Stories for April 2002


Tuesday, April 30

Monday, April 29

Sunday, April 28

Fernley baseball sweeps doubleheader from Dayton

The Fernley High baseball swept a doubleheader from Dayton to keep pace in its effort to finish in the top three in the Northern 3A regular season race.

Carson golf strong in NorCal event

If the Carson High golf team plays as well at the Northern 4A championships as it did on Saturday, it could be heading to the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Championships.

Carson baseball routs Green Valley

The Carson High baseball has served notice that its ready for the stretch run of the season.

Nevada loses heartbreaker to San Jose State, 11-8 in 11 innings

RENO -- After an uplifting 8-2 win over nationally ranked San Jose State on Friday, the University of Nevada baseball team went into Saturday's game looking for their fourth three-game winning streak of the season.

Carson softball sweeps two from Elko

The Carson High softball team had a solid all-around day in sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday against Elko.

A magnificent finish to skiing season

Last weekend we made it to three ski resorts for this report: Mt. Rose, Sugar Bowl and Kirkwood. All three are closed now but it was a glorious way to go.


RENO -- The Wolf Pack has now hit 11 home runs in the their last three games after hitting two homers in Saturday's 11-8 loss in 11 innings to San Jose State at Peccole Park.

Tigers, Huskies split Sierra League doubleheader

MINDEN -- It all came down to defense for the Douglas High School baseball team on Saturday.

Talladega causes plenty of damage

OK, any guesses as to how much money it's going to cost Winston Cup and Busch teams to repair/replace the fifty-plus race cars that were trashed last weekend at Talladega?

Saturday, April 27

Duncan named WAC coach of the year

University of Nevada's Tom Duncan was named the Western Athletic Conference's coach of the year after the WAC men's golf championships on Friday.

Carson baseball loses heartbreaker

The Carson High baseball team has shown it can play against two of the state's best teams. But all the Senators have to show for it, is two frustrating one-run losses.

Carson swimmers gear for regionals

Kate Hardt was all alone when she hit the finish to win her 100-yard freestyle race for Carson High School during its Northern 4A swim meet against Galena on Friday afternoon.

Comstock Shootout girls soccer event being held

The Comstock Shootout will continue today and Sunday with top youth girls soccer teams from across the West Coast competing.

Friday, April 26

Reno stays undefeated in the Sierra League with 4-2 over Douglas

RENO -- Everyone doubted the Reno Huskies and their 9-0 Sierra League record. After all, it came against the three worst teams in the league, although in convincing fashion.

Carson travels to Las Vegas for games against Durango, Green Valley

If not for only two Northern 4A teams advancing to the state tournament this year, Carson's games this weekend against Durango and Green Valley could've been a prelude for state.

Thursday, April 25

Adopting right backswing position

After working on the address position and pivot motion it is time to get the arms into place throughout the swing.

Winter is in season for Carson High

Carson High's Carl Winter hasn't had the same problem this year of his favorite baseball player.

Fernley baseball keeps pace with victory

The Fernley baseball team kept pace in the race for third in the Northern 3A division with a 9-1 win over Yerington on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 24

Carson golf places sixth

The race for one of the top three spots from the Northern 4A into the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Championships in golf still appears to be wide open.

Wooster beats Carson again

Even the home field advantage didn't help the Carson High School softball team against nationally ranked Wooster and ace pitcher Brianne McGowan on Tuesday afternoon.

Carson players lead Long Island to title

Carson High graduates Rosette Rough, Margie Foster and Leah Sanchez have all played a prominent role in leading Long Island University to another Northeast Conference title.

Nevada snaps six game losing streak with 21-5 win over San Francisco

RENO -- Wins are nothing to scoff at, especially for the University of Nevada baseball team.

Wide-Open 2002 set for Saturday

An X-treme show will be offered on Saturday, April 27 when Wide-Open 2002 will be held at Sonic Drive-In at 1856 E. College Parkway.

Tuesday, April 23

Senators defeat Grizzlies

If comparative scores are any indication, the Carson High baseball team looks to be playing its best baseball at the right time of the year as the Senators head into their most difficult stretch to end the regular season.

Lawlor Wins 2002 Season Opener at Champion Speedway

Sparks driver Rich Lawlor's Ford Taurus was awesome at Champion Speedway Sunday afternoon, dominating the Late Model 35 lap feature.

