Stories for June 2004


Wednesday, June 30

Little League tourney set to begin

Little League's second season - all-star play in the 11-12 and 9-10 divisions - begins on Saturday with a new format in the District 1 tournament.

Comets unbeaten so far in Colorado tournament

So far, the Nevada Comets are hitting 1.000 at the Firecracker Invitational ASA age group softball tournament in Broomfield, Colo.

Firecracker race on the Fourth of July

Fourth of July races have been a regular part of the Carson City running community dating back to the 1980s and on Sunday the Firecracker 10-K, 2-mile run and 2-mile walk will be held at Riverview Park.

Stewart should become a boxer

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone enjoyed last night's Firecracker (oh, yeah, Pepsi) 400 at Daytona.

Coyotes defeat White Sox

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team ended league play with a 7-6 win over the Sparks White Sox.

Tuesday, June 29

Hardt, Costella set for Olympic Trials

They may be considered long shots, but Carson High graduates Julie Hardt and Lauren Costella know there have always been surprise performers that come out of nowhere at the United States Olympic Trials in swimming.

Monday, June 28

Tony Teixeira finds his niche behind the plate

Tony Teixeira has never lacked enthusiasm when it came to baseball. It was just a matter of biding his time and waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

Coyotes defeat Braves

Josh Camper pitched six strong innings to pick up the win as the Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team beat the Sparks Braves 6-5 on Friday at Reno's Governor's Bowl.

Holiday Classic Field not finalized

New Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox said he is still finalizing the field for this year's Dodge Holiday Classic.

Wolfpack lands seven footer from Sacramento

RENO - When David Ellis visited Nevada last fall, he liked the environment. He felt it was like a second home.

Sunday, June 27

Snyder receives WAC Athlete of Year honor

University of Nevada junior basketball player Kirk Snyder and Hawai'i senior volleyball player Kim Willoughby were named the recipients of the 2003-04 Joe Kearney Award for the Western Athletic Conference on Monday.

Give the boxers their due

In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, sports writer Rick Reilly actually wrote the following about golfer Tiger Woods: "Woods gave us the single greatest achievement in sports history: the Tiger Slam in 2000 and 2001."

Saturday, June 26

Cardinals finish fifth in Roseberg

Jason Alcasas pitched a shutout as the Carson City Cardinals baseball team won its final game of the Lithia Motors/Dr. Stewart's Invitational in Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday afternoon.

Perry wins Desert Rose race

Once again, Phil Perry proved himself the master of Desert Rose 100-lap races at Champion Speedway as he drove to a convincing victory Saturday night to keep his 2004 win streak alive.

Friday, June 25

Etbauer wins rodeo title

RENO - Glen O'Neill put the pressure on co-leader Billy Etbauer, but the four-time world saddle bronc champion was up to the task.

Wonders finish off Surge

This time, the Nevada Wonders showed they had a finishing touch.

Carson players star for Yuba

Former Carson High standouts Ryan Henry, Neil Holmes and Eric Melendez all had a solid day for the Yuba (Calif.) Devil Rays, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays scout team, on Saturday. Yuba split a doubleheader with Elk Grove, Calif., losing the opener 7-5 and winning the nightcap 3-0.

Thursday, June 24

Costella receives Fulbright award

The honors continue for 2000 Carson High graduate Ryan Costella, who has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Osheroff wins in Western Regionals

Ahron Osheroff of the Carson Bulldogs Wrestling Club recently accomplished something that few Northern Nevada wrestlers have been able to do - win a title at the USA Western Regional Championships.

Cardinals fall in tournament

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Pat Galligan scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lafayette (Calif.) Generals its first victory of the Lithia Motors Dr. Stewart's Invitational tournament in a 4-3 win over the Carson Cardinals Friday afternoon at Legion Field.

Locals still strong in Karts

Eight years ago last Monday (June 21) I wrote my first motorsports column for the Appeal. I had ideas for about three columns at the time and figured my run would be over in mid-August at best.

Etbauer receives a bad draw

RENO - Billy Etbauer rode Old Timer Friday night at the Reno Rodeo, and the horse bucked like it was on its last legs.

