Stories for December 2002


Monday, December 30

Sunday, December 29

Carson boys hoops get technical in win

A late comeback and a technical foul propelled the Carson Senators to a 60-58 win over Highlands High in the third place game in the 26th annual Capital Classic in boys basketball at Morse Burley Gymnasium on Saturday night.

Carson girls struggle to beat Pyramid Lake

It wasn't pretty, but the Carson High girls basketball team set up a much anticipated rematch in the semifinals of the McQueen Tournament.

Hornets to sting at Champion

I had the occasion to visit RWW Fabrications, Rob Woods' shop in Sparks, last week.

Saturday, December 28

Douglas boys defeat Service

The Douglas High boys basketball team used a huge second quarter to beat Robert Service 60-53 on Friday in the Torrey Pines National Prep Classic in San Diego.

Carson Valley Inn ready for NFL playoffs

The Carson Valley Inn in Minden will have plenty of food and drink values, plus football prizes, during the NFL playoffs

Athlete, not an athlete?

Nevada Appeal Motorsports writer Roger Diez welcomed me with a belated Christmas gift on Thursday -- a column idea.

Carson girls win in McQueen tournament

Talia Joyce was the only Carson Senator to score in double figures in their 40-31 win over Service High (Anchorage, Alaska) in the first round of the McQueen Tournament on Friday afternoon in Reno.

Friday, December 27

Foreign exchange students leads Highlands over McQueen

Highlands coach Greg Drumheller has a problem any coach would love to have. Before the season, the sixth-year coach welcomed a 6-foot-9, highly skilled Yugoslavian senior exchange student to his roster, which was already filled with quick guards.

Douglas boys fall in tournament

The Douglas boys basketball team held a 37-30 lead with two minutes left, but couldn't hang on at the Torrey Pines National Prep Classic in San Diego.

Douglas girls win two in Lady Bulldog Classic

The Douglas High girls basketball team opened with two wins on Thursday at the Lady Bulldog Classic hosted by defending state champion Centennial.

Carson boys cruise past Spring Creek, 79-54

Bruce Barnes rarely disrespects any opponent but he fully expected to beat 3A Spring Creek on Thursday night in the first round of the Capital Classic.

Dayton boys win in Bishop Tournament

The Dayton High boys basketball team opened defense of its title at the Bishop (Calif.) Christmas Classic with a 73-64 win over Delphi Academy of Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday.

Thursday, December 26

Schedule toughens up Carson wrestlers

When the Carson High wrestling team came away with a third place finish last weekend at the Vietnam Veterans Tournament in Winnemucca, it was in no mood to celebrate.

Annual "Don Q" Awards for all those who earned them

In keeping with a tradition of many years, here are this year's "prestigeous" winners of the Don Q awards:

Wednesday, December 25

Raiders left at the Alter

OK, so the weather in San Diego was much warmer, Bruce Barnes and the Carson High School boys basketball team are very happy to be back home.

Twas the morning before Christmas ... and the Tigersharks are training

Twas the morning before Christmas, so what were the Carson Tigersharks doing? They were at the Carson City Aquatic Facility practicing, naturally.

All-Carson Country football team is named

Frankie Bleuss, sr., Carson: A leader emotionally and physically for the Senators, Bleuss engineered the Veer offense, rushed for 616 yards and nine touchdowns and threw for another 400 yards even though he was knocked out with a concussion in the first quarter against Hug and sat out the next two weeks.

Luke Rippee Northern 4A Offensive Player of Year

Stopping Luke Rippee was a major concern among Northern 4A football coaches this fall.

Tuesday, December 24

Monday, December 23

Sunday, December 22

Motorsports column for Dec. 22

The economy continues to negatively affect racing at all levels. Poor car counts have been reported at tracks throughout the country and loss of sponsorship has been a thorn in the side of promoters, race teams, and sanctioning bodies for more than a year.

Carson Country teams to be featured

The Nevada Appeal will again feature its all-Carson Country teams for the fall sports season.

Galena hoops falls to Hart

The Galena High boys basketball team continued its brutal schedule with a 65-46 loss to Hart of the Los Angeles area on Saturday at the Holiday Prep Classic in Las Vegas.

Bastian breaks school record for 3-pointers

RENO -- Nobody was really surprised when Nevada senior Ashley Bastian became the school's career record holder for most 3-pointers on Saturday.

Carson girls hoops take third in tourney

The Carson High girls basketball team ended the KSA Basketball Classic in Orlando, Fla. on a high note by taking third place in the tournament.

