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August 24th, 2012
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).
Sprint Course (200 meter swim, 6 mile bike; 2 mile run)
This is the time of the summer Olympics where numbers are flying back and forth by the thousandth of a second. The difference between a gold and a fourth in the Olympics is only 18/100ths of a second. How much is that in inches?
Where did the summer go, anyway?
One of Mammothâ€™s early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.
Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.
The Mammoth High School football team opens two-a-day practices Monday, and even casual observers will notice a big change from last year.
Two-year veteran quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt will move from quarterback to tailback for his senior year, leading an offense that is solidly committed to the ground game, said assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jason Patterson.
â€śWeâ€™re just going to run people over,â€ť Patterson said.
To do it, the Huskies this year plan to run from behind a staggered lineâ€”another wrinkle that football fans around here havenâ€™t seen.
My next-door neighbor, Steve recently gave me a wonderful present: a hand full of aluminum and a little bit of glass. I am now the second-time owner of a 1945 Bell and Howell 8mm, hand-wind movie camera.
Take a look at the summer brochures around Mammoth and itâ€™s hard to miss those bucolic images of golfers on the townâ€™s two golf courses.
But donâ€™t be fooled.
With the highest-elevation golf courses in California, the altitude can play hell with anyoneâ€™s game. Oh, and thereâ€™s the wind, too. And the arid atmosphere that offers no humidity.
â€śAltitude does not create problems in playing golf,â€ť said Snowcreek instructor Dennis Hurlburt, who over the years has advised hundreds of sea-level golfers on the peculiarities of playing the game in Mammoth.
The National Summer Biathlon Championships are coming to Tahoe this August. The Auburn Ski Club is offering a Kidâ€™s Biathlon Clinic on Sunday, July 29, so youngsters can give biathlon a try before the Nationals event. The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to beginners and improvers. Children will have the opportunity to shoot a real biathlon rifle (.22 caliber) after receiving a safety class.
Coaching, rifles and ammunition are provided. Parents must register their children prior to the clinic and sign a liability waiver on the day. Open to ages 8 to 18.
The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its â€śDiscovery Zoneâ€ť at the base of Main Lodge.
In an effort to introduce young riders and beginners of all ages, a park spokesperson said it will open a specially designated area for beginning mountain bike riders. The gentle slopes off Discovery Express (Chair 11) will provide a lift-assisted area for beginning riders to hone their skills before taking to the bigger mountain.
The runners are back, the Olympics are on, and the Nike Outpost is open.
Hmm. Must be summer in Mammoth.
Situated in the old Volcano Sports space in Mammoth Mall (Ocean Harvest, Good Life, Command Performance, et. al.), the Outpost is almost a summer staple around here.
But this time, itâ€™s even better.
Each night during the Olympics, the Nike Outpost will have television coverage on two huge television screens, with couches and deep-cushioned lounge chairs for the members of the 60 or so running clubs who use Mammoth as a training ground for their upcoming cross-country seasons.
Mammoth schools superintendent Rich Boccia said this week he is pushing to make the town a designated training site for U.S. Olympic athletes.
Boccia, who has Olympic organizing experience in Colorado Springs and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, made his pitch to the townâ€™s Recreation Commission on Tuesday.
â€śIt would appear to me, based on the conversations here in town and given the athletes we have, we should find, somehow, to build an action plan to apply to the Olympic Committee to become an Olympic training site,â€ť Boccia said.