Stories for December 2019

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Tuesday, December 31

Richard Stapleton, Jr.

Richard Eugene Stapleton, Jr. December 16, 1960 ~ December 24, 2019

James Green

JAMES GREEN, 85, of Dayton passed away December 28, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Suzanne M. Davis

Suzanne M. Davis, 72 of Carson City passed away on December 21, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations, 775-888-6800.

Constance Marie Hayden

Constance Marie Hayden "The Realtor with a Heart" June 9, 1953 ~ December 18, 2019

Fallon, Oasis post wins before holiday break

Both the Fallon boys and girls, and Oasis boys basketball teams picked up wins before the holiday break.

Monday, December 30

Shirley Ortega

Shirley Ortega, 78, of Gardnerville, passed away December 19, 2019. Arrangements are in the care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Patricia Fike

Patricia Fike, 77 of Carson City passed away on December 28, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Nevada Wolf Pack focus on Ohio QB at Potato Bowl

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has turned into the Nathan Rourke Bowl.

Mountain West rankings: Oregon transfer has ‘best feeling ever’ at Boise State

It has not taken Abu Kigab long to make an impact on the Boise State Broncos.

Sunday, December 29

Everly Ann Burton

Everly Ann Burton December 11, 2019 ~ December 14, 2019

Roger Diez: Resolutions for the 2020 racing season

Last week we said goodbye to Bill Simpson, a pioneer in racing safety. This week we bid farewell to Junior Johnson, a NASCAR legend. Junior was probably most responsible for NASCAR’s reputation as a place where moonshiners gravitated to utilize their driving skills legally. He learned fast driving transporting his father’s “product” and eluding law enforcement. His beginnings were celebrated in the movie, “The Last American Hero,” starring Jeff Bridges and featuring the song “I Got a Name” by Jim Croce.

Saturday, December 28

Perkins first, Remer third as Senator wrestlers show poise at Sierra Nevada Classic

RENO – Two top three finishes at the Sierra Nevada Classic Saturday left Carson High head coach Nick Redwine feeling much more content than the Senators last tournament in Reno.

Best in West

SEATTLE — Even before the transactions of the week, the hype was building. Heated rivals playing the final game of the NFL regular season with massive implications for the playoffs all centered around the winner claiming the NFC West title.

So you are saying there’s a chance: Raiders can still make playoffs

DENVER — Phillip Lindsay figures it would be fitting for the Denver Broncos to put an end to Oakland’s days as an NFL city. A victory over their arch-rival Sunday would do that.

Superpower semifinal: Ohio State, Clemson meet in Fiesta

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney grew up an Alabama fan, when crowning a champion in college football was all about polls and bowls and the best teams often never got a chance to settle it on the field.

Oklahoma definite outsider in this College Football Playoff

ATLANTA — No team in the College Football Playoff has claimed more national titles than Oklahoma.

Friday, December 27

Rose Ann Meyer

Rose Ann Meyer April 5, 1941 ~ December 25, 2019 Born on April 5, 1941 in Mabie, West Virginia, went to be with Jesus on December 25, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada.

Noel Edward Groff

Noel Edward Groff Ed and Sandy spent many years in Hawaii sailing and they moved to Carson City in 1993. He studied engraving and metal work extensively, enjoyed building and driving his hand-built replica Porsche Spyder and loved to fly his GlasAir airplane, which actually pre-deceased him last year.

Claire Marie (Biale) Bostic

Claire Marie (Biale) Bostic, age 88, of Eureka, Nevada passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2019, in Carson City, Nevada.

Carson boys hoops tops Colfax behind Summers' big night

Carson High junior guard Joey Summers had a night to remember Friday evening as he dropped a career-high 37 points as the Senators cruised to a 71-47 win over Colfax (CA).

Thursday, December 26

Hazel Margret Woodgate

Hazel Margret Woodgate November 5, 1927 ~ December 18, 2019 Hazel Margret Woodgate passed away peacefully on December 18, 2019.

Sierra Lutheran High School names Thomas new head football coach

Sierra Lutheran High School has named longtime area football coach Shane Thomas as its new varsity head coach.

Joe Santoro: Blue turf unkind to Nevada Wolf Pack

Playing the Ohio Bobcats at Boise State is not the same as playing Boise State at Boise State.

