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Triple Crown comes to Valley

Staff Reports

Blue chip 16-year-old softball teams from around the U.S. will play in the Triple Crown USA Nationals next week in Gardnerville.

A 64-team field of U16 teams are playing all four days at Lampe and Stodick parks as well Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and Truckee. The tournament will continue through the weekend, with 14U and 18U division teams playing in the Reno/Sparks area.

The Carson Valley-based Nevada Hot Shots open Tuesday with two games on Field 2 at Stodick Park: 8 a.m. against Impact Gold-Coronado (Pearland, Texas) and at 10 a.m. against Texas Stix Gold (Austin). The Hot Shots also play Minors Gold (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Field 1 at Stodick Park.

Already this summer, the Hot Shots won the ASA Golden Eagle Classic in Sparks and posted a 2-2-2 record over the Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas, according to coach Eddie Doughty.

“This is an exciting time for our team,” Doughty said. “This tournament has the best teams in the country, so it’s a real stepping stone for our team.”

A pair of top-four seeds are scheduled to play Tuesday in Gardnerville.

The second-seeded Arizona Hotshots 16U-Muniz team (Guadalupe, Ariz.) opens at 8 a.m. against the Gold Coast Hurricanes (Plantation, Fla.), followed by a 10 a.m. contest against No. 17 seed Firecrackers Blanco (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

Also on Tuesday, the No. 4 seeded Arizona ThunderCats (Tucson) face the Firecrackers DFW (Mansfield, Texas) at 8 a.m. on Field 3 at Stodick Park.

Youth volleyball clinics in August

Dan Hannah is directing the Youth Volleyball Skills Clinics for youngsters in fifth through eighth grade in August at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Sessions wll be held on the community center’s volleyball courts on Aug. 3-6 for fifth and sixth graders from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a lunch break included. Sessions for seventh and eighth graders will be held on Aug. 10-13, also from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a lunch break.

The objective of the clinics is for young players to have fun in volleyball and to improve their skills, according to Hannah.

Registration is now being accepted at the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department. Call 782-5500 (ext. 1) for information.

Gibson tops in Empire play

Bill Gibson prevailed over John Hauck in a tie-breaker to win Flight A at the Empire Ranch Senior Men’s Golf Club individual stroke play tournament on Wednesday in Carson City.

Gibson and Hauck both carded net scores of 65 to tie for first-place in their flight at Empire Ranch Golf Course. Geoff Swann was one shot behind in third-place, while Tom Weldon and Fred Olesek finished fourth and fifth respectively at 67.

Dahl Rask won Flight B with a net 60. Mike Rogers shot 64 to take second-place, followed by Ray Huntley (65), Tom Sawyer (66) and Jay Stewart (68).

Dennis Small shot 66 to win Flight C on a tie-breaker over Kurt Cleek. Melvin Ness and Dennis Curd both shot 67 to finish third and fourth respectively, while Gary Mick shot 68 to finish fifth.

Fred Blackburn shot 65 to win Flight D, one shot ahead of Tom Harlow. Jim Watt, Greg Bentley and Marshall McCurdy all carded scores of 67 to round out the top five.

Closest-to-the-pin winners included Mike Roper and Chuck Bell on the Blue Course fifth hole, Nils Sharpe on Blue No. 8, Jim Morsani on Red No. 3 and Tom Weldon on Red No. 8.

Speed camp on July 20-22

The Me-for-Incredible-Youth, Inc. (MEFIYI) Summer Sports Bash Speed Camp for track and field is being held on July 20-22 at Douglas High School.

The camp, which will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Big George Athletic Complex, is open to girls and boys 8 to 14 years of age. JoJo Townsell, MEFIYI firector, is directing the camp with assistance from Anthony Davis.

Instruction will focus on fundamentals related to proper running form as well as improvement of speed, agility and quickness.

The cost is $75. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle, snacks and proper running shoes.

Call 781-5954 or email for information or to register.

