Stories for August 2004


Tuesday, August 31

Carson girls golf ready for season

The Carson High girls golf team hopes that all the hard work it has put in over the summer will pay off.

Douglas soccer impressive in win

Mike Gransbery had a goal and an assist as the Douglas boys soccer team picked up an impressive win

Monday, August 30

Andre Ward has a proud aunt in Carson City

Andre Ward had his own personal rooting section in Athens, Greece, Sunday when he became the only American boxer to win a gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games.

Winners in Buick Scramble named

DAYTON - PGA Professional Ken Mayberry led his El Macero Country Club team to the gross division title while Doug Hanson's Lockeford Springs Golf Club captured the net division championship at Monday's final Buick Scramble Northern California PGA Sectional Championship at Dayton Valley Country Club.

$1 million shootout scheduled

The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada is sponsoring a $1,000,000 Hole-In-One Shootout.

Rowe set to take charge

The University of Nevada sophomore quarterback is counting down the hours, minutes and days until the Wolf Pack play at Louisiana Tech Monday at 10 a.m. (ESPN 2, Radio-630) in the season and conference opener for both schools.

Adult volleyball signups being held

Registration for the Carson City Recreation Department's Adult Volleyball Fall League will close on Friday.

Nevada men and women lose players

It was a common sight to see University of Nevada point guard Jocelyn Mancebo fight for a loose ball or battle to get to the basket last season.

Casino Fandago offers promotion

Casino Fandango is going deep throughout the football season with one drawing winner per game pocketing $10 for each point scored during every Sunday and Monday Night football game.

Adjusting to a bad lie

A common error among golfers is the inability to adjust for the ball sitting in a bad lie

Koop takes over CHS boys soccer

New Carson High boys soccer coach Jason Koop wants his team to know that he's in this for the long haul.

Carson girls tennis rolls to victory

Carson High girls tennis coach Diane Roberts was a little concerned after the first round. She didn't need to be.

Senators face another stiff test - this time it's McQueen

Life just isn't getting any easier for the Carson High School football team.

Sunday, August 29

Saturday, August 28

Three down, one to go for Rescino

It's three down and one to go for Nick Rescino Jr. in his bid to complete a clean sweep of the Nevada State Sprint Car Championship Series.

Bartlett wins at Thunder Bowl

TT motorcycles and quads returned to Thunder Bowl Speedway in Mound House Saturday night for their second race of the season at the track.

Friday, August 27

Lost interest in open-wheel racing

I hate to admit this, but the state of open-wheel racing has reached the point where I, a lifelong open-wheel race fan, have begun to lose interest.

Age no barrier in Cross Country Cup

Age was certainly no barrier at Cross Country Cup 2004 because the overall winners in both the 5- and 10-kilometer races were runners in the 40-49 age group Saturday morning at Western Nevada Community College.

South Tahoe shuts out the Grizzlies

SOUTH TAHOE - Thank Goodness for a four-week preseason. That's essentially what Galena High football coach Steve Struzyk told his team after being manhandled by South Tahoe Saturday afternoon.

Galena volleyball wins Las Vegas event

The Galena High volleyball team is expected to contend for the NIAA 4A State championship this year and gave every indication that's what it plans to do by rolling to the title in the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.

Thursday, August 26

ROP rolls to a victory

Rite of Passage's players got the season - and their high school football careers - off to a rousing start.

Rough night for Carson football

This was not the way the Carson High football team wanted to begin the season.

Dust Devils beat Mustangs

RENO - Spurred on by a three-headed attack, the Dayton High School football team rushed for 319 yards as a team en route to its season-opening 40-14 victory against Damonte Ranch on Friday night.

Fernley football rolls to win

FERNLEY - The Fernley Vaqueros unveiled their new 3-5-3 defense, and the results were better than expected.

This replay business has some merit

Even now that the Olympics have concluded in Athens, I still cannot forget the controversy surrounding Paul Hamm and his men's gymnastics all-around gold medal.

Plenty of sales this weekend

While most hiking trails around Carson City will be thronged this Labor Day weekend, thre's a good chance the Nevada Cathedral Gorge State Park at Panace in easten Nevada is going to be uncrowded.

Fantasy football thoughts

With the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts kicking off the NFL season Thursday night, I just wanted to jot down some notes for you fantasy football coaches who still have a draft coming up.

Wednesday, August 25

Cross Country Cup set for Friday

Here's a tip for anyone who is entered in the Cross Country Cup for the first time and has never seen the course - just look at the t-shirt. The logo shows a cowboy riding a brahma bull.

