Stories for August 2005


Wednesday, August 31

Senators expect tough battle from Elko

On paper, the Elko High football team had a rough start last Friday night in its 35-14 season-opening loss against Spring Creek in a meeting of Ruby Mountain rivals.

Cooks set to start at linebacker for Pack

RENO - Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred sixty-five days. Twelve months.

Carson boys tennis rolls past Damonte Ranch

The Carson High boys tennis team rolled to its second straight win in two matches, winning 17-1 on Thursday at Damonte Ranch. The Senators also beat Truckee 17-1 on Tuesday.

Haas transfers from San Diego to Nevada

RENO - Emily Haas, one of the most-heralded volleyball players in Northern Nevada history and a two-year starter at University of San Diego, has transferred to the University of Nevada.

Opportunity knocks, WNCC settles for 0-0 tie against Feather River

Statistically, the WNCC soccer team dominated its first-ever home game against Feather River. Everywhere except in the score column. As a result, the Wildcats had to settle for a 0-0 tie on Thursday afternoon in the kickoff game of their own Labor Day Classic at Edmonds Sports Complex.

'Back to School' spending rivals that of three-month Christmas season

Is it possible that the "Back to School" season can best the buying power of the birth of Christ? Surely not, you say. But the sale of zipper binders and faded flare jeans certainly rivals the arrival of Jolly ol' Saint Nick. In August of last year, American families spent $6 billion to clothe their youth to enter the hallowed elementary and high school halls, slightly less than what they spent during the Christmas shopping season. Keep in mind that season lasts from October to December. Back to School is but one month.

Business calendar

Carson City Chamber of Commerce breakfast club meeting from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Western Title, 301 W. Washington St. For information call 882-1565. The cost of $5 for chamber members and $7 for guests.

Tuesday, August 30

The Corner returns with its preseason picks

Here we go again! As the daylight wanes the darkness grows and the temperatures fall, the smell of pigskin is in the air. Welcome football fans back to the corner.

Monday, August 29

Bergman is traded to Giants

Dusty Bergman's career looked like it was going nowhere. Now it appears that Bergman has been given another shot.

Carson girls soccer wins opener

It was a tale of two halves for the Carson High girls soccer team in its season opener on Tuesday at Elko.

Some thoughts on Carson's season opening win - the start was good, but ...

There's no doubt the Carson High football team came out and established momentum from the start of its season opener against Moapa Valley on Friday night.

Carson boys tennis rolls

Over the past several years, the Carson High boys tennis team could normally count on a tough test from Truckee.

Working on the bunker shot

Playing from the sand often gives people problems. The fact is that bunker shots are not that tough if you have a clear picture of a few fundamentals.

Milan is out for the season

RENO - J.J. Milan's senior season ended before it really got started.

Carson holds off Dayton in five games

If it didn't know already, Carson High's volleyball team found out just how important senior middle blocker Nicole Scott is to the squad.

Sunday, August 28

Reno looking to play Golden

RENO - There is a strong possibility that the Golden Baseball League could place a team at the University of Nevada's Peccole Park as early as next year, according to Amit Patel, the co-founder of the first-year independent league.

Boise State, Hawai'i in national spotlight Saturday

Two of the Western Athletic Conference's premiere teams - Boise State and Hawai'i - will be in the national spotlight Saturday.

Nevada Hall of Fame inductees announced

Sonny Allen, who guided the Nevada Wolf Pack to its first-ever NCAA appearance, heads the list of 2005 Hall of Fame inductees.

Nevada bids to host WAC baseball tournament

RENO - Nevada is one of three Western Athletic Conference schools to bid for this year's conference baseball tournament.

Douglas second at Las Vegas Invitational; Galena gets to semifinals

The Douglas High volleyball team, last year's 4A state tournament runner-up, came out this past weekend and showed it will be a force to reckon with this fall with a second-place finish at the 36-team Las Vegas Invitational.

Saturday, August 27

WNCC women's soccer team goes to 2-0

A year ago, Savannah Gray was an occasional starter who played as a wing at Douglas High School, mostly in the offensive shadow of high-scoring teammates Christina Bradshaw and Hannah Sullivan.

