Archive - Sports Article
September 7th, 2012
Itâ€™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 itâ€™s pro, college or high school.
But in the Mammoth-Bishop series, there havenâ€™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 wasnâ€™t really that close.
Going into that game and asked about the â€śhighlightsâ€ť of the series, longtime Huskies Head Coach Tom Gault thought for about a tenth of a second and came up empty.
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 playersâ€™ party hosted by The Bistro at Snowcreek.
The Mammoth Huskies fell to Kern Valley, 44-26, Friday night at Gault/McClure Stadium, but it wasn't for lack of trying â€” 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.
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 â€śPickleballâ€ť each Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and theyâ€™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.
Britt Cogan, facing an impressive national field in the Summer Biathlon National championships in Auburn last Friday, won the womenâ€™s division by more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor.
Cogan, 25, arrived from Mammoth Lakes from Wisconsin four years ago but went to college in Iowa, playing soccer instead of cross country skiing in her home state.
As an orthopedics technician at Mammoth Hospital, Cogan met Dr. Mike Karch, the mastermind of the Mammoth Biathlon, who has been behind her training, both on snow and off.
Mammothâ€™s Youth Football team does not have uniforms, is short of funding, and has a host of other issues facing the players and coaches this year.
But so far, playing well is not one of them.
The Little Huskies whupped up on Trona, 31-13 last weekend, with two players, Ryder Radcliffe and Ricky Johnson, scoring two touchdowns apiece and with Danny Longino scoring one.
More than that, the team held Trona to just 13 points, which was enough to put wind in their sails for their next game at Big Bear next weekend.
For the first time in 12 years, high school football has disappeared from the airwaves.
KSRW (Sierra Wave) sports director Bob Todd said the station dropped the broadcasts â€śfor a number of reasons,â€ť but declined to go into specifics.
The decision is a blow to high school sports fans, as well as to the teams themselves, said Huskies Head Coach Marty Thompson.
â€śItâ€™s a huge deal to those people who watch the games, and it was a great tool for us.â€ť
It also was a public service that not many communities have ever had a chance to experience.
The following locations will be stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch courtesy of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce:
• Intake II
Mammoth’s softball teams finish their seasons this week with dizzying rounds of multiple playoffs.
Monday, Aug. 27, is the start of the single-elimination playoffs, with Greyhawk, Originales, Grumpy’s Holy Rollers, Austria Hof-Thunderstruck, Guerreros and Los Mayas in the hunt.
For those who have ever harbored a fantasy of getting down and dirty in public, with knowns and unknowns, Saturday, Aug. 25, is the day for you and Mammoth Mountain is the place.
It is the Mammoth Mud Runâ€”six kilometers of downright down-and-dirty, commencing on the hill in the morning and ending only when the last contestant gulps down his or her last throatful of pumice-laced mountain juice.
It is actually no joke. It is an endurance athletic event, as hyped by, among others, Deena Kastor, on her social media musings.
The â€śrace,â€ť as it were, is split into different levels.
Tallus was invited to be one of six vendors in the gifting lounge at the ESPYs on July 10 and 11â€”ESPNâ€™s annual sports awards show, held this summer in Los Angeles, according to a recent press release.
At the two-day event, athletes, business agents and corporate clients, such as Microsoft and executives from ESPN, got acquainted with Mammoth, some having never been to the mountain resort town before.
â€śIt was great exposure for the town,â€ť said Tallus General Manager Craig Copeland in the press release.
The Mammoth Lakes Swim Team is finishing up another successful summer swim season, according to summer coaches Lindsay Barksdale and Teryn Falkingham.
The Sharks began practice at Whitmore Pool on May 22 and will finish up with a meet in Morgan Hill over Labor Day weekend. The team had just over 90 swimmers, ranging from 5 to 17 years old.
While working on my biography last night late, I discovered a long lost list of movies I had produced over a period of 55 years.
Recently, Matt Graeff, the middle linebacker for the team, was diagnosed with cancer and will miss the season while he fights and recovers.
Graeff is currently undergoing chemotherapy and acted as the guest barber Aug. 15 as the team came together to rally for him and shave their heads.
The coaches welcomed Graeff as a coach but wished he were on the field with his fellow teammates.
According to the coaching staff at Mammoth High School, this season will be dedicated to him.
Support the Mammoth Huskies and Graeff on Friday, Aug 24, at the Gault/McClure stadium.
It is already the middle of August and in a couple of months I will have to start doing a pushup or two every day to get back in shape for a winter of (fill in the blank).