PREP: A look back at the 2010 calendar year for Carson High sports |

PREP: A look back at the 2010 calendar year for Carson High sports

Darrell Moody
The 2010 calendar year was a pretty impressive one for athletics at Carson High School.
It included indiv

By Darrell Moody

The 2010 calendar year was a pretty impressive one for athletics at Carson High School.

It included individual state championships by track star Richard Shroy (two) and wrestling standout Nick Schlager.

Carson girls soccer team went undefeated in the regular season (12-0-4) and won the Sierra League title, the Carson wrestling squad won the Sierra League with a perfect 7-0 record while the Carson football squad won a share of its second straight regular-season championship with a 7-1 record.

For a sport-by-sport recap, see pages B2-B3

2010 winter sports

Boys basketball

When the season started, it was hard to figure out how the Senators would fare.

Their starting point guard was an unproven sophomore, Andrew Johnson, and Brian Barnes, the top returnee, was coming off serious back surgery.

Johnson turned out to be a dynamic player. He had the ability to break down opponents off the dribble and he could knock down 3-pointers if you gave him too much space. Barnes had an up-and-down season, but his ability to drive the ball helped Johnson and others get some looks.

Carson’s defense was stout much of the year, and the Senators played well together as a team.

Carson finished third in the Sierra League and got a road win in the playoff opener at Hug to reach the semifinals where it lost for the third time of the season to Bishop Manogue. The Senators compiled an overall record of 19-9.

“We had a good season,” coach Bruce Barnes said. “We did better than people expected us to do.”

Girls basketball

The Senators were going to be a mystery team without Brandi Vega, who had been the sparkplug of the team in the 2009 season.

Gina Bianchi, Yvonne Hollett and Whitney Nash were the only proven players back last season, and it was Bianchi and Nash that carried the offensive load. Nash, in fact, set a school record for 3-pointers in a single season. Elayna Shine had a solid first year as the starting point guard.

Carson finished with a 17-11 record.

Coach Todd Ackerman admitted after last season’s playoff loss to Reed that he was pleased with the win-loss record, and with all but two players back, Carson should again be in the thick of the playoff chase once again.

At press time, Carson was 5-3 this season.


Coach Tim McCarthy’s team had a stellar season, posting a 19-2 record in dual meets, a Sierra League regular-season title, second place in regionals and fourth in state.

“It was a great, great team,” McCarthy said. “It was one of the better Carson teams in the last 10 to 15 years. Rarely do you get that many seniors who stick it out for four years.”

It was a senior-laden team led by Nick Schlager, Junior Valladares, Luke Carter, Justin Barlow and Ricardo Ugarte along with talented juniors Patrick Craugh and Nico Garcia. All seven reached the state meet.

The only state champ was Schlager at 135 pounds, as he beat Colby Garrison 6-4 in the finals. Valladares was third at 171 and Ugarte was fourth at 119.

Schlager is currently wrestling at Oregon State.

The 2011 season is barely under way, and Carson will be relying heavily on Garcia, Craugh and Cole McCarthy, who just barely missed going to state.

2010 spring sports

Track and Field

Richard Shroy capped an outstanding career and senior season by winning the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races at the state meet last May at Damonte Ranch. Shroy won the 1,600 in 4:18.8 and the 3200 in 9:38.23. The two wins have him three state title in track and one in cross-country.

Shroy was overjoyed after his impressive double. Not bad for a guy who thought his season was over because of a quad injury in the middle of the season.

Shroy just completed his first cross-country season at Washington State, and he’ll run track for the Cougars this spring.

Cameron Childers finished fifth in the pole vault at 13-6. Childers missed all three of his chances at 14 feet. Katie McFarren was seventh in the 1,600 at state as was the 1,600-meter relay team of Brandon Buonacorsi, Schlager, Taylor Bradshaw and David McMasters.


Carson swim coach Monica Weaver was named the 4A Coach of the Year. Weaver has been head coach at Carson since 2001, and she has been with the program more than 10 years.

Weaver credited her student-athletes for helping her win the honor. Most of the Carson swimmers have come out of the highly successful Carson Tigersharks program.

