Stories for May 2019

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Friday, May 31

North of the border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit

TORONTO — Steve Kerr has seen a little of almost everything during his wildly successful five-year run as coach of the Golden State Warriors. This, however, is something new.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack coach Steve Alford makes hard sell on Jordan Brown

Steve Alford, it seems, is doing all he can to make sure Jordan Brown remains a member of the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team. Brown, who entered the NCAA’s transfer portal nearly two months ago, still hasn’t made up his mind about where he would like to play his final three college seasons.

Thursday, May 30

49ers hope investment in line pays off for defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers doubled down on their hefty investment in the defensive line this offseason in hopes it will raise the level of play of the entire unit.

Kickoff times set for two Nevada Wolf Pack football games

RENO — Kickoff times and TV information for a pair of Nevada football road games this fall have been announced. Nevada’s first road game of the season, at Oregon in Autzen Stadium on Sept. 7, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. It marks Nevada’s first game against Oregon since 2011.

Wednesday, May 29

Carson High girls reflect on finishing second at state track meet

The picture says it all and is the perfect image for the 2019 Carson High track season. Abby Pradere bent over — as if she was taking a bow — smiling after winning the 1600 at last week’s State Championships.

UNLV ends Nevada’s baseball season with walk-off homer

Once the ball cracked the bat, Nevada fans knew the game was over. UNLV’s Max Smith drilled the first pitch he saw over the right-center fence in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to give the Rebels a 6-5 win over Nevada in the Mountain West championships at Peccole Park.

Tuesday, May 28

50th annual World Series of Poker opens in Las Vegas

The annual World Series of Poker opened Tuesday in Las Vegas with dozens of scheduled card tournaments and a special event to celebrate the 50th run of a series known for minting millionaires each year.

Carson Blue Jays win four out of six

After dropping its first two games over the Memorial Day weekend, the Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team came back to win four of its next five contests.

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson craved a little calm. The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind.

Monday, May 27

Sierra Lutheran’s Jared Marchegger beats scoliosis for outstanding prep career

Maybe it is appropriate where Jared Marchegger has accomplished unprecedented success has always come with its share of curves and hills.

Sunday, May 26

Saturday, May 25

Roger Diez: A full day of racing on Sunday

Congratulations to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup All-Star race champion, Kyle Larson. The win is a big boost to a so-far lackluster season for the Ganassi Chevy pilot, and that million-dollar check is icing on the cake. Larson actually had two victories on the evening, winning the Open to advance to the All-Star.

Carson Middle School 8th grade boys win Tah-Neva League Championship

Editor’s Note: Results that ran in Wednesday’s Nevada Appeal were of the Tah-Neva League meet on May 8, the date of the meet was incorrect.

Friday, May 24

A’s place Khris Davis on injured list with hip contusion

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list with a left hip/oblique contusion.

Indy 500 takes spotlight for IndyCar Series on an uptick

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis 500 was once considered one of the top sporting events of the year, an iconic, milk-drenched staple of Memorial Day weekend filled with patriotism and nostalgia, triumph and disappointment.

Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team eliminates San Diego State

RENO – Thanks to a three-home run fifth inning, Nevada (30-25) avoided elimination at the Mountain West Championships on Friday, taking down San Diego State (32-25) by a score of 6-4. With the victory, Nevada reached 30 wins for the first time since the 2016 season.

Warriors know this is something special, uncertainty ahead

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hears the dynasty discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another postseason run. Draymond Green realizes special teams only stay together for so long before something breaks them apart.

Thursday, May 23

Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant won’t be ready to play in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30. The two-time reigning finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering from a strained right calf. Big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for Golden State’s series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto.

Joe Santoro: Eric Musselman revamping Arkansas like he did Nevada Wolf Pack

Sports fodder ... Eric Musselman could sell a flip phone, transistor radio and a pager to a millennial. The former Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball coach is working his used car salesman magic at Arkansas once again, revamping his roster in less than a month. Musselman, as he did at Nevada, is transforming his Razorbacks with Division I transfers, the college basketball version of used cars.

Wednesday, May 22

Tah-Neva League track meet results

Top 3 finishers from the Tah-Neva League Meet hosted last week at Carson High School.

Henderson approves new Golden Knights community ice arena

HENDERSON — The City Council has approved construction of a community ice arena owned by the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. News outlets report that the council unanimously approved the project Tuesday.

Carson Blue Jays baseball team falls in season’s first 2 games

The Carson Blue Jays summer baseball team has gotten off to a 0-2-1 start to the season. Carson dropped its first two games of the season this past week, losing to the Rebels 13-11 on Tuesday at Ron McNutt Field and the Reno A’s 8-6 on Monday.

Fallon High, Junior rodeo results

Fallon High School — Barrel racing second go: Bethie Ikonen was 9th average in barrel racing.

Truckee ekes out 1-0 win for 3A state baseball title

MESQUITE — Every score affecting Fallon in the state baseball tournament came down to a difference of one run.

