Stories for August 2002


Friday, August 30

Homeschool athletes look to compete at school

Mike Freeman showed up ready to run for the first day of cross country practice at Douglas High School on Aug. 14. The only problem he discovered, there wasn't a team that would allow him to run.

A Night of 200 Laps at Champion

Champion Speedway will offer a "Night of 200 Laps" Saturday as four racing divisions will feature 50-lap main events. The evening is also billed as Ladies Night, offering a $2 discount to all women age 18 and older.

Pibulvech has planted the seed, but will it grow?

It will be many, many years before the University of Nevada will find out if Dang Pibulvech was the right person to run its' women's soccer program.

Barredo hopes to kick for Wolf Pack

Carson High graduate Chris Barredo knows what he's gotten himself into with the University of Nevada football team.

Griffith already among UCLA's top kickers

He's a 6-2, 210-pounder, who bench presses 295 pounds, runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds and has a vertical leap of 31 inches.

New coach looks to turn corner at Dayton

Even though no varsity football team at the school has ever posted a winning season record since Dayton High opened its doors in 1983, first-year head coach Rick Walker is optimistic that the Dust Devils are ready to try and make a run at more success.

Grizzlies look for more in '02

Now that they've had a taste of success, the Galena Grizzlies are looking for more as they head into the 2002 football season.

Tigers have optimism heading into '02

'Armed with experience from last season and bolstered by the addition of a talented junior class, an abundance of confidence surrounds the Douglas High School football camp these days.

Carson optimistic for 2002

A faster, stronger and more experienced Carson High football team will take the field this season under second-year coach Shane Quilling.

Nevada open its third season at home today vs. CS-Northridge

RENO -- When it comes to building soccer programs, Nevada women's soccer coach Dang Pibulvech uses building a house as his only example.

Andrews moves to tight end for Nevada

Douglas High graduate Joe Andrews has a tight end body, but he's been playing at offensive tackle.

Crowded trails for this weekend

If you're looking for a hike this holiday weekend, there are some places that I would recommend, some that I wouldn't. After all, those flatlanders will be out in force at the more popular and accessible treks.

Thursday, August 29

Girls golf looks for return to state tournament

Paul Croghan knows how important every stroke counts. He also knows the importance of peaking at the right time of the year.

Two aces at Eagle Valley

Fred Thorn of Reno, made his first ace on 17th hole on Saturday on the East Course at Eagle Valley Golf Club.

Wednesday, August 28

Girls tennis has solid nucleus

In the next two years, Carson High could be a strong force in girls tennis.

Boys tennis has experienced group

With a senior-laden team, first-year coach Pat Houlihan has an experienced group heading into this season with the Carson High boys tennis team.

'Miller OK to race -- crew fined'

On the night of Aug. 17 at Champion Speedway, officials noticed sportsman driver Virgil Miller was running antifreeze in his car.

The 11th Nevada challenge was the most daunting

During the period of time from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14, four athletes successfully completed the first-eve,r Nevada10-in10-Challenge.

Bobby Lee has Silver and Gold reflections

Whether he's conducting a workout session at Virginia City Middle School or traveling around the world to coach amateurs in a tournament, Bobby Lee's involvement with boxing seems endless

Tuesday, August 27

Boxing greats, Part II

Last week we looked at what, if anything, numbers mean in boxing when one looks at the number of consecutive title defenses, overall records, dominance of division and greatness.

Sunday, August 25

UNLV Riley starts round with five birdies, shares third round lead with Jonathan Kaye and Steve Flesch

RENO -- Craig Stadler made the most noise on Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open , but it will be Chris Riley, Jonathan Kaye and Steve Flesch who will go into the final round as the co-leaders at 12-under par.

Douglas & Galena scrimmage

RENO -- Come November, the Douglas Tigers and Galena Grizzlies could very well face each other in the Northern 4A football playoffs.

NASCAR's red flag rule keeps changing

NASCAR once again rolled out its infinitely variable red flag rule at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago.

'Walrus' and baby 'Walrus' are both busy this week

RENO -- It didn't matter that Craig Stadler, known as the 'Walrus', was playing in the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Thursday.

Motorsports Column for August 25, 2002

Of course, NASCAR officials ignored a badly jumped start by Tony Stewart on the final restart, allowing him to redeem himself for his antisocial behavior at Indy the week before.

Saturday, August 24

Charles Howell will look silly when he finally wins on the PGA Tour

When 23-year-old Charles Howell III wins his first tournament on the PGA Tour, which will happen very soon, he will think back to a certain sunny day 10 years ago at a driving range in Orlando, Fla.

