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October 1st, 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 hadnâ€™t 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 dayâ€™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.
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.
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 â€“ 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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Mammoth Huskies have had a week to lick their wounds, daub their eyes and otherwise try to recover from last week’s 27-0 debacle against Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo.
At the same time, Head Coach Tom Gault’s coaching staff has two weeks to try to recalibrate last week’s sucky offense and out-of-kilter defense. Whether any of their work pays off will be revealed next Friday night, when the Calvary Murietta Warriors (0-1) come calling at Gault-McClure Stadium.
Well, we knew the Mammoth Huskies weren't going to go undefeated, but still, last weekend hurt.
Coming off an opening-game victory against L.A. Baptist, the Huskies on Friday night were whomped by the visiting Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo, 27-0. On the bright side, sort of, the varsity did a bit better than the junior varsity, which lost, 32-0.
Mammoth Times Photo/Susan Morning
Fall Century Ride
Riding against fierce headwinds on one section of the High Sierra Fall Century route and battling equipment problems along the way, the kids of Mammoth Mountain Ski Team all completed the High Sierra Fall Century bike ride last Saturday.
"We had a great, great time," said one of the teams' coaches, Kevin Francis. "One of them had a flat tire but got help from a couple of women riders, and one of them bonked, but we got some food into him and he finished the ride."
Having little sense of the difference between, say, the â€śPistolâ€ť offense of the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Pro Set of Fresno State, Mammoth photographer Brandon Russell has found himself in a most improbable spot.
That would be the College Football Hall of Fame.
â€śCrazy, huh?â€ť said the 28-year-old Russell, a University of Nevada-Reno graduate and a noted action sports photographer.
Russell said he really doesnâ€™t know the intricacies of the sport he photographs so well, but last season, Nevada hit gold, er, silver, and Russell was there to capture it.
L.A. Baptist 3,
in season opener
The Mammoth Huskies havenâ€™t had this kind of momentum since Head Coach Tom Gault can remember.
In winning a stirring, 6-3 come-from-behind victory over the L.A. Baptist Knights last Saturday at Gault-McClure Stadium, the Huskies pulled off one of the biggest victories that the 64-year old coach could remember.