GARDNERVILLE -- Junior Kizer remembers when playing for the Dresslerville Athletic Club men's fast-pitch softball team as a teen-ager in the late 1970s.
With the Legends West Coast Regional Qualifier race being coming up at Champion Motor Speedway, more than a dozen drivers took advantage of racing Saturday night to prepare themselves and their cars for the opportunity to race in North Carolina in the nationals.
GARDNERVILLE -- Craig Kizer remembers when playing for the Dresslerville Athletic Club men's fast-pitch softball team as a teen-ager in the late 1970s.
Costella finished the 400 I.M. in five minutes, 2.08 seconds to qualify 12th. She swam faster than last year when she qualified for the championship final.
RENO -- There's only one event at the Reno Rodeo that stirs up the crowd as much as bull riding does. Bareback? Nah. Saddle Bronc? No way. The answer: mutton bustin'.
I know a lot of NASCAR fans don't like road races, but they sure provide a lot of excitement.
Boxing "Kronk style" started out today with a run up "The Summit." The Summit is the ski resort here in Big Bear.
RENO -- Elko bareback rider Paul Jones knew once he drew Border Town for Saturday's ride his chances of being a repeat champion at the Reno Rodeo were diminished. Turns out he was right.
The Carson Tigersharks are holding their own against some of the world's best swimmers at the Santa Clara International swim meet.
The Carson Cardinals were there own worst enemy in a 13-4 loss to Merced Community College on Friday at Ron McNutt Field.
Friends of Simon Ruvalcaba have a nickname for the Carson City welterweight: They call him "Encyclopedia."
When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional soccer player when I grew up. For a short time, I wanted to be a lawyer and a pilot. I also wanted to be a doctor and, I guess at some point, a sports writer. Now here I am.
Carson City's team roper Tye Fitzpatrick went into Friday's competition of the Reno Rodeo with high hopes.
The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
Enough of the Pacific. It's now time to start exploring the thousands of excellent hiking trails of the Sierra Nevada. We all have old favorite -- mine is Horsetail Falls from Twin Bridges -- but there's a whole world of rarely used and busy paths out there.
The Carson Sharks 12 and under softball team came back from the losers bracket to recently win the Susanville Summer Slam.
The Utah Blitzz were going to be hard enough task for the Nevada Wonders. Now Nevada has to play an angry Utah team tonight at 8 at the Carson High soccer field.
While there is a lot of competition between participants at the Reno Rodeo this week, there isn't much fuss when it comes to belt buckles.
RENO -- After drawing two bad horses last year in Reno, Tom McFarland wasn't a very happy bareback rider when he left Nevada. This year, he doesn't want to leave.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is set to become the new title sponsor of the Nevada Interscholstic Activities Association, NevadaPrep.com has reported.
May 19 to June 23 -- that was a long period of time to either be apart or to have visitors in your home.
Beginning July 1 and running through the last day of February, the limit for the black bass will be one bass with a minimum size of 15 inches.
MINDEN -- It was about as flawless a game as the Douglas American Legion team has played all summer.
I like writing about racing, and I enjoy announcing races. But there's nothing like getting in a race car and finding out "what it's like out there."
Sacramento has been a traditional destination every summer for some of the nation's best club volleyball teams.
Local area runners who are looking for something to do this summer have a good variety to choose from in the next month.
RENO -- After a Tuesday night that saw nobody ride a bull, fans on Wednesday at the Reno Rodeo were treated to five bull riders get scores. None of them were better, though, than Terry Don West, the No. 1 ranked bull rider.
Today -- Chautauqua in the Park, an evening of living history, 5-8 p.m. at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa. Call 267-3410 or 265-6097.
Carson High's Ali Banister and Galena High's Janine Bodo were among the two University of Nevada athletes honored by the Western Athletic Conference for their academics.
It wasn't a phone booth, but for the Carson Cardinals, the Carson High parking lot was just as good as far as Tony Teixeira is concerned.
TT motorcycles took to the track at Thunderbowl Speedway in Mound House last Friday night. There were more than 70 entries, although some drivers doubled or tripled up, running in more than one category.
Champion Motor Speedway recently released first-quarter reports and the results are promising, according to General Manager Jeb Onweiler.
The pitch shot. This shot is a short, high shot played from around the green and is used when the low rolling chip shot will not work.
RENO -- The last time Elko cowboy Paul Jones rode this well, he ended up winning the short round at last year's Reno Rodeo.
There really are no secrets to hitting a baseball. It obviously helps to be Barry Bonds or Ted Williams, but if you're not, some basic fundamentals and little confidence go a long way toward helping any hitter.
The honors continue for Steve Lerud as he recently received his most prestigious honor so far -- being named as a first team All-American by Baseball America.
To paraphrase Michael Corleone in "The Godfather Part III," just when Lennox Lewis thought he was out, they pulled him back in.
