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February 14th, 2014
There’s an old saying around here, that “if you put a speed race on the calendar, it will snow.”
Once again the old urban legend was on the money last week when snowy weather forced the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to scramble.
Pete Korfiatis, Head MMST FIS coach, described the scenario like this:
“Though the MMRD was ready to race, Mother Nature had different ideas. She came in with fury, and knowing how badly the mountain needed the snowfall no one was upset.
Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.
It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”
Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.
Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.
The top halfpipe competitors in the U.S. and world may have been vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team in front on the Main Lodge deck, but over to the right, on the Andie's Double Gold race course, future Olympians were racing for their “gold” coming from Mimi’s Cookie Bar.
When three-time Olympian Kelly Clark fell on her first run of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic snowboard halfpipe finals, she instantly relived the 2006 Torino Olympics, where a fall put her in fourth place.
“I repeated my greatest defeat in the first run of finals,” said Clark, who already has locked up a spot on the 2014 Olympic Snowboarding team and who will appear among the many stars at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, today (Thursday, Jan. 16) through Sunday.
While most students spent the past two weeks on winter break, there was no break for members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams.
The athletes used every possible minute to train, including some very early mornings. And for some of the youngsters, Sunday, Jan. 5, the final day of their holiday break, was spent putting all of their hard work to the test.
December 31st, 2013
Ski races around the world are being postponed or cancelled on a daily basis due to the current warm and dry weather conditions, but, the Mammoth Race Department team didn’t let marginal snow conditions stop them from hosting the Mammoth Mountain Open Western Region FIS Series Dec. 19-22.
The race workers was able to pull off four days of racing for athletes representing the Far West, Northern, Intermountain, Rocky/Central and Eastern divisions.
With the world as their stomping ground, the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams were in full stride these pst couple of weeks.
Here are the results:
Clifford Mann FIS GS_Mammoth Mountain
The Mammoth Huskies basketball team, fresh off “character builder” losses at last weekend’s Whittell (Nev.) Tournament, is putting together the finishing touches before they begin play in the Desert Mountain League on Dec. 27.
If their 73-47 loss to Incline and their 71-38 loss to host school Whittell on Saturday was tough to take, their 56-48 victory against Lee Vining might have ameliorated the sting of the losses.
The bright spot in Nevada belonged to Fox Kailiawa.
The Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race started off the cross-country ski season Dec. 15 at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center with a crowd of nearly 80 racers, ranging from youngsters who were on cross country skis for the first time to college athletes and a two-time Olympian.
Adults raced a 10km race, high school athletes a 5km, and juniors raced in either a 2km or 1km race. A large contingent of junior alpine racers came to test their skills in “uphill” skiing.
The season for Mammoth's girls volleyball team is over.
Playing on the road at Pomona Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, the Huskies fell in straight sets to Pomona Catholic in the CIF playoffs, 25-16, 25-21, 25-8.
The girls thus come home after a thrilling season, during which they went 22-10-3 overall and were co-champions of the Desert Mountain League. Along the way, they won three playoff matches, two of them at home.
More details of their season will be published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Mammoth Times.
Facing two match points and with their season on the line, Mammoth's girls volleyball team rallied late to win, 3-games-to-2, in a heartstopping quarterfinal playoff match against the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals Saturday evening at Mammoth High School.
With the 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory, the Huskies advance to the semifinals of CIF southern section division 5AA against Pomona Catholic on Tuesday in Pomona.
Having won the first two sets, Mammoth dropped the next two, and fell behind 9-13â€”just two points away from a Sanata Clarita Chatholic come-from-behind win.
The Mammoth Huskies Girls volleyball team notched another dominating win Thursday night, Nov. 14, at Mammoth High School against AGBU-Canoga Park in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.
The Huskies won in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.
The Titans played well in the first set but but the Huskies really started to roll in the second and third sets.
Next up for the Husky girls is another home match on Saturday, against the winner of the match between Coastal Christian and Santa Clarita Christian.
The Mammoth High School Girls’ Volleyball teams continued their winning ways this past week with home wins over Boron, Vasquez, and Lone Pine, improving their league records to 7-1 in the Desert Mountain League.
On Oct. 10, the JV Huskies defeated the Boron Ladycats 25-21, 25-20. They followed up that victory with a close match against the Mustangs of Vasquez, losing the first game 20-25, but rebounding to take the next two games 25-20 and 15-11.
On the list of endurance sports, volleyball traditionally doesn't get much of a mention.