Stories for October 2005


Monday, October 31

Virginia City girls win cross country crown

The Virginia City High School girls cross country team dominated the Northern 2A championships on Saturday in Elko.

Pemberton proposes he can win title

Just before his July 25, 2003 bout with contender Omar Sheika on ESPN, super middleweight Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton was struck with an epiphany.

Stalling continues to shine for Southwestern

Carson High graduate Sarah Stallling continues to play well for the Southwestern Community College women's soccer team of Coos Bay, Ore.

Sunday, October 30

Kemp ready to play for Nevada

RENO - When you talk about bad breaks, look no farther than Nevada sophomore Marcelus Kemp.

WAC teams looking for bowl eligibility

Don't laugh. That could be one of the scenarios for a couple of teams in the Western Athletic Conference as the college football season enters its final month.

Saturday, October 29

Unbeaten Carson eighth grade girls win Tahoe tournament

In years past, Carson Middle School's girls basketball program hasn't fared well in matchups against the Bay Area's Stanley Middle School.

Reno-Fernley Raceway awards presented

Reno-Fernley Raceway crowned its 2005 season champions and honored its staff with a gala awards dinner and ceremony at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks on Saturday night.

Friday, October 28

Boise State still rules Nevada

BOISE, Idaho - Another year, another whipping. Things haven't changed much in the last five years between Boise State and Nevada.

Douglas football clinches playoff spot

The coaches put out the call heading into the week and the Douglas football team wasted little time answering it.

Douglas soccer wins a thriller against Galena

Except for a slight change in scenery, Saturday morning looked extraordinarily similar to last year's first round of the Northern 4A Regional soccer playoffs for the Douglas High soccer team.

Locals in action in California

NASCAR may be the 600 pound gorilla of American Motorsports, but there's somebody bigger and badder.

Carson turns back stubborn Greenwave

Regional scores Carson 1, Fallon 0

Nevada Day is a Long race

Brett Long had no grand aspirations when he stepped to the starting line to run the Carson Nugget Nevada Day Classic on Saturday morning. Up until the day before, the 27-year-old Carson City man wasn't even sure he was going to run the 8-kilometer road race.

Thursday, October 27

ROP beats Yerington for third

The Rite of Passage and Yerington High football teams went right down to the wire in a battle for third place in the Northern 2A, with ROP coming back for a 26-22 win at home on Friday.

Tigersharks lower their times in meet

Abby Niehoff, Tatum Boehnke and Kevin Dyer all won titles for the Carson Tigersharks on Friday at the Ted Dorsey Fall Classic in Reno.

Wednesday, October 26

Carson girls and boys cross country teams advance

RENO - Once the scores for the Northern 4A Championships were posted and Chad Shroy's name was not marked in yellow, it was time for the Carson High boys cross country team to celebrate.

Huskies run past Senators

RENO - When Reno High's John Rice broke off a 28-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, it was an omen of things to come.

Some last hiking and praying for snow

At long last we climbed Prison Hill over the weekend, after first visiting Deadman's Creek for perhaps the 20th time.

Nevada women more optimistic this year

RENO - There was a pleasant surprise awaiting Nevada women's basketball coach Kim Gervasoni at the recent Western Athletic Conference Media Day.

Tuesday, October 25

Carson runners to compete at regionals

So, how does a cross country team prepare for its championship meet? If all goes well for the Carson Senators, a diet of spaghetti and motivational viewing will be a successful formula to run well at the Northern 4A Regional Championships today in Reno.

Dayton volleyball falls to Yerington

The Dayton High volleyball team finished the regular season on a losing note, losing at Yerington 15-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 5-15.

Kerfeld always an Astro

Once a Houston Astro, always a Houston Astro.

Carson football playing for shot at playoffs

That's the position Carson High's football team finds itself in heading into tonight's regular-season finale against the Reno Huskies at Reno High.

Cavenders have no ill feelings to Nevada

The University of Nevada has taken shots - fair and unfair - for its inability to recruit and/or scholarship local players.

Monday, October 24

Crosstumblers shine in Reno

Crosstumblers gymnasts continued to improve at the Goblin Games held on

Another pitch for Shoeless Joe

Anyone who has been following the World Series knows by now that the Chicago White Sox are halfway home toward winning their first World Series since 1917.

Nevada football to face Boise State

BOISE, Idaho - If you're a Nevada Wolf Pack football fan, the last four games against Boise State have been pure agony.