Not as many Carson swimmers reached the state meet as in previous years, but Jamie Showalter did finish fourth in the 200 free with a PR of 1:58.62. Brian Lester was fifth in 1-meter diving with a 307.60. He missed fourth place by eight points.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ashton McIntosh, Zach White, Tim Grunert and Luke Gentner were sixth in 1:33.94, while Grunert was eighth in the 100-yard breastroke.

Boys golf

The Carson boys failed in their bid to make the regional tournament as a team, but sophomore Colin McCullouch, junior Garrett Gingell and senior Niko Brewer reached the regional meet as individuals.

McCulloch shot a first-round 77, but shot 80 the second day and finished 10th overall. Gingell opened with a disappointing 91, but bounced back with a nice 2-over-par 74 to finish at 165. Brewer shot back-to-back 88s and finished at 176.

Coach Terry Gingell was impressed with the way McCulloch grinded it out despite a couple of tough holes.

Both players have a good shot to make state in the spring.


The Senators were one of the youngest teams around with seven sophomores on the squad, six of whom got extensive playing time. Carson, 8-10 in league and 11-14 overall, finished fifth in the Sierra League under head coach Cody Farnworth.

Carson should be much improved, as junior sluggers like Nick Domitrovich, Austin Pacheco and Chance Quilling now have a season and a summer of varsity baseball under their respective belts. They all hit the ball extremely well over the summer as did Connor Pradere, who is more of a singles-doubles guy. Versatile Rory Petersen also returns as does relief pitcher Drew Moreland.

Also back is ace pitcher and starting shortstop Colby Blueberg, who was Carson’s best pitcher throughout the season as a junior. Carson will need to develop a second and third pitcher behind Blueberg or it could be another tough season.

Seniors Bryce Altus and Adam Whitt also return. Whitt started games at first base and on the mound, and his role will be the same this season.


The Senators finished third place in the regional tournament, going 2-2. The Senators opened with wins over McQueen and Reed, and then lost to Spanish Springs and Damonte Ranch, falling one win short of making the state tournament.

“We’re always looking to make it to state. That’s the goal every season,” coach Scott Vickrey said. “When we don’t go it’s disappointing. We gave it a good run last year. We just needed one more win. It was a positive season.

“Our younger players got to experience it (playoffs), and now they know that they can compete.”

Carson finished 16-9 and lost just four players from last year’s team.

Slugger Moriah Lane, who led the team in homers and RBIs, shortstop-second baseman Emily Collins, first baseman/DH Lauren Knorzer, third baseman-pitcher Lindsay Ashbaugh, pitcher Christina Gallegos, third baseman Lisa Yamamoto, catcher-outfielder K.C. Withrow and late-season call-up Christa McGahuey, a pitcher, will be expected to deliver for the Senators.

Gallegos, Ashbaugh and McGahuey will compete for time in the circle.

Fall sports

Football – The Senators turned in their second straight stellar season under third-year head coach Blair Roman. Carson set a school record for wins (10) in compiling a 10-2 record and a trip to the regional finals.

Carson shared the 4A title with Reed and McQueen. Carson easily defeated Reed in the regional semifinals, but lost to McQueen 34-14 in the regional finals.

Running back Dylan Sawyers enjoyed another big year, rushing for 1.315 yards and 14 scores and catching 28 passes for 265 yards and two scores. Sawyers missed four weeks with a hip flexor injury.

Quarterback Trey Jensen and running back-defensive end Jon Parker were named the team’s top senior players. Jensen threw for 1,257 yards and nine scores, while Parker rushed for 274 yards and scored six times, and he also caught 11 passes for 108 yards and two TDs. Parker also had 72 tackles and five sacks.

Junior safety/linebacker Chance Quilling led the team with 110 tackles, while senior linebacker Tyler Collins was second with 95.

“It was a very satisfying year,” Roman said. “It was arguably one of the best in school history. I’m very, very pleased with the direction the program is headed. I’m excited about next year. We have some really good players returning.”

Cross country – The Senators didn’t do the unthinkable and repeat as state champions, but they still turned in a really good season.