Wednesday, December 25

Tuesday, December 24

Sandra Javoian

Sandra Javoian, age 71, of Carson City, NV passed away on December 17, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Funerals & Cremations Gardnerville, (775) 783-9312.

Claire Marie Bostic

Claire Marie (Biale) Bostic, age 88, of Eureka, NV passed away on December 20, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home, (775)882-2644.

Joan I. Watson

Joan I. Watson, 86, died December 22, 2019 in Reno, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial, 775-882-1766.

Joe Santoro’s 2019 in Nevada Wolf Pack sports

A year ago at this time the Nevada Wolf Pack football and men’s basketball teams had unlimited expectations, promise and hope.

Wave basketball teams split road games in Truckee

The Fallon boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in league play after dismantling Truckee while a third-quarter lapse hurt the Lady Wave against the Wolverines on Tuesday.

7th-grader makes a difference

Fallon seventh-grader Liam Few will remember 2019 as a year of change at Churchill County Middle School.

Monday, December 23

Thomas Merritt Unruh

Thomas Merritt Unruh Thomas Merritt Unruh, 72, of Carson City, NV passed peacefully from this life on Friday November 21st. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

Christine Hoff King

Christine Hoff King May 17, 1922 - Dec 16, 2019 Christine King, long term Carson City resident passed away on December 16 at the age of 97.

Lorna Lucille Dorrell

Lorna Lucille Dorrell, 64 of Carson City passed away on December 22, 2019 arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Elizabeth Lloyd

Elizabeth G. Lloyd, 77 of Carson City, passed away on December 18, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

edgar Eugene Stalcup

Edgar Eugene Stalcup, 88 of Carson City, passed away on December 20, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800

Kevin Michael Harasti

Kevin Michael Harasti Feb 6, 1957 - December 14, 2019

Mountain West rankings: ‘We got our butts kicked’

The San Diego State Aztecs have a new fan.

Sunday, December 22

Fitts, Ford lead Saint Mary’s to 68-63 win over Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO — Malik Fitts and Jordan Ford combined to score 31 of their 44 points in the second half and Saint Mary’s used a late 12-2 run to beat Nevada 68-63 on Saturday night at the Al Attles Classic.

Saturday, December 21

Kevin Harasti

Kevin Harasti, age 62, of Carson City, NV passed away December 14, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Friday, December 20

Frances Orput

Frances Orput Nov 14, 1935 ~ Nov 28, 2019

Jeanne W. Foster

Jeanne W. Foster, 81, died December 16, 2019 in Yerington, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Falcon basketball wraps up first half

The Sierra Lutheran girls basketball team took care of business Thursday evening en route to its second win of the year, dispatching Sierra Sage 36-8.

Barracuda Championship moving to Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Reno-Tahoe area’s only PGA Tour stop is making a move to Truckee. The Barracuda Championship announced Dec. 18 it will change venues from Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno to Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course.

Bill Simpson was a safety pioneer in racing

The racing community got some sad news last week. Bill Simpson, one of the prime movers in racing safety, passed away at 79. Simpson products are used throughout the racing world. I used Simpson safety harness in my racing days many years ago, but he also provided more than 200 safety products including driving suits, gloves, helmets, head restraints, drag chutes, and more to prevent driver injuries.

We will learn a lot about Wolf Pack basketball on Saturday, says Joe Santoro

Sports fodder ... Steve Alford is earning every penny of his 10-year, $11.6 million contract. OK, yes, it’s early. We are just a dozen games into what could be a 350-game Alford career at Nevada

Thursday, December 19

Alen Fausey

Allen Fausey February 29, 1964 - October 29, 2019

Brenda Marlene Ransford Romero

Brenda Marlene Ransford Romero July 3, 1940 - November 28, 2019 Brenda Marlene Ransford Romero, long time Fallon resident, passed away at Renown Medical Center on November 28, 2019.

Rick Trice

Rick Trice 69, passed away on Dec 16, 2019 in Spanaway, Washington. Arrangements are in the care of WA School of Medicine.

Sierra Lutheran boys fall at hands of undefeated Redding Christian

Though Sierra Lutheran boys basketball fell to Redding Christian Thursday night, 51-42, the Falcons had plenty to take away from a nine-point loss to a Lions squad still undefeated (11-0) this season.

