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November 2nd, 2012

A tribute to my friend, Emile Allais (1912-2012)

November 2, 2012

 

A few months more than a hundred years ago, in the small French village of Megeve, a baker’s wife had a son named Emile.

In the last week, a lot of newspapers and some television news have chronicled the death of 100-year-old Emile Allais. They write about him winning two world championships in the downhill and slalom ski races in 1936 and 1937, as well as an Olympic gold medal in 1936. He would have won a third year in a row if he had not broken his ankle.

October 26th

Mammoth volleyballers swat Mojave

October 26, 2012

The Mammoth High School volleyball teams turned in a strong performance Tuesday, both winning matches over Mojave in Desert Mountain League play.

The varsity won, 25-14, 29-27, 25-20 bringing the girls’ record to 4-5 and keeping their playoff hope alive.
Notable performances were by Becca Albright (three aces and two kills); Bailey Rowan (five kills); Jolene Senn (four aces and two kills); Sydney Knadler (three aces and five kills); and Kyra Mckee and Cassidy Morris (12 assists each).

Meanwhile, the Mammoth JV girls won 25-15, 25-11, upping their DML record to a perfect 9-0.

Meads is Athlete of the Week

October 26, 2012

 

Mammoth High School runner Jody Meads has been selected as athlete of the week for her performance at the Mount Sac Invitational earlier this month.

Jody finished second, behind last year’s California state champion. She was the first runner to finish from the Southern Section.

Jody’s coaches say she looks impressive as she and the Mammoth High School cross country team near the end of the regular season and focus on the CIF prelims and finals.

October rain means October snow in higher elevations

October 26, 2012

 

The rain is coming down hard, heavy, horizontal and very loud.

Every October, there’s a race to see who can offer the first skiing in America for yet another winter.

October 19th

Chasing the moon

October 19, 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.

The expansion of Keystone in the name of cuter waitresses

October 19, 2012

 

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.

Athlete(s) of the Week

October 19, 2012

 

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!

October 12th

Off the Trail: First snow

October 12, 2012

Twenty years ago this month, it started to snow.

And snow.

And 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 didn’t melt out completely until August.

The horriffic battle on a small island called Iwo Jima

October 12, 2012

 

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.

Athlete of the week

October 12, 2012

 

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.”

October 5th

Free to work as hard or play as hard as we want to

October 5, 2012

 

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.

Huskies on the road in L.A.

October 5, 2012

 

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.

Athlete of the week

October 5, 2012

 

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!”

September 30th

Boron trounces Mammoth, 52-0

September 30, 2012

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.

September 28th

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.

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