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Thomas Ranson

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Former 3A star Connors to lead Fallon football program

Lowry grad replaces Greenwave's winningest coach.

Fallon's Melendy wins second state wrestling title

Greenwave sends four to podium on way to seventh-place finish.

Longtime Fallon football coach Brooke Hill steps down

He led Greenwave to two state titles during 15-year head coaching stint

For the first time in 15 years, there will be a new leader of the Greenwave football program. After taking over the position in 2009, Brooke Hill led Fallon to its highest win total in the school’s final last year in the state’s largest class (4A) before building up the program that won two championships in four state finals. Hill finished with a 117-44 record.

Fallon wrestlers continue push to postseason

Greenwave grapplers continue to battle through some of the most challenging tournaments in the region.

Fallon girls off to best start in five seasons

Midseason review: Wave sweeps Elko, Spring Creek to set up dual with defending state champs.

Boys basketball: Fallon snaps losing streak with OT win

Midseason review: Greenwave counting on tournament experience to help during league season.

Volleyball: South Tahoe ends Fallon’s 3A state bid

Greenwave falls in three games in regional semifinals.

Fallon volleyball gets rematch with Vikings for state berth

Nearly two decades since Fallon's back-to-back 3A state titles, the Wave set up a rematch with South Tahoe with a trip to state on the line.

Roundup: Fallon soccer finishes with first winning record in 9 years

Greenwave tennis, cross country teams also wrap up seasons.

Greenwave Hall of Fame inducts 13 into sixth class

The Greenwave Hall of Fame added 13 members over the weekend.

Fallon shuts down Fernley for Homecoming win

Fallon downs cross-valley rival, 36-15, to improve to 3-1 in Northern 3A games.

McCormick brothers return home, get big win

Idaho's Sean and Tommy McCormick, who led Fallon to its last state football title five years ago, returned to Northern Nevada and helped the Vandals hammer Nevada, 33-6.

Late founder leads Greenwave Hall of Fame inductions

Class of 2023 includes Shaw brothers, Ritter family.

Top Gun Dragstrip turns to community for help

Region's powerful storms caused flooding at the quarter-mile strip 17 miles south of Fallon.

Night of Fights returns with more bouts, new location

The event has moved to the Rafter 3C Arena; more than 40 high schoolers expected to box.

Fallon's queen of diamonds

Greenwave's Lydia Bergman breaks school home run record in season opener.

3A playoffs: Fallon's comeback bid falls short

Lowry 64, Falon 57: Buckaroos hold on to end Greenwave's season

Fallon opens 3A regional tournament against Lowry

Greenwave falls to Elko, Spring Creek but still secures No. 5 seed in 3A boys tournament at North Valleys.

Fallon freshman wins state wrestling championship

Carson Melendy becomes first since 2016; Fallon sends four to podium

Girls basketball: Wave’s season ends with losses to Elko teams

Fallon falls short of 3A regional tournament after losses to Elko, Spring Creek.

Greenwave wrestling sends seven to state

Melendy wins regional title; three reach semi's; Fallon finishes third.

Greenwave basketball opens 8-0; best start in Dalager era

Returning seven from last year’s squad, Fallon is off to its best start since Chelle Dalager took over the program five years ago.

Lady Wave off to hot start after beating 5A Carson

Going 5-0 in the Mineral County tournament was followed by Fallon knocking off a pair of 3A foes and blowing out Carson, a 5A school.

With best numbers in years, Wave wrestling eyes return to state

2022-23 preview: Churchill County is fielding the most wrestlers since Trevor deBraga took over the program seven years ago.

Youth sports: FYFL wins two football titles

Also, the Fallon Youth Football League placed in three divisions at the SYFL Cheer Competition, with the Greenwave winning the Freshman division.

Bird qualifies for state cross-country meet

Fallon senior duo finishes XC career at regionals

When he found out that he could not play football this season, Matthew Bird was crushed.

Defensive stop seals win over Elko

Moon’s batted pass, Tarner’s TD run put Fallon in driver’s seat of 3A East

Only one thing was going through his mind as he read the play and saw the ball come toward him with time winding down. “I saw the guy coming to a post in my zone, read it and smacked down the ball,” said Steven Moon, who was in a cover-three scheme and his defensive move stopped Elko from scoring. “Interceptions don’t do anything in that situation.”

Townsend: A trailblazer in Greenwave athletics

Passed 50 years ago, Title IX gave girls the opportunity to play

When she was growing up in Fallon, Ellen Townsend wasn’t afforded the same opportunities to play in sports like girls and women have today. In 1972 Congress passed Title IX that prohibited discrimination of playing sports based on sex, but the years before then, Townsend and girls across the country were forced to find creative ways of getting on the playing field. She wore boys tennis shoes and was criticized and called names because she wanted to play sports.

Wave shuts out South Tahoe

A week after its game against Truckee was cancelled due to poor air quality, the Greenwave football team took advantage of clear skies Saturday night, winning its second game of the year.

Wave football eyes state playoffs repeat

Fallon opens 2022 season against 5A Reed

For the first time in three years, the Greenwave football team is feeling a sense of normalcy going into this Friday’s season opener against Reed.

