Both Lincoln County and Pahranagat Valley high schools crowned several NIAA state champions this past spring.
Devyn Smith of Lincoln won three state titles at the Division III state track and field meet in Las Vegas May 17-18. He set a personal record of 41.18 in winning the 300-meter hurdles. He also won the 110m hurdles and the long jump.
Marc Olson won the Division III pole vault at 10-feet, 6-inches.
Austin Poulsen of Pahranagat won his fourth consecutive Division IV triple jump with a personal best of 45-0, and he won the long jump with a personal best of 21-2.
Alamo’s Mason Stirling was second in the high jump with a career best of 6-2.
Lincoln’s Marisa Lynn Phillips took second place at state in both the Division III girls discus and shot put.
In softball, Pat Kelley’s Lincoln County Lynx won the Division III Southern League championship in Las Vegas May 11, beating Needles 9-4 in the deciding game.
However, the following week at state, the girls first beat defending state champion Yerington 14-8, but lost both games the next day, 5-3 to eventual state champ Needles, and 12-5 to White Pine.
Pahranagat Valley stunned two-time time defending Division IV girls softball state champion Indian Springs 12-11 to win the Southern League title, then went on to beat Eureka 13-3 in the state championship game in Las Vegas. It was Pahranagat Valley’s first title since 2008, and a sweet victory, since most of the same girls had lost the 2013 state basketball championship to Eureka in February.
In baseball, first-year coach Raymond Wadsworth took the Lincoln boys to a 12-9 record, but they missed the state tournament, losing out in the Division III Southern League tournament.
In the meantime, Brad Loveday’s Pahranagat Valley baseball team won their fourth straight Division IV state title with a thrilling come-from-behind 20-19 slugfest with Round Mountain.
It capped a unique and perhaps very rare accomplishment. The 2013 PVHS senior boys who played football, basketball and baseball, never lost their final season game all four years of high school, 12 straight state championships!