Stories for May 2002


Friday, May 31

A beginner's guide to kayaking

With snowsports now a distant memory I decided last weekend it was time to try something new until the snow is melted at the higher elevations.

Thursday, May 30

Race for Life event is Sunday

The 21st annual American Bicycle Association Race for Life will be held on Sunday, June 2.

Rasner about to receive draft notice

A lot of college students who have just completed their junior year at the University of Nevada have been in the process of temporarily moving back home and Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner is no exception.

Empire Ranch Ladies Club is formed

Empire Ranch Golf Course has begun a new ladies club. The club began this month and has played three tournaments.

Right elbow position for back swing

The right arm and elbow play an important role in the golf swing. They help to create a wide swing that generates more club head speed due to the increase in distance that the club travels.

Wednesday, May 29

Bone pitches Cardinals to win

Jarrod Bone pitched a four-hitter for the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team in a 5-2 win over the Sparks Tribe on Monday in the final game of the Tribe Memorial Tournament.

Hart chosen for NFL summit

Fernley High athletic director Dave Hart has been chosen to participate in a summit on youth and high school football sponsored by the National Football League.

Rasner named to second team

Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner was named to the all-Western Athletic Conference second team in baseball on Tuesday.

Carson rifle among best in the nation

In results recenlty announced by the U.S. Navy, Carson High's NJROTC air rifle team was ranked as one of the top clubs in the nation.

Tuesday, May 28

Outlaw Karts Move to Daytime Program at Champion

The Outlaw Karts moved to a daytime race program at Champion Speedway on Saturday to give the younger drivers a shorter day, and to shorten the evening race program as a courtesy to track neighbors.

Ogden Takes Sprint Car Victory at Champion Speedway

It was vindication of sorts for Reno racer Mike Ogden when he took the checkered flag in the 30-lap main for Champion Speedway's non-winged 360 Sprint Car division on Saturday night.

Tigersharks wrap up weekend meet

It was just a nice, little workout for the Carson Tigersharks swim team as the Intermountain Classic came to a close on Monday.

Monday, May 27

Sunday, May 26

Sears Point track changes for the better

I spent last weekend at Sears Point Raceway, and I was absolutely blown away by the changes in the track.

There's quality, and rivalries, at Intermountain Classic

There's an ample supply of talent competing in the Carson Tigersharks Swim Club's Intermountain Classic this weekend. Not to mention some old rivalries.

Cardinals drop two in tournament

Neil Holmes had a huge day for the Carson Cardinals 18 and under baseball team, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals dropped two close games in the Sparks Tribe Memorial Classic.

Dennis Baker on comeback trail

Sometime after 11 o'clock this morning, eight swimmers will step up on the starting blocks for the men's open 200-meter butterfly at the Intermountain Classic swim meet at the Carson City Aquatic Facility.

Rasner pitchers well, but loses

Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner gave the University of Nevada baseball team another solid effort in what could have been his final game with the Wolf Pack.

Saturday, May 25

Niehoff wins 400 free for Tigersharks

Abbey Niehoff made her debut in a new age group a successful one on Friday afternoon for the Carson Tigersharks at their own Intermountain Classic long course meet.

New schedule for Karts

Champion Speedway General Manager Kris Martin recently spoke with Outlaw Go-karts President Marlow Heinz regarding a schedule change in the go-kart program.

Carson High's Kop headed to Saint Mary's

Carson High senior Allison Kop, the Sierra League's defensive player of the year, has committed to play soccer at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

An idiot's guide to the World Cup

If there is only one thing people will remember from this column it is that the World Cup is the largest sporting event on the globe.

Friday, May 24

Another chance for one 'last' ski weekend

Squaw Valley (see below) will close Monday and switch over to summer schedule, which includes running the cable car, the spa and pool and other summer activities, including concerts and full moon hikes.

Former Carson High grad named second team all conference

Joe Mercer, a sophomore at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., was named to the Bay Valley Conference second team.

BMX team heads for nationals

If there's ever a group that's removing the stereotypes of BMX riders, the Demon Racing Team is it.

