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October 19th, 2012
It was 1 a.m. when we woke up from a rough and restless nap on the hard ground and stumbled to our feet.
The moon had just come up over the sharp and spired ridges of Mt. Tom to the south and it shone through the elegant, black lodgepole pines like silver water.
But we were in no mood for its beauty, even though we had been waiting for it to rise over the ridge since a 10 p.m. break, when black night had descended into the deep gorge of Pine Creek Canyon.
In the early 1970s, I was producing a movie for my old friend Bob Maynard, the President of Keystone, Colo., at the time. I had met Bob in 1944 when I was skiing at Badger Pass in Yosemite.
I was in the Navy and stationed in San Francisco at the time. I had hitch-hiked to Yosemite for the weekend and paid my $3 to rent skis and boots for the day. Bob Maynard handed me my rental ski boots of soft leather with turned up box toes.
It’s a little different this week because there are two athletes of the week instead of just one. But then playing tennis as a team is like that.
They are seniors Maren Hauter and Presley Mekvold On Tuesday, Oct. 16, they won all three of their sets in the team’s last league match at the Snowcreek courts, against Kern Valley High School.
They won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Presley hit some impressive shots at the net, while Maren got to a number of very difficult balls in the backcourt court. Nice season, ladies!
Twenty years ago this month, it started to snow.
By the time it stopped snowing, in June, 1993, the road over the Benton Crossing Bridge was lined with six-foot tall drifts. The piles of snow in Mammoth didnâ€™t melt out completely until August.
Just like every other man in America during the time, I too registered for the draft on my 18th birthday in 1942.
I immediately enlisted in the Naval Officer’s Training Program and was in school when the Normandy invasion took place.
I had just received my commission a month before the horrific battle on a small island in the Pacific, called Iwo Jima. During that battle, near the end of March and into April of 1945, I was in my final training for duty aboard a 110-foot wooden-hulled sub-chaser.
This week, Mammoth High School named sophomore Sierra Gilfoy as its Athlete of the Week.
A setter on the JV volleyball team, Gilfoy’s setting skills, as well as her exceptional swerving, helped lead the team to three straight road victories at Silver Valley, Boron, and Mojave.
“At practice she gives 110 percent and even stays afterwards to improve her skills,” said Athletic Director Chris Powell. “Sierra is a great asset to the team.”
Sometimes the complicated mathematics of choosing what to write about in my weekly column bogs me down, and I have trouble getting started.
Life changes even as I look out my window at Pole Pass, and watch the occasional southbound boat that cruised an extra week, or two hundred more miles north. The weather has been as close to perfect as possible for almost two months straight, and the fortunate retired people who aren’t worried about mowing the lawn in front of their condominium have really been enjoying the extra time on their boats this summer.
The Mammoth Huskies, coming off a road loss in Boron last week, take on Brentwood High School in Los Angeles tonight (Friday).
Husky fans are hoping for the best, even after last week’s 52-0 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference action.
Mammoth High School tennis player Jade DaCosta is this week’s Athlete of the Week. A junior, Jade is in her third year on the team. She won two of three sets against Desert last weekend. She also won her singles match against Bishop in an intense, close match.
Says Athletic Director Christopher Powell, “Jade competes day-in and day-out. Keep up the good work Jade! We will be watching your progress this season!”
Boron's Bobcats had a homecoming Friday night, and the most welcome guests turned out to be the Mammoth Huskies.
Boron beat up on the undermanned Huskies, 52-0, behind a stellar performance by quarterback Austyn Fink. The senior went 13-for-20, with five touchdowns. The only blemish on his record was because of Mammoth's Tyler Wormhoudt, who intercepted Fink in the lost cause.
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, â€śWho is Ward Baker?â€ť
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 High School cross-country runners donâ€™t have a big team, but theyâ€™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.
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 itâ€™s Boronâ€™s homecoming, not theirs.
Coming off a strong 49-8 victory over Riverside Prep at Gault/MClure Stadium, the Huskies actually look to ruin Boronâ€™s big night.
It wonâ€™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 Bobcatsâ€™ only loss was on Sept. 14, when they were taken to the cleaners, 48-6, by Rio Honda Prep of Arcadia.
For the Mammoth Huskies, turnabout is fair play.
After suffering four straight losses to start the seasonâ€”three by blowoutâ€”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.
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.