The boys missed state by one point, finishing third at the regional meet. Brent Moyle qualified for state as an individual and finished 19th, covering the Boulder City course in 17:44. Moyle appeared three times in the state meet.

“The boys ran pretty good all year,” coach Pete Sinnott said. “We had a pretty strong team. We had a lot of seniors on it.”

Carson’s girls won the regional championship and then followed that up with a third-place finish at the state meet.

“The girls had a great year,” Sinnott said, “We had a young team this year, but I think we were stronger than last year’s team. This is the first regional championship team I’ve had. Our goal is always to win the state championship. This group worked very hard.”

Cindy Juchtzer, April Shonnard, Alex Drozdoff, Mallory Wilson, Amanda Gordon, Erika Sosa and Ashley Salcedo were the mainstays of Carson’s team. Drozdoff finished fourth at the state meet, while Wilson was 19th.

Boys soccer – First-year coach Eric Masters guided his young team to a 14-2-3 record and into the second round of the regional playoffs this season where it lost 2-1 to North Valleys.

Carson had 10 players named to the all-Sierra team. Michael Samii was named the league’s top defender. Jason Martinez, one of three team captains, was one of the top scorers. Sam Hutchinson carried the team offensively in the early stages of the season. Martinez and Hutchinson were first-team selections, while Gustavo Gonzalez, Luis Camacho and Jaime Lopez were second-team picks. Four others were honorable mention.

Martinez finished with 11 goals, Gonzalez had eight and Hutchinson seven.

“Looking back on it, maybe we overachieved a little,” said Masters. “My goal was to roughly win 10 games and contend for a championship. Everybody bought into what we were trying to do.

“The goal this (coming) year is to win zone. We have a lot of players coming back and good players coming up. The future is very bright.”

Girls soccer – It was a tremendous season for the Carson girls team. The Senators, led by Natalie Stevens on defense and Kenzie Tillitt, Kiahna Pimental and Josie Daggs on offense, won the regular-season title with a 12-0-4 record.

Stevens ended the season as the Sierra League’s top defender.

Carson knocked off McQueen in its regional playoff opener, lost to Galena 1-0 in the semifinals and then topped Damonte Ranch 2-1 in the game to determine the third state qualifier from the north.

Carson lost to state champion Douglas 2-0 in the first round of the state tournament.

Volleyball – The Senators, led by all-leaguer Jeanette Van Sickle, posted a 19-13 record and finished third in the Sierra League.

Carson knocked off Reed in a thrilling five-set match in the opening round of the regional playoffs and then lost to eventual state champ Douglas in the semifinals.

Middle blocker Elysse Virden was a second-team all-league selection, while defensive specialist Jazmyn Stokes and Angela Augusta were selected honorable mention.

Head coach Justin Malley turned in his resignation after three years on the job. He guided Carson to two playoff appearances. Malley said he plans to stay active in the local volleyball community.

Boys Tennis -The Senators posted a 6-2 league record and then lost in the team playoffs to Truckee.

Blake Sly, the Senators’ No. 1 singles player, lost to McQueen’s Joey Saarem the quarterfinals. Earlier in the day, Sly had knocked off South Tahoe’s Phil Gaston 6-0 and 6-0.

Adam Whitt lost to Saarem 6-3 and 6-2 in the opening round. J.J. Aragon and Ben Drozdoff lost 6-0 and 6-0 in the doubles’ round of 16. They won their opening match 6-3 and 6-4. Matt Boggs and Casey Reid lost 6-3 and 6-2 in their opening match.

Girls Tennis -Diane Baker-Roberts returned to the sidelines to coach the Carson girls again, and the Senators finished 6-2 in the regular season before being ousted in the opening round of the playoffs by Truckee.

Emily Collins emerged as Carson’s top singles player. She played well against Reno’s McCall Board, but dropped a 6-1 and 6-3 decision in the regionals. Collins lost two matches during the season, according to Baker-Roberts.

In doubles, Christina Gallegos and Krista Stocke lost in three sets to the seventh-seeded team from Reed, while Katy Breeding and Analiza Ong dropped a 6-1 and 6-0 decision in their opening regional match.