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Time changes; not coaching memories

Change clocks Check. Change programs on programmable thermostats check. Insure computer clocks all changed correctly Check. Make note to clean furnace filters Check. Make note to buy some smoke alarm batteries and install them Check.Groggy? Check. Ready to write? Here goes!I was just beginning to love the early morning glimpse of daylight we were beginning to experience each morning (I usually wake up between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.). But, now some high level group of so-called experts decided they wanted to save some energy by changing the clocks three weeks early. Im pretty sure that Paul Harvey (radio show commentator) said we will only be saving $3 to $4 per household by doing this, but I guess if you multiply that by millions of families, it does represent a savings or at least an effort.

Yes, it is that time of year! Major League Baseball teams have already started spring training in Arizona and Florida. Our high school baseball and softball teams have been selected already and they are playing preseason games (in places other than Truckee), and I understand Little League tryouts and team selections are just a couple of weeks away.Playing baseball and softball in this area definitely presents its challenges. I coached Little League for 10 years, was umpire in chief for two years, coached JV baseball for one year, and high school JV and varsity softball for four years. I think I have seen it all.I believe it was the spring of 1982 when tryouts for Little League were held around the first of May and Opening Day was not held until the third weekend in May due to snow on our fields. We only had a four-week season that year and only managed a 10-game schedule. Many a Little League opening day parade has been held in a snow storm!When Alan was a sophomore in high school (1991?) a lot of the boys were out practicing on the high school practice field in January (no snow). Once the season started (last week in February) the baseball team was only able to practice and play on their home field the last two weeks of the season. The rest of their practice times were in the gym, on asphalt parking lots, or coaches and parents would drive them to Reno to get a glimpse of some grass and some on-field practice. In the case of Little League, practices were pretty much restricted to asphalt parking lots until the fields were available. It is my understanding that Truckee Little League now has a practice facility in a hanger out at the airport so they can now hold tryouts and practices even before the snow on the fields and parking lots melt away. Times are changing.

In the fall of 1997, I was asked, by several parents if I would be interested in coaching Truckees first girls JV softball team. The high school principal, Dennis LeBlanc, and athletic director, Chris Dreisbeck, had told these parents that the only way they could have a team is if the parents were able to put together a schedule with other schools, provide transportation, uniforms and equipment; and if they could find volunteer coaches. The school district would only pay for safety equipment. I agreed to give it a try and I also talked Jason Edmonds into assisting me. The rest was history. This team was very special to me and I still have a framed collage of pictures on my home office wall with pictures of the girls playing in the rain in Grass Valley. The girls presented this to me at our year-end banquet. At the bottom of the picture they referred to me as Our All Weather Coach. Members of this team included: Shauna Murray, Cali Pratt, Leilani Mullen, Marci Ramirez, Ashley Long, Emily DeCarlo, MacKenzie Harrison, Katie Bryan, Kendra Murphy, Ange Solinsky, Renee Trudeau, Teal Cutter, Malissa Davis, Courtney Burton, Becca Martin, Jennifer Marx and Grace Kennelly. Hopefully I didnt leave anyone out as, admittedly, this was the most special team I ever have had the privilege to coach. Our win/loss record was something like 6 and 6, but we worked and played hard, and more importantly, we had fun!Most these young ladies went on to college, have pursued various careers, some are married and some have children. I dont see them very often anymore, but when I do it always makes my day.

Boreal Ridge at Castle Peak was the original name of what is now Boreal Mountain Resort. A couple of years after opening (1964 or 65?) the name was shortened to Boreal Ridge, then just Boreal. Prior to that, the Auburn Ski Club conducted skiing activities for many years at the site. To the best of my knowledge the Auburn Ski Club still has ownership interests in the land at and around the ski area. Dean and Robie Litchfield were the early bird winners, followed by Corine Harvey, Betty Baker (who was the first National Ski Patrol leader at Boreal), and Leah Krone.Both Norm Justesen and Bill Mullins identified the Auburn Ski Club as the actual first operators of ski activity in that location.

For years Truckee had two Chevron gas stations. One still exists at the Donner Pass Road exit of I-80 at Donner Lake. Where was the other one located? Call us at 550-5035 or email us at nnicholls@dicksonrealty.com with your answer. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd.