1923 football: Noble Waite led Fallon’s football program to the first of eight of the school’s football championships, including a trio in the 1970s and a pair last decade. With four returning lettermen and seven with experience, Waite had his work cut out with 20 players new to the program. In their first game of the season, on Oct. 6, Fallon posted a 102-0 victory over Gardnerville with the team looking like “all gold and a mile wide,” according to the school’s yearbook. Fallon tied Lovelock, 7-7, before defeating Sparks, 17-0, and Reno, 7-0. After shutting out Gardnerville, 60-0, Fallon defeated Sparks, 14-0, and Carson, 13-0, to win the school’s first state title.
1929 football: No football team was as dominant as Fallon at the end of the 1920s. Fallon finished the season with a 7-0-1 record, including a 12-0 victory over Las Vegas to win the state championship. Fallon’s defense was staunch, allowing only seven points in a 12-point win over Yerington and six in a 30-point opening-season victory over Virginia City. Fallon’s lone non-win came in a 0-0 tie against Lovelock in the third game of the season. The two-headed monster of Harry Bradley and Kirn Bradley led the way for the running game, and Harvey Hill was known to break free for 75-plus-yard gains. Wendell Beeghly was the team’s quarterback and Whitey Lawson coached the green and white, using a variation of Notre Dame’s shift.
1957-58 baseball: Coached by the late Elmo Dericco and late Ron Engel, these two baseball teams captured the school’s first baseball state championship in 1957 after back-to-back seasons of finishing second. With a 10-0 record during league play under Dericco, who was assisted by Ed Arcniega, Fallon swept Henderson High School in a best-of-three series during a decade when there was no classification to separate schools based on size. Ten of the 19 players continued the following season under Engel to win the 1958 state championship, which also defeated Henderson. Most of the state champion players were also on Fallon’s first-ever Little League team, which was formed earlier in the decade.
1974 gymnastics: Coached by University of Nevada and Greenwave Hall of Famer Bert Serrano, the Fallon gymnastics team, which included several recognized all-around gymnasts, won the Nevada Class III championship. Lisa Sexton was named the first all-around gymnast as she competed in free exercise, balance beam, uneven parallel bars and vault before competing at the University of Nevada. Kathi Whitney, who was named No. 2 all-around, specialized on balance beam and free exercise, and she returned in 1978 to coach the final gymnastics club. Linda Daniels was named the No. 3 all-around and she specialized on uneven parallel bars, vault and beam. Becky Paul, a No. 4 all-around, specialized on uneven parallel bars and vault, while Becky Garrison was an honorable mention who specialized on balance beam.
1977-78 baseball: The 1970s was one of the best decades in Greenwave athletics for winning state championships. The Fallon baseball team led the school with four of its 11 NIAA state championships and ended the decade with back-to-back AA titles over Elko and Boulder City, respectively. In 1977, Jack Beach’s Greenwave defeated Elko in the third and final game of the series, 8-3, to win their third title of the decade. The 1978 team, also coached by Beach, knocked off Elko in the regional championship, 1-0, on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the final inning. The Greenwave scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the last inning of Game 3 to defeat Boulder City, 3-2, to win the program’s eighth state title.
Don Barrenchea: One of the early voices of the Greenwave, Barrenchea was the school’s public address announcer for the football team for 32 years and the baseball team during the 1970s when the Greenwave played at the North Maine Street ballpark. On the radio, he was the color commentator for the football team’s away games from 1973-1999. Barrenchea, who played football, basketball and baseball at Fallon, also coached the American Legion baseball teams during the summer of the 1960s with his team winning the state championship in 1964. He was also the Kiwanis Club President for two years at South Lake Tahoe and two years in Fallon.
William (Bill) Deal: After moving to Fallon in 1953, Deal taught at Oats Park School before switching into the insurance and real estate business. Outside the office, though, Deal was actively involved in the community, becoming an avid booster for Churchill County High School and University of Nevada athletics. Deal, who was the Nevada boxing team’s manager, also founded the Fallon Little League Football Program and organized the first-ever Fallon football awards banquet. Deal could be seen working the chain crew at all the home football games before retiring and moving to Arizona. He died last November.
Jade Corkill: The Fallon native attended Churchill County High School but finished his education at home because of the rodeo competition interfering with his school schedule. Competing as an independent, Corkill won three state rodeo titles as a team and calf roper before competing at Feather River. He was named to the Wrangler High School All-star Rodeo team in 2005 before turning to the professional circuit when he was named the PRCA Rookie of the Year in 2006. Corkill has won four world titles in team roping (heeling) with his most recent coming in 2016 under the Elite Rodeo Association.
