Author: Dave Maxwell

Wrestlers compete in Winnemucca

“Because we’re young and inexperienced, and involved in our first matches of the season, we didn’t perform very well at the 24-team Lowry Cody Louk Invitational wrestling meet in Winnemucca last week.” Those were the thoughts of Eureka head wrestling coach Jeremy Auch. “It was a shocker for the kids because they are going up against 3A and 4A kids, most of whom had already gone to at least two tournaments and this was our first. We scheduled this one because it is about the only one in our northern area this given weekend, or you could go down...

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Lady Vandals go 4-0 at Whittell Tourney

The Lady Vandals won all their games at the tournament at Whittell last weekend, near the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. It ups their season record to 7-1. Senior Cody Gibbs and junior Morgan Thomas were the main factors for the team’s wins said coach Travis Gallagher. “Morgan averaged about 21 points for the tourney.” The first game with Lone Pine, California was a wide spread affair, 54-24. Thomas had 20 points and Gibbs had 10 for Eureka. “Morgan came out hot and hit three 3-point shots right from the get go and Cody had eight points.” Gallagher said. The girls took a 21-10 first quarter lead and never had to look back, continuing to build on that until they led 46-20 at the end of three periods. Jessianne Joiner had 10 points for Lone Pine. On Friday, the girls played Mammoth, Calif, and Tonopah. “We had never played Mammoth before, a school of about 400 students,” Gallagher said. Thomas scored 25 in leading the girls to a 42-37 win over the Huskies. “We had a good lead, 38-22 going into the fourth quarter. I think I put my subs in a little too soon though, and they closed the gap. It was good competition for us and the girls had to step up to hold on to the win.” Later on Friday, Eureka played Tonopah for the second...

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Eureka Girls Open Season 3-1 After Wells Classic

The Lady Vandals had a thrilling game with Round Mountain in their first outing at the Wells Rural Electric Classic Nov. 30. They won a 46-42 thriller over the Knights. The girls had lost to Round Mountain in double overtime at the state semifinals last year. After starting slow, just four points in the first quarter, the girls came on strong with consistent double-digit scoring the rest of the way. Round Mountain’s Alyssa Hanks led her team with 22 points, but she was the only Knights player in double figures. Morgan Thomas led the Vandal girls with 19 points and Cody Gibbs added 18. Between the two of them, they shot the ball 46 of the team’s 70 times. Round Mountain was 10 of 19 at the foul line. Eureka was 7 of 17. “It was good to win that game after losing to them at state last year,” said coach Travis Gallagher. “We were getting a lot of steals off our press and scoring that way and put a box-and-one on Hanks to keep the ball out of her hands as much as we could.” Against Pahranagat Valley on Friday, Thomas and Gibbs again led the team, Thomas with 17, Gibbs with 14, but the girls lost to the Panthers 47-41. “Alamo had a large lead on us, but we came back in the fourth quarter outscoring Pahranagat...

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Vandals Win Three at Wells Tourney

The Eureka boys had only one loss in their four games at the Wells Rural Electric Classic last weekend. The first game Thursday was against Round Mountain and a 57-19 win. “Round Mountain is down quite a bit this year, don’t really have too much,” said Vandal coach Fred Minoletti. Sophomore Chase Green was the leading scorer for the Vandals with 18 points. Southern league powerhouse Pahranagat Valley was the first game Friday at Wells and the Panthers handed the Vandals a 64-34 loss. “Tough to match up with them size wise,” Minoletti said. “It seemed like they were already in pretty good basketball shape.” Vinnie Padilla was the leader scorer for Eureka with 11 points. The Vandals won both of the next games, a 67-52 win over Tonopah and beating Beaver Dam 59-27. The boys broke open a close game, 43-41 after three periods, outscoring the Muckers 24-17 in the fourth quarter. “Tonopah is a scrappy team that plays hard and we had not played very well defensively those first three quarters.” Minoletti said. Green again led the Vandals with 22 points and he came back the next day with another 22 point performance against Beaver Dam. “Of the three games we won at Wells, Tonopah was definitely our best one, he said. Like most coaches say after the season begins, Minoletti is no different, noting that the...

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Defending League Champion Lady Vandals Begin Play

The Eureka girls basketball team, league tournament champions last year and participants in the state tournament looking to have another strong team. Coach Travis Gallagher said there are four returning letterman on the team led by senior guard Cody Gibbs and junior guard Morgan Thomas, one of the six junior players. “We also have a good freshman class coming in,” with five listed on the varsity roster right now, “and we’ll see what we can do to develop them.” When league play begins, Gallagher believes the team will be competitive, “should make it into the Northern regionals and hope to get that No. 1 seed.” Eureka was the No. 1 seed from the North last year at state but lost a double overtime thriller, 74-70, to Round Mountain in the semifinals. Ironically, the first game for the girls this year is with Round Mountain again in their first game this Thursday at the Wells Rural Electric Classic. It will be the first of two meetings this year with 1A Southern League Co-MVP Alyssa Hanks, stepdaughter of longtime Knights coach Jake Topholm. “All of our games at Wells are with southern teams,” Gallagher said. “We play Round Mountain first, then Pahranagat Valley, Tonopah and Beaver Dam.” The following week, Dec. 7-9 is at the Whittell Tournament in Zephyr Cove, Eureka plays two teams “we have never seen before,” he said....

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