Stories for March 2004


Wednesday, March 31

Niehoff, Engan lead Tigersharks

Abby Niehoff and Jamie Engan led the way for the Carson Tigersharks, who had a banner day to open the Far Western Regional Swimming Championships on Thursday in Pleasanton, Calif.

Dragila still has the fire

She has won an Olympic gold medal and even had her picture on the front of a Wheaties cereal box.

A 7.5 pound Walleyeat Lahontan Reservoir


I'm sticking with Duke

College basketball's March Madness constantly provides its fans with quality entertainment.

Galena baseball beats Fallon

Galena pitcher Rod Scurry made the most of out of a miserable, windy day in Fallon.

McNutt wants low key farewell tour

It's been the worst kept secret for some time now as Ron McNutt has tried to keep his pending retirement as low key as possible.

Carson baseball beats North Valleys

It took a while for Carson's offense to get untracked, but when it did it struck with the ferocity of a Florida hurricane.

Tuesday, March 30

Dayton baseball defeats ROP

After playing in a wind tunnel on Tuesday, the Dayton High baseball team was glad to return to normal conditions on Wednesday.

Garvey makes pitch for WNCC

Steve Garvey had a lot of big hits in his 19-year baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, and he was a big hit at Western Nevada Community College's first major athletic fund-raising event Wednesday night at Carson City Comunity Center.

Katinos fired hole-in-one

Nick Katinos recently shot a hole-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Club

WNCC to have baseball in 2005

It's a phrase that to be honest, I was quite skeptical about hearing: Opening day is less than a year away for the Western Nevada Wildcats baseball team.

Nevada set for national boxing event

RENO - When Ryan Healy and Jose Casas won National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) regional championships on Feb. 23 at Berkeley, it wouldn't have been unexpected had they received gold medals.

Monday, March 29

Sunday, March 28

Not much time left to hit the slopes

If you're going to ski or ride, better get with it because the bountiful snow earlier in the season is fast disappearing.

Saturday, March 27

Friday, March 26

Georgia Tech used to close games

ST. LOUIS - Blame it on the Atla ntic Coast Conference.

Douglas softball sweeps North Valleys

MINDEN - It might not have been pretty, but the Douglas softball team found ways to sweep a Sierra League doubleheader away from North Valleys Saturday at Lady Tiger Field in Northern 4A action.

Nevada pitching falters in defeat

RENO - It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize what the University of Nevada baseball team's problem is: Pitching.

Kansas set to face Georgia Tech

ST. LOUIS - It's a tale of two teams.

Gilbert wins by knockout

All Joey Gilbert needed was two big right hands for his sixth straight knockout. Gilbert scored a knockout at two minutes, one second of the first round against Thomas Haines on Saturday at Caesar's Tahoe.

Tiger baseball sweeps North Valleys

And it just keeps on coming.

Carson baseball falls to Castro Valley

The Senator pitchers struggled somewhat for the Carson High baseball team. But Carson continued to show development on Saturday.

Padgett on the verge of Final Four

ST. LOUIS - Kansas' David Padgett has watched the NCAA Final Four on television ever since he can remember, and now he's 40 minutes and one win away from realizing his dream of playing in one.

Thursday, March 25

Gilbert fights tonight

Training in Las Vegas, 1999 University of Nevada graduate "Diamond" Joey Gilbert gets his share of ribbing when he wears his Wolf Pack hat, but he will be back in more hospitable surroundings tonight.

Pack fans still proud

ST. LOUIS - They came in all shapes and size, all ages. Most wore blue and some even painted their faces.

Pack's run wrecked by Tech

ST. LOUIS Kirk Snyder took a look at the stat sheet and grimaced.

Two aces at Silver Oak

Two golfers recently fired holes-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Course.

Kansas goes extra 'Miles' in victory

ST. LOUIS - University of Alabama Birmighham's pressure failed - miserably.

Brolsma wins for the Pack

RENO - Maybe it wasn't as dramatic as "The Natural" or Kirk Gibson, but a sick Ben Mummy was able to come off the bench in the ninth inning to win it for the University of Nevada baseball team.

Wednesday, March 24

Hunter education neededto apply for hunting license

Anyone interested in applying for 2004 Nevada big game hunting tags should carefully note the following information.

