Stories for February 2016


Monday, February 29

Colo. St. rallies to knock off Nevada

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Antwan Scott scored 23 points and John Gillon had 20 and Colorado State ended the game on a 17-5 run to defeat Nevada 76-67 on Saturday.

Saturday, February 27

Darrell Moody: Thanks for the memories CHS basketball

The curtain fell on the Carson High boys basketball team Thursday night, and it will go down as one of the best seasons in school history.

WNC baseball sweeps doubleheader

Oregonian Jordan Ragan said he didn’t have any extra motivation facing an Oregon team on Saturday. Ragan turned in his season-best performance to date by hurling four perfect innings in the Western Nevada College’s 10-2 baseball victory over Mount Hood Community College of Gresham, Ore., at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City.

WNC has made ‘The Game’ most rewarding

Editor’s Note: Throughout the rest of 2016 Western Nevada College baseball and softball seasons, which is the last for WNC athletics, the Appeal is featuring columns every Sunday from those who are sharing their memories of the programs.

Carson’s season comes to an end against Coronado

RENO — Carson High’s Cinderella season came to a bitter end Thursday night.

WNC baseball gains split against Mt. Hood

Chase Kaplan pounded the plate for eight innings, and was rewarded handsomely.

Friday, February 26

Roger Diez: Record-breaking Daytona 500 was one for the ages

Don’t forget, Fernley 95A Speedway is holding a meeting at the track today at noon for fans who want to get involved in racing as a track volunteer. I hope to see some of you there.

CHS, Virginia City teams honor Andreasen

RENO — Former players from Virginia City and Carson High state championship teams paid tribute to legendary coach Tom Andreasen at halftime of Thursday’s state semifinal game at Lawlor Events Center.

Thursday, February 25

It would be silly to not honor Musselman

If the Mountain West men’s basketball coaches don’t vote the Nevada Wolf Pack’s Eric Musselman as Coach of the Year the Pack should seriously consider leaving this silly conference. Musselman has worked miracles with the Wolf Pack.

Azevedo provides valuable minutes for Carson

For the better part of the season, senior point guard Cody Azevedo would get a few minutes here and a few minutes there.

Carson boys basketball team has had a strong second act

During its 17-game season-ending win streak, Carson High’s boys basketball team has demonstrated its ability to be a good second-half team.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro (Carson, Feather River): No appearances last week. Is 0-1 this year. Adam Whitt (Carson-Houston Astros farmhand): Season has yet to start.

For Pete’s sake, ‘95 was also a special year

Pete Padgett is more than 500 miles away now, but he will always have a special place in Carson High basketball lore.

Carson High basketball: Asa Carter honored as co-Region Player of the Year

Carson High’s boys basketball team reaped the benefits of a successful season.

Nevada able to rally for victory without Coleman

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack rallied around a fallen leader Wednesday night.

Carson boys basketball takes on Coronado in state semifinals

Carson High’s boys basketball team puts its 17-game win streak on the line tonight (at 8 p.m.) when it plays Coronado in the semifinal round of the NIAA Division I state tournament at Lawlor Events Center.

Wednesday, February 24

Carson High’s Peter Garrett named Gatorade Player of the Year in boys soccer

Peter Garrett was the glue that held the Carson High boys soccer defense together, and last week he reaped the benefits of his success and the team’s state championship by being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state.

Tuesday, February 23

Jace Keema basks in doing the dirty work for the Senators

Every team has a blue-collar guy, a player who does all the little things on the basketball court that only get noticed by purists.

Richard G. Scott

Rich Scott was one of the last real American cowboys. He was born in Eastern California, “that part of California that was stolen from Nevada”, he always said.

Barbara Andrae

At her request, there will be no funeral. There will be a celebration of Life on March 19th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Churchill County Firehouse.

Ruth Louise Dumas

Ruth Louise Dumas passed away February 17th at Carson Tahoe Hospital. She was born on June 17th, 1930 in San Francisco. Ruth was a homemaker and loved the outdoors. She had a wonderful and happy life with family and friends.

Virginia Amy Hoffman

Virginia passed away in her home in Carson City surrounded by those who love her. Virginia led a life full of love, laughter, family, and travel.

VC pulls off thrilling upset

RENO — The Virginia City boys basketball team pulled off a thrilling upset to move within one win of the State Tournament.

Mersino doesn’t regret move to Carson

When Nathan Mersino found out he was moving from Coos Bay, Ore., to Carson City last year, he wasn’t a happy camper.

