Stories for January 2005


Monday, January 31

Johnston earns perfect score on ACT

A perfect 36 composite score on the ACT college entrance exam is something very few high school seniors achieve, in Carson City or anywhere else.

Douglas girls defeat South Tahoe

Douglas had nine different players put points on the board as the Tigers rolled to a season-best 67 points on 30 field goals in a 67-26 win over South Tahoe Tuesday night at South Tahoe.

Victory slips through Douglas boys fingers

This one just escaped by a couple inches.

Carson boys fall at North Valleys

The Carson boys basketball team are down but not out after a 75-60 loss at North Valleys on Tuesday.

Carson girls fall against North Valleys

The Carson girls basketball team struggled to handle North Valleys' trapping defense in a 67-41 loss in Reno on Tuesday.

Carson rifle team clinches division championship

The Carson High School rifle team wrapped up the Southern Division championship on Tuesday with a regular-season ending 1,254-1,224 victory against Wooster Tuesday afternoon in Reno.

Galena runs past Fallon

Thanks to a sterling first-half defensive effort, the Galena High boys basketball team enjoyed a 14-point lead at the intermission against Fallon on Tuesday night.

Sunday, January 30

Galena sweeps Spanish Springs

Chad Seidenstricker broke through to score a season-high 16 points as the Galena High boys basketball team posted a 61-35 victory in a makeup High Desert League game at home against Spanish Springs on Monday night.

Yerington posts third straight win

Don't look now, but the Yerington High boys basketball team is right back in the Northern 3A championship race.

WAC gears for Bracket Buster

Nevada will face a familiar foe on Feb. 19 at Lawlor Events Center in the third annual ESPN Bracket Buster.

Pinkney is leader of the Pack

"Everyone says that about me," Pinkney said recently. "I just don't go around all day with a smile on my face. I'm a laid-back guy. I like to have fun."

Dayton boys hold off Truckee

Danny Hopper scored 19 points, including four clutch free throws in the fourth quarter, to help the Dayton High boys basketball team hang on for a 54-53 victory at home against Tahoe-Truckee on Monday night.

Saturday, January 29

Dayton girls bolster playoff chances

The Dayton High girls basketball team helped out its playoff prospects behind key wins on back-to-back nights over the weekend - 37-33 at Incline on Friday and 37-20 at home against North Tahoe on Saturday.

Carson hockey team beats Reno, Douglas

Colin Cormier's best performance of the season couldn't have come at a better time for the Carson High roller hockey club.

Friday, January 28

Carson shooters have record day

Cody Stokes was near perfect and he had three teammates who weren't far behind as the Carson High School Naval Junior ROTC program had a record-setting day during its own Sierra Nevada Top Gun Match on Saturday.

Free throws help lift Lions to key Northern 3A win

For the second night in a row, accurate free throw shooting down the stretch helped propel Yerington High School to an important victory in what has developed into a wild Northern 3A boys basketball race.

Carson girls hit on all cylinders at Wooster

The Carson girls basketball team was firing on all cylinders right from the start in a 77-20 victory at Wooster on Saturday afternoon.

Wolf Pack let the 'Dogs out

RENO - Opportunities galore.

Dayton wins ugly, climbs back into Northern 3A lead

It's called winning ugly, but the Dayton boys basketball team couldn't be happier because it is back in first place.

Second quarter surge leads Carson boys to win

The Carson High boys basketball found its stroke in a key 50-45 win at Wooster on Saturday.

Thursday, January 27

Hart fights for job at Fernley

After 26 seasons, Fernley High football coach Dave Hart is in the process of doing something he likely never thought he would have to do - hang onto his job.

Refocused Lions defeat Lowry

A focused Yerington High boys basketball team returned to the court and pulled out of its skid with a 53-41 Northern 4A victory at home against Lowry on Friday night.

Douglas girls rally for key win against North Valleys

MINDEN - Trailing by five late in the first half with North Valleys' standout post player Anita Burdick basically having her way underneath the boards with 13 points, it just didn't look like it would be a good night for the Douglas High girls basketball team.

Olson explodes, Tigers beat Panthers

MINDEN - The pieces of the puzzle just keep falling into place for the Douglas High boys basketball team.

Wednesday, January 26

Bulldogs win tournament

The Carson Bulldogs youth wrestling club showed its strength by winning a Sierra Wrestling Association tournament it hosted on Sunday at Carson High.

Nationals give Rasner one-year deal

It's pretty heady stuff for Darrell Rasner with dealing with what his role is in the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball organization.