Wednesday, June 23

Cardinals win tournament opener

The Carson Cardinals, playing in the Doc Stewart's Tournament in Roseburg, Oregon, beat Umpqua Valley 15-7 in their first game on Thursday.

Wonders Academy continues to grow

The Nevada Wonders Soccer Academy is expanding faster than expected.

Pay-Rod and the Bankees

Before the Major League Baseball season started, the biggest story wasn't about who was going to win this year's World Series.

Tuesday, June 22

Some notes on a scorecard

Here are just a few notes on a scorecard for review that may be of local interest.

Coyotes go 1-3

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team continued its strong play against league competition while continuing to struggle against the talented Winnemucca Badgers.

Racer's wife offers full support

In the 20 years Karen and Chet Danburg have been married and Chet has been racing stock cars, Karen never missed a race until her father died three years ago.

Monday, June 21

Snyder expected to go high

Expect Nevada's Kirk Snyder, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, to be selected in the upper half of the first round of Thursday's NBA draft in New York.

Cardinals knock off Whittell

The Carson Cardinals Baseball team warmed up for its upcoming Doc Stewart's Tournament in Roseburg, Ore. with a 21-5 win over Whittell on Tuesday at Ron McNutt Field.

Nevada cowboys looking for final round

To the untrained eye, riding a bucking horse can look like a painful series of bumps and jerks. Not according to Matt Marvel, a saddle bronc rider from Battle Mountain.

The correct analysis

I feel that the main reason for golfers not improving their games as they would like is that they often focus on parts of the swing that are not the root of the problem.

Sunday, June 20

Carson trio set for nationals

The Carson-Douglas Rodeo will be well represented at the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Patriot Fund to benefit from Tahoe event

In line with the nation's charitable mood, the Fallen Patriot Fund has again stepped up to the plate, or rather the golf tee, with a pledge to raise more money this year at one of Lake Tahoe's largest sporting events.

Cowboy flips over performance

RENO- After securing a time of 4.8 seconds in Monday's steer wrestling competition of the Reno Rodeo, Johnny Silva jumped up and turned a cartwheel in the arena.

Nice to see these athletes succeed

One of the things I enjoy most from being a sportswriter and an umpire, how's that for a massochistic combination, is watching the progress of athletes you covered for the newspaper or players you umpired for.

Final chapter still not written

If real life resembled something from a Hollywood script, then Reno's Kelvin and Kelly Davis would be in the process of living happily ever after.

Saturday, June 19

Quicksilver Racing - friends who race for fun and wins

It all started innocently enough when Ed and Al Goss decided to drive out to the paved track in Carson City and watch their neighbor race his car.

Friday, June 18

Michael Davis a man of adventure

Michael Davis has been an adventure-seeker for the better part of his life. And these days, the 54 years young Washoe Valley resident keeps active with a new challenge - adventure racing - in which athletes test their endurance, orienteering, navigation and back country skills, and more.

Heberger close to making nationals

Galena High's Aaron Heberger strengthened his position to qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals in two events.

Hahn signs with Rockies

Former Galena High star Dustin Hahn has signed with the Colorado Rockies and is set to begin his pro career, has reported.

Thursday, June 17

Nevada Wonders fall in overtime

The Nevada Wonders are so close, yet so far in terms of breaking into the win column.

Heavyweights to fight in Reno

RENO -- Clifford "The Black Rhino" Etienne is an angry man and he's looking to take it out on Talmadge Griffis.

We need to get rid of the hooligans

Remember the old John Wayne movie, when he said, "I ain't gonna hit ya; I ain't gonna hit ya; the hell I ain't!" and then decked the guy?

Heberger strong at state rodeo

Galena High's Aaron Heberger is in strong contention to qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals in at least two events.

Wednesday, June 16

Yankees win Little League crown

The Yankees showed why they are the kings of Carson City Thursday night.

Local stars set for Sertoma game

Douglas' Mike Rippee readily admits that he threw a lot at his Silver squad in preparation for tonight's (7:30 p.m.) 23rd annual Sertoma Football Classic game against the Blue at Mackay Stadium.

