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September 23rd, 2012
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.
The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport.
The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn't enough to get them their first victory of the season.
Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season.
So far, the team has been outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.
Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.
The answer is in two words:
Mammothâ€™s senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskiesâ€™ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudtâ€™s football prowess is in his ski racing.
It is not a particularly hard run, at least for those with legs of steel, lungs of a blast furnace, and the determination of a locomotive.
Erik Lynch and Rebecca Sopp qualify in all those areas, and the results of the Tioga Pass Run last weekend showed it.
Lynch, 24, ran the 12.4-mile road in 1:33:24, easily outrunning 24-year-old Ryan Spaulding of Bishop to win the menâ€™s division. Spaulding finished nearly three minutes back, at 1:39:13.
The Bishop Broncos beat the Mammoth Huskies Friday night, 56-6.
The loss dropped Mammoth to 0-3 on the season. Bishop, with the overwhelming victory, evened its season record to 1-1.
Next week, Mammoth travels to Rosamond. The Roadrunners won their Friday night game at Vasquez, 32-26.
A great example is one of Sun Valley from the top of Dollar Mountain
when there was nothing there except the lodge. It looked lonely out there in the middle of that wide valley.
There are also some photos of the lodge under construction before there was a chairlift on Dollar.
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.