Archive - Sep 24, 2010 - Sports Article
It looks like any other mid-week football practice in any other small town in America. But thereâ€™s something different about this Mammoth Huskies junior varsity team this year.
As the team gathers around Coach Noel Looney after a rigorous two-hour session on the high schoolâ€™s practice field, the players, one by one, take off their helmets, including the rugged and intense interior lineman in the middle of the pack.
Make that linewoman.
â€śIâ€™ve been told that Iâ€™m the first girl who ever played Mammoth High School football,â€ť said Elizabeth Martinez. â€śI feel really happy about that.â€ť
This is the trouble season for Keith Dawley.
The 49-year-old trails supervisor for the Inyo National Forest, Dawley peers at the sky each September and October, hoping â€“ praying â€“ for enough snow to ski.
â€śSeptember is the hardest month,â€ť said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. â€śUsually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.â€ť
For 189 straight months (that would be more than 15 years) the personable Dawley has skied at least once in each month, sometimes hiking up, up and up to find enough snow to make a turn.
It might have been a bye week for the Mammoth Huskies last week, but that didnâ€™t mean that Head Coach Tom Gault and his coaching crew took the weekend off.
Instead, they got their video equipment in order and traveled to Murrieta, where they watched, analyzed and shot video of Calvary Murrietaâ€™s 16-6 loss to Bloomington Christian â€“ a loss that dropped Mammothâ€™s next opponent to 0-2 for the season.
Calvary Murrieta comes calling tonight at Gault/McClure Stadium, with a JV game at 4 oâ€™clock and the varsity at 7.
The 2010 Mammoth High School Cross Country season is off and running, with two large invitationals under its belt. On Sept. 10, Mammoth traveled to the Whittel Warrior invitational in Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe, Calif.
More than 30 high schools came together to compete and see who was â€śbest of the best.â€ť Mammoth only brought seven of its members, but showed the much larger schools they should not be overlooked.