Stories for November 2002


Saturday, November 30

Raiders Get Carroll Rematch ... In Montana

Marc Garcia, Brandon Griffith and the Southern Oregon State University Raiders well remember that their 2001 football season ended with a 16-13 loss on a late touchdown to Carroll College in a snowstorm during the NAIA Championship Series quarterfinals.

Douglas boys: Unknown and up tempo

One letter pretty much sums up the status of the Douglas High School boys basketball team right now. That's the letter U -- for uptempo and unknown.

McQueen's quest towards fifth state title begins today vs. Palo Verde

Besides the oddity of Elko's team last year, the state playoffs is usually when McQueen finally gets tested. And coach Ken Dalton doesn't think it will be any different when the Lancers host Sunset Region champion Palo Verde today at 1 p.m. at John Robb Stadium in the state semifinals.

Burleson should be playing on Sundays next August

Most people think Nate Burleson has a difficult decision to make. It shouldn't be. If the Nevada wide receiver can go in the first three rounds of the NFL draft, peace out Reno.

Friday, November 29

Thursday, November 28

Carson's hoops teams have high hopes

Carson High's boys and girls basketball teams know if they can finish at least second place in the Sierra League, all of their Northern 4A zone playoff games will be played at home.

Wednesday, November 27

Douglas football players receive football honors

Douglas High School's Luke Rippee was named Offensive Player of the Year and Grant Hall Lineman of the Year on the All-Sierra League football team.

Gwinn, Lassen see season end vs. Sierra College

ROCKLIN, Calif. -- Just over a year ago, Amber Gwinn wasn't sure if she would ever play soccer again. During her senior year at Douglas, Gwinn and several others were kicked off the team midway through the season following an off-the-field incident involving alcohol.

Tuesday, November 26

Monday, November 25

Sunday, November 24

Burleson breaks school record, but comes up shy of NCAA record

RENO -- Nate Burleson is now Nevada's single season reception leader. He doesn't care.

Fischer strong for Tennessee swimming

Evan Fischer, a 2000 Carson High graduate, placed in the top 16 in three events for the University of Tennessee men's swim team at the Nike Cup Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.

NASCAR has a lucky 13 finish

Thirteen points from a PR disaster. That's how close NASCAR came at Miami-Homestead last Sunday.

Nevada, Hawaii set to meet in WAC finals

RENO -- Perseverance paid off big time for the University of Nevada volleyball team Saturday night and the reward was a berth in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship match.

Nevada gets blown out in 44-7 loss to Boise State

RENO -- The scoreboard didn't tell the story. Looking at senior center Cody Johnson did.

Friday, November 22

PDL team should a nice thing for Carson

I was a bit skeptical when Jim Nealis first told me that a Premier Development League (PDL) soccer team might be coming to Carson City.

Hawai'i the team to watch in WAC volleyball

While Hawai'i is the team to watch, seven other teams will be out to challenge the top-seeded Rainbow Wahine when the Western Athletic Conference volleyball Tournament gets under way today at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Two undefeated teams battle for first time in decade in Northern 4A championship

Reno's best player doesn't even touch the ball that much. Josh Barrett rarely is seen in the backfield and lines up out wide only occasionally. But he still makes big plays. Whenever. Wherever.

Kirkwood earns its highest rating ever

Kirkwood won its highest ratings ever in national snowsport publications. Kirkwood was joined by Mammoth and Squaw as top ranking Sierra Nevada resorts in Transworld Snowboarding, Freeskier and SKI magazine.

Thursday, November 21

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.

73-year-old Garry makes a huge lift

A cancer survivor, entertainer, stock broker or as he's called at the Nevada Fitness Center in Minden, "That crazy guy that does all the weight."

It's that time of the year to play on the mountain snow

OK, gang, with all of that brand new, beautiful snow on our nearby mountains, it's time to have some fun, outdoors.

Wednesday, November 20

Godspeed Wings compete at Cross Country Championships

The Godspeed Wings returned home with one team championship and a pair of runner-up finishes from the Pacific Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held Sunday in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Lassen College wins first playoff game, 4-0 over Cabrillo

The Lassen College women's soccer team beat Cabrillo college 4-0 in the first round of the Northern California regional playoffs on Tuesday in Susanville, Calif.