Midgets put on show at Fernley

FERNLEY - The Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) brought three divisions . . . Midgets, Midget Lites and the nostalgic Vintage Midgets to Reno-Fernley Raceway and provided some fast, exciting racing on Saturday night.

Malone not alone in mission at Champion

Vince Malone is a man driven by a mission in these final days of Champion Speedway.

Friday, August 26

Nevada offense has mixed reviews in scrimmage

RENO - After wearing each other down for the past two-plus weeks, Nevada's football team is happy to end summer camp and start preparing for its nonconference home opener against Washington State.

Last days of Champion

I remember an old Groucho Marx joke where the doctor told the patient, "I'm giving you 30 days to live."

WNCC soccer wins opener

Talk about starting off the season with a bang.

Douglas boys soccer goes 3-1 in tourney

The Douglas High boys soccer team ended an impressive run at the Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena on Saturday, finishing 3-1.

Thursday, August 25

Stoloff named Pack men's tennis coach

One of Carson High's and the University of Nevada's most accomplished student-athletes is coming back home.

Nevada will open season tonight

RENO - After four straight trips to the big dance, aka the NCAA Tournament, it's safe to say that Devin Scruggs, Nevada volleyball coach, has the Pack program headed toward elite status.

Banners fires an ace

Brian Banners recently fired a hole-in-one at Silver Oak Golf Club. He used a pitching wedge from the blue tee on the 110-yard sixth hole. Bob Guerrero was among those who witnessed the feat.

Dayton falls to North Valleys

RENO - Dayton football coach Rick Walker didn't mince any words.

Maffei runs wild for Carson in win

There was nothing secret about the Carson High football game plan on Friday night - just give the ball to Bryan Maffei.

Fernley defeats Yerington

Colin Hodges completed 17-of-33 fomr 249 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another score in the win for the Vaqueros. Brandon Frunk also ran for 121 yards for Fernley.

Douglas boys soccer beats Incline

The Douglas boys soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 win over Incline on Friday in the Galena Tournament.

Douglas beats defending 4A champ

There were plenty of question marks surrounding the Douglas High defense heading into Friday night's game against Reed, but the Tigers wasted little time going a long way toward answering them.

Champion points races tighten up

With only four dates left on the schedule at Champion Speedway, races for season titles in the Late Model Sportsman and Legends divisions are heated up and headed right down to the wire.

Wednesday, August 24

College students get coffee from young faces, new café owners

For many new and returning students at Western Nevada Community College, the first stop of the day won't be their 8 a.m. computer class. It will be the college café for a mocha with a double shot of espresso. The students aren't just lining up in front of the counter, they are behind it too.

Galena looks to rebound after rough 2004 season

RENO - There is literally nowhere for the Galena High football team to go except up.

Senators look to erase bad memories from 2004

While there is no way to erase what happened during the 2004 football season, the Carson Senators want to do the next best thing - move on with a new attitude, new expectations, and if all goes well, a totally different outcome this season.

Carson girls soccer has need for speed

For Carson girl's soccer, last year's vtight and physical game play is definitely a thing of the past.

Carson volleyball hopes to be at or near top

After finishing third in the Sierra league in 2004 and qualifying for the Northern 4A playoffs, Carson coach Shana Wilkins is looking forward to a successful season.

Tuesday, August 23

DeVore to compete in Diamondbacks event

Curtis DeVore has qualified to compete in the Arizona Diamondbacks Olympics Championship to be held Sunday, Aug. 28.

Douglas will be physical again

MINDEN - Douglas head football coach Mike Rippee said it with just a hint of pride in his voice.

Monday, August 22

Garcia hopes to keep on truckin'

RENO - Joey Garcia came to Nevada hoping to compete for a starting cornerback job.

Women hope to do some heavy lifting

When it comes to expansion teams, Western Nevada Community College women's soccer coach Hillary Arthur wants to be more like the Arizona Diamondbacks than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ready to be a part of BCS poll

Like many other college football fans across the country, I used to get steamed and question voters in the various college football polls.

Hodges takes over at Fernley

Based on last weekend's scrimmage at Dayton, Fernley's first-year coach Mark Hodges is breathing the same enthusiasm his players possess.