Fallon’s 4x100 team claims school’s only state title

LAS VEGAS — Last year, a 15-minute review followed one of the closest finishes in Greenwave history.

First Fallon lacrosse student-athlete earns All-American honor

Conor Keitz of Oasis Academy College Prep was named an Academic All-American for 2019 in lacrosse. The junior received his award during the state lacrosse championship on Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.

Greenwaves senior Harmon finishes strong in golf

Two months removed from helping Fallon win its first state basketball championship in 40 years, Greenwave senior Jace Harmon ended his golf career in similar, comeback fashion.

Tuesday, May 21

Nevada Wolf Pack set to host Mountain West baseball tournament

The University of Nevada baseball team faces Fresno State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Mountain West tournament.

UNLV’s Stott following in footsteps of Bryant, Harper

LAS VEGAS — Bryson Stott has already been following in the footsteps of some of baseball’s biggest stars. Now he’s getting ready to take the next step.

Carr back for 6th year as Raiders QB after offseason rumors

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Derek Carr acknowledged that all the speculation about whether the Oakland Raiders would draft a quarterback this offseason to replace him as starter got annoying, even if he was confident it wouldn’t happen.

Golden State Warriors get long break before Finals

And now, they wait. Again. The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They’ve also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm.

Carson High boys 7th at state swimming

The Carson High boys swimming team finished seventh at the NIAA State Championships held at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Monday, May 20

Sunday, May 19

Former Carson High athlete reaches prestigious Canadian track meet

Former Carson High athlete Parker Lehmann has advanced to the British Columbia Provincial Championship track meet in Canada.

Saturday, May 18

Roger Diez: NASCAR heats up with All-Star race

For a moment I thought we would have a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup winner at Kansas last Saturday night, but Alex Bowman’s Hendrick Chevy couldn’t hold off the charging Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski, who got a fantastic restart in overtime to take his third win of the season. Bowman finished second for the third race in a row, and seven of the top 10 finishers were Chevrolets.

Friday, May 17

Carson High senior Abby Pradere wins NIAA state title in 1600 meters

Behind Abby Pradere’s two state championships, the Carson High girls track team finished second at the NIAA 4A State Championships on Friday and Saturday at Desert Oasis High School.

Thursday, May 16

Joe Santoro: Drew’s return makes Pack all right

Lindsey Drew announced this past week he’s coming back to the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team for his senior season. You can now breathe again, Wolf Pack fans.

State championships: Fallon faces No. 1 Boulder City

Coming off a second-place finish at last weekend’s NIAA 2019 Northern League Baseball Championship in Elko, the Greenwave players are ready to face their next challenge: Southern Nevada’s No. 1 team, Boulder City at the state tournament.

Wednesday, May 15

Carson High track, swim teams ready for state championships

Since Dec. 5, the Carson High boys and girls track teams had been working for what they were able to accomplish at the Northern 4A Championships at Reed High School.

Tuesday, May 14

Fallon swimming qualifies 3 individuals, 1 relay for state

The Greenwave boys and girls swimming team finished in the top six of last weekend’s Northern 3A regional meet in Reno, sending a handful to this week’s state meet in Carson.

Fallon earns trip to 3A state baseball tourney

ELKO — Another group of cardiac kids from the Oasis of Nevada is heading to the state 3A baseball championships this week in Mesquite, but it took another gut-wrenching rally and chewed fingernails to keep the dreams of a title within the Greenwave’s grasp.

Lady Wave rally falls short in Northern 3A regionals

ELKO — The young Lady Wave softball team reached deep in its lineup against Elko on Friday but came up short in an 11-9 setback in the third round of the NIAA 2019 Northern League Softball Championship at Elko High School.

Fallon boys win regional title; Lady Wave finishes 5th

Fallon flexed its muscles on the track and ran to another regional team championship on Saturday.

Monday, May 13

Local Roundup: Carson High boys swim takes second

Douglas eventually pulled away in the two-team battle against Carson for the Northern 4A title in swimming, but the Senators will still be well-represented at the State Championships.

Carson High track qualifies 16 for state

The Northern 4A Championships on Saturday at Reed were a sweet experience for the Carson High boys and girls track teams. As in sweet 16.

Sunday, May 12

Saturday, May 11

Roger Diez: Mondays are kind to Martin Truex

Martin Truex Jr. won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race of the season at the Monster Mile on Monday, after rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s race. Oddly enough, Truex’s first Cup win also came on a Monday, June 4, 2007. In all, Truex has three “Miles the Monster” statues in his trophy case, and his 21st win puts him at 37th on the all-time Cup winners’ list, tied with Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Benny Parsons, and Jack Smith. Talladega winner Chase Elliott led the most laps on Monday but faded to fifth at the checker. Despite the Toyota victory, it was a good day for Chevrolet, with Alex Bowman taking his second runner-up finish in a row and Kyle Larson third. Kevin Harvick was the first Ford, coming home fourth.

Friday, May 10

Local Roundup: Carson High softball one win from state

It’s been a wild ride for the Carson High softball team all season and it just continued on Friday. And it’s not over yet.

