Stories for July 2004


Saturday, July 31

Friday, July 30

S&S Motorsports takes second

MERIDIAN, Idaho - S&S Motorsports of Carson City made the 400-mile drive to Idaho Thursday to compete at Meridian Raceway Park Friday and Saturday at Chapparal Speedway.

Hot cars in the summertime

This is the best time of year for classic car buffs. Hot August Nights kicks off today, with 5,000 entries and an estimated total attendance of 800,000 people in Reno/Sparks for the next week.

Thursday, July 29

Pop Warner camp is today

Carson High's annual Pop Warner Football Camp will be held today. Registration will be held at 8:15 a.m. and the camp will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Holley to lead Rice defense

Make no mistake, Terry Holley likes challenges.

Sasquatch win USABA World Series

INDIAN HILLS - There will be no trip to Disneyland for the Sonora Sasquatch after winning the 15-and-under United States Amateur Baseball Association World Series championship, but they'd be more than happy to settle for the next best thing.

Rice could be a dangerous team

When coaches around the Western Athletic Conference talk about teams to watch out for, Rice is usually at the tip of everybody's tongue.

Wednesday, July 28

Tuesday, July 27

Four locals to swim in nationals

Four swimmers representing different paths will represent Carson City next week at the United States Swimming Championships.

Boise State picked to win title

RENO - Boise State barely beat out Fresno State as the media's preseason choice to win the Western Athletic Conference football title.

Crushers fall short in comeback

INDIAN HILLS - Though still searching for their first win in the 15-and-under United States Amateur Baseball Association (USABA) World Series, the Carson Crushers showed they have life in a 10-9 loss against the East Side Thunder Wednesday afternoon at James Lee Park.

Carson 15s advance to finals

Carson 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star Baseball team manager Trent Osmer keep uses the word unbelievable to describe his club.

Monday, July 26

Buyten to defend gold in X Games

Carson City resident and professional Freestyle rider Matt Buyten will be back to defend his gold medal at X Games X to be held Aug. 5-8 in Los Angeles.

Summer Slam signups today

Signups for the Senator Summer Slam basketball camp will be held from 5-6 p.m. today at Carson High's gym.

Carson 15s stay alive

SOUTH TAHOE - After squeezing out a tough win on Monday, Carson's 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team left little doubt of the outcome on Tuesday.

Sunday, July 25

Sonora outslugs Crushers

INDIAN HILLS - One thing has become painfully obvious at the USABA 15-and-under World Series. The Carson Crushers don't have a lot of pitching.

Blueprint unveiled for new stadium

SPARKS - Sierra Nevada Baseball Inc., the group trying to bring a Pacific Coast League baseball franchise to Washoe County, unveiled the prototype for its new 9,000-seat Sierra Nevada Ballpark to the media and other local dignitaries on Monday.

Gatti should consider a new name

Here are some pretentious pontifications and pugilistic prognostications for a Tuesday morning:

Saturday, July 24

Crushers fall twice in USABA play

INDIAN HILLS - The Carson Crushers' struggles in the USABA 15 and under World Series continued on Sunday night when they lost to the East Side Thunder from Seattle, Wash., at James Lee Park.

Heberger finishes fifth at nationals

Galena High graduate Aaron Heberger finished fifth in calf roping at the National High School Finals Rodeo with a solid performance in Sunday's championship go-round in Gillette, Wyo.

Friday, July 23

Earnhardt to return to the track

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be racing a little uncomfortably at New Hampshire this weekend, recovering from second degree burns after his crash in a road-racing Corvette at Infineon Raceway last week.

Heberger in position to make finals

Aaron Heberger of the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club has virtually assured himself a spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo championship go-round in calf roping.

Local players help Knights win USABA opener

The Nor Cal Knights, aided by some help from Douglas County, strolled to a 9-1 victory over the Carson Crushers in their opening game of the 15-and-under United States Amateur Baseball Association (USABA) World Series on Saturday afternoon at James Lee Park in Indian Hills.

Sun Devils even DiMaggio record

Willie Bowman slammed a two-run homer in the first inning to help put the Sierra Sun Devils on track to a 5-1 victory against Belmont, Calif., during the Joe DiMaggio (18-and-under) World Series on Saturday in Yountville, Calif.

