Palms to Pines Golf Association
Jim Crandall gave this report on the Palms to Pines Golf Association: When Bob Stearns passed away last August, PPGA members decided to dedicate the annual Club Champion trophy in his name. The Robert “Bobby” Stearns trophy was awarded to 2013 Club Champion Mike Feyder last week.
Bob was an enthusiastic member of the club. He rarely missed the monthly tournaments the club plays at golf courses off the Hill, and was always ready with a kind word or encouraging remark to his fellow golfers.
Bob, who was a co-founder, former president and chair of the SCS Engineers board, an environmental consulting and contracting company, brought his bright mind and enthusiasm to the game of golf. He studied the mechanics of the game, always trying to eke an extra 10 yards out of a drive, or sink that 20-foot putt. And while golf can sometimes be frustrating, I never saw him throw a club or swear (at least not out loud).
But I think he enjoyed the camaraderie of golf as much as he enjoyed the game. He and fellow Idyllwilders Pete Capparelli, Chuck Alkire, Bill Ragland and others often went on golf outings at courses in the surrounding valleys — Hemet, Beaumont, Palm Desert and Temecula.
I remember playing a round with Bob at The Country Club at Soboba Springs. We didn’t shoot as well as we had wanted to, so when the round was over I asked Bob if he wanted to play another 18 holes. Off we went. I can’t remember if we shot any better, but it was a good and full day of golf with a good-natured guy.
When Bob was diagnosed with cancer, he still played as much golf as possible. In fact, the last time I saw Bob was when we played together with Capparelli at the Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto in the weekly men’s club tournament to benefit the Grandfathers for Golf youth program. Although the illness was taking its toll, Bob still played with gusto, joking with the guys, having fun in the sunshine.
And that’s how I’ll remember Bob, standing on the tee box, smiling, joking with his friends, enjoying life in the sunlight on the links.
Town Hall Kids Basketball
Town Hall Sports Coordinator Richard Mozeleski gave this report:
Kindergarten through grade 3
In week three hoops action, the Wildcats avenged their week one loss to the Barracudas with a 14-8 victory behind the balanced scoring of Seth White, Ethan Sheppard and Brody Posey. The Wildcats held the Cuda’s high-scoring Mecino Harrington to just 6 points with a tenacious defense and the fast-breaking Wildcats were too much for the first-place Barracudas this week.
Grades 4 through 6
In another exciting game in this division, the feisty Bulls beat the first-place Celtics in overtime, 26-24. The high-scoring Tobey Posey capped off the night with a season high of 16 points, including a 3-pointer and three free throws.
The battle was even through four quarters, but Joey Neu’s 2-pointer and Posey’s two free throws were the deciding edge over the league’s leading scorer Ben Tiso’s 2 overtime points.
The Bulls’ victory threw the division into a three-way log jam for first place with the Celtics, Bulls and Thunder all at 3 wins and 2 losses.
Standings as of Feb. 9
Wins Losses Ties
Barracudas 3 2 1
Red Ninjas 2 3 2
Wildcats 2 2 3
Celtics 3 2
Bulls 3 2
Blue Thunder 3 2
Lightning 1 4