The World Masters Association named Glenbrook's Bill Harvey the 2017 thrower of the year.
The WMA awards this new honor to one male and one female thrower each year in all age groups ranging from 40 to 105-plus.
Harvey's recognition comes on the heels of being named the 2016 United States Track and Field Masters Age Group Athlete of the Year (70-79).
"I think they based the award on performance in all the major championships," said the 72-year old shot put and discus thrower. "When I resumed throwing at 60, I set some lofty goals and have achieved several of them. But, I never dreamed of getting this type of recognition from my peers. I have had a good run. Now I will have to try to live up to the honor."
Harvey's "good run" began in 2016 when he won the shot and discus at the WMA World Championships in Perth, Australia.
In 2017, he was the gold medalist in the shot and discus at WMA Indoor World Championships in Daegu, South Korea (the discus was held outdoors); the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand; the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama; the USATF Outdoor National Championships at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the NACAC Championship (WMA Regional Championships which includes North America, Central America and the Caribbean) in Toronto, Canada.
This March he added shot put gold at the USATF Indoor National Championships in Landover, Maryland. With this win, he now holds every major national and international championship simultaneously; and is ranked No. 1 in the world for shot put in the men's 70-74 age group, both indoors and outdoors.
He is not slowing down, though. Harvey is looking ahead to future records and championships.
"I want to break the records for the 75-79 age group," he said. "The next two and a half years will be difficult now that I am in the older half of my current age group. If I stay healthy, I think both the records and the chance to win all the way through an age group might be possible in 75-79."
The Whittell Warriors softball team scored a bunch of runs in their doubleheader Thursday, April 5, against Mineral County, but they gave up more and lost both games.
The Warriors lost 22-18 in the first game and 27-10 in four innings in the nightcap at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Nevada.
Kaitlyn Kjer, sophomore Faith Galli and freshman Olivia Craig accounted for half the runs scored for the Warriors in the first game with each scoring three runs. Kjer blasted a home run and Craig had three singles.
Andrea Smith and Trinity Megowan both singled and scored and MacKenzie Theilmann and Loralei Kuenzi each scored twice.
The Serpents scored 10 runs in the first inning of Game 2 and added eight more in the second to take an 18-0 lead before Whittell got its bats going.
The Warriors scored twice in the second and eight in the third after trailing 22-2.
Kjer doubled and scored, Smith went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, Craig was 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and Sydney Ellbogen had two hits and scored a run.
The Warriors (0-8, 0-3 1A Northern West League) played Tuesday, April 10, against Sierra Sage Academy at Lampe Park and will travel Saturday, April 14, to face Sierra Sage in a doubleheader in Yerington, Nevada.
Cody Ruby was cruising for the Whittell Warriors baseball team. The junior pitcher gave up a few runs in the first inning to Mineral County but put up goose eggs over the next three innings as the Warriors built an 8-3 lead.
But then Ruby reached his maximum pitch count and the short-handed Warriors got into trouble.
Mineral County came back to beat Whittell 19-9 and backed that up in Game 2 of the doubleheader Thursday, April 5, with a 22-6 victory over the Warriors in four innings at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Nevada.
"It's the same thing we've been dealing with the past few weeks, we're short players," said Warriors head coach Ryan McKinney. "We were up 8-3 when our only starting pitcher for the day had to come out due to pitch count. Then we gave up 16 in the last three innings. We have a lot of guys playing out of position, or in positions they have never played, including pitcher and catcher. We should get most everyone back this week, so I'm excited to see how we do with a full team."
Ruby led the Warriors at the plate collecting two hits in each game. He went 2 for 3 with a single, double and three runs scored in the opener and had two singles in the nightcap.
Also for the Warriors (3-8, 0-3 1A Northern West League), DC Nelson had two hits in the first game, Zack Kerho scored twice and Jude Stackpole, Isiah Womack, Chace Edie and Lucas Aum each singled and scored.
Womack drove in two runs in the second game and Zack Smith, Edie, Aum and Stackpole each singled and scored. Scott Manchester singled and had a RBI and Aum and Stackpole each had RBIs.