Carson High boys win in tourney

The Carson High boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 57-42 win over Santana of San Diego in the San Diego Classic on Saturday.

Nevada men's hoops beats Portland

The University of Nevada Wolf Pack had a strong first half and held off a late charge by the University of Portland Pilots to win 88-79 in front of 5,254 fans at the Lawlor Events Center on Saturday night.

Carson wrestlers place third at Winnemucca

Nick Shine and Eric Aguilera impressively won titles to lead the Carson High wrestling team to a third place finish at the Vietnam Veterans Tournament in Winnemucca.

Saturday, December 21

Shine named second team all state

Carson linebacker Nick Shine was selected to the Las Vegas Sun's second team all state team. Shine was a first team all league and second team all Northern 4A selection. The 6-foot-2 junior also played tight end and caught two touchdown passes.

Galena boys defeat Faith Lutheran

Nine players scored for the Galena High boys basketball team in its 54-31 win over Faith Lutheran of Las Vegas in the Prep Holiday Classic.

The win was needed but it wasn't great

Kirk Snyder, Kevinn Pinkney, Jerry Petty and Terrance Green visited the media room following Nevada's win over Seattle Pacific on Thursday. None of them smiled. None of them should have. They were subdued and unanimated. It was great to see.

Carson girls fall in Florida

The Carson High girls basketball team let a lead slip away in the fourth quarter in the semifinals of the KSA Classic Basketball Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

A 'foul' loss for Carson boys hoops

The Carson High boys basketball team attempted 11 less free throws than Vista of San Diego made and that led to an 86-77 loss for the Senators on Friday in the San Diego Classic.

Friday, December 20

Carson girls defeat Colorado opponent

Ciarra Christian and the Carson Senators were close to perfection when it came time to shoot free throws down the stretch Thursday afternoon.

Ramos will hold clinics at Sierra

Just about every ski resort in the Sierra Nevada is open for business, although the business may have a bit of a task getting to the resorts. Latest to come on board are Sierra-at-Tahoe and Diamond Peak in Incline Village.

Galena girls hoops defeat Hug

Joanna Hixon scored 22 points and Stacey Raits added 11 points to lead the Galena High girls basketball team in its win over Hug.

Thursday, December 19

Carson boys hoops head for San Diego

The Carson High boys basketball team wanted tough competition during its nonleague season and has traveled all the way to San Diego to receive it.

Gradert, Smith starring at Yakima Valley Community College

Yerington High graduate Brandee Smith has made a big splash as a freshman at Yakima Valley Community College and Carson graduate Meghan Gradert, a sophomore at Yakima, is picking up right where she left off as a freshman.

Dayton wrestlers beat Yerington, Silver Stage

Dayton High's Tim Torres came through with the pin that Dayton High needed to give the Dust Devil wrestling team a 42-40 win over Yerington on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 18

Champion to hold rules meeting

Champion Motor Speedway has announced that a rules and regulations meeting will be held for all winged sprint car racers, crew chiefs and team owners at 7 p.m. today at the Plaza Hotel, located at 801 S. Carson St.

Carson picks up biggest win of year, 68-28 over Sparks

Forgive coach Paul Croghan and his players if they overlooked the Sparks Railroaders on Tuesday night.

Carson boys lower the 'Bohm' on Sparks

The Carson High boys basketball team was able to exploit Sparks' zone defense in a 66-50 win on Tuesday.

Douglas gets revenge

MINDEN -- Douglas High's girls basketball team did some homework on Monday night, and it paid big dividends.

Tuesday, December 17

Sunday, December 15

Dayton wrestlers strong at Fallon

The Dayton High wrestling team went 2-2 at the Fallon Tournament, beating Reno High (42-21) and Sparks (40-28) and losing to Battle Mountain (50-30) and Rite of Passage (44-28).

Galena boys hoops falls to Foothill

The Galena High boys basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 69-49 loss to Foothill of Las Vegas on Saturday.

Carson Tigersharks compete

Abby Niehoff was the youngest of the Carson Tigersharks competing at the Senior Championships Saturday, but the 11-year-old ended up as one of the most successful.

Gant car a reason for shopping

I don't know if you hate to shop as much as I do, but there's something at Carson Mall that should motivate all us gearheads to spend some time there this holiday season.

Olympian Jeff Float returns to pool

It was almost on a dare that Jeff Float entered the 200-yard freestyle at the Pacific Short Course Senior Championships Saturday at the Carson City Aquatic Facility.

