NOTES: Wildcats’ Henderson impressed by UNLV

Hasaan Henderson was in attendance for the UNLV football team’s 40-20 rout of Hawaii on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

And while it might be awhile before Las Vegas High’s senior quarterback decides where to play in college, he couldn’t help but be impressed with the offense installed by Rebels second-year coach Bobby Hauck.

“Coach Hauck is a great head coach,” Henderson said.

Henderson is glad UNLV was the first school to offer him a scholarship. The 6-foot-5-inch, 215-pounder has emerged as one of the Rebels’ primary recruiting targets.

“I take pride in that,” Henderson said. “(The Rebels) don’t offer many quarterbacks. For that to be my first one, it means a lot. My interest in them gets better as we go along.”

Henderson said UNR, Arkansas and Oregon also are showing interest, and he has discussed a possible December visit to Utah.

Henderson has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 168 yards and another TD to lead Las Vegas to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats host Desert Pines (0-3, 0-1 Northeast League) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Henderson said Las Vegas coach James Thurman has helped ready him for college football.

“I think I’ve gotten better reading defenses and leading my team,” Henderson said. “Coach Thurman has helped me get better with checks and reads.”

UNLV LANDS LOCALS — The Rebels’ baseball program recently landed oral commitments from two Bishop Gorman seniors in pitcher/infielder Cody Roper and infielder Justin Jones.

Roper was a first-team all-state pick as a junior after he went 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Also for Gorman in the class of 2012, outfielder/pitcher Tommy Field committed to Illinois-Chicago, and outfielder/pitcher Johnny Sewald picked Arizona State.

WRESTLING HONORS — The Nevada Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will induct former Virgin Valley coach Leon Durbin and former Western coach John Watkins this weekend.

Durbin coached the Bulldogs to four straight Class 3A state titles from 1999 to 2002. Watkins coached at Western from 1968 to 1975 and 1990 to 1993 and was a Nevada referee from 1983 to 1989.

Ross Aguiar of Reno and Scott Barrett of Spring Creek also will be inducted.

A banquet is scheduled to honor the inductees at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Legacy in Reno.

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