Stories for December 2004


Friday, December 31

2005 should be an interesting year

Happy New Year, all you race fans out there! 2005 should be an interesting year in Motorsports (there is an ancient Chinese curse that says, "May you live in interesting times").

Thursday, December 30

Wolf Pack assistant coach moves on

RENO - The University of Nevada football team is looking for a new secondary coach after Dave Fipp resigned on Thursday to take an assistant's job at San Jose State University.

Wednesday, December 29

The pick here is Oklahoma

Ten college football bowl games will be played today and tomorrow, and by Tuesday evening the season will be over. It would not be advisable to bet on every one of those remaining games, but everyone loves predictions, so here goes.

Niehoff, Engan ranked nationally

When ranking the nation's best all-around swimmers for her age group, the Carson Tigersharks' Abby Niehoff is near the top.

Familiar coaches meet at Carson

Last year, Carson High girls basketball coach Alana Williams often turned to assistant coach Shari Andreasen when the Senators faced difficult situations on the court.

Galena boys win consolation title

After an opening heartbreaking loss, the Galena boys basketball team put together a run in which they won four straight, finishing with a 74-66 win against Western on Friday to win the Las Vegas Prep Tournament consolation title.

Charlo shakes up San Jose

RENO - No Kevinn Pinkney. No problem.

Tuesday, December 28

Nevada to take on San Jose State

RENO - Nevada finished its non-conference schedule with the same 7-3 record as it had a year ago, but Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox said this year's team isn't as far along as it prepares for tonight's WAC opener against San Jose State.

Rotter rising on the national level

When Carson City's Corrinne Rotter moved up to compete on the International Skiing Federation (FIS) level, she found out in a hurry how difficult it would be to climb up the points ladder by the ranking she received: 990.

Galena 'Maupin' up in Las Vegas tournament

Teams that plan on focusing on shutting down Derek Lorenzen better beware - the Galena High boys basketball team has other players who can score.

Carson Country medals bring medals home

RENO - Nobody enjoys losing. In the case of the Sierra Nevada Classic wrestling tournament, however, a defeat every now and then can be beneficial.

Monday, December 27

Galena rebounds for victory

The Galena boys basketball coaching staff didn't know how the Grizzlies would respond after a tough loss. The staff shouldn't have worried.

Six Senators still alive in Sierra Nevada Classic

Carson High wrestling coach Tim McCarthy can't help but think what could have been if his team was at full strength in the Sierra Nevada Classic.

Reno court building dedicated to former judge, boxing referee

RENO - Former Reno judge and boxing referee Mills Lane was honored Tuesday in a ceremony at the justice center to be named in his honor.

Guess what, there's plenty of snow

This week's snowstorm should put Tahoe in fine shape for the foreseeable future. Here's a quick look at conditions around Tahoe this weekend.

Sunday, December 26

Pack women look for strong road show

When Nevada's women's basketball team continues its season-long five-game road trip today at Santa Clara (2 p.m. tip-off), it will be a reunion for the Wolf Pack's Kim Gervasoni and the Broncos' Michelle-Bento-Jackson.

Crosstumblers girls gymnasts shine in event

The girls teams at Carson City's Crosstumblers Gymnastics did extremely well at the recent Eyeopener Invitational hosted by High Sierra Gymnastics in Reno. For most of the team, this was the last time competing in its routines.

Carson girls have a 'Hoff' night in easy win

RENO - Carson High forward Andrea Hoff claims she didn't feel added pressure to have a big game offensively with teammate Nicole Scott on the sidelines Monday night.

Galena boys fall in triple overtime to Green Valley

Galena boys basketball coach Tom Maurer admitted he may have been guilt of overcoaching and it may have cost his team a most impressive win at the Las Vegas Prep Tournament.

The good, bad and the ugly in boxing

It's the last Tuesday of the year, so that means it's time for the third annual Good, Bad and Ugly awards. This is where I get to confer honors on the best, worst and downright terrible moments in boxing in 2004:

Saturday, December 25

Friday, December 24

Reflections on 2004

This is a time when I like to reflect on the previous 12 months and assess whether I've had a good year or not.

Thursday, December 23

A wish list for the New Year

Merry Christmas to the people of Carson Valley. I hope you all enjoy the day with your loved ones.

Hucke wins national title with Stanford

A small piece of Fallon made sports history Saturday afternoon in Long Beach, Calif.