Hurricanes win another title

The Carson Valley Hurricanes 12 and under softball team won the California NSA Fall Ball Championship Qualifier held last weekend.

Nevada baseball lands two

The official start of the college baseball season is still several months away, but Nevada coach Gary Powers has landed two players that are expected to step in and make immediate contributions.

Brinson takes over as Carson cross country coach

Dennis Brinson has a couple of goals in mind - both short term and long term - coming into his new assignment as head cross country coach at Carson High School.

Tuesday, August 24

Snow job brings Spencer to Nevada

RENO - As the plane descended into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Caleb Spencer was treated to the sight of snow-covered mountains.

Appeal's football previews today

The Nevada Appeal's high school football preview package will be featured in Thursday's edition.

Carson boys tennis optimistic

In his three years as Carson High boys tennis coach, Pat Houlihan has seen a gradual improvement in his players each season.

Yerington Lions looking for success

With a lot of new faces in the lineup, the Yerington High School football team is busy preparing for a new season and for a new conference this fall. At the same time, coach Cody Neville is looking to instill some traditions from Yerington's past.

Locals paying dues at Nevada

RENO - For the first time in their young lives, Luke Rippee, Andy McIntosh and Nick Shine will be watching football from the sidelines.

Douglas looks for continued success

The philosophy never changes for Douglas head football coach Mike Rippee.

Fernley will tow the line

Dave Hart, veteran Fernley High football coach, was succint when he talked about this year's team.

Monday, August 23

Galena looks for fifth straight playoff

RENO - The 2003 football season wasn't the best in Galena's short history, but the Grizzlies did make their fourth straight playoff appearance.

Sunday, August 22

I'm now a fan of kayaking

Kayaking was never big on my schedule of outdoors events. That is, not until my son Nick came out from Minneapolis for a visit.

Saturday, August 21

Sheriff's lay down the law against fire

The Carson City Sheriff's Department earned first bragging rights Saturday night at Champion Speedway to what they want to be an annual event - a 'match' race against the Carson City Fire personnel.

S&S Motorsports fair well in debut

Racing at Madera Speedway in Madera, Calif., co-owner of the S&S Motorsports sprint car Steve Shaw said it may not have been their best first outing, but car and driver improved over the duration of the 100-lap feature event.

Like father, like daughter

For 17-year-old Katie Crome, playing with a "boy's toy" has its advantages. She gets to drive race cars and with one of her favorite people -- her father, Kenny.

A Vaugn-ted run to crown

RENO - Vaughn Taylor said he'll never forget his last two putts of Sunday's wind-ravaged Reno-Tahoe Open, and with good reason.

Allan falters to lose shot at title

RENO - Two strokes up with one hole to play. It was Steve Allan's tournament to lose.

Dust Devils shoot to surpass .500

Rick Walker has seen some close calls in his three seasons as head coach of the Dayton High School football program.

Friday, August 20

Stewart shows his fortitude

Earlier this year I mentioned how impressed I was with Tony Stewart's drive in the Daytona 24-hour race, when he muscled a wounded car around at competitive speeds until it literally fell apart under him.

Shorthanded Senators competitive in scrimmage

Considering the number of inactive players watching from the sidelines, perhaps the Carson High School football team was fortunate that this wasn't a regular season game.

Piersanti relay team competes in triathlon

Unfortunately, Vince Piersanti saw one of his big fears become reality Saturday when he took a spill on his recumbent cycle during in the Pyramid Lake Triathlon.

Haas trying to earn his card

RENO - Bill Haas would like nothing better than to be a card-carrying member of the PGA Tour, and if he keeps playing like he has the first three days of the Reno-Tahoe Open, he won't have long to wait.

Thatcher takes lead in RTO

RENO - Roland Thatcher finds himself in uncharted territory. In 17 previous PGA starts, the 28-year-old has never been a 54-hole leader.

Thursday, August 19

Coyotes baseball sweeps three games

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team returned to action this past week by sweeping three games at Governor's Field.

Fear and loathing at the RTO

Take my word for it, there's nothing more boring than waiting for a rain delay to end at a PGA tournament.

Weather playing havoc with RTO

RENO - The weather has played havoc with the sixth annual Reno-Tahoe Open's schedule the last two days, but Mark Russell, PGA tournament director, thinks that the tournament can finish on schedule if there are no more major delays.