Carson 15s fall to South Tahoe

SOUTH TAHOE - If Carson is going to win the 15-year-old state Babe Ruth title, it will have to be from the loser's bracket.

Thursday, July 22

Capital City Kids Triathlon scheduled

The Carson City Recreation Department will hold its first Capital City Kids Triathlon. The event will be held on Sunday at the Carson Aquatic Facility and Mills Park.

Just call him Traitor Trent

Not that he gives a you know what about my feelings for him, but I've lost all respect for Trent Johnson, the former Wolf Pack men's basketball coach.

Carson 13s finish as state runners-up

The Carson 13-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball all-star team defeated arch rival Reno South 13-8 in the championship round to force a second game for the title on Thursday at Reno's Governor's Bowl.

Wednesday, July 21

Funds raised for Carson City Fire

The donation collected at Champion Speedway Saturday was the result of a challenge by Late Model Sportsman driver Joel Worley and his crew.

Heberger rises in all-around standings

If Aaron Heberger continues to perform the way he has been, he'll be able to call himself one of the top all-around high school cowboys in the country.

Diane Baker passes tennis off to youngsters

Diane Baker well remembers playing tennis when she was growing up in Carson City.

Angell enjoys sights and sounds of Olympic Trials

As an avid track and field fan, Austin Angell doesn't wait to follow the sport on just Olympic years. He follows it every year - and at every level.

Tuesday, July 20

Fernley 15s qualify for state

After fighting Lyon County in a see saw battle for the first inning and a half, Fernley broke away with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and never trailed after that in taking an 11-6 win to qualify for the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament this Saturday.

Boxers put on a good show

FALLON - The main event of the second annual Saturday Night Fights didn't disappoint the 400 fans who packed the convention center.

Gatti set to take on Dorin

If it's true that styles make fights, Saturday's bout between WBC super lightweight titlist Arturo Gatti and former WBA lightweight beltholder Leonard Dorin, to be televised on HBO from the Boardwalk Club in Atlantic City, N.J., has all the trappings for Fight of the Year.

Carson 13s make championship round

The Carson 13-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball all-star team advanced to the finals of the state tournament with a 5-3 win over Reno West on Wednesday at Reno's Governor's Bowl.

Crushers set for USABA Tournament

Virtually all of the players on the Carson Crushers 15 and under baseball team have plenty of experience playing at an elite level.

Roman signs with Bethel College

Joe Roman came a long way during his senior year with the Carson High wrestling team.

Monday, July 19

Sunday, July 18

Momentum turns on Carson American in 11-year-old tourney

Carson American League had momentum swinging its way in the fifth inning Monday night in Reno.

Saturday, July 17

Chet jets to victory at Champion

A few shining stars emerged Saturday evening at Champion Speedway, as six divisions raced for points in what has become exciting competition in several classes.

Heinz Dominates Box Stock Outlaw Karts at Thunder Bowl

Young Carson City racer Zachary Heinz took his dominance of the Box Stock Outlaw Kart division to a new level Saturday night at Thunder Bowl Speedway, carving his way through traffic to lap almost the entire field in the 20 lap main event.

Devers still having fun - still winning

SACRAMENTO - Even at age 37, Gail Devers still has fun running on a track.

Sun Devils win title

The Sierra Sun Devils won the Joe DiMaggio State Baseball Tournament on Sunday with a 9-1 win over the Spanish Springs Bandits.

Parting thoughts from U.S. Olympic Trials

Sure, it was fun to watch track and field superstars such as Stacy Dragila, Gail Devers, Allen Johnson and Marion Jones at the U.S.. Olympic Trials in Sacramento this past week.

Friday, July 16

Tolliver leads Celebrity

STATELINE - Saturday was moving day at the American Century Championship, but none of the leaders could get the Ryder truck out of first gear.

Cardinals fall to Sun Devils

RENO - Not much separated the Carson Cardinals and the Sierra Sun Devils at the Joe DiMaggio State Baseball Tournament.

Lister pulls out dramatic triple jump triumph

SACRAMENTO - On a day when surprises were the norm - including the withdrawal of Marion Jones from the women's 200 meters - one working class hero leaped to the front of the class Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

The curtain falls today at Olympic Trials

SACRAMENTO - The curtain is going to drop today at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Niehoff almost qualifies for nationals

Abby Niehoff just missed qualifying for the National Junior Swimming Championships as the Carson Tigersharks continued to turn in outstanding efforts on Saturday at the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics in Concord, Calif.