Nevada to face Georgia Tech

RENO - Two down and two big wins to go to reach the Final Four.

Douglas softball routs Spanish Springs

It didn't take long for Douglas softball pitcher Kellei Kizer to make her presence known Tuesday.

Take pride in the Pack

Finally, this state can take pride in something. Let's face it, Nevada doesn't exactly have the best of images.

Carson softball routs South Tahoe

The Carson High softball team rebounded from its loss to Douglas on Tuesday with an impressive 21-0 win over South Tahoe on Thursday at home.

Tuesday, March 23

Lloyd has to fill big shoes

SQUAW VALLEY - Terrell Owens is gone. Ditto for Tai Streets. The departure of the 49ers' talented starting wideouts leaves gaping holes at a position that used to be the strength of the team.

I've got to go with the Wolf Pack

College basketball's national championship tournament always lives up to its billing of March Madness.

Eagle Valley holds public forum

Eagle Valley Golf will be holding a public forum at the facility's clubhouse from 5 to 7 p.m. today to introduce Tom Evart as General Manager/Director of Golf.

Monday, March 22

Puzey throws no-hitter vs. Carson

MINDEN - Douglas High's softball team showed why it is a heavy favorite to win the Sierra League softball pennant.

A sporting vacation

Call it a hazard of the trade, but even on a family vacation to the Midwest, it seems there's no way I can ever get away from sports.

Record-breaking Mackinaw trout caught and released at Lake Tahoe

The sky was gradually beginning to get light in the east when I very quietly began to row my small, inflatable raft away from the dock at Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe.

Triathlon training scheduled

Transitions Triathlon and Fitness will kick off its "Give Tri a Try!" spring training program at Carson City's Bike Smith.

The impact position

The most important part of the swing is the impact position. This is after all, the only time that we influence the ball.

Pfister is recognized

E.J. Pfister, Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Thunder Canyon Golf Club has been named one of the 25 top golf instructors in the Northern California Golf Guide published by Sacramento Magazine in March.

Douglas baseball rolls past Fallon

MINDEN - The Douglas baseball team is quickly proving to be a team of offensive wizards.

Sunday, March 21

Big game tag workshopon March 30 in Reno

According to a recent press release by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, there will be a workshop on March 30 for those hunters who want to learn more about Nevada's big game management programs and the annual tag application process.

Saturday, March 20

Friday, March 19

Douglas softball beats Galena

Leadoff batters carry the same list of chores with them into every game.

Nevada sloppy in loss to Lewis-Clark

RENO - What cheering there was at Peccole Park on Saturday wasn't generated by the Nevada baseball team, but by its basketball counterparts two states away.

Stainbrook in world Special Olympics

Carson City's Shawn Stainbrook was the only athlete from Nevada to qualify for the Special Olympic World Games after having an outstanding day in cross country skiing in the Nevada State Special Olympics recently held at Kirkwood.

Dayton softball drops a pair

In the battle of two Northern 3A teams that advance to last year's NIAA State Championships, it was a tough way to open for the Dayton High softball team.

Carson baseball easily sweeps Chico

It became clear that the Carson High baseball team came ready to play. The Senators looked impressivein a doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Chico (Calif.) High, winning the opener 13-1 and the nightcap 14-6.

Costella takes ninth in the 1,500 free

Carson High graduate Lauren Costella turned in an outstanding performance in the 1,500-meter freestyle as the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships concluded on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Local wrestlers strong in zone qualifier

Ten wrestlers for Carson Middle School won titles at the zone qualifying meet on Saturday.

Dayton baseball sweeps Lowry

The Dayton High baseball team has a goal of being one of the three Northern 3A clubs to be in the NIAA State Championships this year. Beating a team for the first time ever is a good start.

Thursday, March 18

Honer, Douglas baseball rout Galena

It's not exactly where Douglas head baseball coach John Glover thought his team would be two weeks into the season.

Squaw is the place for 49er fans

If you are a fan of the San Francisco 49ers or the Olympics, the place to be on Friday was The Resort at Squaw Creek.

Time will tell for 49ers

One would be hard pressed to find a team decimated more by salary cap/free agency problems in the off-season than the San Francisco 49ers.

