Stories for May 2005


Tuesday, May 31

Monday, May 30

Allen to speak on July 8

Marcus Allen will be the featured speaker at the 37th annual Governor's Dinner to benefit the University of Nevada athletics.

Hayes and Butler are honored

As expected, Nevada catcher Brett Hayes was named the all-Western Athletic Conference catcher by league coaches for the third straight year.

Boxer's inspired story

Those of you who follow local news closely know that Max Baer Jr. hasn't fared so well in his bid to build a casino in Carson City.

West all-stars beat East in softball

FALLON - Some of the best talent in northern Nevada softball came together for one last time.

Sharks win NSA qualifier

The Carson Sharks 12 and under softball team had an impressive showing this past weekend in the Fallon Memorial Day Tournament. The team won the Nevada NSA World Berth Qualifier held on Memorial Day Weekend.

Nevada State Women's Bowling results

Woman Team, 724 and Below, Handicapped

Comets take second

The Nevada Comets 16 and under softball team featuring players from Northern Nevada took second in an American Softball Association A National Qualifier in Phoenix. Among the local players on the team was Carson High's Kayla Sanchez.

Western Modifieds featured at Champion

Western Modified open-wheel racers will make their season debut and a new division dubbed as "Hobby-Bombers" will appear for the first time at Champion Speedway tonight.

Hinge and unhinge the golf swing

In the last few columns I have asked you to practice the movements of the body without the club.

Sunday, May 29

Fitting finish for Kofmehl

It was only fitting that senior Clint Kofmehl struck out the side to nail down Gary Powers' 700th career win Sunday afternoon against Fresno State.

Saturday, May 28

Powers gets 700th win for Nevada baseball

RENO - It was an emotional and record-setting day for the Nevada baseball program.

Reno-Fernley Kicks Off Memorial Day Racing Weekend

FERNLEY - The Memorial Day racing weekend commenced at Reno-Fernley Raceway Saturday night with New West Distributing's Hat Night at the Races. Instead of hats, the first 300 fans through the gates received t-shirts instead, plus a night of exciting racing.

Intermountain class shows progress

Four years ago, the Carson Tigersharks' Intermountain Classic long-course swim meet attracted a total of 279 age group swimmers. This weekend, some 425 swimmers from four states are competing over four days at the Carson Aquatic Facility, which represents pretty good progress, according to Carson Tigersharks coach Jim Puleo.

Friday, May 27

Grillo helps lift Wonders to first win

It took a little more than a half - which included some much needed injury time - for Anthony Grillo to make his presence felt with the Nevada Wonders soccer team.

Niehoff posts junior national time

Carson Tigersharks coach Jim Puleo is pleased with what he's seen so far during the Intermountain Classic long-course age group swim meet. But now that the Memorial Day weekend meet is at its midway mark, this is when the hard work begins.

Big day for race fans

Race fans, start your remotes! Ah, yes - Memorial Day weekend, one of the high holy days of the racing religion, with the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 keeping race fans glued to their seats for nearly the entire day.

Thursday, May 26

Two aces are fired at Silver Oak Golf

Ron Swanson and Mike Glucksman both recently fired holes-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Club.

Tigersharks strong in Intermountain meet

Jamie Engan, Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer logged first-place finishes in their respective 1,500-meter freestyle divisions to provide bright spots for the host Carson Tigersharks at the Intermountain Classic long-course age group meet on Friday afternoon.

Mummy awakes Pack attack

RENO - Ben Mummy picked a great time for the first walk-off homer of his career at Nevada.

Wednesday, May 25

Current standings for women's bowl

Current standings for the Nevada State Women's Bowling Championships at Carson Lanes:

Cardinals open with victory

The Carson Cardinals opened the summer season with an encouraging 9-7 win in eight innings over the Galena Spartans on Thursday at Damonte Ranch.

Sanchez to compete in Golden West

The honors continue for the Carson High boys and girls track teams, with Kayla Sanchez being chosen for an elite high school meet on the national level.

All-star softball set to be held in Fallon

Northern Nevada's top senior high school softball players from this past season will be featured in the Fallon Optimist Classic.

Sharks win tourney

Pitching and defense helped the Carson Sharks 14 and under softball team team win the Desert Valley Regional Qualifier last weekend in Fernley.

Schellin chosen to be Reno's coach

Kyle Schellin has been chosen to be the new boys basketball coach at Reno High, two sources familiar with Northern Nevada basketball confirmed on Thursday.

Open wheel racing returns to Champion

There is an element of excitement about open-wheel racing that transcends age barriers - whether you're talking about 20-something Amy Barnes or 60-something Bob Beck.

