Stories for February 2004


Sunday, February 29

Officiating team named for Champion Motor Speedway

Les Kynett, general manager of Champion Motor Speedway, has announced Tom Shelton as director of competition for the upcoming racing season. Shelton, 63, is a longtime resident of Carson City and has been in the racing community for 46 years.

Saturday, February 28

Friday, February 27

Nevada men overcome Bulldogs

FRESNO - Make no mistake about it, the University of Nevada men's basketball team loves to run with the basketball.

IRL season set to begin today

OK, first I need to apologize for my confusion in last week's column about who is broadcasting when for NASCAR.

Thursday, February 26

Virginia City falls against Lake Mead

RENO - Like the team he's helped lead to the promised land over the past two seasons, Kyle Lynch went down swinging.

Mercer picks up two-run hit in win

Brett Hayes' grand slam home run capped a nine-run second inning for the University of Nevada's baseball team in its 13-0 win over BYU on Friday in the Pepperdine Invitational at Malibu, Calif.

Wednesday, February 25

Best bets for hockey

If you appreciate intense, physical, skillful, fast action, there's nothing like the great sport of hockey.

Several locals solid in conference swim

Several Carson High graduates continued to turn in solid performances in conference swimming championships on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 24

Cohee, Wehan advance to nationals

It's billed as the Super Bowl of junior ski racing and the Carson Valley's dynamo ski racing duo of Nick Cohee and Bryce Wehan will be there.

Anderson, Chappell win state titles

Brett Anderson and Jordan Chappell, representing Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670, have both returned victorious from the state finals of the Elks National Hoop Shoot.

Dayton Nation is back in state playoffs

Last year, the community of Dayton rallied behind the Dust Devil boys basketball team as it made its run to an NIAA 3A State runner-up finish.

Carson bowling wins another crown

The streak continues for the Carson Senator bowling team. Once again Carson won the High Desert Interscholastic League Northern Nevada title.

Stieber, Lassen head for playoffs

Carson High gradaute Erin Stieber isn't quite done with her two-sport career at Lassen Community College.

Monday, February 23

Auction items highlight Garvey event

Many outstanding items have been donated for the live and silent auctions to be held during Western Nevada Community College's fund-raiser featuring former Major League Baseball great Steve Garvey as the keynote speaker.

Sierra Club to snowshoein the Desatoya WSA

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Sierra Club is offering a snowshoe trek to view the icicle waterfall in the Desatoya Wilderness Study Area (WSA), located near Eastgate, Nev.

The 2004-2005 license yearbegins March 1 for Nevada

Special Note: Don't forget that you will need your new Nevada fishing license (and Nevada Trout Stamp), beginning March 1.

Nash wins state shooting event

Whitney Nash of Carson City, an 11-year-old fifth grader from Seeliger Elementary School won the state title in the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot free throw competition held over the weekend in Hawthorne.

Gwinn signs with Sacramento State

Douglas High graduate Amber Gwinn has never doubted that playing soccer at Lassen Community College was the right decision.

Sunday, February 22

Some suggestions to help get you through March

It's early in the month of March and according to my calendar, we are only a few weeks away from the official start of the spring season.

Saturday, February 21

Savage soars to victory

Jordan Savidge of Smith Valley High School soared to victory with a personal record performance in the pole vault Saturday night during the Simplot Games indoor track and field meet in Pocatello, Idaho.

Carson skiers win title

It was close, but when all was said and done, the Carson High School boys left Mt. Rose Sunday with a clean sweep of the NIAA State Alpine Skiing Championships.

Friday, February 20

Boehnke, Carson boys win state crowns

Carson High boys skiing coach Jack Reinhardt had the perfect description when describing his team's performance in the state championships.

No doubting Thomas in Nevada's win

RENO - The streak is alive - barely.

Nevada women fall against Tulsa

RENO - It didn''t take coach Kim Gervasoni long to pinpoint why Nevada lost its sixth straight game.

Junior off to a fast start

Well, the 2004 racing season is underway, with Championship heir apparent Dale Earnhardt, Jr. atop the Nextel Cup standings after Daytona.

Grant scores impressive victory

RENO - While he wasn't fighting in the main event in Saturday's Everlast Heavyweight Explosion card at City Center Pavilion, former contender Michael Grant had the most explosive performance.

Barber strong for Notre Dame

Carson High graduate Justin Barber had a strong weekend to help the Notre Dame men's swim team to a second place finish at the Big East Championships.

Dayton boys advance to state

After losing four starters from last year's team, it looked like the Dayton High boys basketball team would be hard pressed to make a return trip to the NIAA 3A State Championships. But the Dust Devils thought otherwise.