Carson girls soccer beats Reno

The Carson High girls soccer team was able to achieve one of its goals, finishing the regular season unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Reno High on Tuesday at CHS.

Carson volleyball beats Wooster

The Carson High volleyball team swept at Wooster 26-24, 27-25, 25-23 on Tuesday to set up a showdown with Reno High for third place in the Sierra League.

Sunday, October 23

Nevada focused on Boise State's Zabransky

RENO - Ever since his first-game meltdown at Georgia where he turned the ball over six times, Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky is starting to get his game back, and that's bad news for the rest of the Western Athletic Conference.

Saturday, October 22

Friday, October 21

Burleson gets the 'point' for Nevada

RENO - Lyndale Burleson won't come right out and say it, but then again he doesn't have to.

Tonelli and Dzhafarov win for Nevada tennis

Guillaume Tonelli and Eldar Dzhafarov won their first first round match in doubles on Friday to lead the University of Nevada men's tennis team's effort in the first day of the ITA Rolex Regional Fall Tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.

Carson boys soccer beats Wooster

The Carson High boys soccer team took a step to clinching second place in the Sierra League by beating Wooster 3-1 in an extremely physical game on Saturday in Reno.

Silver takes a 'Chance' for miracle finish

It was a miracle finish for the Carson Silver Senators and a heartbreaking end for the Carson Blue Senators in as good of a game as anyone will ever see on any level.

Carson girls soccer rolls past Wooster

The Carson High girls soccer team continued to tune up for the Northern 4A playoffs with a 9-2 win at Wooster on Saturday.

Burgarello wins another title

Galena High's Julie Burgarello made history on Saturday when she became the first player in Northern Nevada to win three state girls singles titles at the NIAA 4A State Championships at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.

Yerington clinches playoff spot

The Yerington High football team clinched a spot in the Northern 2A playoffs with a 33-12 win at Silver Stage on Saturday.

Thursday, October 20

Senators run over Colts to keep playoff hopes alive

Carson High, playing the second of three win-or-go-home games, put together its most complete performance in Sierra League play with a surprisingly easy 31-7 win at home over Wooster Friday night.

Shorthanded Tigers show offensive life in loss against Reno

MINDEN - It took a little while for them to get rolling, but once they did, it would have been hard to tell that the Douglas Tigers had new faces at nearly every skill position Friday night against Reno.

Galena's 'Yellow Swarm' too much for Miners

RENO - This Yellow Swarm, otherwise known as the Galena High football team, comes at you in every which way.

Wednesday, October 19

GBL makes it official, places franchise in Reno

RENO - It started three years ago as a Stanford grad school project for Amit Patel and Dave Kaval, and if the first year is any indication, the Golden Baseball League is the real deal.

Dayton girls soccer beats Yerington

The Dayton High girls soccer team maintained a hold of second place in the Northern 3A with a 5-0 win over Yerington on Thursday.

Anderson regains lead in qualifier at Dayton

DAYTON - Not that he doesn't enjoy coming to Dayton Valley Golf Club, but Jeremy Anderson believes this is the last time he'll ever have to make a trip to the local course. Then again that's what he thought after his first trip to Dayton in 2000.

Carson volleyball falls to South Tahoe in five

When the chips were down, the Carson High volleyball team dug down and pulled out one of its best efforts of the season on Thursday night.

Astros will win the World Series

In baseball there is an old adage that says good pitching beats good hitting, and it could never be truer than in this year's World Series. The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox should provide us with some excellent pitching duels.

Tuesday, October 18

GBL to place franchise in Reno

The Golden Baseball League, in partnership with the University of Nevada and the city of Reno, will make it official today with an announcement that it will bring a franchise in Reno.

Carson and South Tahoe battle to tie

Playoff atmosphere. Back-and-forth battle right down to the wire. You know, just another typical matchup between the Carson and South Tahoe high school boys soccer teams.

Douglas boys soccer beats Hug

David Sturgess scored three goals to lead the Douglas boys soccer team (14-4-2, 8-3-1) to the win. The Tigers' first goal came when Hug put the ball into its own goal after a loose ball.

Kamin makes another try at Dayton

DAYTON - Chris Kamin can't say that he enjoys his return trip to the first stage of PGA qualifying every year. But he does enjoy coming to Dayton Valley Golf Club.

Carson's Ford selected for elite event

Ford, who is the setter for the Carson High volleyball team, will have a chance to play plenty of volleyball this summer with some of the nation's top players.