Earnhardt Jr. favored to win Daytona 500

Young Chase Elliott drove into the record books last Sunday, becoming the youngest-ever Daytona 500 pole winner at the tender age of 20 years, 2 months, and 17 days.

Memories of Western Nevada College Athletics: Thank you Wildcats for being mentors

Editor’s Note: Throughout the rest of 2016 Western Nevada College baseball and softball seasons, which is the last for WNC athletics, the Appeal is featuring columns every Sunday from those who are sharing their memories of the programs.

VC’s season comes to an end

The Virginia City boys basketball team’s season came to an end Friday one game short of a state tournament berth in a 46-20 loss to Hawthorne in the Northern Division IV semifinals at Wooster.

Miller, Basa win medals

PRIMM — Brandon Basa and Sheldon Miller came away with medals for Carson High at the State Division I Wrestling Championships Saturday.

Darrell Moody: Sportsmanship 101: Don’t run up the score

Sportsmanship 101. It’s a class the NIAA should offer to all high school coaches. One of the topics should be how to win with class. It’s something I feel was lacking at times at Bishop Manogue and Reno high schools this year with regards to girls basketball.

Fallon wrestling first in DI-A

The Greewave wrestling team could be bringing home a state championship.

Carson High boys basketball team claims first regional championship since 1995 (video)

SPARKS — The last time Carson High won a regional basketball title was 1995.

Monday, February 22

John Evans

John Evans passed away February 17, 2016 in Carson City, NV. Memorial Services will be Saturday February 27, 2016 at 11:00am at the Carson Colony Gym on South Curry St.

Billy D. Britt

Billy D. Britt, 74, devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, has lost a long battle with COPD. He was surrounded by the love of his life, Ayako, and his loving children, Dawn and Billy, when he passed at his home on February 15, 2016.

Saturday, February 20

STATE BOUND! Carson wins OT thriller

SPARKS — The third time was a charm. After being rebuffed twice in the regional finals, the Carson Senators finally broke through and are headed to next week’s NIAA State Championships following Friday’s 51-38 overtime win over Galena at Spanish Springs High School.

STATE CHAMPS: Wave wrestling wins 1st-ever title

For the first time in school history, the Greenwave wrestling team is bringing a state championship trophy home to the Lahontan Valley.

Carson High boys basketball | Senators face Galena with a trip to state tournament on the line

In Carson High’s run to an undefeated 16-0 league season and a Sierra League championship, close calls have been rare.

Friday, February 19

Sharyn Ann Houston Kruse

Sharyn Ann Houston Kruse, 70, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in her Carson City home on November 25, 2015. Sharyn was born on May 5, 1945, in Modesto, California, and moved to Carson City as a young girl.

Kay Francis Gardner Foley

Kay Francis Gardner Foley gracefully passed away at the age of 74 on February 12, 2016. She died due to progressive Alzheimer’s Disease. S

Madeline Sue “Mady” Garner

Madeline Sue “Mady” Garner left us on February 7, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home in Minden, Nevada. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December and fought a hard battle for two months. Born Madeline Sue Richardson on November 24, 1942, to Lois and Allen Richardson, in Los Angeles, California. At age 14, she met the love of her life, Raymond Scott Garner and they would date for a while but then went their separate ways until 1962 when they ran into each other again. They were married on September 14, 1962. They welcomed three children into their lives. She was a loving wife, companion, friend, mother, artist and well respected member of the local community.

Howard Emmett English

Howard English, age 87, lost his battle with cancer on January 16, 2016. He passed away peacefully at Carson Tahoe Hospital surrounded by the love of his family.

Kurt Weissheimer

Kurt Weissheimer, Jr., 83, of Minden, Nevada died on February 15, 2016 at Renown Hospital in Reno after a short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Marion.

Duana S. Lompa

Duana S. Lompa, 68, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Carson City on Feb. 12. She was born in Reno in 1947 and has lived in Northern Nevada her entire life.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones, devoted husband, father, and brother lost his long fought battle with cancer. Surrounded by those who loved him most, Ken passed in his home beside his wife Hilary and children Alex and Fallon

Aniceto “Babe” Garcia

Aniceto “Babe” Garcia passed into heaven February 13, 2016, at the age of 94. He leaves behind his loving wife Dorothy and daughter-in-law Carol Allen. Babe was a Pearl Harbor survivor, preceded in death by his parents Aneteiro and Mercedes Garcia, plus six brothers and sisters: Victoria, Madeline, Julian, Benny, Manuel and Josephine. He was a happy man who will be missed by many. There will be a graveside service Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Mottsville Cemetery in Gardnerville, NV.