Olson recalls baseball days of old

A twinkle still comes to Karl Olson's eyes as he recalls a time when he was one of the boys of summer.

Carson improves to 11-4 in the Sierra League with two wins over Hug

RENO -- Besides three lopsided wins, not much can come out of a three-game series with Hug. One glaring positive, however, might be buying Carson High coach Ron McNutt more time to prepare motivational speeches for when his team will actually need them.

Senators enjoy record-setting day

In what is turning into a record-setting season, the Carson High School track and field team set four more school records during its own fourth annual Kiwanis Carson Invitational on Saturday.

NASCAR lays down law on Harvick

The big news this week is NASCAR's "parking" of Kevin Harvick at Martinsville last Sunday.

Monday, April 22

Saturday, April 20

Carson High's Banister signs with UNR

After Ali Banister and rest of the Carson High girls soccer team won the Northern 4A Championship in October, Banister said there was no way she could give up soccer. Now, she doesn't have to.

'Hey buddy, want a ride?'

The offerings to race fans just keep getting better at Champion Speedway.

Champion Speedway opener is Sunday

After two weekend test and tune sessions drivers will hit the asphalt Sunday at Champion Speedway for the racing season opener.

Carson Invitational set -- weather allowing

With a little help from Mother Nature, the Carson High Kiwanis Invitational today should offer something to watch for any track and field fan.

Friday, April 19

Reeves wins first professional ultimate fight

Carson City's Cory Reeves has no doubt in his mind he'll make it to the top of the ultimate fighting world.

Big first inning sends Douglas softball past Carson

MINDEN -- On a day better suited for Polar Bears than high school softball, Jodi Gonzales stood out for Douglas High School.

Carson beats Hug 16-1 in five innings

It's safe to say that going into his senior year, Carson High's Tim Priess never dreamed about pitching against Hug.

'Unretiring' becaues of fresh new powder

OK, so I "retired" a little soon. With all the fresh snow up there we couldn't resist one more column.

Wednesday, April 17

Annual Loon Festival is coming up

The annual Walker Lake Loon Festival is scheduled at Walker Lake on Saturday.

Chirila finishes third in WCC golf

Carson High graduate John Chirila placed third to lead the Saint Mary's men's golf team to a third place finish in the West Coast Conference Championships this week at Riverbend Golf Course in Madera, Calif.

Comstock Shootout in soccer is set

Every year, organizers of the Comstock Shootout think the tournament has reached its limit. But each year, the event just becomes even bigger.

O'Brien signs with Dickinson State

Scott O'Brien said didn't think he would be a student-athlete on the collegiate level next year.

Carson, Douglas golf shoot well in tournament

The Carson and Douglas High golf teams shot respectable scores at the Tony Horton Memorial Tournament in Manteca, Calif. on Wednesday.

Golf scholarship being offered

The Carson City Municipal Golf Corporation through the Eagle Valley Golf Club will offer "For the Good of the Game" scholarship.

Silver State Volleyball takes ninth in Crossroads

The Silver State Volleyball Club's 17 and under gold team settled for ninth place out of 40 clubs at the Crossroads Tournament held this past weekend in Kansas City, Mo.

Reno-Fernley Raceway to open on April 27

The Reno-Fernley Raceway has set its season opener for April 27.

Keeping your head

The last few weeks we have discussed the pivot motion, the movement of the body for an entire swing.

Martin, Landa strong for Dana College baseball

Two Carson Country athletes are having strong seasons for the Dana College (Neb.) baseball team.

Carson's second team takes 10th in golf

The Carson High golf team placed 10th with its second group of players in a Northern 4A tournament at D'Andrea Golf Course in Sparks on Tuesday.

McQueen outduels Douglas 1-0

MINDEN -- No pitcher ever wants to see a shutout performance wasted. McQueen High School's Richard Moore made sure his wasn't when he delivered a RBI double in the top of the seventh inning to break up a scoreless duel against Douglas on Tuesday.

Carson recovers from sluggish start to beat Sparks, 13-5

Motivation was toughest opponent for the Carson Senators on Tuesday against Sparks. The game didn't count in the Sierra League standings.

Locals run at Boston Marathon

Holly Peck of Gardnerville ran a time of 3 hours, 7 minutes and 43 seconds to lead a group of local entries in the 106th Boston Marathon on Monday.