Stout defense leads Falcons to win over Sierra Sage

Sierra Lutheran girls basketball took care of business Thursday evening en route to its second win of the year, dispatching Sierra Sage 36-8.

McCormick signs letter of intent to play at Idaho

Tommy McCormick is the latest Greenwave football player to take his game to the next level.

Pack moves to 8-4 with easy win over Texas Southern

RENO — The Wolf Pack, playing its first game in over a week, got a good workout and an easy 91-73 victory over the Texas Southern Tigers Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Wednesday, December 18

William "Bill" Arthur Port

William "BIll" Arthur Port April 12, 1937 - October 18, 2019

Jesse Norton Pickett

Jesse Norton Pickett May 23, 1930 – Nov 2, 2019

Mary Jo Pflimlin

Mary Jo Pflimlin May 28, 1935 ~ December 13, 2019

Jim McCowan

Jim McCowan August 4, 1948 - December 12, 2019

Area roundup: Carson girls basketball wins weekend tournament; Sierra Lutheran battles through busy weekend

The Senators are winners of five straight contests after picking up three wins in the Coach Wilson Memorial Championship at the end of last week.

McCormick finishes 5th at RTOC

RENO — Tommy McCormick made it into the second day of the Reno Tournament of Champions for the first time in his career, finishing fifth at one of the toughest high school tournaments in the nation.

Fallon opens league play with blowout wins

FERNLEY – After playing a trio of out-of-state teams in an invitation-only tournament, the Greenwave boys basketball team picked up a pair of league wins in convincing fashion.

Vaqueros end Fallon’s 66-game league win streak

FERNLEY – Fallon entered Saturday’s game in Fernley having won 66 consecutive Northern 3A league games.

Oasis Academy girls win Mammoth Winter Classic, boys take 2nd

The Oasis Academy girls basketball team rebounded from a pair of season-opening losses to win the Mammoth Winter Classic on Friday.

Rebels get serious about a winning football team, Joe Santoro says

The UNLV Rebels have finally gotten serious about the sport of football.

Tuesday, December 17

Betty Lou Sammis

Betty Lou Sammis March 12, 1928 ~ November 28, 2019

Sterling Pepper

STERLING PEPPER, 48, of Carson City passed away December 14, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Delmar schwichtenberg

DELMAR SCHWICHTENBERG, 97, of Carson City passed away December 12, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Gregory Al Lambert

Gregory Al Lambert, 66, of Carson City, NV passed away on December 16, 2019.

Noel Edward Groff

Noel Edward Groff, 87 of Carson City, passed away on December 13, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations, 775-888-6800.

Jimmy Dean McCowan

Jimmy Dean McCowan, 71 of Carson City, passed away on December 12, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 775-888-6800.

Monday, December 16

Frances J. Guerassio

Frances J. Guerassio, 73, died December 14, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial, 775-882-1766.

Remer takes 8th at Reno Tournament of Champions

RENO – With a number of early exits and a tough finish for 195-pounder David Remer, the Reno Tournament of Champions didn’t go the way Carson High head coach Nick Redwine had envisioned.

Mountain West basketball rankings: BYU gets by Utah State

Craig Smith is not going to allow one loss to ruin his opinion of his Utah State Aggies men’s basketball team.

Sunday, December 15

Roger Diez: Christmas shopping for your favorite gearhead

With just 10 shopping days until Christmas, have you found the perfect gift for the gearhead in your life yet? If not, I’m here to help. This year there are so many choices that I’m only going to be able to cover a few. Of course, you can go to NASCAR.com or the website of any driver or team and find hats, shirts, coffee cups, beer mugs, keychains, jackets, diecast cars, and many more items emblazoned with your racing fan’s favorite driver’s name and likeness.

Saturday, December 14

Doris J. Bewley

Doris J. Bewley, 92 of Carson City, passed away on December 8, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Jack J. McFarland

Jack J. McFarland, 88 of Carson City, passed away on December 8, 2019, arrangements are in the care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Raiders bid farewell to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Just a few weeks ago it looked as if the final regular-season game in Oakland could be an important one in the playoff chase for the Raiders and Jacksonville.

Shanahan faces former team when 49ers host Falcons

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When Kyle Shanahan looks back on the two years he spent as offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, it’s the positives he remembers much more than the disappointing ending.

