Stories for June 2002


Sunday, June 30

What is Indy 500 still up in the air

Race fans everywhere have the "Jeopardy" theme song running through their heads while Tony George comes up with the answer to Paul Tracy and Team Green's "Final Jeopardy" question.

Local swimmer strong in Santa Clara

Lauren Costella had another outstanding effort for the Carson Tigersharks on Saturday at the Santa Clara International Swim Meet.

Top riders in bicycle tour

Having been to the top of the world their respective sports, Franz Weber and Glenn Carano could have qualified as the celebrities of Saturday's 10th Comstock Silver Century cycling tour.

Just call him Mr. Gallagher

Call him what you want ... educator ... basketball coach ... respected friend. In Virginia City, a community that glitters with history, Hugh Gallagher is a man who has risen to mythical proportions in his own lifetime.

Rasner could sign as soon as today

Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner said he could sign with the Montreal Expos as soon as today.

Saturday, June 29

Carter signs in track with Wake Forest

Carson High's Josh Carter took the super information highway to make a trip 3,000 miles away.

Costella, Hardts strong in Santa Clara

Carson High's Lauren Costella, Julie Hardt and Kate Hardt have all had outstanding efforts so far at the Santa Clara International Swim Meet.

Helmets changing bull riding

Bull riders are buffoons. Anybody who would voluntarily ride a beast that can weigh 1,800 pounds, and has a head the size of a Volkswagen Bug, and is as dangerous as Lorena Bobbitt with a knife has to be an idiot. Plain stupid. I wish I could be one.

Sindlinger signs with Long Beach State

Most people would consider being called a "Dirt Bag" an insult. But Galena High's Chuck Sindlinger considers it to be the highest of praises.

Friday, June 28

Harmon will be missed at Heavenly

Many of us who have worked for and enjoyed the hospitality of Dennis Harmon will miss him next ski season. The new owners of Heavenly Ski Resort, Vail Resorts Inc., have decided to replace Harmon with one of their own and he leaves next month.

Thursday, June 27

Hole-in-one at Eagle Valley

Charles Stapleton of Portland, Ore. recently hit his first

Synchronized motion of golf swing

Many of my students come for a lesson when their game has gone south -- they report that they have lost their swing and must be doing something terrible.

Carson players lead Rockets to second

Several Carson City players helped lead the Reno Rockets to a second place finish in the Amateur Softball Association Nevada State Championships in the 12 and under B division.

Silver State set for Junior Olympics

If the Silver State Volleyball Club 17 and under gold team's success has come because it's been sneaking up on opponent, that likely won't be the case anymore.

Wednesday, June 26

Cooke signs with Dana College

Chad Cooke, a 1999 Douglas High graduate, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Dana College in Blair, Neb.

Harmons to teach local clinic

Two of the most respected golf coaches around, Butch and Dick Harmon, will present a free youth clinic as part of a celebrity tournament.

Phelps vision continuing to live on

What were once two rundown courts full of cracks and surrounded by weeds have become a dream realized by Bob Phelps, the tennis director for the local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Some last-minute suggestions forfun on the Fourth of July

With the biggest outdoor holiday weekend of the year just around the corner, most people have already long-finalized their plans to have fun in the Great Outdoors to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Comets win state crown

The Nevada Comets 16 and under softball team continued their impressive summer run by winning the Amateur Softball Association Nevada State championship.

Nevada cowboys have decent showing, but not Ruby Valley's Gardner

RENO -- It was a Nevada cowboy who stood out in saddle bronc on Tuesday night but not the one many thought it would be.

Tuesday, June 25

Monday, June 24

Saturday, June 22

Parker places at USA junior meet

Former Galena High School standout Abby Parker placed seventh in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday during the USA Junior National Championships at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif.

Virginia City event should continue

Almost exactly six years ago, in one of my first columns for this paper, I wrote about the Virginia City Hillclimb. I had spent two days at the event, and ridden up the hill at speed in the passenger seat of one of the cars.

'Legends cars invade Champion Speedway for West Coast Qualifier'

Champion Speedway will be roaring with the sounds of Legends race cars this weekend as drivers compete for only one qualifying spot in each of three divisions in the West Coast Qualifier for INEX Racing, the sanctioning body of the racing series.

Soccer gods were on Germans' side

The United States are out of the World Cup and it shouldn't be. Don't believe me? Just ask the one person who wouldn't have felt one shred of happiness if the U.S. had won.

Sertoma Classic game canceled

SPARKS -- It looks like 85 of Northern Nevada's best senior football players won't get to play one more game after all. The 21st annual Sertoma Classic, scheduled for Friday night at Spanish Springs High School, was canceled after inclement weather caused flooding and closed roads.

