Wednesday, March 28, 2012

City of Hailey salutes a special team

Mayor tries his skills with Wolverines


Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle (right) canít stop Wood River High School senior Haillie Taylor from dunking the ball during their just-for-fun one-on-one skills challenge during the March 19 Hailey City Council meeting. Photo by Roland Lane

A just-for-fun one-on-one basketball game featuring Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle started off the regular Hailey City Council meeting Monday, March 19 and put a smile on the faces of all those attending.

Haemmerle opened the meeting by welcoming coaches and players from the 2011-12 Wood River High School girls' basketball team that won its second straight conference title and brought home a trophy from the State 4A tournament for a second consecutive year.

The mayor attended several of the team's games this season and said about the team, "This group was very noteworthy. They are a bunch of high-achieving student-athletes. We wanted to say the city is proud of them and want to wish them good luck in the future."

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Coach Mendy Benson introduced senior Kaitana Martinez, and each player introduced another player. The seniors plan to attend colleges as diverse as Dartmouth, Oregon, Utah State, Mesa, Tulane and MIT. They plan to study economics, music, biology, neuroscience, international business and elementary education.

The ball and the basket were small. But, as the audience looked on, the mayor also played a one-on-one skills challenge with senior Haillie Taylor and was a little rusty from his playing days in the Hailey gym 40 years ago.

Born and raised in the valley, Haemmerle graduated in 1977 from Wood River High School and at one time played on a junior high school team coached by retiring Wood River Middle School teacher Fred Trenkle. An assistant coach for this year's Wolverine girls' team, Trenkle attended the city council meeting and heard kind words from Haemmerle.

"Fred Trenkle has touched a lot of lives, and everybody he has touched is better off for it," said Haemmerle about one of Idaho's best basketball coaches with over 40 years of service.

Haemmerle said, "Another premise behind inviting the girls' team was to make an effort to reconnect with our community. Good cities have good schools. We are proud of our schools and want to keep doing these things to point it out. There is a ton of greatness in these kids. We want to make a conscious effort to recognize what they do and be part of it."




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