Aaron Heberger and Austin Beemer of the Carson Rodeo Club are in strong contention to qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals, heading into today's final day of the Nevada High School Rodeo Assocation Championships in Wells.
A day after huge win, the Carson Cardinals baseball team let one slip away at the Doc Stewart's Invitational in Roseburg, Ore.
Nevada Wonders' coach Paul Aigbogun is tired of making excuses for his team losing games they should be winning. So maybe it's time for an opposing team's coach to make excuses for winning a game his team should've lost.
RENO DD On the first night of the 2003 Reno Rodeo, it was one of the final runs of the evening that made the most noise.
Obviously the big news of the week was NASCAR's announcement on Thursday of its 10-year deal with Nextel Communications as the title sponsor of the Winston-- oops -- Nextel Cup beginning with the 2004 season.
A lot has changed since the California Gold beat the Nevada Wonders 4-0 on April 25 in Modesto, Calif. Nevada now has a completely different lineup than the one that struggled in that game.
Don't be deceived by the Nevada Wonders' 1-9-1 record. They could still be playing for a postseason berth. Well, only if the PDL follows in the same path Montserrat and Bhutan did during last summer's World Cup and some other PDL teams get hot.
Saturday night at Champion Motor Speedway will feature the Travelers RV Sierra Mountain Super Series with the fastest Charter Super Late Models from Northern Nevada taking on the quickest Pro Stocks from Central California in a 125-lap showdown.
The Doc Stewart's baseball team isn't used to losing on their home field.
RENO -- On a team loaded with stars, Douglas' Evan Bill was the guiding light for the West team at the 22nd annual Sertoma Classic.
MINDEN -- You wouldn't have guessed that Douglas' American Legion team played without four of its best players Thursday night.
The Carson Cardinals baseball team's adventure for its first day of the Doc Stewart's Invitational in Roseburg, Ore. ended with an 8-7 loss to the West Albany, Ore. Rockets.
The snow is melting rapidly, as anyone can see by looking west. So it's just about time to start heading for Horse Thief Canyon or Dead Man's Creek in the Sierra.
RENO -- One look at the rosters for the 22nd annual Sertoma Classic game and the outcome appears as obvious as the sun rising each morning.
The Capital City Volleyball Club had its most successful performance ever this past weekend at the High Roller Tournament in Reno.
RENO -- It's been almost eight months since Douglas beat Carson 43-32 in football. But if there's one thing players on either team need to work on after high school, it will have to be learning how to forget.
Carson High's Willie Bowman had three home runs and nine RBI to lead the Sierra Sun Devils to a 19-2 win over the North Valleys Naturals on Wednesday.
Big Springs Reservoir in Humboldt County: 2,498 rainbow trout, 8.5 inches in length.
That general area includes the following lakes: Upper and Lower Blue, Upper and Lower Lost, Lily Pad, Meadow, Upper and Lower Sunset, Summit, Tamarack, Twin and Wet Meadow.
The Carson Cardinals baseball team will begin play today at the Doc Stewart's Invitational in Roseburg, Ore.
Carson City's Jeff Duncan was the only local golfer to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday at Thunder Canyon.
That meeting will be held in the City Hall Conference Room at 201 N. Carson St., beginning at 6 p.m.
Soroptimists International of Carson City recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Eagle Valley Golf Tree Fund.
John Sullivan has enough memories about Carson City to last a lifetime. Literally.
The Carson Sharks 10-and-under softball team won three of five games to capture second-place in the Northern Sierra Regional Tournament held over the weekend at Edmonds Sports Complex.
Willie and Matt Bowman helped lead the Sierra Sun Devils to an 11-6 win over the Reno Knights on Tuesday at Wooster High.
Attention, motorcycle racers and fans. This coming Friday night Thunderbowl Speedway in Mound House will host the first of a series of three motorcycle TT races under the lights.
For the third consecutive game the Nevada Wonders played well enough to win but couldn't score. Meanwhile, the opposition found a way to.
Wes Osmer struck out seven through five innings for Carson Cardinals in their 11-1 win over North Valleys in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday at Ron McNutt Field.
Runners of all ages will be out on the road today when the 39th annual Robert DeCelle Jr. Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is held.
Let's put this David Beckham situation in perspective. He isn't even one of the 20 best soccer players in the world, yet he's demanding a world record transfer fee.
RENO -- If someone asked for an example of one person who has the true heart of a champion, there arguably wouldn't be a better response than Dave Dravecky.
San Diego Gauchos coach Bob Maruca's biggest complaint has become his worst nightmare
RENO -- As long as the Northern Nevada Aces keep playing Arizona teams, they shouldn't have any problem earning a playoff spot. According to owner and general manager Mo Mandegary, though, his team should get one anyway.