Carson swimmers sweep Douglas

The Carson High girls swim team won all but two events to beat arch rival Douglas 161-131 on Friday.

Carson has strong day on the track

The Carson High boys track teams had many impressive early season marks in a meet on Friday.

The dating game for racing

Is the open-wheel racing war over? Recent defections have left the recently-reconstituted Champ Car series reeling less than a month from its season opener at Long Beach.

Nevada baseball rallies for miracle win

RENO - Maybe it's too much to expect the utterly impossible, the most implausible rally now from the University of Nevada baseball team every time it takes the field.

Hardt earns All-American honors

Carson High graduate Julie Hardt earned another All-American honor during her career at Georgia when she swam for the Bulldogs' second place finishing 800-meter freestyle relay team on Friday at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships in College Station, Texas.

Watercraft registration hoursat DMV office in Carson City

According to a recent press release by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, here are the dates and times to register or title your boats in Carson City:

Wednesday, March 17

Locals compete in NCAA swim meet

Carson High graduate Julie Hardt placed 25th in the 400-meter freestyle at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships on Thursday in College Station, Texas.

Brolsma, Mercer help lead Nevada

RENO - When Carson High graduates Owen Brolsma and Joe Mercer began the season for the University of Nevada baseball team, they didn't know exactly what their roles would be.

Carson softball opens with victory

Carson High softball coach Scott Vickrey was hoping for a good start to the season, and he got it.

Douglas baseball defeats Galena

RENO - Chris Honer hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead the Douglas baseball team soundly past Galena 13-6 Thursday afternoon at Galena.

Tuesday, March 16

Carson baseball falls at Colfax

When a team has pitching staff that strikes out 12 and allows just four hits, it rarely loses. But when a team has a pitching staff that walks 11, it rarely wins.

Duke will win it all

When looking at the field for this year's college basketball national championship tournament, there is one clear notable exclusion.

Carson hockey takes 2nd in tourney

The Carson Senator varsity inline hockey team settled for second in the Northern Nevada postseason tournament held over the weekend.

Event looks for more stars

Through the first decade of the celebrity golf championship, NBC Sports focused on the quality of golf - with several notable exceptions - to captivate viewers.

Monday, March 15

Physical battle awaits Nevada

Michigan State has been one of the top programs in the country in the last 10 years, and that fact isn't lost on the University of Nevada basketball team as it prepares for its first NCAA appearance since the 1984-85 season.

Special events on schedule at Champion Motor Speedway

Champion Motor Speedway will open its season April 18 with Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Legends, Modified Hornets, Junior Hornets, Queen Beez, Bandoleros and will feature the Allstar Race Truck Series.

Carson well represented at NCAAs

Carson City will be well represented this week at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships this week in College Station, Texas.

The ball position

Ball position plays an important role in the quest for consistent golf. Incorrect ball position can and usually does affect both the position of the body at address and the swing.

Nicoll helps lead Dana baseball

Gardnerville's Kenny Nicoll belted his first two home runs of the year to help lead the Dana College baseball team in in recent sweep of Waldorf College.

Washington used to the pressure

Jermaine Washington may be new to the Nevada basketball program, but he's not a novice when it comes to playing in big games.

Too bad that Wright is the wrong stuff

Ten reasons why Winky Wright's victory over Shane Mosley last Saturday was and is not all right:

Online boat registrationmade easier for boaters

According to a recent press release by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Nevada boaters who apply for their 2004 decals and registration, online, now can use their boats immediately.

March 19 deadline for $50 administrative fee

According to a recent press release by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Nevada hunters who failed to turn in their big game questionnaires, following last season's hunts, have until this Friday, March 19 to pay a $50 administrative fee or they will be ineligible to apply for big game tags this year.

It's that time of the year for hunters to daydream/plan

This is late March and in addition to the usual March Madness in the NCAA college basketball world (my pick to win it all is Duke University), it's also time for Nevada big game hunters to begin day dreaming/planning.

Sunday, March 14

All-time record number of cutthroat trout at Walker Lake

Several weeks ago, I suggested that there were a number of things that one could do outdoors during the month of March.

