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October 15th, 2010
With the ski season just over the lip of the horizon, Mammothâs top junior skiers are on the snow, sharpening their edges, training hard and reaching for the stars.
First among the athletes was Bryce Eller, who this month returned from 14 days in Chile, where he joined eight members of the U.S. Development Team for on-snow training in La Parva.
It was, said Mammoth Mountain Ski Team coach Kevin Francis, more than just an enlightening experience. It was grueling, disciplined and technical, all rolled into a single two-week camp.
âšThe Mammoth Husky volleyballers went the distance against Vasquez on Saturday, but fell short in a five-game match at Mammoth High School.
And it wasnât just in games â it was in the closeness of the scores.
The Huskies, coming off a quick, three-game victory over Desert Christian on Friday night, took the first game against Vasquez, 25-17 but dropped the next two, 22-25 and 12-25.
âI think we were surprised at how well Vasquez played,â said coach Megan Guffy. âTheyâve certainly improved since the last time we played them, and it caught us off guard.â
The Mammoth Huskies return home tonight after what seems much longer than two weeks on the road.
And this time, they play against a team whose name does not begin with âB.â
That may not seem like a big deal, but after the Huskies lost to the Bishop Broncos, 59-6, two weeks ago, and 50-6 to the Boron Bobcats last week, a name like Lucerne Valley has a nice ring to it.
The Huskies, 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in conference, play the 1-4 Mustangs tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Gault/McClure Stadium, with the junior varsity game set for 4 oâclock.
Rumors that the endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout will not be stocked on the Mono County-owned Conway Ranch are just that, rumors, according to county economic development director Dan Lyster.
Lyster said plans to stock the ranch with 10,000 trout are still in place, even after rumors circulated throughout the fishing community that the ranch had been left off the list of state-approved stocking designations.
The rumors came from a Fish and Wildlife Service permit that mistakenly did not specifically state Conway as a destination for the fish.
Mammoth's Chris Lieto was turned back in his bid to win the grueling the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Saturday in Hawaii.
After leading through much of the bicycle ride, Lieto had opened a 4-minute lead before finishing sixth.
Australia's Chris McCormack rallied with a strong marathon run to win the race.
McCormack, known as Macca, was 11 minutes behind leader Torbjorn Sindballe of Denmark at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride. But the Australian's fast run moved him to the front at the 15-mile mark of the 26.2-mile run.
The Huskies knew it was going to be tough. But who knew that it would be tough to the tune of 50-6 on Friday night?
The Huskies could not handle the Boron Bobcats on either side of the ball, and for the second straight week dropped a seriously lopsided contest.
One week earlier, in Bishop, the Huskies fell to the Broncos, 59-6.
In this one, neither quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt nor Huskies running back Coco Galvan could match the Bobocats' running back Reggie Heard, who dashed for 78 yards, nor quarterback Josh Core, who passed for 88 yards.
The Mammoth Huskies go on the road tonight in their first serious road game of the season.
The opponent, Boron (4-1), is one thing. But the biggest adjustment the Huskies (2-2) might face is the bus.
âYou canât put a kid on a bus and expect him to ride for five hours,â said Coach Tom Gault after a mid-week practice this week. âItâs especially hard for the junior varsity,â he said. âThey have to ride the bus, jump off and be ready to play (at 4 oâclock).â
So how much is the âbus advantage?â
There was always a certain kind of charm to the old house trailer/rental hut at Mammothâs Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Wasnât there?
Um, no, actually, there wasnât.
It was cramped for space, the stairs somehow always seemed whopperjawed in ice and snow, and not even the enduring charm of cross-country ski director Ueli Luthi could mitigate the scene.
This season, the house trailer is history except as a storage space. In its place is the old cabin from Samâs Woods, and a new tent structure that is similar to the one at Little Eagle Lodge at Chair 15/Eagle Express.
The Friday Night Lights were not so kind to the Mammoth Huskies Friday night in Bishop. It was more like Friday Night Lights OUT.
The final was 59-6, Broncos, but it wasn't really that close.
The visiting Huskies (2-2) were inundated by eight Broncos touchdowns and another Bishop field goal. In the second half, the Broncos (4-0) scored 35 points without their superb starting quarterback, Chance Callahan, who was injured late in the second quarter and sat out the second half.
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Back Trail, at best a highly modified success last ski season and at worst a flub, is getting a makeover.
On the trail itself, workers under the direction of Operations Director Clifford Mann have been grading, erecting retaining walls and fixing the areas that made the trail nearly impossible for snowboarders and a problem for many skiers.
Having largely completed the work in the forest, Mann and his crew now are busy on the finishing touch â the long awaited pedestrian bridge across Forest Trail.
Three games into the season and with their conference season looming, the Mammoth Huskies (2-1) have given themselves an infusion of athletic talent.
In a move that is unparalleled in Head Coach Tom Gaultâs long tenure at the helm, six players walked on two weeks ago, asking for spots on the team.
All of them are from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, and some could see game action tonight when the Huskies visit their longtime rivals, the Bishop Broncos (3-0).
The Mammoth Huskies travel to Bishop tonight, and thatâs almost enough to put a glaze over Head Coach Tom Gaultâs eyes.
âIâm not sure what to expect,â Gault said earlier this week, âbut Iâll tell you that somebody asked me the other day, âYou look back on the Bishop-Mammoth rivalry, what are the some of the high points you can mention?â
âAnd I told him, âWell, weâve beaten them (the Broncos) three or four times in 30 years, so those are the high points.ââ
A heat wave in Southern California meant crystal-clear skies and warm sunny weather these past several days in Mammoth.
What a weekend to spend on the fields at Shady Rest during week three of AYSO soccer season (Sept. 25-26). The warm weather fooled us all into feeling like summer hadnât yet blown away on a cool fall breeze or buried itself under the changing leaves.
It was sophomore Toby Qualls who shot to the front of the pack and stayed there to win the varsity race in the 37th Bellarmine Cross Country Invitational.
Quallsâ blistering time was as hot as the dayâs temperatures: 15:46 for the three-mile hilly course. He was 14 seconds shy of breaking the all-time sophomore record set in 1989 at 15:32. He beat his closest competitor by 24 seconds. Had the temperature been lower, or Qualls been pushed, chances are he would have lowered the record said his coach Andrew Kastor.
It took me 15 years of living in the Eastern Sierra before I drove up northern Mono County’s Green Creek Road in the fall – which is just too damn bad.
The combination of the placid, serpentine creek, wide, golden meadows rimmed with deep green lodgepole and flaming aspens and the sheer mountains above Green Creek’s headwaters is incomparable in the Eastern Sierra, rivaling even the more popular – and more crowded – Lundy Canyon.