Holiday skiing weekend

It's just about last hurrah time for the ski and boarder season with Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Mammoth still running through the weekend, and Mammoth going on to July 4.

Tuesday, May 24

Crosstumblers solid in gymnastics meet

Crosstumblers Gymnasts continued their winning streak at a dual competition against Redwood Coast Gymnastics held recently in Eureka, Calif.

WNCC joins Scenic West

Western Nevada Community College is now a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference, school officials said today. The college will compete in the SWAC beginning in the 2005-2006 school year.

Graham has broadcasting dream

One of the most important factors in developing a successful broadcasting career is initiative.

Hayes has been versatile performer

RENO - Barring a huge gaffe by Major League Baseball, Nevada's Brett Hayes' highly successful University of Nevada baseball career will end this weekend.

Rocket to Yanks?

The story surfaced a couple of weeks ago on sports-talk radio, and it hasn't died yet.

Monday, May 23

West girls beat East

FALLON - A game of streaks could best described Tuesday night's girls' Fallon Optimist All-Star basketball game between the East and West teams at the high school's Elmo Dericco Gym.

Upton alive for U.S. Open

Carson High graduate Lynda Upton has given herself the chance to play on one of the biggest stages in women's golf.

Cunningham to coach Dayton

Lowry assistant coach T.W. Cunningham has been named boys basketball coach at Dayton High, has reported.

Fast times at Smith

You're not going to find a lot of excitement or fast lifestyle in Smith Valley. For the most part, the hub of activities in the community revolve around the community's high school that barely numbers more than 100 students.

A pivotal motion for golf

The position of the body throughout the back swing plays a key role in your ability to return the club to impact correctly.

Lockwood, Alferitz fire aces

Paul Lockwood started his day off on the right foot during the Carson Valley Men's Club weekly tournament Sunday at the at the Carson Valley Golf Course in Gardnerville.

Kline recalls WESTCAR crash

Shane Kline couldn't believe how fast everything happened.

Brinkley falls in his bout

Yerington's Jesse Brinkley received his chance to fight in the big-time, but in the end it didn't go the way he would have liked.

West boys knock off East

One of the most talented group of senior boys donned their high school basketball uniforms for one final time Tuesday night.

Sunday, May 22

Racing quads add to high-octane show

They range in age from 4 to 10 years old, but their hearts are as courageous as a lion's when it comes to AMA speedway and quad racing.

Saturday, May 21

Gannon wins Desert Rose race

No matter what the race, it's never easy to lead from the front and take a wire-to-wire victory.

Reno-Fernley Hosts Sprint 100's

FERNLEY - Sprint 100 open-wheel cars made their only 2005 appearance at Reno-Fernley Raceway on Saturday night.

Robbins still perfect in Hornets

Just three weeks into the season, Kim Robbins and her little red Honda appear to be running away from the Hornet class at Champion Speedway.

Friday, May 20

Nevada has 20 hits in win

The University of Nevada (23-26, 12-14 in the Western Athletic Conference) pounded out 20 hits to snap a season high five-game losing streak, downing SJSU (27-25-1, 12-14 WAC) 11-3 Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

Engan wins title in 500 free

RENO - How many swimmers do you know that win a state title in one event and finish second in another, and aren't jumping up and down with joy?

Sanchez, Heilman win titles

After winning performance by Kayla Sanchez in the girl's 100-meter dash at the Nevada State High School track and field championships in Las Vegas on Friday, the Carson High team came back on Saturday to claim the gold in the boy's 100-meter dash.

Nextel's Saturday specials

Why does NASCAR continue to run Saturday night races, like last night's Nextel Challenge "Racing Entertainment" event?

Sanchez a 'triple' winner for CHS

In 103-degree heat and high winds at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas on Friday, Carson High freshman Kayla Sanchez won the 100-meter dash in the Nevada 4A state track and field championship - twice!

Thursday, May 19

Powers needs sweep for 700

After losing two of three to San Jose State over the weekend, the chances of Nevada baseball coach Gary Powers reaching 700 wins are slim.

Walling named league player of year

Douglas High's Chad Walling was named as the Sierra League's Player of the Year in baseball to lead a large contingent of Tiger and Carson High players who were named to the all-league teams in baseball and softball.

Carson's Williams earns USAC award

Carson City's J.R. Williams has been honored with the United States Auto Club's prestigious Walt Johnson Memorial Achievement Award.

Wednesday, May 18

Davis rolls with punches

If there's one thing certain about fighting for promoter Don King, it's that's nothing is certain.

Motorcycles return to Fuji Park

Riders from California and Northern Nevada will return to Carson City Raceway at Fuji Park (arena) Saturday for the second of eight scheduled competition races.