Wednesday, December 22

Crosstumblers shine at event

Carson City's Crosstumblers Gymnastics boys team did extremely well at the Eyeopener Invitational recently hosted by High Sierra Gymnastics in Reno.

Carson boys barely jilted at the alter

Carson High's boys' basketball team played pretty well for 28 minutes. Unfortuntaely for the Senators, games are 32 minutes.

Tuesday, December 21

Carson Bulldog wrestling continues success

Remember that annoying black and white commercial for one of those brokerage firms in which the founder of the company talks about how he measures success one investor at a time.

Charlo up and down in his start

DAVIS, Calif. - After an impressive 17 points in 10 minutes against Eastern Illinois, junior Mo Charlo made his first start of the year , finishing with eight points, three turnovers and two assists in the Wolf Pack's 60-51 victory over UC Davis Wednesday night.

Nevada slowed down, still wins

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis tried its best to slow the game down to a crawl, but that strategy only works when you hit a good percentage from the field.

Monday, December 20

Rotter has strong weekend in FIS event

Carson City's Corrinne Rotter continues to make a name for herself on the national level in alpine skiing.

Nevada to take on UC Davis

Fresh off its most complete game of the season, the Nevada Wolf Pack seek to extend their winning streak to three straight tonight when they visit UC Davis.

Senators reflect on Reno TOC

RENO - There were no medals. In fact, neither Carson High wrestlers Micah Whitcome or Ahron Osheroff placed among the top eight in their weight classes at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Carson wrestlers compete well at Reno TOC

RENO - The Carson High wrestling team finished in the middle of the pack overall - but tops among Northern Nevada teams - when the 10th annual Reno Tournament of Champions concluded on Tuesday.

Yerington wins tourney title

The Yerington boys basketball team concluded a run in which it has played 13 games in 21 days by winning the title of the Winter Games Tournament at Rite of Passage.

Manogue beats Palo Verde

Daemin Hickey drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer as Bishop Manogue completed a fourth quarter rally to knock off Palo Verde of Las Vegas.

Fallon beats Carson girls in overtime

FALLON - Fallon's Michelle Beach sunk a soft jumper with :09 left in overtime Tuesday to give the Lady 'Wave cagers a come-from-behind 45-44 win over visiting Carson.

Carson boys defeat Damonte Ranch

Quite simply, it was Carson High's best defensive effort, and it led to an overwhelming victory.

Galena falls in tournament

The young Galena High boys basketball team had trouble in coming back from a semifinal loss at the Maui Christmas Classic in Hawaii, losing to Horizon of San Diego 70-53 in the third place game on Tuesday.

Sunday, December 19

Saturday, December 18

Friday, December 17

Will Nextel 'Sprint' to the finish for NASCAR?

Big changes are in the future for racing, both nationally and locally. By now I'm sure you have all heard about the Nextel/Sprint merger and wondered what it would mean for NASCAR.

Dayton boys falter in fourth quarter

SPARKS - Dayton High's inexperience and lack of composure reared its ugly head Saturday afternoon, costing the Dust Devils a game they should have won easily.

Carson girls basketball wins

The Carson High girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and strong foul shooting to break through for a 51-38 win over Frankin of Stockton, Calif., on Saturday in the final day of the Oakridge Trojan Classic near Placerville, Calif.

Bengals win consolation game

RENO - If you live by the three-point shot, you are going to die by the outside shot.

Nevada men coast to win

RENO - It was like David against Goliath, only this time the underdog didn't get a sniff of victory.

Talented field assembled for Capital Classic

Archbishop Alter's Joe Petrocelli, one of the coaching legends of Ohio high school basketball, will be on hand .

Thursday, December 16

Athletics should have kept Hudson

Some thoughts for a Saturday morning.

Silver State Gymnast shine

It was only fitting that the Carson City Silver State Gymnastic Academy team returned to competition in Reno's Eye Opener meet because that's exactly what it did - opened eyes.

Arizona talking with Estes

When all the dust settles on the blockbuster trade involving Randy Johnson, Douglas High graduate Shawn Estes could be one of the players indirectly involved with the deal.

El Camino Eagles fly past Senators

SPARKS - On the verge of being shot right out of the gym early in the third quarter, the Carson High boys basketball team rallied back to make things interesting in its 60-51 loss against El Camino (Sacramento) during the final day of the Nugget Rail City Classic on Friday.

