Stories for May 2004


Monday, May 31

Fox named as new UNR hoops coach

RENO - All Mark Fox ever wanted to do was become a head coach of a college basketball team.

Free Fishing Day on June 12 in both Nevada and California

OK Gang, draw a great big, red circle around June 12 on your calendar and pay close attention to these words of wisdom:

New UNR coach to keep assistants

RENO - New Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox indicated that current assistant coaches David Carter and Josh Newman would remain on staff for next year.

It's time to head for the backcountry

Hiking is in and skiing is out, except for the iron men and women who ply the backcountry for lonely patches of snow and hike to them. For the rest of us, the mountains still call, but for footwear instead of ski and boarding boots.

Volunteers are neededto conduct user surveys

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRT) has put out a request for volunteers to help that organization conduct user surveys throughout the summer months.

Tahoe Rim Trail Associationcelebrates Nat. Trails Day

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will celebrate National Trails Day with a number of activities at Tahoe Meadows on Saturday, June 5.

Kid's Fishing Derbyon Saturday-Sunday

This is a final reminder that registrations are still being accepted for the 15th annual Kids' Fishing Derby.

Sierra Club outingsin this general area

Short hikes to explore and discuss the history of these old mining towns and their impact on Nevada.

Sunday, May 30

Distance swimmers help Tigersharks take second

Propelled by a strong effort from their distance swimmers in the 800-meter freestyle, the Carson Tigersharks moved up to second-place in the team competition at the end of the Intermountain Classic long course age group meet on Sunday.

Saturday, May 29

Friday, May 28

Wonders settle for tie against Fuego

It could be easy to lose perspective after the Nevada Wonders let this one slip from their grasp.

Alumni come out to honor McNutt

They came in all shapes and sizes. They played a little baseball, paid tribute to their former coach and rekindled old memories.

Grandslam memories

Officially, Ron McNutt has not handed in his resignation as head baseball coach at Carson High School.

Tigersharks have another strong day

Jamie Engan and Matt Grunert won titles for the Carson Tigersharks, who had another solid day on Saturday in the Intermountain Swim Classic at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Local organizes Native American bowl

For several years, Carson City's Gary Wood has served as an unofficial ambassador for Native American bowlers at the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament held in Reno.

Thursday, May 27

Fox is right fit for Nevada

The heat is on new Nevada athletic director Cary Groth.

Today is a busy day in racing

Gentlemen, Start Your Remotes! I don't know what the big deal is about Robby Gordon running the Indy 500 and the World 600 in the same day

Nevada baseball falls to Fresno State

The University of Nevada baseball team's chance of finishing second in the Western Athletic Conference - and its slim chance of making the NCAA playoffs - appear to be slipping away.

Here's to you Ron McNutt

Ron McNutt announced his retirement early this year, but that fact never really set in until two weeks ago when the Senator baseball team was eliminated from the zone playoffs.

CHS third in NIAA standings

Once again, Carson High has shown its one of the top all-around high school athletic programs in the state in competition, in the classroom and in citizenship.

Wednesday, May 26

Picking Indy can be difficult

Sunday celebrates the running of the greatest spectacle in racing, the 88th Indianapolis 500.

Dayton jumper heads to Albuquerque

Bridgette Galles didn't have very many worries in regard to losing high jump competitions during the just concluded track and field season.

Bowmans power Sun Devils

Carson High's Willie Bowman and Dayton's Matt Bowman each hit two-run home runs to power the Sierra Sun Devils to a 14-0 win over North Valleys on Thursday at Wooster in the 11th annual Reno Knights Memorial Tournament.

Gymnasts advance to nationals

The Crosstumblers' Girls Gymnastics team of Carson City performed extremely well at the USAIGC State Championships held May 15 in Mountain View, Calif.

Tuesday, May 25

Velasco works magic in West's all-star win

Silver Stage cager Chris Velasco worked the media and crowd like a showman Tuesday night after his boys' West squad defeated the East in the fourth annual Fallon Optimist High School All-Star Basketball Classic at the CCHS Gym.

East girls win Fallon all-star game

FALLON - Eleven girls who have played against each other in their high school careers discovered the quirks of life Tuesday night during the fourth annual Fallon Optimist High School All-Star Basketball Classic at the CCHS Gym.

State title for Fusion was special

Any squad made up of all-stars from a relatively small Northern Nevada area in any sport wouldn't be given much of a chance if it went up against the best that represented the entire Las Vegas area.

Two 9-pound rainbow troutfrom Carson River in Calif.