Wonders end season with victory

A night after the Nevada Wonders play possibly their worst game of the year, they went out in style on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the California Gold of Modesto at Edmonds Park.

Carson American loses heartbreaker

A walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning sent Carson American to a heartbreaking loss in the District Little League 11-Year-Old Tournament. Sparks National ended pool play 4-0.

Thursday, July 15

Pool play judged to be a success

The first year of pool play in the District 1 all-star tournament is in the books, and judging by the comments from parents and coaches, it was a success.

Tahoe Rim Trail Run canceled

The Tahoe-Rim Trail 50 K/50-mile run scheduled to begin today at Spooner Lake Summit has been canceled due to the Waterfall fire.

Usual suspects lead in Celebrity

STATELINE - The usual suspects topped the leader board after the first round at the American Century Championship on Friday.

Niehoff, Theilemann are winners

Abby Niehoff and Tara Theilemann both won individual titles as the Carson Tigersharks continued their outstanding effort on Friday at the Pacific Age Group Swimming Junior Olympics in Concord, Calif.

Cardinals, Sun Devils to face off

The Carson Country will be well represented today in a winners bracket game between two unbeaten teams at the Joe DiMaggio State Tournament.

Coyotes fall to Badgers

A second straight heartbreaking loss eliminated the Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team from the state tournament.

Wonders falter against BYU

The Nevada Wonders had been playing some of their best soccer in their short two-year history, coming off a sweep in the Pacific Northwest last weekend where they beat the Yakima Reds 3-1 and the Cascade Surge 3-2.

Pole vault has a Holliday in the finals

SACRAMENTO - Becky Holliday is exactly where she wants to be right now.

Decathlon develops into a barn burner

SACRAMENTO - Tom Pappas came in as a clear-cut favorite in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Inmates are running the asylum

Well, it's official. The inmates are running the asylum. NASCAR on Thursday caved into fans' demands and instituted a "green-white-checkered" finish format for Nextel Cup and Busch Grand National races beginning next weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Wednesday, July 14

Dayton soccer signups scheduled

Final walk-up signups for the Dayton Valley High Desert Fall Soccer League will be held today and Saturday.

Tigersharks strong in Pacific meet

Abby Niehoff, John Wandel and Kiel Costella all had outstanding efforts to lead an impressive performance by the Carson Tigersharks on the first day Thursday of the Pacific Age Group Long Course Swimming Junior Olympics in Concord, Calif.

Adult softball games called off

All Carson City Recreation adult softball games scheduled for tonight have been postponed due to poor air quality as a result of the Waterfall fire.

Cardinals win tournament opener

SPARKS - Despite missing two starters, the Carson Cardinals opened the Joe DiMaggio State Tournament in impressive fashion.

Coyotes edged by Twins

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth baseball team narrowly missed a berth in the state tournament championships round.

Tuesday, July 13

Open gym moved to Eagle Valley

Carson High's open gym for volleyball has been moved to Eagle Valley Middle School.

Miller trades slopes for greens

STATELINE - It's a good thing that World Cup skiing star Bode Miller doesn't encounter the performance-altering distractions of the American Century Championship when he's skiing competitively in Europe.

Monday, July 12

Working on the back swing

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.

Carson Sharks take 10-and-under state title

The Carson Sharks 10 and under softball team won the National Softball Association Nevada State B Championship this past weekend in Susanville, Calif.

Carson American 11s fall

Carson American's 11-year-old all-star squad dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Reno American West in the first round of District 1 pool play at the South Valley Sports Complex Tuesday night.

Atkinson recalls Immaculate Deception

There's a line near the end of the movie, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" that goes, "When the legend becomes truth - print the legend."

Rhoden and Quinn go to work

STATELINE - The day was only half gone and Dan Quinn had already squeezed in an 18-hole round of golf and was hustling back to the Tahoe Keys home he rented for his family for the week.

Quinn could be safest bet

All that tinkering to produce a different winner didn't keep Rick Rhoden from hoisting the American Century Championship trophy last July.