Coward and the Terrible

The final pivotal moment of last week's NFL Conference Championships occurred in the fourth quarter of the New England-Pittsburgh game.

Tuesday, January 25

WNCC sports should be for local athletes

When Western Nevada Community College announced it was upgrading its athletic program and adding women's soccer and baseball, I was originally excited.

Dayton boys defeat Truckee

The Dayton High boys basketball team shot 51 percent from the floor for a key 55-51 win at Truckee on Wednesday to keep pace in the Northern 3A race.

Dayton girls fall to Truckee

Amanda Sbragia scored 23 points, Lauren Clark had 11 points and Melony Cox added four points in the loss for the Dayton girls basketball team.

Carson grapples on to title

On Senior Night, it was only fitting that a four-year veteran closed out the Carson High wrestling team's 42-18 victory against Douglas to clinch the Sierra League dual meet championship on Wednesday night.

Gamesmanship in the WAC

A poorly lit arena. Somebody showing up after the scheduled practice start time to unlock the building. Visiting teams not being allowed access for practice the night before a game for whatever reason.

Lorenzen playing the waiting game

While many high school football players across the country are signing their letters-of-intent to play in college, the process for other prep athletes is just now seriously beginning.

Fazekas leads Wolf Pack against Bulldogs

RENO - Nevada's 6-foot-11 sophomore forward Nick Fazekas is uppermost in the thoughts of Western Athletic Conference coaches these days, and with good reason.

Monday, January 24

Anderson, Van Winkle win titles

Brett Anderson and Kameron Van Winkle, representing Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670, have advanced the the State Hoop Shoot Tournament.

Sunday, January 23

Any day is a good day in the Sierra

Last weekend's snowsporting was weird with the fog like a wet blanket over Carson Valley.

Carson-Douglas wrestlers meet for league title - again

Once again - for the fourth year in a row, actually - the Carson and Douglas high school wrestling teams are undefeated as they prepare to collide for the Sierra League dual meet championship tonight at Carson's Morse Burley Gymnasium.

A tale of two champions

Racing championships take solid teamwork - no matter the series.

Nevada road wins opening eyes

RENO - Nevada has opened up some eyes around the Western Athletic Conference with its four straight road wins.

Bracket buster schedules to be announced Sunday

Matchups for ESPN's third annual Bracket Buster Saturday on Feb. 19 will be announced on Sunday, according to WAC commissioner Karl Benson.

Saturday, January 22

Friday, January 21

Dust Devils put one in the Hopper

DAYTON - Dayton boys basketball coach Rob Streeter recently benched sophomore point guard Erik Hooper because he was tentative at the offensive end of the floor.

Locals playing at Nevada

The late Al McGuire, who made his mark as the Marquette men's basketball coach, said the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.

Rasner has Capital goal

It's understandable for Darrell Rasner to still be wearing a Montreal Expos jacket as he was while helping young pitchers on Saturday during a clinic presented by the Ray Austin Memorial Baseball Acacdemy.

Thursday, January 20

League-leading Huskies rally past Carson

For one half, the tempo and the game belonged to the Carson Senators.

Reno girls too much for Senators

The much-anticipated girls basketball showdown between Carson and Reno never materialized.

Galena girls give unbeaten Reed a battle

Stopping the Reed High girls basketball team is certainly a lot easier said than done. While Galena came closer than any other Nevada has all season, the Grizzlies still fell on the short end of a 60-49 score against undefeated Reed in a High Desert League contest Friday night in Sparks.

Wolf Pack faces tough test at Rice

Coaches around the Western Athletic Conference, including Nevada's Mark Fox, would agree that a split on any road trip is a good thing.

Wednesday, January 19

Boys basketball player of the year award renamed after Tom Andreasen

He no longer sits on the bench at basketball games, yet Tom Andreasen remains close to a sport that he has played, coached, worked as an administrator and simply enjoyed for nearly a half-century now.

Nevada women fall against Tulsa

RENO - Nevada coach Kim Gervasoni asked her team to play hard and be aggressive on offense, and they met both of those goals.

Baxter, Jackson are honored

Galena High graduates Annie Baxter and Amy Jackson were named to the all-Western Athletic Conference academic team for the fall season.

Sticking with the Patriots, Falcons

During last week's NFL Divisional Playoffs, the historically strong home team trend continued as all four favored hosts won, with three of them covering the point spread.

