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Spring Creek XC dominant at Lowry

WINNEMUCCA – With the end of the cross country season in sight, the Spring Creek boys and girls are making serious pushes for the finish line.

The Spartans and Lady Spartans each captured first place in their respective runs in the varsity and junior varsity divisions Friday during the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca.

Elko took second place in all four races.

Varsity girls

Spring Creek is on a major charge toward avenging a one-point loss to Truckee during the 2016 state meet at Craig Ranch Park in Las Vegas, winning Friday’s meet in Lowry with a team score of 19 points.

Elko ranked second with 40 points.

Individually, first place was snagged by Lowry junior Rebecca Kuskie, who notched a personal record with a time of 20:02.

Spring Creek junior Rylie Lusk followed in second place with a time of 20:08. Freshman and little sister Kendra Lusk continues to challenge the front end and ranked third in 20:26.

Elko senior Raini Jonson led the Lady Indians with a fourth-place finish with a time of 20:30, and senior Larissa Mauer rounded out the top-five for the Lady Spartans with a time of 20:40.

She was followed by Spring Creek sophomore Rosemary Little, who finished in 20:46 and placed sixth overall, giving the Lady Spartans four runners in the top-six.

Senior Madison Macias clocked a season record of 21:02 for the Lady Indians, finishing eighth.

Spring Creek senior Alandra Mauer placed ninth with a time of 21:07, and Elko freshman Xandry de Arrieta ran a personal-best 21:10 to round out the top-10.

Lady Spartan freshman Emma Little ranked 11th in 21:21, and junior teammate Mikkala Perchetti crossed in 21:54 for 14th place.

For the Lady Leopards, Wells senior Ruth Gale took 15th with a time of 21:56.

Elko occupied the next three spots: senior Chloe Overlie (15th, 22:08), senior Genevieve Peterson (16th, season-record 22:25) and freshman Breanna Macias (17th, personal-record 22:31).

Wells senior Liberty Johnson also tallied a PR and placed 19th with a time of 22:38, and Elko junior Makayla Chacon rounded out the top-20 in 23:17.

Varsity boys

Spring Creek’s margin of victory was a closer affair in the varsity boys race, holding off Elko by five points, 34-39.

Spartan senior William Fallini-Haas extended his reign of supremacy in the 3A North scene and shows no sign of letting up, winning the event with a time of 16:16, besting second-place Jared Marchegger’s (Sierra Lutheran) season-record time of 16:36 by 20 seconds.

Elko junior Alex Klekas finished third with a time of 16:53, followed in fourth by Spring Creek senior Spencer Thomas’ 16:55 in a tight battle.

Spring Creek junior George Skivington crossed in 17:22 for sixth, and West Wendover senior Jorge Aguirre posted a season-record 17:47 for eighth place.

Elko went ninth-tenth with the runs of freshman Sean Klekas (17:49) and sophomore Duncan Monroe (17:59).

Spring Creek junior Logan Allen took 12th with an 18:11, followed in 13th by Elko senior Curtis Prescott’s 18:16, and West Wendover senior Daegan Wilcox ran a personal-best 18:21 for 14th.

Elko senior Trevor Bruch’s season record of 18:23 rounded out the top-15.

For the Wolverines, senior Joel Rodriguez clocked a season-best 18:36 for 18th.

Spartan sophomore John Hughes closed out the top-20 with a time of 18:39.

Junior varsity boys

The Spartans took care of business by a more comfortable margin in the junior varsity boys run, claiming first with a team total of 27 points.

Elko ranked second with 53 points, followed in third by Lowry (65), and the Leopards of Wells took fourth with a team score of 89 points.

Freshman Jimmy Murphy placed second for the Indians with a time of 19:14.

Spring Creek notched the next three finishers: senior Terrence Simpson (third, 19:16), freshman Wyatt Armstrong (fourth, 19:17) and junior Clay Campbell (fifth, 19:35).

