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September 30th, 2013
On the list of endurance sports, volleyball traditionally doesn't get much of a mention.
To hear coach John Morris tell it, the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team is fired up and ready to go.
Following a third-place finish last weekendâ€™s Cal City Tournament, the Huskies begin High Desert League play on Friday, Sept. 27 against Desert at 4 p.m. and Desert Christian on Saturday at noon.
Both matches will be in the MHS gym.
The team, Morris said, is on a nice roll, following its fourth-place at the Mammoth Invitational on Sept. 13-14 with a third-place finish at Cal City on Sept. 20-21.
The Mammoth Huskies learned a thing or two about the art of a quick turnaround Friday night against the Desert Scorpions at Edwards Air Force Base.
Cruising along comfortably after two quarters and with a possible road victory within sight, the Huskies came out of the locker room at halftime and were stung so quickly it was hard for them to know what bit them.
The final was 55-27, but in the third quarter, Desert overwhelmed Mammoth repeatedly, putting up 30 points in less than 12 minutes and putting the game out of reach.
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.