weather icon Possible Light Rain

Sports Roundup: Lee Canyon closes for remainder of season

Closures related to coronavirus are not only affecting indoor spaces, as Lee Canyon announced Tuesday that it was closing for the remainder of the 2019-20 ski season.

Citing “the continuing challenges and unfolding events surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis,” the ski and snowboard resort, which had previously announced a suspension of operations from March 15-22 pending a review of what further steps to take, was slated to close April 5.

For customers, refunds for pre-purchased lift tickets, rental packages and lessons can be processed via email at info@leecanyonlv.com or by phone at 702-385-2754. Lee Canyon said in a statement that high call volume is anticipated and patience is appreciated.

For employees, the resort said workers will receive normal compensation through March 22.

“Our decision to end the winter season was not made lightly, and it is the right choice given we are in the midst of a nationwide public health crisis,” said Dan Hooper, Lee Canyon’s general manager. “We all must do what we can to stop the spread. Our focus remains on our employees, guests and the local community staying well so that when the situation improves, we may all have a healthy return to this adventure lifestyle we live for and love.”

Lee Canyon remains hopeful it will reopen for summer recreation activities per to its regular schedule, according to the statement.

Horseshoes canceled

Count the Pahrump Spring Open as another casualty of the public health crisis.

The Nevada State Horseshoe Pitching Association-sanctioned event was to be the year’s first tournament held in Pahrump. The event’s cancellation was announced by the association’s secretary-treasurer, Mike Norton of Pahrump.

“I know a lot of pitchers will want to play anyway so show up if you want, but I can’t run it as a sanctioned tournament for health concerns,” Norton stated in an email to pitchers.

Norton indicated other states are taking similar actions, with Arizona canceling all tournaments until further notice, including the state championship.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
NIAA cancels state tournaments, makes plans for regions

Revamped region tournaments would be held but state tournaments would be canceled under contingency plans being developed to salvage something out of the spring high school sports season.

Pahrump Valley athletes find ways to fill their days

Finding ways to stay active and preparing for the future are helping to fill the days of Pahrump Valley High School softball players who find themselves with more time on their hands than they have had in spring in years.

Tom Rysinski: Some of Nye County’s best sports moments were on tracks

By next week, this space will be filled by something other than sports, for the simple reason that there is news happening. Sports, not so much. But when and if there is something to report, even if it’s just further cancellations and postponements, we will, of course, get that information in the paper and on our website.

Pahrump’s Andersen, Norton win horseshoes tournament at cook-off

In what might have been the last competitive event held in Pahrump before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports, Dennis Andersen and Mike Norton of Pahrump won first place in the Silver State Chili Cook-Off Horseshoes Tournament on March 14 at Petrack Park.

NIAA makes contingency plans for competiton after April 30

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, still hoping to conduct competition during the spring season, has been putting together contingency plans based on schools opening May 1, the day after Gov. Steve Sisolak’s most recent “Stay at Home” order expires.

Tonopah quarterback Otteson to continue career at Doane

College sports recruiting is not what it used to be, but it worked out well for Tonopah High School senior Dillan Otteson, who found a football home via the internet.

Pahrump Valley’s alumni coaches empathize with players

Before the schools were closed, spring sports were shut down, first by Pahrump Valley High School, then by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

NIAA making plans for shortened spring season

With schools being closed for an undetermined period of time, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association is making plans for how to handle spring sports should they reopen with enough time left for competition.