Intake No. 2: Was loaded with float tubers over the weekend. Most reported great action, using worms, Pistol Pete, Thomas Buoyant or Super Duper lures.

Monday, May 24

Trent Johnson leaves for Stanford

RENO - Stanford was always Trent Johnson's dream job, and Monday night he realized that dream by agreeing to become the new head basketball coach of the Cardinal.

Amanda Benson looking to run Down Under

Amanda Benson is one young lady who always seems to be on the run, at least when it comes to Carson High School's track and field program.

The pitch shot

The pitch shot is a shot played from close to the green when a high shot is required. This shot should stop within 10 or 15 feet of where it lands.

Comets 12-year-olds win ASA tournament

Shrugging off a disappointing loss from the week before, the Nevada Comets 12-year-old softball squad gained a measure of revenge by defeating Nevada Lightning in the finals of an ASA Junior Olympic Pacific Challenge Series Qualifer this past weekend in Sparks.

Baumann fires hole-in-one at Empire

Mark Baumann fired a hole-in-one at Empire Ranch Golf Course. On the River Course's par-3, 161-yard eighth hole from the white tee, Baumann used a 7-iron to fire his first ace. Kevin Szotkowski witnessed the feat.

Whitworth advances to nationals

Carson High junior Amber Whitworth, a member of Reno's Starz Gymnastics, has advanced to the National Tumbling and Trampoline Championships.

Sunday, May 23

With the skis put away, it's time to hike

Skis stowed, bindings backed off and hiking boots oiled, it's time to hit the hiking trails again.

Kids' carp fishing derbyat Lahontan Reservoir

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is sponsoring a one-day, kids' carp fishing derby at Lahontan Reservoir on Sunday, June 6.

Tahoe Rim Trail Associationcelebrates Nat. Trails Day

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will celebrate National Trails Day with a number of activities at Tahoe Meadows on Saturday, June 5.

UNR coach headed to Stanford

RENO - University of Nevada basketball coach Trent Johnson could be announced as the new coach at Stanford as early as this morning.

Saturday, May 22

Friday, May 21

Nevada baseball loses to Hawai'i

RENO - It's a safe bet that Chad McCardell won't be getting any Christmas cards from anybody connected with the Nevada baseball team this year.

Reno baseball wins state title

Procter Hug and John Wallace can say they've done something awfully special at Reno High.

Fernley beats Manogue, takes second

The Fernley Vaqueros claimed second Saturday in the 3A state softball championships at Rancho San Rafael, losing to the Pahrump Valley Lady Trojans 11-1.

Douglas softball falls to Centennial

And now it is done. The fight is over. The Douglas Tigers came. They fought. In the end, they came up just short.

Fly tying/casting classon evening of June 3

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will be conducting a special, two-hour, fly tying/casting class on Thursday, June 3.

A short, I-hope-to-forget, trout fishing trip to Wildhorse Reservoir

As my longtime friend and frequent fishing partner Don Hettrick (Don H) of Carson City was driving down the highway at the ghastly hour of 4 a.m., last Wednesday morning, I was sipping on a cup of hot coffee, occasionally yawning and mentally running through a check list of those things that we had brought for our fishing trip at Wildhorse Reservoir.

Blue Lakes Road scheduled to open for travel on Friday

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

Kids' Fishing Derbyset for June 5-6

Registrations are still being accepted for the 15th annual Kids' Fishing Derby.

Big Springs/Knott Creekare now open to fishing

May 15 was the opening day of the fishing season for Big Springs Reservoir and Knott Creek Reservoir, which are both located in northern Humboldt County.

Murata takes third in Olympic Trials

Minden's Stephanie Murata ended up taking third in the U.S. Olympic Trials in women's wrestling on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Engan, Sturgess lead local swimmers

Carson High's Jamie Engan and Douglas High's Andy Sturgess were among the local swimmers who had strong days at the NIAA State Swimming Championships on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Thursday, May 20

Fernley softball stays alive

RENO - The Vaqueros live to fight again. After losing to Pahrump Valley 10-0 in its first game in the 3A state tournament Friday at Rancho San Rafael Park, Fernley outlasted the Spring Creek Spartans 4-3 in eight innings to move on in the consolation bracket

Reno baseball advances to finals

It's amazing how one play can change a baseball game. The goat becomes the hero. And the Reno High baseball team is one win away from winning the NIAA 4A state title.

Mercer helps power Nevada to win

Reno - Carson High graduate Joe Mercer's second home run helped spark an 11-run rally as the University of Nevada baseball team came back to beat the Rainbows 17-10 on Friday at Peccole Park.

