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September 28th, 2012

A tribute to my old ski buddy, Ward Baker

September 28, 2012

During the winters of 1947-48, I lived with Ward Baker in the Sun Valley parking lot, in a 4x8 foot trailer. Someone asked me last night, “Who is Ward Baker?”

Ward grew up in Manhattan Beach. I first met him while I was surfing, in January, in the freezing cold waters of the South Bay near his house. I was riding my homemade, 11-foot long, 95-pound redwood surfboard, and he was riding his homemade redwood surfboard that was about 7 feet long. It weighed nearly as much as mine did. We met in 1941, long before the invention of 8-pound foam and fiberglass boards.

Mammoth runners impressive in L.A. meet

September 28, 2012

Mammoth High School cross-country runners don’t have a big team, but they’ve got a big name.

The Huskies took seven runners to the 39th Annual Bellarmine Jefferson Invitational at Griffith Park in Los Angeles last weekend and came away with impressive performances.

The first race of the day featured four freshmen from Mammoth in the Fosh/Soph race. Up-and-comer Jeremy Laguna ran the 2.95-mile course in 18:52, placing ninth, and received a medal for his performance.

Huskies hope to continue winning ways

September 28, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies, now in the thick of High Desert Conference play, get to participate in a Home- coming tonight (Friday).

The problem is that it’s Boron’s homecoming, not theirs.

Coming off a strong 49-8 victory over Riverside Prep at Gault/MClure Stadium, the Huskies actually look to ruin Boron’s big night.

It won’t be easy.

Boron (4-1) is coming off a 56-6 victory over Vasquez on Friday, Sept. 21, and have won games this season by 54-0, 61-0 and 55-0. The Bobcats’ only loss was on Sept. 14, when they were taken to the cleaners, 48-6, by Rio Honda Prep of Arcadia.

September 23rd

Huskies thump Riverside Prep, 49-8, in first victory of the season

September 23, 2012

For the Mammoth Huskies, turnabout is fair play.

After suffering four straight losses to start the season—three by blowout—the Huskies on Friday, Sept. 21, turned the tables on Riverside Prep, 49-8 at Gault/McClure Stadium in Mammoth.

The game was a rout from the start. The Huskies put up 21 points in each of the first two quarters, added seven seven more in the third and finally let up in a scoreless fourth quarter.

Riverside Prep, this year a conference opponent, got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when the game was well out of hand.

September 21st

WARREN MILLER: Sleeping is a colossal waste of time

September 21, 2012

As I have grown older, I always thought I would live in a house somewhere in Sun City, Arizona, or Palm Springs, California, playing bridge and shuffleboard with a bunch of old blue and grey-haired people, many of whom would be on walkers. 

September 15th

WARREN MILLER: Jeff Jobe—the first person to fly with skis

September 15, 2012

The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport. 

Huskies drop to 0-4 after 35-13 loss at Rosamond

September 15, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn't enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season.

So far, the team has been outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Ski training, plyometrics, help Husky football star Wormhoudt

September 15, 2012

After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.

The answer is in two words:

Tyler Wormhoudt.

Mammoth’s senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskies’ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudt’s football prowess is in his ski racing.

September 14th

Tioga Run goes to Eric Lynch, Rebecca Sopp

September 14, 2012

It is not a particularly hard run, at least for those with legs of steel, lungs of a blast furnace, and the determination of a locomotive.

Erik Lynch and Rebecca Sopp qualify in all those areas, and the results of the Tioga Pass Run last weekend showed it.

Lynch, 24, ran the 12.4-mile road in 1:33:24, easily outrunning 24-year-old Ryan Spaulding of Bishop to win the men’s division. Spaulding finished nearly three minutes back, at 1:39:13.

September 8th

Bishop whomps Mammoth, 56-6

September 8, 2012

The Bishop Broncos beat the Mammoth Huskies Friday night, 56-6.

The loss dropped Mammoth to 0-3 on the season. Bishop, with the overwhelming victory, evened its season record to 1-1.

Next week, Mammoth travels to Rosamond. The Roadrunners won their Friday night game at Vasquez, 32-26.

September 7th

Antique Photos

September 7, 2012

A great example is one of Sun Valley from the top of Dollar Mountain
when there was nothing there except the lodge. It looked lonely out there in the middle of that wide valley.
There are also some photos of the lodge under construction before there was a chairlift on Dollar.

Huskies, Broncos prepare for 'Rivalry Game'; Big problem: much of a rivalry

September 7, 2012

It’s not really much of a rivalry game in the ordinary sense.

In a true rivalry, either one team or the other wins, making each game a toss-up, at any level, whether it’s pro, college or high school.

But in the Mammoth-Bishop series, there haven’t been a whole lot of Huskies victories over the decades.
Two years ago, when the Huskies last visited Bishop, the final was 59-6, but it wasn’t really that close.

Going into that game and asked about the “highlights” of the series, longtime Huskies Head Coach Tom Gault thought for about a tenth of a second and came up empty.

September 5th

Avramov, Chessler capture Snowcreek tennis tournament title; Kellogg, Skidmore take women's crown

September 5, 2012

The Labor Day Doubles Tennis Tournament was held at Snowcreek Athletic Club on Saturday-Monday, September 1-3.

Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted the 73 players, their families and the many spectators who enjoyed the competitive matches over the three-day weekend.

Along with players from Mammoth, Swall Meadows, Crowley and Bishop, the draw sheets also listed players from Bakersfield, Southen California, Hawaii and Nevada. On Sunday evening tournament entrants and their guests enjoyed the players’ party hosted by The Bistro at Snowcreek.

September 1st

Wormhoudt stars in 44-26 loss to Kern Valley; 269 yards running on 31 attempts

September 1, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies fell to Kern Valley, 44-26, Friday night at Gault/McClure Stadium, but it wasn't for lack of trying — especially by senior tailback Tyler Wormhoudt.

Injured a week ago with a sprained knee, Wormhoudt was cleared to play on Wednesday, and boy, did he play on Friday night.

The Huskies' running back picked up a whopping 269 yards on the ground, on 31 attempts. That averages 8.7 yards a carry. He scored three touchdowns, too, In addition, he returned five kicks for 220 yards, totaling 489 all purpose yards.

But it wasn't enough.

It's Pickleball season! Now, what the heck is Pickleball?

September 1, 2012

Each Tuesday afternoon at the town tennis courts, a strange cadre of people, carrying odd racquets and yellow whiffle balls, take to the playing surface.

It is not the U.S. Open.

It is not tennis.

The people play “Pickleball” each Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they’re looking for more converts to the sport.

It is played with what looks like an oversized table-tennis paddle, on a shortened court. It is a doubles-only format, at least under the canopy of trees in Mammoth, and it looks like a load of fun.

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