Friday, June 21

Lim finishes at 8-under to win Boys 13-15 division at PGA Junior Series event

GENOA -- As a 15-year old, to shoot 6-under par in a two-day tournament is a major accomplishment. Until now.

Lundquist named to PCL all-star team

PORTLAND, Ore. - Carson High graduate Dave Lundquist can call himself an all-star.

Henry pitches one-hitter for Cardinals

Ryan Henry pitched a one-hitter for the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team in their 1-0 win over Centennial on Thursday in the opener of the Timet Summer Classic.

Thursday, June 20

Terry Gingell makes a career of golf

Terry Gingell learned at an early age that he had a knack for hitting a ball with a stick, and that he liked the challenge of trying to hit a ball into a small hole.

Sertoma football game is this Friday

If this year's talent -- and past results are any indication -- the 21st annual version of the Sertoma All-Star Football Game should be an entertaining affair.

Locals struggle in first round of PGA Junior Series Event

GENOA -- Douglas High's Trent Hennessy-York figured he'd have a slight advantage going into the PGA Junior Series at The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. He's worked in the course's pro shop the past two years, so it's basically his home course.

Hatley fires hole-in-one, Mac shoots his age

Craig Hatley of Carson City recently hit his first hole-in-one on the Eagle Valley Golf East Course.

Wednesday, June 19

Desperately need advice in dealing with a serious problem

It has slowly developed over the last several weeks and involves repeated trespassing and vandalism on our property by two grown adults.

Martin, Landa help lead Dana baseball

Two Carson Country players helped the Dana (Nebraska) College baseball team to marked improvement during the 2002 season.

Crushers baseball wins two in tournament

The Carson Crushers 14 and under baseball team completed a successful Father's Day Weekend tournament with a 17-3 triumph over the Reno Sun Warriors Sunday afternoon at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

Andrea Chaney headed to Australia

Over the past 10 years, Andrea Chaney has played in some big soccer games all around Nevada and the West Coast. Now, she's getting ready to take her game across the Pacific.

Silver State Volleyball upsets nationally ranked team

The Silver State 17-Gold volleyball club recenlty finished third in the High Rollers Tournament in Sacramento.

Tuesday, June 18

Monday, June 17

'Colodny captures first-ever 100-lap race win'

Brian Colodny won his first-ever 100-lap race Saturday at Champion Speedway, the second annual Tribute to America, making it happen by being smooth, patient and in control.

Sunday, June 16

Pincock, Sparks compete in high level meet

Carson High's George Pincock had an impressive effort against fast competition in the 400 meters at the Adidas Outdoor Track Championships in Raleigh, N.C.

Cardinals split doubleheader with Solano

Levi Diaz pitched a three-hitter as the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team routed the Solano (Calif.) Blue Jays 12-1 to gain a split in a doubleheader on Saturday at Carson High.

NASCAR continues to tweak the rules

NASCAR continues to tweak the rules, and this time the Pontiac teams got the call.

Saturday, June 15

Local bowlers are recognized

At its state meeting May 19, the Nevada Women's Bowling Association announced the recipients of the Young American Bowling Association Future Star Awards.

NIAA's three-strike and you're out policy won't be a very nice game to play

On Wednesday, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association will vote on a three strike and you're out policy. If it passes, it might not be a very nice game to play.

'Salute to America -- Round two'

The second of four Tribute to America races will be held today at Champion Speedway. The race features the fast and competitive late model racing series.

Galena's Tolotti signs with Cardinals

Galena High graduate Jeff Tolotti has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Friday, June 14

It's 90 degrees -- time to think about ski passes

While it may be 90 degrees on Carson Street, it's a smart move to think of snowsports right now.

Azzurri soccer team has memorable season

The Carson City Capital Soccer Club's Capital Azzurri 14 and under boys team recently completed a memorable season, winning three tournament titles and the league championship.

Burton to play for Nevada volleyball

Former Galena High standout Kellie Burton has transferred from Arizona to the University of Nevada and will play for the Wolf Pack volleyball team this season.

Thursday, June 13

Carson Country athletes strong in Silver State Games

Many Carson Country athletes stood out over the weekend in track at the Silver State Games in Reno.

The true fundamentals of the game

Is your game not where you would like it to be? The reason for this can often be traced to the fact that the fundamentals are being ignored for something seemingly more important.

Gymnast improves by leaps and bounds

Jared Grosskopf has has made improvement by leaps and bounds. Literally.

Browning new golf pro at Eagle Valley

Eagle Valley Golf announce the promotion of Mike Browning to the position of Head Golf Professional at Eagle Valley Golf Course. Browning grew up in Fallon, and after a brief hiatus, has been a resident of Northern Nevada for the past 15 years.

