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Hartley, Mendes’ unselfishness puts them with the good guys

Steve Yingling

Westerns are no longer in vogue. Even Clint Eastwood has stopped making them.

So instead of describing the “Good, Bad and Ugly” in the sports world, let’s just refer to the “Best Damn Sports Show’s” cast of Rose, Salley and Arnold. Of course, you know who is who. Hint: The guy named after the pig in “Green Acres” is the least desirable character and Salley has been a “Bad Boy” since playing for the Pistons.

ROSE: Former major league pitcher Mike Hartley rebuilt the pitching mounds on the South Tahoe Little League major and minor fields, as well as the bullpen bumps. Before the former Dodgers’ pitcher went to work on the so-called hills, they were flatter than the Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series in Dallas.

Hartley’s charitable hands also reached for his wallet to donate a wad of $100 bills to Little League from his Spring Baseball Camp. He also conducted a three-hour free clinic for coaches and young pitchers last Saturday.

SALLEY: Chris Ault and the Nevada Wolf Pack for at least not inquiring about the possibility of South Tahoe High running back Grant Swinney walking on its football team.

Sure, Swinney only stands 5-foot-7, but height should never be used as a measuring stick for ability.

If Swinney was 6-2 and equalled his 2,056-yard output last fall, the Pack would have asked for directions to Viking Bowl.

But the Pack’s loss will be some junior college’s gain.

ROSE: U.S. Ski Team veteran Jonna Mendes for investigating what she could do to help South Tahoe High raise funds for the girls’ soccer program.

The recent defeat of Measure L, a $60 parcel tax, could necessitate the athletic program raising $100,000 to fund 24 sports next year.

Mendes, who played for the Vikings back in the 1990s, plans to contact former teammates to seek donations to help offset the estimated $4,000 it will cost to fund the girls’ program next season.

ARNOLD: Eli Manning threatening to sit out the season if drafted by the San Diego Chargers. If his brother Peyton can tough it out with a franchise that John Elway snubbed, then Eli could have made the best of it in San Diego.

Besides, wouldn’t you rather be sacked to the turf in San Diego rather than New York in the middle of December?

ROSES: Whittell High pitchers Chris Shapiro and Chris Pavich for throwing back-to-back no-hitters against White Pine on Saturday.

Don’t you wish you had left Mel Kiper Jr., Michael Irvin and the snail-paced NFL draft behind and made the 40-minute trip to Lampe Park to see such a rare feat?

The way the Warriors are going and considering how youthful they are, maybe we’ll get another chance.

SALLEY: Why does someone as unselfish as Pat Tillman have to die? Tillman gave up his well-paying NFL career in 2002 to serve his country as an Army Ranger. Last Thursday, Tillman died in an ambush in Afghanistan.

ROSE: One major golf tournament in the books in 2004 and Phil Mickelson won’t have to answer anymore questions about why he can win with dumb decisions in regular events but not in the majors.

By the way, does anyone know who Mickelson is picking to win the Super Bowl?

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or


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