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
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.
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.