Stories for February 2005


Monday, February 28

Devon Anderson skis to gold at high school state meet

Devon Anderson has accumulated plenty of memories as a ski racer these past seven years

Sunday, February 27

Carson's Anderson repeats as state GS champ

Devon Anderson got off to a good start in his giant slalom run on Sunday at the NIAA 4A State Alpine Skiing Championships at Mount Rose. And it only got better from there.

WAC gears for new look

This is the last two weeks of the Western Athletic Conference in its present form.

Fazekas will play this week

RENO - Nevada forward Nick Fazekas broke his nose against Fresno State Saturday night, but he isn't expected to miss either of this week's road games at Hawai'i on Thursday night and San Jose State on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, February 26

Friday, February 25

Wolf Pack clinches share of WAC title

FRESNO, Calif. - For the second straight season, Nevada has earned a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

Muckers win 1A state title

LAS VEGAS - Move over Hoosiers, here come the Muckers.

Faith lutheran defeats Dayton in 3A final

LAS VEGAS - The initial tears from senior Danny Hopper were there when he entered the locker room after the game with his Dayton High boys basketball teammates.

Nevada football schedule announced

RENO - The University of Nevada released its 2005 football schedule on Friday, and it includes six home games, including in-state rival UNLV and Washington State from the Pac-10.

Thursday, February 24

Too much faith for Yerington

Las Vegas - The finality of it all hits a team like a ton of bricks. Especially when the club is as close as the Yerington High boys basketball team.

Pack looks for revenge in Fresno

Nevada will be out for a little revenge and hopes to continue its winning ways on the road when it visits Fresno State tonight in a key Western Athletic Conference game.

Dust Devils advance to 3A finals

Las Vegas - Dayton is a young basketball team with a bright future. But because of two experienced seniors who provide leadership when it is needed most, the Dayton Dust Devils also have a pretty good present.

Wednesday, February 23

Tuesday, February 22

Harvey is faring well in California

The California boys should have plenty of respect for Carson City's Aron Harvey after the season he's had.

Dyer has high point total in state swim

Kevin Dyer came away with the individual title for 13-14-year-old boys to help lead an impressive effort for the Carson Tigersharks Swim Club at the State Championships in Las Vegas, which concluded Monday.

Local teams head for state

This could be an historic year for the Carson Country area when it comes to the NIAA State Basketball Championships in Las Vegas.

Garis does a balancing act for Southern Nevada

Bill Garis has one of the most unique balancing acts in southern Nevada.

Monday, February 21

Nevada earning respect with ranking

RENO - It has come in baby steps, but litle by little, the Nevada men's basketball team is getting the national respect it deserves.

Sunday, February 20

WAC honors fazekas for third time

Nick Fazekas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after dominating performances against Rice and Vermont.

Reno shouldn't have hosted zone event

Whatever possessed the NIAA to hold last week's 4A zone tournament at Reno High School? Was the NIAA trying to show loyalty to one of its oldest schools?

Saturday, February 19

Savage wins pole vault at Simplot Games

Jordan Savidge of Smith Valley High School and the Reno/Tahoe Athletics Club won the pole vault with a personal record jump at the 27th annual Simplot Games on Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho.

Friday, February 18

Nevada defeats Vermont

RENO - The national television spotlight shined on Nevada Saturday, and as he has a tendency to do, Wolf Pack sophomore Nick Fazekas had a huge game.

Thursday, February 17

Second-quarter run spurs Dust Devils to win

Playing in front of a full house - their own house, no less - the Dayton Dust Devils left nothing to chance when they met Spring Creek in the Northern 3A Regional Tournament semifinals on Friday night.

Lions headed to state tournament

DAYTON - It wasn't hard to figure out the key to this game, at least according to Yerington High boys basketball coach Daron Wildermuth.

Huskies' Parish receives national honor

EAGLE-VAIL, Colo. - Battle Mountain cross country and track and field coach Rob Parish did not want this story written.

Nevada faces Vermont today

RENO - If you look closely at Nevada and Vermont, you see two similar teams.

Grizzlies turn tables on Reed

RENO - Twice before, Galena had led in the second half against Reed and lost the game. The Grizzlies weren't about to let it happen again.

Wednesday, February 16

Douglas girls fall against Reed

Matching up against Reed, a team that has not lost this season and has rarely even been challenged, the Douglas girls basketball team didn't flinch for a second.

Betting tips for NASCAR

The biggest and best sporting event of the week is Sunday's Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Plenty of race and proposition wagering is available for the NASCAR fan and handicapper.

Carson Bulldogs settle for second

The Carson Bulldogs youth wrestling club narrowly lost the title at the Fallon Tournament held this past weekend.