Kilfian looks to take boxing to next level

When he watches boxing on television, Harley Kilfian Sometimes dreams that he's in the ring for one of those primetime bouts.

Costella, Theilemann, Barber sign in swimming

Lauren Costella, Tara Theilemann and Justin Barber are all Academic All-Americans who are also versatile swimmers.

Williams could go to Rockies

IRVING, Texas -- The Colorado Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing Tuesday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona for Matt Williams and three other players

Tuesday, November 19

Monday, November 18

Sunday, November 17

Motorsports Column for November 17, 2002

I spent last weekend in the Florida sunshine at Daytona International Speedway, announcing the American City Racing League doubleheader that was run with the Grand-Am series season finale. I understand it was a little wet and windy here. Sorry I missed it.

Saturday, November 16

NIAA needs to review format of Northern 4A soccer championships

Imagine you're Galena boys soccer coach Marco Merlo. You lead your team to an undefeated league record and a High Desert League championship

Dayton volleyball falls to Moapa Valley

RENO -- Now that the Dayton High volleyball team has had a taste of the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A State Championships, it's already looking forward to next year.

Brolsma, Graham sign with Nevada baseball

RENO -- The University of Nevada baseball team announced the signing on Friday of two Carson Country players in Carson High's Owen Brolsma and Douglas High's Austin Graham.

Trailblazers too tall for Grizzlies

RENO -- Coming off an emotional win the night before, the Galena High School volleyball team tried to come up with an encore performance against Durango in the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Tournament semifinals Friday night.

Friday, November 15

Trailblazers overpower Tigers in state tournament

RENO -- The Durango Trailblazers simply had too much firepower for the Douglas Tigers to handle during their opening round Class 4A match at the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Volleyball Championships Thursday afternoon.

Junior Midgets fall in Snow Bowl title game

The Carson Junior Midget Blues ended their season with a 39-0 loss to the unbeaten Reno Raiders in the Snow Bowl Championship game on a cold, rainy and windy night.

Northern all-league teams are named

All-league teams in the Northern 4A in several sports feature many Carson Country athletes.

Carson Senator Midgets finish year in third

The Carson Senator Midgets Pop Warner football team finished the season in third place after a 19-13 win over the Reno Wolf Pack.

Nevada blows out EA Sports West All Stars 89-60

RENO -- Nevada's final exhibition game before the regular season begins was about as exciting watching the clouds roll in.

Galena football news goes around the world

Galena High School's Ben and Matt Fry both played key roles for the Grizzlies in their Northern 4A playoff opening 7-6 victory against Douglas on a rainy night in Minden.

Thursday, November 14

State volleyball tournament begins today at Galena

One amazing streak came to an end for the Douglas High School volleyball program last Saturday at the Northern 4A Regional Volleyball Tournament.

Mt. Rose has great conditions, other resorts also opening

This past Monday, just hours after Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe saw four feet of snow fall during a four-day span, the sun was shining and over 2,000 skiers and snow boarders played in near mid-winter conditions.

RAMB expands program

The winter months aren't normally conducive to many athletic activities in Carson City.

Galena's Lerud, Hixon sign Division I letters

RENO -- It didn't take a lot to convince Galena High School's Steve Lerud or Joanna Hixon who they wanted to sign with Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

Wednesday, November 13

Still lots of fun things to do at this time of the year

And because it is mid-November and if by chance, you are a hunter, fisherman, backpacker, camper, four-wheeler, ATVer, hiker or whatever, there is an associated problem.

Local Tae Kwan Do school strong in competition

Chi Kwan Tae Kwan Do School of Carson City swept to many top awards during the Western United States International Taekwondo Championships held Saturday in Las Vegas.

Andrea Honer debuts at TCU

Andrea Honer, a key figure for the Douglas High School girls basketball team in its drive to a runner-up finish at the state 4A tournament back in February, made her debut for Texas Christian University Sunday.

