R-C Sports Notebook: Nady drawing quite a crowd

It would seem Douglas senior center Jeff Nady is drawing quite a crowd this season.

I'm not just talking about defenders inside the paint.

The 6-7, 250-pounder has indeed garnered his share of attention from opposing defenses on the basketball floor this season, but with national signing day for football a week away, it's college football coaches that have been coming to his door.

Nady is coming off a stellar football season during which he was the Sierra League lineman of the year and a first-team all-region selection at defensive tackle and punter.

At one point, Washington, California, UNLV and Iowa were all in the mix, but Nady has since narrowed it down to Nevada and Colorado State.

He took his official visit to the Colorado State campus two weeks ago and left pretty impressed.

Not even two days later, Nevada coaches Chis Klenakis (offensive line) and Cameron Norcross (tight ends) were in the stands for Douglas' matchup against Hug where the duo got a front row seat to Nady's 25-point performance.

As of this weekend, Nady said he was still undecided.

At this point, he really could end up playing anywhere on the field, which is a situation he has embraced.

He told the Colorado State coaches he was willing to play anywhere that would get him on the field.

For a guy who started at tight end, defensive tackle and punter for the football team, started at four and five for the basketball, ran track and played baseball during his high school career, that kind of flexibility is something he can probably follow up on.

With the way he's improved on the post for the basketball team this season, it's a surprise more colleges haven't come on board with basketball scholarships.

Nady isn't the only Tiger center to be making a mark this season.

On the girls' team, Jessica Waggoner has been nothing short of dominant over the past three weeks.

The junior 6-1 center has been the Tigers' bread-and-butter inside, scoring 24 of the team's 57 points against Hug, 18-of-29 against Reno 14 against South Tahoe, 12 against Wooster and 25 of 54 against rival Carson.

"She's added a couple of new moves inside that have really helped," Douglas coach Werner Christen said. "She's not very predictable and that has helped her the past few weeks."

Is anyone else tired of the hourly updates on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's ankle?

The guy is a textbook drop-back passer with the best receivers in professional football.

His ankle isn't going to make much of a difference this Sunday in the Super Bowl.

- Douglas had two home basketball games last week and at each one I saw a different guy wearing a Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs jersey.

- Douglas girls' basketball coach Werner Christen briefly postponed his traditional post-game closed-door meeting with his team after Saturday's win over Carson because most of his roster was to be honored in the Winter Whiteout royalty court between games.

- A national prep sports Web site has contacted Douglas athletic director Jeff Evans about the possibility of broadcasting next year's Carson-Douglas football game over the internet.

Evans said he is working out the details with the site, which deals with some of the most-storied football rivalries in the country.

- I'd be curious to know what exactly Douglas junior guard James McLaughlin's vertical leap is. My guess is 7 feet. Not really, but still, the kid is a virtual acrobat.

- I'm also curious to know how many different Tiger logos are on the walls and floor of the Douglas High gym. I've counted at least nine.

If I had a vote for overall player of the year in the Northern 4A Regional basketball honors ballots (and I don't), this is what it would look like this week:


1. Luke Babbitt (Galena); 2. Austin Morgan (Reno); 3. Jeff Nady (Douglas); 4. Olek Czyz (Reno); 5. Duke Williams (Hug)


1. Jordan Rogers (Spanish Springs); 2. Taylor Sylvester (Manogue); 3. Jessica Waggoner (Douglas); 4. Taylor Altenburg (Elko); 5. Raimy Novacek (Reno)


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