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Shouts of ‘Go Fish’ begin at college

Michael Traum

It’s time for the Kokanee to run. The Lake Tahoe Community College cross-country team, that is, when it opens the 1997 season Friday at Lassen College.

Four men and three women make up this year’s squad, one and two runners less, respectively, of a full team. But while second-year coach Terry Adams-Schmidt is eager to assemble a complete squad – she has many recruiting letters to prove it – she’s convinced that her bunch of runners are going to have a good year.

“(Our numbers) are a little better this year, although we’re still just a bit short,” she said. “But we’re excited for a good year.”

Just one Kokanee returns: Rebecca Willmett. But the second-year runner, who spent the summer fighting forest fires, is expected to produce similar results to last year, when she missed going to the California state meet by just one place.

“She’s improved dramatically and we’re looking forward to her having a strong comeback,” Adams-Schmidt said.

Joining Willmett is fellow South Tahoe High grad Veronica Milan. Wendy Greer rounds out the women’s team.

On the men’s side, Adams-Schmidt’s recruiting produced Galena alum Gavin Furman. Michael Pratt, David Reichel and Eddie Shepard complete the group, all of whom will compete individually in the Golden Valley Conference.

“We have some real strong runners, but we’d love to find a couple of more bodies for a full team,” said Adams-Schmidt, who is a national-caliber runner.

The coach sent out bales of interest letters and attended many high school running events in hopes of coaxing new Kokanee to Lake Tahoe. While she has a table set up at the college for prospective runners and hopes to attract new athletes when school begins on Sept. 23, Adams-Schmidt said the consensus among area coaches is that the incoming freshman class, as a whole, is not as talented as usual.

“Recruiting was hectic and didn’t get a lot of results. But the word is out and we’re going to continue to grow,” she said.

Anyone interested in joining the team can call the coach at 541-4660, ext. 262. Prospective runners must carry a minimum 12-unit course load, three of which comes from joining the team.


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