Eastern Illinois holds on

RENO - Eastern Illinois started fast, but needed two big defensive plays in the final 13 seconds to hold off pesky Idaho State 56-53 in the opening game of the Dodge Holiday Classic Friday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Maurer wins 200th; Dayton boys hold on

The Galena High boys basketball team didn't fall apart after letting a five-point lead slip away in the last 12 seconds of regulation.

Nevada men roll to victory

RENO - After back-to-back losses last week, Nevada was in need of a blowout win. Florida Atlantic was only too happy to oblige.

Reno TOC wrestling begins today

Billed as the "Toughest tournament in the USA," many of the best collegiate and high school wrestlers will be on hand when the Reno Tournament of Champions begins its three-day run today.

Wednesday, December 15

The best bets in the NFL

It's hard to believe that the season has already reached Week 15 in the National Football League.

Nevada to host tournament

RENO - Nevada will attempt to break its two-game losing streak when it hosts Florida Atlantic in the first round of the Dodge Holiday Classic tonight (7:05 p.m.) at Lawlor Events Center.

Leck, Huskies eliminated

Kaitlin Leck's career came to an end on Thursday in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Final Four.

Galena girls fall against North Valleys

The Galena High girls basktball team couldn't contain post player Anita Burdick in a 63-50 loss to North Valleys on Thursday.

Bear Creek routs Carson boys

SPARKS - Bear Creek's David Nelson is a big, physical player. Carson High, at least on Thursday night, didn't play a physical game.

Tuesday, December 14

Ault vows that Nevada will improve

RENO - With the sting of the worst win-loss record in his 20 years at University of Nevada, head football coach Chris Ault vowed that things will get better.

Tarver to take on Johnson on Saturday

There will be an interesting subplot going on when Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson hook up Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Leck set for Final Four

From time to time in this popcorn stand we've tried to define just exactly what a student-athlete is.

Fallon rolls past Galena wrestlers

Fallon continued its winning streak in the High Desert League Wednesday as the Greenwave grapplers overwhelmed visiting Galena 51-24.

Carson basketball rolls past Lowell

SPARKS - Senior Brian Welch is the most experienced player on Carson High's basketball team, and he's doing his utmost to lead the Senators on the floor.

Carson girls lose to Nevada Union


WNCC hires soccer coach

Hillary Arthur, who helped direct Chico State to the NCAA Division II playoffs, has been named as the head coach for the Western Nevada Community College women's soccer team.

Monday, December 13

Jaggard, Christen are honored

Douglas High graduates Jenny Jaggard and Brit Christen have been honored by the Golden Valley Conference in women's soccer for Lassen College in Susanville, Calif.

Nevada is glad to be in Sessions

RENO - When Mark Fox was hired as Nevada's new basketball coach last spring, the first thing he did was attempt to fill a scholarship that departed coach Trent Johnson wanted to leave vacant.

Recognizing individual standouts

This week, the Nevada Appeal is publishing its annual All-Carson Country fall sports selections, a look at athletes representing the six high schools in team sports within our circulation area. And, keeping with tradition, I like to take time to recognize athletes who participate in the individual sports as well.

All-Carson Country teams named

Colten Mellows, sr., Douglas: All-around standout who played forward and sweeper for the Northern 4A runner-up Tigers.

All-Carson Country football team named

Travis Wood, 6-2, 175, so., Dayton: Stepped in as a full-time starter and threw for 1,959 yards and 20 TDs - both school records - to help Dust Devils achieve their first football winning record in school history. He earned second-team all-league recognition.

Sunday, December 12

All-Carson Country volleyball team

Kate Wallace, 5-8, sr., Galena: A three-year starter who was known for her competitive spirit and intelligence on the court.

Saturday, December 11

Friday, December 10

Future of short tracks discussed

More than 100 short track operators from diverse markets all over the United States are meeting in Las Vegas for the inaugural Short Track Racing Summit at the Orleans Hotel and Casino this weekend.

Third quarter run helps Spring Creek to title

Quickness, defensive pressure, and the ability to sustain good runs have been keys for the undefeated Spring Creek High School girls basketball team so far this season.

Carson wrestling takes second

Nine out of 14 wrestlers placed for the Carson High wrestling team as the Senators took second at the tough James Riddle Memorial Classic in Oakdale, Calif., near Modesto.

Douglas girls fall against Reed

RENO - The smile on Rick Shaw's face after the game said it all.

