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Puzey shows off musical talents

by Darrell Moody, R-C Sports Reporter

I’ve seen many students sing the Star Spangled Banner before athletic events, but few better than Douglas High’s Brittany Puzey.

Puzey, a sophomore forward, sang the national anthem before last week’s game against Galena, and then went out and scored 13 points to help Douglas beat the Grizzlies 49-39.

“Maybe we’ll get her to drive the bus to Dayton,” said coach Werner Christen. “Oh wait, she’s not old enough.”

Christen was happy with the energy Puzey showed against Galena, and he thinks that the young sophomore may be pressing a bit much.

Puzey has appeared in musicals since she was 5, including an appearance in Western Nevada Community College’s production “Sound of Music.” Puzey played the role of Brigita, the youngest of the VonTrapp girls.

“I’m not into it as much as before because of sports,” she said before a recent Douglas practice. “I enjoy doing it.”

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Puzey is anxiously looking ahead to the softball season. She is already getting attention from college recruiters, including UNR.

Cubs sign Shawn Estes

Former Douglas High graduate Shawn Estes was signed to a one-year deal by the Chicago Cubs late last week.

Estes will be reunited with new Cubs manager Dusty Baker, who managed Estes in San Francisco.

Estes performed well for Baker, compiling a 64-50 record from 1995-2001. The Cubs currently have a need for a left-handed starter in their rotation.

I admit to being an unabashed Giants fan. With that said, I’m just a bit steamed at some of their recent moves.

Bad moves by Giants

First, it was a mistake to let Baker go, and I blame owner Peter Magowan for that. I know that Baker was a bit thin-skinned, but he had accomplished enough to warrant a hefty raise and long-term contract. He got a lot out of a team that wasn’t full of superstars, and all Magowan had to do is let him know that.

Getting rid of Jeff Kent was an absolute monstrosity of a mistake. Kent did everything he could for the Giants, enjoying many years where he drove in 100 runs or more.

He could be the best-ever offensive second baseman in baseball history.

Fishing season near

The winter fishing season gets under way Jan. 1, and Topaz Lodge once again is offering an instant $1,000 to the lucky fishermen that catch one of their tagged fish.

The biggest fish ever caught at Topaz was a 13-pound, 8-ounce rainbow back in 1998.

Each year, the Nevada Division of Wildlife and California Department of Fish & Game stock as many as 70,000 rainbow trout in the lake.

n Darrell Moody, R-C sports editor, can be reached at 782-5121 or dmoody@recordcourier.com