They chanted the entire game, straddling the line between confident and cocky with the assumption their soccer team was better than mine. They drank beer after beer, becoming more loud as the game wore on. It was only a matter of time before their passion would be rewarded with a goal. Then, Landon Donovan silenced the crowd.
It doesn’t make sense that Jim Livengood’s successful three-and-a-half-year run at the helm of the UNLV Athletic Department is suddenly ending. Instead of celebrating the man who nearly tripled the department’s fundraising efforts, a spur-of-the-moment news conference is held in his office to address his retirement. Strange, right?
There is more to high school sports than just winning. It’s about learning to become a reliable teammate, developing lifelong friendships, staying productive and playing for the name on the front of the jersey — that school you grew up following and hoping to one day compete for in a varsity sport. But winning sure makes the experience more memorable. That’s something players on the Chaparral High baseball team can attest to after their Division I-A playoff game Monday.
About 20 students at Clifford O. "Pete" Findlay Middle School were peeking through the windows of the school’s theater Wednesday afternoon hoping to get a glimpse of Anthony Marshall. For children of the North Las Vegas school, the former UNLV basketball guard is a rock star and someone whose path in life they strive to duplicate.
Nigel Williams-Goss, the first four-year player in Findlay Prep basketball history, certainly made his mark on the powerhouse program. The point guard was a McDonald’s All-American this past season and helped Findlay win a pair of ESPN National High School Invitational championships. He contacted the Sun asking if we’d publish a farewell column. He said he couldn’t leave Southern Nevada for the University of Washington without thanking the community. I couldn’t think of someone better to take over my column space. Here’s Nigel in his own words:
This doesn’t validate Jerry Tarkanian’s career. He’d already taken care of that, because his contributions to the game have long spoken for themselves. Sure, having the title Hall of Famer before a coach’s name is an extraordinary honor and one some strive for as the crowning achievement of their contributions to sport. Tarkanian was officially announced Monday for induction for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Buyer beware. If you are a Southern Nevada resident planning on purchasing the MLB Extra Innings package from cable providers such Cox Communications, DirecTV, or the MLB.tv version to be streamed to a tablet or smart phone, make sure you understand what you are buying. For us in the Las Vegas area, it’s not what’s being advertised.
The first instinct is to assign blame. If they didn’t make just 33 percent of their shots, or if a few of the 22 3-pointers they missed would have fallen, then the UNLV basketball team might not have lost 63-56 to New Mexico on Saturday in the Mountain West tournament championship game.
Just think if Katin Reinhardt played like he did in the first half Friday all season. Two days ago, the freshman shooting guard nearly put up a bagel in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals, finishing 1 for 10 shooting in a game that would have destroyed the confidence of most young players. Just not this young player. Friday night, he had arguably his best game for UNLV.
Moments before the start of the UNLV basketball team’s Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday against Air Force, one of my media colleagues asked for a prediction. With a straight face, I told him the Rebels would win by double digits. Not just against Air Force, but in the Rebels’ other tournament games, too.
Last year I wrote about the Western High baseball team’s improbable upset against local power Sierra Vista. Western is located in one of Las Vegas’ worst neighborhoods. The school’s athletes don’t enjoy the financial backing of the teams they compete against, and most people in town are dismissive of the school and its students. But I couldn’t help silently cheering for this group of seasonal players. Turns out that game was just one of the many good things happening each afternoon on the Western diamond. I wish everyone could have seen what happened at Western’s game Monday against Faith Lutheran.