Tuesday, April 16

Monday, April 15

Sunday, April 14

Lambeth helps Vaqueros sweep Spartans

When the chips were down on Saturday afternoon, there was no doubt who the Fernley High School baseball team wanted on the mound.

Senators dash to victory

SPARKS -- Josh Carter hurled himself right off a plateau with his record-setting performance in the shot put.

McGowan, Colts overwhelm Senators

RENO -- Wooster High School's Brianne McGowan is generally regarded as the best pitcher in Northern 4A softball right now and possibly the best ever.

Rice's bats take care of Nevada again, 12-3

RENO -- The Rice Owls, ranked No. 3 in the country, are good enough that you don't have to give them runs. They're good enough that if you leave a dozen players on base, they'll make you look pretty bad.

Bittersweet time in Phoenix

Last weekend I was at Phoenix International Raceway, announcing the season opening race for the American City Racing League.

Saturday, April 13

Leestma leads Fernley golf

Fernley High's Matt Leestma led the Vaqueros to a strong showing in a Northern 3A golf tournament on Friday in Winnemucca.

McNutt will no longer coach Capitols

If it wasn't for his wife, Terrie, Ron McNutt may have not coached the Carson Capitols this long.

Orlick finishes third in the nation

Carson City's Mikey Orlick has finished off the USASA snowboarding season ranked as the third best freestyle rider in the nation.

Friday, April 12

Upton in third at pro event

Carson City's Lynda Upton finished in third place in the U.S. Challenge Professional Golf Tour's Falcon Dunes Golf Classic at Falcon Dunes Golf Club in Arizona after Thursday's final round.

Merk Human Scholarship Night

Tonight will be "Merk Human Scholarship Night" when the Carson Senators host the Wooster Colts for a double header.

Mammoth season still alive and well

If you're still up for snowsports better get off to your favorite resort -- if it's still open. The warm weather which keeps Bay area skiers and boarders away has had its way and the areas are closing fast.

Carson softball falls McQueen

Even though freshman pitcher Brittany Puzey recovered nicely from a rocky start, unfortunately it wasn't enough for the Carson High School softball team to win its game against McQueen Thursday afternoon in Reno.

Thursday, April 11

Myers signs with Seattle Pacific

Douglas High's Chelsey Myers has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Division II Seattle Pacific University.

Silver State Volleyball club looks to qualify for nationals

Rachael DeRiemer still takes the high school season seriously, but now in her mind playing volleyball in the fall just keeps her in shape for when she joins the Silver State Volleyball Club.

Role of pivot motion in forward swing

The role of the pivot motion for the forward swing is to position the body in such a way that the hands and arms are free to make an unencumbered swing into and beyond the ball.

Heavenly dummy race is today

Heavenly Ski Resort will stage its annual Dummy Gelande race today at the base of the World Cup run on the California side starting at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Douglas baseball defeats Fernley

Several pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout for the Douglas High baseball team in a 10-0 win over Fernley on Tuesday.

Galena wins golf; Carson places sixth

Galena High won again in a Northern 4A tournament on Tuesday at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Senators enjoy Field of Dreams, not Vikes

Carson High freshman Brittany Puzey rounded second base before the ump declared the shot to center field a ground-rule double in the opening inning Tuesday at the Field of Dreams in South Lake Tahoe.

Dayton baseball defeats South Tahoe

It was hardly a spring day at Todd Fields, but Steven Gerken warmed up South Tahoe High baseball fans with a pair of long home runs Tuesday in a nonleague game with Dayton.

Upton is in third in pro event

Carson City's Lynda Upton is already making a name for herself in her professional career.

Allec to qualify for Craftsman Series

Carson City's Jerry Allec Jr. is on the verge of reaching his next "stepping stone" on the way to an ultimate dream: Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Carson Quakes chosen for nationals

The Carson Quakes 12 and under girls soccer team has won a bid to represent Carson City in the American Youth Soccer Organization National Games to be held in July in Oahu.

Yerington baseball falls against Manogue

A questionable call led to the Yerington baseball team's downfall against Manogue.

Tuesday, April 9

Merk not forgotten

For those who go out to Carson High School's Ron McNutt Field on Friday, it won't take long to detect the scent of hot dogs and hamburgers on the barbecue grill

Monday, April 8

Sunday, April 7

Triathletes win at Jester Jog

Ross McMahan has the talent as a swimmer, cyclist and runner to compete on a national level as an triathlete.