Taking advantage of spring snow

A reader wrote to chide me for knocking Colorado access to the slopes, such as three escalators to Beaver Creek lift base.

Saturday, March 13

Friday, March 12

Carson wrestlers strong in tournament

It was another banner day for Carson Middle School's wrestlers in a Tah-Neva League meet on Saturday at Fernley Intermediate School.

Nevada basketball feels like dancing

FRESNO - A taste of March Madness is what every college basketball team dreams about.

Rippee to walk on at Nevada

Douglas High standout Luke Rippee has decided to walk on with the University of Nevada football team, has reported.

Dayton softball advances to semifinals

The Dayton High softball team advanced to the semifinals against mostly 4A competition at the Hug High Tournament over the weekend.

Carson girls swimming edges Reed

It went down to the final race and the Carson High girls swim team was able to pull out a season-opening win against Reed.

Nevada baseball falls to Northridge

The University of Nevada baseball team has had its share of trouble dealing with adversity this season.

Thursday, March 11

Rice women to play Louisiana Tech

FRESNO - The Rice Owls got what they came to town for - another shot at perennial powerhouse Louisiana Tech.

Nevada men advance to WAC finals

FRESNO - Once again, University of Nevada is one game away from the promised land.

Douglas baseball rolls to sweep

The Douglas baseball team got off to an impressive start to their season by sweeping their first two games in routs on Friday at the Reno High Tournament.

Nevada baseball defeats Northridge

RENO - Travis Sutton turned out to be a quick learner for the University of Nevada baseball team.

Christian Sierra League Player of Year

Carson High's Ciarra Christian has been rewarded for an outstanding career by being named as the Sierra League's Player of the Year and to the all-Northern 4A first team in girls basketball this season.

Wednesday, March 10

Harvey continues his successful ride

Aron Harvey doesn't particularly want to do this interview. It's not that he minds so much, it's just that he'd understandably be somewhere else - Outdoors taking advantage of the early spring weather riding his motocross bike.

Rice hangs on to defeat Hawai'i

FRESNO - Rice basketball coach Willis Wilson didn't pull any punches.

Split choices on Wright-Mosley fight

Ladies and gentleman, we have a split decision.

Nelsen helps lead Senators to victory

Some big shoes were left to fill in the Carson High School baseball team's lineup when blue chip catcher Owen Brolsma graduated last June.

Johnson's postgame act is a hit

FRESNO - If the WAC media gave out an award for the best post-game press conference, Nevada coach Trent Johnson would be a runaway winner.

Nevada men defeat SMU

FRESNO - Todd Okeson knew an early exit from the WAC tournament meant going back to class, and he wanted no part of that.

Kenseth off to a strong start

For those who complained about Matt Kenseth's 2003 Winston Cup Championship with only one race win, please note that Kenseth is batting .667 for the 2004 Nextel Cup crown.

Tuesday, March 9

Nevada men face tough test in SMU

FRESNO - It's been a long time since the University of Nevada reached the NCAA tournament - the 1984-85 season to be exact.

College basketball tourneys continue

By this time next week the field will have been set, many other teams' bubbles will have been burst, and one game will have already been completed in college basketball's 65-team national tournament.

Hill-Thomas a selfless player

FRESNO - Wins, not stats, is what gets Nevada's Garry Hill-Thomas excited about basketball these days.

Hopkins snubbed by WAC picks

FRESNO - The most glaring omission from the recent all-conference selections in the WAC was SMU's Bryan Hopkins, the Mustangs' talented point guard.

Monday, March 8

Wilcks commits to play for Pack softball

Northern Nevada is where Kaycee Wilcks' heart is, and it's where her softball future is, too.

Nevada men will face SMU

FRESNO - You won't find a better shooting team in the WAC these days than SMU.

First trout plant of yearat Indian Creek Reservoir


Professional angleron outdoor TV show

The Outdoor Recreation Show, a live, one-hour telecast about the outdoors, is telecast every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. on Carson Access Television Channel 10.

Mason Valley DUfund raiser event

The Mason Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual fundraising banquet on this Saturday evening, March 20.

