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Letter — STHS tradition is gone


Tom Orlich was an inspiration in the community. In a time when kids need to look up to something/someone Coach Orlich was a leader among men. He worked hard, he instilled values, and he led those boys on a journey most are unlikely to ever forget. I know I will never forget.

I grew up in Lake Tahoe. My older brother played for Orlich, and went on the Russia Trip. Tahoe basketball was part of our lives. Plaques and trophies lined my brother’s walls and I longed to be a part of that elite society. In the fall of 1994 I finally became a part of it. I was a freshman then. I was a cheerleader, and not just any cheerleader, a basketball cheerleader. It was a dream come true. I did all I could to support my team. I helped Coach Albaugh (JV coach) with is fund-raisers and weekend clinics. I volunteered for the snack bar during other games, but when it came time for the varsity team to take the floor I was glued to my seat.

I witnessed Jerod Haase foul out with 3 minutes left in OT, I was there when the Bleacher Creatures rushed Lawler, and when Coach Orlich cut the net down, I was there when the community would fill every open space just to be a part of the magic in the Blue Gym. I continued to be there throughout my high school career. I saw every home and away game every season. I wore my school colors proud. I don’t wear them so proudly now.

I don’t even live in Tahoe anymore, and I feel the loss for the community. Sure, there are other sports, but when a tradition dies it is a very sad thing.

Lia Ferrero

1995 grad, Bleacher Creature

Oak Park, Calif.

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