Carson High track team pushing for state berths

Everything the Carson High boys and girls track teams have trained for comes down to one day, today, at the Northern 4A Championships at Reed High.

Carson High softball pulls away vs. Reed

The thinking was the Carson High softball team would have to ride the arm of Jailene Salciedo to make a deep run in the Northern 4A playoffs.

Thursday, May 9

CHS softball pulls away vs. Reed

The thinking was the Carson High softball team would have to ride the arm of Jailene Salciedo to make a deep run in the Northern 4A playoffs. But when Salciedo was hit by a line drive in the arm, Caydee Farnworth showed the Senators have another arm they can rely on.

CHS’s Ben Granados to run track at University of Jamestown

Carson High School senior sprinter and long jumper Ben Granados signed his letter of intent this morning to run track and field for the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Joe Santoro: Alford has tough act to follow

Steve Alford has an almost impossible task of becoming the next Eric Musselman. Musselman, who left the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball program last month to become the head coach at Arkansas, was a lightning bolt of phenomenal success.

Wednesday, May 8

Can Lady Wave repeat Cinderella run?

The Lady Wave find themselves in a similar position when they enter the 2019 Northern 3A regional softball championship as the No. 3 team.

Fallon trip to state lies with this week’s regional championships

The field in this year’s Northern 3A regional baseball championships doesn’t show much difference between the first and sixth-place teams, but Fallon coach Lester de Braga also knows for the Wave to earn a trip to state next week, his players must be on top of their game no matter the opponent.

Carson's Taggart qualifies for state golf

Carson High freshman Lukas Taggart played two solid rounds of golf and his reward was becoming a state qualifier. Taggart qualified the the State Championships after finishing 13th overall at the Northern 4A Championships held on Monday and Tuesday at Wildcreek in Sparks.

Improved Fallon swim team aims for state

The next chapter of the swimming season is this weekend when the Greenwave competes in the 3A regional meet in Carson City.

Playoffs begin Thursday for Fallon, Oasis teams

A late change in the brackets may have given the Lady Wave softball team an easier path to making it to state, again.

Sizzling Lady Wave burns Vikings in doubleheader win

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lady Wave sizzled at the end of the regular season Northern 3A softball race.

Fallon bats come alive at right time

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After Friday’s nine-run loss to South Tahoe, the Greenwave baseball team slipped in the standings due to its three-game losing skid.

Tuesday, May 7

Local golfers make a 'State'-ment

Three other local golfers are in the running to make it to the State Championships. At press time heading into Tuesday’s final round at Wildcreek in Sparks, three local golfers have placed themselves in position to qualify for the State Championships at the Northern 4A Championships.

Monday, May 6

Carson High girls track team claims Sierra League title

Carson High boys and girls track coach Steve Nelms said his girls 4x400 relay team could easily finish under 4 minutes, 10 seconds. He wasn’t giving his team enough credit.

Prep Roundup: CHS softball claims 3rd seed with sweep; golfers in line for state

The Carson High softball team’s comeback in the second game of a doubleheader against Douglas just made the playoff picture that more wide open.

Sunday, May 5

Saturday, May 4

Roger Diez: Despite lack of sprint cars, great show at Fernley

The IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks put on a great show at Fernley 95A Speedway last Saturday night. Unfortunately, the organization of winged 360 sprint cars that had promised track owner Dan Simpson up to 30 cars, only managed to muster four sprint cars. And only two of them answered the call for the main. Simpson was understandably upset, but on the plus side he has signed the World of Outlaws sprint car series to race at the track in September.

Friday, May 3

Carson High track hosts regional qualifier Saturday

When it comes to Saturday’s regional qualifier at Carson High in event after event, CHS boys and girls track coach Steve Nelms said the same thing over and over again.

Local roundup: Carson, Douglas softball teams play for high seed

The Carson High softball team set up a key showdown with arch rival Douglas by routing Damonte Ranch 11-1 on Thursday in Reno.

Thursday, May 2

Douglas finishes off sweep of Carson

The Carson and Douglas High baseball teams played out their version of a Dickens tale during their two-game series which became the final chapter for how the season went for the two clubs.

Pack FB selected for six national telecasts

RENO – The Nevada football team will play on national television at least six times as the initial broadcast schedule from the Mountain West was announced Thursday with the league’s partners ESPN and CBS Sports. The 44-game announcement included six Wolf Pack games, including five MW games.

What can Brown do for the Pack? A lot writes Joe Santoro

Sports fodder ... Jordan Brown just might be the key to the Nevada Wolf Pack’s chances of getting back to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Lyons share of playoff: His hit clinches postseason berth for Douglas

MINDEN — It’s been a while since the Douglas High baseball team has been in the playoffs. But with one swing of the bat, Eli Lyons ended years of frustration for the Tigers.

Wednesday, May 1

Local roundup: Softball and golf

CHS 10, Damonte Ranch 0 Jailene Salciedo and Caydee Farnworth combined on a one-hit shutout for Carson in its win over Damonte on Tuesday at home.