Stories for September 2002


Monday, September 30

Sunday, September 29

Carson High girls soccer falls to Spanish Springs

The Carson High girls soccer team suffered a frustrating 1-0 loss to Spanish Springs on Saturday.

Congratulations to local champions

Congratulations to the local champions who were crowned last Saturday night at Champion Motor Speedway.

Colorado State rallies past Nevada

RENO -- This time the Nevada Wolf Pack fell short in their upset bid. Instead, quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt ran for one touchdown and threw for another in the fourth quarter as No. 25 Colorado State came from behind to defeat Nevada on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, September 28

Kings make a habit of picking small markets for exhibition games

Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof really enjoyed sucking up to the Carano family during Thursday's press conference at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino.

Carson runners going coast-to-coast

Carson High School cross country will literally be running coast-to-coast today when the Senators compete at both the Stanford Invitational and at the Great American Cross Country Festival in North Carolina.

'Points chase in two divisions not over'

There are still two Carson City drivers who want to win the championship in their respective divisions at Champion Speedway -- Mark Beck in the non-winged sprints and Chris Betz in the hobby stocks. Both could win or lose it all tonight.

Yerington football stuns Lowry

The Yerington football team created a wild race in the Northern 3A division with one of the biggest upsets in a long time when it stunned Lowry 22-18 on Friday.

Dayton volleyball beats Wooster

The Dayton volleyball team continued its impressive run by beating Northern 4A Wooster 15-5, 15-11, 12-15, 15-7 on Friday.

Friday, September 27

Thursday, September 26

More on how to reduce the slice

As discussed in the last column the causes of a slice are the clubface open to the path of the swing at impact andor the club approaching the ball from outside the correct path.

Midgets fall short in youth football

The Carson Senator Midgets Pop Warner football team fell to 2-1 in an 18-0 loss to the Wolf Pack.

Galena girls edge Carson in cross country

The Galena High girls cross country team again edged out Carson High in a three-way meet on Wednesday at South Tahoe.

Christian fires 87 for Carson golf

Ciarra Christian shot her best score of the season, firing an 87 to lead the Carson High girls golf team to a sixth place finish in a Northern 4A Tournament at Lakeridge in Reno.

Douglas loses ground in playoff race with 3-0 loss to North Valleys

MINDEN -- Most people thought North Valleys would again be the team that would keep Douglas from making the Northern 4A playoffs.

Couple takes to the open waters

For Rob Bastien and Cindi Burrows, there's nothing more romantic than an open water swim.

Lerud commits to Santa Clara

Galena High's Steve Lerud made sure he'll be able to enjoy his senior year by verbally committing to play baseball at Santa Clara University.

Douglas has second offensive outburst in a row, beats North Valleys 9-0

MINDEN -- Hannah Sullivan scored a first half hat trick and Terran Hadlock and Mackenzie Porter each tallied three assists in the first half as Douglas shutout North Valleys 9-0 on Tuesday at Douglas High.

Red Dogs split in tourney

The Nevada Red Dogs recently split four games at the Red Bluff Tournament in California in fall baseball action.

A big change is scheduled next week in my world

There is a big change that is scheduled for next week in Don Q's world, and if you're careless and not paying any attention, it just might catch you by surprise.

Costella nations top high school swimmer

Lauren Costella can add another title to her resume: She's the top-ranked scholastic high school female swimmer in the country.

Carson volleyball sweeps by Wooster

The Carson High volleyball team took care of business before its showdown with Douglas by sweeping past Wooster 15-2, 15-7, 15-2 on Tuesday at home.

Wednesday, September 25

Carson girls tennis beats North Tahoe

The Carson High girls tennis team continued its push to make the zone playoffs with a 14.5 to 8 win over North Tahoe on Tuesday at Centennial Park.

Tuesday, September 24

Monday, September 23

Sunday, September 22

Dayton volleyball wins thriller vs Lowry

The Dayton volleyball team improved to 3-0 in league play by pulling out a thrilling 4-15, 15-7, 15-10, 12-15, 19-17 win over Lowry on Saturday.

Carson wins second straight game, 3-0 over North Valleys

After playing three games and not winning a single one, Carson High won its second-straight on Saturday with a 3-0 win over North Valleys. The Senators also beat Hug 8-0 on Wednesday.