Welch helps Senators defeat Cougars

You can call Brian Welch a guard, forward or post player for the Carson High boys basketball team. Oh, and there's one more thing, according to coach Bruce Barnes.

Sessions impressive for Pack

RENO - Ramon Sessions continues to impress opposing coaches.

Leck, Huskies advance to Final Four

Carson High graduate Kaitlin Leck and the University of Washington volleyball team have punched their ticket for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Final Four.

Dayton girls split in tourney

The Dayton High girls basketball team settled for a split in its last two games at the North Valleys Tournament on Saturday.

Nevada fall to Pacific

RENO - You knew it had to end sometime. You knew Nevada would lose a home game at some point this season.

Thursday, December 9

Leck and Huskies in Elite Eight

Carson High graduate Kaitlin Leck and No. 7 seeded Washington have advanced to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament's Elite Eight.

Douglas girls defeat McQueen

An all-around solid effort from the Douglas High girls basketball team Friday night propelled the Tigers into the championship game of their bracket at the West Coast Showcase.

Gamberg has to step down at Douglas

Douglas High School wrestling coach Mike Gamberg was asked to step down earlier this week due to scheduling conflicts with his daytime job and coaching the team.

Nevada hosts Pacific

RENO - When you are struggling on defense like Nevada has in recent games, Pacific is a team you don't want to see.

Stricter testing is needed in baseball

The recent strategy by the Major League Players' Union is as transparent as glass.

Galena, Dayton win big

The Galena High boys basketball team was able to warm up for another tough opponent with an unexpectedly easy game against Jefferson of the Bay Area.

Carson to meet Spring Creek in finals

Aided by a 27-point first quarter, the Carson Senators posted a 76-60 semifinal victory against Elko during the 24th annual Carson Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night at Morse Burley Gymnasium.

Wednesday, December 8

It's hard to 'Bear' with the BCS

Just like every year, college football's final Bowl Championship Series poll upset players and fans in every way possible.

Dayton boys push Hug

The Dayton boys basketball team gave Northern 4A power Hug all it could handle before the Hawks pulled away at the end for a 71-50 win on Thursday at the Tournament in Winnemucca.

Carson wrestlers take it to Wooster

The Carson High wrestling program won early and often in an impressive 63-15 win over Wooster on Wednesday in South Tahoe.

Carson girls earn their first victory

Carson High enjoyed a huge height advantage against Fernley, and the Senators' inside players Andrea Hoff and Nicole Scott made good use of it.

Tuesday, December 7

Carson girls tournament begins today

The Carson High girls basketball team could be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire this week as the Senators host their 24th annual tournament.

Carson woman leads San Diego franchise

When she was the senior class secretary at Carson High, Juliana Paoli never imagined that would someday lead to being a top executive in the professional sports world.

Williams has confidence vs. Klitschko

There is a reason why heavyweight titlists Chris Byrd, John Ruiz and Lamon Brewster all want a piece of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

Monday, December 6

Kotter off to strong start

Carson High graduate Katie Kotter and the Northwest Nazarene University women's basketball team are off to a 4-2 start on the season.

Carson City runner goes the distance in marathon

Running a marathon is a considerable achievement in itself. Running the 26-mile, 385-yard distance while pushing a stroller as Sue Moulden of Carson City did on Sunday at the 22nd California International Marathon is a doubly impressive achievement.

Galena girls rout South Tahoe

Caitlin Anderson scored all 16 of her points in the first half as the Galena girls basketball team breezed to a 73-21 win over South Tahoe on Tuesday.

Virginia City off to 4-1 start

The Virginia City boys basketball team split two games Saturday - losing 59-58 to Yerington and beating Pahranagat Valley 56-51 - to finish with a 4-1 record at the Hawthorne Tournament.

Carson boys beat Fallon

A few halftime adjustments during Tuesday's game at Fallon made all the difference for the Senators' varsity boys basketball team.

Galena gives South Tahoe its first loss of season, 60-42

South Tahoe sprinted to a 6-0 start this season by making outside shots. On Tuesday night against Galena, the Vikings got a peek at what happens if they don't shoot the ball well.

'Survivor' meets 'Amazing Race' in 'Nevada Passage'

RENO - It's being billed as a combination of the reality TV shows "Survivor" and "Amazing Race," but Nevada officials are hoping the winner will be the state's tourism industry.

