Stories for April 2004


Friday, April 30

Davis makes history, wins world crown

The critics have always been there. They have told Reno's "Koncrete" Kelvin Davis that, at 5-foot-8, he was too short to win a title, that his seven-fight amateur career wasn't enough to compete with the big boys.

Douglas baseball sweeps

RENO - The Douglas varsity baseball team got two complete game performances from its pitching staff as the Tigers swept a Sierra League doubleheader from the Wooster Colts Saturday afternoon.

Douglas softball splits

RENO - For the past several weeks, the Douglas varsity softball team has been finding just enough to win.

Wonders fall to Blue Stars

When Chris Blackburn scored a beautiful goal in the second half to tie the game, it looked like the Nevada Wonders had arrived on a level to truly compete with the elite Premiere Development League teams.

Mercer leads Pack baseball in loss

Carson High graduate Joe Mercer went 2-for-4, but it wasn't enough for the University of Nevada baseball team in an 8-4 loss at Hawai'i on Friday.

Thursday, April 29

WNCC should consider McNutt

n The search for a new baseball coach at Western Nevada Community College should start with one person - Ron McNutt.

Wonders defeat Seahorses

Talk about taking matters into your own hands. Nevada Wonders coach Paul Aigbogun not only gave his team a game plan, he went out and executed.

Behavior of fans was unacceptable

OK, class. Let's review last Sunday's Talladega Nextel Cup finish. Was Jeff Gordon really in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. when the caution froze the field?

Davis facing a weighty issue

Chalk up another strange moment in boxing courtesy of Don King.

Carson swim strong against Galena

The Carson High boys and girls swim teams turned in impressive efforts against Galena on Friday.

Dayton softball splits

The Dayton High softball team won the second game of its doubleheader against Fernley to gain an important split in the race for second in the Northern 3A.

Lambeth signs with Lamar

Fernley High graduate Matt Lambeth has signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball at Lamar University in Texas, has reported.

Mercer leads Nevada baseball in loss

Two solid pitching performances resulted in a 1-0 victory in 10 innings for the University of Hawai`i over the University of Nevada in the first game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu on Thursday night

Wednesday, April 28

Carson baseball falters vs. Reno

After Douglas High had given Reno its first league loss in two years last Saturday, there may have been a question about how the Huskies would rebound. With Chris Rickey on the mound there shouldn't have been.

Young pitchers come through for Dust Devils

GARDNERVILLE -- You can never have enough pitching when it comes to high school softball and baseball.

Carson golf wins Northern 4A event

The Carson High golf team spent the last week-and-a-half fine tuning its game. Consider the Senators tuned up.

Fallon beats Carson softball

The Lady Senators softball team would like to forget the first three innings of its game against Fallon Thursday afternoon at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex.

Costella wins NCAA postgraduate award

Carson High graduate Ryan Costella can now officially call himself one of the nation's top collegiate student-athletes.

Douglas baseball routs Wooster

When the dust settled on the first inning, every player in the Douglas starting lineup, except for the Tigers' most productive hitter this season, had crossed home at least once.

Lion Heart will win the Kentucky Derby

Saturday features the 130th version of the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Tuesday, April 27

Bridgeport Reservoir 'hot spot'in the Bridgeport, Calif. area

BISHOP CREEK AREA, CALIF: Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts (760) 873-4484 reported:

Hobart Reservoir openedfor fishing on May 1

LOCATION: Hobart Reservoir, which is a small high-mountain lake located in the Sierra Nevada between Carson City and Lake Tahoe, opened to fishing for the 2004 fishing season on May 1 and will remain open through Sept. 30.

Some notes on a scorecard

I didn't feel like writing a real column this week, but for anyone who still wants to pay attention to this popcorn stand, here's a few notes on a scorecard:

The 2004 derby winners atRiordan Invitational Derby

Here is the list of the 2004 winners at the John Riordan Invitational Fishing Derby:

Monday, April 26

Stieber signs to play soccer at Saint Mary's

There is a saying about good things being worth waiting for. If that's the case, Erin Stieber should end up being very happy about her decision to sign a soccer national letter-of-intent with Saint Mary's College on Monday.

Dayton softball falls to Damonte Ranch

The Dayton High softball couldn't overcome eight errors in a 9-8 loss at Damonte Ranch on Tuesday.

Sunday, April 25

Saturday, April 24

Friday, April 23

Douglas softball sweeps Reno

Freshman Tisha Luken, just called up to the Douglas varsity squad last week, couldn't have picked a better time to collect her first varsity hit.

Let's hear it for the old guys

After Rusty Wallace's win last weekend at Martinsville and Ricky Rudd's pole performance for today's Talladega race, I've got to go out and get one of those "Old Guys Rule" t-shirts!

