The South Tahoe tennis teams wrapped up regular season play against Fallon on Thursday, Sept. 29. The Vikings’ boys team completed an undefeated campaign with a 14-4 win over the Greenwave, finishing unbeaten in 10 3A Northern League matches.
South Tahoe’s boys team (10-0 3A Northern) led 4-2 after the first round Thursday, and took all six second-round sets to win the road match. After beating Truckee 10-8 in their season opener Aug. 30, the Vikings won their remaining nine matches by at least eight points.
The Vikings won seven sets on both the singles and doubles sides against Fallon. No. 1 singles Jonathan LaRue split the first two rounds 6-7 (1), 6-1, No. 2 singles Matthew Barnett delivered wins of 6-0 and 6-1, and No. 3 singles Sam Satin went 6-0, 6-1, 1-6.
In doubles, South Tahoe No. 1 Louis Marin and Mickey Sullivan won 6-1, 6-0 in the first two rounds before being subbed out. Vikings No. 2 Quinn Proctor and Peter Sullivan played tiebreakers in the first two rounds with scores of 6-7 (4) and 7-6 (6) while the No. 3 team of Bryin Schouten and Jackson Kuzmik swept its sets 6-1, 7-6 (6), 7-5.
The Vikings girls team (6-4 3A Northern) lost 10-8 to the Greenwave at STHS Tennis Complex on Thursday. South Tahoe took only one set in the first round and couldn’t fully recover, ultimately falling one set short of forcing a tiebreaker.
South Tahoe took six singles sets against the Greenwave, led by a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 sweep from No. 2 Allyson Cromwell. No. 1 Lyndsey Allen took two sets with scores of 2-6, 6-3 and 6-0 while No. 3 Theresa Sandborn scored a 6-1 win in the last round.
On the doubles side, only the Vikings’ No. 1 team of Abby Burns and Gabbi Fisher delivered points Thursday. After falling 2-6 in the first round, the all-junior team bounced back with wins of 6-3 and 6-0.
Both teams begin postseason play in the 3A Northern Region semifinals Thursday, Oct. 6. The Northern Region championships are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, at Reno Tennis Center’s Plumas Courts.
STATELINE — At World Fighting Championships 60, two local fighters brought home championship belts in front of a hometown crowd. Cameron Church and Chris Cocores won title fights in the event held at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of a strong showing from Escobar Training Grounds.
“It’s very special. This is where I grew up and where I came from,” said Cocores, who won the 145-pound WFC Mixed Martial Arts title fight. “It gave me a different motivation, and there was a different fire inside of me to fight in front of the home squad.”
Cocores delivered Escobar Training Grounds’ first hardware of the night by winning the 145-pound MMA title fight. Cocores forced his opponent Calob Ramirez to tap out with a rear naked choke 2:41 into the second round.
“It’s just the start for me,” the 25-year-old Cocores said. “I’ve been doing this for six years now, and I feel like I’m just getting started.”
Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Cocores felt the love from the sold out crowd at MontBleu. In the ring, the local’s versatile fighting led to him outwrestling Ramirez on the ground to end the fight.
“It was comforting more than anything,” Cocores said of fighting on the South Shore. “Sometimes you feel like you’re going to get overwhelmed when you walk out there — then you feel everybody’s love and the pressure isn’t there as much.”
Church won the 170-pound WFC Muay Thai title in the night’s main event, beating Brennan Mishler by technical knock out 1:08 into the third round. In his third career fight, Church beat the coach of his first two opponents by ultimately punching him into defeat.
“All my hard work paid off,” Church said. “Training every day for four hours a day and busting my ass made it all worth it.
“I had all my family and friends from Tracy right up in the front row, and I could hear them more than I could hear my own corner. They were practically in the ring with me.”
Joshua Meno was the local studio’s third winner Saturday. The Lake Tahoe Community College Student won a 170-pound MMA fight against Jonathan Carroll with a rear naked choke tapout 2:32 into the first period.