Being a ref is natural for Drakulich

Being a referee comes so naturally to Reno resident Vic Drakulich, that sometimes he doesn't even have to be in the ring to work his craft.

Taylor-made leader in RTO

RENO - For the second straight day, a rookie has vaulted to the top spot in the sixth annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Wednesday, August 18

Piersanti battles back from adversity

That competitive spirit brought Piersanti from almost nowhere to become Dayton High School's Athlete of the Year and the Nevada Appeal's Carson Country 3A Athlete of the Year in 1998-99.

S&S Motorsports in action

S&S Motorsports will premiere their newly designed sprint car Saturday at the Trigueiro Classic race at Madera Speedway in Madera, Calif.

Whittemore hired by WNCC

D.J. Whittemore received the birthday present he most wanted three days early - a coaching position on the college level.

Midgets to invade Fernley

The three divisions of the Bay Cities Racing Association will be in force this Saturday at Reno-Fernley Raceway.

Duffy is a duffer at RTO

RENO - It was a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Duffy Waldorf on Thursday in the first round at the sixth annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Thatcher rules at RTO

RENO- Impressive iron play and a hot putter propelled rookie Roland Thatcher to the top of the leader board after the first round at the weather-ravaged Reno-Tahoe Open Thursday at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Tuesday, August 17

Carson Valley Inn ready for football

The Carson Valley Inn is providing a full spectrum of fun for the 2004 football season with big screen action, great food and beer specials, plenty of betting opportunities at the Sports Book, and Monday night free prize drawings and double points.

Alegria has plenty of time in the ring

In his fifth year as the third man in the ring, 47-year-old Victor Alegria of Sparks is the newest of the three Northern Nevada professional boxing referees (Reno's Vic Drakulich and Carson City's Norm Budden are the other two), and he's finding out that hitting the big-time as a ref is not unlike striking success as a professional boxer.

Depth for Carson volleyball

First-year Carson High volleyball coach Shana Wilkens doesn't believe in the observation that there can be too much of a good thing.

Other locals playing on college level

They've all taken different paths to the major college football level and all three hope to begin to make a mark this season that will serve as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

Monday, August 16

Watch out for that long swing

A common mistake in the golf swing is trying to swing the club back too far.

Young golfers turn out for Fred Alexander clinic

RENO - They came in all shapes and sizes. Young and old. Boys and girls. Experienced and inexperienced.

Sunday, August 15

Budden has the 'best seat'

Referee Norm Budden may not have a catchphrase like Mills Lane ("Let's get it on!") or Joe Cortez ("Remember guys, I'm fair but I'm firm"), but the longtime Carson City resident has been drawing some critical acclaim as of late.

Rowe looks solid at QB for Wolf Pack in scrimmage

RENO - Sophomore quarterback Jeff Rowe may have gained some valuable ground in his quest to be Nevada's No. 1 quarterback.

Reno-Tahoe Open guaranteed new champion

RENO - One thing is certain, the sixth annual Reno-Tahoe Open will have a new champion this year.

Saturday, August 14

Miller, Danburg follow right line to victory at Champion

Perhaps you've seen "Whose Line is it Anyway?," the improvisation television show hosted by Drew Carey.

Fernley race fans treated to light show

FERNLEY - Race fans at Reno-Fernley Raceway got a bonus Saturday night. Not only did they see some great racing, they also got a free light show and free showers as a storm cell delayed the action for about an hour.

Friday, August 13

Racing around the rules

At one time I was amused and astounded at some of the ploys racing teams used to get around the rules - things like two-foot-wide filler necks that held a couple of gallons of extra fuel, and mockup rolls of duct tape and drivers gloves made of lead and "accidentally" left in a race car that was being weighed.

Honoring Carson's best

A Navy Seal who was supposed to see action in the Bay of Pigs.

Thursday, August 12

View of Olympic track and field

The Summer Olympic Games get on track today when the track and field competition gets under way in Athens.

Wednesday, August 11

Dayton soccer signups today, Saturday

The Dayton Valley High Desert Soccer League is holding its final signups for the fall season.

These guys can help Pack turn corner

RENO - Their routes to the University of Nevada have been vastly different, but cornerbacks Paul Pratt and Kevin Stanley have the same goal of earning a starting job this season.

Upton finishes just out of money

Lynda Upton finished two strokes out of the money as the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour's Reno Women's Open came to a close on Thursday at Wolf Run Golf Club.

Tuesday, August 10

He's still a little brother

Balance. If there's ever a word that describes Rulon Gardner, it's balance. Gardner has demonstrated a balance to succeed on the mat - and in life.

