Stories for July 2002


Wednesday, July 31

Cauley is a big hit in his return

When the Nevada Yankees faced a player shortage for their game against the Tahoe Emeralds last Thursday night, manager Ron Cauley decided he had no choice but to come out of retirement and inserted himself into the lineup at DH.

Four athletes to attempt the first Nevada 10-in-10 Challenge

Wanna guess where "Little Donnie Q" and Elaine are going to be for about two weeks, starting late this weekend?

Fernley's McElroy is in X Games

PHILADELPHIA -- Fernley resident Drake McElroy will be participating in X Games VIII August 15-19 in Philaldelphia.

Tuesday, July 30

Monday, July 29

Sunday, July 28

Preparing for Saturday's race

As you read this column, I'll be at Champion Speedway learning all about how to drive a Bandolero racecar.

Saturday, July 27

'Classic cars highlight racing at Champion Speedway'

Ford Thunderbirds, Fairlanes, Pontiac Firebirds, Chevrolet Camaros, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, trucks and cars tricked, slammed and more will be found cruising Champion Speedway today as part of the Silver Dollar Car Classic, a weekend event hosted by the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fischer just misses national qualifying time

Evan Fischer, a 2000 Carson High graduate, just missed qualifying for the United States Swimming Championships at a regional meet.

Triple Play wins USABA World Series

Evidently when the Triple Play Hornets fall behind 9-1, they still consider themselves to be in the game.

Montana speaks at Governor's Mansion

As the NFL's career playoff record holder for late-game comebacks, maybe it was appropriate Joe Montana arrived nearly 30 minutes late on Friday for his press conference at the Governor's Mansion.

Friday, July 26

Thursday, July 25

Duste Weber driving far on golf course

Larry Weber has figured out a way to regain golf supremacy at home from Duste, his 10-year-old daughter.

Defensive gem helps Peccole preserve victory

GARDNERVILLE -- See, those pregame drills do pay off every now and then.

Langley has plenty of tradition

Jordan Lennerton is playing in his fourth World Series. And he's only 16-years-old.

Wednesday, July 24

A special out-of-the-way place, way over in Eastern Nevad

For those of you seeking a special, out-of-the-way place to enjoy the grandeur of Mother Nature's Great Outdoors, you might want to consider a late summer or early fall excursion to White Pine County in Eastern Nevada.

Hart invited to NFL youth summit

Fernley High football coach Dave Hart has been chosen by the National Football League to participate in its Youth Football Summit and Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities.

Comets roll in NSA World Series

The Nevada Comets 16 and under softball team got off to a rousing start at the National Softball Association (NSA) World Series in Plano, Texas.

Holmes hits game-winning single in the seventh to lift Carson over Apache Blue

The Carson Cardinals had who they wanted at home plate with the game on the line, with a runner on second and with the game tied 6-6.

Tuesday, July 23

Roth running at Junior Olympics

Cassia Roth of Carson High School and the Silver State Striders will try to continue what has evolved into a successful year when she runs at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships this week in Omaha, Neb.

Costella wins 1,500 freestyle in Long Island

Lauren Costella warmed up for next month's United States Swimming Championships by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Long Island Open in New York.

Brotherhood of throwers unite

It was no world record in the shot put by any means -- the throw was measured at all of 21 feet -- yet 9-year-old Cody Lieberman stirred up some emotions after he set his own personal record during the National Throws and Jumps Summit on Sunday.

Oaks outlast Cardinals in 10 innings

For 10 innings, the Carson Cardinals and Oakland Oaks put on about as good of show that one could see in amateur baseball.

Monday, July 22

Sunday, July 21

Tigersharks strong again at Long Island

Justin Barber, Lauren Costella and Tara Theilemann all had outstanding efforts on Saturday for the Carson Tigersharks at the Long Island Open swim meet in New York.

Trent, Sipko winners at Lunar Lunacy

Recovery from the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is often a lengthy process.

Classic car show is coming up

Attention, classic car buffs! It's time for the annual salute to beautiful machinery here in Carson City when the Silver Dollar Car Classic kicks off on Friday with a free street dance on Carson Street across from the Nugget.

Green Valley beats Carson Valley in pitching duel

GARDNERVILLE -- Anytime two baseball teams lock up in a pitching dual, it pays off to be opportunistic.

Rollercoaster ride at Edgewood

STATELINE -- The only thing normal at Edgewood Golf Course on Saturday was that Rick Rhoden and Dan Quinn finished in first place.

Saturday, July 20

Do quarterbacks make good golfers?

STATELINE - Six of the top 10 golfers on the leaderboard at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship are quarterbacks. Neil Lomax, who's tied with two others for first at 1-under, has a simple explanation for the phenomenon.

Tigersharks are strong at Long Island

Lauren Costella, Justin Barber, Tara Theilemann and Ryan Costella have all had strong swims so far for the Carson Tigersharks at the Long Island Grand Prix meet in New York.

Carson Valley Senior League club set to roll

If experience and home field advantage mean anything, then Carson Valley has an edge coming into the Nevada State Senior League (15-16 year olds) State Tournament starting today at Lampe Park. Then again, it all comes down to being able to being able to perform on the field.

