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High school sports mark a triumphant year
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 29, 2010 | 2873 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - The Sparks High School boys basketball team won the 3A state title this year.
Tribune/John Byrne - The Sparks High School boys basketball team won the 3A state title this year.
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Within the past year, Sparks’ three high schools have won five regional championships, were the state runners-up on three occasions and took home two state titles.

Spanish Springs

boys golf

In spring 2009, motivated by a somewhat disappointing finish during the prior week’s Northern 4A Regional Golf Tournament, the Cougars entered state on a mission.

Spanish Springs lost a four-stroke lead on the final hole of regionals and had to settle for a tie for first place, costing the team a chance for a third straight outright regional crown.

Instead, the Cougs just went out a week later and won their second state title in three years, by eight strokes, with a two-day team total of 754.

Freshman Jordan Gilmore had a chance to take home individual medalist honors but lost the first playoff hole. He shot two rounds of 71 on the Resort at Red Hawk’s Lakes course to put himself in a tie for first.

Reed softball

The Raiders ended cross-town rival Spanish Springs’ three-year reign over Northern 4A softball in spring 2009.

Reed didn’t take the easy path, though. The Blue and Gold had to win six of the seven games it played during a three-day span in order to win the regional championship after dropping into the losers’ bracket. The Raiders also had to beat the Cougars in back to back games in the title match-up.

Reed traveled to Las Vegas in hopes of securing its first softball state title since 1998. However, the Raiders immediately fell into the losers’ bracket and had to work their way out of it.

Reed won consecutive games over Foothill and Shadow Ridge to stay alive and reach the championship. The Raiders needed to knock off Centennial twice in the championship series but lost 7-4 in 11 innings after beating the Bulldogs 7-0 earlier in the day.

Reed ended the season with a 37-7 record.

Reed football

The Raiders entered the 2009 season as the favorites to win the North and did exactly that. Reed went on a 10-game winning streak, capped by a 26-3 victory over Galena in the Northern Region championship game.

Then they had to face football factory Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas in the state semifinals, only to be drubbed 62-21. The Gaels had more future Division I football players than all of the northern Nevada schools combined.

Reed was 11-3 on the fall campaign and averaged slightly less than 29 points per game.

Sparks boys soccer

The Railroaders enjoyed one of their most successful seasons, but could not find a way to beat Incline High School.

The Highlanders were the only Nevada school in the 3A to beat Sparks. The Maroon and Gold was the runner-up in league, at regionals and at the state tournament because of Incline’s magnificent season in which its only loss came in a preseason tournament.

Sparks boys

basketball

The Railroaders dominated their league in boys hoops.

Sparks did not lose to a 3A opponent, went undefeated in league play and then won its second regional championship in three years. The Railroaders then claimed their first state basketball crown since 1940 with back-to-back overtime wins in the state tournament.

Sparks, which ended the season on a 16-game win streak to finish at 20-8, was led by senior Angel Guillen. He had team highs in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and charges taken. In 3A North League play, Guillen averaged 26.2 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game.

Spanish Springs wrestling

The Cougars headed into the final day of the regional wrestling championships in a tie for first place with Carson.

Curtis Lampert (103), Todd Pearson (119) and Billy Dean (285) all won their weight classes to lead Spanish Springs to its second straight regional title.

Pearson became a three-time regional champion.

Reed girls basketball

The Raiders girls hoopsters played second fiddle all year long but still managed to reach the Northern 4A final for the seventh straight season and then earn a berth to the state championship game. However, the RHS cagers lost to Bishop Gorman in the state title bout, 82-59, in Reno on Feb. 27.

It was the second state championship appearance in five years for Reed (21-9).
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