Stories for July 2005


Sunday, July 31

Alphabet Boys strike again

n Just as I predicted a couple of weeks ago, the Alphabet Boys have figured out a way to ruin Jermain Taylor's upset decision over undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.

Mumme hopes to bring Aggies to life

Hal Mumme made no bones about why he took the New Mexico State football job. He wanted to coach in the Western Athletic Conference.

Cottrell to lead New Mexico State defense

Jimmy Cottrell is out to make a little bit of history this year, and if the past three years are any indication, he will accomplish it.

Motorcycles put on a show

Another near capacity crowd filed into Carson City Raceway at Fuji Park for round No. 4 of the AMA-sanctioned Les Schwab Speedway Championships, as "AAA" presented Charter Media Nite.

Saturday, July 30

Rescino Jr. wins CASA feature race

New car. Same old Nick Rescino Jr. And for the fifth time in seven races over the last two years, Rescino won a California Asphalt Sprintcar Association (CASA) 100-lap feature race at Champion Speedway.

McKeefery, Robbins win main events

Martin McKeefery of Milpitas, Calif., and Reno's Kim Robbins drove to victories in their respective Legends and Hornets main event races at Champion Speedway on Saturday night.

Coach starts work on new image for Spartans

If energy equates to wins, the San Jose State Spartans will have a successful first season under new head coach Dick Tomey.

San Jose senior receivver has lofty goals

Rufus Skillern will always remember the 2004 season. It's the year he had the best game of his career and established himself as a wide receiver.

Defending champion Broncos feel the big target

All you have to do is listen to Boise State football coach Dan Hawkins speak for a few minutes, and you realize why the Broncos have won three straight WAC titles and have become a national name.

North Pole offensive lineman shines

He comes from North Pole, Alaska, home of Santa Claus, and he'd rather give than receive any day of the week.

Friday, July 29

Last days for Champion

Remember some of the fabled race tracks of the past that have fallen to the wrecker's ball and the developer's grader?

Thursday, July 28

Cougars win USSSA World Series title

Carson Valley just keeps finding its way onto the national map.

Taylor will return to defend RTO title

RENO - For the first time in the history of the Reno-Tahoe Open, the defending champion will be back to defend his title.

Wednesday, July 27

Muckers Receive Championship Rings

The Virginia City High School Muckers boys basketball team received its 2005 1-A State Championship Rings on Wednesday night.

Former Tiger standouts headed to Southwest Baptist

As remote and random as the link may seem, a successful junior college soccer coach's move from Lassen College to NCAA Division II power Southwest Baptist has opened the door for four Douglas High graduates to further their careers.

USA boxing beats South Korea

RENO - In a boxing dual meet that favored an experienced South Korean team it was the event's most inexperienced boxer who made the ultimate difference.

Coaches like Boise State and Fresno State

RENO - Twenty-six and counting.

Ault focusing on defense

RENO - Nevada head coach Chris Ault has spent all of his life on the offensive side of the football.

Tuesday, July 26

Costella ready for national championships

It's one of the most important characteristics an elite athlete can have and its something that 2003 Carson High graduate Lauren Costella has been able to maintain over the past two years.

McIntyre honored in the WAC

RENO - From walk-on status to the media's choice as Western Athletic Conference's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

USA to face South Korea in boxing

RENO -- As a loan analyst for a mortgage company 20-year-old Stan Martyniouk is in the business of helping others realize the American Dream by assisting them in buying their homes.

Monday, July 25

It's now crunch time for Fazekas

Five big men left for three, possibly four spots.

'Flyin' Faria coming to Carson

AMA speedway motorcycle racing fans in Northern Nevada are in for a special treat this Saturday night. That's because Flyin' Mike Faria will be in the house.

Get a grip on your golf game

The grip is an interesting part of the game. A good grip is essential to good golf, after all it is the only contact you have with the club and therefore dictates how you will control the club throughout the swing.

70-year-old to race in national event

Seventy-year-old Carson City midget racer J.R. Williams has received an invitation to compete in the first USAC Ford Focus midget national races in mid-September.

Sunday, July 24

Despite disadvantages, Wonders to keep going

Randy Roser is a realist, first and foremost.

Book is a lesson in life

Season of Life: A football star, a boy, a journey to manhood, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Marx, is more than a book about one of Maryland's most successful high school football programs and more than just a football story.