Tuesday, January 18

Prep basketball action tonight

So, where does the Carson High girls basketball team stand in regard to the Sierra League race? The Senators should have some answers to that question - and a logjam at the top of the league should loosen up at the same time - after playing their top two rivals in games tonight and Saturday.

Galena boys fall to Manogue

RENO - When you have a starting lineup littered with underclassmen, you are going to have some up and down moments throughout the course of the season.

Rite of Passage boys beat Lovelock

Robert McFalls hit five three-pointers on his way to scoring 22 points in helping to lead Rite of Passage (4-11, 3-1 in the Northern 2A) to the win. McFalls also had seven rebounds and Sharon Jackson had 14 points and five rebounds for ROP.

Lynch is living out his dream

Dreams do come true. Just ask Curry Lynch, who is living his dream as a member of the University of Nevada men's basketball team.

Monday, January 17

Short-handed Carson ski splits

Academics comes first at Carson High and as a result the Senators' ski team was short-handed for a rescheduled race on Wednesday.

Nevada men travel to Tulsa

One team has plummeted downward since the start of the season. The other is off to its best start in more than 20 years.

Sunday, January 16

Senator Pop Warner celebrates season

The Carson Senator Junior Pee Wee Blue football team made it to a place that no community Pop Warner club has ever been before. And it was the ultimate in a team effort - from the players, coaches, parents and the entire community.

Five more baseball signings at WNCC

The first steps toward winning a national title at Western Nevada Community College in baseball were taken with the signings of five more players on Monday.

Senior clinics offered at Mt. Rose

The roads are clear and the snow is definitely up. Super instructor Rusty Crook has survived two knee operations (titanium knee joints now serve) and is again holding his senior clinics Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Mt. Rose, 9:30 a.m.

Carson girls ski to sweep, Boehnke unbeaten

Mats Boehnke was perfect on Monday. The Carson High School boys team wasn't so fortunate, though, as the Senators came out on the short end of a 78-77 score in a Northern 4A alpine skiing dual meet.

Tigers finish third at tournament

The Douglas High School wrestling team finished third at the Lawrence Miller Memorial tournament - a long standing tradition in Bay Area prep sports that dates back to the 1970s - at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif.

Fresno surge no surprise to WAC coaches

Fresno State's surge to a share of the Western Athletic Conference lead hasn't surprised anybody, and more importantly, has earned respect around the league.

Saturday, January 15

Friday, January 14

WNCC baseball has lofty goal

Community College of Southern Nevada won a national title in baseball in its first four years of existence. Western Nevada Community College baseball coach D.J. Whittemore wants to beat that.

Charlo, Harris reunited

RENO - Mo Charlo and Franco Harris, teammates at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., during the 2002-03 season, hooked up for the first time at the four-year level, and their former coach Steve Coccimiglio was on hand to watch.

Carson wrestler earns gold medal

As far as the Carson Senators were concerned, it came as no surprise to see Ahron Osheroff on the medal stand Saturday night at the Clayton Valley Invitational wrestling tournament in Concord, Calif.

Carson boys pick up 'huge' win

Carson High boys basketball coach had the simplest and best word to describe his team's 59-56 win at South Tahoe on Saturday.

Thursday, January 13

Dayton turns back Spring Creek

Dayton High appeared to be riding high with a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter after Trent Wood scored on a breakaway slam dunk Friday night against Spring Creek.

Survival! Carson girls go to 2-0

Carson High's second straight Sierra League win was all about survival.

Panthers run past Senators

Carson High basketball coach Bruce Barnes had a laundry list of what the Senators had to do to beat North Valleys.

Wednesday, January 12

The best weekend of NFL play is this weekend

The Sundays of the conference championships and Super Bowl are truly intense, but the best weekend of the NFL season starts tomorrow. All of the eight remaining teams will be in action in back-to-back games both days during the Divisional Playoff round.

Nevada doesn't tow the line in loss

RENO - If you are still searching for reasons why Nevada lost 83-80 in overtime to UTEP Wednesday night, check out the stats from the free-throw line and the three-point line.

Galena boys defeat Fallon

Coming to Fallon for a High Desert League match-up has been an every-year battle for any Galena boys' basketball team.

Galena girls fall in overtime

FALLON - The Greenwave's experience in bouncing back from adversity in its preseason games may be a plus in this year's Northern 4A's varsity girls basketball High Desert League race.

Carson boys ski sweeps two races

The Carson High boys ski team got off to a strong start on Thursday with two wins over Wooster and Damonte Ranch.