Karen Louise McQueen

Karen McQueen, age 60, passed away on January 16th at the Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada, due to complications from cancer. Karen was born on June 19, 1955 in Charleston, South Carolina, to John Hale and Joraine Tuckwin.

Douglas boys fall to Reno

RENO — Despite double-digit scoring performances from Jace Hart, Jordan Warren and Dylan Hinks, the Douglas Tigers came up on the short end of a 67-56 score against the Reno Huskies Wednesday night in the opening round of the Northern Division I Region Tournament.

Douglas girls fall to Manogue

SPARKS — For more than a quarter-and-a-half Thursday night, the Douglas High girls basketball team kept pace with defending Northern Division I Region Tournament champion Bishop Manogue.

Carson rolls to win against Reed

The recipe for Carson High’s 17th straight win against a Northern Nevada Division I opponent was simple — a big run at the end of the first half and great defense in the second half.

Thursday, February 18

Wednesday, February 17

Nevada edges San Jose State 61-55

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Marqueze Coleman scored 15 points including a pair of go-ahead free throws with 41 seconds left as Nevada edged San Jose State 61-55 on Wednesday night.

Elizabeth Black Hobson

Elizabeth Black Hobson of Carson City, passed away at Carson Tahoe Medical Center on Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 at 4:55am. She was born on 29 March 1923 in Fort Madison, Iowa. She is survived by her son, Cal Hobson, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held this Saturday, 20 February 2016 at 2:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church on Musser & Division Streets. The public is invited to attend.

Carson High boys host playoff game Wednesday

Carson High puts its 14-game win streak on the line Wednesday (7 p.m.) against Reed in the opening round of the playoffs at Morse Burley Gym.

For Carson High’s DeJoseph and Allen, basketball is life

Every team has one or two of them; guys who live in the gym and focus non-stop on the game of basketball. They are known as gym rats.

Tuesday, February 16

Reno rolls past Senator girls

RENO — Carson High’s girls basketball season came to a disappointing end Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIAA Division I basketball playoffs.

Local roundup: Carson bowling wins big; CMS eighth graders win title

Carson High’s bowling team subdued Hug, 30-15, last week at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Alumni Notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro (Carson, Feather River): No appearances last week. Is 0-1 record with ERA of 6.23. Adam Whitt (Carson-Houston Astros farmhand): Season has yet to start.

Robert Reed Jr. “Bob”

In the early evening of January 26th, 2016, Bob passed away in Carson City, Nevada. He was 70 years old. Bob was born in Redding, California on April 13th, 1945, to Robert Frank Reed, Sr. and Catherline Viola Wehrle. Bob graduated from South Lake Tahoe High school and worked as a logger with his father.

High school basketball playoffs: Carson girls travel to Reno tonight

The Division I postseason starts today when the Carson girls basketball team, the fourth seed in the Sierra League, travels to Reno High, the High Desert champions.

Monday, February 15

Local roundup: WNC has aces up its sleeve for sweep

After beating the ace of Western Nevada College’s pitching staff on Friday, Arizona Western learned a day later that the Wildcats have a few more aces up their sleeves.

Sunday, February 14

Local roundup: CHS leads 4-way race for title

Nevada Appeal staff report SPARKS — Carson High has put itself in position to win the Northern Division I Championship in wrestling with the tournament turning into a four-way race for the title.

Carson High wrestling sends 9 to state meet

SPARKS — Carson High didn’t have a individual champion, but the Senators still had a successful Saturday at the Northern Division 1 Wrestling Championships at Spanish Springs.

Momma’s boy leads Pack to win

RENO — Cameron Oliver received all the motivation he needed minutes before Saturday’s Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball game.

Saturday, February 13

Friday, February 12

Carson finishes perfect league season

MINDEN — The Carson Senators have run the table.

Roger Diez: Fernley volunteer meeting set for Feb. 27

First off, I have to apologize for a typo in last week’s column. For some reason, keyboard designers put the “1” and the “2” keys next to each other, resulting in my hitting the wrong one. The Fernley 95A volunteer meeting will be held at noon on Feb. 27 not Feb. 17 at the track.

Eleanor (Thomson) Kolbe

Eleanor Mary Grace (Thomson) Kolbe passed away peacefully at 4:30pm, Monday, February 8,2016 in Carson City, Nevada. She was born in Ferndale, Michigan on September 7, 1926, to Roderick and Grace (Cooper)Thomson.