Carson wrestlers take second at Coronado

The Carson High wrestling team showed its among the state's best in the early season.

Another team effort lifts Carson to tourney title with 48-43 over Lowry

The best thing for Carson this season has been its starters have waited until the second quarter before playing.

Saturday, December 14

Godspeed Wings competing at national J.O. meet

A contingent of 26 Godspeed Wings team members will run today in Carrollton, Ga., at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships.

Carson boys to Foothill in overtime, 70-64

Two days after Ricky Correlli scored the game winning shot in a double overtime win over Fallon, Carson was hoping for some more late game magic against Foothill of Las Vegas.

McCallum has had a successful journey

Napoleon McCallum's journey this week reflects the direction and accomplishments of his football career.

I'll take Primal Quest over Outdoor Games

With all apologies to any log rollers out there, I'm much more excited about the 2003 Subaru Primal Quest adventure race coming to Tahoe next year than the ESPN Outdoor Games.

Costella sparkles in mile victory

Coming off a disappointment at the U.S. Open last weekend in Minneapolis, Lauren Costella rebounded on a positive note Friday at the Pacific Short Course Senior Championships at the Carson City Aquatic Facility.

Carson wrestlers in first at Coronado

The Carson High wrestling team is shaking things up at the Coronado Invitational in Henderson.

Galena boys hoops lose a heartbreaker

The Galena High boys basketball team sustained a heartbreaking loss on Friday at home, losing to Jefferson of Daly City, Calif. 50-49.

Dayton hoops beats Spanish Springs

The Dayton High boys basketball team picked up an impressive win over 4A Spanish Springs 58-48 on Friday.

Friday, December 13

Carson blows out Rodriguez, Fernley in first two games of 22nd annual Carson Girls Basketball Tournament

Carson cruised in the first two games of its own tournament at Morse Burley Gymnasium and Paul Croghan wasn't happy about it.

Incoming storm is sorely needed

With luck the incoming storm will actually drop enough snow to open up all the resorts around the lake.

Douglas boys fall in Vacaville Tournament

The Douglas boys basketball team turned in a solid effort, but it wasn't enough in a 65-59 loss to a talented Vanden team of Fairfield, Calif. in the Vacaville (Calif.) Tournament.

Thursday, December 12

Douglas girls hoops defeat McQueen

Emily Haas scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Douglas High School girls basketball team to a 52-43 non-league victory against McQueen Tuesday night in Reno.

Carson wrestlers roll against Hug

Six Carson High wrestlers warmed up for a major tournament this weekend in a 70-6 win on Wednesday against a short-handed Hug team.

Carson girls hoops hosting tournament

The Carson High girls basketball team will begin a busy stretch when it hosts its 22nd annual tournament.

Whitey Ford to speak at Bobby Dolan Dinner

New York Yankees pitching legend Whitey Ford will be the featured speaker at the 19th annual Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner.

Nevada cowboy injured in NFR, another ranked 10th

Nevada cowboy Charley Gardner scored an impressive 80 points during Monday's round of the National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc competition.

Homeschoolers allowed to play in Douglas County sports

Homeschooled students will be allowed to participate in Douglas County school district sports on a space-available basis.

Wednesday, December 11

Rippee free throw lifts Tigers past McQueen

MINDEN -- It wasn't the prettiest shot by any means.

McCarthy returns to wrestling scene

There was simply no way Tim McCarthy could stay away from wrestling in northern Nevada.

Carson girls fall against Fallon

The Carson girls basketball team couldn't hold a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and ended up losing 60-55 on Tuesday at Fallon.

Galena's Dibble commits to Seattle Pacific

Galena High's Whitney Dibble has committed to play volleyball for Seattle Pacific University, a Division II school.

Galena needs girls tennis, soccer coaches

Galena High School is looking to fill two varsity coaching positions.

Galena boys win at South Tahoe

The Galena High boys basketball team won for just the second time in 11 years at South Tahoe, pulling out a 47-42 win on Tuesday.

Yerington boys fall against Smith Valley

Smith Valley held off a late Yerington rally to stun the Lions on their homecourt.

Tuesday, December 10

Monday, December 9

Sunday, December 8

Vipers win Carson Valley Classic

MINDEN -- Coming into the championship game of the Carson Valley Classic boys basketball tournament Saturday night, Memorial coach John Grammer knew Amador Valley would present a big challenge.

Local runners strong at Western Regionals

Northern Nevada runners had a strong day on Saturday at the Foot Locker Western Regional Cross Country Championships.