Three-way tie for the lead at celebrity golf tournament

STATELINE - Last year, three-day total of 8-under won the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. This year, the field has some work to do if that same number will win again.

Friday, July 19

It's about the pain, not the pleasure

The news reports on the Tour de France make it all sound so effortless, just pedal along like Lance Armstrong and you wear the yellow jersey.

Jason Kidd playing in his sixth tourney, expectations haven't increased

STATELINE -- Jason Kidd, always looking out for others, passed judgment on a mystery person on Thursday after someone mentioned his official handicap was a 7.9.

Jessie Rasner hits two-run homer in seventh to lift Carson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - His team was down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on second. Trent Osmer just couldn't bare to watch another runner get stranded.

Thursday, July 18

Comets win tuneup before NSA World Series

In their last tune-up before the National Softball Association (NSA) Western World Series, the Nevada Comets 16-and-under softball team was dominant this past weekend at the Star Spangled Invitational in Modesto, Calif.

Silverada doubles pleasure

The Silverada Little League program will double its pleasure and be well-represented at the state Little League tournament this week.

Lundquist is released

Due to a shoulder injury, Carson High graduate Dave Lundquist was released earlier this week by the San Diego Padres.

Sound fundamentals are key to practice

In the last few columns, we have discussed what you should be practicing -- sound fundamentals with the address position and pivot motion.

Tournament Newcomers: The extreme and the versatile

STATELINE -- Although clouds and rain engulfed the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course during Wednesday's practice round for the 2002 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, the stars still came out, and the newer ones were happy to be there.

Wednesday, July 17

Places where you can avoid our miserable summer heat

Thank Goodness, the days are getting shorter as we move back to my favorite time of the year: Winter.

Tuesday, July 16

Monday, July 15

Sunday, July 14

Champion races canceled

Due to the weather all racing scheduled for Saturday at Champion Speedway was canceled.

Harmons give golf clinic to local youth

There's no question where Butch Harmon stands on his student when it comes to the debate, who's the greatest golfer ever.

Death Ride -- a truly unique experience

ALPINE COUNTY, Calif. -- Participants in the 21st annual Death Ride -- Tour of the California Alps on Saturday came in all shapes and sizes.

Pepsi 400 wasn't racing's finest hour

This past week has not been racing's finest hour. The finish of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona reminded me that the derivative of the term "fan" is from the word "fanatic."

Little League games canceled, tournament will resume today

Kyle Mandoki and his quest to see another pitch to hit was postponed after a violent thunderstorm forced the cancellation of Saturday's games at the District I Little League Tournament at Governors Field.

Holmes leads Cardinals to a sweep

Neil Holmes belted three home runs and had eight RBIs to help lead the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team to a sweep of McQueen's summer team, the Northwest Royals, on Saturday at McQueen.

Saturday, July 13

Death Riders hit the road

It's one of the west's premiere endurance cycling events and grows in popularity every year -- even with a name like Death Ride.

Alcasas throws no-hitter for Carson 15s

Jason Alcasas made sure the Carson 15-year-old all-stars got off to a strong start in defense of their state Babe Ruth title.

This and that

The Reno-Tahoe Open is done. No more John Daly flicking cigarettes into the sagebrush in the middle of fire season. No more rumors about Daly playing high-limit blackjack at the Hyatt in Incline Village.

Friday, July 12

Temperatures drop the higher you go

While it may be a bit hot for hiking, there is still snow here and there in the hills, plus lots of wildflowers. And remember the temperature falls 5 degrees for every 1,000 feet of altitude.

Cardinals sweep against Fallon

John Parmenter made his first ever home run a memorable one as he belted a grand slam during the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team's sweep of Fallon on Thursday at Carson High's junior varsity field.

Thursday, July 11

Cardinals impressive in win over Sundevils

The Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team picked up an impressive 9-6 win over the Sierra Sundevils on Wednesday at Wooster High.

Carson will host USABA World Series

It's becoming a summer tradition in which Carson City is the host for some quality baseball.

Don't let bad swing dictate golf game

To improve your golf game you must practice what is correct. I am sure this statement sounds a little odd, after all, I have stated the obvious.

Peterson fires his eighth ace

As June Peterson and Velma Dickerson watched, Richard Peterson hit his eighth career hole-in-one on the East Course at Eagle Valley Golf Club on Monday.

Upton places seventh in pro golf tourney

Carson High graduate Lynda Upton settled for seventh place at the professional U.S. Challenge Golf Tour's Hesperia Open in Hesperia, Calif.

Wednesday, July 10

It's almost mid-July and it's time to enjoy a special treat

Well, for those of you who are interested and who are either new to the area, have never enjoyed this combination before or would like to return, here is a ton of useful information for you:

Carson Babe Ruth teams to begin tournament play

Buoyed by two returnees from last year, the Carson City Babe Ruth 13-15 year old squad opens defense of its championship when the Nevada state tournament opens Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

Silver State volleyball to be honored by Governor

The Silver State Volleyball Club's 17-gold team will be honored by Governor Kenny Guinn and Carson City Mayor Ray Masayko for its third place finish at the United States Junior Olympics.