Catherine Marina Martinez

Catherine M. Martinez passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 8, 2016 at the age of 71. Catherine was born July 14, 1944 in Spokane, WA to Peter and Kathleen Morbello

Daniel (Dan) M. McGrew

On January 24th 2016 the world lost a loving husband, father and friend.Dan was born May 19, 1947 to Marvin and Bernadine McGrew of Denver, Colorado. At a young age Dan’s family moved to Southern California. Dan graduated from Norwalk High School.

Chile Irwin Bartels

Chile Irwin Bartels was born on March 17, 1997 to Amy Jo and Jason Bartels. He was the middle child sandwiched between his two sisters, Wednesday and Willow, and the beloved grandson of Colleen Mortimer, Marshall Bartels, Judy and John Procaccini.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro (Carson, Feather River): Has appeared in 2 games, 0-1 record, and allowed 8 runs and 8 hits in 4.1 innings. Has a 6.23 ERA.

Jasper shines bright for CHS wrestling

One of the big success stories in Carson High’s championship season has been the performance of 220-pounder Corey Jasper.

Quarterback play missing at Super Bowl

Sports fodder for a Friday morning

Carson goes for perfect league season

Carson High’s boys basketball team shoots for a perfect league season tonight when it visits arch-rival Douglas.

Wildcats set for opening home series

Western Nevada College will welcome an experienced Arizona Western College baseball team for its home opener at John L. Harvey Field on Friday.

Thursday, February 11

Bill Hancpol

Bill Hancpol,57, passed away February 7, 2016 in Carson City, NV. He was born October 14, 1958 in West Covina, CA to William and Bobette Hancpol. Bill, along with his wife of thirty-two years, Kimberly, accomplished his life-long dream of owning and operating their own trucking business, Hancpol Trucking. He was a man that enjoyed going to work every day because he loved what he did. Bill will be dearly missed by his whole family and his many friends. To sign the online guestbook go to

Wednesday, February 10

Tuesday, February 9

Prep roundup: Miners wallop Senators, remain undefeated in league

Bishop Manogue bolted to a 22-0 lead and cruised to an 80-37 win over Carson Tuesday night at Morse Burley Gym.

Carson improves to 15-0

Carson High’s basketball team prides itself on its blue-collar work ethic, but for the first 16 minutes Tuesday night the Senators were outworked and outplayed by Bishop Manogue.

Nevada-Air Force preview

AIR FORCE (12-12, 3-8) AT NEVADA (13-9, 5-5) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Lawlor Events Center

Scenic West Athletic Conference honors Western Nevada College outfielder Peters

Western Nevada College sophomore center fielder DJ Peters has been selected as the Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his offensive output during the opening week of the season.

Mary Louise Sheppard Dennis

Mary Louise Sheppard Dennis died on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, following a brief bout with cancer. She was brave to the end and will be missed by family, friends and all those who had the privilege of associating with her

Peggy Lynn (Bryant) Swallow

Peggy Lynn (Bryant) Swallow, 67, passed away January 25, 2016 in Carson City, Nevada. She was born on August 13, 1948 at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, California to Grover Thomas and Ruth Bryant. Peggy grew up in Hawthorne, California and remained in the area until the late 1980’s when she relocated to Carson City, Nevada

Marjorie Springmeyer

Marjorie Springmeyer, conservationist, philanthropist and outspoken advocate, passed away at her home in Minden, NV surrounded by family and friends Thursday, January 28th.

Monday, February 8

Local roundup: Chase is on as WNC completes sweep

HENDERSON — Entering the 2016 baseball season, Western Nevada College knew the strength of its club was starting pitching. Opponents are discovering that on their own. Cochise College, the 13th-ranked team by the National Junior College Athletic Association, certainly won’t dispute that claim.

CHS survives at Galena

RENO — After rallying from a 10-point deficit to beat Galena in the first half of the season, Carson and coach Carlos Mendeguia expected Friday’s game to be an all-out war, and it was.

Saturday, February 6

Darrell Moody: Athletes need to make better choices

Life is all about choices. We make choices everyday, and some choices affect just an individual. Others, however, can have an effect on an entire group.

Friday, February 5

Joel Mark Forbis

Please join Zachary Forbis and Skya Kaamasee for a celebration of life for their father Joel Mark Forbis, 47, who passed away in his home Jan. 19, 2016. A gathering will be held at the Do Drop In 896 E. Long st. at 12:00pm, February 6, 2016. There will be a book left behind after gathering to sign for those who are unable to attend. Please bring good stories and pictures to share with his children if you have them.