Elko senior Nathan Loze ran a personal-record 19:41 for sixth place, followed by a PR of 20:04 from West Wendover sophomore Zach Smith for seventh.

Spring Creek freshmen crossed in eighth and ninth, Harrison Walund finishing in 20:05 and Jess Marin closing in 20:16 for a personal record.

West Wendover freshman Omar Rodriguez set a personal record in 20:21, rounding out the top-10, narrowly edging the PR of 20:21 by Spring Creek freshman Tyler Ley.

Senior Spencer Wines placed 12th for the Spartans with a PR of 20:31.

Owyhee freshman Antonio Ovando crossed in 14th in a personal-best 20:37, Wells sophomore Matthew James followed with a time of 20:38 for 15th, and Elko junior Michael Iguban set a season record in 20:54 for 16th place.

The Braves sent the next two runners across the line, sophomore Lance Owyhee placing 17th with a personal record of 20:57 and sophomore Clayton Cota ranking 18th with a time of 21:01 for a personal record.

Wells sophomore Brent Battenfeld took 19th with a PR of 21:23, and Elko senior Alex Carbajal set a PR of 21:28 and rounded out the top-20.

Junior varsity girls

The Lady Spartans won the junior varsity girls division with a team score of 18 points, followed by Elko’s total of 38 points.

Wells finished third with a score of 75 points.

Spring Creek claimed the top three spots, led by the first-place run of freshman Emma Campbell, who crossed with a time of 22:19.

Junior Allyson Burns took second with a season-best 22:21, and senior Taylor DuPea followed in third with a time of 22:27.

Elko freshman Abigail Prickett ranked fourth and finished in 22:33, followed in fifth by Spring Creek senior Mary Tomera’s time of 22:41.

Freshman Lulu Neff set a personal record of 22:58 for sixth place for the Lady Indians, and a personal record of 23:20 by freshman Grace Florence ranked seventh for the Lady Spartans.

Elko sophomore Rachel Toney’s PR of 23:29 placed eighth, Wells sophomore Vanessa Solis tallying a personal best of 23:53 for ninth.

Junior Mariela Avila’s time of 24:06 rounded out the top-10 for the Lady Indians.

Another personal record of 24:41 by Elko freshman Briana Cortez placed 13th.

Wells senior Camberlin Uhlig placed 14th with a time of 24:52.

The Lady Spartans sent a quartet of runners across the line in succession for places 15th through 18th.

Junior Katelyn Anderson set a season record in 25-minutes flat, freshman Jaden Pool notched a personal best of 25:01, senior Kiara Tingey crossed in 25:38 and senior Sierra Faust tallied a PR of 25:44.

Elko rounded out the top-20, junior Olivia Rice setting a season best of 25:56 and freshman Karen Salazar closing in 26-minutes flat.

Elko Invitational

For the runners, the end of the year has arrived – taking part in their final regular-season meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Elko Invitational at Ruby View Golf Course.

Junior varsity runners will conclude their season after the Elko Invitational in the Northeastern Nevada JV Championship on Oct. 19 in Spring Creek.

Varsity postseason

The varsity postseason will kick off at the Northern Regional Championships on Friday, Oct. 27 at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, which will also be the host site of the Nevada State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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Lady Wolverines finish 2nd in state tourney

WEST WENDOVER – When the Division 1A-2A girls golf season began, West Wendover head coach Kathy Durham did not know if she even had enough girls to fill a team.

Thankfully, Durham had the services of senior and 2015 state champion Sarah Isaacs (2016 state runner-up) and junior Sydney Boatman – a 2016 2nd-Team All-State selection – in her back pocket.

Durham thought her team was in “rebuild mode” and featured just one other girl, freshman Rebecca Wahlstrom.

Along the way, she picked up newcomers and the Lady Wolverines qualified for state – a good thing considering the state tournament was held at Toana Vista Golf Course in West Wendover.

For all the marbles on their home course, the Lady Wolverines took second place in the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Girls Golf Championship on Tuesday, led by Isaacs and Boatman.