Friday, December 13

Dwight E. Dyer

Dwight E. Dyer 1931 - 2019

Vegas Golden Knights staffers host youth clinics in Carson City

The Vegas Golden Knights took a trip up to Bordewich-Bray Elementary School and Carson Middle School on Friday to spark interest in the game of hockey at the youth level.

Thursday, December 12

Charles Jay Anderson III

Charles Jay Anderson III Dec. 15, 1951 ~ Nov. 11, 2019

Hilda Usselman

Hilda Usselman, 91 of Carson City, passed away on December 5, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack should give thanks for brawl ‘punishment’

Austin Arnold needs to send the Mountain West a Christmas gift. A carefully-worded holiday card, a box of chocolates or even just a thank you note will also suffice.

Wednesday, December 11

Ronald Edward Morden

Ronald Edward Morden August 2, 1928 - December 9, 2019

Phillip Floyd Burger

Phillip Floyd Burger November 1, 1939 - November 27, 2019

Fallon seeks 2nd state title

What does Fallon do for an encore? After winning its first state boys basketball title since 1971, the Greenwave will be retooling during the preseason before defending its title during both the regular season and playoff runs.

Oasis prep basketball teams begin season

Oasis Academy’s prep basketball teams lost their season openers against Pyramid Lake last week. The boys team, though, played in a tournament in Reno and won one of three games. The Oasis boys had four close games to begin the 2019-20 season.

Lady Wave enters unknown stage of competition

Everywhere he goes, Greenwave sports fans ask Kevin Wickware if this is a rebuilding year. The first-year coach of the Lady Wave basketball team, who took over after Anne Smith stepped down in May, doesn’t view it as such.

Young Wave hits the mat this season

Fallon’s putting the “green” in Greenwave this season. With only two returning upperclassmen to help lead 12 underclassmen and first-year wrestlers, fifth-year coach Trevor de Braga is excited about this season

Tuesday, December 10

Beverly Charlene (Huff) Cordes

Beverly Charlene (Huff) Cordes November 28, 1932 ~ November 28, 2019

Patricia Gignilliat

Patricia Gignilliat July 16, 1931 ~ November 20, 2019

Jeannie Bell

Jeannie Bell December 10, 1930 ~ May 9, 2019

Thomas Evart

THOMAS EVART, 76, of Carson City passed away December 3, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Thomas Robert Fredo

Thomas Robert Fredo, 79 of Carson City, Nevada passed away on December 5, 2019. Arrangements are in the loving care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800.

Jean Hamilton

Jean Marie Hamilton September 11, 1937 – December 3, 2019 Jean Hamilton passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Tuesday Dec. 3rd.

Douglas Harrison

Douglas Edward Harrison Mar 15, 1955 ~ Dec 2, 2019

Reed's speed overmatches Carson boys in home opener

Carson High boys basketball open its home slate of the regular season with a Reed squad coming off a regional semifinal appearance last season.

Quick start powers Carson High girls basketball to first win

A 15-0 first quarter shot the Carson High girls basketball team out of the gate and the Senators held onto the lead the rest of the night en route to a 37-19 win over Reed.

4 Nevada Wolf Pack players suspended for UNLV brawl

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mountain West Conference has suspended four Nevada football players for their roles in a postgame altercation against UNLV on Nov. 30.

Joe Santoro: Ranking the Nevada Wolf Pack’s bowl games

Jay Norvell is excited to ring in the new year in Boise.

Carson High’s Kordonowy commits to Nevada Wolf Pack

Carson High softball had its second senior sign to play Division I on Tuesday afternoon as Bella Kordonowy inked her letter of intent to continue playing at the University of Nevada.

Monday, December 9

Marlene D. Caffrey

Marlene D. Caffrey Jan. 1, 1960-Jan. 31, 2019

Justin Harris

Justin L. Harris, 43, died November 30, 2019 in Reno, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

William "Bill" C. Korb

William "Bill" C. Korb, 71 of Carson City, passed away on December 6, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Mountain West rankings: San Diego State opens 10-0

It was difficult to separate the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team from the football team this past weekend.

Harris scores 31 to lead Nevada over Air Force 100-85

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Jalen Harris scored a career-high 31 points and Nevada scored its most points of the season Saturday in a 100-85 win over Air Force in its Mountain West Conference opener.