Thursday, May 23

Mastering the chip shot

This shot is often the most frustrating of shots. You have hit two or threegoods shots and are nearly on the green only to take three or four more to get into the hole. Inconsistency in the short game comes from two areas.

Tuesday, May 21

A little piece of heaven located in the Eastern Sierra

Well, if you answered "Yes" to any, most or all of those questions, I have the perfect getaway location for you. And, it is a relatively short distance from Carson City.

Carson athletes head to Great Southwest Classic

Five Carson High School athletes will compete at the 27th Great Southwest Classic track and field meet in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend.

Locals to participate in Wine Country Classic

Four Carson City residents are scheduled to participate in the Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep Wine Country Classic.

Wilson jumps to Big Ten title

Aarik Wilson of Fallon soared to first-place in the triple jump at the Big Ten Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Indiana University on Sunday in Madison, Wis.

Fernley athletes honored

Fernley High's Matt Lambeth and Tara Zimmerman will be among Northern Nevada's top 10 athletes to be honored tonight by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Monday, May 20

Sunday, May 19

Gimenez, Cappuccilli in tight race for being hit the most

RENO -- Even though the race for the postseason is long over, the University of Nevada baseball team still has one interesting race left--who will get hit the most times this season.

Fernley baseball settles for second in state

It was a disappointing run to an otherwise memorable three-year run for the Fernley baseball team.

Allec qualifies for Craftsman event

Carson City's Jerry Allec Jr. has qualified for today's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

Another questionable racing finish

NASCAR fans may not have noticed it, but there was another major controversy in Formula 1 last weekend, when Rubens Barrichello, whose Ferrari had easily led the entire Austrian Grand Prix to that point, slowed dramatically just before the finish line.

Hass belts two homers in Nevada's 14-10 win over Hawai'i

RENO -- Nevada's Mike Hass is on a roll and he doesn't want it to end anytime soon. But he doesn't have much choice. The Wolf Pack's season ends in five games, although the next one is looking brighter and brighter.

Carson girls swim second, CHS boys third

The streak is over, but the Carson High girls swim team still had another impressive effort at the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Championships in Las Vegas.

State track meet comes down to wire

SPARKS -- There was plenty of drama at the NIAA/U.S. Bank Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Saturday, May 18

Carson swimmers strong in qualifying at state

The Carson High boys and girls swim teams had a successful day of qualifying on Friday in the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Championships in Las Vegas.

Fernley baseball to play Manogue for state crown

The Fernley baseball team got an outstanding effort on the mound from Brian Reeder and some timely hitting when it needed to stay alive in the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A State Championships in Mesquite.

Fernley softball is eliminated

A successful season for the Fernley softball team came to a disappointing end on Friday when the Vaqueros lost two games to be eliminated from the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A State Championships in Mesquite.

Friday, May 17

Fernley softball wins state opener against Truckee

The Fernley softball team took advantage of its chances when it counted most in the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A State Championships.

Fernley baseball beats Boulder City

The Fernley baseball coaching staff is looking smart right now thanks to the effort of Cody Wagner.

Thursday, May 16

Swimmers head to state meet

All good things must come to an end and to be honest, Carson High's streak of six straight state titles in girls swimming is in jeapordy.

Young, Galena settle for third

Two strokes stood between Galena High's Bryson Young and a state title in boys golf.

Nahm voted as top player

Carson High graduate Josh Nahm was chosen as the most valuable player for the St. Andrews College (North Carolina) men's golf team.

The proper swing

Today's column focuses on swing plane. The term swing plane, like many others associated with golf has been bandied around for a long time and has become part of golf's every day vernacular.

Sparks goes for title in 3,200

Carson High School's Shanna Sparks will be out to defend her title in the girls 3,200 meters tonight when the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Track and Field Championships get under way at Reed High School.

Wednesday, May 15

Galena in contention for state title

Galena High is in contention for team and individual titles at the NIAA/U.S. Bank State 4A Golf Championships.

UNR belts four homers in 13-12 win over No. 7 Stanford

RENO -- If it was up to freshman Taylor Pullins, Nevada would change its schedule for next season, the only thing the Wolf Pack can look forward to now.