Shroy edges Schlager

It was a battle of wills and one of the most intriguing conclusions in Tah-Neva League cross country championship history.

Galena takes third, Kop solid at state

Meaghan Callahan shot an 84 to lead the Galena High to a third place finish at the NIAA 4A State Girls Golf Championship on Tuesday at Wildhorse in Las Vegas.

Thirteen Douglas football players suspended

It's going to look a little thin along the Douglas sidelines for Senior Night 2005 as the Tiger varsity football squad takes on Reno High School Friday night.

Monday, October 17

Carson girls soccer tied by South Tahoe

Carson High's dream of an unbeaten and untied season came to a screeching halt Tuesday night at the hands of second-place South Tahoe.

From Walker Cup hero to Dayton qualifier

DAYTON - Jeff Overton should know a thing or two about pressure since he was the hero of this past summer's Walker Cup team.

Attendance lacking at Nevada

The last two football games have been an embarrassment. Nevada drew a little over 11,000 for its homecoming game against Idaho, and followed that up with a pitiful 8,700 for last weekend's game against Louisiana Tech.

Carson controls its own destiny

Carson High's football team is right where it wants to be - in control of its own destiny.

Galena volleyball sweeps past Fallon

RENO - Galena's volleyball team remained unbeaten in league play as the defending state champs downed Fallon in straight sets - 25-12, 25-17 and 25-21 - Tuesday night at Galena.

Carson volleyball rolls past North Valleys

The Carson High volleyball team may have understandably not been as focused as it could have been, but still rolled to a 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 win at North Valleys on Tuesday.

WNCC soccer settles for a tie

The Western Nevada Community College women's soccer team settled for a frustrating 1-1 tie on Tuesday at Shasta College in Redding, Calif.

Douglas volleyball sweeps South Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - This time, the Douglas High volleyball team left the South Shore in better spirits.

WNCC made of Gloude

When watching the Western Nevada Community College soccer team, there's no doubt that No. 18 is a leader on the field - during the game and after.

Sunday, October 16

Boise State's Hawkins will get a chance to coach his son

Getting a chance to coach your own son in college is a unique happening, one which doesn't occur very often.

Johnson comes back from injury to lead Pack volleyball

Sidelined since Sept. 16 with a knee injury against California, Johnson shook off her rustiness Monday night by dishing out 53 assists in Nevada's five-game win over rival UNLV at the Virginia Street Gym.

This is the fight for Northern Nevada

Sit back and think about this question a minute before answering yourself: Which fight would you most like to see happen in Northern Nevada?

Saturday, October 15

Walton shares his basketball stories

Walton, one of basketball's all-time greats who has gained more recent fame as a television commentator, was the featured speaker at a Sparks Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday at John Ascuaga's Nugget.

Friday, October 14

Nevada volleyball defeats Utah State

Two days ago and disappointed in the lack of attendance, Nevada volleyball coach Devin Scruggs asked for more people to experience the fun atmosphere at the Virginia Street Gym.

Carson boys soccer defeats North Valleys

On the scoreboard, Carson High school was a 4-1 victor against North Valleys in Sierra League boys soccer action on Saturday afternoon.

Douglas boys soccer falls to South Tahoe

Sierra League front runner South Tahoe scored three goals in the first half to take a 3-0 lead at halftime on its way to the win at home. South Tahoe improved to 9-0-2 in league while Douglas fell to 7-3-1.

Carson girls take second in Elko Invitational

With one eye on the Northern 4A Regional Championships in two weeks, the Carson High cross country team posted some favorable results at the Elko Invitational on Saturday.

Wildcats hold on to beat Southern Idaho

Once again, Western Nevada Community College was a first half soccer team. This time, it was good enough to win, as the Wildcats scored three first-half goals then held on for a 3-2 victory at home against College of Southern Idaho on Saturday morning at Edmonds Sports Complex.

Nevada football beats Louisiana Tech

RENO - In the past two games, the Louisiana Tech offense looked like world beaters. The Bulldogs had averaged 40 points and 451 yards a game with a punishing ball-control running game and an efficient passing attack.

Don't look now, Carson girls soccer is improving

As scary as this may sound, the undefeated Carson High girls soccer team appears to be improving coming into the homestretch of the season.

Time to talk about open wheel racing

Since every other Motorsports writer in the country is beating the Nextel Cup Chase to the Championship to death, I'm going to buck the trend and let you in on some interesting developments in top-level open wheel racing instead.

