Column: Ivy League almost turns to poison Ivy for Neeser |

Column: Ivy League almost turns to poison Ivy for Neeser

The Ivy League has its high standards to uphold, but fortunately the highly acclaimed fraternity of academic institutions in the Northeast didn’t become poison ivy to senior guard Jason Neeser.

Neeser, a three-year starter for South Tahoe High from 1993-96, nearly didn’t make the trip last weekend as Dartmouth opened its season in the Mohegan Sun Classic because of a discrepancy over the credits he earned at the University of Nevada from 1997-98.

Ridiculous! It’s not like two-time transfer failed those classes. But, I guess, since Ivy Leaguers aren’t often ineligible, you have to pick on the athletes who are eligible.

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South Tahoe High alums certainly won’t forget how Viking athletes are closing out the millennium.

A state cross country title zone championships in cross country running and boys soccer and four other playoff appearances demonstrate how athletically gifted the Vikings are this year.

Of course, the Vikings may start the new millennium the way they finished the old. Boys zone and state basketball titles are definitely within reach if the South Tahoe’s veteran squad improves after qualifying for the state quarterfinals a year ago. Also, don’t rule out a state skiing championship and several individual zone and state titles in track and field.

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More than halfway through the NFL season, the safest prediction to make is that an AFC team will win the Super Bowl for third straight year.

When you consider that schedule-challenged St. Louis and defensive-thin Minnesota are the principle NFC threats to end the AFC reign, then a conference championship should reward their abilities.

The Super Bowl champion likely will come out of the AFC East, where Miami, Indianapolis, Buffalo and New England may fill four out of the six playoff spots. The race is really hot to see which team will come away with home-field advantage through the playoffs as Jacksonville (9-1) is closely pursued by Tennessee (8-2), Indianapolis (8-2), Seattle (8-2) and Miami (8-2).

The Stateline sports books also like the AFC chances of winning it all, although the early Super Bowl line at Harveys lists the AFC as a slim three-point favorite.

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Why doesn’t Nevada Athletic Director Chris Ault just get it over with and hire himself as the university’s football coach again.

As recent history suggests, the Pack doesn’t play consistently well without him in charge.

Ault, who served two tenures as Pack football coach, reportedly hopes to have Jeff Tisdel’s successor in place before Christmas. Tisdel resigned as the Pack was enduring one of the school’s worst seasons at 3-8 in school history.

Then again, maybe Ault should wait until Christmas Day to present his next football coach. After the season Pack fans just endured, they need an extra gift under the Christmas tree.

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Speaking of gifts, Heavenly’s Gunbarrel Run certainly needs Mother Nature to get busy over the next few months with a World Cup freestyle event set for Jan. 21-23 at Heavenly Ski Resort.

Generous winters over the past five years have spoiled us all, but it would be a shame if a lack of snow deprived local mogul skiers Travis Ramos, Travis Cabral, Chris Hernandez and Brooke Ballachey of a chance to compete in front of their hometown.

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While the resorts continue to embrace world-class snowboard and freestyle events, rising extreme offerings like the X Games and Gravity Games land elsewhere.

Mammoth will host the Gravity Games in January, while Mount Snow, Vt., will launch a four-year deal of holding the X Games at American Skiing Company resorts Feb. 3-6.

When will Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood or a combination of these resorts give Shaun Palmer and other local extreme athletes the home-mountain edge they deserve?

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