Saturday, July 23

Sierra Sun Devils still alive in Joe DiMaggio play

Jeremy Joustra was close to perfection on the mound as the Sierra Sun Devils defeated San Francisco Trinity 9-0 in an elimination game at the Joe DiMaggio Tournament of Champions on Sunday near Napa, Calif.

Linstroth, Worley, Schmidt win at Champion

Jay Linstroth emerged as the Western Modified feature race winner, while Joel Worley and Greg Schmidt won their respective Late Model Sportsman and Hornet main events at Champion Speedway on Saturday night.

Fernley races help out Make-a-Wish Foundation

FERNLEY - Saturday night was Michael Hohl Truck Center Make-a-Wish Night at Reno-Fernley Raceway, with a portion of the gate as well as purse donations from several drivers going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Friday, July 22

Wonders fall in season finale

For 90 minutes, the Nevada Wonders were every bit as good as the playoff-bound Fresno Fuego.

Costella continues to be strong in meet

Carson High graduate Kiel Costella, who will be a sophomore at Villanova, continues to turn in strong efforts at the Speedo Nevada-California Sectionals being held at the Clovis West Olympic Complex in Fresno, Calif.

Will the REAL Spiderman Please Climb Up?

Tony Stewart has been tearing up the track in NASCAR Nextel Cup lately, winning three of four races and vaulting up the "Chase for the Championship" order.

Thursday, July 21

Locals overcome early deficit to advance in winner's bracket at state

FALLON - After coming back from a 3-0 first-inning deficit, the Carson 14-year-old all-star baseball team needed a rally to knock off Fallon in the first round of the state tournament.

Tiger is the best

Whether you like him or not, you have to marvel at Tiger Woods.

SCCA time trials at Fernley

The Reno Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will hold its Performance Driving Experience and Track Trials today and Sunday in Fernley.

Denny back in contention for finals

Douglas High graduate Keston Denny has given himself an excellent chance to advance to Sunday's championship round in the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Wednesday, July 20

Sun Devils win opener in Joe DiMaggio event

Douglas High graduates Jimmy Pierce and Chad Walling helped lead the way as the Sierra Sun Devils baseball team rolled to a 14-2 win over Napa, Calif., on Thursday in the Joe DiMaggio World Series being played near Napa.

Tuesday, July 19

Dyer and Niehoff are all-stars

Swimming 100,000 meters in the pool over a lifetime would be quite a bit. For the Carson Tigersharks' Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer, that's a typical week.

Dream is still alive for Triple A baseball

SPARKS - The dream is still very much alive.

Niehoff and Dyer are all-stars

Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer of the Carson Tigersharks have been chosen to represent the Pacific Swimming all-star team at the Western Zone meet.

Locals to play at DII school

Two local athletes have accepted scholarships to play baseball and softball at Kentucky Wesleyan, an NCAA DIvision II school, next season.

Williams belongs in the Hall of Fame

Most players in a similar situation to Matt Williams would have what I call the "Marlon Brando" complex when it comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame. "I coulda been a contender" would be their lament.

Monday, July 18

Working on your putting game

The easiest way to shave a few strokes off your score is to improve your putting. Most golfers have a tendency to be inconsistent due to poor distance control, this is easily improved with a few subtle adjustments.

Schimdt has plenty of memories

He may not have the fastest set of wheels in town these days, but without doubt, Greg Schmidt has enough passion about fast cars and motorsports to last a lifetime.

Sunday, July 17

Records fall on Tahoe Rim Trail

Never mind the hot July weather, two course records and two masters age group records fell during the fourth annual Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50-Mile Endurance Runs on Saturday at Spooner Lake State Park.

Thorn wins Northern Tour 100

Being in the right place at the right time never hurts.

Taylor deserved his win

Here are some random thoughts on the Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins middleweight title fight, which was held Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and shown on HBO pay-per-view:

Washoe Valley Little League defeats Carson in district final

RENO - Carson American's Cinderella run through the District 1 tournament came to a screeching halt at the hands of perennial powerhouse Washoe Valley.

Hawai'i picked to win volleyball crown

As expcted, the University of Hawai'i has been tabbed in a poll of league coaches as the preseason pick to win the Western Athletic Conference volleyball championship this year.