Tuesday, February 15

Monday, February 14

Douglas skiers take fourth

Brittany Cotter and Holden Sapp continued with their blazing seasons, leading the Douglas ski team to a fourth-place finish at a Tahoe Basin Ski League giant slalom event at Alpine Meadows Friday.

Douglas girls hold on against Galena

Another night, another season-high in free throws made.

Different era, another Pavich shooting in the playoffs

There's always something special about a playoff basketball game. That's as true today as it was 30 years ago if you were to ask Nick Pavich.

Nevada will host Rice

RENO - When you think Nevada basketball, Nick Fazekas and Kevinn Pinkney are the first two names that come to kind, and with good reason.

Carson girls no match for Reed

SPARKS - Carson High found out firsthand why you don't want to finish fourth in the league.

Sunday, February 13

Presiden't s weekend - time to head to Santa Cruz

It's Presidents' Weekend so like all veteran snowsporters I'll flee the overcrowded slopes after a Friday stopover at Sierra-at-Tahoe to see how the recent back malfunction is holding up -or should I say out?

WAC suspends Washington for one game

RENO - Nevada will be without senior forward Jermaine Washington when it hosts Rice Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Coaches have mixed views of Bracket Buster games

It's ESPN Bracket Buster time, and that's always an interesting topic among the Western Athletic Conference basketball coaches.

Saturday, February 12

Friday, February 11

Galena cruises past McQueen

This time, the Galena High boys basketball team didn't have to worry about losing on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

Carson's Wooldridge second at state wrestling

WINNEMUCCA - Carson High wrestler Loren Wooldridge knew the second time around with Fallon's Tommy Diaz would be an uphill battle.

Wolf Pack leaves Minders feeling blue

EL PASO - The sellout UTEP crowd was wearing plenty of orange and making lots of noise, and it filed out of the Don Haskins Center feeling a little blue - Nevada blue.

Galena girls stay alive with win over McQueen

Last fall, Caitlin Anderson came up big as an all-region goalkeeper to help Galena High School win the Northern 4A girls soccer championship.

Yerington boys lock up second-place in Northern 3A

Coming off a tough overtime loss at Incline the night before, the Yerington High boys basketball team had good reason to be concerned when it took the court at home against Sparks Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, February 10

Douglas girls defeat Carson

The Douglas girls' basketball team simply did what it does best Friday night.

Tigers rain threes on Senators

The look on Douglas coach Keith Lewis' face said it all.

Dayton boys basketball win first league title

Despite seeing a 15-point halftime lead shrink to two, and despite playing against a rival on the road, the Dayton High boys basketball team stayed composed like the playoff-tested team it is.

Nevada, UTEP face key game tonight

EL PASO - Nevada coach Mark Fox shrugged off talks of a rivalry with UTEP and tonight's game against the second-place Miners having WAC title implications.

Wednesday, February 9

Super Bowl wasn't so Super

Normally a 24-21 final in a Super Bowl would indicate a great, nail-biting, well-played game. But between all the referee and player mistakes, last Sunday's NFL championship should never go down as a true classic.

Fazekas stays tough in victory

BOISE, IDAHO - You can't blame Nick Fazekas if he's a little sore today.

King of the Mountain was a special event

The Jeep King of the Mountain ski and snowboard races last weekend at Heavenly Mountain Resort (as it is now named) offered locals a chance to see the new "Y" race format in action.

Wolf Pack men beat Boise State

BOISE, IDAHO - Nevada showed its true grit Thursday night, and Boise State folded.

Hooft off to a strong start for Arizona State

Former Galena High star Joey Hooft is off to a strong start for Arizona State's baseball team.

Carson hockey team on a roll

There's no concerns about a hockey lockout in Carson City these days. Instead, the Carson Senators are on a hot streak and looking to finish their season on top of the Northern Nevada Roller Hockey League.

Tuesday, February 8

Carson wrestlers set for state

Nothing is sure in sports, so they still have to conduct the NIAA 4A State Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday in Winnemucca.

Hart resigns as Fernley football coach

When it was over, Dave Hart said he could hold his head up high.

WNCC unveils athletic facilities

Western Nevada Community College is building it so talented student-athletes will come.

Dayton and Yerington boys basketball win

Dayton and Yerington are now in a two-way race for the Northern 3A regular season title.

Dayton girls defeat Incline

The Dayton girls basketball team was able to pull out a 38-35 win over Incline in overtime after losing a nine-point halftime lead on Wednesday at home.

Monday, February 7

Carson girls fall to Reno

RENO - There is something about the Reno Huskies that brings out the worst in Carson High's girls basketball.

Carson boys fall to Reno

RENO - Carson High dictated the tempo for the first 16 minutes the last time it played Reno before letting the game get away from them in the second half.