Carson missing two starters, ties North Valleys 0-0

After his team ended up with a surprising draw earlier this season, South Tahoe coach Joe Winters said North Valleys was a difficult team to play. On Saturday, Jim Nealis and his Carson Senators found out why.

Winston Cup points race coming down to the wire

The Winston Cup points race has really tightened up with only nine races to go. Sterling Marlin lost the points lead at New Hampshire a week ago, handing over the reins to Mark Martin.

Threadgill leads Nevada past Rice

RENO -- So, what does a football team do when the nation's leading rusher is lost for the season with an injury? The Nevada Wolf Pack has simply unleashed quarterback Zack Threadgill.

Costella named to World University Games

Carson High senior Lauren Costella has finally been recognized as a two-time national champion should be:

Saturday, September 21

Carson boys runners win Incline Invitational

The Carson High boys cross country team looked impressive in winning the Incline Invitational on Friday.

Fernley soccer defeats ROP

The Fernley High School boys soccer team picked up its first Northern 3A win of the season with a 3-1 triumph against Rite of Passage on Friday afternoon.

Galena volleyball beats Elko

The Galena High volleyball team swept past Elko 15-8, 15-13, 16-14 on Friday.

Galena overpowers Spanish Springs, wins High Desert League opener 29-6

RENO -- It wasn't exactly a win over McQueen or Elko. But Galena coach Greg Sakelaris will take a win against a High Desert League opener any time, even if it comes against Spanish Springs, a second-year school playing its first varsity schedule.

Bill Stewart has ridden a long rodeo trail

Even at 84 years young, Bill Stewart can still remember many of his experiences as a rodeo cowboy just as clearly as though they happened yesterday. And the memories have been good enough that he considers himself to be a very lucky man.

German exchange student likes the United States--and its girls

Besides a player speaking in a German accent, there's something else different about boys soccer games at Carson High this season.

Final Tribute to America at Champion

The final Tribute to America 100-lap race for the late model drivers will take place tonight at Champion Speedway. With less than 40 points separating the top 11 drivers, the championship is far from decided. Mathematically, any of the top-14 drivers could win. Realistically, any of the top-14 drivers could win.

Friday, September 20

Pro Picks winners are named

Gerald Dwyer and Dick Whited were the winners in the Pro Picks Contest for week two.

Douglas girls tennis defeats Carson

The Douglas High girls tennis team improved to 5-0 with its win. Natalie Rogers did win two matches in singles and Jenae Jeppson and Staci Cobler won two matches in doubles for Carson.

Plenty of speed to go around for Carson-Hug matchup tonight

Here's some advice for anyone who plans to watch the Carson Senators and Hug Hawks play football tonight: don't blink, you just might miss a touchdown.

Douglas boys tennis defeats Carson

The Douglas High doubles teams were able to win the big points. So in the end, the Tigers were able to win all of the close matches and beat the Carson High boys tennis team 15.5-7 on Thursday at Centennial Park.

Update on what ski resorts have to offer

Now that the Tahoe snowsport is on its way to becoming a destination ski area with all the new lodgings at Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood, it may be time to start reporting on what is new at the resorts, starting with Heavenly.

Carson volleyball sweeps Reno

After a slow start the Carson High volleyball team rolled to a win in three straight games against Reno.

Douglas coach Rippee to face former player

The Douglas High football team will play North Valleys for the first time at 7:30 p.m. today in Reno.

Thursday, September 19

Carson football getting defensive

If defense does indeed win championships, the Carson High football team looks like a club that could achieve its goal of winning the Sierra League title.

How to reduce the slice

The slice, a shot that starts straight or left of the target and curves viciously to the right is the most common malady of the average golfer.

Carson Midgets Pop Warner football shuts out Reno

The Carson Midgets Pop Warner football team improved to 2-0 with a 20-0 win over the Reno Titans.

Carson girls golf places fifth

For the third straight week, the Carson High girls golf team was able to improve its score in a Northern 4A tournament.

Wednesday, September 18

Carson teams win in youth football

The Carson Junior Midget Blue Pop Warner football team rebounded from an opening week loss with a 31-0 win over Fallon.

Reflections on Wolf Pack upset

No doubt, beating Brigham Young 31-28 last Saturday afternoon was Chris Tormey's biggest in his three seasons as head football coach at the University of Nevada.