Time to go rafting

Good new for rafting fans. North Lake Tahoe rafting companies opened for business last weekend, kicking off the highly anticipated season on the Truckee River. Thousands of rafters will make the popular drift this summer.

Saturday, July 16

It's Miller time at Fernley again

FERNLEY - Gardnerville's Robert Miller pulled off yet another come-from-behind victory in the IMCA Modified division and Randy Reid accomplished a similar feat in the ground-pounding Pro Stock division at Reno-Fernley Raceway on a hot Saturday night.

S&S Motorsports finishes second at Douglas County Raceway in Roseburg

The evening didn't go quite as well as Steve Shaw and Tom Silsby would have liked it to, but the Carson City-based Supermodified Racing League team of S&S Motorsports still walked away with a second-place finish at Douglas County Raceway in Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday night.

Friday, July 15

Barkley and Garrett trade barbs

STATELINE - Charles Barkley and Chris Webber continued to trade bad shots in their much-hyped $50,000 sidebet on Saturday.

Short-handed Wonders fall just short

The Nevada Wonders did their best to send coach Paul Aigbogun back home with a win Saturday night, but fell a goal short in a 2-1 loss to the Bakersfield Brigade in a United Soccer League match at Carson High School.

Sun Devils complete sweep of state DiMaggio play

Douglas High products Chad Walling and Jimmy Pierce helped lead the Sierra Sun Devils to an 11-3 victory against the Carson Cardinals in the Joe DiMaggio state tournament finals on Sunday afternoon in Reno.

Tolliver leads celebrity event

STATELINE - Retired NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver is doing all he can to end the Rick Rhoden-Dan Quinn vice grip on the American Century Championship trophy.

Niehoff and Dyer win again

Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer each came away with another win to lead the continued solid effort of the Carson Tigersharks at the Adam Szmidt Memorial Pacific Swim Long Course Junior Olympics on Saturday in San Jose.

Thursday, July 14

Champion Speedway Hosts North State Challenge

Tonight will be a homecoming of sorts for Carson City's Jerry Allec Jr. and C.J. Bawden when the Northern Tour 100 Super Late Model stock car race is held at Champion Speedway.

Niehoff and Dyer impress

Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer continued to impress for the Carson Tigersharks as the team had many personal best times at the Adam Szmidt Memorial Pacific Swimming Long Course Junior Olympics on Friday in San Jose.

Rhoden takes first-round lead at ACC

STATELINE, Nev. - Rick Rhoden bounced back from a rare day off from golf to take the first-round lead with an all-time tournament best Stableford score of 30 points at the American Century Championship Friday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Cardinals stay alive with victory

The Carson Cardinals baseball team stayed alive in the Joe DiMaggio Tournament with a 14-4 win over the Northwest Royals on Friday.

Williams improves from 2004 first-round score, but by not by much

STATELINE, Nev. - Carson High graduate Matt Williams, who is currently working several jobs for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has more time to play golf now that he's retired.

Carson American improves to 4-0

RENO - Carson American's 11-12 year-old all-star team closed out pool play in the District tournament with an impressive 11-1 win over South Tahoe on Friday at Swope Middle School.

Wednesday, July 13

Cardinals fall in tournament

The Carson Cardinals baseball team fell to the Reno Muckdogs 7-2 on Thursday at Reed in the Joe DiMaggio Tournament.

Niehoff pulls off impressive double

Abby Niehoff pulled off an impressive double for the Carson Tigersharks on Thursday at the Adam Szmidt Memorial Pacific Swimming Long Course Junior Olympics in San Jose. Teams from Northern Nevada and Nevada are competing in the event.

Mighty Quinn going for third straight title

Al Del Greco is the last celebrity other than Dan Quinn or Rick Rhoden to win the American Century Championship, and the former NFL kicker didn't seem confident Thursday afternoon that anything would change when the 2005 champion is crowned on Sunday.

Carson American improves to 3-0

RENO - Carson American won its third straight pool play game Thursday night and earned a spot in the single-elimination phase of the District 1 11-12 all-star tournament.

Tuesday, July 12

Thirty-one Pack scholar-athletes are honored

One of Cary Groth's goals is to get better student-athletes at the University of Nevada, so she must have been happy when the WAC released its all-academic squad for the spring semester.

