Author: Dave Maxwell

Vandals Go 2-2 in Yerington at Season Opening Tournament

Going 2-2 is not a bad way to start the season. The Eureka Vandals baseball team did that last weekend in Yerington winning one game each day. The boys opened with the Whittell Warriors and they had trouble keeping up with Whittell in a 12-3 loss Friday morning. Whitell scored six times in the third inning with RBI hits from Bastion Elkins, Danny Barrientos and Clyde Quillin. Bryson Wells started on the mound for Eureka. He went two innings, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out six. C.W. Landry came on for one inning of relief work....

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Season Set to Begin for Vandals Baseball Team

Wait till next year! The cry of many a baseball fan when the last season ended without what they had hoped for most, and so it is with the Eureka Vandals this year. The team was 12-6, 4-4 last year and did not make the playoffs. This year, second year coach Kia Davis expects to do better. Returning starters include Bryson Wells (Sr. SS/P), Gage Hayward (Soph. CF/P), Shane Lacovara (Sr. P/3B) and Mikey Lacovara (Jr. Util/ infield). Senior C.W. Landry, the football quarterback, and who had to sit out much of the basketball season with a severely sprained ankle, is likely to be playing left field. Davis said the team and the league as well is “going to be riding on pitching. Most teams are solid in the infield and at the plate, and it’s going a bit a matter of who can hit the strike zone consistently. No one team, I think, is a standout over the others. We lost three senior pitchers last year in Colton Anderson, Gavin Denshire and Josh Garcia.” He noted this season Wells returns two good pitchers (Zane Rodriguez and Sergio Soriano), but both are coming off ACL injuries suffered during basketball. The Vandals were in the hunt for a playoff spot as the season wound down, but two losses to Carlin and Wells ended their chances. “Mineral County graduated their two...

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Vandals Fall Early in Playoffs

It was over all too fast for the Eureka boys in the Northern regional tournament in Elko last week. The Vandals bowed out in the first round losing 71-37 to Whittell. The Warriors, the No. 2 seed from the west going into the tourney, poured it on consistently against the Vandals. They had three players with 14 points each, Genaro Mena, Trent Dingman and Troy Libert. That combination helped Whittell fashion a hefty 37-16 halftime lead. The teams played even in the third quarter, but Whittell turned it up in the final period with a 22-7 run. “We were just outmatched,” said Vandal coach Fred Minoletti. “We just don’t have the players they do to keep up with them. Whittell has three really good guards. They put a lot of pressure on us and we just don’t have the kids to really handle that very well. They jumped out early on us.” For Eureka (14-11), Vinnie Padilla had 11 points, Tristan Bircham had 10. The Warriors (26-3) then went on to beat defending state champion Mineral County on Saturday for the regional championship. Both teams advance to the state tournament semifinals Friday at the Lawlor Events Center at UNR. Whittell will first face a very athletic Spring Mountain team (25-5) from Las Vegas that may be a complete handful for the Warriors. Pahranagat Valley, the Southern regional No. 1...

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Lady Vandals Fall in State Semifinals

Twice a bridesmaid, not yet a bride. The Eureka Vandals girls basketball team might feel somewhat like that as for the second straight year they lost in the semifinals of the 1A Class girls state basketball tournament. This time it was to eventual state champion Pahranagat Valley. The Panthers (22-3) disrupted the Vandals offense right from the beginning with a full-court press that created numerous turnovers and led to a 14-6 first quarter lead. In addition, Southern League co-Most Valuable Player Karley Whipple was more than a handful for the Vandals. She scored a game high 27 points leading...

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Lady Vandals Advance to State

Travis Gallagher knew if his team wanted to return to the 1A state girls basketball tournament for another year, they would have to beat No.1 ranked McDermitt and 1A girls state scoring leader Precious Masters. Mission Impossible? Not really, because the teams had played each other tough in their two league meetings. And the Lady Vandals came through, earning the No. 2 seed into the state tournament this Friday and Saturday at the Lawlor Center at UNR. The girls first beat Coleville 53-21, then upset McDermitt in a double-overtime semifinal thriller 70-67, but lost to fourth place Wells in...

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