Kubota fires hole-in-one

Jim Kubota recently fired a hole-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Course. He fired his ace on the 118-yard second hole from the blue tee. Rudy Lucero, Lois Kubota and Jeff Freelove witnessed the feat.

Carson gains split against Wooster

Willie Bowman called it the biggest game of Carson's season to date, and he was right.

Wonders lose season opener

The result may have been eerily similar and who knows if this is going to be the same Nevada Wonders soccer team from last year.

Reno edges Carson boys swim

The Carson High boys swim team gave Reno High all it could handle before dropping a close decision on Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Thursday, April 22

Mercer, Sutton lift Nevada baseball

Carson High graduate Joe Mercer's RBI double turned out to be the difference in support of a valiant effort by Travis Sutton as the University of Nevada baseball team defeated San Jose State 3-2 on Friday in San Jose.

Options for Niners, Raiders in draft

Today is a big day for true football fans.

Wednesday, April 21

Carson baseball beats Wooster

There's no denying it. This was a much anticipated baseball game between Carson and Wooster High Schools.

Carson softball routs South Tahoe

A Keystone Kops-style first inning gave Carson High a big lead and the South Tahoe High Vikings never got their offense going on Thursday, falling 11-0.

Indian Creek Campgroundready for camping season

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that its Indian Creek Campground at Indian Creek Reservoir in Alpine County, Calif. will open on Friday, April 30.

Carson Kiwanis Invitational to be held

Thanks to an assist from Nike and the YES Foundation, about five dozen Carson High School athletes will be able to put their best foot forward today when the Senators host their sixth annual Carson Kiwanis Invitational track and field meet.

Dayton softball sweeps Truckee

Nicole Greer pitched all 14 innings to pick up both wins and the Dayton High softball team pounded out 20 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Truckee on Thursday.

Douglas baseball falls against Reno

All it took was a couple mistakes. That's all it ever takes when good teams meet.

Tuesday, April 20

Carson track has impressive efforts

The Carson High boys and girls track teams had several impressive performances on Wednesday in a meet at CHS as they warmed up for their own invitational.

Wonders set for second act

In its inaugural season in the Premeire Development League, it became painfully clear that the Nevada Wonders soccer team just didn't have enough firepower.

Monday, April 19

Carson-Douglas rodeo has solid effort

Aaron Heberger, Alyce Kugler and Keston Denny all had outstanding performances this past weekend for the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club at the Nevada High School State Rodeo in Lovelock.

East and West Carson Rivershad great fishing for opener

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR, CALIF: Fishing success was very slow for trollers for the opening weekend. Water is mossy. On Monday and Tuesday, the boaters got blown off the lake by about 2 p.m. by the wind.

McIntosh to walk on at Nevada

Douglas High's Andy McIntosh will join teammate Luke Rippee and walk on with the University of Nevada football team, has reported.

USF&WS Open Houseon Saturday, Apr. 24

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USF&WS) Lahontan National Fish Hatchery will hold its annual open house on April 24, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Carson golf settles for fifth

The Carson High boys golf team didn't do as well handling the wind as the other top four Northern 4A clubs, so an end result of fifth place in Tuesday's tournament at Rosewood wasn't surprising.

Carson swim teams sweep South Tahoe

The Carson High swim teams came back from a hard duration of training during spring break and warmed up for its showdown with Reno High by sweeping South Tahoe on Tuesday.

Position for the chip shot

The short game plays a huge role in your ability to score well. Too often a golfer will hit two or three decent shots to get close to the green only to take three, four or more to get into the hole.

Locals star for Dana College

Douglas High graduates Tommy Bond, Chad Cooke and Kenny Nicoll are all playing key roles for the Dan College baseball team in its quest for a conference title.

Sommerfield joins Genoa Lakes staff

Genoa Lakes Golf Club is pleased to announced the addition of Kevin Sommerfield as its new tournament director.

Sunday, April 18

Saturday, April 17

Friday, April 16

Nevada strong on both sides of ball

RENO - Nevada concluded its spring practice Saturday with its annual Silver-Blue scrimmage, and there were good performances on both sides of the ball.

Peeples shoots hole-in-one

Marc Peeples fired a hole-in-one on Saturday at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Dayton softball drops a pair

The Dayton High softball team dropped a pair of games in nonleague action against Sparks on Saturday, losing the opener 4-1 and the nightcap 4-3.

Graham, Butler power Wolf Pack

RENO - Freshman outfielder Austin Graham comes to the ballpark each game hoping, not expecting, to start.

Douglas softball sweeps St. Francis

In the bottom of the 11th inning, it was Douglas' No. 11 that stepped up and ended the game.