Carson Crushers compete in tough tournament

The Carson Crushers 14-year-old and under traveling baseball team gained valuable experience this weekend against high school aged players in a Fourth of July tournament at Douglas High School.

Upton fifth after two rounds at Hesperia Golf Classic

A 5-over par 77 performance on Tuesday left Lynda Upton of Carson City with a share of fifth-place on the leader board after two rounds of the Hesperia Golf Classic at the Hesperia Golf and Country Club in Hesperia, Calif.

Dayton bodybuilder will compete

Dayton's Lori Radtke will compete in the International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Capital City Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento.

Banister leads Nevada soccer recruiting class

Carson High's Ali Banister leads a class of four incoming freshmen who have signed with the University of Nevada women's soccer team.

Tuesday, July 9

Monday, July 8

Sunday, July 7

Ponderosa Ridge Run

Keith Norberg of South Lake Tahoe returned to the Ponderosa Ridge Run after a 12 year hiatus and came away with a first-place finish in the 28th annual trail run from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury.

Silverada wins district title

The Silverada 11-12-year-old all-stars of Dayton avenged its only loss by beating Elko twice on Saturday to win the District III Little League Tournament title in Carlin.

Carson American 9-10s fall in Little League Tournament

It became clear as the game went along that this just wasn't going to be the Carson American 9-10-year-old all-stars' day.

District I Little League 9-10 year old tournament

Chase Harpole pitched two-hit ball to lead South Lake Tahoe to its opening round win against Carson Valley.

Motorsports Column for July 7 -- Back in the saddle again

Thanks to the fine folks at Champion Speedway, I'm going to get the chance to get back in the saddle again. I received a call from Champion's General Manager Kris Martin last week, asking if I would be willing to participate in a "celebrity" race on Aug. 3.

Comets win two games to take NSA state title

There was only one disappointment when the Nevada Comets picked up their championship trophy at the National Softball Association (NSA) state age group softball tournament Saturday afternoon at Edmonds Sports Complex.

Saturday, July 6

Supermodifieds invade Champion

If ever there were a mythical beast in the racing world, it would have to be that of the supermodified race car. A creature so powerful and incredibly intimidating on the asphalt racetrack, only those with no fear or guts of steel dare challenge its strength.

Carson hosts NSA state tournament today

Coming off a triumph at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) state tournament two weeks ago in Reno, the Nevada Comets 16 and under softball team will try to add another championship today when they host the National Softball Association (NSA) state tournament at Edmonds Sports Complex.

Friday, July 5

Sierra Nevadas can be dangerous place

I think every time I've written about Horsetail Falls I've included a warning about keeping clear of Pyramid Creek, which runs through the valley from up high.

Fretz outlasts Sanada in 10K dual

Mike Fretz used a surge in the final quarter-mile to take the lead for good, then he held off a late challenge from Chad Sanada to capture first-place in a talented field at the Firecracker Fourth of July 10-K on Thursday morning.

Thursday, July 4

'Pars and Stripes' event helda t Genoa

The Genoa Lakes Ladies Golf Club recently held its "Pars and Stripes" Member/Guest Tournament in honor of the Fourth of July.

Silverada splits in tournament

The Silverada 11-12-year-old all-star team of Dayton suffered its first loss in the district Little League tournament in Carlin, but still has a chance to advance to the championship round.

Cal Neva Sports Book now open at Carson Valley Inn

Nevada's leading operator of sports books, the Cal Neva, has

Carson to host Little League tournament

When Northern Nevada's top players compete in the district Little League tournament, Carson City's all-stars will be the home teams.

The grip determines the swing

The way that you grip the golf club plays a huge role in the way that you will swing. A good grip allows you to control the club face through impact.

Silver State Volleyball places third at nationals

The Silver State Volleyball Club's 17 and gold team came tantalizingly close to making the finals of the United States Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Wednesday, July 3

Fishing report

Nice sized king salmon in the Feather River

A very different type of day at Lower Kinney Lake

Lower Kinney Lake contains a good population of very nice sized, Lahontan cutthroat trout and has provided me with some nice fishing experiences in the past. Especially, while slowly trolling from my small, inflatable raft

Silverada 11-12 year olds advance in winners bracket

The Silverada 11-12 years olds are still looking for somebody to challenge them at the Little League District III tournament.

Make July 4

Be advised that with all types of activities to attract people to the outdoors, you can expect anywhere you go to be crowded.

Silver State volleyball in quarterfinals

The Silver State Volleyball Club's 17 and under gold team has clinched a top five finish at the United States Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Galena' Wallace receives SAMMY award

Galena High graduate Lauren Wallace learned that drinking milk can pay off when she was awarded with the Scholar-Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) award.

Rasner receives $800,000 signing bonus

Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner has officially become a bonus baby.

Tuesday, July 2

Monday, July 1

Visiting truck series likes racing at Champion

The Automobile Racing Club of America's truck series made its first-ever appearance at Champion Speedway Saturday night. Though only seven of its 12 trucks made the trip, racing was clean throughout their 40-lap main event.