Nevada baseball defeats California

The University of Nevada baseball team's pitching staff had something to prove after a tough weekend in which the Wolf Pack were swept by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bergman pitches a scoreless innings

Carson High graduate Dusty Bergman had a strong outing for the Anaheim Angels in a spring training game on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brinkley returns to action after layoff

Nearly seven months after scoring his biggest professional victory - a 10-round unanimous decision over Danny Perez - Yerington middleweight Jesse Brinkley will return to action on Thursday, when he faces Cleveland Corder in a 10-round main event billed as "Redemption," at Coeur D'Alene Casino, in Worley, Idaho.

Freeman continues to lead hockey team

Eight-year-old D.J. Freeman of Carson City continued to lead the Desert Dogs youth ice hockey team as it went 1-0-1 against the Oakland Bears over the weekend in Oakland, Calif.

Addressing the address position

Are you looking to improve your golf game? If the answer is yes the first thing to understand is that you do not have to completely revamp your golf swing.

Sunday, March 7

Chukar fund raiserwas a huge success

The 18th annual Carson Valley Chukar Club fund raiser was held last Saturday evening at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Local sportsmen's clubgives away 10 fish trips

The Ormsby Sportsmen's Association (OSA) will hold its regular monthly meeting on March 16 at the Carson Nugget Convention Center at 7:30 p.m.

From winter to summer in the span of seven hours

Only in the wild, wacky weather of Nevada can one go from winter to summer in the span of seven hours. We did, last Saturday, and were completely dazzled in the process.

Mason Valley DUfund raiser event

The Mason Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual fundraising banquet on the evening of March 20.

Looking back on skiing in Colorado

It's a delightful surprise, but we're already into spring skiing and riding. That means hit the slopes early in the morning, follow the sun around as it softens the icy trails and quit before things get too sloppy.

Some big cutthroat troutcaught at Pyramid Lake


Saturday, March 6

Friday, March 5

Carson Middle School sweeps title

Carson Middle School's seventh and eighth grade wrestling teams swept the titles at th Pau-Wa-Lu Invitational held at Douglas High.

Nevada wins share of crown

RENO - The night started with a standing ovation for University of Nevada seniors Garry Hill-Thomas, Sean Paul and Todd Okeson.

Wehan places 12th at Junior Olympics

Carson Valley's Bryce Wehan placed 12th in the slalom on Friday in the National J2 Junior Olympics alpine skiing event in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Brolsma, Mercer lead Nevada in loss

RENO - University of Nevada proved that quick starts don't mean a thing.

Thursday, March 4

A good life for Krukow

RENO - Life is good for Mike Krukow. He works with good people, including his best friend, doing what he loves.

Wednesday, March 3

Bell wins Box Stock crown

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Kellcy Bell was leading the season points in the Outlaw Kart Beginner Box Stock division at the highly competitive Red Bluff (Calif.) track.

Nevada hoops stays in hunt for title

RENO - University of Nevada is in uncharted territory, and the Wolf Pack are holding up just fine.

Meyer, ROP have much in common

YERINGTON - What Urban Meyer accomplished with the University of Utah football team last season is really no different from what Rite of Passage Silver State Academy does in placing students on the right track.

Nothing's for sure in college tourneys

Every year some of the hardest things to predict are college basketball conference tournaments.

Tuesday, March 2

Carson baseball has high hopes

Carson High's baseball website boasts "The Road to Success Goes Through Carson City."

Locals help lead Feather River softball

Several local athletes are leading the Feather River Community College softball team as it begins the season.

Monday, March 1

Carson inline hockey wins title

The Carson Senator Inline Hockey varsity team wrapped up a successful regular season by finishing unbeaten.

Steroids a serious problem

I remember writing here in 1996 my belief that the sudden surge of home run production in major league baseball was because the ball was juiced.

Eagle Valley Golf set for new season

With rates reduced from last year's, Eagle Valley Golf is gearing up for its best season ever.

Skiing Colorado a Rocky Mountain high

Last week's trip to Colorado to sample some Rocky Mountain skiing worked out well, except for a bit of thoughtlessness on my part.

Locals help lead Wild hockey to victory

Carson City's Matt Scherer and Jonathan Singer and Minden's Devyn Hotho helped the High Sierra Wild Pee Wee team pull off a split against the high-powered Oakland Bears in NORCAL youth ice hockey action over the weekend at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.