Whittell softball sweeps Truckee
There were no big surprises in a doubleheader between Whittell’s veterans and Truckee’s rookies.
The Whittell softball team swept the Wolverines 16-1 and 22-3 at Whittell High School on Saturday. The Warriors’ defense was sharp behind starting pitcher Amanda Harris, and the offense piled on 38 runs in eight innings.
In Game 1, Amanda was nearly unhittable. She opened the game with an 11-pitch first inning to retire the side.
“She came out and threw the simple pitches, and she did what she needed to do to get it done,” catcher Emily Harris said. “She was just throwing hard today, and they couldn’t catch up.”
Running against the wind
Facing gusts of wind 20 to 30 mph, Whittell and South Tahoe runners dug deep in extreme conditions to turn in personal bests.
Despite the hostile weather, South Tahoe claimed eight podium positions, including four first-place finishes, and Whittell captured six podium spots with three first-place finishes at the Fernley Invitational on Saturday.
Whittell’s Sierra Forvilly and Mark Waite each won events and turned in season-best times.
Forvilly, a Whittell senior, finished first in both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, second in the 200-meter and 100-meter dash with a personal best (13.59) in the 100-meter dash.
Waite, a junior at Whittell, ran a season-best 800 in 2:09 for first place. He also took third place in the 1600-meter, running the mile in under 5 minutes, and fourth in the 3,200-meter.
South Tahoe’s Brandon Cramer continued to impress coach Jake Hurwitz when he claimed podium spots in two events he normally doesn’t compete in.
Tourism forum tackles increasing Chinese, Hispanic markets
Speakers at Thursday’s Annual Tourism Forum emphasized the need for South Lake Tahoe to attract the growing number of international tourists visiting California and the United States annually.
Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California and chairwoman of Brand USA, spoke Thursday about China as an emerging powerhouse market for the tourism industry. She stated that by 2015, there will be about 1.1 million Chinese visiting California. And business members in the South Shore community and regionwide will have to collaborate to take advantage of that market, she said.
“Our job, everyone is this room, is to create desire for the California experience,” Beteta said. “As much as we are all marketers promoting our product, I think it’s just as important that we’re promoting our industry as well.”
Site of mental health services at the South Shore unclear
Following concerns from South Shore residents, the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center may be heading back to its roots as a place for seniors to eat, recreate and socialize.
What will happen to mental health patients who have used the facility for about the past year and a half was unclear following a Tuesday decision by the South Lake Tahoe City Council.
The Council voted to invalidate a January 2012 agreement with El Dorado County that allowed the county to use about a third of the building for mental health services. The document was never ratified with the signature of the mayor or council member, according to a city staff report.
Local runner 100 yards from Boston Marathon blasts
Three South Lake Tahoe residents are unharmed after witnessing the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Les Wright, organizer of the Lake Tahoe Marathon, and his wife were standing yards from the finish line waiting for their friend Kristin Blocher to complete the marathon when the two bombs went off.
The explosions killed three people — including an 8-year-old boy — and injured more than 170, according to the Associated Press. A senior U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press that two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course.
City Council to mull partial Chateau project
Work on the stalled convention center and condominium project at the state line could resume this summer if all goes according to plan, South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Hal Cole said during a Tuesday council meeting.
Additional foreclosures of parcels at the site are expected in May and Owens Financial hopes to have the permits necessary to build the front retail portion of the former Chateau-at-Heavenly project by mid-summer, Cole said.
TRPA permits for the project are set to expire in July, but if progress is shown on the development the agency has expressed a willingness to extend its approvals, according to the councilman.
Compiled by Axie Navas