Priess signs with York College

Carson High graduate Tim Priess has signed to play baseball with York College in Nebraska.

NFL lines already being offered

With another quest for the Stanley Cup sadly finished in the great sport of hockey and other season mercifully over in the pathetic NBA, could it already be time for people to be turning their attentions to the National Football League?

Coyotes drop two games

The Carson Coyotes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team had a tough time in dropping a doubleheader to the Winnemucca Badgers.

Tuesday, June 15

Angels, Yankees to play for crown

The Angels and Yankees have advanced to play for the Carson City Little League crown.

A draft party for the Sertoma game

While it may have not been the NFL draft, Dave Hart and Mike Rippee participated in this area's closest thing to it.

Monday, June 14

Sunday, June 13

Saturday, June 12

Friday, June 11

Snap-On stars put on a show

The first and perhaps only appearance of the Snap-On Stars of Karting in Carson City last Saturday was an interesting event.

Thursday, June 10

Rasner set for all-star game

Darrell Rasner hopes that tonight's Florida State All-Star baseball game is the start of bigger and better things.

Recognizing individual athletes

Now that our annual All-Carson Country lists for the team sports have been published, I'd like to recognize some of the spring sports season's standouts from the individual sports.

Wednesday, June 9

Lakers will still win in six

Give credit where credit is due. By winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals and handing Los Angeles its first home playoff loss, the Detroit Pistons already exceeded most peoples' expectations for the series.

Bergman makes debut for Angels

Dusty Bergman knew all about Ben Weber's struggles. He was aware that Anaheim closer Troy Percival was injured. He also knew that Brendan Donnelly was rehabbing an early season injury.

Cardinals roll to victory

The Carson Cardinals warmed up for a tough week ahead with a 13-3 win over the Sierra Sun Devils B team on Thursday at Ron McNutt Field.

WNCC pushes back baseball to 2006

Opening day for the Western Nevada Community College baseball team has been pushed back to 2006.

Mountain bike park set to open

With new backcountry backpack in hand, I'm ready to try a weekend outing. In this case I think it will be in Hope Valley, along a trail followed last year and got lost.

Tuesday, June 8

Karen Stoffer: Cinderella on two wheels

Karen Stoffer's ultimate dream is to ride her motorcycle to a National Hot Rod Association world championship. For the time being, however, the 40-year-old Minden rider is more than happy with the Cinderella season she is having in the NHRA's Pro Stock Bike division.

Wilkins takes over volleyball

Shana Wilkins was an All-American in track, but her heart has always been on the volleyball court.

Powers has mixed feelings about year

Nevada baseball coach Gary Powers readily admits he has mixed emotions about his 2004 team that posted a 30-29 record.

Aces fired at Eagle Valley

Two holes-in-one were reported last week at Eagle Valley Golf. John Montross stuck an 8-iron on the East's 165-yard 17th.

Monday, June 7

Bergman called up by Angels

Carson High graduate Dusty Bergman became the latest in a long line of Senators to become a Major League player.

Coyotes sweep three games

The Carson Coyotes swept their last three games in Sierra Nevada Senior Babe Ruth Baseball action.

Sertoma football game set for June 18

The Carson Country area will be well represented at the 23rd annual Sertoma Football Classic slated for June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at University of Nevada's Mackay Stadium.

A correct plane

A great way to get the club on the correct plane as it approaches the ball is to use the hips correctly in conjunction with the shoulders at the start of the down swing.

Gimenez drafted by Indians

Chris Gimenez, one of Nevada's top players the past three years, is expected to leave the Wolf Pack to sign a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Xtreme air show coming this weekend

When it comes to twisting the laws of gravity, the extreme athletes of Xtreme Air have become more than just a little familiar with it over the last 10 years.

S&S Motorsports strong in Idaho

Supermodified Racing League team S & S Motorsports of Carson City, recently made the tow to Meridian, Idaho for a 2-day show at Meridian Speedway.