Thursday, October 13

Senators smother Vikings, 41-0

Carson High's football finally got off the snide, and the Senators did it in impressive fashion.

Truckee defeats Dayton in battle for second-place in Northern 3A

DAYTON - The shootout for second place in the Northern 3A never materialized.

Hug defeats Douglas to clinch Sierra League title

MINDEN - For as much as has been made of the Hug offense this year, it was the Hawks' defense that made the difference in a 28-6 Sierra League championship-clinching victory against Douglas on Friday night.

Williams resigns as CHS girls hoops coach

Veteran Carson High varsity girls basketball coach Alana Williams turned in her resignation to school officials earlier this week.

Wednesday, October 12

USC can't dance forever

The biggest current question in college football is, will USC's 27-game winning streak come to an end this year? Those of us in the minority feel yes, the Trojans will lose.

WNCC soccer falls to Salt Lake

Demi Vega scored the first-ever home goal for Western Nevada Community College and the Wildcats controlled the first half on Thursday.

Wolf Pack volleyball team defeats Boise State

RENO - The Nevada volleyball team couldn't wait to get back on the floor after its embarrassing loss last weekend in Hawaii.

Carson volleyball beats Damonte Ranch

The Carson High volleyball team overcame another injury in warmups to defeat Damonte Ranch 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 25-15 on Thursday at home.

Nevada men's hoops deeper than ever

RENO - The San Francisco 49ers, in their heyday, were a team that considered anything short of playing for the NFC Championship game or the Super Bowl a failure.

Nevada tennis strong at Santa Clara

The University of Nevada men's tennis team had an impressive showing last weekend at the Santa Clara University Bronco Classic.

Tuesday, October 11

Brinkley taking his shots in and out of the ring

Yerington's Jesse Brinkley has been cleaning house outside of the boxing ring lately and it's a trend he hopes to continue when he steps into the ring Saturday against Anthony Bonsante in an ESPN-televised rematch.

Dayton to host PGA qualifier again

The Masters may be a tradition like none other. But come every October, Northern Nevada has a tradition of its own at Dayton Valley Golf Club.

Douglas boys soccer beats North Valleys

David Sturgess scored three goals for the Douglas boys soccer team which stayed on the heels of Carson at 7-2-1 in the Sierra League.

Nevada to be on Big Monday

RENO - The Western Athletic Conference will appear four times on ESPN Big Monday broadcasts this season, and Nevada will be in the national spotlight twice.

Nevada has a target on its back

RENO - As expected, Nevada walked off with the big preseason honors at the Western Athletic Conference's Media Day at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino.

Carson boys soccer beats Damonte Ranch

The Carson High boys soccer team took care of business and received some much needed help in the process in a 1-0 win over Damonte Ranch on Wednesday at CHS.

Monday, October 10

Carson girls soccer roles to victory

After struggling to a 3-2 win on Damonte Ranch's less than stellar field earlier in the season, the Carson High girls soccer team had no trouble in dispatching of Damonte Ranch 5-0 on Tuesday at CHS to stay unbeaten in the Sierra League.

Wonders will move to San Francisco

The Nevada Wonders men's soccer team's three-year run in Carson City has come to an end.

Galena girls soccer beats Fallon

FALLON - On one end of the field, Galena's varsity girls' soccer coach Ron Jones felt his league-leading team was in a "game" for 80 minutes.

Manu able to hold the line for Nevada

RENO - Charles Manu admitted he was nervous, and you certainly couldn't blame him.

S&S Motorsports wins championship number two in as many years

Tom Silsby and Steve Shaw, owners of the No. 98 baby blue Supermodified Racing League racecar have taken excellence to a higher level.

Carson youth football teams dominant again

The Carson Junior Pee Wee Silver Pop Warner football team improved to 5-0 on Friday with a 33-6 win over the Ren Terrapins.

ROP football rolls to victory

The Rite of Passage football team rolled to a 42-6 win over Independence on Saturday, improving to 5-2 and 4-2 in the Northern 2A.

Pack hosts Louisiana Tech in key game

RENO - Important football games have been few and far between for the University of Nevada in recent years.

Carson football will host South Tahoe

South Tahoe High School may be just what the doctor ordered.

Sunday, October 9

Time to start preparing for snowsport season

With snowsport season not much more than six weeks away (Mt. Rose is aiming at Nov. 11, they claim), it's time to get gear in order.

