Turning the sports pages of 2014
Editor’s note: Today The Record-Courier staff presents its Top 10 countdown of sports stories in 2014.
10. Kids’ Fishing Derby celebrates 25th anniversary: The annual free fishing derby returned bigger and better than ever before as it lured 1,500 boys and girls ages 3-12 to Lampe Park. Prospects for the derby were in question after three dry months between December and February, however, storms in the late spring provided enough water to ensure it could be held. Willow Creek was stocked with between 5,000 and 6,000 fish. In the end, four of the seven session winners were 3-year-olds, one was 5 and another 7, so it truly was the Kids’ Fishing Derby.
9. Ann-Sofie Allen wins Genoa Lakes Ladies’ Golf Club Championship: At age 55, Allen keeps improving her golf game. In August, she won the Genoa Lakes club championship for the first time with a low gross score of 247 for three rounds on the Genoa Lakes Golf Club Lakes and Ranch courses. Allen, a native of Sweden who moved to Carson Valley with her husband in 2009, took her game to a new level shortly after the tournament when she shot a lifetime best 2-under par 70 on the Genoa Lakes Course during a regularly scheduled club tournament.
8. Steven Jacobo bounces back from snowboarding accident: On Feb. 26, 2013, Steven Jacobo lost control off a 25-foot drop-off and fell directly on his back, resulting in severe T9 and T10 vertebrae spinal cord damage. Despite being paralyzed, the 24-year-old Gardnerville man refused to allow the injuries or a wheelchair to deter his love of extreme sports. “My whole life has been about extreme sports,” Jacobo said. “This is what I love to do, so I know I can be good at it.” In November, he earned a place on the U.S. Adaptive Bobsled and Skeleton Association roster and is looking to travel to Australia and Switzerland for training in January 2015.
7. Lindsey Adams wins second state cross country title: The Douglas High School senior ran to her second state cross country large schools gold medal with a course record time of 18:43.3 for 5,000 meters at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Adams came from behind in the final 800 meters to pass two Centennial runners and finished the race with her second fastest 5,000 time of the season (she ran 18:20 at the Stanford Invitational). One week before, she placed second and helped Douglas capture its second straight Northern Division I region team championship. As a freshman in 2011, Adams won at the state meet in Reno.
6. Douglas High School girls tennis team region runner-up: The Tigers began their season with many new faces in the lineup and coach Dan Hannah was only hired in July, but they finished second during Northern Division I regular season and at the regional tournament, losing only on tie-breakers against perennial power Reno. The Tigers advanced to the Division I state tournament as a team for the first time, defeated Coronado in the semifinals and lost to undefeated Palo Verde in the finals. Sophomore Madelyn Landerfelt finished as the region singles runner-up for the second straight year. And to top it all off, the Tigers earned the state academic championship with a 3.83 team grade point average.
5. Douglas Dolfins celebrate 50th year of existence: The Dolfins celebrated their 50th anniversary as a club swim team. “We have an average of 60 swimmers on the team a year, for about 50 years,” said Kat Matheson, the team’s head coach. “That’s 3,000 kids and an average of two parents a kid, that’s a lot of alumni and a lot of people we have impacted.” In the summer of ’64, inspired by the Reno Aquatics Club performing an exhibition meet, the community came together and formed that became known at the time as the Marlins.
4. Douglas High School girls and boys swimming and diving teams sweep region meet titles: The Tigers achieved their goal to win both team championships at the Northern Division I Region Championships in Carson City. The Tigers’ girls captured their third straight region team title by a 342-337 margin over Galena and the boys won their team title 434-380 over Reno. Shelby Koontz defended her individual titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, plus she swam for the 400 freestyle relay team that clinched the meet title. Both Douglas teams finished their regular season dual meet season undefeated to extend lengthy win streaks — the girls have won 54 straight and the boys 39 in a row.
3. Douglas High School girls soccer team goes 24-1: With virtually its entire lineman returning from a squad that won the 2013 Sierra League title — coupled with the hiring of coach Werner Christen, who continues to direct the school’s girls basketball program — Douglas rolled to 24 straight victories and the region tournament championship. The Tigers were recognized nationally with a top 20 team ranking by two websites before their 5-1 loss to Arbor View in the state tournament semifinals in Henderson (Arbor View went on to win its third straight state title).
2. Douglas High School volleyball team wins region tournament championship: Despite having limited experience back from a team that didn’t even qualify for the postseason in 2013, the Douglas volleyball team vaulted to third-place during a tough Sierra League season. The Tigers were only getting warmed up, however, as they swept to successive five-set victories against McQueen, Bishop Manogue and Carson to capture the Northern Division I Region Tournament championship. Manogue was ranked No. 1 statewide before losing to Douglas in the semifinals. The Tigers saw their season end with a loss against Shadow Ridge in the state tournament semifinals. Their final season record was 20-13.
1. California Chrome Triple Crown bid: Through the month of May, horse racing was big news locally and nationally thanks to a stirring run by California Chrome, the 3-year-old chestnut-colored colt co-owned by longtime Topaz Lake residents Steve and Carolyn Coburn. California Chrome ran to impressive victories at the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness to extend his streak of victories to six straight races. His bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 fell just short with a fourth-place finish at the 146th Belmont Stakes.