Author: Dave Maxwell

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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Santa Claus Comes to Town

Santa Claus made a quick visit to the children of Eureka Dec. 24 at Raines Market. On Christmas Eve even, then a fast trip back to the North Pole for his big adventure. Santa listened to Christmas wishes, gave out candy canes, and had his photo taken with local children and adults. Helping him were local elves Strider Raine and Storm Raine. Raine’s Market also announced the winners of their Christmas Dinner Raffle. The three lucky winners were Joe Swanson, Kim Archeleta, and Bob Burnham. Happy New Year from the Raines family as...

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Anderson Wins Weight Class at Lovelock Tournament

Wyatt Anderson won the 132 pound B weight class at the 25-team Mustang Invitational in Lovelock last week. He went 4-0 pining all his opponents. Coach Jeremy Auch said in Anderson’s weight group, “There were 27 kids entered, and the tournament directors wanted to keep it to a 16-man bracket, so it was split into an A and B group.” However, the champions of each group did not wrestle each other. Anderson had a bye his first match and moved into the quarterfinals against Colton Wanner of Pershing County and won by pin at 2:24 in the second period, then won over Joaquin Arevelo in the semifinal at 4:44 of the third period and in the finals pinned Brady Masset of Spanish Springs at 4:22 of the third period. Ashton Sanders (123) had a bye his first match, but lost by a pin to Michael Malone of Battle Mountain in the second period. This moved him to the consolation rounds where he first had a bye, then lost by pin to Lance Dove of Lowry. At 138 pounds, the Vandals Garrett Todd won his first match by pin over Emilio Gomez of Pershing County, then lost a quarterfinal match on a third period pin to Bryan Day of Lowry. Auch said, “The match was 2-1 going into the second period, but Day is so good on the top, he...

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Vandals Win Two at Tourney

The Eureka County High boys basketball team won two and lost one at the Round Mountain tournament last weekend. They started with host Round Mountain and demolished the Knights 54-7, the widest margin of victory in the 34 games the teams have played since 2005. Eureka now leads the series 18-16. Vandals coach Fred Minoletti said Round Mountain (0-10) is “really down and struggling this season.” Tristan Bircham had 16 points to lead Eureka. Chase Green had 14 points and Vinny Padilla added 12. The Saturday morning game was with Tonopah which the Muckers won 54-53. “They had a good first and third quarter and we had a good second and fourth quarter,” Minoletti said. “We had a halftime lead 27-24, but were outscored 17-10 in the third quarter giving the Muckers a four-point lead and it went back and forth after that.” Minoletti reported as the game was coming to an end with a tie score, “there was a loose ball and officials called a foul on one of my kids. It was a 1-1 and the Tonopah player made the first one, missed the second one, and we got the ball with about 4 seconds left but couldn’t get off a good shot. It hit the rim, but did not go in.” Chase Green was a high point man for the Vandals with 20. The Saturday afternoon...

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Vandals look to improve at Round Mountain this Weekend

Eureka went 1-3 at the Whittell tournament last weekend. They dropped the first two games, but split the next two. “We lost our first game to Pyramid Lake 58-49,” said coach Fred Minoletti. “We didn’t play very well defensively that game, it’s one of those you should win, but don’t.” The next game was with Mammoth, Calif, and the Vandals lost a close one 49-43. “We had a 26-24 lead at half,” Minoletti said, “but were outscored 25-17 in the second half. Chase Green was out leading scorer. We just couldn’t hit anything the last two periods.” Also on Friday, the Vandals won their only game at Whittell, edging North Tahoe 56-52. Minoletti said, “We were able to play pretty good team ball even after Green had to sit out in foul trouble.” The Saturday game was with the Hug varsity of Reno, but the score was not available, although Minoletti said it was a wide spread win for the Hawks. “They pressured us the whole game until about the last two minutes or so. But I looked at that as being good for us, because we’re not likely to see anyone in our own league who will do it as well as the Hawks were, or that big and that athletic including 6-6 senior Treyvon Cotton. Good for our kids to have to deal with all of that.”...

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