Pullins hits first career homer in win over Stanford

RENO -- It took 51 games, but Nevada freshman Taylor Pullins finally got his first career home run on Tuesday against Stanford at Peccole Park.

Tuesday, May 14

Monday, May 13

Sunday, May 12

Wooster wins first zone championship since 1990 with 7-3 win over Reno

Last year as a freshman, Garrett Banks pitched Galena to the Northern 4A championship with a 4-2 win over Reno High. Now as a Husky, Banks couldn't do the same.

Locals honored in softball and golf

Douglas High's Katie Pagen and Galena's Jen Molinari were among the top players for their respective leagues in Northern 4A softball.

Douglas only gets three hits in season-ending loss to McQueen

The Douglas High softball felt they had the talent to advance to the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Championships. Their bats, though, had different plans in the game that would've gotten them there.

Bulldogs sweep Nevada baseball

RENO -- One inning typified the University of Nevada baseball team's season on Saturday.

Fernley softball wins title; baseball qualifies, too

The Fernley High softball team has a dominant pitcher in Christina Thomas.

SAFER walls play key role at Indy

Well, the new SAFER soft walls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been thoroughly tested this past week.

Saturday, May 11

Quakes Soccer to hold car wash

The Carson Quakes 12 and under girls soccer team will hold a Mothers Day Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at Lowe's, 430 Fairview Drive.

Douglas falls against Wooster

One run was enough for the Douglas High School softball team to beat Reed. Unfortunately for the Tigers, it wasn't enough to get past Wooster Friday afternoon at the Northern 4A Regional Tournament.

Silver State Volleyball Car Wash today

The Silver State Volleyball Club will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Lowes in Carson City.

Graham, Sindlinger Players of the Year

Douglas High's Austin Graham and Galena's Chuck Sindlinger were named as the top players of the year in their respective leagues in Northern Nevada baseball.

Nevada baseball plays two today

The University of Nevada baseball team will play a doubleheader today against Fresno State at Peccole Park, beginning at 11 a.m.

Carson swim teams strong in qualifying

The Carson High boys and girls swim teams had a strong day of qualifying during Friday's preliminaries at the Northern 4A Championships at the University of Nevada.

Senators fall one inning short against Lancers

One inning was all that stood between the Carson High School softball team and survival in the Northern 4A Regional Tournament on Friday afternoon.

Friday, May 10

Last weekend gave the best of the West

One of the beauties of spring in the West is the variety of things one can do in the outdoors other than such civilized activities as golf or tennis. Last weekend was just such a sampler.

Douglas rallies to win regional opener

Down 1-0 against Galena in the sixth inning, there was a very distinct possibility Douglas High School was headed into the losers bracket of the Northern 4A Regional Softball Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Galena baseball beats Elko

Steve LeRud belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to break open a tight game as the Grizzlies eliminated Elko. Galena will play at 3 p.m. today against Douglas at Reno High.

Carson leaves 13 runners on base in 8-6 season-ending loss to Reed

RENO -- The first inning of Carson High's last game ended with the bases loaded. So maybe it only makes sense that their season also ended with the bases loaded. It certainly summarized a season of what ifs.

Muren outstanding, Schoenbachler just a little better in Reno's 4-0 win over Douglas

Both times Douglas has gone up against Reno this season, coach Hal Wheeler leaves the field more and more impressed with the Huskies' Jeff Schoenbachler. It's hard not to.

Nahm nearly qualifies for nationals

Carson High graduate Josh Nahm nearly qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships for the St. Andrews (North Carolina) College men's golf team.

Carson high jumper focuses on gold

Poise and concentration are going to be vital for Mike Dittenber in his bid to quarterback the Carson High School football team's veer offense in the future.

Senators break out bats to defeat Grizzlies in elimination game

Kaylee Risi and the rest of the Carson High School softball teammates simply weren't ready to see their season end on their home field Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, May 9

Two junior golf events to be featured

The next phenom, such as Ty Tryon, could be playing in the area in the next two months.

Osborne placed on 15-day DL

The Cubs put left-handed reliever Donovan Osborne on the 15-day disabled list after Wednesday's game with St. Louis and recalled Scott Chiasson from Triple-A Iowa.

