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  • Findlay Prep guard Kelly Oubre knocks the ball out of forward Dillon Brooks' hands during practice Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
    Findlay Prep dresses just 7, falls to Oak Hill in national semifinals
    April 4, 2014
    The lack of available players finally took its toll late in the game. The Henderson-based Pilots simply ran out of energy, squandering a 14-point third-quarter lead in a season-ending 64-56 defeat.
  • Findlay Prep guard Derryck Thornton Jr. drives to the basket while being defended by coaches Rodney Haddix, left, and Jerome Williams during practice Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
    Findlay Prep’s mascot a perfect choice given Pilots’ penchant for air travel
    March 30, 2014
    Findlay Prep isn't your typical basketball team. The Pilots often get mistaken for a pro team when they travel, which is a lot ...
  • Noah Robotham, left, dribbles past Shaquile Carr Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 as Bishop Gorman defeated Canyon Springs 71-58 in the Nevada state championship game at Lawlor Event Center in Reno.
    Icing on the cake: Gorman's Robotham named state Gatorade Player of the Year
    March 22, 2014
    Before the high school basketball season started last November, Bishop Gorman senior point guard Noah Robotham sought the advice of Gael legend...
  • Rancho football players take part in a drill during practice Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
    Why high school sports are broken in Nevada and one way to fix the problem
    March 7, 2014
    The Rancho High football team hasn’t won a game since 2011 and in the past two seasons has been outscored 1,004-82. The Rams’ basketball team has a 9-38 record in the past two seasons and is 0-20 in league games. But when realignment is discussed in March, Rancho isn't likely to get a reprieve because ...
  • Head coach Chad Beeten raises the NIAA championship trophy overhead Saturday, March 1, 2014 as Clark High School defeated Elko High School 43-25 winning the Division I-A state championship at Lawlor Event Center in Reno.
    Clark gets defensive, wins first state championship since 1993
    March 1, 2014
    In the ballroom at a Holiday Inn on Friday night, the Clark High basketball team received a crash course on Elko, the one team standing in its way of winning the program’s first state championship since 1992. The preparation paid off.
  • Bishop Gorman celebrates with their third consecutive state championship trophy Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 as Bishop Gorman defeated Canyon Springs 71-58 in the Nevada state championship game at Lawlor Event Center in Reno.
    Gorman wins fifth championship in six years, uses size to overwhelm Canyon Springs
    Feb. 28, 2014
    Canyon Springs can take comfort in keeping the state championship game close early. But in the end, the Gorman juggernaut taught the Pioneers a brutal truth: size matters.
  • Shaquile Carr, right, shares a hug with a teammate after the final buzzer as Canyon Springs defeats Spanish Springs 66-51 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
    Live Blog: Gorman again Nevada basketball champs, downs Canyon Springs for 3rd straight title
    Feb. 28, 2014
    RENO — The Bishop Gorman High basketball team is in a familiar spot today, playing Canyon Springs for its fifth state championship in the past six seasons, attempting to win the 17th state championship in program history.
  • Stephen Zimmerman comes up with a rebound and looks upcourt Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 as Bishop Gorman defeats Reno 68-27 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
    Gorman's semifinal win so convincing that second half played with mercy rule of running clock
    Feb. 27, 2014
    Bishop Gorman High basketball coaches constantly reminded players this week not to underestimate Reno High in Thursday’s state semifinals. Turns out Gorman had nothing to worry about, posting an easy 68-27 victory. Things were so comfortable, in fact, that Gorman outscored Reno 25-4 in the second quarter and yanked their starters by halftime. They'll be well-rested as they take on Canyon Springs in Friday’s state championship game.
  • Shaquile Carr, center, celebrates after forcing a traveling call as teammate Gerad Davis approaches from behind in Canyon Springs' victory over Spanish Springs 66-51 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
    Canyon Springs ditches the outside shot, storms past Spanish Springs and into state championship game
    Feb. 27, 2014
    RENO — As soon as Chris Nelson’s 3-point attempt left his hands, Canyon Springs High basketball coach Freddie Banks looked toward his bench to make a substitution. But Nelson’s shot, the Pioneers lone 3-point attempt in the second half of today’s state semifinals against Spanish Springs, bounced of the front of the rim and rattled down for three points. Nelson was safe. So was Canyon Springs.
  • Stephen Zimmerman stops to sign a few autographs before heading to the lockerroom Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 after Bishop Gorman defeated Reno 68-27 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
    Live blog: Gorman makes quick work of Reno, sets up showdown with Canyon Springs in title game
    Feb. 27, 2014
    RENO — The Bishop Gorman High basketball team will play for its fifth state championship in six years. The Gaels today had no problems with Reno High in the state semifinals at the Lawlor Events Center, outscoring the Huskies 25-4 in the second quarter in advancing to Friday’s state championship game against Canyon Springs with a 68-27 victory.
  • Shawney Gainey, left, covers a teammate during practice at Desert Pines High School Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
    This 8-win basketball team never quit, earns unlikely spot at state
    Feb. 26, 2014
    They won just six regular season games, took fourth in their league and were outscored by an average of 16 points per game. The Desert Pines High girls basketball team had the type of season you’d expect with a first-year coach and a starting lineup of three sophomores and a freshman. So how, exactly, did such a squad win a berth in this week’s Division I-A state tournament in Reno?
  • Canyon Springs coach Freddie Banks talks to guard Jordan Davis during their game against Las Vegas Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Green Valley High School. Canyon Springs won 64-55.
    The high school team Freddie Banks coaches runs like his old UNLV teams; two wins away from state title
    Feb. 25, 2014
    Darrell McCall will start at center Thursday for the Canyon Springs High basketball team in the state semifinals against Northern Nevada’s Spanish Springs at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. It’s just at 6-foot-3, McCall isn’t the typical post player. That’s just how Canyon Springs coach Freddie Banks likes it, tailoring his lineup to include mostly guards that quickly get up and down the court, proving to be the right formula in overwhelming the opposition. The Pioneers last week won their third Sunrise Regional championship in four seasons to earn a return trip to state.
  • High School Basketball Picks: State Tournament
    Feb. 24, 2014
    Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer prognosticate the state basketball tournament.
  • Faith Lutheran varsity basketball players celebrate along the bench as a teammate dunks during their game against Pahrump on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
    Faith in sportsmanship: Restored
    Feb. 23, 2014
    From his teammates and coaches to the student fans who were chanting his name to even the opposing players and referees, everybody wanted Clayton Rhodes to score as he entered his last basketball game at Faith Lutheran High. That's because ...
  • Clark basketball players, from left, Colby Jackson, Sherron Wilson and Diontae Jones Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Clark gets the best of Desert Pines in regional championship game; rematch likely to come at state
    Feb. 22, 2014
    The Clark High basketball team had been in this spot before against Desert Pines with a championship on the line. So, during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter today in the Division I-A Southern Region championship game, and with surely most in the Clark huddle thinking about when they blew a double-digit lead late in last year’s state championship game to Desert Pines, coaches reminded players of a message they’ve been preaching all season: Finish.
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