Erik Searcy (140-pound MMA) and Cris Montenegro (125-pound MMA) each came up short in their fights Saturday night. Searcy fell by technical knock out due to strikes while Montenegro lost a three-round split decision.
“I gave it everything I had,” Searcy said. “I almost had him toward the end of the first round, and really put everything I could into finishing him — but he was a tough guy and gutted it out.”
Saturday’s 17-fight card drew a capacity crowd inside the MontBleu Theater. WFC 60 featured MMA, Muay Thai and Brazilan jiu-jistu fights, and also handed out a Muay Thai 147-pound title belt to Gabriel Ramirez from Vacaville, California.
The five local fighters trained in a nine-week fight camp leading up to WFC 60 at Escobar Training Grounds, which can now lay claim to four champions. When they weren’t fighting Saturday night, the ETG products were throwing support each other’s way.
“We came in there with a bang and left with a bang,” Cocores said. “I’ve never fought somewhere and felt so surrounded by brothers — it’s dope.”
Hello fellow anglers; I can tell you where there will be plenty of fish this weekend. The Kokanee Salmon festival will be held at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, located on Highway 89 on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Leave the fishing pole at home and bring the camera to watch kokanee salmon start their fall run up Taylor Creek.
All rivers that run into Lake Tahoe will be closed to fishing Oct. 1. This includes the Upper Truckee River, Trout Creek and Taylor Creek. For those that want to fish, here is your local report:
LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Best action has been off the Tahoe shelf out of Tahoe City or Carnelian Bay to Cal/Neva Point. Start out early morning in 120 feet and move out to 180 feet as the sun comes up; by 9:30 a.m. the bite will have dropped off dramatically. Blades or flashers with a live minnow have been most productive. Kokanee action has been hit and miss. Most anglers have been fishing off Camp Richardson in 300 to 400 feet of water, with the kokanee suspended between 60 and 100 feet. The Cave Rock boat launch is scheduled to open Oct. 15 if construction goes well.
SILVER LAKE: Water level is down and the boat launch is still open; I would recommend against large boats using the launch facility. Be aware of prop-eating rocks when the water level is this low. Mackinaw action is good this time of year off the points and drop offs with Rapalas or Kastmasters.
CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been fair for trollers using Rapalas in deeper waters or flashers and a nightcrawler closer to shore. Shore anglers have had better luck off the dam with inflated nightcrawlers. The EID public boat ramp will stay open until the weather changes, and Caples Lake Resort will close down for the season Oct. 15.
For those that would like to pay their respects, there will be a celebration of life for John Voss at 2 p.m. Saturday at Red Cliffs Lodge in Kirkwood. The owner of Caples Lake Resort passed away Aug. 10; in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in John’s memory can be made to Stanford Cancer Institute.
BLUE LAKES: Lake level is down and fishing has been fair for small rainbows. Salmon eggs or small spinners in the morning and evening have produced a few trout. Beware of yellowjackets this time of year.
RED LAKE: A few reports of small rainbows have come in for anglers using salmon eggs by the dam area.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Lake level is lower and weeds are still abundant; fishing has been fair to slow. If you have a float tube or small boat, fish out past the weed line and just off the bottom with a nightcrawler or Powerbait. Shore anglers have had been doing fair between or over the weed line. Fly anglers have had the best luck in the evening on the northwest side of the lake with Woolly Buggers right over the tops and between the weed beds. The campground is scheduled to stay open toward the end of October, weather pending.
CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (California): Fishing has been very slow and the water levels are very low. Anglers fishing the harder-to-reach walk-in pools have caught a few rainbows with salmon eggs. Due to water levels, neither California Department of Fish and Wildlife nor Alpine County Fish and Game Commission will plant here for the remainder of the season.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (California): River is flowing great, and fishing has been very good the last couple weeks due to the recent fish plants by Alpine County. Geary and Deanna Ness from Minden fished here last weekend and caught eight trout between them, with the biggest at 2.5 pounds. They were using a small split shot with Powerbait. Renee and I fished the river a couple weeks ago; we kept three fish and released 12 others. The largest fish was 25 inches long and caught on a small Panther Martin spinner. Many other anglers have checked in with many limits of nice rainbow trout.