Sunday, December 5

Wolf Pack women return home

There is no place like home. At least that's what Nevada women's basketball coach Kim Gervasoni is hoping.

Nevada faces Toledo in rematch

Kevinn Pinkney remembers last year's game against Toledo all too well.

Dwyer, Zastre lead Carson hockey to win

Two games into the Northern Nevada Roller Hockey League, Kevin Dwyer and Dustin Zastre have emerged as a hot combo for the Carson Senators.

Plenty of snow at local resorts

New natural snow up there, but it's hard to beat that which the resorts haves been pumping out.

Saturday, December 4

Tigersharks compete well at Washington meet

There weren't too many accolades for a small and young contingent of Carson Tigersharks swimmers during the 56th annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash., this weekend. But there was no lack of good performances, not to mention valuable experience, according to coach Jim Puleo.

Mo delivers big plays for Nevada

RENO - The real Mo Charlo showed up Saturday night against UNLV. Not the impostor that had been wearing No. 2 through the first four games.

Friday, December 3

Driving safely on winter roads

Since I wrote last week's column on Friday night, before the snowstorm, I'm a week late with my annual winter driving lecture. Those of you who are reading this at the kitchen table are probably OK - those who are reading it in the body shop waiting room - sorry I'm late.

Dayton boys win tournament title

It was a character builder for the Dayton High boys basketball team without its leading scorer after the Dust Devils let a late lead slip away.

Galena picks up huge win

Even though it was deja vu all over again when the Galena High boys basketball team had to play without Derek Lorenzen for virtually the entire first half, The Grizzlies still came away with a big win for their first victory of the season.

Senators lose to Raiders in chill

MINDEN - With the temperature outside hovering near 20 degree, the Carson and Reed boys basketball teams tried to stay warm offensively inside Douglas High's gym Saturday morning during the fourth annual Carson Valley Classic.

Douglas boys fall to Fairview

Four games and three days into the season, Douglas High head boys basketball coach Keith Lewis got to see a little bit of everything from his team.

Carson boys fall to Lowry

Jake Jeffers finished off a strong tournament as he scored 12 points, but the Senators (0-4) wound up on the short end of the score in their final game of the round robin Carson Valley Classic.

Dyer and Boehnke shine in meet

Kevin Dyer and Tatum Boehnke continued to have impressive efforts for the Carson Tigersharks at the Huskie Invitational on Saturday in Federal Way, Wash.

Lemoore sweeps at Capitol City Duals

Though rare, it was perhaps fitting Saturday evening when the Outstanding Wrestler award for the seventh-annual Capitol City Duals was handed out to the entire Lemoore High School team.

Fazekas sparks Wolf Pack past Rebels

RENO - Nevada sophomore Nick Fazekas was missing in action for much of the second half, but came up big with the game on the line.

Thursday, December 2

Nevada hosts arch rival UNLV

RENO -- Dealing with adversity is something all college basketball teams deal with in the course of the season.

Dyer strong for Tigersharks

Four young Carson Tigershark swimmers are finding out what it takes to swim at the elite level at the Huskie Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.


There were several times when Granada High School, out of Livermore, Calif., was simply going to pick up and run away with the game Friday night, but the Douglas boys basketball team just wouldn't lie down.

Falcons outlast Senators

MINDEN - Once again, the Carson High boys basketball team was in position to win at the end. But again, the Senators fell short down the stretch as they dropped a 62-52 verdict against Colfax (Calif.) during second-day action Friday afternoon at the Carson Valley Classic.

Wednesday, December 1

Trojans ran up the score

Last Saturday No. 1 Southern California was leading 34-10 in the fourth quarter of its football game against rival Notre Dame.

Burleson ruled ineligible

RENO - The University of Nevada basketball team will have to forge ahead without freshman guard Lyndale Burleson.

Dayton boys dunk Bishop

DAYTON - When Dayton High's Trent Wood started the game with a breakway dunk, you got the feeling that the Dust Devils were headed for a big night.

Laguna Creek defeats Carson in opener

GARDNERVILLE - The Carson High boys basketball team is striving to gain experience right now. The Senators are looking to get there by the end of this season, but on Thursday night, experience favored Laguna Creek in a 49-42 victory at the Douglas-hosted Carson Valley Classic.

Douglas boys romp in opener

The Douglas Tigers took the floor Thursday night with a sophomore as their only returning starter and only two players with any varsity experience. Two starters weren't even in basketball at this time last year.