Plenty goin on in racing

We're now in the thick of racing season, the time of year I wish I had twice the space to write about everything that's happening. Since I don't, I'll pick some tidbits that interested me, and I hope interest you.

Douglas softball one win from state

Douglas High's softball team is one win away from winning the school's first-ever 4A softball title.

Murata advances in trials

Minden's Stephanie Murata advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic trials in women's wrestling on Friday in Indianapolis.

Toiyabi soccer tournament today

The Toiyabe Soccer League's Mini-Tournament is scheduled for today at the Edmonds Sports Complex on fields 8-10.

Wednesday, May 19

Carson 4x4 relay team looks to reach summit

Jeremy Gray, Tsuyoshi Curtis, Tilor Smith and Matt Moore will have a common goal when they step on the Reed High School track in Sparks at about 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

Costella takes sixth at Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Erik Vendt defeated Klete Keller to win the 800 meters in a race between Sydney Olympians, and Kate Ziegler swam to a 12-second victory in the 1,500 meters Thursday in the Santa Clara International.

Reno High wins state opener

Jeff Schoenbachler showed why he's arguably the best pitcher in Northern Nevada.

Northern 4A all-star hoops games set

The first Northern 4A boys and girls all-star basketball games will be played on Monday, May 24 at Damonte Ranch High.

Lakers are a sure bet for title

Referring to Los Angeles' current quest for the NBA championship, late great Laker announcer Chick Hearn would be saying, "The eggs are coolin', the jello's jigglin', the butter's gettin' hard.

Tuesday, May 18

Godec wins at Sacramento Raceway

Local drag racer Jim Godec of Carson City and his 1933 Willys "Flashback" traveled to Sacramento Raceway to compete in the WCTA Fremont Reunion Nostalgia Drags and NHRA National Dragster Challenge in the Nostalgia Eliminator II class this past weekend and walked away with the class win.

Leestma is second in golf

Fernley High's Matt Leestma finished second in the NIAA 3A State Golf Championships on Wednesday.

Fernley set for 3A state tourney

Hopefully, the Fernley High softball team won't have to worry about a ball rolling under the fence at the NIAA 3A State Championships.

Reno and Reed set for state baseball

Save for Wooster High's win in 2002, Southern Nevada has dominated the 4A state baseball tournament, winning six of the seven championships.

Nielsen awarded scholarship

The Carson City Municipal Golf Corporation, the non-profit organization that manages Eagle Valley Golf, has chosen Carson High senior Jeremy Nielsen as this year's recipient of the "For the Good of the Game" $1,000 scholarship.

Monday, May 17

Reflections of McNutt's final game

At the time, it was difficult to come to the realization that Ron McNutt was actually coaching in his last baseball game for Carson High School.

Galena's Wittlinger second in state golf

Galena High's Dan Wittlinger came within one stroke of winning the NIAA 4A State Golf Championship on Tuesday.

It doesn't matter where she plays, Farnworth just wants to be on a softball field

Lindsay Farnworth could be described as the consummate utility player because she spent time at nearly every position during her four years as a starter with the Carson High School softball program.

The bunker shot

Bunker shots are an interesting part of the game. Beginning or intermediate level golfers find bunker shots almost impossible while advanced players and pros find them so easy that sometimes they chose to aim for a bunker if their shot misses it's target.

Sunday, May 16

Tigers version of The Catch

MINDEN - Kristy Olsen received a little more attention than usual around Douglas High on Monday.

Galena golf is in third

The Galena High golf team stood in third after the first day of the NIAA 4A State Championships at Aliante Golf Club in North Las Vegas.

Heberger wins calf roping

Aaron Heberger, competing for the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club, won Sunday's go-round in calf roping at a Nevada state high school rodeo in Elko.

Saturday, May 15

Desert Rose win to Perry

Round two of the four-part Desert Rose 100 race series at Champion Speedway was very exciting on a Saturday night when several drivers showed power and patience in a race slowed by several cautions.

Friday, May 14

Douglas softball wins zone title

Four-year-old Sienna Swain wasn't going to be denied a hug from her cousin, Brittany Puzey.

More racing out west

The big news this week is that west coast NASCAR fans will get more races on their turf beginning in 2005.

57 players too many to honor

It's the only way you can describe this year's all-Sierra League baseball squad. Fifty-seven players, and that's not a misprint folks, were selected first team, second team or honorable mention. Way too many people in an area which isn't exactly bubbling over in talent.

