Due to my filling in for R-C news editor Kurt Hildebrand while he is on vacation, I didn't have much time to write for the column this week. That, coupled with the obvious lack of sports between seasons, gives me little to say this week.
I'll be back next week with the regular column, but in the meantime, here is some of the other stuff:
- There was a unique officiating tandem at the Pau-Wa-Lu vs. Carson Valley boys' basketball games last week. Douglas baseball coach John Glover and former Carson baseball coach Steve Cook were calling the game.
- Has anyone ever seen the Reno Bighorns' logo and the Colorado State University logo in the same room at the same time?
The top athletes, regardless of sport, at Douglas High determined by production during competition, overall value to their team, ability to perform with consistency in routine situations, performance compared to others at the same position throughout the state/region, ability to come up big in clutch situations, versatility, attitude, sportsmanship, overall athletic ability, heart, potential at the next level, and a host of other intangibles (emotional leadership, role-playing value, work ethic, etc.) This is all, of course, just my opinion.
Fall Sports Final
1. Bethany Wurster, golf
2. Amelia Ritger, tennis
3. Ally Freitas, soccer
4. Megan Mitchell, volleyball
5. Tanner Thomas, football
6. Tim Rudnick, football
7. Tia Lyons, soccer
8. Taylor Biaggi, cross country
9. Taryn Williams, volleyball
10. Ross Gardner, soccer
If there were more spots on the list: Alex Laing, soccer; Jourdan Burke, volleyball; Katie Dry, girls' soccer; Johnny Pollack, football; Jessica Waggoner, volleyball; James TenBroeck, tennis; Parker Robertson, football; Brian Randall, soccer; Mysta Townsell, volleyball; Mackenzie Cauley, soccer.
Winter Sports Preseason
1. Jessica Waggoner, basketball
2. James McLaughlin, basketball
3. Hillary Sapp, skiing
4. Crystal Rutledge, skiing
5. Nico Barker, wrestling
6. CJ Marcotte, basketball
7. Parker Robertson, basketball
8. Dillon Spates, wrestling
9. Dany Heidt, basketball
10. Tim Rudnick, basketball
If there were more names on the list: Wes Peterson, wrestling; Taryn Williams, basketball; Timmy Souza, wrestling; Ally Freitas, basketball
2008-09 School Year
1. Jessica Waggoner, volleyball/basketball
2. Tim Rudnick, football/basketball
3. Nico Barker, football/wrestling
4. Taryn Williams, volleyball/basketball
5. Parker Robertson, football/basketball
6. Dany Heidt, soccer/basketball
7. James McLaughlin, football/basketball
8. Luis Pina-Duarte, football/basketball
9. Ally Freitas, soccer/basketball
10. Niki Hamzik, tennis/basketball
- Should I really be bothered that Grover can do more chin-ups than I can? No? What about if today's episode is sponsored by the number two?
I'm still not doing any worse with the proximity strategy than I was when I was giving this an honest go. We'll stick with it until it completely blows up in my face.
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Here are my picks for the week:
Lions over Titans (OK, this is the week this strategy blows up on me)
Seahawks over Cowboys (Serious, I this could be a perfect failure)
Cardinals over Steelers
Colts over Browns
Packers over Panthers
Rams over Dolphins
Saints over Buccaneers
Giants over Redskins
49ers over Bills
Bengals over Ravens
Chargers over Falcons
Steelers over Patriots
Raiders over Chiefs
Broncos over Jets
Texans over Jaguars
Tiebreaker: Bears 21, Vikings 14
Season record: 86-90. Record last week: 7-9. Season survivor: Out.
- If you play the audio of any scene with the black smoke monster backwards you'll hear Winnie the Pooh singing "I'm just a Little Black Rain Cloud."
Irrational Fear: Any of the weird claymation Christmas movie characters " you know, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, the California Rasins ...
Guilty Pleasure: Sunny 106.9, Reno's Original 24-hour Christmas Music Station