Douglas Tigers Midgets win Snow Bowl title

It took a while to get rolling, but the Douglas Tigers Midget football team exploded to score four second-half touchdowns on their way to a 30-6 victory over the Cardinals last Friday night in the Sagebrush Empire League's Snow Bowl in Sparks.

Local athletes to sign with major programs

At least three Carson Country athletes will sign with major college programs today. But they certainly won't be the last of the athletes to sign with major college programs before the end of this school year.

Monday, November 11

Willett wins three titles at state swim meet

Andrew Willett has won three titles so far to lead a strong effort by the Carson Tigersharks at the Nevada State Short Course Swimming Championships.

Freshman helps Nevada women win down stretch in exhibition

RENO -- It won't be surprising if the opening exhibition game for the University of Nevada women's basketball team serves as a microcosm for the season.

Sunday, November 10

Nice guy Benson places first

The late Casey Stengel's dictum, "Nice guys finish last," was disproved at Rockingham last Sunday.

All-league soccer players named

Douglas High's Tracey Hawks was the Midfielder of the Year and teammate Jessica Brady was the Defender of the Year in the Sierra League in girls soccer.

Northern 4A girls soccer final postponed

The Northern 4A girls soccer championship was canceled Saturday because of unplayable conditions at Foster Field, according to Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association executive director Jerry Hughes.

Greenwave rolls to regional championship

MINDEN -- Once the Fallon Greenwave gets rolling, they are one tough volleyball team to stop.

Wolf Pack keeps bowl hopes alive

It was ugly, but the University of Nevada football team kept its slim bowl hopes alive.

Sparks and Carson girls take third

Shanna Sparks placed third to lead the Carson High girls cross country team to a third place finish at the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Championships on Saturday in Boulder City.

Saturday, November 9

Local crag offers routes for all levels

The Lake Tahoe area, no doubt, has the more trendy climbing spots like Cave Rock, Lover's Leap and 90-foot wall.

Triple A baseball set to come to area in 2005

Opening day for Northern Nevada's Pacific Coast League franchise is scheduled for April, 2005.

Friday, November 8

Parsons, Bixby medal on World Senior Games

Two local women were medalists at the recently held World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

Improved Senators look to run well at state

At a glance, the performance of the Carson High School girls at the Northern 4A Cross Country Championships last Friday didn't quite measure up to what they had done the year before.

'One-Trick Knee' takes one last hike

Had to get one last hike in, this time with a friend from Los Angeles who wasn't acclimated to the altitude. So an easy trek was planned, up Highway 88 past Kirkwood to the Castle Trail at the high-point of the highway before it begins its downward thrust.

NIAA-Chevron High Performance Athletes of the Week for the week of October 28

Luke Rippee and Evan Bill, instrumental in Douglas High School's regular season-ending 43-32 victory against Carson, have been recognized for their performances as NIAA-Chevron High Performance Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 2.

Baxter named to all-academic team

Galena High graduate Annie Baxter was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District second team for the University of Nevada women's soccer team.

Douglas, Galena meet in first round of playoffs

On a summer day in 1993, Mike Rippee walked across the football field at Reed High School as he prepared to coach in the Sertoma Classic All-Star football game. Suddenly, he smiled when the subject of playoffs came up.

Hawks scores game winner in Douglas' 3-2 win over Galena

RENO -- The smallest player on the field made the biggest difference for Douglas.

Carson visits McQueen for playoff opener -- again

The weather at John Robb Stadium should be miserable when Carson High plays undefeated McQueen in a first round playoff game tonight at 7. Shane Quilling couldn't be happier.

Thursday, November 7

Punch shot is a great shot

A great shot to have in your arsenal is the punch shot. This shot flies lower than normal and is effective in the wind, from difficult lies and when trying to keep the ball low for any reason.

Lassen College wins league in first year of existence

In only its first season playing women's soccer, Lassen College already has won the Golden Valley Conference with several games left in the regular season.

Northern 4A volleyball begins Friday at Douglas

Don't be surprised to see the Douglas Tigers and Fallon Greenwave face off when the Northern 4A Regional Volleyball Tournament championship match is played Saturday night in Minden.