WAC commissioner likes bowl prospects

Karl Benson, the Western Athletic Conference commissioner, said he had discussions over the weekend with bowl directors from the newly created Poinsettia Bowl and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over the weekend.

Pack's Mitchell honored

RENO - B.J. Mitchell enjoyed the best game of his career Saturday against Idaho when he rushed for 149 yards and four scores in Nevada's 62-14 homecoming victory at Mackay Stadium.

Saturday, October 8

Friday, October 7

Wolf Pack Notebook: Garcia plays well in first star

RENO - Nevada didn't lose a beat with redshirt freshman Dominic Garcia manning the center spot for the first time in his career.

Thursday, October 6

Local drivers still racing

Even though Champion Speedway is closed, Carson City racers race on. The Goss brothers, Big Al and Ed, as well as Vince Malone and Dave Sciarroni, competed in the Western States Shootout at Reno-Fernley Raceway last weekend.

Wednesday, October 5

Carson football players support coach

It's no secret that the Carson High football team hasn't done well in recent years, and it seems that the blame for our sub-par record is being placed solely on the shoulders of our head coach, Shane Quilling. We as players, being involved in both the school and the community, have heard a lot of criticism from both our peers and parents alike.

Lake Tahoe Marathon runs for 10th time Saturday

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Despite a wide assortment of events that nearly span the week, the Lake Tahoe Marathon is still missing something.

New-look NHL has returned

Hockey fans, say Hallelujah! After a 301-day lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, play has resumed in the National Hockey League.

New Coach, Douglas gets past Carson

MINDEN - It took a little while to fall back into rhythm, but the Douglas High volleyball team recovered just fine on its way to a 22-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-22 win over Carson on Thursday night.

Tuesday, October 4

WNCC's Greer is lucky to be alive

Aaron Greer is Western Nevada Community College's Lou Gehrig. He is lucky to be alive.

Senators travel to North Valleys

The stretch run starts for the Carson High football team tonight when it visits North Valleys in Reno.

This time Douglas pulls out a tie on PK

MINDEN - In one year's time, not a whole lot was different when the Carson Senators and Douglas Tigers got together to renew their boys soccer rivalry on Wednesday afternoon.

Corda, O'Donnell Pro Picks winners

The good news for Ed Corda was that he won twice in the Pro Picks Contest at the Carson Station. The bad news is Corda can win only one prize.

Monday, October 3

Reno racecar owner takes second place in Supermodified Racing League championship

Courtney Lewis, owner of the No. 96 Supermodified Racing League team, said he is happy with his second-place finish in car owner points in the SRL. He has been an owner in the series for five years.

Carson boys and girls tennis fall in playoffs

Carson coach Pat Houlihan was ironically beaten by one of his "own" so to speak in the first round of the Northern 4A playoffs.

Don't be quick to criticize

I was happy to see several members of the Carson High football team write to the Appeal in defense of head coach Shane Quilling.

Junior PeeWees improve to 4-0

The Carson Junior Pee Wee Silver youth football team defeated the Feather River Tigers 33-0 on Saturday in Portola, Calif.

Disputes over coaches nothing new, but ...

After 33 years in this business I've probably seen nearly everything, especially when it comes to high school sports. But a couple of stories have come up recently - one became fact, the other is still rumor - that I must admit are new, even to me.

Carson girls soccer defeats Douglas

MINDEN - It was bound to happen eventually.

Carson volleyball falls to Reno

The Carson High volleyball team couldn't put a consistent attack together and ended up losing at Reno High 20-25, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 13-15 on Tuesday.

Kop finishes fifth in golf tournament

Michelle Kop finished fifth to help lead the Carson High girls golf team to a third place finish in the final Sierra League Tournament on Tuesday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

Sunday, October 2

More than 160 cars turn out for season finale at Fernley

FERNLEY- Reno-Fernley Raceway wrapped its season with the fifth annual High Desert Shootout, featuring six racing divisions and more than 160 cars.

Nevada looks for stronger play from inside backers

Improved play from the inside linebacker position is something that the Nevada coaching staff would love to clean up in the coming weeks.

Fresno State, Hawai'i consider game in Japan

It may sound far-fetched, but Hawai'i and Fresno State have discussed the possibility of playing a season-ending nonconference game some time in the future.

Saturday, October 1

Tigersharks improve at Autumn Freeze

Abby Niehoff won five of her seven events and logged improved times in four of those to provide one of many highlights for the Carson Tigersharks during the Autumn Freeze short course invitational short course meet this past weekend in Minden.