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October 8th, 2010

Tamarack XC Ski Center gets a new welcome hut

October 8, 2010

There was always a certain kind of charm to the old house trailer/rental hut at Mammoth’s Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Wasn’t there?

Um, no, actually, there wasn’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 Sam’s Woods, and a new tent structure that is similar to the one at Little Eagle Lodge at Chair 15/Eagle Express.

October 1st

Bishop Broncos bludgeon Mammoth, 59-6

October 2, 2010

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.

Ski Back Trail, take two

October 1, 2010

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 – the long awaited pedestrian bridge across Forest Trail.

Husky gridders get help ... from ski team

October 1, 2010

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 Gault’s 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).

Gault, Huskies looking for a high point tonight at Bishop

October 1, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies travel to Bishop tonight, and that’s almost enough to put a glaze over Head Coach Tom Gault’s eyes.

“I’m not sure what to expect,” Gault said earlier this week, “but I’ll tell you that somebody asked me the other day, ‘You look back on the Bishop-Mammoth rivalry, what are the some of the high points you can mention?’

“And I told him, ‘Well, we’ve beaten them (the Broncos) three or four times in 30 years, so those are the high points.’”

AYSO Soccer Week Three: Great weather, great play

October 1, 2010

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 hadn’t yet blown away on a cool fall breeze or buried itself under the changing leaves.

Qualls leads High School runners to big L.A. win

October 1, 2010

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.

Qualls’ blistering time was as hot as the day’s 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.

Green Creek Loop reveals flaming aspens, sheer mountains, serpentine creek

October 1, 2010

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.

September 24th

"Coco" Galvan's late field goal helps Huskies win 10-7 thriller

September 25, 2010

Jorge "Coco" Galvan kicked a 42-yard field goal with 45 seconds to go Friday night, lifting the Mammoth Huskies to a 10-7 victory over the Calvary Murrieta Warriors at Gault/McClure Stadium.

Galvan's dramatic field goal – long by any standard - came just two minutes, three seconds after he shanked an easier attempt, pushing the ball to the right of the north goal posts.

His winning kick was made more improbable because the error-prone Husky offense on the previous play was pushed back five yards because of a procedure penalty.

This Mammoth Husky is one tough ... girl?

September 24, 2010

It looks like any other mid-week football practice in any other small town in America. But there’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 school’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.

“I’ve been told that I’m the first girl who ever played Mammoth High School football,” said Elizabeth Martinez. “I feel really happy about that.”

Keith Dawley and his incredible skiing streak

September 24, 2010

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 – praying – for enough snow to ski.

“September is the hardest month,” said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. “Usually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.”

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.

Huskies use video in game preparation

September 24, 2010

It might have been a bye week for the Mammoth Huskies last week, but that didn’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 Murrieta’s 16-6 loss to Bloomington Christian – a loss that dropped Mammoth’s next opponent to 0-2 for the season.

Calvary Murrieta comes calling tonight at Gault/McClure Stadium, with a JV game at 4 o’clock and the varsity at 7.

Mammoth High School XC runners on their way

September 24, 2010

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 “best of the best.” Mammoth only brought seven of its members, but showed the much larger schools they should not be overlooked.

September 20th

The Everest Challenge: Take it to the limit!

September 20, 2010

 

It doesn’t take a physics professor to tell you that the two-day Everest Challenge bike race attracts an odd set of cyclists.

“There’s something about the human spirit that makes us wonder exactly what we can do,” said race director Steven Barnes, who happens to be an adjunct professor of physics at Cal State-San Bernardino. “This race is out there, pretty close to the limits.”

These runners are Ultra nuts

September 20, 2010

 

If you’re a distance runner in Mammoth, chances are you’re already working the outer fringes of sanity, but then there are some events that go beyond that, such as tomorrow’s Moeben Ultra 50K and 25K races in the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park.

Organized by Andrew Kastor and Elaine Smith of the High Sierra Striders, the race begins at the crack of morning, 6:30 a.m., and the runners hope to clear the first part of the race on top of Mammoth Mountain by 11 o’clock. It is shaping up to be quite a challenge for everyone.

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