Dayton loses in overtime to Sparks in Sutro Classic championship game

Jake Deen scored 17 points but it wasn't enough as Dayton lost to Sparks 69-66 in overtime in the championship game of the 20th annual Sutro Classic on Saturday at Dayton High.

Barber nearly qualifies for nationals

Justin Barber of the Carson Tigersharks nearly qualified for the U.S. National Championships on the final day of the U.S. Open in Minneapolis.

Champion offering great Christmas gifts

It's the time of year to start thinking about what to put under the tree for your favorite driver or race fan.

Barnes wins at Douglas High for first time with 60-42 victory over Tigers

MINDEN -- The Douglas High gymnasium hasn't been kind to Carson boys basketball coach Bruce Barnes.

Douglas wins Capital City Duals

Since Carson and Douglas have a history of waging some exciting wrestling matches, it wasn't surprising to see the arch rivals battle back and forth Saturday for the championship of Carson's fifth annual Capital City Duals.

Carson girls roll against Manogue

Carson High girls basketball coach Paul Croghan was happy with the first four minutes of his team's game against Manogue.

Saturday, December 7

Ball control, defense helps Greenwave edge Senators

MINDEN -- Churchill County High School used a ball-hawking defense and ball control offense to outlast Carson 47-43 Friday afternoon at the Carson Valley Classic boys basketball tournament.

No point guard is hurting Nevada

Before another game is lost at the buzzer, before another game is started with two quality point guards on the bench, before another grown man cries, can the experiment with Terrance Green as a point guard be over?

Barber and Costella qualify for finals

Justin Barber and Lauren Costella accomplished something for the Carson Tigersharks on Friday that no other club team was able to do at the U.S. Open in Minneapolis.

Friday, December 6

Barber, Costella strong at U.S. Open

Justin Barber and Lauren Costella of the Carson Tigersharks both turned in impressive efforts on Thursday at the U.S. Open swim meet in Minneapolis.

Galena opens with grueling preseason schedule

To glance at the Galena High School boys basketball team's early season schedule, it would be easy to accuse coach Tom Maurer of being downright sadistic.

Merced rallies past Carson

MINDEN -- In a matchup between teams that stand in stark contrast to each other, aggressiveness and momentum were decisive for the Carson and Merced high school boys basketball teams Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, December 5

Banks drops in 35 as UNLV nips Nevada, 82-80

RENO -- Marcus Banks likes Lawlor Events Center.

Carson wrestlers defeat Wooster

The Carson High wrestling team passed its first major test of the season, winning in the season opener, 46-25, at Wooster on Wednesday.

Realignment won't be easy

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association's attempt to create a fair and equitable realignment proposal might as well be called Mission Impossible.

Memorial Vipers defeat Galena Grizzlies

RENO -- Even at the end of what had been a long day, the Memorial High School boys basketball team found a way to make some big plays down the stretch and pull out a 64-61 victory against Galena Wednesday night.

UNLV hands Trent Johnson first loss in home opener while at Nevada

RENO -- After Wednesday night's 82-80 loss to rival UNLV at Lawlor Events Center, Nevada guard Kirk Snyder said he'd never been 1-3 ever, which is what the Wolf Pack is now.

Wednesday, December 4

High expecations for Carson wrestling

First-year Carson High wrestling coach Dean Schmanski knows that expections are high this year for his team.

Douglas wrestlers have new coach, high expectations

On paper, the Douglas High School wrestling team has some quality individuals returning for the 2002-03 season. What first-year coach Mike Gamberg is looking for, however, is for those individuals to come together and form a quality team.

Strong field assembled for Carson Valley Classic

There was an abundance of talent last year when the Carson Valley Classic boys basketball tournament made its debut.

Tuesday, December 3

Monday, December 2

Sunday, December 1

Carson girls hoops fall against Colfax

The Carson High girls basketball team got off to a disappointing, but encouraging start at Colfax, Calif. on Friday

Douglas boys defeat Spanish Springs

The Douglas High boys basketball team got off to an impressive start in a 71-36 win over Spanish Springs on Saturday.

McQueen wins easily, 45-0 over Palo Verde

RENO -- The Palo Verde Panthers quickly found out what the rest of the Northern 4A already knew--never fall behind early against McQueen.

Nevada women suffer letdown in loss

RENO -- Ada Gee's worst fears were realized in the opener of the John Asquaga's Nugget Classic.

Locals take to the road

OK, now what do we do with our Sundays? The racing season is well and truly over, so I guess we'll have to watch football now and wait for Daytona.