Paoli having a banner first season

Carson City native Juliana Paoli has had the loftiest of goals in everything she has entered into.

Players react to NHL deal

STATELINE - After 301 tumultuous days of bickering, a declining fan base and an entire season being canceled, the National Hockey League and the players' union reached a tentative deal Wednesday that ensures hockey will return to the ice this fall.

Jordan puts on a show during his practice round

STATELINE - Whenever Michael Jordan tees it up at the American Century Championship, anything can happen.

Cardinals beat Douglas in tourney opener

Thanks to Jack Jacquet, the Carson Cardinals baseball team gained a measure of revenge in its opener of the Joe DiMaggio Tournament.

Carson American rolls to victory

The Carson American 11-12-year-old all-stars didn't need a thrilling finish this time to improve to 2-0 in the district Little League Tournament at Reno's Swope Middle School.

Monday, July 11

Working on the pitch shot

The pitch shot is a short, high shot. A typical scenario is a 10 to 40 yard shot with a bunker between the ball and the green.

'Old timers' to star in all-star game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Younger isn't always better.

Runners gear for return of Tahoe Rim Trail races

After being burned out by the devastating Waterfall Fire last year, a near capacity field of runners is expected to be on hand Saturday for the return of the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50-Mile Endurance Runs.

Chastain wows the crowd

The American Century Championship kicked into high gear at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Tuesday, with three-time soccer Olympian Brandi Chastain running between holes to cross-train. The unique brand of extreme golf by the gold medalist became the talk around the barrier ropes.

Bergman happy to be an all-star

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For the first time in his professional career, Dusty Bergman is an all-star, and he's loving every minute of it.

Carson American wins a thriller

There were plenty of clutch performances to go around for the Carson American 11-12 all-stars in the 5-4 win over Reno American West on Tuesday in their opening game of the district tournament at Reno's Swope Middle School.

Davey Hamilton sells interest in Supermodified Racing League

Supermodified Racing League owners Davey Hamilton and Steve Fensler recently announced they have sold the supermodified division to WC Promotions.

Sunday, July 10

Saturday, July 9

Glenn drives to first WESTCAR victory

Gary Glenn was simply hoping to stay on the track long enough to put himself in position to win at the end. The driver from Orangevale, Calif., driver succeeded in his goal of staying on the track, then made his move to take the lead on Lap 86 en route to victory in the Desert Rose 100 WESTCAR Late Model feature race at Champion Speedway on Saturday night.

Humphreys wins Legends main, Hadler recovering after serious crash

Robert Humphreys took the checkered flag to win a Legends main event on Saturday night that literally turned into a racing test of survival that saw Denny Hadler Jr. leave Champion Speedway by Care Flight for the second time in the past year.

Friday, July 8

Locals shines in the pool

Ashton McIntosh has had a strong meet so far for the Carson Tigersharks over the first two days of a Zone 4 short course swim meet in South Tahoe.

Harvey qualifies for Loretta Lynn's

Carson High graduate Aron Harvey had a tough choice to make. He could have attended Carson's graduation ceremony or try to qualify for the Super Bowl of amateur motocross racing.

Carson American 11s fall against Washoe

The Carson American 11-year-old all-stars were eliminated from the district Little League Tournament in an 11-5 loss to Washoe in the quarterfinals on Friday at Sparks' Shadow Mountain.

Cindy is tough on Atlanta

If you were planning to go to the Nextel Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the end of October, you might want to take a lawn chair.

Wonders fall against the Surge

Ben Callon let the lack of a call and his temper get the best of him Saturday night, and his Nevada Wonder teammates paid the price.

Thursday, July 7

Nevada football adds Nebraska to schedule

When Cary Groth took over as Nevada's athletic director, one of her primary goals was to establish a solid Division I football schedule.

Carson American 9-10s come back for win

The Carson American 9-10-year-old all-stars pulled out a thrilling 7-6 comeback win over North Valleys in the district Little League Tournament on Thursday at Shadow Mountain in Sparks.

Arthur brings in 18 players for soccer program

Hillary Arthur had a goal of bringing in 18 quality student-athletes for her inaugural season as Western Nevada Community College's women's soccer coach.

Turf installment nearly completed at WNCC

Welcome to the cadallac of ball fields.

