Adams-Schmidt makes Sports Illustrated |

Adams-Schmidt makes Sports Illustrated

It’s nice to see a familiar “Face in the Crowd.”

Terry Adams-Schmidt, the Lake Tahoe Community College coach and a trailblazer in the USA Track and Field Pacific Association, appeared in last week’s “Faces in the Crowd” in Sports Illustrated.

Tahoeans are accustomed to seeing Jerod Haase in Sports Illustrated, but it’s about time the magazine tapped into our extremely athletic community.

Schmidt, 41, recently was selected the USA Track and Field Pacific Association runner of the year. She earned the honor by winning the masters division in the Bay to Breakers, Big Sur 5K, Gimme Shelter 5K and Cox Cable 10K. Moreover, Adams-Schmidt was victorious in the Humboldt Half Marathon and the Fujitsu 8K.

“It’s definitely exciting. I’ve never been in a popular magazine or anything like that,” Adams-Schmidt said. “It’s really a boost to my confidence and, of course, it’s motivational. It makes me want to continue training and pushing hard.”

Tribune photographer Dan Thrift also made his SI debut by taking the photo of Adams-Schmidt.

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Considering the freestyle skiing talent pool in the Tahoe area, Adams-Schmidt shouldn’t be the last to appear in “Faces in the Crowd.”

Chris Hernandez, Travis Ramos and Cristie Tibbetts have taken mogul skiing to a new level on the South Shore. All three will be on the U.S. Team next winter and Ramos and Hernandez, in particular, should have legitimate chances of joining Squaw Valley’s Jonny Moseley in the Winter Olympics.

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South Tahoe High diamond coaches Jan Johnson and Ralph Clelan deserve a tip of the cap for improving their teams during Spring Break.

Some area baseball coaches in the past have used this week as vacation time and felt the backlash upon resuming their schedule a week to 10 days later. But the present Viking coaches treated it as any other week, playing in the weekend Manogue Tournament. The Viking baseball team won one of three at Manogue and the Viking softball squad posted its first two wins of the season during a 2-3 weekend in Reno.

On the other hand, Whittell’s baseball and softball teams haven’t donned their uniforms since March 29. The well-rested Warrior clubs play North Tahoe at 4 p.m. today at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

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I always say that spring hasn’t sprung until the Masters is played. Spring finally arrives on Thursday with the first round of the PGA’s first major.

This year’s Masters is more intriguing than usual since PGA Tour rookie Tiger Woods is cast as the favorite (8-1). Considering Woods’ fan appeal that can’t be all that bad for the Stateline books.

Woods might be a year of two away from winning his first Masters. Since a fast 1997 tour start – one victory and a second place – Woods has been conspicuously missing from the top 20 finishers each week.

Of course, Jack Nicklaus predicted that the long-hitting Woods will wear the Green Jacket 10 times. The way the 21-year-old has been playing he better be more concerned with making the cut 10 times.

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In case you haven’t heard, the peak of Tahoe’s summer tourism season has been crammed into one weekend.

Yes, that’s right, the Fourth of July celebration and the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship (July 3-6) will go off during the same weekend.

Good thing, mudslides aren’t too common in July and President Clinton opted to visit the area later in the month.

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For you internet browsers who are basketball fans, an ESPN analyst rates Jerod Haase 65th among NBA draft hopefuls. The Kansas senior, who prepped at South Tahoe High, hopes to be selected in one of the June 25 draft’s two rounds or receive a tryout.

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Don’t let the first week of the Major League Baseball season fool you. The St. Louis Cardinals, a victory shy of making the World Series a year ago, won’t go 0-162 and the reigning champs, the Yankees, will expand their half-game lead over last-place Detroit before the season is over.

Although they are a week late, here are my picks:

— American League: East, Baltimore; Central, Chicago; West, Texas; and wild card, New York Yankees.

— National League: East, Atlanta; Central, Houston; West, Los Angeles and wild card, Florida.

— AL pennant winner: Baltimore.

— NL pennant winner: Atlanta.

— World Series: Orioles over Braves in six games.

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