Youth football officials needed

Chris Whitbeck, supervisor of officials for the Sierra Youth Football League and Sagebrush Empire Pop Warner Football, says youth football in Northern Nevada is in desperate need of officials to work games this coming season.

Sunday, August 21

Carson girls tennis set for season

Every year, Carson High girls tennis coach Diane Baker Roberts comes into the season not knowing what to expect and by the end of the season, she is pleasantly surprised.

Carson boys tennis ready for season

Since Houlihan has took over the Carson High boys tennis program as coach, he's always stressed that approach. With a group of experienced veterans and talented newcomers coming in, Houlihan's approach could lead to quite a successful season this year for the Senators.

High expectations for Dayton Nation

DAYTON - With success comes expectations.

Young gun shows his stuff at Fuji Park

Several rounds of fantastic racing were witnessed Saturday night at Carson City Raceway at Fuji Park.

Montreux needs to be made tougher

After watching the PGA players tear up Montreux Golf & Country Club last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open, I'd love to make a suggestion.

CHS girls golf returns five of top six

For the past four years, Liz Rankl has been the mainstay of the Carson High girls golf squad.

Saturday, August 20

Galena runners shine in Silver State races

Galena High School seniors Dan Geib and Alyssa Abbott are striding toward a cross country season in which they hope to rank among the best prep male and female runners in Nevada.

Taylor wraps up record at RTO

RENO - Two victories on the PGA Tour. One on the Nationwide Tour. Not bad for a guy who only got one recruiting offer out of high school.

Long overdue victories collected at Champion

This time the breaks went with Mike Doss and Terry Madjeski, two overdue drivers who sped to victories in their respective Super Late Model and Legends feature races at Champion Speedway on Saturday night.

Four divisions compete at Fernley

FERNLEY - Perfect weather and great racing were on tap for the fans at Reno-Fernley Raceway on Saturday night as four racing divisions took to the track.

Friday, August 19

Coaches optimistic after preseason scrimmage

It's still August, everybody's still undefeated, and Carson High football coach Shane Quilling is very excited coming out of his squad's preseason scrimmage against Fallon on Saturday.

Members could decide fate of RTO

RENO - The residents/members of Montreux Golf & Country Club could well decide via a vote on Sept. 15 the fate of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Taylor leads the RTO

RENO - It's been a record-setting week for Vaughn Taylor, and he's not done yet.

Stewart is on a roll

If Tony Stewart keeps up the momentum that he has built over the past two months, he will score his second Nextel Cup championship with ease this season.

Thursday, August 18

Wolf Pack players faring well at RTO

RENO - Former University of Nevada golfers have fared well at the first two days of the 7th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Parnevik has turned it around

RENO - If you try to fight the game of golf, you lose. That's what Jesper Parnevik found out earlier this year.

Former coach to be inducted into Carson Hall of Fame

Even though Ed Jesse only had a run of four seasons as head football coach at Carson High School, he is remembered in many different ways by those who played for him.

Wednesday, August 17

Late arriving Boros plays well

RENO - At the start of the week, Guy Boros' chances of playing in the 7th annual Reno-Tahoe Open seemed slim.

No jalopy for Jethro as grand marshal in Virginia City's Labor Day parade

Instead of clanking down Rodeo Drive in a jalopy, Former "Beverly Hillbillies" star Max Baer Jr. will roll down C Street in a horse and carriage for Virginia City's Labor Day parade. Baer said he was surprised to have been asked to act as grand marshal of the parade (his job description is to sit in the carriage and wave at the spectators).

Montreux still a 'Taylor'-made course

RENO - Vaughn Taylor said that he had good feelings and memories as he walked around the Montreux Golf & Country Club, the site of his first-ever PGA Tour win last year.

Top amateur feeling his way as a pro

RENO - Spencer Levin was one of the most-heralded amateur golfers in California history, and he's hoping that success carries him to a brilliant career on the PGA Tour.

Super Late Models race tonight at Champion

Derek Thorn will lead a field of touring Super Late Model stock cars into Champion Speedway tonight as the North State Challenge Series returns for the last time tonight.