Flesch nearly ties course record, tied with Pernice for second round lead at RTO

RENO -- Steve Flesch woke up Friday morning in pain with a sinus migraine headache. When the day was over, Flesch was tied atop the leader board with Tom Pernice Jr. and Ben Crane at the 4th annual Reno-Tahoe Open.

Old UCLA teammates, Pernice and Waldorf, playing together again

RENO -- Before Tom Pernice Jr. even started his round on Friday at the Reno-Tahoe Open, he was happy. That's because he saw goofy Duffy Waldorf was in his playing group, along with Michael Clark III.

Friday, August 23

Howell takes first round lead at Reno-Tahoe Open, five others within two shots of lead

RENO -- Last year was Charles Howell's first year playing PGA Tour events, but it wasn't enough for him to finish fourth at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Some players enjoying the high altitude at Montreux

RENO -- Considering Montreux Golf and Country Club is the second highest course on the PGA Tour, it would make sense that those in contention after the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open enjoy mountain courses.

Sister Act

Ever wonder where the next Sarah Fisher or Amy Barnes is going to come from?

Thursday, August 22

Perez hoping first appearance in Reno will be his first career PGA Tour win

RENO -- When PGA rookie Pat Perez and the rest of the 132 players begin first round play today in the 4th annual Reno-Tahoe Open, they realize their biggest obstacle to winning has already been avoided.

Senator spikers to face a tough Northern 4A

It's a good news, bad news situation for the Carson High volleyball program.

Curing problems with the arm swing

These are common swing flaws that are not easily corrected.

Wednesday, August 21

Fishing report

One of the best weeks at Convict Lake, Calif.

Comets win NSA Super World Series

The Nevada Comets 16 and under softball team had a goal at the beginning of the summer to win a national title.

Gary Nicklaus in familiar territory

RENO -- Gary Nicklaus will be facing a familiar opponent when he and 131 other players begin the 4th annual Reno-Tahoe Open on Thursday.

Three former greats into Carson High football hall

Three generations of Carson High's finest will be the latest inductees into the school's Football Hall of Fame.

Bill Penner striding on

Bill Penner was right there for the running boom of the 1970s. He started running in the Air Force and even progressed to the point where he ran a marathon before disaster appeared to strike in 1980.

Indelible memories of the Nevada 10-in-10 Challenge

Four athletes (and four good personal friends) completed 10 very physically and mentally-demanding challenges in a period of 10 grueling days.

Tuesday, August 20

Duncan misses RTO berth in playoff

TRUCKEE, CALIF. -- T.J. Duncan was only one playoff hole away from qualifying for the upcoming Reno-Tahoe Open.

Monday, August 19

Saturday, August 17

Costella wins 1,500

It had been a relatively disappointing week for Lauren Costella at the Phillips 66 Summer National Swimming Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

'Women in racing -- behind the scenes'

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part feature on women who work at Champion Speedway.

Fernley road track on course

I spent last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway announcing a doubleheader race for the American City Racing League.

River Bandits lose in USABA World Series

The Western Nevada River Bandits were no-hit in an 8-0 loss to Kennewick, Wash. on Saturday in the USABA 17 and under World Series in Pasco, Wash.

Cross Country Cup a challenge

Officially, it was called the fourth annual Cross Country Cup. Participants had some other descriptions about the Godspeed Wings youth running club's event Saturday morning at Western Nevada Community College.

McElroy takes bronze in X Games

Fernley's Drake McElroy came away with the bronze medal on Friday in the moto X freestyle finals at X Games VIII on Friday in Philadelphia.

Costella ninth at nationals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Lauren Costella of Carson City swam to her second top-10 finish at the Phillips 66 Summer National Championships when she placed ninth in the 800-meter freestyle on Friday.

River Bandits win in USABA world series

The Western Nevada River Bandits were able to pull out a 7-6 win over the Washington Merchants in its opener of double elimination play on Friday in the USABA 17 and under World Series in Pasco, Wash.

Yerington still in a tough spot in the Northern 3A

Yerington is a town in stagnation, a town possessing an industry magnet as strong as most people's desire to visit the dentist.

Richard French follows his baseball dream to Oklahoma

Baseball has always been a passion for Richard French, but just when he thought he had taken it as far as he possibly could, another door opened up. A door that has led him to Oklahoma.

Friday, August 16

'Women in racing -- behind the scenes'

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part feature on the women who work at Champion Speedway.

Baum, Hardt strong in nationals

Carson High graduates Julie Hardt and Dana Baum helped the Reno Aquatics Club to a strong finish in the 800-meter freestyle relay on Thursday in the Phillips 66 United States Summer Swimming Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Melendez leads River Bandits to win

Carson High's Eric Melendez helped the Western Nevada River Bandits knock off a previously unbeaten team with his pitching and hitting at the USABA 17 and Under World Series.