"I'm super proud of the guys that have stepped it up the last few weeks and have been willing to learn new things, like Sterling Manchester, who was willing to pitch and catch even though he hadn't done it before and he did great," McKinney said. "Chace, Jude and Zack Kerho also played new positions and made some great plays. The attitudes have been really positive even through all the adversity, which makes me excited to coach these young men every day."
Incline tracksters set season and personal bests this past weekend at the 2018 Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational.
The Highlander girls finished 17th with 11.5 points while the boys were 21st with three points out of 30 schools of all sizes at the two-day event, Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.
Freshman high jumper Millie Jenkins again tied the school record with a jump of 5 feet, which was good for first place.
Last year's team MVP Samantha Giangreco was eighth in the high jump and freshman Jada Moore was 10th. Both reached the same height of 4-08.
Giangreco set season bests in discus and the 100-meter run while Moore set personal bests in the 300-meter hurdles and 200.
Giangreco was 21st out of 67 shot putters with a toss of 73-03 and finished 21st out 79 in the 100 in 13.88.
Moore was 19th out of 53 hurdlers in 53.89 and was 42nd out of 81 in the 200 with a time of 30.08. Her time in hurdles was the best among 1A/2A schools.
Moore, Jenkins and Giangreco also teamed with Belle Johnson to earn eighth in the 4×100 relay out of 13 teams.
Incline jumper DJ Littleton set a personal record in long jump and tied his season best in the triple jump to lead the highlander boys.
He reached 19 feet, 9 inches in the long jump, good for sixth out of 50 jumpers. His distance would have placed him third best in Class 2A at the state meet last year. He finished 13th out of 27 in the triple jump with a distance of 37-03.
Christopher Vaughn threw a personal best in discus, reaching 77-05 and earned 14th out of 40 throwers.
On the opposite side of the field, Brad Rye took to the runway in pole vault clearing 7-06 in his second attempt and finished 11th out of 38.
Esten Flores was 20th out of 63 in the shot put with a distance of 37-06.25,
"Overall, this is a young and improved team from last year at the same time under similar winter conditions," said Incline head coach Thomas Reymer. "Exciting things are happening and records may continue to fall."
Incline next will compete Saturday, April 7, in California at the Thunder Invitational at Rocklin High School.
Incline baseball hung on to take the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, March 31, but lost the second game to North Shore rival North Tahoe.
The Highlanders grabbed a big early lead and held on for a 11-10 in the opener and fell behind fast in the nightcap and could never recover losing 9-5 at Governor's Field in Carson City.
"The first game, we got a big lead early, we were in control, but had some mental lapses and made some bad choices and all of a sudden it's a game and we had to hang on," said Incline head coach Billy Knight. "Our approaches at the plate need to get better. We did OK in the first game but in the second game we couldn't string hits together and struck out at bad times. Overall though, things are improving and we're still trying to overcome the lack of outside practice."
The Highlanders led 7-3 after two innings and 10-5 after three.
Jake Harrell, who pitched and earned the victory against the Lakers on Tuesday, March 27, came on in relief in the sixth inning and earned the save.
Dalton Fry, Harrell, Tristan Summers and Zachary Poalillo each had two hits to lead Incline at the plate.
Fry doubled twice and scored three runs, Harrell doubled and had two runs batted in and scored two runs and Summers doubled, had an RBI and scored.
Also for Incline, Jacob Collins doubled and drove in two, Tyler Bellig singled and had two RBIs and Jacob Leoncio scored twice.
The Highlanders fell behind 8-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning in the nightcap and it was an uphill battle from there.
Summers doubled and singled, Trent Green doubled and Gage Pierce singled and scored twice, Braydon Snearly singled and drove in a run and Harrell scored and had an RBI to lead the Incline offense.
"I'm disappointed we didn't win all three, but give them credit," Knight said. "They're a good, well-coached team and they did what they needed to do."
Incline on Wednesday was waiting to see if its three games against Battle Mountain would be rescheduled to fit in a doubleheader Friday, April 6, to beat the heavy part of an incoming storm.
The Highlanders are scheduled to play a single game on Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7, at Galena High School.
"We need to get two wins this weekend to keep matters in our own hands for playoffs," Knight said. "If we don't get two, then our backs will be against the wall and we have to hope for other teams to lose and we don't want that. But we have everybody healthy and everything is lined up so if we don't take two, that will be on us."