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  • Las Vegas forward Tyler Bey prepares to drive past Green Valley forward Troy Cropper during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
    Las Vegas basketball making strides faster than expected, downs GV in league opener
    Jan. 8, 2014
    The Las Vegas High basketball team started no seniors Tuesday in its Northeast League opener at Green Valley. But their underclassmen weren’t intimidated, continuing to progress ahead of schedule in a 74-59 victory. With three college-recruits in the junior class leading the charge, including four-star prospect Ray Smith on the wing, the Wildcats were hoping to gain enough experience in the regular season to peak during the playoffs. If not, they would be one of the favorites next season.
  • High School Basketball Picks: Week 3
    Jan. 6, 2014
    Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer prognosticate 10 of the biggest hoops games of the week.
  • Bishop Gorman basketball players Chase Jeter, Noah Robotham and Stephen Zimmerman on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Gorman's strong start quickly erased in loss to Oakland school
    Dec. 20, 2013
    Everything seemed to be going right for the Bishop Gorman High basketball team at the end of the first quarter Friday against Bishop O’Dowd in the Tarkanian Classic at the Orleans Arena. The rest of the game, however, belonged to the Oakland team.
  • Clark High School's Colby Jackson takes the ball downcourt during a game against national powerhouse Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) during the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman High School Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
    Clark basketball gains confidence after keeping game close with Mater Dei
    Dec. 20, 2013
    The Clark High basketball team didn’t back down. Even when the Chargers appeared to be overmatched Thursday against No. 3 ranked Mater Dei of Southern California in the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman, the Las Vegas power didn’t quit fighting. While a 72-58 loss will be recorded as a double-digit defeat, it will serve as much more for a team expected to contend for the Nevada state championship in a few months.
  • Jerry Tarkanian gets a standing ovation between games in the inaugural Jerry Tarkanian Classic Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
    Tarkanian Classic at Gorman to feature some of nation's top teams, be televised by CBS Sports Network
    Dec. 18, 2013
    Bishop Gorman High basketball coach Grant Rice had high expectations when planning the holiday basketball tournament hosted at his school. First, he wanted the nation’s best teams to participate. And, of course, the event needed to honor the godfather of basketball in Las Vegas, legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.
  • This rendering shows the exterior view of the new proposed Faith Lutheran High School Gym.
    New gym at Faith Lutheran will eliminate teams practicing on tennis courts or before school
    Dec. 11, 2013
    Faith Lutheran broke ground on the Crusader Competition Center last week, a $6.5 million complex that is expected to be ready in about a year. It includes an 1,150-seat gymnasium, 4,000-square-foot weight room, new locker rooms, coaching offices and bigger concession stands. The old facility will become an auxiliary gym, giving the private school a two-court setup common at most schools in the area.
  • High School Basketball Picks: Week 1
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer prognosticate 10 of the biggest hoops games of the week.
  • The Las Vegas Sun Super Seven boys selection, from left, Spencer Mathis, Ray Smith, Chase Jeter, Stephen Zimmerman, Noah Robotham, Justin Burks and Diontae Jones.
    Las Vegas Super Seven: Valley High's Mathis grows into a new role, becomes one of area's top players
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Valley High senior Spencer Mathis highlights the Sun’s Super Seven preseason team — a group of the Las Vegas area’s top players, all of whom have scholarship offer. It includes three of the nation’s top 75 players for 2015.
  • The Las Vegas Sun Super Seven girls selection, from left, Raychel Stanley, Teirra Hicks, Paris Strauther, Taylor Turney, Cherise Beynon, Kennedy Wharton and Ariona Gill.
    Super Seven: Raychel Stanley adding to family pedigree at Bishop Gorman
    Dec. 10, 2013
    The Stanleys have become the first family of Bishop Gorman athletics in recent years. Now there’s little sister Raychel Stanley, a sophomore basketball standout who some believe could turn out as the best athlete of the bunch.
  • Bishop Gorman basketball players Chase Jeter, Noah Robotham and Stephen Zimmerman on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Preseason high school basketball top 10: Gorman the team to beat, but others close behind
    Nov. 26, 2013
    The Bishop Gorman High basketball team has a four-year varsity point guard and two of the nation’s top recruits for the class of 2015. Yet, the two-time defending state champion Gaels could be considered inexperienced because their other players lack significant varsity minutes. Still, there is no questioning the talent and roster depth — they are the clear-cut No. 1 team in the Sun’s preseason rankings for Las Vegas-area teams.
  • Jordan Turner dunks during intramurals at Clark High School Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
    This high school basketball team again favored to win state, but only if they finish games
    Nov. 6, 2013
    Chad Beeten hasn’t watched the tape of this basketball game. Doesn’t care to — not even one minute. If anyone brought up his Clark High basketball team’s 59-57 loss last season to Desert Pines in the Division I-A state championship game, the coach would hide his disappointment, always trying to be the same up-beat person that makes him popular with his players.
  • UNLV recruits Stephen Zimmerman, left, and Rashad Vaughn, right, talk with George Nguyen during UNLV's annual preseason Scarlet and Gray scrimmage Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Gorman duo, 6 from Findlay Prep and the freshman everyone is talking about make's top 100
    Oct. 28, 2013
    Two verbal commits to the UNLV basketball team and nine Las Vegas area athletes are part of The Ultimate 100 from, which was released Monday and ranks the nation’s top 100 high school basketball players regardless of graduation year.
  • Freshman Troy Brown Jr., 14, poses at Centennial High School Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Brown was offered a basketball scholarship this week by UNLV. He's a 6-5 point guard.
    The next big thing: UNLV basketball offers scholarship to local 14-year-old Troy Brown Jr.
    Oct. 24, 2013
    Troy Brown Jr. couldn’t hold back his emotions. When he got off the phone Tuesday night with UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice, the Centennial High freshman was so overwhelmed with happiness he started crying. The 14-year-old point guard was offered a scholarship by the Rebels — the first of what should be many offers for the 6-foot-5 prospect.
  • Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association director Eddie Bonine during a May 2012 meeting.
    Policy would pave way for transgender athletes to participate in Nevada high school sports
    Oct. 7, 2013
    The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association had never fielded an inquiry like this one. It came during the summer. The question: Would a transgender athlete be eligible to participate in high school sports? It wasn’t a hypothetical situation. The athlete, a Reno high school student who identified with being female, wanted to participate on a girls volleyball team. For Eddie Bonine, NIAA executive director, there was no clear answer. The association had no policy in place to determine the eligibility. That could change today.
  • Findlay Prep's Christian Wood shoots over Winston Shepard during practice at the Henderson International School campus Monday, March 26 2012.
    Bern's-Eye View: Current practice ban won't have much impact on Findlay Prep
    Sept. 19, 2013
    Despite operating under its third head coach in three seasons, things couldn’t have been more business as usual at Findlay Prep practice Wednesday night.
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