Hoyle, Lewis named to first team

Douglas High graduates Cal Lewis and Tommy Hoyle were both named to the all-Golden Valley Conference first team this season for the Feather River Community College baseball team.

Giacomo will win Saturday

The middle jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes, will be contested Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. A maximum 14 3-year-old horses will be vying for a purse of $1 million over the distance of 1 3/16th miles, which is 110 yards shorter than the Kentucky Derby.

Tuesday, May 17

Dalton takes 2nd in state

Fernley High's Brad Dalton finished second to lead a solid effort by Lyon County golfers at the NIAA 3A State Championships on Wednesday at Dayton Valley Country Club.

Sierra Nevada Northern teams chosen

Just days after its first Northern 4A Regional championship in baseball, and regional runner-up finish in softball, Spanish Springs High School reaped the benefits of its successful fourth year of existence in the 2005 Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll All-Northern Nevada Honors released Wednesday.

Forbes, CHS set for state

Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But Sam Forbes almost learned a costly lesson that one shouldn't overdo it.

Desert Rose to make its debut

A high-powered field of touring cars and drivers are expected to be on hand Saturday night when the West Car Late Model Series debuts in Carson City for the Desert Rose 100-lap feature event at Champion Speedway.

Monday, May 16

Cockerill takes eighth in 4A golf

Carson High's J.T. Cockerill was still in the thick of the title chase until the last few holes before settling for eighth in the NIAA 4A State Golf Championships on Tuesday at Red Hawk.

Locals shine at Community Colleges

The Feather River Community College softball team finished its 2005 season on a high note, taking fourth in the Golden Valley Conference.

He does know his 'Kraft'

It's quite likely Curt Kraft had a lump in his throat after stepping down as head coach of the University of Nevada track and field program last year.

Body position through the golf swing

How you swing the golf club is largely dependant upon your body position throughout the swing.

Reduce league honorees

It seems that I write this type of column every year, and I'm hoping the coaches in Northern Nevada might come to their senses one day and change the way all-league teams are selected.

Sunday, May 15

4A state boys golf a test of survival

SPARKS - Mother Nature turned the first day of the NIAA 4A state golf tournament into one of survival.

One last chance to hit the slopes

One last weekend on the slopes - Alpine Meadows on Saturday and Squaw Valley Sunday.

Pack headed to Italy

In three days, the University of Nevada men's basketball team will depart for a 10-day trip to Italy for a little education and a little basketball.

Saturday, May 14

Klopp, Goss win feature races at Champion

Jim Klopp and Al Goss experienced some difficulties in their heat races at Champion Speedway on Saturday night. There certainly were no problems later in the evening because Klopp and Goss were both on track en route to winning their respective Legends and Late Model feature races.

Koncrete getting a chance to fight again

It's been nearly 55 weeks since he won the vacant IBF cruiserweight belt with an eight-round knockout of Ezra Sellers in Miami, but Reno's "Koncrete" Kelvin Davis is finally getting a chance to fight again.

S&S Motorsports make it two-for-two in SRL

S&S Motorsports of Carson City is two-for-two as driver Troy Regier of Dinuba, Calif. won the Vukovich Memorial at Madera (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday night.

Owls complete sweep of Wolf Pack

RENO - You would think after losing 11 of the last 12 meetings to Rice that Nevada is happy to see the Owls leave the Western Athletic Conference at the end of the year.

Friday, May 13

Galena softball falls

The clock struck midnight on the Galena High softball team's Cinderella run in the Northern 4A Championships on Saturday.

Musings over the Indy 500

Yesterday was Pole Day at Indianapolis, or what passes for it in this year's reconfigured qualifying format.

Carson swimmers solid in the pool

Jamie Engan is Carson High's female version of John Paul Jones. She hasn't really yet begun to fight.

Dayton boys track wins title

Kevin May, Billy and Joey Mountjoy and Josh Wagoner were among those who helped lead the Dayton boys track team to its first Northern 3A title since 2000 on Saturday.

Sanchez leads Senators in regional track

SPARKS - Carson High freshman Kayla Sanchez admitted that she was nervous before stepping into the blocks for the start of the girls 300-meter low hurdles at the Northern 4A Regional Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Galena baseball falls in finals

RENO - The one thing about winning streaks, is sooner or later they have to come to an end.

Thursday, May 12

Douglas baseball is eliminated

After fighting their way past Wooster earlier in the day, and clawing their way back out in front of Spanish Springs in the sixth inning after trailing for most of the game, the Douglas Tigers fell victim to a perfectly-placed bases-loaded squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night.