Grant Calvin Watkins

Grant Calvin Watkins, beloved son, brother, grandson and friend, died on January 11, 2016 at the age of 18. He was born August 20, 1997, in Carson City, NV where he attended public schools and graduated from Pioneer High School in 2015.

Minard (Mick) Henry Maus

Minard Henry Maus was born July 1, 1921, to Nicholas and Agnes (Vetsch) Maus of Golva, North Dakota. The eighth of 12 children, he attended Hillside Country School and graduated from Golva High School in 1939.

Senaida “Nida” Sanchez

Mrs. Senaida “Nida” Sanchez died peacefully in the hospital on January 25th, 2016 in Carson City, NV at the age of 85. Nida was born on December 6, 1930 in Taos, New Mexico.

Don LeRoy Muenchausen

Don LeRoy Muenchausen age 84, of Gardnerville, NV passed away peacefully into God’s embrace on Saturday January 30, 2016. Don was born on May 25, 1931 to Fred and Elsa Muenchausen in Trenton, MI. He was a proud Korean War Army Veteran and an Aerospace engineering supervisor in CA.

Local roundup: WNC baseball sweeps Cochise

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Each of WNC’s three starting pitchers flourished in the circle Friday during the opening day of the Scottsdale Community College Softball Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rafaela (Hita) Ramirez

Services will be performed for Rafaela (Hita) Ramirez of Fallon on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Family Funeral Home.

Ron Bliss guest col: When ESPN (possibly) sabotaged Manning’s Heisman hopes

I have been a full-time insurance agent for the last six years, but in my other life I was a sports writer/editor and had a chance to meet and cover a lot of people.

Rusler catches on at William Penn

Kevin Rusler was a dominant lineman in Northern Nevada this year, and a big reason why Carson High had so much success running the ball.

Western Nevada College baseball pulls upset in today’s local sports roundup

Carson High, fresh off its league-clinching win over Wooster on Tuesday night, travels to Reno today to take on the Galena Grizzles (7 p.m.) in a key Sierra League boys basketball game.

Thursday, February 4

Brian Polian’s recruiting class was ‘solid’

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... There was quite a different vibe coming from the north and south ends of the state during National Letter of Intent signing day on Wednesday.

Lake Tahoe skiing: Fine-tuning your powder-skiing skills

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With El Niño kicking into high gear and significant snow falling — and with more likely to come — it’s time to get back on those powder sticks.

Wednesday, February 3

Carter signs with Southwest Baptist

Asa Carter, Carson High School’s three-sport star, made it official Wednesday morning by signing a national letter-of-intent to play football at Division II Southwest Baptist University.

It’s Polian’s ‘sexiest’ class at Nevada

Brian Polian believes his 2016 recruiting class has made the Nevada Wolf Pack a better football program.

CHS wins 7th Sierra title in 8 seasons

The Carson Senators are back on top where they belong. The CHS wrestling team pounded Douglas, 65-12, Wednesday night at Morse Burley Gym to complete its seventh undefeated Sierra League season in the last eight years.

Carson boys clinch title outright

As the final buzzer sounded, you wouldn’t have known the Carson High boys basketball team had just won its second straight Sierra League regular-season championship.

Local roundup: Carson girls beat Wooster

Carson High’s girls basketball team didn’t have a double-figure scorer in Tuesday night’s game against Wooster. It didn’t matter.

Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams covers many topics in Northern Nevada visit

RENO — Matt Williams was cordial in making the rounds with media and supporters before appearing at a Reno Rotary meeting Monday at Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino.

Tuesday, February 2

Western Nevada College to have club soccer

Western Nevada College may not have intercollegiate athletics at the end of this school year, but the school is beginning club soccer programs next school year.

Bruce Yankton

Bruce Yankton, born September 27, 1942 in North Dakota, passed away January 24, 2016 in Carson City, Nevada after a lifetime of dedication to Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas.

Roger Crossman

Roger Crossman, age 71, was born on December 21, 1944 and passed away on January 17, 2016. He resided in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Monday, February 1

Western Nevada College falls to South Mountain, 5-3

A day after battering the South Mountain pitching staff for 18 hits and 15 runs, Western Nevada College struggled to put the ball in play on a chilly day in Phoenix.

Carson High boys basketball can win title tonight

Carson High’s boys basketball team can clinch a second-straight regular-season title when it hosts Wooster today at 7.