Runners Log: A Silver weekend for local runners

This will be a silver weekend for local area runners.

Tuesday, August 16

Youth, Ladies Hunters Clay Day Scheduled

The Capitol City Gun Club will hold a youth and ladies hunters clays day from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 28..

Four to be inducted into Carson High Football Hall of Fame

Saturday night will be a time to raise funds for the current Carson High School football program as well as a time to reminisce about some old times when former players Rick Redican, Bob Frank and Dan "Sonny" Allen join coach Ed Jesse as inductees into the school's Football Hall of Fame.

McCarron is hometown favorite

RENO - Last year's Reno-Tahoe Open almost had a fairy-tale ending.

Douglas, Carson to play for The Cup

There's always plenty on the line when rivals Carson and Douglas High Schools face each other in any sport.

Azinger enjoying his new day job

RENO - Paul Azinger has carved out a new career for himself - golf analyst for ABC.

RTO should be back next year

RENO - Barring an unforseen problem, it appears the Reno-Tahoe Open will be around for one more year.

Local swimmers shine in U.S. Masters

Two swimmers representing the Greater Carson area made their mark at the U.S. Masters Long Course National Swimming Championships, which concluded on Monday in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Motorcycles back at Fuji

Saturday night at Carson City Raceway the tropical trade winds will be blowin' in some genuine Aloha spirit as Les and Jeannette Harris, owners of One Napili Way present round six of the Les Schwab Speedway Championships fueled by AAA.

Monday, August 15

Monteux one of the toughest courses on the PGA

RENO - Jack Nicklaus ranks Montreux Golf & Country Club as one of the five best he ever designed.

New youth football program seeks to promote total development

He enjoyed sports as a youngster growing up in Southern California. He enjoyed watching his own four children compete in athletics.

Mirror image of the backswing

A great reference point for the back swing is the three-quarter position. This position can be practiced easily with the use of a mirror.

Kelly hopes to play like a hero

RENO - The pressure is off Jerry Kelly, and that could mean some big finishes as the PGA Tour enters its home stretch.

Sunday, August 14

Old Greenwood provides ultimate challenge

TRUCKEE, Calif. - With Jack Nicklaus as the designer and Peter Jacobsen as the director of golf, the Old Greenwood golf course has instant name recognition.

Locals make progress at Nevada

Practicing and not playing was a new experience for Douglas High grads Luke Rippee and Andy McIntosh, and Carson grad Nick Shine.

Philly cheesesteak shop in Carson City open again

Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co. specializes in cheddar Cheez Whiz steak sandwiches, a favorite in South Philly, and the provolone variety, commonly found in North Philly. But sandwich shop owner Jim Brenneis will also stack the steak up against some Swiss cheese.

Saturday, August 13

Sprint cars put on show at Fernley

FERNLEY - Twenty-two NCMA sprint cars from Northern California took to the 3/8 mile Reno-Fernley clay oval Saturday night, much to the delight of a large crowd of race fans. Four local divisions bolstered the show, providing all the racing action a fan could want.

Legends driver rebounds from crash to win main event

Zach Kavert didn't exactly begin his day at Champion Speedway on the right foot on Saturday.

Friday, August 12

Niehoff wins 800 free at Western Zone meet

Abby Niehoff of the Carson Tigersharks can claim to be the best distance swimmer for her age group in the Western U.S. after her performance.

Stewart is like an old-timer

Tony Stewart, who has been quoted as saying he would trade his NASCAR Cup championship for a win at Indy, didn't have to swap anything for that victory last Sunday.

Thursday, August 11

Hospital profits down a bit, but still healthy

Carson-Tahoe Hospital's profits decreased in 2004, according to an annual report released by the state. The hospital finished the year with a total net-operating profit of $6.2 million, from $119.3 million in total revenue. The net from 2003 was $6.9 million, according to the state Division of Health Care Financing and Policy.

Basogoitia, Zink go 1-3 in Whistler mountain bikes

The Carson area was well-represented in a professional mountain bike slopestyle event last weekend in Whistler, British Columbia.

Champion racing resumes tonight

The countdown at Champion Speedway is now at seven. That's seven more dates on the schedule before the Sept. 24 season finale, which will mark the final show at the 42-year-old Carson City track before its scheduled demolition in mid-October, and four divisions will be racing in an all-local show tonight.