Bibby added to list of entrants at Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship

Chris Webber enjoys Mike Bibby so much that the Sacramento King teammates will now play golf together in the off season.

Wednesday, June 12

An update on interesting facts on some miserable pests

There are millions of tiny monsters lurking out there, just waiting to attack you, when you dare to venture into the Great Outdoors.

Tuesday, June 11

Monday, June 10

Sunday, June 9

Karts now racing at Mound House

One of the problems with writing a column is that sometimes I do it two or three, or even four days before it runs. So you can forget what I said last week and pull the Lola nail out of CART's coffin.

Carson High's athletic program wins NIAA award

When it comes to an overall athletic program in competition, the classroom and community service, Carson High is second to none.

North beats South 9-3 in Kelley Baseball Showcase Classic

RENO -- Douglas' Austin Graham has only one more chance to play in the state tournament. If he ever does, the element of surprise will no longer be there.

Saturday, June 8

Nealis brothers have the right idea but does anybody care?

The Sierra Soccer Academy and its co-founders, Jim and Sean Nealis, figured the timing couldn't be better for their summer camps, the first of three which start on Monday at Carson Middle School.

Friday, June 7

Horsetail Falls offers Sierra at its best

One of the pleasures I look forward to when the hiking season sets in is a visit to Horsetail Falls, one of the most popular treks in the Desolation Wilderness area. And now that the snow has melted away it is time for a visit.

Local hockey team hitting the ice this summer

For three Carson Country hockey players, the opening of a new ice rink in South Lake Tahoe couldn't have come at a better time.

Local bowler heads for nationals

Carson City's Aaron Candee is on his way to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the Coca-Cola Bowling National Championships.

Yerington's Brinkley, Reno's Gilbert ready for six-card bout

RENO -- It's still early in Joey Gilbert's professional boxing career but he's not wasting any time accelerating it.

Montana coming to Carson City on July 26

Joe Montana will be the keynote speaker at the 34th annual Governor's Dinner.

Thursday, June 6

Hinging and unhinging the wrists

What do the wrists do in the golf swing? The answer is that they hinge and unhinge, as simple as that.

Stoker fires ace at Eagle Valley

David Stoker of Winnemucca aced the fifth hole on the West

Woods was a typical kid in high school

Paul Payne had the privelege of seeing Tiger Woods' greatness first hand.

Giants select Bruso in 16th round

Blood runs thicker than lifelong team loyalty.

Lambeth and Hansen are honored

Fernley High's Matt Lambeth and Smith Valley's Travis Hansen have been named as Northern Nevada's top male athletes of the year by

Wednesday, June 5

Expos take Rasner in second round

Montreal -- or maybe even Northern Virginia -- is a long way from Carson City.

Wilson takes second in NCAAs

Fallon High graduate Aarik Wilson placed second in the triple jump in the NCAA Championships this past week in Baton Rouge, La.

Free Fishing Day on Saturday in Nevada and California

So, if you have had a desire to fish in Nevada or California but haven't done so for any number of reasons, Saturday will your golden opportunity to fish wherever you desire in this area.

Locals strong in mountain bike event

Many local riders stood out in the Nevada State High School Mountain Bike Championships held this past weekend at Reno's Hidden Valley Regional Park.

Christian leads AAU hoops team to title

Carson High point guard Ciarra Christian recently helped lead the Jam On it Basketball Academy to the AAU Pacific Regional Championship.

Sheriff's blotter

The following people were booked Tuesday into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court:

Tuesday, June 4

Monday, June 3

Saturday, June 1

Henry, Winter combine on one-hitter for Cardinals

Ryan Henry and Carl Winter combined on a one-hit shutout as the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team salvaged a split of a doubleheader on Saturday at Fallon.

Report: Highway robbery at Indy 500

I picked up a report on the Internet last week, attributed to one Ed McFarlane. It is reputedly from the Indiana Highway Patrol, and here is an abbreviated and edited version:

Bruno's Boxing card set for tonight

There's going to be a unique twist when the Bruno's Boxing Spring Invitational amateur boxing card is held tonight in the Stewart Gym.

Today for the first time in 23 years, Ron McNutt Field is quiet

It is the first Saturday of June and Ron McNutt Field is unusually different.

Carson Country seniors finalizing their college plans

As Carson Country athletes prepare for graduating from high school, a select few have already solidified college plans or are still in the process of doing so.

Optimist Northern Nevada all-star basketball games are tonight in Fallon

There's still one more high school basketball game to be played in Northern Nevada. It won't count on anybody's record and it won't win anybody a championship. And that's the point.

Brinkley to fight on Friday

RENO -- Two of Reno's most popular fighters, Jesse Brinkley of Yerington and Joey Gilbert, are heading to the Eldorado Hotel-Casino on a Top Rank card Friday, June 7.