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Moapa Valley’s myopia in athletic qualifications

COLUMN STEVE YINGLING

Apropos.

Not long ago a football coach at Moapa Valley High School selfishly encouraged the Nevada Legislature to pass a bill that would have eliminated California schools from Nevada leagues.

Obviously, Moapa Valley’s athletic teams, namely its football squad, would have benefited from such nearsightedness. You see, year in and year out, Truckee has been a nemesis for the Moapa football team.

It was more of the same when the squads met Saturday for the Nevada 3A championship in Sparks. The Wolverines dethroned the Pirates 14-7 to capture their sixth state championship.

Hopefully, Moapa Valley now recognizes the healthy competition that Truckee brings to the field. Without the Wolverines, Moapa Valley would have to wonder year after year how they would have fared against the mighty Wolverines.

Besides, if they don’t win it all in football, the Pirates know they’ll finish second to none in volleyball. Moapa remarkably claimed its 11th straight state volleyball championship recently.

Keep trotting them out

Parents in this community are to be commended for instilling in their children how important running is.

It’s either that or parents were looking for a free Thanksgiving Day meal.

The 26th annual Optimist Club Turkey Trot attracted one of the largest turnouts in recent years Saturday at Bijou Community Park. Cars were parked all the way up to the entrance of the park.

As a frequent spectator over the past six years, I don’t think there are many local events that can come close to topping this one. For many children the Turkey Trot serves as an introduction to healthy competition. For parents, it’s an opportunity to support our youth and help children win and lose properly at an early age.

For the community, it’s a chance to show off its unselfishness. The city of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department, Optimist Club and Tahoe Mountain Milers made a lot of people smile on Saturday (See Scoreboard on Page 2B for a list of results for everyone who competed).

Alumni game canceled

Either there aren’t too many Whittell High boys alumni basketball players living in town, or they don’t want to face Don Amaral’s 2001-2002 Warriors.

Saturday’s alumni game — a nice distraction from all of the tempting Thanksgiving leftovers — has been canceled because of a lack of interest from alums.

However, Amaral plans on holding an alumni baseball game in the spring.


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