Archive - Sep 2012 - Sports Article
Each Tuesday afternoon at the town tennis courts, a strange cadre of people, carrying odd racquets and yellow whiffle balls, take to the playing surface.
It is not the U.S. Open.
It is not tennis.
The people play â€śPickleballâ€ť each Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and theyâ€™re looking for more converts to the sport.
It is played with what looks like an oversized table-tennis paddle, on a shortened court. It is a doubles-only format, at least under the canopy of trees in Mammoth, and it looks like a load of fun.
Britt Cogan, facing an impressive national field in the Summer Biathlon National championships in Auburn last Friday, won the womenâ€™s division by more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor.
Cogan, 25, arrived from Mammoth Lakes from Wisconsin four years ago but went to college in Iowa, playing soccer instead of cross country skiing in her home state.
As an orthopedics technician at Mammoth Hospital, Cogan met Dr. Mike Karch, the mastermind of the Mammoth Biathlon, who has been behind her training, both on snow and off.
Mammothâ€™s Youth Football team does not have uniforms, is short of funding, and has a host of other issues facing the players and coaches this year.
But so far, playing well is not one of them.
The Little Huskies whupped up on Trona, 31-13 last weekend, with two players, Ryder Radcliffe and Ricky Johnson, scoring two touchdowns apiece and with Danny Longino scoring one.
More than that, the team held Trona to just 13 points, which was enough to put wind in their sails for their next game at Big Bear next weekend.