Douglas boys, Dayton girls win track meet

A pair of sophomores, Evan Bill and Jake Petersen, showed some promise for the future and provided some key points for the Douglas High School boys track and field team during a three-way non-conference meet on Saturday in Carson City.

Huckaby resigns as Fernley coach

Less than a year ago, James Huckaby was on top of the Nevada 3A baseball world.

Champion gearing up for season

This weekend is the first test and tune session at Champion Speedway. All racing divisions will be testing in rotation, with another two-day session scheduled for next weekend.

Saturday, April 6

Jester's Jog set for today

More than 100 runners and walkers will be out pounding the pavement in Carson City this morning when the fourth annual Jester's Jog is held.

Sprint cars return to Champion

Champion Speedway will open the 2002 race season on April 21 but when the 27th rolls around the evening will feature the return of a non-winged sprint car series.

Rasner pitches gem for Senators

Jake Rasner has become the latest freshman phenom for the Carson High baseball team.

Galena baseball wins tournament

In the end, the Galena High baseball team that made the play that broke Modesto High's hearts.

Carson softball splits a pair of games

The Carson High softball team received two more outstanding efforts from freshman pitchers Kayla Dunn and Brittany Puzey in the Ceres Tournament in California.

Friday, April 5

While it last, snow sports are excellent

While the unseasonable warm weather has made spring skiing the best in years, it also brings early closings.

Carson baseball has a tough day

The Carson High baseball team obviously hopes there are no more days like this.

Douglas baseball falls to De La Salle

Austin Graham continued his hot hitting for the Douglas High baseball team, but it wasn't enough against nationally ranked De La Salle of Concord, Calif.

Carson finishes in eighth, Eureka takes team title at Dick Stoddard Memorial Golf Tournament

It would've taken an unbelievable second round by all six Carson High golfers and a complete collapse by first round leader Eureka for the Senators to win the 10th annual Dick Stoddard Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday at Eagle Valley.

Thursday, April 4

Carson in ninth place after first round of Dick Stoddard Memorial Golf Tournament, Eureka leads the pack

It doesn't look good for the Carson High golf team to repeat as champions in their own tournament.

Douglas baseball splits in tourney

The Douglas High baseball team split in its first two games at the Atwater/Winton Lions Tournament in California.

Pivot motion for the back swing

Last week we discussed the impact position, the most important part of the golf swing.

Carson softball splits in tournament

Kayla Dunn struck out 13 over five innings as the Carson High softball team opened with a 6-2 win over Riverbank in the Ceres Tournament.

Reichardt honored in WAC

Douglas High graduate Brandy Reichardt was among the University of Nevada athletes who were named to the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team in winter sports.

Glass receiving interest from NFL

Despite a frustrating season last year for Arizona State, Carson High graduate Paul Glass still thought that he would be playing in the NFL.

Wednesday, April 3

Fishing report

A 6.6 pound rainbow trout caught at Frenchman Reservoir

Ducks Unlimited

The fund raiser will feature a hosted bar beginning at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 7, followed by a number of activities.

Coleville baseball edges Dayton

Coleville High freshman pitcher Stephen Ybarra kept the Dayton High baseball team off balance with his off-speed stuff as Coleville went on to beat the Dust Devils 2-1 on Tuesday at the Whittell Tournament held at Governors Field.

McGowan, Wooster sweep doubleheader from Douglas

MINDEN -- As long as Brianne McGowan remains a Wooster Colt, opposing teams will simply have to lower their expectations.

Stoddard Memorial Tournament is today

The Carson High boys golf team will host the Dick Stoddard Memorial Golf Tournament.

Outdoor Calendar

-- Apr. 3 -- Carson Fly Fishing Club regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the BLM offices at 5665 Morgan Mill Road. Call Dave Conklin at 885-9974, Stan Zuber at 882-9027 or Bob Hilderbrand at 882-7401.

Pole vault, safe or not?

Dayton High senior Shaun Merrill shook his head when he heard the suggestion to ban the event.

Carson's Carter places at Stanford

Carter got off a heave of 53-feet, 8-1/2 to trail only Jon Howard from Arroyo Grande High in Southern California.

Silver Oak pro wins twice in Match Play event

Thomas defeated Pete Smith of Tahoe Donner Golf & Country Club 7-and-5 in the first-round match, then he came back to win an all-Carson City second match against Eagle Valley's Mike Browning 5-and-4.

Tuesday, April 2

Monday, April 1