George Hucke: A teacher of history and physical education, Hucke began coaching in 1973 when he helmed the junior varsity football team for 10 years. He assisted Earl Wilkens with his wrestling team for nine years when Fallon produced several outstanding wrestlers. Hucke got his big break in the spring with the girls track and field program when he led the Lady Wave to back-to-back state championships – the first-ever girls sports NIAA titles for Fallon after Title IX was passed in 1972 and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex. Hucke had one of the largest teams in girls track with 75 students competing as Fallon won state in 1974 and 1975, and was the runner-up in 1976. His 1983 team finished second in the regional meet before he retired from coaching.
Kirk Aguiar (1977): Aguiar was named an all-state guard on the 1976 state championship football team under Tony Klenakis and followed with a state wrestling title in the winter. Aguiar, who was named the Co-most Outstanding Athlete of the Year with Brett Sorensen in 1977, also competed in the pole vault where he finished second in the state. In 1975 as a sophomore, Aguiar finished fourth in pole vault at state and followed up with a third-place finish as a junior. He finished second in state at 177 pounds in wrestling as a junior before winning it all as a senior. Aguiar continued his wrestling career at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) when in 1978 he won the Pacific Northwest NAIA Conference Tournament.
Amanda Camacho (2003): One of the best athletes in her decade, Camacho collected 10 varsity letters, including four with the Hall of Fame-inducted volleyball team during its back-to-back state championship run in 1999 and 2000. Camacho lettered three times in basketball and softball, garnering most of her accolades on the diamond. She was named a first-team, all-league outfielder during her last two seasons with the Greenwave, who competed in the 4A. Camacho helped run the floor during the basketball season under Chelle Dalager as the Lady Wave punched their only ticket to the 4A state tournament in 2003. Camacho, who was a co-valedictorian, attended Lassen Community College and was a two-year starter on the softball team, earning all-league recognition as a sophomore.
Rachel Casey Payne (1992): One of the best softball players in school history, Payne holds career records in games played (99), at-bats (322), strikeouts (41), on-base (176) and innings played (651) during the 1989-1992 seasons when Fallon competed in the 4A. She garnered many awards during her time with the Greenwave, including being named a first-team, all-state first baseman and leading the team in many offensive categories. Payne continued her softball career at Columbia (Missouri) College, playing in the NAIA College World Series from 1993-1996. She ended her career being named to the all-conference team for both athletics and academics, and she’s also a member of the .300 batting average club.
Mike Evans (1952): Competing in football, basketball and baseball, Evans was one letter shy of sweeping. Nevertheless, Evans, who won four varsity letters each in football and basketball, was named to the all-state second-team for football in 1950 and 1951. He was named to the basketball all-state team in 1950.
Earl Doege (1967): A first-team, all-state selection in basketball for two years, Doege led the Greenwave to the regional and state championships in 1966 and regional championship in 1967. Doege was also a first-team, all-state defender on the football field, guiding Fallon to a regional championship in 1966 and 1967. In 1968, Doege, who lettered in track, was named a Pepsi Cola High School All American Honorable Mention. In college, Doege was awarded a full-ride basketball scholarship but changed it the next year to compete in football where he was named an all-conference defensive end at Montana Western.
Dale Jensen (1966): Jensen played in four sports and earned seven varsity letters, including four with the baseball team. He helped the Greenwave win the state baseball championship in 1966 and was named an all-state catcher. On the football field, Jensen was an all-state running back defensive linebacker during Fallon’s Northern AA championship season. The Block F president during his senior year, Jensen gave back to the community after he graduated and served in the military, donating 25 years of service to youth baseball and softball and earning the Optimist Club Distinguished Service Award.
John Kitts (1982): Kitts earned seven varsity letters, including three in football and a pair each in basketball and baseball. Football, though, is where Kitts found the most success when he started for three years and was named a first-team, all-conference center during his last two years and a first-team, all-state center and second-team, all-state defensive tackle during his senior season. He was one of four Nevadans to be named a Carnation All-American, which included future NFL player David Wyman, and he was selected to the 1980’s Northern Nevada All-Decade team before winning the school’s athlete of the year award in 1982. Kitts was also an all-conference and all-state baseball selection when Fallon moved up to the state’s highest division (AAA).
1975 Girls Golf: Coached by Mark Winans, the Lady Wave finished 8-1 and sent six golfers to the AA state tournament. During the championship, Fallon finished with a team score of 578 compared to 615 by Lowry, which handed Fallon its only loss during the season. During the season, Fallon defeated Lowry, Yerington, Carson and Douglas, facing off against Lowry and Douglas in the state AA championship. Ellen Townsend led Fallon with a 48-stroke performance followed by Patty Regan shooting a 49. Sue Homer scored a 51, Vicki Dimmitt shot a 54 and Kim Bugg and Jeannette Fallis rounded out the team scoring. A popular sport on campus, the team also included Peggy Berney, Annette Gosnell, Lynette Lee, Becky Paul, Janie Solaegui and Terry Solaegui.