TOPAZ LAKE: Saturday is a sad day for many anglers, because Topaz Lake closes to fishing until Jan. 1. If you can get out on the last day, I would suggest fishing the south end with Rapalas or a No. 2 Needlefish lure. I fished here last week with a friend, and we worked hard and caught three fish each with the largest coming in at 18.5 inches long.
HEENAN LAKE: Located on top of Monitor Pass on Highway 89; open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the end of October. This is a no-kill lake, for catch-and-release fishing with artificial lures or flies only with barbless hooks. Fishing has been good in the early morning and evening for anglers using yellow/silver blade Panther Martin spinners. No motors are allowed on the lake, but you may use electric trolling motors on small carry-down boats. Float tubes are a favorite way of angling on this lake; it sometimes looks like a bowl of Cheerios when the fishing is hot.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to email@example.com. If you have a question or a report in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.
Former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis makes a stop at Stateline this weekend with a solo performance headlining Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Friday, Sept. 30.
“Lewis’ introspective, personal and relatable lyrics are proof that country music is about lifestyle and values, not necessarily where you were raised.
“Lewis attributes country as something that has always inspired him. Growing up in rural Vermont the singer/songwriter spent summers with his World War II veteran grandfather hunting and fishing. During that time, he developed a love for the land, the woods and the simple life, which still permeates everything he does,” states the artist’s Facebook biography.
Lewis’ debut solo release “Town Line” premiered in 2011 and quickly climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart. “Country Boy,” his first solo single, earned him multiple Country Music Awards nominations.
“I was raised on Country music. My grandfather listened to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Hank Jr., and all of the greats,” Lewis states in his Facebook biography.
“Those influences are evident on stage in his new songs and in Staind hits he often performs, such as ‘Outside.’ ‘It’s Been Awhile,’ and ‘So Far Away,’” states the biography.
During his time with Staind he recorded seven studio albums and notched five chart-topping singles.
Lewis’ Stateline show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located at 18 U.S. 50.
For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
— Lake Tahoe Action
Let’s cut to the chase. Are these really the choices we have for our city council? Is that really their comments, concerns and/or plans for our community?
I am referring to the piece on page 2 of last Friday’s Tribune in regards to our transportation issue — we are not Park City, Steamboat, Vail or any other ski area. We have that giant blue mass in the middle of the basin. I believe some call it a lake. Not just any lake, the most rare, spectacular lake in my opinion (I’m pretty sure locals share my opinion) that has ever existed. So free transportation shouldn’t even be a conversation. Clean transportation however should be.
Bringing up a idea like that and not having a plan? Come on, candidates! Giving Heavenly Mountain Resort kudos for anything accept making money sounds like a candidate that is being backed by the Company. Not having Tahoe’s best interest in mind. A couple smart things said is, yes our factory is the environment that surrounds us. It is our money maker. So let’s protect it!! And yes we are facing the beginning of a major housing crisis. So before we rip out 80-plus residential homes to create a Loop Road, because traffic is bad for a few months out of the year, let’s fix our existing roads and bike paths. Let’s protect our local population, with highly regulated vacation rental laws. No multi family properties, allow a certain percentage of homes in each neighborhood be granted permits, and in order to retain one you must not only pass inspection, you must show your taxes that you have paid the appropriate TOT tax to the community. Let’s get radical, let’s get smart, and be different. Because we are.
