Author: Dave Maxwell

Vandals Hit the Mat in Sparks Tourney

Eureka attended the Sparks Invitational wrestling tournament the weekend after New Years, but only had three wrestlers, all freshmen, who were able to go. Coach Jeremy Auch said Garrett Todd is recovering from injury and Preston Hubbard was out of town. Still the Vandals did as well as they could in the 18-team tournament featuring some of the better teams in the northern division, “with a lot of the bigger 4A and 3A school,” Auch said. Ashton Sanders (120) had a bye his first round. Then he faced Ben Jaksick of Galena and lost by pin. This moved him...

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Other Towns Named Eureka in the Us

How many towns around the country have the name Eureka? At least towns with high schools carrying that name anyway? How many do you know? Let’s take a look as to what the National Federation of High Schools says. There are seven teams from a town called Eureka, including Eureka, NV. In addition, there are three towns named Eureka, or part of, where the high school has a different name. Consider Eureka, Missouri, founded in 1858. There are two church operated schools in town, but the public school has the nickname Wildcats. Located 17 miles west of St. Louis...

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Vandals Return to the Court Today

This weekend is the beginning of the 1A Northern east league action for both the Eureka boys and girls basketball teams as they host Carlin on Friday and Owyhee on Saturday. The Vandal boys are 7-6 and the Lady Vandals are 9-3. The Carlin boys team is only 1-2 on the season and the girls team also has played only three games to date and are winless at this point. Owyhee (5-1), the defending girls state champions, will be a tough challenge for the Lady Vandals. Eureka coach Travis Gallagher says, “They don’t have 6-0 Kara Egan who graduated. She was the one who usually initiated the cherry-pick play because she was getting all the rebounds. But they still have Kaylani Smart and Maycee McKinney who will make them a tough team, both run the court well and shoot well. And they will likely do the cherry pick play again, it’s part of their game. McKinney is fast and on a defensive rebound she’ll break down court for the pass. It’ll be interesting to see if my girls are going to be disciplined enough to keep close to her.” The Owyhee boys team, the league’s No. 2 team in the state tournament last year, is but 2-6 this year, having lost 5 of 6 games including three straight before the Christmas break. The teams split last year’s games while...

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Eureka Boys Set to Open League Play After Break

A 65-42 loss to Battle Mountain Dec. 19 left the Eureka boys basketball team with a record of 7-6 going into the Christmas holiday break. The Longhorns senior guards Mason Fuller had 21 points, and Miles Piremide added 16 as Battle Mountain had a strong second half to pull away for the win. The score was close in the first quarter, 8-7 in favor of the Longhorns. But the Vandals had a good second quarter and forged a 23-20 halftime lead. In the second half Battle Mountain got it rolling though and outscored Eureka 45-19. The Longhorns used the long ball to take control of the game in the second half, as well as taking stronger control of the backboards. “We were hanging with them the first half,” said coach Fred Minoletti, “but in the second half they starting hitting the threes pretty good and we just don’t have the firepower to keep up with them. They kind of went on a run and our guys just couldn’t seem to hit anything.” At least not until the fourth quarter when Eureka scored 19 points, but the Longhorns kept up their own scoring and held the Vandals off at a spears length. Battle Mountain (11-2) connected on 10 three-point shots for the game. Piremide had four of them and Fuller had three. In addition, Battle Mountain went to a tight...

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Vandal Wrestlers Compete at Ely Lions Invitational

Eureka wrestling coach Jeremy Auch reports three of his five wrestlers participated in the Ely Lions Invitational Dec. 21 in Ely after an illness and an injury. The boys who did wrestle were Ashton Sanders (120), Chris Dolan (145) and Preston Hubbard (152). “It was a round robin tournament,” Auch said, “where there were only four in each weight class, so you wrestled each of the others.” Sanders first had a win by fall over Austin Mathews of Lincoln County, but then his second match to a person from West Wendover whom Auch couldn’t remember the name of. His last match he lost by pin to Jose Guizar of Battle Mountain. Dolan at 145 pounds won his first match by a 12-4 decision over Sebastian Lyons of White Pine, then beat a person from West Wendover also. But he lost the third match to Bobby Kester of Battle Mountain. Preston Hubbard (152) lost all of his matches. First to Nick Bourne of Lincoln County, then to Eric Pickens of White Pine and Fabian Castaneda of Battle Mountain. After the New Year, the Vandals have a tournament in Sparks, Jan. 5-6. Auch continues to have the wrestlers focus on “wrestling the kid and not the school he comes from. Anyone can be...

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