Hanging out with the Sierra Club

Most often when one reads about the Sierra Club it's about some kind of legal dispute over environmental issues.

McElroy qualifies third for finals

Fernley's Drake McElroy stands in third after Thursday's moto X freestyle preliminaries heading into today's finals of X Games III in Philadelphia.

Estes traded to Reds

CINCINNATI -- With their playoff chances slipping away, the Cincinnati Reds acquired starter Shawn Estes from the New York Mets on Thursday for two minor leaguers and two players to be named.

Thursday, August 15

Hardt 14th in 200 freestyle

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Julie Hardt of Carson City swam to 14th place in the women's 200-meter freestyle during the Phillips 66 Summer National Championships on Wednesday.

Fernley's McElroy to compete in X Games

A broken back and leg would be enough to end the careers of most athletes. But it just made Fernley's Drake McElroy more determined.

Carson's Lehmann to run in 100-mile race

Carson City podiatrist Sean Lehmann will run in the grand-daddy of long distance events.

River Bandits win in World Series

The Western Nevada River Bandits were able to pull out a 13-12 win over the Kennewick Stars on Wednesday in the USABA 17 and under World Series in Pasco, Wash.

Wednesday, August 14

Lee chosen as WNCC rodeo coach

Tommy Lee, a two-time All-Around cowboy winner in the Nevada High School Rodeo Association, has been named as Western Nevada Community College's first rodeo coach.

A View from the top of the Sierra

On a breezy and cool Saturday morning, my first view standing at the top of 9,983-foot Pyramid Peak was spectacular.

Hardt, Costella crack top 30 in 400 free

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Carson City's Julie Hardt and Lauren Costella cracked the top 30 overall in the 400-meter freestyle on Tuesday during the Phillips 66 U.S. Summer National Swimming Championships.

Tuesday, August 13

Tigersharks take second in swim meet

MINDEN -- The Carson Tigersharks got stronger as the weekend progressed and their reward was a second place finish at the Zone 4 Swimming Championships.

'Sprint car drivers perform an awesome show'

Twenty-seven USAC western and regional drivers representing five Western states competed at Champion Speedway Saturday night, with a Utah driver making it to winners circle at the end of the fast and furious, 50-lap main event.

Monday, August 12

Sunday, August 11

Saturday, August 10

Barredo, Andrews look to contribute for Pack

The University of Nevada football team didn't have to look far to find two players on this year's roster.

Friday, August 9

McNutt headed to China

Baseball has taken Ron and Terrie McNutt from coast to coast across the U.S. over the last 30-plus years. Now, the Carson High School coach and his wife are on their way to China to participate in the 12th Beijing International Friendship Series.

'USAC sprint car drivers to meet public, compete at Champion Speedway'

Two of the United States Auto Club's sprint car series will be in town this weekend, beginning with a "Meet the Drivers" barbecue today at Albertson's on North Carson Street at College Parkway.

Carson City crowns flag football champions

Carson City's finest from the Summer Youth Flag Football League put on an entertaining display during its championships games on Thursday.

Missing fearless four didn't spoil fun

I may have missed the Fearless Four doing the Rim Trail Monday, but I had the chance to hike the Bayview Trail up as far as Dick's Lake.

Thursday, August 8

Wednesday, August 7

Tuesday, August 6

Monday, August 5

Sunday, August 4

American may join Formula One

There hasn't been an American driver In Formula One competition since Michael Andretti abandoned his McLaren ride in 1993.

Saturday, August 3

Nevada 10-in-10 giving everyone in the local sports community a chance at revenge

I've been at the Nevada Appeal over two years now and for some, that's 729 days too many.

Friday, August 2

Ruiz completes Tahoe Rim Train run

In the long run, this is turning out to be quite a year for George Ruiz. Literally.

Top guns part of big night of racing

A few weeks ago I was approached by Champion Speedway General Manager Kris Martin to take part in a Celebrity/Media race at Champion Speedway.

Coastal hiking for a change

While there's no end of hiking around the Sierra Nevada, once in a while one gets the urge to try something a little different. Say a jaunt to the California coastal areas for more green and often cooler temperatures.

Thursday, August 1

Rasner adjusting to the minors

While Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner may be finding out that the "glamorous" life of professional baseball isn't all it's cracked up to be, the former University of Nevada standout is making the adjustment to his new career.

Eastern New Mexico signs VanZant

An 86-mile an hour fastball from an "out-of-shape" Chris VanZant was enough to impress Eastern New Mexico University.

Golfers shoot hole-in-one, their age

Richard Hamm hit his fourth hole-in-one on Friday on the fourth hole at the Eagle Valley Golf East Course.

Avoiding the scoop shot

Many golfers with otherwise good swings are inconsistent due to a tendency to scoop the ball.