Fall is the prime time to see Kokanee salmon spawn right here on the South Shore. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hosts its annual Fall Fish Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
“There are activities for all ages to learn about the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe. We changed the name to Fall Fish Fest a couple years ago. We wanted it to be a little more inclusive, not just about Kokanee salmon, but also about other fish people might not be aware of,” U.S. Forest Service public affairs specialist Lisa Herron said.
These additional species of fish include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-known smaller fish, such as the speckled dace. The U.S. Forest Service is currently working on reintroducing the Lahontan cutthroat back into the streams of Lake Tahoe.
“The [event] highlight is probably seeing the fish actually spawning — it’s quite a display. The salmon, when they’re in Lake Tahoe, they’re a blue color. When they spawn, they turn bright red — it’s a beautiful display. Typically there are hundreds, if not thousands, of fish,” Herron said.
Attendees will have the chance to learn about the various species of fish and their interactions with the ecosystem through an array of activities, including a treasure hunt and visits from festival mascots Lulu the Lahontan cutthroat trout and Sandy and Rocky Salmon. There will also be a special appearance from Smokey Bear. Vendors and additional activities will also be present.
If you’re of an active spirit, Tahoe Mountain Milers will host Kokanee Trail Runs, offering half marathon, 5k, 10k and trot options. Registration and fees apply. Learn more at www.tahoemtnmilers.org.
For those planning to attend, early arrival is recommended, as the Fish Fest takes place during the same time as Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest and limited parking will fill quickly.
“It can get really busy out there. It probably is the single biggest event we have aside from Fourth of July. On those two [Fish Fest] days we’ve had as many as 12,000 people visit the center,” Herron said.
Public transportation and biking to the festival are encouraged. Event entry is free.
The Fall Fish Fest is held at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Additional information is available by calling the center at 530-543-2674 or visiting the U.S. Forest Service website.
It’s a season of change for Lake Tahoe Community College. In addition to the school’s new global business management degree, it is housing adult education program ADVANCE’s new Culinary Boot Camp, which debuts in October.
“The feedback from [restaurant] industry partners in town has been A) they can’t fill jobs, and B) the people that do come in are underprepared and don’t have basic skills [employers] would expect,” said Josh Sweigert, ADVANCE’s hospitality, tourism, recreation and retail coordinator.
Created alongside South Shore restaurant industry leaders, the boot camp’s intent is to raise the level of the culinary applicant pool and help locals receive access to better employment.
“The real big picture goal is to raise the level of prosperity and our reputation here. The perception is South Lake Tahoe is a funky place that doesn’t live up to the culinary scene in Colorado and other places. We want to raise that by starting on the ground floor to turn out top tier service and employees,” Sweigert said.
Boot camp participants will receive hands-on culinary training in LTCC’s commercial-grade kitchen, learning necessary skills to seek and obtain local culinary employment. The program goes both ways — it also helps local businesses by equipping their applicants with adequate training for a career in the industry.
The 40-hour program offers teaching in basic skills, terminology and practices in a professional kitchen. Students will learn about topics such as kitchen sanitation and safety, knife skills, butchery and more, in addition to preparing various meals in the LTCC kitchen. Each step of the food preparation process is covered, from planning to completion and cleaning. Off-site visits at restaurants such as Harvey’s are currently being planned.
“It’s designed to feed [course] completers straight to hirers. This isn’t like, ‘You’ve completed the course — good luck.’ It’s, ‘You’ve completed the course, and here are four companies ready to hire you,’” Sweigert said.
To comply with interested participants’ varying schedules, the boot camp will be offered in two sessions. One runs for five weeks, held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. beginning on Oct. 18 and lasting until Nov. 16. The second option is a one-week, full-on intensive option, where participants attend Saturday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Nov. 5-9.
The course is available at no cost for adults aged 18 and older who are interested in pursuing or advancing a culinary career.