Sierra Lutheran won the state title with a team score of 928 (477, 451), and Kami Niles also gave the Lady Falcons the individual state championship with a two-round card of 178 (92, 86).

West Wendover finished with a two-round team score of 1,026 (538, 488), shaving 50 strokes from its first-round score on day two.

Isaacs finished as the state runner-up for the second straight season, shooting 182 for the tournament, carding a 97 in the first round and improving with an 85 in round two.

“Sarah was up three strokes when she made the turn in the first round, but she struggled on the back-nine. She shot about 10 strokes higher than her average. She put too much pressure on herself,” Durham said. “In the second round, she played a lot more like she usually does. She shot 12 strokes better than the first day.”

Boatman made a serious charge during the second round, enabling her to move from a tie for fourth and fifth in the first round, climbing to a third-place finish outright.

“Sydney was in a battle around fourth or fifth but she played so well the second day, especially in the last nine holes,” Durham said. “The girls teed off on the back-nine to start the second round, so it was great to see her finish strong on the front-nine coming up to the clubhouse.”

She shot a 106 in the first round, slicing 11 strokes from her score for a 95 on day two for a two-round total of 201 – beating fourth-place Adyson Casteel’s (Incline) mark of 209 by eight strokes.

Isaacs and Boatman each swung to 1st-Team All-State honors.

Incline’s Maria Leoncio claimed fifth with a 211 (104, 107), and there was a huge gap between her and sixth place – Battle Mountain’s Lynzee Devlin carding the final 1st-Team All-State selection with a two-day score of 245 (121, 124).

Wells senior Victoria Young ranked seventh with a 254 (132, 122), and Savannah Gunther of Battle Mountain placed in the top-10 at ninth with a two-day score of 263 (132, 131) – each earning 2nd-Team All-State honors.

The Lady Longhorns ranked fourth in the team standings with a score of 1,161 (579, 582), and the Lady Leopards placed fifth with a mark of 1,173 (588, 585).

Wells’ Grace French placed 16th with a tournament total of 301 (150, 151), and teammate Lexie Johnny ranked 19th at 306 (151, 155).

Also for the Lady Leopards, Aspen Foster took 23rd with a score of 312 (155, 157).

Battle Mountain’s Kennedy Soule placed 25th at 319 (159, 160).

Wahlstrom tied for 25th with a 319 on rounds of 168 and 151 – shaving 17 strokes on day two – and senior newcomer Sophia Wyatt took 27th with a 324, going 167 in the first round and shooting 10 strokes better with a 157 in the second round.

“Sophia had never played golf before. We had three girls who have never picked up a club,” Durham said. “She and her freshman sister, Elise Wyatt, joined the team together after the preseason. I hope Rebecca and Elise will be around for the next three years. They should keep getting better and better.”

Battle Mountain’s Adriene Burkhart placed 29th with a score of 334 on a pair of 167s, and Elise Wyatt rounded out West Wendover’s roster in 33rd with a score of 354 – making a remarkable 30-stroke improvement in the second round (192, 162).

“It was awesome. To go from not having a complete team when the season started to winning second in the state was great,” Durham said. “It would have been a shame to host the state tournament and not have a team playing in it, so I’m happy things worked out the way they did.”

Congratulations to the Lady Falcons of Sierra Lutheran and Kami Niles for their respective state titles, coach Kathy Durham and the Lady Wolverines on their runner-up finish, Sarah Isaacs and Sydney Boatman on their 1st-Team All-State selections and to everyone who qualified for and competed in the 2017 Division 1A-2A Nevada State Girls Golf Championship.

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Harrisons donate to Elko L.L.

ELKO – Baseball was in Ted Harrison’s blood.

He was a member of Elko’s 1959 state championship Little League team, a memory he always carried near and dear to his heart.

When Harrison died on Jan. 26 in Casa Grande, Arizona, he made sure he left his mark on the Elko community – leaving a check for $5,000 to the Elko Little League.

