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Mountain Times: Congratulations Wolverines and all area youth sports

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Congratulations to Coach Bob Shaffer, the players, the coaches, parents and supporters of the Truckee Wolverine football team on their 27-12 victory Friday night against Lowry. The victory in Winnemucca extended the Wolverines winning streak to 32 straight games. Quite a feat, yet not totally surprising considering the deep tradition of youth sports in the Truckee-North Tahoe area for many, many years.

We moved to Truckee as full-time residents in 1979, and by the early 80s our entire family was involved in youth sports. I coached, Alan and Christy participated, and Alice was a perennial scorekeeper, team mother, and team chauffeur.

Many of our best friends are still the coaches, parents AND the kids who were involved in our years of youth sports participation. Many of those kids have grown up to be responsible adults, successful business people, parents, and coaches themselves. Their kids are now working their ways up to being North Tahoe Lakers and Truckee Wolverines.

As our communities were growing in the 80s and 90s, so were the opportunities for youth sports activities. In those years, many of our youth from the lake and Truckee played together in Little League, California Youth Football, various ski teams, etc. Later, soccer became huge which created more sports opportunities and participation. The players and parents established friendships and later on in high school, great rivalries.

Our area Recreation and Park and public utility districts, the school district and local individuals, businesses and volunteers have done a great job of providing programs and fields for athletic participation. With the introduction of club and tournament teams, even more opportunities have been created.

I can remember that sometime in the 80s, when the need arose for an additional ball field over at the lake, that one mysteriously appeared over a weekend and#8230; those were the days, huh? The origins of the Truckee High School baseball and softball fields also were constructed by local contractors and volunteers. I am sure there have been many other such instances of community effort and generosity over the years.

The residents of the Truckee/North Tahoe area place a huge emphasis on our kids, their education, their sports, their clubs, their music and art, drama and other extracurricular activities. Rightfully so, as these are all important elements in creating well-rounded citizens and a real sense of community. These activities give our kids a good and#8220;sense of selfand#8221; and prepare them for their future endeavors.

In the future, I hope our community can provide even more opportunities for our kids including restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, clubhouses, etc. that they can call their hangouts. This is a giant void in our area that hopefully will be corrected in the foreseeable future.

Weand#8217;re back: Alice and I snuck away for a week in So. Carolina to visit with our daughter Christy. During our stay we took a side trip to Atlanta to visit our nephew, Andrew Jackson, who was drafted this year by the Atlanta Falcons. Although the trip was brief, we had a great visit, and enjoyed the weather, the sights, and the game between the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. We were also happy that we paid only $3.09 per gallon for regular gasoline since we put on so many miles!

and#8220;Wreaths Across Americaand#8221;: It is hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner, but they are. Good friend, and long time Donner Lake resident, Charlie White, asked me to mention this program that honors our countryand#8217;s veterans by placing thousands of wreaths on headstones in cemeteries around the country. For just $15 you can honor our veterans over the holidays. For information you can call Charlie at 587-4811 or go directly to the website at . Thank you.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

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