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Whittell athletics benefits from Celebrity Golf

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

Wet and dreary conditions during part of the American Century Celebrity Golf tournament translated to harder work and a bigger paycheck for George Whittell High School’s trash crews.

Players from Whittell’s football team and girls’ softball and basketball teams worked the celebrity golf tournament July 16-21 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf course, cleaning up and emptying trash bins.

The fund-raiser earned the three programs $4,000, which was $1,000 more than last year.



The funds will be split down the middle between the football program, now under the leadership of Mike Evans, and with the programs commandeered by Lindsay Wines, who coaches both girls basketball and softball.

Wines said the paycheck was larger this year because tournament director Michael Milthorpe thought the crew of about a dozen players and two coaches had to endure tougher conditions and work harder to get the job done.



“It’s definitely hard work. I think the kids have a good time and they see all the celebrities …” she said, “but it’s really pretty hard, and it’s gross.”

By the end of the weekend, Evans said the Whittell workers filled two dumpsters about 10 feet wide and 30 feet long, dumpsters which had been compacted several times to accommodate the load.

The football team has plans to conduct additional fund-raisers, and will start the quarterback club when the football season starts.

The club will meet at approximately 5:30 p.m. at a location yet to be determined to discuss Whittell football and watch Monday Night Football games. Attendants can pay per day or for the year, and can ask questions about the game or listen to Evans’ chalk talk tutorials.

Wines said the tournament won’t complete her fund-raising efforts, but it comes close.

The team may organize a car wash later this summer.


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