Thursday, February 19

Another heavyweight explosion is set

RENO - At 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, Michael Grant is a mountain of a man. As a boxer he has been as close to the top of the heavyweight hill as he could get without reaching the precipice.

Larry Burton exercises contract option

Local business owners Jim Bawden and Henry Hodges Jr. announced Friday that Champion Motor Speedway owner Larry Burton bought out their lease/option to buy the track and will return as owner/operator for the 2004 season.

Douglas girls fall against Reno

SPARKS - Douglas High's two-year run at the NIAA state basketball tournament is history.

Brolsma strong in Nevada's defeat

After two impressive starts, Travis Sutton couldn't hold a lead this time as the University of Nevada baseball team lost to arch rival UNLV 8-6 on Friday in Las Vegas.

Freeman leads Desert Dogs to win

Carson City's D.J. Freeman had three goals and an assist to lead the Desert Dogs youth ice hockey team to a 6-1 win over the Stockton Polar Bears last weekend.

Wednesday, February 18

Local swimmers making their mark

Local swimmers are continuing to make their mark on the collegiate level, both in the pool and in the classroom.

Benson to run down under

Carson High junior Amanda Benson will be heading down under this summer to compete in an international competition.

Best bets in college basketball

College basketball has hit crunch time, and March Madness is right around the corner. It's time to look at which teams have been the most consistent moneymakers currently and throughout the season.

Carson skiers sweep to victories

Danny Rotter and the Carson High boys skiing team tuned up for a run at the state title with a strong showing against Hug and Manogue on Thursday.

Fandago to open sports book

Casino Fandago on South Carson Street is set to become the area's only independent race and sports book today.

Tuesday, February 17

Douglas girls eliminate Galena

RENO - Douglas High girls' basketball coach Werner Christen credits the team's 1-3-1 zone defense for a lot of the success the program has enjoyed the past several years.

Don't judge Nevada recruiting just yet

Easy targets. I don't like it when people take shots at easy targets. One of those easy targets is the University of Nevada football team for not making a serious effort to recruit local players.

Locals lead Dana College

Returning all-conference players Kenny Nicoll of Gardnerville and Chad Cooke of Minden are looking to gain some respect for the Dana College baseball team as another season has begun.

Monday, February 16

Wolf pack men set to take on Rice

One game at a time. One possession at a time.

Lorenzen leads Galena past Douglas

MINDEN - Derek Lorenzen showed why he is the best player in Northern Nevada this year.

Fans can be passionate within reason

Enthusiastic and passionate fans are part of what makes basketball so much fun to watch, especially at the college and high school games.

Sierra Club ski outingat Forestdale, Calif.

One of the local chapters of the Sierra Club is offering a 6-8 mile cross country ski trek on Saturday, Feb. 28. It is for members and anyone else interested in the trek.

Sunday, February 15

Time to spend a week in Colorado

Next week I'll be e-mailng my column from Colorado, where I plan to spend a week on the slopes.

Saturday, February 14

Friday, February 13

Thursday, February 12

'Darn it, I told you not to bring him, he's a jinx

Those were the exact words from Norm Budden, as three of us were busy sulking, pointing fingers and loudly blaming one other, on our return from a disastrous fishing trip to Walker Lake, last Thursday.

Wednesday, February 11

Odds on the Daytona 500

Without a doubt the most exciting sporting event this weekend will be NASCAR's 46th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Champion cars wanted for Mardi Gras

The Carson Horseshoe Club is hosting a big Mardi Gras Party from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 21 in downtown Carson City.

Nevada sluggish, still wins

RENO - Simply put, it wasn't one of University of Nevada's better efforts.

Nevada baseball rolls past Portland

Travis Sutton turned in his second straight impressive effort as the University of Nevada baseball team had no trouble in beating Portland in a 16-2 win on Thursday at the Oakland A's Tournament in Phoenix.

Tuesday, February 10

17-pound Cutt at Pyramidcaught on Valentine's Day


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.

Wild turkey releasesby NDOW in Nevada

According to Craig Mortimore, Upland Game Staff Biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, these are some recent wild turkey releases in the State of Nevada:

Wrestlers ready for state meet

With the Carson High wrestling team coming off its first Northern zone title in 15 years, the next logical goal for the Senators would be to go for the NIAA 4A state championships.

Dayton boys hoops falls to Manogue

The Dayton High boys basketball team took its medicine which it hopes will make it much more healthier for the upcoming Northern 3A playoffs.

Bowling for Kids event is scheduled

RENO - Nearly 100 Carson City children will compete alongside celebrities and local bowlers in the Bowlers Care for Kids Celebrity Bowl at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday.