Carson track takes third

SPARKS - Led by Stephen Waicul and a record-setting 1,600-meter relay squad, Carson High's boys' track team finished third at Saturday's 4A NIAA Regional meet at Reed High School.

Thursday, May 13

Douglas softball stays alive

It's a tired Douglas High softball team that left the Carson High softball complex field early Friday evening.

Wooster eliminates Douglas baseball

One pitch and one bad inning ended Douglas High's hopes for a trip to next week's state championship.

Senators qualify for swim finals

Ten Carson High swimmers qualified for today's 4A regional finals scheduled for Carson Aquatic Center.,

Locals qualify for state in 3A track

Bridgette Galles and the Dust Devils' 3,200-meter relay won titles to highlight Dayton's effort at the Northern 3A track meet on Friday at Yerington.

Hardt wins NCAA honor

While Jim Harrick Jr.'s infamous test got all the attention, it's people like Julie Hardt who truly represent what student-athletes are all about.

Wednesday, May 12

A 'Smarty' choice for Preakness

The middle jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, the 129th running of the Preakness Stakes, will be up for grabs Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

Dayton one win away from state

The Dayton High baseball team is one win away from achieving a goal that has been a long time in coming - advancing to the NIAA 3A State Championships.

Galena baseball falls to Wooster

A freshman on the mound when a team is playing for survival isn't exactly where it wants to be.

Douglas baseball falls to Reed

It was quite expected, something that hasn't been done to the Douglas High baseball team too often this season.

McQueen edges Carson baseball

RENO - Carson High had a chance to put itself in the driver's seat in the 4A regional baseball playoffs, but Dustin Rosness and the McQueen Lancers had other ideas.

49ers should look at Collins

With Jeff Garcia gone to Detroit, the quarterback position on the 49ers is suspect.

Douglas wins regional opener

Having survived some close calls at the end of the regular season, Douglas High School softball coach Todd Wilcks knew it would be important to generate some offense from the very start of the Northern 4A Regional Tournament.

Dennehy's mother settles with Baylor

WACO, Texas - The mother of a slain Baylor basketball player has resolved "potential claims" with the school and will not sue, university officials said Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 11

Tiger's 'Horner' in on win in Galena

It was payback time for Douglas High's baseball team.

Carson to host 4A swim meet

The symbolic river to the promised land of milk and honey for Northern Nevada swimmers is the Carson Aquatic Center this week.

Local gymnasts strong in meet

The day after R. A. C. Gymnastics officially changed its name to Crosstumblers, the optional girls' gymnastics team did extremely well at the USAIGC State qualifier held in Santa Rosa, Calif., on May 2. Excited by their new name, the girls pulled out all the stops and were well rewarded for their efforts.

May Madness has arrived

On a day when Carson High power hitters Willie Bowman, Mike Handley and Cameron Leck went a combined 3-for-10 with a run and two RBI, the Senators desperately needed help from the bottom of their batting order.

Monday, May 10

Initiate the downswing

From the back swing position described in last week's column we can initiate the downswing correctly and easily.

Wonders Academy team wins crown

The Nevada Wonders Academy 13 and under boys team, the Fusion and its 18 and under girls team, the Alliance, were able to make the finals of the USYS State Cup in soccer held this past weekend in Las Vegas.

Nevada baseball beats Pacific

RENO - Nevada's offense got a jolt from an unlikely, yet much-needed source Tuesday against Pacific.

Cooke helps lead Dana to title

Douglas High graduate Chad Cooke played a key role in helping the Dana College baseball team clinch its second straight regular season Great Plains Athletic Conference title.

Sunday, May 9

Fly tier and fly fishermanat sportsmen's meeting

The Ormsby Sportsmen's Association (OSA), a local organization for hunters and fishermen, will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Carson Nugget Convention Center.

Saturday, May 8

Friday, May 7

Douglas baseball sweeps Carson

Douglas High's strength all year has been its situational hitting, a term that's used in baseball that basically refers to teams that know how to manufacture runs.

Big Kart race coming to Carson City

Big time racing is coming to Carson City next month - no not Winston Cup or even the Craftsman Truck series.

Douglas softball comes back for sweep

The Douglas High varsity softball team has found ways to win in just about every other imaginable situation this season.

Senators qualify on the track

SPARKS - Carson High's boys continued their strong effort on the second day of the Northern 4A qualifying track and field meet Saturday at Reed High School.

Dayton baseball clinches homefield

YERINGTON - Dayton High's baseball team swept Yerington 17-1 and 19-2 on Saturday in five-inning games, moving into a tie for second place with Truckee in the Northern 3A league.

