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November 5th, 2010
San Francisco, look out. The Mammoth Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s marketing team is about to descend on The City in a big-time way in about two weeks, promoting the ski hill and this seasonâ€™s flights to and from San Francisco International.
Howard Pickett, MMSAâ€™s marketing chief, said final plans have not yet been set, but his team is in the final stages of a series of planned efforts, including some kind of public relations â€śstunt.â€ť
The team is working with Lyman Public Relations, a Sonoma County (Napa) firm.
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook of Mammoth congratulated Mackenzie Bachmeier, Danielle Brownell-Patty, Johanna Gur and Forrest Ferguson this week on winning the 2011 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship (SVST). The four young racers will receive $500 worth of ski tools and $500 worth of ski wax to use throughout the entire alpine season.
Now in its fourth year, the scholarship recognizes four J2 (ages 15-16) or J3 (ages 13-14) level athletes who exemplify talent, a good attitude, community involvement and a commitment to alpine skiing
You can't win if you can' score. Just ask the Mammoth Huskies, who were shut out Friday night by the Vasquez Mustangs, 21-0.
The loss dropped Mammoth to 3-5 for the season and 1-3 in the conference.
Next week, the Huskies taken on Desert Christian at Gault-McClure Stadium.
The Mammoth Huskies volleyball team raised its record to 7-3 on the season with a victory in four games over Desert Christian on Friday.
After dropping the first game, 25-20, the Huskies reeled off three straight wins, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.
Coach Megan Duffey singled out Jenny Clark for kudos. Clark had 10 digs, one kill and "really played a great defensive game," she said.
* Kate Desalvo: 2 aces, 7 digs, 22 kills, 1 block
* Aly Vanko: 1 ace, 10 digs, 2 kills, 28 assists
* Sam Knadler: 11 digs, 6 kills
* Arely Bramona-Fierro: 1 ace, 5 digs, 3 assists
The Mammoth Huskies dropped to 3-4 on the season Friday night when they lost, 29-9, at Mojave.
It was the final road game of the season for Mammoth, which returns home next week to face Vasquez.
Stacey Cookâ€™s road to redemption stretches out ahead, four years long.
She knows it is going to be a difficult journey, both physically and psychologically, but if all goes well, the road will end at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
The 26-year-old downhill racer, Mammothâ€™s best hope on the U.S. Womenâ€™s Ski team, said she enters the 2010-2011 ski season as determined as ever, in spite of her horrific crash at last Februaryâ€™s Vancouver Games.
Coming off two difficult defeats on the road, the Mammoth Huskies rallied on Friday night and thumped Lucerne Valley, 38-10.
The victory brought the Huskies to 3-3 on on the season and 1-1 in the conference.
With the ski season just over the lip of the horizon, Mammothâ€™s 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.
â€¨The Mammoth Husky volleyballers went the distance against Vasquez on Saturday, but fell short in a five-game match at Mammoth High School.
And it wasnâ€™t 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.
â€śI think we were surprised at how well Vasquez played,â€ť said coach Megan Guffy. â€śTheyâ€™ve certainly improved since the last time we played them, and it caught us off guard.â€ť
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 â€śB.â€ť
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 oâ€™clock.
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.
â€śYou canâ€™t put a kid on a bus and expect him to ride for five hours,â€ť said Coach Tom Gault after a mid-week practice this week. â€śItâ€™s especially hard for the junior varsity,â€ť he said. â€śThey have to ride the bus, jump off and be ready to play (at 4 oâ€™clock).â€ť
So how much is the â€śbus advantage?â€ť
There was always a certain kind of charm to the old house trailer/rental hut at Mammothâ€™s Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Wasnâ€™t there?
Um, no, actually, there wasnâ€™t.
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 Samâ€™s Woods, and a new tent structure that is similar to the one at Little Eagle Lodge at Chair 15/Eagle Express.