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?
Eldorado High’s Gerald Pentsil had been offered other soccer coaching and teaching positions numerous times. Some came from schools with more resources or in a perceived better part of Southern Nevada. But Pentsil was never tempted to leave, knowing his home is a place that needs him most — at-risk Eldorado in northeast Las Vegas. He’s been an earth science teacher and soccer coach at Eldorado since 1988, making him one of the state’s longest-tenured coaches.
The library at Canyon Springs High in North Las Vegas was so packed with supporters on national signing day, officials had to bring in more chairs to accommodate the crowd. The ceremony, during which seven football players signed their letter of intent to different levels of college football, quickly became emotional. Coach Hunkie Cooper delivered a powerful speech that left most in tears.
While most of the world had little interest Sunday in the second half of Super Bowl 48, with the Seattle Seahawks holding a commanding lead, those with prop bets continued to follow the action closely. A prop bet gives you action on literally every play, which is something witnessed in Super Bowl 48. The Sun’s three sports writers each took six prop bets — one wager lost on the first play from scrimmage; another was cashed with less than two minutes to play when the outcome was long decided.
Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 73-69 victory today against visiting Boise State. Just when it appeared the Rebels were going to lose another home game, they did the unexpected. They rallied. They showed they still had some fight left in this season, erasing a double-digit second-half deficit — in the final few minutes, mind you — for arguably their best win of the season.
Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 62-42 victory tonight against visiting Utah State. It’s a step in the right direction. Sure, Utah State was missing a few key pieces and forced to play some younger player, but that should take nothing away from the UNLV win. The Rebels went on a 10-0 scoring run in the final 3:08 of the first half to take the lead for good.
Nick Grove can’t help feeling humbled by the support his high school baseball team received last week. My story on the Sunrise Mountain High School program having most of its gear stolen from an on-campus storage unit was posted for just a few hours last week on the Sun’s website when supporters starting reaching out to the school offering to help.
Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 74-71 loss today against visiting UNR at the Thomas & Mack Center. Can’t believe I typed that sentence, as Reno snapped an eight-game losing skid to UNLV dating back to 2005.
UNLV topped Mississippi State 82-66 today in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic. While we were reminded tonight during Mississippi State’s brief second-half comeback that there is still work to be done, it’s obvious this isn’t the same UNLV basketball team as in mid-November. As crazy as it sounds, the Rebels have salvaged their season.
Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 92-71 victory today against Santa Clara at the Orleans Arena. UNLV took care of a fourth straight opponent in convincing fashion, fighting off early resistance from Santa Clara before posting another lopsided win. All four opponents — the Rebels (7-4) also beat Southern Utah, Radford and Sacred Heart — are nothing to write home about, but that shouldn’t diminish the improved play.
Aside from the victory at UNR, this was easily the Rebels’ most important win of the year, especially when considering their quest to be picked for a bowl game for the first time in 13 seasons. With 78 teams bowl-eligible for 70 spots, this victory puts UNLV at the seven-win plateau, making them more attractive than teams stuck at six wins.