Cardinals roll to victory

Winning pitcher Nick Smallman and Danny Rotter combined for a solid effort on the mound as the Carson Cardinals baseball team beat the South Reno Muc Dogs 11-7 on Tuesday at Ron McNutt Field.

Comets finish second in tournament

The Nevada Comets 12 and under softball team went 4-1 to take second in an ASA Western World Series Qualifier held in Sacramento, Calif.

Sunday, June 6

Saturday, June 5

Friday, June 4

Benson competes in heptathlon

Carson High's Amanda Benson finished 17th in the girls heptathlon during the Great Southwest Classic invitational track and field meet in Albuquerque, N.M.

Engan overall winner at Berryessa Mile

There was a Tigersharks sighting at the 23rd annual Lake Berryessa 1-Mile Open Water Swim on Saturday. That is, a sighting of Carson Tigersharks swimmers out in front.

Locals shine in kart racing

Hats off to Buddy Rice and Rahal-Letterman Racing for a dominating performance at this year's Indy 500.

Thursday, June 3

Henry, Bowman set to attend Nevada

Carson High's Aaron Henry and Dayton's Matt Bowman are going to receive the chance to prove themselves at the University of Nevada.

Young and Jones coming to Carson

Former San Francisco 49er football greats Steve Young and Brent Jones will be featured at the 36th annual University of Nevada Wolf Pack Governor's Dinner.

Wednesday, June 2

WNCC athletics receives approval

Opening day for the Western Nevada Community College baseball team likely to occure sometime next February has officially became a reality. The Western Nevada Wildcats will begin play in baseball in 2005.

Sportsmen's clubfirst summer picnic

The Ormsby Sportsmen's Association (OSA) of Carson City, a local organization for hunting and fishing enthusiasts, will hold the first of a series of four monthly, summer picnics on Tuesday.

Coyotes defeat North Tahoe

Alex Tanchek doubled home Chris Ames win the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Carson Coyotes a 5-4 win over the North Tahoe Bandits in Sierra Nevada Senior Babe Ruth Baseball action on Wednesday at Governor's Field.

Smarty Jones will win the Triple Crown

Tomorrow afternoon the third and final jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes, takes place at Belmont Park in New York. Nine horses are scheduled to race once around the track's huge one-and-a-half mile oval known for its wide, sweeping turns.

13th Kids' Fishing Derbyat Sawmill Pond, Calif.

The 13th annual Kids' Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 12, at Sawmill Pond at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Genoa holds Home-and-Home tourney

Diane Gilmore, Mimi Prim, Adele Juskalian and Blaine Bolton won the title in the Genoa Lakes Ladies Golf Club seventh annual Home-and-Home Golf event for the Incline Village Teesters Golf Club.

Annual Free Fishing Dayon Saturday, June 12

This is a final reminder that Saturday, June 12, is Free Fishing Day in both Nevada and California.

Nat. Fishing and Boating Weeknames its Honorary Chairman

The nonprofit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation has announced that former National Football League coach Jimmy Johnson will serve as Honorary Chairman of National Fishing and Boating Week for the week of June 5-13.

2004 guide to High Sierra angling/camping is now available

This week's column is devoted to introducing you to a very specialized outdoor publication known as "Fishing The California Alps."

Fishing has been fantasticat Bishop area's South Lake

BISHOP CREEK AREA, CALIF: Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts (760-873-4484) sent in this report:

Tuesday, June 1

Rasner named to all-star game

Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner has been picked to play in the Florida State League All-Star Baseball Game for the Class A Brevard County Manatees.

Douglas closer to all-weather track

It took nearly five years, but the finish line is finally in view for the Douglas High School All-weather track project.

Sierra Club outingsin this general area

Hike the Humbug Trail from North Bloomfield to the South Yuba River in California.

Fox was the safe and right choice

It didn't make sense for Nevada to go outside the Wolf Pack family when it searched for Trent Johnson's replacement as head men's basketball coach.

Bowman ready for draft

It shouldn't be the money, but for Carson High senior Willie Bowman, the reality is that's what it's all about.