Thursday, April 15

Nevada rolls to win against Fresno St.

RENO - The University of Nevada is on a four-game winning streak, and Brian Gazzero returned to the squad after missing 16 games. All is right in Nevada's world these days.

Another big day of racing today

Another big race day today, with Nextel Cup at Martinsville, Champ Cars at Long Beach, and the Indy Racing League at Motegi, Japan.

Brolsma out for the season

RENO - Nevada's pitching staff took a big hit when it was learned that Carson High grad Owen Brolsma suffered a torn tendon in his right elbow last Saturday against Louisiana Tech, and will miss the rest of the season.

Douglas softball beats Manogue

MINDEN - The Manogue softball team got to see all it could handle of the Douglas Lady Tiger pitching staff.

Wednesday, April 14

Picking the NBA playoffs

After another uneventful regular season, the first round of playoffs begin Saturday in the National Basketball Association.

Douglas is off to a fast start

Carson High graduate John Glover has his Douglas High baseball team off to an 18-1 start with just three weeks left in the regular season.

This year's Riordan Invitational Derby dedicated to Steve Ustal

On April 25-26-27, John Riordan, bar manager for the Pinion Plaza Hotel and Casino and the Carson Station Hotel and Casino, both in Carson City, will host his 7th annual Topaz Lake Invitational Fishing Derby.

2004 California seasonto open this Saturday

This is a final reminder that Saturday is the opening day of the 2004 California fishing season.

Mountain man rendezousin Carson City on weekend

If by some chance, you are not one of the many tens of thousands of fishermen planning to participate in the opener of the 2004 California trout fishing season on April 24, there is another unique outdoor event scheduled for that weekend in Carson City.

DU duck dinner atCarson Valley Inn

This is a final reminder that the Carson Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual fund raising dinner at the Carson Valley Inn (CVI) in Minden on Saturday, April 24.

Carson baseball falters against Reno

It seems that the Carson High baseball team couldn't play through the Toyo National Classic without having at least one breakdown that led to a big inning for its oppenent.

Tuesday, April 13

Comstock Shootout begins this weekend

It's a crap shoot when planning any outdoor activity during the spring in Northern Nevada.

Trout plants by NDOWin this general area

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), here are some recent trout plants in its Western Region:

Carson track is in disrepair

Embarrassment. Disgrace. Those are the words used to describe the track at the Jim Frank Track and Field Complex at Carson High's football stadium.

Carson baseball wins, to face Reno

The Carson High baseball team continued to hold its own against some top competition at the Toyo National Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

Former Carson resident in Pan Ams

A vacation trip turned out to be a life-changing experience for Kristi Henne of Plainview, Ark and formally of Carson City.

Monday, April 12

Hutt shoots hole-in-one

Eric Hutt recently fired a hole-in-one at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Keeping your head

The last few columns have been devoted to the pivot motion, the movement of the body for the entire golf swing.

Sunday, April 11

Some resorts to stay open into May

Thanks to the latest cool spell, skiing and boarding should hold up for another weekend or two.

Saturday, April 10

Friday, April 9

Dust Devil teams sweep

The Dayton High baseball team took care of business with a doubleheader sweep of Spring Creek on Saturday to keep pace in a wide open Northern 3A race.

Graham, Nevada erupt for 27 runs in win

The hit parade concluded with a bang for the University of Nevada baseball team in a 27-9 win at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Carson softball wins two at tournament

The Carson High softball team had two impressive wins in the Reed Easter Tournament, beating Reed 6-3 and Spanish Springs 3-2.

Douglas softball wins Reed tourney

After 11 games in less than a week, the Douglas softball team, exhausted from two separate tournaments, came home - victorious.

Car count barely full for Indy 500

Happy Easter! This is one of the few weekends the Nextel Cup teams have off for the rest of the year, and I hope they're enjoying it.

Thursday, April 8

Graham, Brolsma shine in victory

The University of Nevada baseball team may have found the No. 2 starting pitching it's been looking for all year.

Douglas softball falls against McQueen

It only took a couple mistakes to make up the difference in the ball game.

Wednesday, April 7

Bernstein has a difficult job

Bonnie Bernstein may have the most difficult job in sports journalism. As a sideline reporter, Bernstein must somehow provide something coherent within 30 seconds when speaking or conducting an interview.

Picking the hockey playoffs

Now is truly one of the best times of the year in the sporting world because the playoffs have begun in the National Hockey League.

Carson baseball pounds out victory

In a season filled with losses, Thursday's 18-2 setback against Carson High may have been the low point for the South Tahoe High Vikings.

Only in America; Davis with King

RENO - T-minus 21 days and counting.