Galena boys and girls win

The Galena High boys basketball team took care of business heading into a make or break weekend with a 54-41 win at Damonte Ranch on Tuesday.

More than $90 million bet on Superbowl

Gamblers wagered more than $90.7 million on this year's Superbowl.

The sky's the limit for Johnson

ACHIEVEMENTS: Four-time state tournament qualifier, three-time regional runner-up. Douglas team captain. Cumulative grade point average. Air Force Academy nominee.

Nevada on TV during Bracket Buster

RENO - It's matinee time at Lawlor Events Center.

Hardt honored as Georgia Woman of the Year

The honors continue for Carson High graduate Julie Hardt as she's about to receive the most prestigious award presented to a female athlete in the state of Georgia.

Carson ski teams easily beat Sparks

The Carson High boys and girls ski teams had what amounted to a scrimmage in a league meet with Sparks on Monday.

Douglas boys fall against Wooster

RENO -The Douglas boys' basketball team was in control of its own destiny heading into the final week of the regular season.

Sunday, February 6

Jon Miller shares stories at Nevada dinner

RENO - Jon Miller remembers his first-ever trip to a Major League baseball game like it was yesterday. It was the day that changed his life and gave us one of the best baseball broadcasters of all time.

Different players contribute for Pack

A year ago, all five Nevada starters were capable of scoring in double digits every game.

Nevada a tough act on the road

RENO - What does it take to win on the road in the Western Athletic Conference?

Cockerill fires an ace

Carson City's Kathy Cockerill fired a hole-in-one on the signature par-3 14th hole at the Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln, Calif., on Saturday. Charlie Cockerill, J.T. Cockerill and Rod Butler witnessed the feat.

Saturday, February 5

Friday, February 4

Nevada hoops rolls past La. Tech

RENO - Coaches around the Western Athletic Conference have raved at various times about Nevada's offensive execution, especially its ability to get the ball inside.

Tigersharks shine in meet

The Carson Tigersharks had many impressive efforts in its "Last Chance" swim meet to qualify for the state championships to be held later this month in Las Vegas.

Charlo not shaking it up for Nevada

RENO - Down and out in Northern Nevada.

Douglas boys lose to Reno

The playoffs start Tuesday.

Carson boys fall to Wooster

The Carson boys basketball team finds itself in a position where it has not much margin for error.

Carson girls roll to easy win

The most difficult decision that Carson High girls basketball coach Alana Williams had was likely when she would go to her bench.

Daytona 24 could provide plenty of drama

I can't wait to see what this column looks like in its first appearance under the Appeal's new format. I hope they retouched my picture to take a few years off!

Three Carson wrestlers earn regional gold medals

RENO - A lot of tenacity - not to mention a little bit of good footwork - paid big dividends for Carson High senior David Cadwallader Saturday night at the Northern 4A Regional Wrestling Championships.

Thursday, February 3

Defensive Senators sink vikings

This was one for the defense.

Wolf Pack host Bulldogs in key game

RENO - Nevada is in first place. Louisiana Tech is on a conference-best five-game winning streak.

Eight Carson wrestlers advance to regional semifinals

Eight Carson High School wrestlers advanced to the semifinals and the Senators stood third in the team standings on the opening day of the Northern 4A Regional Tournament Friday at Galena High.

Carson girls defeat South Tahoe

It was over almost as soon as it started.

Dayton boys win in double OT

Travis Wood scored 16 points to lead the way as Dayton High captured a key 69-64 double overtime win at Spring Creek Friday night in a battle between front-runners in the Northern 3A boys basketball race.

Wednesday, February 2

Fazekas is a hit man again for Nevada

RENO - SMU coach Jimmy Tubbs calls Nick Fazekas "the quiet assassin."

Nevada baseball opens season today

You can't blame Nevada baseball coach Gary Powers when he says he's not sure what to expect during this weekend's season-opening three game series against University of the Pacific.

Shiloh steady for Pack

RENO - He was a forgotten man last year, but sophomore guard Kyle Shiloh has made his presence felt during Nevada's 15-5 start this year.

Patriots are the pick

Most football fans are opposed to the practice of scheduling a week off between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl.

Tuesday, February 1

Nevada will host SMU

RENO - Nevada coach Mark Fox believes his team has plateaued a bit.

Nevada football fills many needs

RENO - Nevada football coach Chris Ault was gushing like a proud papa, his excitement showing in his every word.

Carson wrestling looks to defend crown

At the beginning of the season, Carson High wrestling co-coach Tim McCarthy said he expected the Northern 4A title to come down to the Senators and Fallon.

Yerington boys hoops defeat Dayton

Thanks to a red hot Yerington High boys basketball team, the Northern 3A race just keeps becoming tighter.