For additional information or to apply for the Culinary Boot Camp, contact Josh Sweigert at 530-541-4660 ext. 672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1960, John Sturges remade a 1954 Japanese mournful beauty, “The Seven Samurai,” as “The Magnificent Seven.” That remake was made noteworthy by several soon-to-be stars (Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn), signing on to follow silken-voiced, smooth-pated Yul Brynner on an impossible mission to save a Mexican village from a gang of well-armed bandits. The film worshiped the redemptive quality of heroic machismo while providing each gunslinger his moment in the cinematic sun.
Similarly, director Antoine Fuqua’s re-re-make, aims to do no more than the same, despite offering a potentially interesting major twist — casting Denzel Washington as the Seven’s leader, Sam Chisolm. Fuqua combines two of his longtime favorites, Westerns and Washington, the latter of whom stars in three of the director’s films. In Fuqua’s recent “Equalizer,” Washington stepped into another role formerly played by a white male. There as well as here, Washington’s character becomes the dark-skinned savior or executioner to a passel of light-skinned folks.
Because no racially-primed life experiences are referenced in either role, Fuqua invites us to be colorblind. In theory, that works, but in the context of the Seven’s late 19th century setting, following the Civil War and recent abolition of slavery, it’s an interesting circumstance left unaddressed within the dialog. A bounty hunter certified in no less than seven states, Chisolm is clearly sharp with a gun; and more importantly, he’s always the smartest guy in the room.
After a greedy gold baron (a petulant Peter Sarsgaard) demonstrates his willingness to massacre Rose Creek’s citizens in order to steal their potentially gold-laden farms, townie and newly widowed Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) decides to hire gunmen as defenders. To that end, Emma rides into a nearby town where she meets Chisolm, and tosses the bounty hunter a bag of money that contains “everything we have.” Washington sprinkles the implications in his reply like magic dust, “I’ve been offered big money before, but no body’s ever offered me everything.”
While Fuqua declines to comment on Chisolm’s race, he pays close attention to Emma’s gender. Her revealing tops and form fitting outfits make her difficult to miss amidst the sea of men.
To help him defend Rose Creek, Chisolm has to take who he can get. They include: Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), a wisecracking gambler good with dynamite, a Confederate sharpshooter calling himself the Angel of Death (a scruffy Ethan Hawke), a half-delusional trapper (an even scruffier and portly, Vincent D’Onofrio), a Korean knife-fighting master (Byung-hun Lee), a Comanche warrior ostracized by his tribe (Martin Sensmeier), and a handsome Mexican bandit (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).
There’s little chemistry between these warriors, all of whom emerge from dark pasts and are prone to make their livings swindling or doing harm to others. What camaraderie exists arises from appreciating one another’s specific weapons’ skills. Emma sometimes shoots affectionate glances in Chisolm’s direction while we wait for them to develop into something more. Is Chisolm too practical for such a dalliance? We never find out because acknowledging such feelings would require exploring interracial romance at a time when there was little or no tolerance for it.
Instead, shots ring out, things go boom, and bodies pile up in the streets. Bad things happen, especially to the gold baron’s thugs, all of whom are little more than cardboard cutouts. Passable, but wholly unremarkable, ultimately, “The Magnificent Seven” neither advances nor detracts from the western genre. It’s just there.
Beer, beer, BEER! Oktoberfest returns in all its autumnal glory. It’s hosted at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.
The Tribune’s own Autumn Whitney will be at the event, sampling the many good tasting foods and drinks — and possibly partaking in a yodel. (We’re looking forward to hearing all about it, Autumn.)
Here are three more weekend picks:
1. FISH FEST
Fall Fish Festival returns to Lake Tahoe as well this weekend. It’s planned for Taylor Creek Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. ART DISPLAY
Check out “Music Through the Camera Lens” at Lake Tahoe Community College. View 20 images, which were taken at concerts put on at Harveys Lake Tahoe, through Dec. 3.
Fun around the lake, including a variety of musical performances, can be eyeballed in Lake Tahoe Action.
Lake Tahoe Action is an entertainment publication published Fridays, available around the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.