Annual Loon Festivalto be at Walker Lake

This is a final reminder that the 12th annual Walker Lake Loon Festival will be held at Sportsman's Beach at Walker Lake on Saturday, April 17.

'Bear Aware' expert atsportsmen's meeting

The Ormsby Sportsmen's Association (OSA), a local organization for hunters and fishermen, will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Carson Nugget Convention Center.

Tuesday, April 6

Dayton baseball routs ROP

The Dayton High baseball team kept pace in what's turning out to be a wild Northern 3A race with a 13-0 win at Rite of Passage on Wednesday.

Carson softball splits with Elko

The Carson High softball team settled for a split on Wednesday against Elko, winning the opener of a doubleheader 5-3 before losing the nightcap 5-1.

Snyder has made a huge mistake

That's what I call Kirk Snyder's decision to make himself available for this year's NBA draft.

Final reminder of 2004tag application deadline

This is a final reminder that 5 p.m. on April 19 is the final deadline for RECEIVING applications for 2004 Nevada big game hunting tags.

Carson rodeo is this weekend

No one should ever be able to question the toughness of Aaron Heberger and Keston Denny.

Monday, April 5

Free ice cream in honor of UConn

University of Connecticut alumnus Greg Hoch is so happy that he's going to share his joy with everyone who comes into his restaurant today.

Hohl places fourth for Carson

Tim Hohl fired a solid four-over-par 75 to finish fourth to lead the Carson High golf team in a Northern 4A tournament on Tuesday at D'Andrea.

Nevada baseball defeats Saint Mary's

RENO - Nevada hitters took their weekend of frustration out on Saint Mary's College Tuesday afternoon.

Carson baseball falls against Reed

You can never have enough pitching, and Carson High's baseball team may have found another solid starter.

The last Saturday in April of each year is a special date

Psst! Wanna take an educated guess at what special date is sneaking up, just around the corner?

Douglas softball goes 3-1

The Douglas High softball team has had an impressive showing so far in the Fred Davidson Memorial Easter Tournament in Las Vegas, going 3-1 over the first two days.

Like his brother, Tyson also a winner

While his brother Shawn was busy taking care of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyson Estes put together a gem of his own against the McQueen Lancers Tuesday afternoon.

Davis going for world crown

RENO - Eric Harding, who unsuccessfully challenged Roy Jones for the world light heavyweight championship in September, 2000, had just finished his third sparring session with Kelvin Davis.

Carson softball falls to Wooster

An error on a double steal and a bad break on a line drive were the difference for the Carson High softball team in a 2-1 loss at Wooster on Tuesday.

Working on the back swing position

The position of the body for the back swing plays an important role in the golfer's ability to swing the club down to impact on the correct path and with the club face square.

Sunday, April 4

Ducks Unlimited duck dinnerat the Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual fund raising dinner at the Carson Valley Inn (CVI) in Minden on Saturday, April 24.

Plenty of Easter weekend activities

Diamond Peak closed last weekend without much advance warning, but with the snow rapidly disappearing it was a wise move.

Trout plants by NDOWin this general area

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), here are some recent trout plants in its Western Region:

Annual Loon Festivalto be at Walker Lake

According to a recent press release by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the 12th annual Walker Lake Loon Festival will be held at Sportsman's Beach at Walker Lake on Saturday, April 17.

Saturday, April 3

Friday, April 2

Carson swimming sweeps to victories

Carson High's swim teams swept Spanish Springs in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Bowman stars in Dayton split

Dayton High's Matt Bowman showed why he's one of the best players in Northern Nevada at any level while the Dust Devil baseball team settled for a split in a key doubleheader on Saturday against Truckee at home.

Healy wins national title for Nevada

RENO -- Ryan Healy's belt said it all: "2004 National Collegiate Boxing Champion: 165 pounds."

Bottenburg wins Jester Jog 10K

B. Bottenburg of Carson City won the Jesters Jog 10-kilometer run Saturday morning.

Thursday, April 1

Niemann shuts down Wolf Pack

RENO - There's still two more days of this remaining for the University of Nevada baseball team.

Junior needs to be wiser

Remember a few years ago when Jimmy Spencer was suspected of throwing some roll bar padding out of his car to cause a yellow flag for debris so he could make a pit stop without losing a lap?

Perfect time of the year for some 'Tender Loving Care'

Last week, I had a "ton of fun," writing about an alleged fishing trip to Lake Tahoe, where I claimed to have caught and released a record breaking Mackinaw Trout.

Moore, Smith shine for Carson track

Matt Moore and Tilor Smith turned in impressive efforts for the Carson High track team on Friday in the first day of the Reed Invitational.