Dayton softball gains important sweep

The Dayton High softball team also gained an important sweep, beating Yerington 12-0 in the opener and 5-3 in the nightcap. The Dust Devils (13-10) clinched at least the No. 3 seed for this weekend's Northern 3A playoffs and homefield advantage.

Nevada baesball routs La. Tech

RENO - Adam Colton waited patiently for his opportunity to be a starting pitcher, and he has justified coach Gary Powers' decision with some solid pitching.

Bowman named All-American

Carson High School shortstop Willie Bowman can call himself an All-American in baseball.

Thursday, May 6

Vargas gives U.S. the win

RENO - Devin Vargas stayed true to form and came out slugging Friday - and that was a good thing.

Dayton baseball beats Battle Mountain

The Dayton High baseball team warmed up for a key Northern 3A doubleheader today beating Battle Mountain 12-2 on Friday.

Nevada baseball pounds La. Tech

RENO - Louisiana Tech was in town, and that meant one thing - a big offensive day for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

CHS-Douglas baseball to be on radio

The Carson High-Douglas High doubleheader in baseball today will be broadcast by KPTL 1300 Radio. The doubleheader will begin at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 5

Carson baseball holds off Douglas

Thursday afternoon, it was the difference between out and safe.

U.S. to face Puerto Rico in boxing

RENO -- If there's one thing Devin Vargas likes as much as a good slugfest, it's to hear boxing fans make noise when he's in the ring.

Carson golf settles for third

The Carson High golf team had mixed results, but still managed to finish third in the last regular season Northern 4A golf tournament.

McQueen edges Carson softball

While the Carson High softball team won't be going to the playoffs this year, it had a performance that may give the Senators momentum going into next season and into their season finale doubleheader against Douglas on Saturday.

Hockey is better than the NBA

Given the opportunity to closely watch both the NHL and NBA playoffs, most everyone would have to agree that hockey presents its fans with the better product.

Tuesday, May 4

WAC should look to expand

While the Western Athletic Conference isn't exactly on life support, there's nothing guaranteed about the WAC's long-term future, either.

Gingrich to play hoops for Portland

MINDEN - This has been a spring to remember for Douglas senior Julie Gingrich.

Nevada to host Louisiana Tech

RENO - Fresh off a 1-2 record in Hawai'i, the University of Nevada baseball starts a four-game homestand against WAC rival Louisiana Tech today at Peccole Park.

Dayton softball falls to Fallon

FALLON - Undaunted by an early 3-0 Dayton lead, Fallon erupted for nine runs in the sixth inning to topple the visiting Dust Devils, 13-3, in a non league softball game at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex.

Wonders Rengifo, Leora are honored

Carlos Rengifo and Rafa Leora were named to the all-Premiere Development League team for the third week of the season.

Monday, May 3

Carson eliminated from playoffs

Carson High is hosting this year's zone and state softball tournaments. Unfortunately, the Senators will only be there as spectators.

Working on the backswing

A common mistake in the golf swing is trying to swing the club back too far. Golfers often try to make a long swing when they should try to make a wide swing.

Galena softball rolls against Fallon

FALLON - After losing a Northern 4A softball double-header to Fallon last month, Galena stormed back with vengeance Tuesday afternoon at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex.

Denny wins steer wrestling

Keston Denny of the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club won Friday's go-round in steer wrestling in a Nevada State High School Rodeo hosted by Lincoln County.

A 26-pound Mackinaw troutcaught at Caples Lake, Calif.

Sabrina Lake: Trolling Rapala lures or spoons wish some red has been doing fairly well. Shore fishermen using Power Bait also are producing limits. As usual, the inlets generated quite a bit of action.

A very special place tucked away in the Eastern High Sierra

I had the pleasure of spending last weekend at a very special place tucked away in the Eastern High Sierra as a surprise birthday gift from Elaine.

Carson and Douglas to meet in baseball

Carson High closes out its regular-season schedule with a three-game series starting today against arch-rival Douglas.

Fish plants by NDOWin this general area

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), here are some recent fish plants in its Western Region:

Sunday, May 2

Not many chances left for skiing

The ski and snowboard season continues to slip away, as a glance at the mountains surrounding Carson City show. Alpine Meadows will close Sunday.

Here's some selected information on U.S.F.S. campgrounds

Whew! We sure made the switch from winter to summer in a big hurry. Well, now that the miserable hot weather has arrived with temperatures approaching the 90's, many folks (including yours truly) are turning their thoughts to camping.

Saturday, May 1