Steve Chittock

Coach has many fond memories of bringing teams to Jaycees tourney

Imagine my surprise when I came to your beautiful town on Friday, March

6 and saw my slogan, "The Road to Crescent City," as the featured

headline on Page 1 of The Triplicate.

As the longtime principal and basketball coach at Mountain Vista Middle

School in Kelseyville, I have been taking my eighth-grade boys team to

your town since the early 1980s. Over that time, hundreds of

Kelseyville kids have taken part in the Crescent City experience.

Nowadays, when former students in their 20s through 40s come back to

visit their old middle school in Kelseyville, they invariably mention

the great memories they had going to the Crescent City Jaycees

tournament as an eighth-grader. Oftentimes, those kids were on teams

that didn't take home a championship banner, yet their fond memories


Next year will be my 30th year of coaching junior high basketball, and

while I have turned down some half-dozen opportunities to coach at

Kelseyville High School, I have to say that one of the main reasons I

still hang in there coaching 13-year-olds is because of the Crescent

City experience.

The Jaycees and their leadership group of Arman Gunnerson, Tom Silvey,

John Phillips, Mike Mastaloudis, and the tireless others who help run

the tournament need to be highly commended for all that they do for our

youth. Sure, it is a far different generation of kids than the ones I

ran into when I first started teaching in the late 1970s, but in many

ways things remain the same.

The Jaycees have provided my basketball players with a goal to make it

to the junior high version of March Madness, they have allowed them to

live through their own version of hoop dreams, they have provided a

guide for how people compete with grace, style, and sportsmanship, and

they have provided a great many memories to the kids of Kelseyville as

well as many other communities.

The Del Norte County community is very lucky to have these fine people

actively doing all the wonderful things they do. Some 270 miles away in

Kelseyville, we have a great appreciation for them too.

John Berry

Mountain Vista Middle School


Your police officers are only as good as the 'respondent superior'

In regards to the letter submitted by Linda Beck ("Police should help

homeless, not crack down on them," March 17), Ms. Beck stated she felt

the police officers should be fired and new ones rehired.

Quite frankly your police officers are only as good as the "respondeat

superior." Bottom line: get rid of the people on top like the chief of

police and the sheriff and the district attorney and replace them with

people who will uphold the laws and constitution of the state of

California as well as the United States.

And in order to make those changes, the concerned citizens need to get

out and vote. Until the people take a stand, nothing will change.

Linda Sutter

Crescent City