Tuesday, January 11

Nevada loses to UTEP in overtime

The Sundays of the conference championships and Super Bowl are truly intense, but the best weekend of the NFL season starts tomorrow. All of the eight remaining teams will be in action in back-to-back games both days during the Divisional Playoff round.

Carson wrestling rolls to easy wins

The Carson High wrestling team kept rolling along to stay unbeaten on the season in dual meet action with two wins on Wednesday at home.

Japanese coach joins Tigersharks

Maybe the local swim team should change its name to the Carson International Tigersharks.

Monday, January 10

It's time for prep basketball season to heat up

Now that all these winter storms have passed - at least for the time being - you can bet there are a lot of prep basketball players, coaches and fans just itching to get back in the gym for some games.

Nevada, UTEP to play for first place

RENO - First place will be at stake tonight when Nevada (4-0, 11-3) hosts UTEP (13-2, 3-0) in a huge Western Athletic Conference basketball game.

Nevada baseball to begin practice

RENO - If it's raining or snowing that means baseball season is ready to begin at the University of Nevada.

Shoot, I missed the Mt. Rose Chutes opening

Doggone it, missed the celebration at Mt. Rose last Saturday when it officially opened The Chutes. Mt. Rose Highway was closed.

Letter to the editor

I am a team mom for the Carson Bulldog Wrestling Team. The Bulldogs are hosting a wrestling tournament on Sunday, Jan. 23 at Carson High School. It is free, open to the public and we invite everyone to attend.

Sunday, January 9

Nevada's fast start no surprise to WAC coaches

Nevada is off to its best start in 23 years, and the fact that it sits alone on top of the Western Athletic Conference with four straight wins hasn't surprised any of the coaches around the league.

WAC honors Pack's Fazekas again

For the second time this season, Nevada's Nick Fazekas has been named Western Athletic Conference men's Player of the Week.

Saturday, January 8

Friday, January 7

Wolf Pack break ice in texas

DALLAS - Stylish wins were the norm much of last year for the University of Nevada. Those have given way to inartistic struggles.

Wolf Pack did remember last year

DALLAS - When SMU was making its second-half comeback on Nevada Saturday night, you had to wonder if any Nevada players thought back to last year when Nevada blew a 10-point lead and lost in overtime to the Mustangs.

Thursday, January 6

Wednesday, January 5

Picking the NFL playoffs

Things get serious this weekend as the playoffs begin in the National Football League. No longer can the remaining teams afford to lose another ball game, as now it's do or die, and in the end only one team will get to celebrate with the champions' Lombardi Trophy.

Pinkney's defense key to Nevada's win

RUSTON, La. - Kevinn Pinkney made the ultimate sacrifice Thursday night, and it paid off in Nevada's first Western Athletic Conference road win of the season.

Tuesday, January 4

Tigers' Smith to play softball for Columbia

Douglas High's Valerie Smith is headed for New York City.

Carson girls use teamwork to defeat Hug

Nicole Scott and Andrea Hoff combined to score 32 points as the Carson High girls basketball team opened its Sierra League season with a 51-26 victory at home against Hug on Wednesday night.

Carson ski team ready for season

The Carson High boys ski team will have a tough act to follow this season: A state championship.

Patience pays off for Carson boys

Those 12 losses in December are all but forgotten now.

South Tahoe wrestling comes up short vs. Carson

The South Tahoe wrestling team again delivered its best performance of the season. And again it wasn't enough in a 39-33 loss to Carson in a Sierra Division dual Wednesday night at South Tahoe High School.

Nevada set to take on Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. - Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox knows all about Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap, and quite frankly he may fear him more than any other player in the Western Athletic Conference.

Monday, January 3

Carson senior raising scholarship funds

Believe it or not, there is a common thread that links retired San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young and Carson High School senior Kyle Bacon.

A Texas three-step in basketball

RENO - What do Nevada assistant coach Josh Newman, Nevada forward Jermaine Washington and Louisiana Tech point guard Daevon Haskins have in common?

Douglas girls fall to Australian team

MINDEN - It was a less than warm welcome home for the Douglas girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

Sunday, January 2

Carson basketball games postponed

Winter weather has delayed the start of the Sierra League season for the Carson High School boys and girls basketball teams.

WAC men's basketball elevates its game

The Western Athletic Conference is better than it was last year, according to University of Nevada first-year men's head coach Mark Fox and other coaches.

Saturday, January 1