New AD leads Greenwave into fall season

Responsibilities include oversight of athletics, activities and facilities in new role

After being thrust into taking over the Fallon boys soccer program in the middle of last season, Joe Wood guided the Greenwave to a strong finish despite missing out on the postseason. Now, Wood will oversee not just the boys soccer program, but the entire Greenwave athletics department after he became the school’s vice principal and athletics director. Brad Daum, the previous athletics director for more than two decades, retired after this last school year.

From track to softball, Mori to continue playing career in North Carolina

Playing on a national softball team, running track for the first time and finishing her senior year, Rachel Mori had a lot on her plate. The recent Fallon grad, who also played soccer in the fall, accomplished a lot in the final months of her high school career, including signing her letter to play softball William Peace University, a Division III school in Raleigh, N.C.

SYFL Experience returns to Fallon

For the first time since 2019, the Sierra Youth Football League Experience will kick off the youth football and cheer season. One of the biggest football events in the region will stop at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex on Saturday. Fallon Youth Football League will host the SYFL Experience scrimmage and weigh-in and check-in event, where more than 7,000 players, coaches and families will journey to Fallon.

Gusewelle to continue soccer career at Newberry

Each year, the team was closer to achieving its goal of making the playoffs. In her final season, Sydney Gusewelle was determined not to leave the Greenwave empty handed. Fallon made the postseason for the first time during her four years with the program as Gusewelle is now onto making a name for herself at the Division II level this fall.

McAlexander to continue track & field career at UIW

Injuries couldn’t keep McCartney McAlexander down. Years of battling knee injuries that kept her off the volleyball court and track and field, McAlexander took advantage of her senior year and made it count when it mattered most.

Fenton signs with Division I Texas rodeo program

Hard work in the classroom and in the rodeo arena opened a doorway to Texas for Tayler Felton. The Oasis Academy co-valedictorian who graduated in May signed to continue her education and compete in rodeo at Tarleton University, a nationally recognized Division I program.

De Golyer Bucking Horse & Bull Bash sells out

The eighth annual de Golyer Bucking Horse and Bull Bash didn’t disappoint. More than 100 contestants from Nevada, California and Oregon invaded the valley as 4,000 spectators flocked to the Fairview Arena of the 3C Complex at the Churchill County Fairgrounds on June 25.

De Golyer Bucking Horse & Bull Bash returns this weekend

Hosting rodeo events since 2014, the de Golyer family continues to be in awe of the community’s support, including sponsorship from local businesses, which makes this weekend one of the summer staples in the Lahontan Valley.

Hucke inducted into NIAA Hall of Fame

Fallon athlete led Greenwave to consecutive state volleyball titles

When Fallon’s volleyball team traveled to Las Vegas for the large-class state tournament 23 years ago, the players didn’t dress like a championship team. They couldn’t barely put together an outfit. “We played Green Valley. There are 16, 17 girls on the team. They had matching warmups. They looked great,” Jennifer Hucke said of her junior season. “We could barely put an outfit together. We had T-shirts with basically our numbers on them. We had eight, nine girls on our team.”

Oasis Academy graduates 36

When Lisa Swan arrived at Oasis Academy College Prep seven years ago, she saw the group of sixth graders and knew greatness awaited them.

Nelson named NIAA executive director

After helping guide the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association through the pandemic, Donnie Nelson was appointed the fifth executive director.

Athletes, coaches remember Orong’s impact with Greenwave

After her family moved from New Mexico to Fallon for her sophomore year, Whitney Skabelund Conger immediately made an impact on the volleyball court and was looking forward to continuing her early success in the winter with the basketball program.

State Wrestling: Moon finishes 2nd at state

Although the Greenwave wrestling team qualified only a trio for the state tournament, it was still able to send one to the podium.

Wave cagers open playoffs against West’s best

Fallon needs 2 wins to advance to state

Two years ago, the Greenwave boys basketball team entered the postseason as the favorite to win and defend its state title.

Fallon sends trio to state meet

Six grapplers come 1 win shy of qualifying

The Greenwave wrestling team qualified three to Saturday’s 3A state championship after the team placed sixth in last weekend’s regional tournament at Spring Creek High School.

Fallon wrestling sends 14 to Northern 3A regional

After a year with no wrestling, the Greenwave will send a near-complete lineup to this weekend’s regional tournament.

Lady Wave avenge loss to Dayton on Senior Day

Fallon needs to win 2 of 3 to qualify for playoffs

The Lady Wave basketball team picked up a critical win on Saturday to stay alive in the playoff race with three games left in the regular season.

Playoff format changes for hoops, Fallon girls fall to Lowry

The Lady Wave basketball team was dealt with a double dose of bad news Friday. In an improved performance compared to the first meeting against No. 1 Lowry, Fallon fell to the Buckaroos in Winnemucca, 54-23, dropping to 1-4 against 3A East opponents.

Lady Wave upsets Elko

With less than a minute left in regulation, the Lady Wave needed clutch long-range shooting and defensive stops to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Wave comes back with win over Spring Creek

Snyder leads Fallon against Elko County schools

After a humbling setback on Friday against Elko, the Greenwave boys basketball team rebounded on Saturday against Spring Creek to stay in the race for the playoffs.