Galena baseball wins a wild one

The only thing missing was a black cat.

Nevada falls to the Owls

Perennial powerhouse Rice continued its domination of Nevada, knocking off the Wolf Pack 9-3 Friday at Peccole Park in the opening game of their Western Athletic Conference series.

Grizzlies still alive in softball

Forget that Galena High came into the Northern 4A Regional Softball Tournament as the only team with a sub-.500 record.

Douglas softball eliminated

Spanish Springs did its damage in the bottom of the second and that's all it took Friday afternoon against Douglas High.

Carson swimmers solid in the pool

Everything went according to plan for the Carson High boys and girls swim teams in the preliminaries of the Northern 4A Championships on Friday at the Carson Aquatic Center.

McCarvel heads for Carroll

Russell McCarvel is going home.

Wednesday, May 11

Neitzke takes fourth in diving

It was a bittersweet meet for Rachel Neitzke, but the Carson High diver did provide the Senator girls swim team with some valuable points on Thursday in the Northern 4A diving championships.

Plenty of snow, but Dead Man's trail now a must

Spring skiing is alive and well at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows (where they got 10 inches this week of snow), Boreal and Mammoth, but the hiking trails are clearing at lower levels (we won't be able to do Horse Tail Falls for weeks).

Credible?NBA has doubters

Once again the credibility of the NBA has been attacked, with Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy's allegation of a conspiracy.

Swain accepts coaching job at Buchanan

Eric Swain, a Carson City product who coached the Reno High boys basketball team to Sierra League championships the past two seasons, was named head coach of the program at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., on Thursday.

Carson baseball falls to Reno

Patience went a long way toward keeping Reno High alive in the Northern 4A Regional Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Douglas softball stays alive

After stumbling out of the gate a bit to open the Northern 4A tournament Thursday afternoon, the Douglas High softball team managed to piece together enough runs in an elimination game to see another day.

Tigers fall to the Cougars

There was some sense of relief among Douglas Tiger fans heading into Thursday night's regional playoff game against Spanish Springs, since the Cougars had used Steve Masten, one of the top pitchers in the state, the night prior.

Galena baseball rolls to victory

If Galena coach Gary McNamara was told before the season that his young team would be one win away from playing for the Northern 4A title, he wouldn't have believed it.

Lorenzen signs with Southern Idaho

Galena High's 6-4 Derek Lorenzen has signed to play men's basketball with Southern Idaho Community College.

Tuesday, May 10

Galena holds on against Carson

For five innings, the Carson High offense was nowhere to be found. The Senators were at the mercy of Galena southpaw Andrew Ferguson.

Monday, May 9

Crosstumblers shine in gymnastics meet

Crosstumblers Gymnasts began its 2005 USAIGC season with success. In the first meet of the season held on April 24 at Crosstumblers Gymnastics, the entire team qualified to the USAIGC State Championships to be held on June 5 in Santa Rosa, California.

Keeping your golf game parallel

Start improving your ball striking by developing an understanding of the correct club position through impact.

Pesis honored at Pacific Lutheran

Carson High graduate Rachel Pesis was recently honored by Pacific Lutheran University as a four-year-letter winner in women's crew.

Denny, Kugler win titles in rodeo

Keston Denny and Alyce Kugler both won titles to lead another outstanding effort for the Carson Douglas Rodeo Club at the Washoe County High School Rodeo over the weekend.

Cockerill wins, Carson finishes third

RENO - It was a bittersweet day for the Carson High golf squad.

Lefty was the real Natural

He was a man who loved to see kids at the ballpark, and to this day, his name is well known to an older generation of fans, many of whom never even saw him play.

Teixeira, Gardner set for playoffs

What a difference a year makes.

Sunday, May 8

Corrales, Castillo put on a show

Do you know anybody who watched Saturday's lightweight unification bout between Diego "Chico" Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo and still isn't a fan? If so, please be sure and check to see if he or she has a pulse.

Streeter named Douglas basketball coach

Holding a brand-new Douglas Tiger baseball cap and a file full of paperwork, Rob Streeter was ready to get to work.

Nevada still in the WAC race

You shudder to think what great shape the Nevada baseball team would be in had it been able to garner home sweeps against Hawai'i, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech.

Saturday, May 7

Hadler, Goss, Robbins win Champion main events

After having its regularly scheduled season opener rained out one week before, Champion Speedway dodged the weather on Saturday night and got in three divisions of racing on a dry track.

Friday, May 6

Douglas baseball sweeps the Senators

With the exception of a 15-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth inning while the home plate umpire had to use the facilities, Douglas' senior day couldn't have gone any smoother.