Churchill County Museum Research Team (Yvonne Sutherland, Nancy Stewart, Bunny Corkill and Dave Lumos): A daunting task of collecting information on Fallon sports several years ago, this research team unearthed decades of sports information to help start the Greenwave Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 2017. For 1957 grad Dave Lumos, 1971 grad Yvonne Arciniega Sutherland, 1959 grad Nancy Sanders Stewart and museum research specialist Bunny Corkill, it was as if the past had been rediscovered and a portal unlocked to the original glory days. The team presented research, dating back to the origins of Fallon athletics more than a century ago, to the Hall of Fame four years ago.
Fred Olson: Over a two-decade span, Olson led the Fallon band during his time, which included the Greenwave marching band, concert band and pep band. Under his guidance, the Greenwave band program grew from 20 students to more than 100 students in a short span. The Greenwave marching band performed during the Shrine East-West game and participated in the Disneyland Parade.
Earl Wilkins: Known as the “Father of Greenwave Wrestling,” Wilkins established wrestling at the high school in the early 1970s, coaching Fallon until 1980 when he became an assistant under Dan Peeters. Under Wilkins’ leadership, the Greenwave posted winning records in league competition and produced several exceptional wrestlers, including Guy Reilly, Ross Aguiar and Randy Kirby. After his passing, the Earl Wilkins Memorial Tournament was born and has been labeled as the region’s kickoff to the wrestling season in early December.
Margaret Oats Davis (1956): Before the days of Title IX, only basketball was recognized as a sports activity available to the girls. Davis was an outstanding member of the 1953 and 1954 basketball teams, which finished undefeated. She contributed to the success of the 1955 and 1956 teams and served for four years with the Girls’ Athletic Association, including stints as vice president and president. A four-year letter winner, Davis was also a member of the Tri-S, an organization that exemplified school spirit in service, sportsmanship and spirit. Davis participated for four years in the high school band and served as president of the executive committee.
Charles Hall (1968): Known as the “Mr. Basketball King” in the region, Hall was a force on the court, leading Fallon to a Northern AA championship under Wint King. He was an all-state selection after leading Fallon in rebounding for two seasons. He also played football and baseball, and was on the receiving end of the game-winning touchdown pass from Jack Beach in the state championship against Boulder City. Hall continued his career at Montana Western where he averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds per game before being inducted into his college’s athletics Hall of Fame. Hall was also drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 16th round of the 1972 NBA Draft.
Joe de Braga (1978): A late bloomer, de Braga didn’t begin playing the sport that would carry him into college until his junior year of high school. After shining in the rodeo arena where he won a state championship in team roping and setting school records in long and high jumps, de Braga focused on basketball during his last two years. Taking advantage of his 6-foot-7 frame, he played center for the Greenwave and earned a scholarship to Western Montana College. De Braga returned home, sort of, when he joined the Nevada Wolf Pack and played two seasons for Sonny Allen. He was the first forward off the bench for the 1981-1982 Pack when he played 300 minutes.
Jeff Peel (1983): A decorated wrestler with the Greenwave, Peel was named the Most Valuable Wrestler during his senior year when Fallon won the AAA Northern Region title. Wrestling with cracked ribs, he placed second in the state championship tournament in Las Vegas and was recognized with the most pins during the season. On the gridiron, Peel was outstanding at running back and linebacker, earning Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the Year during the 1982 season. He was also named the Most Outstanding Athlete of his graduating class. Peel ended his time as a Greenwave by representing the school in the annual Sertoma Classic, a football all-star game played at Mackay Stadium.
Megan Roze (1992): A three-sport star who was also the first girl Block F president, Roze’s love was on the track where she competed for four years that yielded multiple regional and state championships. During her senior year, she won three state titles in the 400, 200 and long jump, breaking the school record in the first two. In volleyball, Roze was a first-team selection for the conference during her junior season and helped Fallon upset favorite McQueen on its way to a second-place finish in the regional tournament during her senior year. In basketball, she led Fallon to a second-place finish at state during her freshman year and was an all-league selection as a senior, scoring a game-high 27 points. Roze earned multiple All-American honors when competing for Ricks College’s track and field team.
Trevor de Braga (2008): Competing in the state’s largest class, de Braga starred in football, wrestling and baseball, earning regional and state recognition. He was an all-league running back, linebacker and punter during the fall and an all-league third baseman during his last two seasons on the diamond. But the wrestling mat is where de Braga shined the brightest. De Braga won three regional titles and one state crown, placing second twice. He was named the 4A’s Middleweight Wrestler of the Year and helped guide Fallon to two back-to-back team regional championships and three academic state team championships from 2005-2007. De Braga continued his career in football and wrestling at Sioux Falls before transferring to Colorado Mesa where he played at Colorado Mesa alongside his brother, Trent.