Atkinson is high on Raiders

He came to fire up the crowd - as if the Carson City Boosters Club needed any encouragement - and one of the Oakland Raiders' all-time greats accomplished his mission.

Sunday, July 11

Del Greco, Kinchen arrive for Celebrity

STATELINE - The American Century Championship got its unofficial start on Monday when Al Del Greco and Brian Kinchen played a practice round at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

No Olympic Trials disappointment for Woydziak

SACRAMENTO - Luke Woydziak had every reason in the world to be disappointed late Monday afternoon.

Cardinals sweep past Ridgecrest

Tony Teixeira belted three home runs as the Carson Cardinals baseball team swept a doubleheader from the Ridgrecrest (Calif.) Desert Dawgs on Monday at Governor's Field.

Saturday, July 10

Tennis clinic begins today

The Carson Tennis Club is offering "Tennis for Everyone" junior clinics for beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate/high school players. A walk-in clinic is also being offered every Thursday for adults.

Coyotes roll to victory

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team got off to an impressive start at the State Tournament.

Mack uses UCS Spirit pole to win drama-packed men's pole vault

SACRAMENTO - Some good strategy, coupled with a couple of clutch jumps late helped Tim Mack win a drama-packed men's pole vault at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday.

Greene, Hurd supply highlights at Olympic Trials

SACRAMENTO - Maurice Greene has been down this road before. For Tiombe Hurd, winning gold at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday was not only a record-setting experience, it went beyond explanation.

Carson Little League teams eliminated

RENO - Tim Miranda pitched one of the best games of his young life, allowing perennial powerhouse Washoe just five hits.

Wonders sweep two

In the less than two years they've been around, the Nevada Wonders had their most impressive weekend.

Friday, July 9

Thursday, July 8

Zink qualifies for world event again

Carson City's Cameron Zink continues to make his mark on the international level in mountain bike racing.

Wednesday, July 7

Espinoza, Navarro square off at Reno Hilton tonight

RENO - About the only thing Luisito Espinoza and Carlos Navarro know about each other is that each is standing in the other's way of breaking into the junior lightweight division's rankings.

Carson cyclist recalls Death Ride roots

Larry Roach rode with Death Ride founder Wayne Martin back when the ride was still a dream.

Carson City's Hardt, Costella still hopeful at Trials

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Lauren Costella and Julie Hardt didn't have the performances they would have liked at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Thursday.

Hansen sets world 400 I.M. record

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Move over Michael Phelps. Brendan Hansen has provided the most impressive performance so far through the first two days of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Tuesday, July 6

Swimming legend now a spectator

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Even Rodney Dangerfield receives more respect than this.

Aarik Wilson looks for Sacramento redemption

Aarik Wilson will have plenty to look forward to next week when he competes in the triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Sacramento.

Nothing may be out of reach for Phelps

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Nine gold medals?

Monday, July 5

Sunday, July 4

Utah finishes on top again at Silver State Rodeo

FALLON - Domination and surprises highlighted the fifth and final day of the 19th annual Silver State International Rodeo.

Carson National team falls behind in district tournament

RENO - Carson National's 11-12-year-old all-star squad has dug itself a huge hole in the District 1 tournament.

Joey Gilbert looking ahead

As a prospect with a record of 7-0, all by knockout, middleweight Joey Gilbert is hoping to someday fight his way up to contender status.

Saturday, July 3

Friday, July 2

Nevada has shot for Silver State crown

Members from this year's Nevada team feel they have a good shot to corral Utah from winning an unprecedented fifth consecutive title at the Silver State International Rodeo.

Ponderosa Ridge Run

Craig Denney ran to first-place at the 31st annual Ponderosa Ridge Run trail race from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury on Saturday.

Carson 9-10s are winners

The Carson National and American 9-10-year-old all-star teams got off to an impressive start as both won their openers in the District Little League Tournament on Saturday at Reno's Swope Middle School.

Locals shine in baseball

Former Carson High standouts Ryan and Aaron Henry and Eric Melendez and former Dayton standout Matt Bowman all had strong efforts on Saturday in local baseball action.

Carson American wins

RENO - It was a case of too much Beau Bickel.

Thursday, July 1

Little League event to begin today

Four all-star teams from Carson City open District 1 tournament pool play today at Swope Middle School in Reno.