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Bill and Emily Langenbach

(October 7, 2021) Bill and Emily Langenbach had a grandson that ran cross country and track a few years before I became the track and field coach at Fortuna High School in 1982....

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Gene Cotter's Basketball Jones

(September 16, 2021) "Then one day my momma bought me a basketball and I loved that basketball; I got a basketball jones." — "Basketball Jones," by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong I...

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To Choke

(August 19, 2021) I watched a home high school sectional basketball game years ago against a very athletic team from the Bay Area. The game came down to the final minute and one...

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Of Basketball and Role Models

(July 22, 2021) The first time I met Jain Tuey, she was starting her freshman year at Fortuna High School, where I was teaching. After work, I ran into her dad Skip at...

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The Race to Bring Horse Racing Back to the Fair

(July 1, 2021) The Humboldt County Fair homepage says, "While there are still uncertainties as we move through 2021, plans to have a full fair including horse racing, vendors, carnival, exhibits and...

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Thoughts on Winning

(June 17, 2021) Watching the NCAA Track Championships last weekend, I witnessed an athlete win a title and position herself for an Olympic team berth. I'd coached an athlete who competed evenly against...

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