Snow is melting rapidly but before I try Horsetail Falls and Aloha Lake I'll make one more trip to the Pacific area for a hiking warmup, this time with knee brace in place. Meanwhile, here's some local action:
Carson High graduate Dana Baum has been named as a third-team Verizon Academic All-American in swimming for the University of Minnesota.
Matt Williams' sharp descent from World Series champion to unemployed in less than two years is mind boggling. But when the 38-year-old announced his retirement on Thursday from professional baseball after 17 seasons, there was one person who wasn't surprised -- his father, Arthur.
MINDEN -- After two successful varsity seasons, Rick Smith has stepped down as Douglas High's head softball coach.
Our annual All-Carson Country lists for the team sports have been published, I'd like to recognize some of the spring sports season's standouts from the individual sports.
Just when the Nevada Wonders' defense had developed some consistency, a void has reopened. Sean Nealis, Nevada's most experienced player on the back line, could have played his last game for Nevada two weekends ago.
Just lately I have had several students of the mid to low handicap range, anywhere from 7 to 12 handicaps, who are frustrated because they have not improved their games for a long time.
Carson High School point guard Ciarra Christian helped lead the Jam On It Basketball 16 and under team to the AAU Pacific Regional title for the second year in a row.
Reno's Chase Stigall and Steve Hummel finished tied for 11th at the Northern California PGA/ILT Pro Scotch Championship on Tuesday in Clayton, Calif.
The clouds broke just in time to start off a fast and furious evening with a beautiful Nevada sunset at Reno-Fernley Raceway on Saturday night.
Some of the young guns of the Carson Tigersharks had their moment in the sun during the 22nd annual Lake Berryessa Open Water Swims on Saturday.
The R.A.C. Gymnastics Allstar Cheerleading squads of Carson City completed another successful season, with each of its two competition squads bringing home trophies at every competition.
Every once in a while I like to write about what local racers are doing at other venues.
On Saturday night, the Southern California Seahorses were a completely different team than the one on May 10 that tied the Nevada Wonders 1-1. Unfortunately for Nevada, they were a completely better team.
Ondoro Osoro's first marathon was the Chicago Marathon in 1998. He won with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 54 seconds. At the time, it was the third fastest marathon ever.
Friday afternoon pretty much seemed like old times for Carl Winter and Andrew James.
After cruising to the top of the standings, the Fresno Fuego haven't made many friends with the four other teams in the Southwest Division of the Premier Development League's Western Conference.
Mike Popp, who led the Carson High girls soccer team to two Northern 4A championships, resigned on Friday afternoon
According to Nevada Wonders' General Manger Randy Roser, the days of blowing his team out are over.
Saturday at Champion Motor Speedway will feature the return of the Freakin' Figure 8 Races, presented by Valley Towing.
Lassen College women's soccer coach Ben Wade went 23-4 last season and won the Golden Valley Conference in large part because of Douglas High's Amber Gwinn.
Local baseball fans just might see some familiar faces if they tune into the NCAA Super Regional Tournament on television this weekend.
Fernley High gradute Matt Lambeth was taken in the 42nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Major League draft on Wednesday.
Hiking in the Midpeninsula open space district above Palo Alto, Calif., is quite a change from the Sierra Nevada trails. The trails are mostly plain old dirt, not DG and rock.
-- Blue Lakes: Open, any hour of the day or night, from the second Saturday in June through Nov. 15.
As a special note, the State of Nevada will hold its free fishing day on June 14.
Someday in the near future, athletes may no longer be seen off to the side nursing their injuries with ice packs.
Julie Gallwey' of the Capitol City Women's Bowling Association was a double champion at the 52nd annual Nevada Women's Bowling Assocation Championship Tournament recenlty held in Ft. Mohave, Ariz.
Steve Witt from Sparks hit his first career ace on Eagle Valley Golf's East Course fourth hole last week.
Galena High's Steve Lerud found out how topsy-turvy the Major League draft could be in a matter of seconds.
Jim "Izzy" Isbister joins Head Golf Professional Mike Browning and LPGA Instructor Cyndi McDonald as the latest addition to the professional staff at Eagle Valley Golf.
Carson City hammer thrower Robert Linkl came up just short in his bid to qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday.
The Carson Fusion Capital Soccer Club under-12 boys team placed second at the prestigious San Francisco Cup last weekend at Golden Gate Park.
The Carson Chivas under17-boys soccer team won the title at the Rogue Valley Cup in Medford, Ore. over Memorial Day weekend.
Rain, rain, go away! This has been one of the most weather-plagued racing seasons in recent memory.
FALLON -- Hug's Wendell Ware led the West team to a 64-55 victory Saturday in the boys game of the Optimists Nevada Basketball Classic that was marked by its sloppiness.
RENO -- For a while, it looked like Southern Nevada had a strong case to claim it's high school baseball is far superior to that of the North.