Stories for June 2019


Sunday, June 30

Saturday, June 29

Roger Diez: Drivers pushing toward NASCAR playoffs

The addition of the Carousel to the Sonoma road course didn’t seem to have much effect on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup results last Sunday. The usual suspects ended up in front at the end of the race, as Kyle Busch chased his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex to the checkered flag in vain. The two Toyota drivers were well clear of the rest of the field, and the only question was whether lapped cars would play into the result.

Friday, June 28

Joe Santoro: Dear world: Reno is NOT Las Vegas

Three NCAA tournament appearances in the last three years. One of the greatest comeback victories (over Cincinnati in 2018) in NCAA tournament history. A spot in the Sweet 16 in 2018. A College Basketball Invitation championship in 2016 and a record of 110-34 over the last four seasons.

Thursday, June 27

Wednesday, June 26

Reno Aces place 3 on Pacific Coast League All-Star team

ROUND ROCK, Texas – With the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game approaching, the Pacific Coast League unveiled its roster Wednesday.

William Eugene "Gene" Milligan

William Eugene "Gene" Milligan May 6, 1933- May 17, 2019

Fallon baseball all-stars travel to Reno for state tournament

The Cal Ripken state baseball tournament gets underway this week and Fallon will compete in three divisions.

De Golyer Bucking Horse and Bull Bash set for Saturday

The sixth annual De Golyer Bucking Horse and Bull Bash is Saturday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 at the gate and $5 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. There will be cash payouts (80 percent payback) and added money for each event. Buckles will be awarded to the winners.

Tuesday, June 25

Carson City Juniors fall to Reno American at all-star tournament

It looked like the Reno American all-stars were going to cruise to another win against the Carson Juniors in the District I Little League Tournament on Monday at Governors Field.

Monday, June 24

Carson Blue Jays play three close games, win one

The Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team played three close games over the weekend and was able to pull out one victory, beating University Prep, 9-8, on Saturday.

Sunday, June 23

Saturday, June 22

Roger Diez: Only few Pro Stocks, still strong night at Fernley

Last Saturday was a disappointing one for fans of Pro Stock racing, as only five cars showed up at Fernley 95A Speedway for the $1,500 to win purse. Further disappointment ensued when only four cars made the main. Bill Pearson was declared the winner after a controversial call on contact penalized Robert Miller, who finished second. Fortunately, race fans were treated to two good races in other classes. Chris Christiano won the $1,000 to win Hobby Stock main over a 20-car field.

Friday, June 21

Carson Blue Jays win with huge comeback

The Carson Blue Jays overcame a 7-0 deficit on their way to a 10-9 win over the Fernley Wranglers in eight innings on Friday at Ron McNutt Field.

Nevada Wolf Pack’s Cody Martin drafted by Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak sees University of Nevada senior Cody Martin as a “ball-handling guard” after the Hornets selected him in the second round with the 36th overall pick during Thursday’s NBA draft.

Thursday, June 20

Carson City Juniors All-Star team loses opening game at district tourney

The Carson 10-year-old all-stars overcame a four-run deficit and nearly overcame a five-run deficit. But in the end Carson fell just short in a 10-8 loss to Reno American on Thursday in the District I Little League Tournament at Governors Field.

Joe Santoro: Expect the unexpected from Nevada Wolf Pack football, basketball

After one of the most predictable Nevada Wolf Pack football and men’s basketball seasons in history we’re now heading into one of the most confusing in recent memory.

Steph Curry & Justin Timberlake will play American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe

NBA All-Star Steph Curry and pop music superstar Justin Timberlake will return to Lake Tahoe in July for the 30th annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. Curry, the Golden State Warriors two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and Timberlake, playing in his fourth ACC event, headline a field that includes Charles Barkley, last year’s champion Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers among 90 sports and entertainment personalities.

Wednesday, June 19

Fore the good of Lake Tahoe

There’s one thing that keeps bringing comedian and actor Kevin Nealon back to the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament every summer at Lake Tahoe. “Hope,” Nealon said with a wry smile following the second round of the 2018 ACC at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline.

Fallon rodeo contestants head to national junior high finals

Four Fallon middle school students are off to Huron, South Dakota for Thursday’s start of the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.

Carson City agent says big things ahead for former Nevada Wolf Pack star

The NBA Draft is Thursday and Tyrone Criswell’s dream of being drafted by any of the league’s teams is a thing of the past. But his dream to play in the NBA is not. And the next logical step on his way to making it to the NBA — playing in the league’s minor league the NBA G-League — is definitely a reality for Criswell, who first made his mark locally with the University of Nevada men’s basketball team.

Tuesday, June 18

Nick Hundley’s care for ailing boy leads to lasting bond

OAKLAND, Calif. — Five years ago, veteran big leaguer Nick Hundley visited Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and met a boy named Zach Sprader. Hundley, then with the San Diego Padres, sought to give the young baseball fan a lift during his fight against leukemia. Little did Hundley know a lasting friendship with a family would come of it

Monday, June 17

Carson Blue Jays close weekend with win

After three closes losses over the weekend, the Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team came back to rout the Blue Sox 11-2 on Sunday at Ron McNutt Field.

