Reid going into NAIA Hall | NevadaAppeal.com

Reid going into NAIA Hall

Darrell Moody
dmoody@nevadaappeal.com

Kevin Reid, a 1983 Carson High graduate, is one of the best college track and field coaches around.

Reid, who has led Azusa Pacific to 12 national NAIA championships, is being inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Under Reid’s tutelage, the Cougars posted top-10 finishes in all 17 NAIA Indoor Championships he was a part of. His teams won seven championships between 2002 and 2010, including five straight. That feat hasn’t been duplicated.

“Induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame has been an honor,” Reid said. “This past week I have been singled out and recognized for my past efforts, but I also know that those accomplishments would not have been possible without the people God put around me — an amazing and talented group of student-athletes; Mentors and colleagues that were both loving and tough at the same time.

“The past successes and championships have provided me with amazing opportunities because of a work ethic and a process that I learned a long time ago from my coaches at Carson High. Thank you Bob Bateman.”

Reid is the uncle of Carson track star Corey Reid, the defending state 400 champ. He’s recruiting his nephew for Azusa Pacific, but it’s unknown if he’ll land him.

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It’s time for my yearly rant about high school football in Northern Nevada.

Change is needed and needed now.

First off, if Northern Division I schools are going to stay in two divisions, and I think it’s a stupid idea, then teams should be free to schedule how they want the first five weeks of the season.

It makes no sense to start your league season the last four weeks of the season; absolutely no sense.

I didn’t mind when it was one league and you missed two opponents every year. Even in the big college conferences all the teams don’t play each other.

Carson coach Blair Roman was interested in having a format in which Sierra and High Desert teams would play crossover games three times which would leave one or two weeks at the start of the year to play teams from out of the area. It’s something coaches need to consider.

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I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the play of Carson’s boys soccer team on Saturday. I know North Valleys is a solid team and a regional contender, but Carson players were going through the motions on defense. Right now, Carson’s offense is Ryan Galvan, who has eight goals and two assists. Carson needs somebody else to step up…now.

The Senators are doing too much watching and not enough moving on defense. Defense is all about effort and desire.

If you put the effort in you can be a good defender, and if you don’t want to play defense, then get off the field. All it takes is one breakdown for an opposing team to score. A year ago, Carson had planned subbing with their outside wing people, and maybe that needs to happen again. The effort was lacking much of the game.

One Carson defender played a nice through ball down the left side and spent the next couple of moments congratulating himself on the pass instead of moving forward and providing an outlet if a teammate had to play the ball back.

Are you kidding me?

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Carson City Pop Warner’s Mitey Mites is a family affair for the Newton family of Moundhouse.

Johnny Newton, 9, is an offensive lineman. He won the Iron Man Award and was named MVP at a recent game.

His younger brother, Jimmy, 8, is a cheerleader for the team.

It’s believed Newton is the first male cheerleader in Carson City Pop Warner history.

The two youngsters attend Empire Elementary.