Carson volleyball sweeps to victory

It would have been understandable if the Carson High volleyball team had suffered a letdown that lasted more than a few points against North Valleys.

Carson tennis teams sweep Hug

The Carson High boys tennis team warmed up with its showdown against Douglas by beating Hug on Tuesday 19-3.5 at Centennial Park.

Tuesday, September 17

Monday, September 16

Sunday, September 15

New general manager at Champion Speedway

Champion Speedway will have a new general manager for the 2003 season and after spending some time with him on Friday I came away with one thought:

Truckee explodes in first quarter, pulls out 44-30 win over Dayton

TRUCKEE -- Dayton coach Rick Walker isn't one for moral victories. But after a 44-30 loss to Truckee on Saturday at Surprise Stadium, that's all the Dust Devils have had the past two games.

Wolf Pack stuns Cougars

RENO -- As far as the University of Nevada football program is concerned, wins don't any bigger than its 31-28 upset of Brigham Young on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, September 14

Local graduates popping up around the college scene

Doug Brooks, who graduated from Carson High in 2000, has returned to football and will make his debut with Feather River College today at 1 p.m. against Yuba College in Marysville, Calif.

Carson man completes 73 miles in 100-miler

Dr. Sean Lehmann of Carson City completed 73 miles in his attempt to finish the Wasatch 100-mile endurance run.

Friday, September 13

Check you ski equipment

If you grabbed some new snowsporting gear at the Labor Day sales around the lake, great.

Carson travels to Galena

If last weekend was any kind of a gauge, then fans can expect to see the Carson Senators and Galena Grizzlies battle right to the end of regulation, and maybe beyond, in their non-league football game tonight.

Carson tennis teams sweep Wooster

Carson High's first win of the season in girls tennis amounted to essentially another day of practice.

Dayton and Yerington prepare for key league games, Fernley has non-league game against Quincy, Calif.

Yerington's 9-6 win over North Tahoe last Friday night at Martin Field was its first win over a Northern 3A in two years. So, what is the Lions' mind set going into tonight's 7:30 game at Spring Creek? Might as well go for two in a row.

Thursday, September 12

Carson cross country wins event

The Carson boys and girls cross country teams had an impressive effort in sweeping a three-way meet on Wednesday with Elko and Douglas.

Carson girls golf takes fifth

The Carson High girls golf team showed that its opening performance was an abberation.

Having a balanced finish

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.

Upton makes cut in LPGA qualifier

Carson High graduate Lynda Upton is off to a good start in her effort to make the LPGA Tour.

Midgets win Pop Warner Opener

The Carson City Senators Midgets Pop Warner football team got off to an impressive start with a 34-0 win over the Sparks Raiders.

Wednesday, September 11

Douglas posts biggest win ever over Carson, 4-0

MINDEN -- Coming into the 2002 girls soccer season, Carson and Douglas had played 23 games against each other and none of them have been decided by more than two goals.

It was Bucky, not Casey

Whoops, I messed up last Tuesday when I wrote in my column that Casey Stengel managed the 1947 New York Yankees to their 19-game win streak and World Series championship.

Mitey Mites win Pop Warner opener

The Carson Senators Mitey Mites Pop Warner Football team opened with an impressive 32-6 win over the Lovelock Mustangs.

Eclipse wins softball tournament

The Carson Valley Eclipse 16-and-under softball team went 5-1-1 and won the California Grapettes Summer Bash this past weekend in Stockton, Calif.

DeRiemer, Senators beat rival Grizzlies

RENO -- There certainly were no secrets when the Carson and Galena high school volleyball teams got together for their non-league match on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 10

Monday, September 9

Sunday, September 8

Galena picks up first win ever vs. Wooster

RENO -- The Galena High football players, coaches and fans must have been thinking here we go again.

Reno ties Carson 2-2, takes advantage of Senators' lackluster effort

Following a 2-2 tie with Carson in the Sierra League opener on Saturday, Reno assistant coach Jay Salter quickly dismissed the idea that the Senators and South Tahoe are the teams to beat.

Carson suffers worse loss in seven years, 3-0 to Reno

Even though he witnessed the worst loss in the seven years he's been at Carson High, Mike Popp couldn't have been happier with the Senators' 3-0 loss to Reno on Saturday afternoon at Carson High.

Motorsports Column for September 8, 2002

As you read this I'll be in Monterey announcing the 10th annual Cherry's Jubilee car show.

