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September 19th, 2013
Home court advantage, elusive at any level in any sport, was missing for the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team last weekend.
Playing in its own tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, the Huskies fell to fourth place in the Mammoth Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Mammoth High School.
“We were very pleased with the overall level of play at this year’s tournament,” said Mammoth head coach John Morris. “This is probably the strongest group of teams we have ever had.”
A funny thing happened to the Mammoth Huskies on their way to a loss to Bishop.
The Mammoth Huskies, off to a 1-0 start in the 2013 football season, ran through their drills this past week as if Friday night’s game were just another bump on the schedule.
In spite of a season-opening loss to Whittier Christian, the Bishop Broncos and Head Coach Bill Egan pay a visit to Gault-McClure Stadium for their 7 p.m. varsity game, and if history is a guide, that means trouble.
To Graeme Pitts, everything felt as if it were in place for a big day in Mammoth.
Just in from pro mountain bike racing in Canada and on his way to Norway for the UCI World Cup championships, Pitts bounced out of his car, straightened his 6-foot, 2-inch body into a semi-salute, stuck out his chest and took a deep, happy breath.
“I’ve always heard about Mammoth and the Kamikaze,” he said. “I wasn’t going to miss this.”
The first timed High Sierra Century race featured some blazing performances by cyclists who finished the 100-mile-plus course in less than five hours.
But in many respects, the day belonged to Mammoth’s Dennis Phillips.
It’s not that the longtime Mammoth resident won his 60-69 age group, or that he did it by nearly an hour, placing ninth overall in 5-hours, 9-minutes and 39 seconds.
A 42-year-old Sonora man on Monday, Aug. 26, was in Renown Hospital in Reno following an accident at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park the previous Saturday afternoon.
It was not supposed to end like it did.
Deena Kastor envisioned a Top 5 finish at the 2013 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow.
Running in hot, 81-degree temperatures with high humidity on a shadeless course in central Moscow, Mammoth’s most famous female distance runner finished ninth last Saturday, Aug. 10, and not without having considered dropping out of the race “more than a dozen times.”
“It was a really hard race,” she said in a video interview made available on FloTrack.com.
Johny Kimball needed just one-minute, 40-seconds to zoom down Mammoth Mountain’s downhill racetrack on Friday, Aug. 9, which gave him a full second to spare for a victory.
It didn’t seem like much—and it wasn’t—but it was enough to lift him to first over Brian Encisco. John Widden finished in 1:43 to complete the podium.
The full downhill results were as follows:
1. Johny Kimball 1:40
2. Brian Enciso 1:41
3. John Widden 1:43
There were four races and four different winners on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Village Championships cross country mountain bike races at Shady Rest Park.
In the one-lap race, Seth Gacho narrowly beat Storm Patrie in 17:12, while Don Wilson finished third.
In the two-lap race, Peter Hensley (22:09) easily beat Cameron Small (23:30), with Gary Small finishing third.
In the three-lap race, Craig Albright finished first in 31:30, well ahead of Johnston Julao (33:58) with Rich Holcomb taking third.
Janine Porges (white Helmet) and Ingrid Braun (black helmet), race side by side on the final day of competition in the Village Championships.
U. S. Ski Team’s Steve Nyman flies off of “Hair Jump” during the WR FIS Elite Speed Series held at Mammoth. Nyman and other USST athletes including Stacey Cook will be taking part in the Mammoth Invitational, April 11-14.
Having been absent from competition for over a decade, the Mammoth High School Cheer Team came up big last month.
The nine-member team was directed by Cindie Wormhoudt and coached by Sarah Butner, along with assistant coach Danny Stanton.
Their victory came at Knott’s Berry Farm on Saturday, March 16, earning them some rest. It was their first competition since 2001.
“I’m extremely proud of these girls and of our coaches,” Wormhoudt said.
Chip White, Mammoth’s longtime contribution to the U.S. Ski Team coaching ranks, last week stepped to the top of the heap.
The United States Ski Association announced that the former Mammoth Mountain Ski Team coach and head coach of the women’s alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year—the organization’s most prestigious coaching honor.
Ross wins at Squaw, Mancuso third
Mammoth Olympic ski racer Stacey Cook ran a great race last week at Squaw Valley, but came up short by the merest of margins.
Racing on Friday, March 22, Cook crossed the line just one one-hundreth of a second behind winner Laurenne Ross.
Veterans show up big in penultimate race
Some might say winter disappears with the vernal equinox, others may pinpoint Easter.
But in Mammoth, spring doesn’t happen until the racers in the Village Championships are through with their business, and that means April 10 this year.