Musselman to appear at Jethro’s

Eric Musselman, the new head men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada, will be the featured guest speaker for the sixth annual Jethro’s Charity King Crab Feed & Steak Cookout on Aug. 14 in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

This year’s event proceeds will benefit local organizations MEFIYI, Dias Con Cristo Retreat Organization, Welcome All Veterans Everywhere and CC Meneley Elementary School ball fields.

Since the first event in 2009, the event has raised $100,000 for such Carson Valley organizations as Boys and Girls Club of Carson Valley, Austin’s House, Douglas County Community and Senior Center, Douglas High School Leadership Club, Alpine Search and Rescue, Backpack Buddies and other programs.

The event will include a raffle, silent and live auction items.

Call Rhonda Moore 775-230-2135 for sponsorship or additional event information.

Softball registration open

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for men’s and coed adult fall softball league teams through July 31.

Regular season play will include an eight-game schedule for all teams and a single elimination tournament for the top eight teams. Tournament champions will receive a team trophy and championship T-shirts. Second-place team plaques will also be presented.

All games are played a Lampe Park — game times are 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. — beginning the week of Aug. 10.

The cost is $380 through July 24 and $430 from July 25 until the final deadline on July 31.

Also, registration is being accepted for women’s, coed B and coed C adult fall volleyball leagues teams through Aug. 7.

The regular season includes an eight-game schedule for all teams and a single elimination tournament. Tournament champions will receive a team gift Jethro’s gift certificate and championship T-shirts. Second-place finishers will be presented with a Jethro’s gift certificate.

All games are played at the community center gym — game times will be 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 p.m. — starting the week of Sept. 21.

The cost for registration is $200 through Aug. 7 and $250 from Aug. 8 until the final deadline on Aug. 21.

Registration forms are available online and information is available by calling the parks and recreation department at 782-5500.

Flag football sign-ups continue

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking sign-ups for its NFL Flag Football season.

Games are played Saturdays at Stodick Park during a season that extends from Aug. 24 through Nov. 14. The age groups include first-second grade, third-fourth grade, fifth-sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade and high school.

Registration will remain open until rosters are full.

Contact Anthony Davis at or 782-5500 (ext.1) or visit for information.

Youth sports officials needed

The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department needs for youth flag football and basketball officials and referees.

Officials need to be 16 years or older and available to work evenings and weekends. Previous experience is preferred but not necessary.

Training for youth flag football officials will begin in August. Officials and referees can earn $15-25 per game.

Call Mark Waggoner at 775-741-1594 or the recreation department at 782-5500 for information.

Bighorns to host basketball camp

Girls and boys from third grade through high school will have an opportunity to participate in the NBA Development League Reno Bighorns’ inaugural youth summer basketball camp on July 27-30 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

The camp, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day, is designed for girls and boys of all skill levels. The goal of the camp is to provide each camper with the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, defense and team play. The camp will offer skill development, individual instruction and games.

The cost is $100 and maximum number of students allowed will be 100.

Camp participants will receive a Bighorns T-shirt, two opening night tickets to watch the Bighorns, a certificate of participation and camp awards.

Bighorns head coach, Dave Arseneault, will lead the camp along with his assistant coaches. Campers should bring their own water bottle, snacks and wear basketball attire.

Registration form and waiver must be turned in with payment. To register, contact the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, visit or call 775-782-5500.

High Performance Camp Aug. 1-5

Tahoe Sports Entertainment in partnership with MEFIYI is offering the High Performance Hockey and Football Camp Aug. 1-5 at the Tahoe Sports Arena and South Tahoe Middle School.

Children ages 8-18 are welcome to participate in their age and skill level in a cross-over camp designed to give athletes from any sport an opportunity to improve their speed, agility, hand-eye coordination and athletic performance.

Guest instructors include retired NFL players Mike Sherrard (New York Giants), Bryan Armstrong (Denver Broncos) as well as New York Jets and MEFIYI President JoJo Townsell. Miami of Ohio hockey player Michael Findroff will provide specific hockey training on the ice.

The cost for football-only skill training is $325. Football and hockey combined training is $500. Registration includes a complimentary T-shirt. Call 530-544-7465 for information.