Local sports briefs

Olson new Virginia City boys hoops coach

Tim Olson, current head boys' basketball coach at Owyhee High School, has accepted the same position at Virginia City High School for next school year. Olson will also serve as a math teacher.

"We are very excited to bring someone of Tim's caliber on board," Virginia City principal Patrick Beckwith said. "He has a reputation for not only being an outstanding basketball coach, but a great teacher as well. All of our students will benefit from his hiring."

Olson has been a head varsity basketball coach for 18 years, including the past 16 in Nevada. He is currently in his second stint at Owyhee. In nine seasons at Owyhee, Olson has 183-74 record, with seven trips to the 1A State Tournament, including 2008, and two runner-up finishes (1994 and 1995).

Olson's tenure at Owyhee was interrupted for seven seasons while he took over the program at Eureka High School, where he amassed a 121-65 record. Olson guided the Vandals to four consecutive state tournaments (1997-2000), culminating with a state championship in 2000.

Battle Born Demons in action Saturday

The first women's full-contact flat track roller derby team in Northern Nevada will hold its first bout of the season on Saturday, May 17 at the Rink on the River, City Plaza, 10 North Virginia Street in Reno.

Nevada's Battle Born Derby Demons will take on the Santa Cruz Rollergirls. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the bout begins at 7.

The bout, called "The Trouble with Girls," is named after a 1969 Elvis Presley movie and will feature entertainment by an Elvis impersonator.

"I am thrilled to be asked to perform in this great town for this great event," said former Mississippi State Senator and Elvis impersonator Tim "The King" Johnson. "This is my first time playing Reno, baby, and I am stoked!"

Demon Ana "Priscilla da Killa" Alvarado said she's excited about the upcoming bout and performance.

"I love The King and can't wait to meet him," Alvarado said. Alvarado has paid tribute to Elvis, permanently, with a bust of The King tattooed on her upper arm and shoulder. "Next to my Mommy and Poppy, Elvis is my idol," she said. "I'll be skating for him."

Tim Johnson will also sing the National Anthem and then will perform as The King during round breaks.

Spectators are encouraged to bring low-backed folding chairs as seating is limited. Food, beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase and there will be an after-bout party at Terrible's Sands Regency Casino Hotel in downtown Reno.

Tickets for thebout are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 12, and children under five are admitted free. Five-for-four season tickets are available for $40.

The season pass provides admission to five home bouts. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at R&T Boardsports, 6144 Mae Anne Ave., Reno, (775) 747-6333.

The Battle Born Derby Demons are a non-profit organization and a portion of all proceeds go to local charities.


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