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Tom Rysinski: Santa has a bagful of mostly practical presents

Readers might recall the first few paragraphs and the last few paragraphs from last year’s Christmas column. I liked the way they turned out and figured I wouldn’t be able to top them, so I’ll start and end every Christmas column with them.

Girls basketball: Beatty falls to Nye County rivals in tournament

By early afternoon Friday, the Beatty High School girls basketball team had to feel pretty good about itself. After winning two of three games in a tournament in Big Pine, California, the Hornets routed Carlin in their opening game at Round Mountain’s Kody Beach Memorial Basketball Tournament to improve to 3-1.

Swain wins Christmas Tree Open horseshoes tournament in Pahrump

Bob Swain of Bullhead City, Arizona, Randy Salzwimmer of Pahrump and Joey Lopez of Kingman, Arizona, captured division championships Saturday during the Christmas Tree Open horseshoes tournament at Petrack Park.

Tom Rysinski: Sports can provide needed distraction …….

Readers with long memories, or those who are prone to getting utterly useless information stuck in their heads, might recall a column last February marking my first work anniversary at the Pahrump Valley Times. At the time, I said I don’t ordinarily get personal in this space and that I wasn’t likely to do it again until my fifth work anniversary, should that come to pass.

Boys Basketball: Virgin Valley foils Pahrump Valley’s last shot

With 9 seconds left on the clock, Logan Gavenda took an inbound pass from Grant Odegard, dribbled around Booker Wakefield and headed toward the basket. Virgin Valley’s Kris Leavitt, who had been a thorn in Pahrump Valley’s side all night, got in the way.

Girls basketball: Pahrump Valley places 3rd in Mesquite tournament

While nobody expected the Pahrump Valley High School girls basketball team to go undefeated, the Trojans’ first defeat of the season was totally unacceptable to coach Bob Hopkins.

Wrestling: Pahrump Valley wins 4 of 5 at Spring Valley Duals

Clearly it’s about time the Pahrump Valley High School wrestling team starting picking on schools its own size. These 4A schools just can’t keep up.

Boys basketball: Pahrump Valley drops league opener to Valley

A 2-3 start, including one game on the wrong side of a running clock, might not seem like anything to be excited about, but don’t tell that to Pahrump Valley High School boys basketball coach Dan Clift.