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Nevada’s oldest softball tourney headlines

by Joey Crandall

It’s always just about a week out from Carson Valley Days when Tim Jacobsen’s cell phone starts ringing.

“It’s all tradition at this point, we don’t even advertise anymore,” Jacobsen said. “If it’s Carson Valley Days weekend, it must be time to go down to Gardnerville and play softball.”

Jacobsen said he expects a full field once again for the 33rd annual Carson Valley Days Outlaw Softball Tournament.

“It’s the longest running softball tournament in Nevada,” he said. “I’ve been part of it for 33 years and before that it was a fastpitch tournament for at least 20 years.

“I’ve got 12 teams signed up right now, but every year people start calling the week leading up to it. We’ll wind up with 16 men’s and eight coed. That’s about as many as we can handle.”

Games start at Lampe Park at 8 a.m. Saturday and run throughout the day with the last batch starting at 9 p.m.

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Play resumes at 8 a.m. Sunday and the championship round generally starts between 2-3 p.m.

“It’s a fun event every year,” Jacobsen said. “You see a lot of the same people every year. It’s a lot of younger guys now, but I still see a lot of faces I used to play with. Guys I played with are coming down to watch their kids play now. It’s neat that way.”

The softball tournament is the grandaddy of what has become a healthy list of sporting events set for Carson Valley Days weekend.

The Partnership of Community Resources and Minden Rotary will host the fifth annual Carson Valley Days 5K/10K Walk Jog Run Saturday morning.

The event runs the parade route prior to the start of the parade, giving runners a ready-made audience set to watch their success.

Top finishers receive medals after the race.

Cost is $30 ($40 on race day), $10 ($15 on race day) for youth 13-18 and $5 for youth 12 and under.

To register online, visit or register by phone at 775-782-8611.

The fourth annual Carson Valley Days Grass Volleyball tournament is set for Sunday at Lampe Park.

The tournament includes a guarantee of three games in pool play and entry in the elimination playoff rounds.

Adult divisions will be 4-on-4 with open, coed and women’s. Youth divisions are 6-on-6 with fifth/sixth grade, seventh/eighth grade and high school classifications. All youth divisions are coed.

Sign-in for the tournament is 8 a.m. with games starting at 9 a.m. and ending around 7 p.m.

Cost is $15 per adult and $5 per youth.

To register, call Sheryl Christian at 782-9828, or e-mail or

Joey Crandall can be reached at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.

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