A new eye on North Tahoe
And now starting for the Sierra Sun six-foot-six photographer and sports writer Seth Lightcap!Thank you, thank you. I am indeed thrilled and honored to work for such an amazing community publication. To serve as the curious eye of the people, capturing images of our triumphs, troubles, and achievements, is already one of the most rewarding challenges I have ever undertaken.For the last month I have been lurking behind my byline, steadily learning what it takes to report the news of North Tahoe through imagery and investigation. Hopefully youve noticed my work. Im trying to catch your eye. If you have met me on a recent assignment, I trust our introduction was as pleasant for you as it was for me. I have been routinely astounded by the friendly and cooperative spirit of every local person I have worked with. If we have yet to meet, may we soon. Connecting with the genuine people of this community is exactly what I re-settled here looking to do.Though I have not recently been a Truckee resident, I have more local background than my mail, still forwarded from Mammoth, might suggest. Starting in 2000, I lived around Donner Lake for four winters. Arriving in California from Wisconsin, I was eager to live the snowy dream and meet like-minded friends. Between commuting home via the Donner Lake run and living in a household full of Sugar Bowl snowboard instructors, North Tahoe not only fulfilled those fantasies, but left me forever in love. Both with Tahoe and one of the snowboard instructors, my now wife Allison.Since those dreamy Donner days, professional opportunities in media and the cycling industry have taken me from the coastal redwoods of Santa Cruz to the mighty peaks of Mammoth. Returning to North Lake Tahoe after four years away, I am more excited than ever about living here. The bustling beach and the lonely High Sierra had their glory days, but I never really felt satisfied with the balance of culture and adventure afforded by either location. The reggae in Santa Cruz was fabulous, but the backcountry snowboarding was terrible. In Mammoth, vice versa.My prescription for sanity is a cocktail of couloirs, singletrack, live music, and great food. In pill form this amounts to a day riding the Bronco chutes and then dinner at Moodys or mountain biking off Brockway to a movie premiere at FiftyFifty. Its easy to take such convenience for granted when youve been here awhile, but having just returned, Im acutely aware that the North Tahoe lifestyle is like no other. The Tahoe Sierra lets our adrenaline junkie bodies and arts focused minds thrive in unison.As a sports writer for the Sierra Sun, I will report on the sporting events, achievements, and opportunities that make that physical half of our Tahoe lifestyle so grand. From prep sports to skateboarding and skiing, I will strive to present accurate and intriguing observations from across all athletic disciplines. But Ill need your help. If you have interesting leads on local athletes or events please contact me. Im always ready to hear about Sierra athletics, whether its on the slopes, the trail, or the court.Reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick me out of a crowd. Ill be the tall guy with the camera looking to meet you too.Seth Lightcap is a sports writer and photographer at the Sierra Sun
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.