Monday, August 9

Upton fires 78 in Reno event

Lynda Upton didn't play as well as she would have like, but still found herself in a solid position after the first round of the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour's Reno Women's Open.

Sunday, August 8

Dahl leads way up front for Pack offense

RENO - There's one big reason why Nevada has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last three seasons - Harvey Dahl.

Wolf Pack looks to reclaim Mackay

RENO - Chris Ault has returned for his third tour of duty with the Nevada Wolf Pack, and one of his goals is to re-establish the homefield advantage.

S&S Motorsports protest denied

Officials of the Supermodified Racing League ruled Monday against S&S Motorsports of Carson City in a protest filed after a race at Chaparral Speedway in Emmett, Idaho.

Saturday, August 7

Fresno State coach pulls no punches

Fresno State football coach Pat Hill doesn't pull any punches when he talks about his team.

Ashmore, Roberts win mixed doubles title

Carson City's Orion Ashmore and Diane Roberts combined to win the Mixed 4.0 Doubles championship during the Carson National Tennis Rating Program (NTPR) & Century Tournament on Sunday at Centennial Park.

Swim stays afloat in Western Modified feature race at Champion Speedway

Taking the point and trying to protect your lead with a pack of challengers in hot pursuit is not as easy as it looks.

Carson City's Linkul looks ahead

Robert Linkul's winning distance of 184 feet, 8 inches in the hammer throw during the Nevada Throwers Club's all-comers meet Sunday morning at Reed High School in Sparks was pretty respectable.

Friday, August 6

June keeping things hot for Hawai'i

When June Jones came to Hawai'i five years ago, he had a vision.

Heinz to race on national stage

If you're a sprint car fan, the fabled Knoxville track is a combination of Mecca, Vatican City, Camelot, and the Holy Grail rolled up into one.

Depth pays off for Carson Tigersharks

MINDEN - The Carson Tigersharks saw their team depth rewarded with three victories in the boys 200-yard freestyle relays Saturday afternoon during day two of the Pacific Swimming Zone 4 Championships.

Chang on verge to set record

It didn't take long for Hawai'i football coach June Jones to realize Timmy Chang was going to be a special player.

Local swimmers strong at nationals

Local swimmers all had encouraging efforts as the National Championships came to a close on Saturday.

Thursday, August 5

Boise State is the class of the WAC

Until somebody knocks them off, the Boise State Broncos are the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference.

McQueen's Carr helps drive Broncos

Chris Carr is ready. The former McQueen standout is primed for the Boise State defense to have another big year and get the notoriety it so richly deserves.

Locals strong at nationals

Local swimmers had a solid day on Friday at the National Championships being held at Stanford.

Natalie Rogers looks to play tennis at next level

It wasn't the outcome she would have liked, yet Natalie Rogers was able to smile and look ahead to another day after losing her match at the Carson City Tennis Club's annual City Tournament early Friday evening at Centennial Park.

Buyten takes silver

In possibly the longest sudden-death face-off in Step-Up history, first-time X Gamer Jeremy McGrath outlasted defending champ Matt Buyten of Carson City to win his first gold medal in the Moto X Step Up Competition on Friday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Wandel, Dyer win 200 freestyle races

MINDEN - Two of the closer races Friday afternoon at the Pacific Swimming Zone 4 Championships were waged in the 200-yard freestyle between friendly training partners who work out together daily with the Carson Tigersharks.

Insiders tips on Olympic swimming

Major League Baseball has its World Series every year. The NFL has the Super Bowl. The NHL has the Stanley Cup. College basketball has the Final Four ...

Wednesday, August 4

Engan, Hardt strong at nationals

Carson City's Julie Hardt and Jamie Engan turned in solid performances at the United States Swimming Championships on Thursday at Stanford.

Ault has taken the right stand

When Nevada football Chris Ault took over the program last winter, he said he wouldn't tolerate any garbage from his players and that he would have a zero tolerance policy.

Tuesday, August 3

Chastains already proud of Brandi

When Brandi Chastain called her grandparents on Monday, what she said was likely the most unneccessary statement she's ever made to her grandfather and grandmother.

UTEP hopes Price is right

After three consecutive two-win seasons, there is nowhere to go but up for the UTEP Miners.

Rodriguez hopes to be more consistent

Robert Rodriguez's goal is simple. Be the best middle linebacker for the best defense in the Western Athletic Conference.

Monday, August 2

Sunday, August 1