Summer running program at Carson Middle School starts June 17

A summer conditioning program is now being offered for middle school and high school runners.

Sunday, June 16

Saturday, June 15

Roger Diez: Canadian Grand Prix: ‘Right decision, wrong solution’

Lewis Hamilton drove his Mercedes to the win at last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, but I was having flashbacks to the Kentucky Derby. In both races, it wasn’t the competitor who crossed the finish line first who was declared the winner. The difference was the Derby decision was made after the race was over, while the Grand Prix outcome was known long before the checkered flag waved.

Joe Santoro: It was Jordan Brown’s decision to leave Nevada Wolf Pack

Sports fodder ... It’s not surprising or shocking Jordan Brown announced last week he has left the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team and will join the Arizona Wildcats.

Friday, June 14

Carson High’s Nate Yeskie passed over for Oregon State baseball coach

Former Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham was named as the Beavers’ new baseball coach on Friday.

Thursday, June 13

Wednesday, June 12

Carson High baseball alum under consideration for Oregon State job

Nate Yeskie is a leading candidate to become the next Oregon State baseball head coach. And he has a fan club. Of former players.

Carson Blue Jays split two games

The Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team split two games this week, beating the Outlaws 8-7 on Tuesday at Ron McNutt Field before losing to the Rebels 7-2 on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 11

Monday, June 10

Reno Knights sweep Carson Blue Jays

The Carson Blue Jays had a rough go of it on Saturday, dropping a doubleheader against the Reno Knights. Carson lost the opener 12-1 and the nightcap 10-1.

Sunday, June 9

Saturday, June 8

Roger Diez: Joe Gibbs Racing has been dominant

With Kyle Busch’s fourth win of the season at Pocono last Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing further increased the team’s stranglehold on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season. Of the 14 points races run, JGR cars have won nine — Busch’s four, three for Martin Truex Jr., and a pair of victories for Denny Hamlin. Erik Jones is the only winless JGR driver thus far.

Friday, June 7

Jordan Brown leaving Nevada Wolf Pack for Arizona

Various Arizona media reported on Friday the University of Nevada’s Jordan Brown has committed to transfer to play men’s basketball at Arizona.

Thursday, June 6

Joe Santoro: Major Nevada Wolf Pack teams had winning seasons

The Nevada Wolf Pack might be finally figuring out the Mountain West. The school’s three most high profile sports (football, men’s basketball, baseball) combined for 67 victories and lost just 36 times this past school year. The .650 winning percentage is the highest at Nevada for football, men’s basketball and baseball since the school joined the Mountain West in 2012-13.

Nevada to be in Al Attles Classic

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the first-ever Al Attles Classic to be held on December 21.

Horse racing greats featured at Governor’s Dinner for Nevada Wolf Pack athletics

Horse racing Triple Crown winners Bob Baffert and Mike Smith will be featured at the 51st annual Governor’s Dinner to be held at the Governor’s Mansion.

Nevada Wolf Pack announces Mountain West men’s basketball schedule

RENO —The Mountain West announced its 2019-20 conference men’s basketball schedule Thursday. Nevada has won the last three MW regular season titles and will seek a fourth under first-year head coach Steve Alford. Some game dates could shift to accommodate national television broadcasts. Game times will be announced at a later date along with the nonconference portion of the schedule.

Carson High, Douglas High baseball players named to all-region first team

Carson High sophomore Casey Martensen had a breakout season for the Senator baseball team while Douglas High’s Andrew Rangel’s versatility helped lead the Tigers. The two were named to the all-Northern 4A Region first team.

Wednesday, June 5

Fallon City Council honors track athletes

Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford and council members Bob Erickson, James Richardson and Kelly Frost recognized five track & field athletes Wednesday at a special city council meeting.

Gerald (Jerry) Albert Wells

Gerald (Jerry) Albert Wells

Tuesday, June 4

Carson City’s Diego Elizondo to fight on world title undercard

Northern Nevadans J.J. Mariano and Diego Elizondo will fight on the June 8 world-championship boxing card at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The event is presented by Top Rank Inc., Let’s Get It On Promotions, and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The evening’s feature attraction matches world champion Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) against Jason Sanchez (14-0, 7 KOs) for the WBO featherweight world title.

Monday, June 3

Blue Jays drop doubleheader to Knights

The Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team couldn’t muster much offense as it dropped a doubleheader on Saturday to the Reno Knights, losing the first game 6-1 and the nightcap 8-1 at Ron McNutt Field.

Sunday, June 2

Saturday, June 1

Roger Diez: Memorial Day weekend racing was must-see

Sunday’s three races were a microcosm of just about every aspect of motorsport. Monaco was typical of both the tight street course and the domination of one team. Tire management and strategic driving were the keys to Lewis Hamilton’ victory. The Indianapolis 500 was the most exciting race at the 2.5-mile oval in recent years, going down to the final lap. Simon Pagenaud became the first pole sitter to win since 2009, scoring Team Penske’s 18th Indy 500 victory. And the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Coca-Cola 600 was proof of the endurance and fitness required of today’s professional racing drivers.