Quick Takes Around The State

From football coaching moves, updates on basketball players and the rest of the important happenings in the NIAA. Here is an update on Nevada High School sports in a nutshell.

Martrell Johnson of Durango High - The Man Child, one of the best players ever to play on the low block. Signs with Montana State, along with team mate Frank Brown. He feels sluggish in practice, heads to the Doctor to find out staggering news - he needs a Kindey Transplant. He was close to having Heart Failure with all of the stress created from the Kidney failure. Presently, he is back at school not playing basketball this season. His name is on the list for a donor transplant. MSU has decided to honor their scholarship to him. In the mean time, Brown has a broken hand and is out for the season. This year's Durango team looked to go a long way at State, now they are stuggling to even get a playoff berth for the second year in a row.

Las Vegas High continues their winning ways. After winning the State Football Title, Las Vegas lost an early game to Cheyenne where some of the Wildcats were not back from playing on the football team. Their play has been outstanding since that point. They win in Hawaii and lose a game in Utah. That is it. Jeremey Atwater is a double double machine in rebounds and scoring for the Cats. Stanley Copeland has been outstanding leading the Cats offense at the point. This team knows how to win after they shocked Reno at State last season. Talk about winning being contagious, they win football, their Wrestling and Basketball teams look like they too could win State. This would be a banner year at LVHS.

The State TV Broadcast of the Basketball Finals is still up in the air. At this point, the NIAA has decided to start from scratch and re bid the process. This after the fact that Nevada Sports Network, the producers of this site, did the broadcast last year losing money while taking the risk to do the first ever broadcast live. At present it appears that there is room to do another live broadcast in Reno and Las Vegas of the boys and girls finals. Final word should come next week.

Meadows loses Frank Desantis to Cimarron as Football Coach. We told everyone that Desantis needed to go 4 A next season and the race was on. Sierra Vista wanted him, but pulled the trigger too late. Sierra Vista ended up with Ben Johnson, the former Head Coach of Chaparral. At present, Chaparral and Bonanza still are seeking Head Football Coaches. Clark's Jim Massey has hinted that he might also retire, after an amazing season this would be a suprise.

The North's power lead over the South's Girls at State Basketball appears to be getting shorter. This year, the North will only have two berths at State. The South will have 6 (3 from the Sunset, 3 from the Sunrise). This guarantees that the South will have two teams a game away from going to the Final. Churchill County has played well early on, with Reno taking some lumps at out of state tourneys. Outside of these two, the North has been getting beat by the South in Christmas Tourneys. Galena is way down, as is Elko and Carson. Noting this, Centennial remains undefeated with Bonanza and Gorman the best of the rest in the South. Green Valley leads the Sunrise but is a middle of the pack squad. The Dogs may get their chance this year to finally win a game at State and cause some havoc in Reno.




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