Monday, February 9

Little League signups are scheduled

Carson City Little League has scheduled late signups for the upcoming season. Signups will be held today through Friday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center gym.

Pop Warner signups are scheduled

The Carson City Pop Warner program has scheduled signups for football players and cheerleaders.

Tiger boys able to win without Olson

MINDEN - This was truly a benchmark win for the Douglas Tigers.

Genoa Lakes will help March of Dimes

During the entire month of March a portion of every revenue round of golf played at Genoa Lakes Golf Club will be donated to a local chapter of March of Dimes.

Alumni football players are wanted

The Cal Sports Alumni Football Association is seeking alumni football players from the Carson City, Whittell, Galena, McQueen, Reno and surrounding areas.

Scherer strong for for Wild hockey

The High Sierra Wild Pee Wee ice hockey team turned in two solid efforts in defeats to the California Cougars over the weekend in NORCAL action in South Tahoe.

Softball signups are scheduled

The Carson City girls softball league has scheduled additional signups for Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13.

Sunday, February 8

President's weekend is a busy time

It's President's Weekend, so the slopes will be crowded. Last Saturday at Heavenly's California base the parking lot was full and the slopes crowded.

Saturday, February 7

Friday, February 6

Olson hurt in Douglas boys loss to Reno

RENO - The Douglas Tigers found out just how important freshman Keith Olson is to their team.

Carson girls hoops defeats Wooster

Alana Williams is still looking for the day when her team puts it all together. She believes though that her team becomes closer with each game.

Carson boys hoops falls to Wooster

The Carson High boys basketball team was on the verge of pulling off a huge comeback when a cruel twist of fate stopped its momentum.

Locals fare well in 3A wrestling

Fernley's Doug Kornagay and Yerington's Lucas Mudloff and Steven Gutierrez won titles while Dayton placed third as a team at the Northern 3A Championships.

Dayton boys hoops wins at buzzer

This time the Dayton boys basketball team needed just three seconds.

Hinton helps lead Nevada track

Galena High's Julie Hinton was among the champions for the University of Nevada women's track team as it easily won another meet on Saturday at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Carson roller hockey beats Douglas

Carson beat Douglas Friday night 7-2 in roller hockey action at the Total Sports facility in Sparks.

Thursday, February 5

Dayton boys fall against Lowry

For most Northern 3A basketball teams, going to Winnemucca to play Lowry is like visiting the Bermuda Triangle because something mysterious can always happen.

Nevada baseball wins season opener

The University of Nevada baseball team received an encouraging effort from Travis Sutton as it opened the season with an 8-4 win over St. Mary's on Friday at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton.

High Sierra Wild to play this weekend

The High Sierra wild Pee Wee ice hockey team will play two home games this weekend at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

Wednesday, February 4

Jackson receiving too much attention

With a record 37 fourth-quarter points and a game-winning last-second field goal, Super Bowl XXXVIII finished without a doubt as one of the most exciting events in sports history.

Tuesday, February 3

Yankees sign Osborne

Carson High graduate Donovan Osborne is giving it another shot to pitch in the Major Leagues.

Free throw contest winners named

Ten boys and girls from Carson City, ages 10 to 14, were named local champions of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.

Dayton boys hoops wins sixth straight

The Dayton express continues to roll and now the Dust Devils will look to keep their momentum going on the road.

Nevada looks to fill holes with recruits

RENO - University of Nevada football coach Chris Ault admits he has some big holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and he believes that his first recruiting class since returning to coaching, filled them.

Shine is not overconfident

False modesty in an athlete can be just as annoying as cockiness. Carson High's Nick Shine can't be accused of false modesty. But he can't be accused of cockiness, either.

Hatchett signs with Toledo

It's the University of Toledo football team after all for former Douglas High star Gabe Hatchett.

Monday, February 2

Galena boys hoops defeats Fallon

FALLON - A combination of power from both the offensive and defense ends enabled Galena's varsity boys' basketball team to frustrate Fallon, 62-44, Tuesday night in Fallon.

Douglas boys hoops impressive in win

MINDEN - Simply put, it was the best half of basketball that Douglas High has played all season.

Carson boys skiing defeats Galena

The Carson High boys skiing team now knows where it stands among the top teams in the state.

Athletes to sign, others to wait

At least three Carson Country football players will make it official today while several others are still weighing their options as the winter signing period begins.

Sunday, February 1

Sorry about Super Bowl hiking tip

While Daron Ralves and Travis Cabral have been doing well on the World Cup circuit, the big question is what has happened to South Tahoe's Jonna Mendes this season?