Wonders see red in opening loss

The Nevada Wonders ended up seeing red in their Premiere Development League soccer season opener on Saturday night.

Carson boys swimming beats McQueen

The Carson High boys swim team warmed up for the Northern 4A Championships with a convincing 170-102 win over McQueen on Saturday in Reno.

Toyota to run in Busch

Are you ready to hear a Saturday afternoon Victory Circle interview start out, "Well, Chris, the Mountain Dew/Kibbles n' Bits/Drano/Old Everclear Camry run real good today, and my guys did an awesome job in the pits,"?

Galena wins; CHS softball eliminated

The Galena High baseball team secured the High Desert League's No. 1 seed into the Northern 4A playoffs with a 5-2 win over McQueen on Saturday at home.

It's Fast times at Carson High

SPARKS - Forget about Sean Penn and the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Thursday, May 5

Nevada baseball rolls to victory

RENO - There is something about the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs that bring out the best in the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Tigers seeking coaches

According to sources, the hiring of a new boys basketball coach at Douglas should happen sometime this month.

Douglas softball sweeps Carson

Carson High did its damage in the first innings of each game of a doubleheader at Douglas High Friday afternoon, but the Tigers were able to take care of business through the remainder of the day to pick up a sweep of the Senators.

Bowman belts two home runs

Carson High graduate Willie Bowman hit his first two home runs of the year on Friday for the UNLV baseball team in a 20-1 win at Air Force.

Galena baseball beats McQueen again

The Galena High baseball team keeps finding ways to win and as a result, the Grizzlies are on the verge of winning the High Desert League title.

Carson track announces staff

Jeb Onweiler, general manager of the AMA sanctioned Carson City Raceway at Fuji Park, is pleased to announce the following positions have been filled for the 2005 Les Schwab Tire Speedway series.

Wednesday, May 4

Sprinters put Carson on track

Led by its armada of sprinters, Carson High will have an abundance of gold medal contenders when the Northern 4A Regional Track and Field Championships begin today in Sparks.

Afleet Alex will win derby

Saturday features the 131st version of the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, the running of the Kentucky Derby at Louisville's Churchill Downs.

Carson softball falls against N. Valleys

RENO - Nicole Ellis outdueled Mandy Carvin and helped herself at the plate with a first-inning run-scoring double to spark North Valleys to a 4-0 win over Carson in a Sierra League softball game Thursday afternoon.

Carson baseball edges Douglas

No joshing, it was a good finish and one heckuva high school baseball game.

Galena softball falls against Fallon

The Grizzlies fell to 10-10 in the High Desert League, but have already clinched the No. 4 seed into the Northern 4A playoffs.

Puzey resigns at Douglas

The Douglas High School softball team entered the season with an outstanding shot to take its first state title since 1992.

Tuesday, May 3

Greer throws one-hitter

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Senior pitcher Nicole Greer could have been wearing a Reed, Wooster or McQueen uniform on Wednesday afternoon. She threw that well.

Kop named to Honor Society

Carson High graduate Allison Kop has earned a place in the St. Mary's College Honor Society as a junior.

Tigers Fab five to play for Mesa

Douglas High School might as well have just gift-wrapped the 2005 freshman football class in orange and black for Mesa College in Arizona.

Monday, May 2

Carson JV track shines

Gloria Sosa and Floyd Hernandez each were triple winners to lead an outstanding effort by the Carson High boys and girls track teams at the Northern Nevada Junior Varsity Invitational on Tuesday.

Dahl trying to catch on with Dallas

Fallon native Harvey Dahl is one step closer to realizing a longtime dream.

Keeping your head on the course

Most golfers would like to improve their game by hitting the ball more consistently and more powerfully.

Hill shoots hole-in-one

Dave Hill shot a hole-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Club on Friday.

Nevada baseball routed by Stanford

RENO - Calling all cars. Calling all cars. Be on the lookout for the Nevada offense. Last seen in the vicinity of Virginia Street.

Sunday, May 1

Chico wants to be the man at 135 pounds

On his way to winning three world titles in two weight divisions, Diego "Chico" Corrales has never been one to take the path of least resistance.

Springtime skiing is the best

Last Sunday morning was a day to cherish for snowsporters. Heavenly was closing, true, and most of the other resorts around Tahoe had closed (Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Mammoth are still open).

Carson finishes second at Sierra League tourney

GENOA - Led by Tyson Roser's 77, Carson High's golf team closed out the regular season with its fourth second-place effort of the season Monday at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.

Dayton High softball ace nears her final inning

DAYTON - When you listen to Nicole Greer speak, you realize instantly you aren't listening to your normal teen-aged girl.