Plenty of volleyball this weekend

On paper, the Carson High volleyball team should finish third at this weekend's Northern 4A tournament and qualify for the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Championships.

Wednesday, November 6

Three, all-time best, trout fishing trips, all in one week

During the one-week period of time from Oct. 23 through Oct. 30, Elaine and I had three great, trout fishing trips that will live forever in our memory banks.

By George, it should be a good volleyball tournament

Steve George will have a unique and certainly an impartial view of the Northern 4A Regional high school volleyball tournament this weekend in Minden.

Junior Midgets advance to Snow Bowl

The Carson Junior Midget Blue Pop Warner football team advanced to the Snow Bowl Championship game with a 7-0 win over the second place Reno Jets.

Kline new race director at Champion Speedway

Champion Motor Speedway General Manager Jeb Onweiler announced Tuesday that Robert Kline has been named race director of the 1/3 mile asphalt oval racetrack for the 2003 season.

Tuesday, November 5

Monday, November 4

Sunday, November 3

Douglas Tigers Midget football squad grows

Alonzo Hatchett has watched these young football players grow and grow. And now, barring any major surprises, he figures the Douglas Tigers Midget Pop Warner squad is in position to reach out toward its highest ambitions.

Dayton Blue Devil Junior Pee Wees in Snow Bowl

The Dayton Valley Blue Devils Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner football team is heading to the Snow Bowl.

Motorsports Column for November 3, 2002

Well, the fat lady hasn't sung yet but she's certainly tuning up. Tony Stewart is just three races away from his first Winston Cup Championship.

Carson loses heartbreaker in overtime, 2-1 to Reed

SPARKS -- The Carson High girls soccer team roller coaster of a season ended in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday afternoon at Reed High.

Carson loses in first round for fourth consecutive year

SPARKS -- Carson hasn't won a playoff game since winning the state championship in 1998 and Reed has been the main reason why.

Saturday, November 2

Galena volleyball sweeps past Elko

The Galena High volleyball team finished High Desert League play at 10-2 with a 15-9, 15-11, 15-5 win over Elko on Friday.

2002 Champions of Champion

Klopp began racing in 1985 at the age of 19 in a late model race car. After more than enough years racing the late models, Klopp switched to Legends, where "he found his home," mostly because of the expense factor.

Sparks runs to second, Galena boys win

RENO -- Shanna Sparks ran faster than she ever had before at Rancho San Rafael Park. It just wasn't good enough to win the race, as the Carson High School senior had to settle for second-place at the Northern 4A Cross Country Championships on Friday afternoon.

NIAA honors local athletes

Carson High School's Frank Bleuss, along with Javier Vega and Jesse Gutierrez of Dayton and Amanda Crabb of Virginia City were among the NIAA-Chevron High Performance Athletes of the Week for the week of October 14-19.

Women learn about football from the Raiders

Four members of the Carson City Raiders Booster Club recently attended the Oakland Raiders Football 201 Workshop for Women held at the organization's training facility in Alameda, Calif.

Supermodified teams have strong season

Eric Silsby has greatly improved as a supermodifed race car driver. In just his third season as a driver for S&S Motorsports in Carson City, Silsby has posted more fast qualifying times than any other driver on the Supermodified Racing League circuit.

Not having girls soccer state championship is sad

It's looking more and more like high school girls soccer players in Nevada will never be a state champion and that is sad.

Friday, November 1

Snowmaking already under way

Snowsport season's creeping up on us with Mammoth Mountain planning to open Nov. 7 and Heavenly Nov. 22.

Pop Warner teams in playoffs

The Carson City Senator Midget Pop Warner football team improved to 4-3 with a 28-7 win over the Fallon Bulldogs.

Cross country final set today

Now that the preliminaries are all over, the gun for the Northern 4A and 3A Regional Cross Country Championships is ready to go off. And predictably, nothing is going to be predictable about the meet today in Reno.

Semi-pro soccer team coming to Carson

The United Soccer Leagues will award a Premier Development League (PDL) team to Carson City starting in 2003, a top USL official said on Wednesday.

Douglas, Carson renew old rivalry

All the elements for a great high school football are present.