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Bryce Eller is standing on the precipice.
He is 17 years old, a senior at Mammoth High School and a championship-class downhill skier on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team.
When he looks over the edge, he is peering at greatness, even if he himself doesnâ€™t quite know that yet.
Ranked second in the United States for his age group, Eller, at 5-11 and 195 pounds, is carrying a lot of weight each time he enters the gates. The number of eyes watching each of his runs is a bit astonishing.
June Mountain locals refer to it simply as “The Chair.”
It is arguably one of the top carnival rides at either June Mountain or Mammoth, and if you’re going to ski or ride June, “The Chair” is de rigueur.
It is Chair 1, marked on the June Trail Map as J1, and though as slow as molasses in January, it has taken skiers up the hill since 1961. As in straight up.
In celebration of 50 years of operation, June Mountain will offer lift tickets for only $5 on opening day of the 2010-2011 winter season.
Scheduled to open on December 16, 2010, June Mountain has already received more than 6 feet of natural snowfall in October and November.
What happens in Vegas, stays in â€¦ Mammoth.
The Mammoth Track Club came up the big winner on Sunday in Las Vegas, where Mammothite Josh Cox won the Rockâ€™nâ€™ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, while Mammoth TC runners also captured the menâ€™s half marathon and the womenâ€™s half marathon.
There were 28,000 runners. Ours came up first and best.
Jack Copeland knows about warm-up runs. So does John Armstrong.
For 10 years Copeland was the director of the Mammoth Mountain Ski School before moving to the fourth floor as an executive. Armstrong was director of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, and holds a certificate from the Ă‰cole Du Ski Francais â€“ about as high ranking as any ski school in the world.
â€śWarm-up runs are very important for getting the blood going and for the connective tissues in your body,â€ť Copeland said.
â€śYou have to learn about the day,â€ť Armstrong said.
It is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mountain.
It is one of the loveliest corduroy runs on the ski hill.
But “Coyote” also is one of the confoundest runs to reach, owing to its obscurity in terms of accessibility.
First, the run: It is a blue black-diamond trail, starting adjacent to McCoy Station at mid-mountain and spilling into the mish-mash of traffic near the bottom of Chair 5. Intermediates should have no problem here, once on the run.
Winning games helps.
Going to the playoffs is fun and exciting for everyone, from the players and coaches to the supporters of the team and the fans in the stands.
But this yearâ€™s Mammoth High School football team was bigger than that just for having taken the field.
After a lost season in which Mammoth had no team at all, the Huskies returned under the wing of their resolute coach, Tom Gault and his industrial-strength assistant coach Marty Thompson â€“ a former Fresno State and Detroit Lions tight end.
The Mammoth Huskies Friday night ended their season as they began it â€“ with a very satisfying home victory.
The Dogs ran up 51 points on Silver Valley, their best scoring game of the season. In giving up 20, Silver Valley never had a chance.
The Huskies finished their season 3-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. They were 2-3 at Gault/McClure Stadium â€“ not bad for a program that disappeared last season for a variety of reasons.
They began their season with a surprising 6-3 victory over L.A. Baptist, endured some very bad losses (59-6 at Bishop comes to mind) and long road trips.
The Unbound Terrain Park at Mammoth Mountain opened Thursday, and it's mind-boggling what Josh Chavet and his crew have created.
Working on top of a base of 13-31 inches of snow, the Unbounders opened a new urban stairset with three down options, a new urban planter box (brick with fake grass), and a new concrete ledge.
They also unveiled a variety of early-season jumps (aka â€“ smaller hits) and other assorted rails and jibs.
Way to go, you Unbounders!
Mammoth marathoner Meb Keflezighi placed first among Americans in Sunday's New York City Marathon, and sixth overall, according to race results posted on the official marathon website.
Keflezighi, the defending champion, ran the course in 2:11:38, while winner Gebre Gebrmariam of Ethiopia ran it in 2:08:14.
Shalane Flanagan, who trained in Mammoth over the course of the summer, placed second in the women's division, running the marathon in 2:28:40. She lost first place in her first marathon bid by just 20 seconds. The winner was Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.
Everything seemed so perfect. Fantastic fall weather. Homecoming festivities. But then the game started, and well ...
The Huskies put 20 points on the board and looked good doing it, but it was not enough to stop Desert Christian from putting up 51. Gimme an "O." Gimme a "U." Gimme a "C." Gimme an "H."
The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the league. At Gault-McClure Stadium, the Huskies dropped to 2-3, with their finale next Friday night agasint Silver Valley.
San Francisco, look out. The Mammoth Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s marketing team is about to descend on The City in a big-time way in about two weeks, promoting the ski hill and this seasonâ€™s flights to and from San Francisco International.
Howard Pickett, MMSAâ€™s marketing chief, said final plans have not yet been set, but his team is in the final stages of a series of planned efforts, including some kind of public relations â€śstunt.â€ť
The team is working with Lyman Public Relations, a Sonoma County (Napa) firm.
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook of Mammoth congratulated Mackenzie Bachmeier, Danielle Brownell-Patty, Johanna Gur and Forrest Ferguson this week on winning the 2011 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship (SVST). The four young racers will receive $500 worth of ski tools and $500 worth of ski wax to use throughout the entire alpine season.
Now in its fourth year, the scholarship recognizes four J2 (ages 15-16) or J3 (ages 13-14) level athletes who exemplify talent, a good attitude, community involvement and a commitment to alpine skiing
You can't win if you can' score. Just ask the Mammoth Huskies, who were shut out Friday night by the Vasquez Mustangs, 21-0.
The loss dropped Mammoth to 3-5 for the season and 1-3 in the conference.
Next week, the Huskies taken on Desert Christian at Gault-McClure Stadium.
The Mammoth Huskies volleyball team raised its record to 7-3 on the season with a victory in four games over Desert Christian on Friday.
After dropping the first game, 25-20, the Huskies reeled off three straight wins, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.
Coach Megan Duffey singled out Jenny Clark for kudos. Clark had 10 digs, one kill and "really played a great defensive game," she said.
* Kate Desalvo: 2 aces, 7 digs, 22 kills, 1 block
* Aly Vanko: 1 ace, 10 digs, 2 kills, 28 assists
* Sam Knadler: 11 digs, 6 kills
* Arely Bramona-Fierro: 1 ace, 5 digs, 3 assists