Arm swing crucial to consistent ball striking

How the arms swing from the top of the back swing to the finish position is crucial to consistent ball striking.

Anything can happen in softball playoffs

One thing is certain when the Northern 4A Regional Softball Tournament opens today at Carson High School. That is, anything can happen.

McQueen explodes in 12-4 win over Carson

A season that started with so much promise is now one game away from ending.

Douglas baseball defeats Galena

Douglas High baseball coach Hal Wheeler said he knew that if his team played solid defense to back up its strong hitting and pitching, it would be tough to beat.

Tuesday, May 7

Monday, May 6

Sunday, May 5

'SAFER' walls for Indianapolis 500

There have been great strides taken in racing safety in the past year or so, fueled at least in part by the death of NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt.

Saturday, May 4

100-lap race at Champion

Champion Speedway will host its first 100-lap race of the season tonight for the late model racing series on the 1/4-mile, high-banked oval.

Local gymnasts strong at Silver State Games

R.C. All-Star Gymnastics of Carson City had many outstanding performances at the Silver State Games recently held in Sparks.

Carson softball swept by Reno

For the Carson High softball team, it was a frustrating day of what could have been.

Friday, May 3

Snowsports season keeps on right on coming

I keep trying to switch over to hiking but snowsports keep right on coming along, most recently with several inches of snow around Lake Tahoe and more than a foot down at Mammoth Mountain.

Yerington softball clinches playoff berth

The Yerington High softball team clinched the sixth and final playoff berth into the Northern 3A tournament by gaining a split against Dayton.

Dayton baseball clinches playoff berth

The Dayton High baseball team swept Yerington on Wednesday to earn a spot in the Northern 3A playoffs.

Dayton girls, Fernley boys win meet

The Dayton High girls and Fernley boys won the team titles at the Lyon County track championships on Wednesday at Yerington.

Sierra League track and field meet preview

Athletes from seven schools will gather at Carson High School today and Saturday to compete in the Sierra League Track and Field Championships.

Thursday, May 2

Northern 4A playoff picture still a big cloudy

After Carson swept all three games from North Valleys to start the Sierra League season, coach Ron McNutt said the Panthers would surprise somebody this season.

Achieving consistent putting

Consistent putting is achieved through controlling the distance and line of your putts.

Heinz wins last golf match for Carson

Carson High's Shawn Heinz was the low score medalist during the final regular season Northern 4A golf match on Tuesday at Ruby View Golf Course in Elko.

Wednesday, May 1

Outdoor Calendar

-- Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m. on Carson Access Television Channel 10 -- "The Outdoor Recreation Show," a one-hour television program about local outdoor activities

Fishing report

Roosevelt Lake was red-hot last Sunday for cutthroat

Having fun in the Great Outdoors in Southeast Asia

Elaine and I, plus her mom, Mary, spent 18 days on a combination, honeymoon/vacation trip in four different Southeast Asia countries (China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia) and while there, visited countless cities.

Carson baseball to hold senior night

Carson High's baseball program will hold its sponsor appreciation and senior night during its regular season home finale.

Big rally lifts Douglas softball past Carson

Even though she had already struck out twice on the day, Lindsey Rollins remained confident when she found herself down two strikes on the count and Douglas High School trailing arch rival Carson 1-0 on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.

Nahm is honored for St. Andrews golf

Carson High graduate Josh Nahm was named to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference team as an honorable mention choice in golf for St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C.

Dust Devils defeat ROP

Matt Sumsion, Matt Bowman and Ivan Torres combined to drive in seven runs as Dayton High School scored a 13-1 Northern 3A victory against Rite of Passage Tuesday afternoon in Yerington.

Kirkwood ski team strong in final race

Several Carson Valley athletes finished strong to end the racing season for the Kirkwood Ski Team.

Local Volleyball team earns automatic bid to nationals

The Silver State 17-Gold volleyball team earned an automatic bid to the 2002 United States Junior Olympic National Championships after finishing in second place at the Far Western National Qualifier this past weekend in Sacramento, Calif.

Nevada baseball falls against Sacramento State

RENO -- The University of Nevada baseball team has now earned the reputation of a club that struggling opponents can get well against.