “I don’t agree with rezoning,” she said. “There’s no point wasting staff time on differentiating between the two.” Last fall, Pinon Hills was the only elementary school in the Valley to see an increase in enrollment, gaining 24 students. Built in 1996, the school this year had 531 students split between 20 classrooms, including three team classrooms with two teachers each. A third pod for the school was never built, and the current structure was designed for 475 students. “There’s no doubt in my mind that there should be a portable at that school,” said board member Keith Roman. “If the money is available, we should put up a portable.” Chief Financial Officer Holly Luna presented several price options. A 1,680-square-foot used portable, able to be split into two classrooms, would cost the district $65,814 to lease for a year, taking into account a pledged $20,000 contribution from the Pinon Hills Parent-Teacher Organization. A brand new 1,440-square-foot portable would cost $112,813 with the PTO contribution. District staff recommended postponing any action until the facilities master plan is in place. Luna pointed to similar overcrowding problems at Jacks Valley and Scarselli elementary schools. “There’s not just a singular need at Pinon Hills Elementary, but needs at other sites,” she said. “The most fiscally responsible action is to not take action until the master plan is in place.” Before portables were discussed, board members approved a contract, not to exceed $200,000, with MGT of America, a consulting firm that will spend the next six months developing a facilities master plan for the district. The board expects the plan to provide an overview of all district facilities, to identify specific needs and future options, such as selling the now-empty Kingsbury Middle School, or moving Valley ninth-graders back to the high school, or potentially closing one elementary school if declining enrollment continues. “The master plan is seriously needed in terms of advice and guidance,” Superintendent Carol Lark said. “We need a plan in place to guide us as we make these difficult decisions.” Pinon Hills parent and PTO member Ron Santi agreed that the district needs a master plan, but he questioned why it will take $200,000 to create one. “Master planning is not rocket science,” he said. “We have well-paid staff, very educated staff; we’re all very educated and know what the needs are. Why spend $200,000 to do a job I think can be done in-house? A master plan is needed, but not at that expense.” Santi also said it’s unfair to compare Pinon Hills to Jacks Valley and Scarselli, as the former has four more classrooms than Pinon, and the latter five more. “We need to act right now, and we need to address where we’re at today – 531 kids,” Santi said. “The history of enrollment at Pinon Hills over the last five years is that it only goes in one direction – up.”

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