Douglas boys soccer beats McQueen

The Douglas boys soccer team dominated the second half after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

Fernley's comeback bid falls short in 25-20 loss to Truckee

FERNLEY -- Last year, for the time since 1982, Fernley beat Truckee 38-36 after coming back from a 21-0 deficit.

Yerington wins first 3A game in two years

Yerington won its first Northern 3A game in two years as Randy Shumate was the star for the Lions.

Lancers punish Tigers with 56-0 drubbing

A rowdy crowd Friday night at Douglas High School couldn't help the Douglas Tigers from the onslaught of the state champion runner-up McQueen Lancers as the Lancers defeated the Tigers 56-0.

Carson falls to Elko in overtime

It was another dramatic finish for the Elko Indians, only this time they came out on top.

Saturday, September 7

Carson girls cross country wins Reed Invitational

Reno's Collier Lawrence barely won the battle over Carson High's Shanna Sparks. But the Senators barely won the war over Reno.

Champion will salute those who serve

In a salute to military, fireman, police and emergency services workers, Champion Speedway is offering half-off main gate admission prices to all these personnel Saturday, with valid photo identification.

United States running out of sports to dominate

I was actually rooting for the Williams sisters during their semifinal matches on Friday at the U.S. Open. Thankfully they both won, which must keep happening if the rumors of Serena and Venus wanting to play with the men will ever come true.

Friday, September 6

Jim Frank Cross Country Classic today

Middle school and open runners will compete today when the Jim Frank Cross Country Classic is held at Spooner Lake State Park.

Senators serve with distinction

Rachael DeRiemer, Alyssa Wilson and the Carson High School volleyball team served with distinction in its season home opening victory against Reed on Thursday.

Still time for a hike or even two

Life has calmed down up around Lake Tahoe and we're now into the Shoulder Season. Few tourists, not too much traffic around the lake and generally peace in town or on the trail.

Douglas soccer settle for tie against Reed

A questionable violation was called late in the game against the Douglas boys soccer team, forcing it to settle for a tie. After the violation, Reed scored off of an indirect kick with about seven minutes left in the game.

Carson players help led Red Dogs baseball

The Nevada Red Dogs baseball team, which includes several Carson High players, is off to an impressive start to the fall seaosn.

Carson boys tennis falls to Reno

After facing Northern Nevada's two toughest programs in Galena and Reno High, the Carson High boys tennis team can say it has shown improvement.

Thursday, September 5

Carson girls golf struggles in opener

The Carson High girls golf team struggled in its opener on Wednesday at Sierra Sage in Stead.

Lehmann set to run 100 miles

A typical guy may begin to something a little more challenging when he turns 30. Sean Lehmann isn't your typical guy.

Achieving consistent putting

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

Wednesday, September 4

Carson volleyball sweeps Spanish Springs

The Carson High volleyball team swept to a 15-10, 15-1, 15-3 win at Spanish Springs on Tuesday.

Beemer named to national team

Douglas High's Austin Beemer will have a great deal to live up to this upcoming rodeo season.

Galena girls tennis beats Carson

Let's face it, there's no secret that Tuesday's season opener for the Galena and Carson High girls tennis teams was going to be a mismatch.

Douglas looks to be favorite in girls soccer

Two years ago, when the Douglas girls won their first Northern 4A Region soccer title, five sophomores made contributions throughout the season to help the Tigers bring home the championship.

Carson might be in for a rebuilding year

Carson girls soccer doesn't rebuild, it reloads. But the jury will be out this year as the Senators must replace seven starters from last year's Northern 4A championship team. They open the season tonight at 6 p.m. against McQueen in Reno.

Carson's expectations remain low key, Douglas looking to get back to playoffs after one-year absence

Going into tonight's season opener against McQueen, Carson High boys soccer coach Jim Nealis and his players are just as confident as they were last year. They just don't want to tell everybody.

Those 1916 Giants were amazing

If Casey Stengel were still alive, he might have called the Oakland Athletics and their current 19-game win streak, well ... Amazin'.

Tuesday, September 3

Sunday, September 1

Dust Devils win opener

RENO -- Dayton High School's defense forced two early turnovers that led to touchdowns and the Dust Devils went on a 21-0 season opening victory against Incline Saturday afternoon at Galena High School.