Wonders are Sharp in victory

Goalkeeper Travis Sharp all too well remembers his first United Soccer Leagues appearance for the Nevada Wonders - a 4-1 loss to the Yakima Reds in Yakima, Wash., on May 20.

Allen graces Governor's Dinner

Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen admitted he didn't know much about the University of Nevada when he accepted the offer to be guest speaker at Friday's 37th annual Governor's Dinner.

Volleyball officials are needed

The Northern Nevada volleyball officiating group is looking for a few more good men and women.

Wednesday, July 6

Estes placed on disabled list

Shawn Estes' first hit of the season for the Arizona Diamondbacks proved to be a costly one as it landed him on the disabled list.

Kline ready for final ride at Champion

With three championships in three different divisions, Shane Kline has had a pretty good run at Champion Speedway these past 10 years.

Murata in world event

Minden's Stephanie Murata will be making another trip to the World Championships in wrestling to be held in Budapest, Hungary in September.

Hooft, Paganetti moving on

Two former Galena High graduates will likely begin their dream of making the Major Leagues this summer.

Tuesday, July 5

Ropers must work together in rodeo

Team roping: Cowboys and cowgirls must rely on each other like no other event in rodeo.

Monday, July 4

S&S Motorsports posts another win

The S&S Motorsports Supermodified Racing League team from Carson City seems unstoppable.

Sunday, July 3

Washoe edges Carson in Little League pitching duel

Pitching, defense, clutch base hits and a close score - all the elements of a great baseball game - were evident Sunday afternoon when Washoe turned back Carson National 2-1 during District I Little League 11-year-old all-star tournament play in Sparks.

Silver State International High School Rodeo starts today

Enough talk. No more weaving stories of the past season.

Armchair Sports

We've heard the news before. ... On Saturday, 26-year-old super lightweight Martin Sanchez died in a Las Vegas hospital, less than 24 hours after he had been knocked out in the ninth round of a bout against Russia's Rustam Nugaev.

Saturday, July 2

S&S Motorsports, Regier win again

Troy Regier, driver of the Carson City-based No. 98 S&S Motorsports super modified race car, always finds a way to do things right.

Gardner continues hot streak in McCreary Memorial race

Jeff Gardner showed on Saturday night why he is the hottest driver on the California Asphalt Sprintcar Association (CASA) circuit when he rallied to win the Mike McCreary Memorial Firecracker 100 at Champion Speedway.

Sidecar and speedway show blows crowd away

Four sidecar motorcycles took to the dirt track and slowly made their way to the starting line, staggered in lineup. Introductions were made of driver and passenger along with a short summary of how the race would be run.

Sharks state champs

The Carson Sharks carved out single runs in five of their six at-bats to knock off the Reno Predators 5-2 Saturday afternoon to win the 14-and-under National Softball Association (NSA) B State Championship.

Malone 'brakes' to victory

After knocking on the door to win a main event for the past month Vince Malone was able to break the door down and win the Late Model Sportsman feature race on Saturday night at Champion Speedway.

Tragedy hits Reno-Fernley Raceway

FERNLEY - The mood was somber at Reno-Fernley Raceway Saturday night after a visiting driver, Mike Cohen of San Jose, Calif., succumbed to an apparent heart attack during the first Dwarf Car heat race.

Friday, July 1

Carson National 11s fall

Drew Moreland turned in an outstanding pitching performance and doubled, but it wasn't enough in the loss for the Carson National 11s.

Desota wins Ponderosa Ridge Run

Robin Desota of Kingsbury captured first-place in the 32nd annual Ponderosa Ridge Run trail race from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury on Saturday.

Carson American 11s win a thriller

The Carson American 11-year-old all-stars trailed throughout the entire game until when it counted the most - in the last inning.

The times they are a changin'

In last Sunday's Nevada Appeal Opinion section, columnist Guy Farmer mentioned that he has been writing his column for 9 years, since 1996.

Peter turns Reno into 'Sam's Town'

RENO - Working his way through the heavyweight division, Samuel Peter has picked up several nicknames - "The Nigerian Nightmare," "The Knockout Sensation" and "The Locomotive."

Comets take second; Hurricane 12s win title

The Carson Comets scratched and fought for more than seven hours on Saturday in the scorching sun at Centennial Park.