“Baseball is a tradition for our whole family. Ted and I were snowbirds for about five years. We finally sold our house on Ninth and Court Street about four years ago, but we always considered Elko home,” Marilee Harrison said. “Ted wanted the money to go to back to the community and serve the youth in the sport he loved. My son Pete (Harper) also played Little League, and his sons Miles and Jude play today.”

Marilee, Pete, Miles and Jude presented the $5,000 donation to Marilee’s cousin, Gaylen Christean, on Sept. 3 during Ted’s celebration of life at the Elko Basque Clubhouse.

“Ted wanted his ashes spread at the Ruby Marshes (Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge), so we thought it would be a good time to do the celebration of life and present the check,” Marilee said. “Ted played Little League, Babe Ruth, high school and enjoyed baseball as an adult. His dream was to attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.”

Thanks to people like Ted and Marilee Harrison, Elko’s youth will continue to have extracurricular activities to participate in.

Organizations such as Elko Little League would not exist without the generous donations of the public and countless volunteers who give up much of their free time in order to provide positive influences in the lives of so many children.

Strasburg, Nationals beat Cubs 5-0, force NLDS to Game 5

CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg shook off an illness and all doubts about his mettle while pitching seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Wednesday to send their NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.

The teams packed up at Wrigley Field and headed back to Washington for Game 5 Thursday night. Kyle Hendricks starts for the World Series champion Cubs after throwing seven sharp innings in a 3-0 victory over Strasburg in Game 1. Gio Gonzalez is the likely starter for the Nationals, with Max Scherzer lurking in the bullpen.

Strasburg got sick after his terrific performance in the playoff opener on Friday, and the Nationals had planned to go with Tanner Roark even after a persistent rain washed out Game 4 on Tuesday. That led to a flurry of comments and criticism about whether the ace had the right stuff to pitch in big moments.

But Strasburg felt better when he woke up Wednesday and told manager Dusty Baker he wanted the ball with Washington’s season on the line.

That was all Baker needed to hear.

Standing tall as clouds of mist rolled through the old ballpark, Strasburg struck out 12, allowed three hits and walked two in his first career postseason win. He pitched well enough to win Game 1, too, giving up three hits and fanning 10 in seven innings, but a pair of unearned runs saddled him with the loss.

This time, another costly error for Chicago brought home Washington’s first run, and Taylor broke it open with a grand slam off Wade Davis in the eighth.

Chicago wasted a gutsy performance from Jake Arrieta and solid relief by Game 2 starter Jon Lester in its first home playoff loss since Game 4 of the World Series last year. NL MVP Kris Bryant struck out four times, and the defending champs went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

Arrieta walked five in four innings in his return from a hamstring injury, but limited Washington to an unearned run and two hits. Lester got the Cubs all the way to the eighth, picking off Ryan Zimmerman before departing after Daniel Murphy’s two-out single.

But Chicago’s bullpen faltered from there. Carl Edwards Jr. walked two in a row and threw ball one to Taylor before he was replaced by Davis. Taylor then drove a 1-1 pitch into the basket overhanging the brick wall in right field for his first career homer in the playoffs.

Ryan Madson worked the eighth and Sean Doolittle finished the three-hitter, giving the NL East champions a chance to avenge years of playoff heartache.

Washington also made it to the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and fell in the first round each time, including five-game losses to St. Louis in 2012 and Los Angeles last season.

The Nationals jumped in front in the third, taking advantage of a Chicago error for the second straight game. Trea Turner doubled with one out for his first hit of the series and advanced on a wild pitch. Jayson Werth struck out looking before Arrieta walked Bryce Harper, putting runners on the corners.

Ryan Zimmerman, who leads the Nationals with four RBIs, followed with a slow roller to shortstop. Addison Russell charged the ball, but he couldn’t bring it in.

It was Chicago’s sixth error of the series, and reliever Brian Duensing picked up another one on an errant throw in the ninth. Left fielder Kyle Schwarber committed two errors on one play in Game 3, setting up Washington’s only run in a 2-1 loss.