Sammons looks for playing time at Nevada

RENO - The logjam of candidates competing for playing time at wide receiver for Nevada's football team is worse than traffic around the Spaghetti Bowl during commute time.

Dyer, Niehoff strong again

Abby Niehoff just ran out of a little gas at the end after trying to pull off a difficult double, but still finished with an impressive effort for the Carson Tigersharks at the Western Zone Championships on Friday in Kearnes, Utah.

Wednesday, August 10

Niehoff and Dyer are strong again

Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer continued their strong showings for the Carson Tigersharks Swim Club at the Western Zone Championships on Thursday in Kearnes, Utah.

Nevada adds Saint Mary's to schedule

RENO - Nevada has added another game to its schedule in men's basketball, but it's not the home game coach Mark Fox wanted.

Business Calendar

The Reno-Tahoe chapter of the American Marketing Association August Insider's Forum will feature Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt at Harrah's Reno Casino from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $16 for members, $26 for non-members and $18 for students. Please RSVP by Aug. 15 by calling 786-3030 or e-mailing Hunt will discuss a variety of issues related to the marketing and branding of Nevada in a program titled "Marketing Nevada: Gateway to the West."

Kiefer tows the line for Nevada

RENO - Adam Kiefer wants to make up for lost time.

New owners of Eclectic Clay make it a family affair

Joy Hartman, 30, is starting a new page in her life. Instead of working part-time as a waitress and taking care of her two children, 4-year-old Amanda and 1-year-old Emma, at home, she's bringing her kids into the business.

Tuesday, August 9

Humbled Nevada looks to rebound

When Nevada coach Chris Ault greets his team today for the first official practice, he wants to wipe out the 2004 season.

Fosburg flies like an eagle to win amateur

DAYTON - Chad Fosburg readily admitted it was the biggest golf shot of his young career.

Little Annie Oakley was a dead shot

So, who is the greatest female athletes of all time? You could make a good case for Babe Didrikson Zaharias ... Annika Sorenstam ... Mia Hamm ... Jackie Joyner-Kersee ... Althea Gibson ... just to name a few.

Niehoff wins 1,500 free at zone meet

Abby Niehoff and Kevin Dyer were among the top swimmers for the Pacific Region all-star team for the Carson Tigersharks on the first day of the Western Zone Championships on Wednesday in Kearnes, Utah.

The Oldest Rookie: Williams still going strong

There's "The Rookie," relief pitcher Jimmy Morris, who in his comeback made it to Major League Baseball as a rookie in his late 30s and was portrayed by Dennis Quaid in the movies.

What does it take to run a successful yarn store?

It's important to have enough capital when you start up, said Sherry Mulne, an independent marketing consultant with The National Needlearts Association. She's heard of stores that started up with as little as $50,000.

Monday, August 8

MyPerfectCredit is perfect nightmare to some

An Internet company incorporated in Nevada called MyPerfectCredit Inc. isn't leaving its customers feeling so perfect. The Better Business Bureau of Northern Nevada processed 123 complaints in the last year about this company, which lists its resident agent in Carson City. Nevada Consumer Affairs fielded 14 complaints about MyPerfectCredit this year. Two of the complaints are still in review.

Find legitimate credit counseling agencies

The Web site for the National Federation for Consumer Credit Counseling can direct consumers to legitimate credit counseling services at According to federal law, three private credit tracking companies - Equifax Inc., Experian Ltd. and Trans Union LLC - must provide Nevadans with a free copy of their credit reports every year.

Moving forward on the back swing

One of the movements in the golf swing that pros make and amateurs don't is starting the forward swing fractionally before the back swing is complete.

Coaching trail takes Kraft to East Carolina

As a college coach familiar with recruiting, you know Curt Kraft has lots of experience when it comes to travel.

Golfer 'Rigg' in a new truck

Mike Riggs picked the right time to shoot the first hole-in-one of his life recently at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Dayton Valley Country Club.

Fosburg leads Nevada State Amateur

DAYTON - Left-handed Chad Fosburg is one good round away from winning the Nevada State Amateur Golf Championship.

