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October 31, 2014

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From the Pressbox Ray Brewer: From the Pressbox

  • Spring Valley High School football players Shiloh Fao, Christian Tasi and Drazen Tojic on Monday, July 21, 2014.
    Nevada high school sports teams deserve better
    Oct. 22, 2014
    The way high school sports standings are kept by organizers in Nevada is severely broken. A tiebreaker scenario this week involving six high school football teams in the Division I-A Sunset League is so confusing, some of the league’s coaches spent Monday trying to crack the tiebreaker rules themselves to learn what outcome they will need Friday in the regular season finale to advance to next week’s playoffs. A better solution would ...
  • UNLV Rebels defensive lineman Brandon Willis (92) faces off during UNLV’s game against the Northern Illinois Huskies  at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
    His career hasn’t gone as planned, but UNLV defender maintains refreshing approach
    Oct. 8, 2014
    Brandon Willis walked off the practice field at Rebel Park last week, joking with younger teammates. They seemed to listen intently to every word the senior defensive lineman said. The 23-year-old Willis understands his role as a veteran on the UNLV football team and realizes this is his last chance to have a meaningful college experience ...
  • Moapa Valley High School football players help clean up a debris from Monday's dramatic flood on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.
    Moapa Valley game called off, but players were ready to go
    Sept. 11, 2014
    The Clark County School District has pulled the plug on the Moapa Valley-Desert Pines football game on Friday, capping a wild week for Pirates in the flood-damaged area. They didn’t use the chaotic storm aftermath as an excuse and aren’t too thrilled the game was spiked ...
  • Centennial's Eddie Davis, left, and Marcus Allen fight for a rebound with Bishop Gorman's Noah Robotham during their Division I state championship game Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Orleans. Gorman won 69-43.
    One athlete’s amazing story of earning a college scholarship
    Aug. 1, 2014
    Eddie Davis wanted to play in one last tournament with his AAU basketball team. But he was leaving in three weeks for a junior college in Montana and was advised by his father not to play for Hard 2 Guard last week in the Las Vegas Invitational at Spring Valley. Father knows best ...
  • UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck argues for a call against Air Force in the first quarter of a game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Serious contender: Could this be UNLV football’s year to win the Mountain West?
    July 24, 2014
    UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck was only a minute or two into his press conference Wednesday when I was certain he misspoke ...
  • U.S. soccer players congregate on the pitch during a training session Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Recife, Brazil. The United States will play Belgium in the 2014 World Cup on July 1.
    Is it unpatriotic to bet against U.S. soccer in World Cup?
    July 1, 2014
    Making a decision at the sports betting window was never so difficult. It never involved this much guilt. Glancing over World Cup soccer odds last week, one number jumped off the betting board: Taking Germany to beat the United States. Winner, winner, chicken dinner ...
  • Las Vegas High linebacker Jacob Anderson (9) walks off the field Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after Las Vegas lost to Green Valley 39-38.
    If 80 percent of high school teams make the playoffs, what’s the point of the regular season?
    May 28, 2014
    In a day and age where everyone gets a participation medal, high school sports in the Las Vegas area will take its mediocrity to a new and embarrassing level over the next two years ...
  • An artist’s rendering shows a proposed design for a future Major League Soccer stadium to be located in Symphony Park near the Smith Center. The proposal was announced Wednesday, May 14, 2014, by Findlay Sports and Cordish Companies.
    If done right, a pro soccer team could help bring Las Vegas other sports franchises
    May 22, 2014
    If a proposed Major League Soccer expansion franchise comes to downtown Las Vegas, it must be a success or other professional leagues — the NBA or NHL — might think twice about ...
  • Chaparral High School baseball coach David Soto addresses players during the 2013 playoffs.
    Chaparral baseball’s journey to state tournament one of overcoming long odds
    May 20, 2014
    The foul ball landed in the parking lot at Chaparral High and was retrieved by a student walking home from class. He heaved the baseball about 40 yards back onto the field with such velocity that then first-year coach Dave Soto took notice. He went to recruit the student to become the program’s newest player. ..
  • Marquel Martin, far right second row, of Las Vegas is among 25 bachelors competing for the affection of Andi Dorfman on Season 10 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
    Former Rebel Marquel Martin part of ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’
    May 19, 2014
    Most UNLV football fans don’t remember Marquel Martin, a reserve defensive back from the Mike Sanford coaching era. After tonight, the 26-year-old Martin could be a household name for a different audience. ...
  • USC tight end and Bishop Gorman graduate Xavier Grimble practices with the team at Bishop Gorman on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
    NFL Draft shows how far Las Vegas has come in developing its players
    May 7, 2014
    During this week’s NFL Draft, Bishop Gorman grad Xavier Grimble is projected as a late-round pick. If the tight end is selected, it will be the fifth-straight year a former Las Vegas player is tabbed for one of the most sought-after jobs in the world. That’s a sign our brand of high school football is evolving into a respectable product ...
  • Martrel Johnson
    Former Durango basketball star not quitting in fight for donated kidney
    April 19, 2014
    Martrel Johnson could have done anything he wanted on the basketball court. Against any opponent. “We called him the man child,” says Al La Rocque, his former coach at Durango High. “When he came in as a freshman ...
  • The Loan Writers huddle after their game as Silverado Little League hosts Challenger Little League day Saturday, April 12, 2014.
    This day of Little League baseball is something to remember
    April 17, 2014
    Little League is one part of childhood that, win or lose or tie, you never forget about participating in. You remember eating at McDonald’s after the game, playing catch with dad in the backyard and riding your bike to practice. Thanks to a group of ballplayers, I was reacquainted ...
  • UNLV coach Dave Rice calls a timeout against Fresno State, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 75-73 in overtime.
    UNLV is lucky Dave Rice decided to stay
    March 29, 2014
    A coach that severely underachieved this past basketball season is getting a pay raise from financially strapped UNLV. And Dave Rice is worth every penny ...
  • Canyon Springs hitter Rashaad Jones waits for a pitch during their game against Western Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Pioneers wore pink jerseys for the game for cancer awareness and to honor parents of two of the players who died from cancer in the past year.
    For 3 teammates, baseball diamond a refuge from tragedy
    March 20, 2014
    Canyon Springs seniors Rashaad Jones, Isiah Carter and Joe Jackson III each had a parent die in the past year, giving new meaning to their afternoons of baseball. The diamond has become a place to take their mind off their respective tragedies, using the time together to ...
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