Ohio, Nevada meet for 1st time in Potato Bowl

Ohio (6-6, Mid-American) vs. Nevada (7-5, Mountain West), Jan. 3, 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Boise, Idaho

Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 7

Paul Rubrecht

Paul Scott Rubrecht, 70 of Carson City, passed away on December 5, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800

Saints, 49ers clash with top NFC seeding in the balance

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees and the Saints are ready to up the ante. A third-straight NFC South title has been wrapped up. Next on the list is a second straight No. 1 overall playoff seed in the NFC, a goal New Orleans (10-2) can get closer to accomplishing on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers (10-2) visit the site of their last Super Bowl appearance.

Titans, Raiders headed in opposite directions

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders are moving in opposite directions heading into a stretch run. The Titans (7-5) have won five of six games since switching to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, turning a mediocre season into a promising one headed into Sunday’s game against the struggling Oakland Raiders (6-6), who are one game behind Tennessee in the race for the final wild-card spot.

Roger Diez: Will Formula 1 champion jump ship?

Lewis Hamilton ended the season in a fitting manner for his sixth championship season, taking the pole and winning the season finale in Abu Dhabi in convincing fashion.

Friday, December 6

Samuel Broyles

Samuel Broyles, 71 of Carson City, passed away on November 25, 2019 arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 775-888-6800.

Lieselotte Gonsalves

Lieselotte Gonsalves, 96 of Minden passed away on December 2, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals and Cremations. 888-6800

Mark Dixon

MARK T DIXON, 67, of Carson City passed away November 29, 2019. Arrangements are in care of The Neptune Society, (775) 825-5875.

Robert Wenner

obert "Bob" Wenner August 1, 1954 - November 21, 2019

Thursday, December 5

Darlene Mae Contreras

Darlene Mae Contreras, 87 of Carson City, Nevada. Passed away on December 1, 2019. Arrangements in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals and Cremations. 775-888-6800.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack basketball ripping out hearts

The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team is knocking opponents out in the first round. The Pack has won four games in a row by an average of 21 points.

Wednesday, December 4

‘Accountable’ Wolf Pack pounds Santa Clara, 98-67

RENO —The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team has seemingly come back to Northern Nevada a different team.

Maudie Long

Maudie Long July 2, 1927 - November 24, 2019

Area roundup: Carson wrestling starts strong, Dayton boys basketball falls

The Senator grapplers are off to a 4-1 start in team duals after a solid showing at the Earl Wilkins Memorial Team Duals Saturday in Fallon.

SYFL teams dye fountain

Nov. 25 was a great day for the community’s youth whose teams participate in the Sierra Youth Football League. The FallonYouth Football League Bandit cheerleaders took a first place award, and the Maverick, Freshman and Collegiate football teams each won team championships. The teams dyed the Maine Street fountain green, and afterward, Mayor Ken Tedford introduced each youth and the city threw the teams a party at the City Hall courtyard.

Carson City Elks hosting Hoop Shoot on Saturday

The Carson City Elks Lodge is sponsoring the annual Hoop Shoot event for Carson City youth ages 8 through 13 on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 3

Dennis William Danforth

Dennis William Danforth July 13, 1938 - November 30, 201

Robert "Ben" Walker Jr

Robert "Ben" Walker Jr

Tod Cline

Tod M Cline Aug 26, 1957 ~ Nov 19, 2019

Joe Santoro: Does the Fremont Cannon matter anymore?

Mackay Stadium looked and felt like the set of a cheap horror movie on Saturday.

Carson High girls basketball returns experience and dreams of postseason

Expectations are set for the Carson High girls basketball team this season.

Carson High football puts nine on all-Sierra League team

Carson High football had two athletes earn Northern 4A all-region honors Monday and nine players pick up all-Sierra League honors.

Monday, December 2

William (Bill) Deal

William A. (Bill) Deal June 8, 1929 – November 29, 2019

Gary Allen (Sam) Bradley

Gary Allen Bradley ( Sam ) 1939 - 2019 Sam Bradley passed away peacefully November 24, 2019,after a long battle with kidney failure, he was 80 years old. Born in Fallon in 1939 to Kirn and Verna Erb Bradley he was raised with his brother Ron on the family property in the Old River District.

Kay Bickel

Kay Bickel, 72, died November 27, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Mountain West rankings: Air Force ‘had something special going on’

The second best team in the Mountain West will not take part in the conference title game on Dec. 7.

Sunday, December 1