Tight end has overcome adversity

You can't blame Idaho tight end Luke Smith-Anderson for feeling upbeat entering his junior season.

Idaho hopes move to WAC will be beneficial

From national champion USC to the University of Idaho. Nick Holt has gone from the lap of luxury to the biggest challenge in his life.

Sunday, August 7

Blues club will open downtown

Someday, Carson City music fans will come downtown and enjoy Cajun/Creole food while listening to a blues band on stage. They can check their e-mail while sipping a cocktail, then later wander out to a gated courtyard and sit under the stars.

Saturday, August 6

S&S Motorsports team red hot at Shasta

ANDERSON, CALIF. - The daytime high may have been 108 degrees in Anderson, Calif. Saturday, but it didn't deter the Carson City-based S&S Motorsports super modified racing team from showing the race fans at Shasta Raceway Park just how hot they are.

Hogge runs off with victory at Fernley-Reno Raceway

FERNLEY - Reno-Fernley Raceway dodged the raindrops Saturday night for the second visit of the season by the Western Dirt Late Model Tour.

Another WESTCAR race, another new winner

Steve Daniels continued a season-long trend of balanced and competitive WESTCAR Late Model Series racing Saturday night when he won the 100-lap Desert Rose feature race at Champion Speedway.

Friday, August 5

Gordon eyes No. 5

Race fans, you might see history made today. Only four men in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have won four races there. A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Sr. all won theirs in Champ cars, while Jeff Gordon scored his four in a Chevrolet stock car.

Thursday, August 4

Late Model series returns to Champion

That's indicative of the competitiveness seen in the first season of the WESTCAR Late Model series and fans quite likely can expect to see more of the same when the touring cars make their final stop at Champion Speedway for a 100-lap feature event tonight.

Wednesday, August 3

New business check service, tax center is saved

Business Bank of Nevada (OTCBB:BBNV) launched a new cash management tool to prevent check fraud for business customers who issue a large volume of checks. Positive Pay allows business customers to provide the bank with a data file listing of all checks they have issued by check number and dollar amount. The system then compares the customer's file data with the check number and amount of checks presented and creates an exception report of duplicated check numbers, amounts and mismatches of this data.

Tuesday, August 2

McIntyre: Walk-on to star at Fresno

From being unrecruited to being named one of the top college players in the country. Fresno State's Garrett McIntyre is one of the true success stories in college football.

Costella 24th in 800 free at nationals

Lauren Costella, swimming for the Carson Tigersharks, had an encouraging effort in the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. National Championships on Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.

Yarn tales

It all starts with one length of yarn. That's according to knitter Cathie Ruggeri, who said it with reverence. Her husband may be flummoxed by how a good knitter can turn a skein of yarn into a sparkling scarf, or a fashionable furry vest, but Ruggeri and knitters like her are mastering the craft one class at a time.

Puleo leaving Tigersharks for Sri Lanka

Call it an extended, indefinite working vacation for Jim Puleo, who has served as the Carson Tigershark Swim Club's head coach over the past four years.

Monday, August 1

La. Tech keeps a stiff upper 'Lips'

Louisiana Tech football coach Jack Bicknell refers to guard Aaron Lips as the anchor of his offensive line.

Henry heading to WNCC

It's been quite an odyssey for Aaron Henry over the past two years as he's had his share of adversity to deal with.

Louisiana Tech playing another tough schedule

If you have followed Western Athletic Conference football over the years, the one thing that stands out about Louisiana Tech is its willingness to play big-name opponents.

Marcel Cerdan, a ring great, was more than a contender

Tony Zale! The name and mention of the Zale-Rocky Graziano trilogy jumped right out at me as I read Mike Houser's weekly boxing column, but not for the reason you might think.

Facing up to your club problem

When discussing the golf swing it is easy to get too caught up with technique and positions while overlooking a simple fact, golf is a game of skill and the most important skill is the ability to consistently square the clubface at impact.

Bulldogs primed for title run

Nineteen starters back from a team that ended the year with five straight victories by an average margin of 32 points, including a 37-34 overtime win over Virginia in the MPC Computers Bowl.