Day: May 30, 2018

Keeping the Faith: Win one for the Skipper

Stumptown Daze came early this year, and the Stumptown Parade down Guerneville’s main thoroughfare is already blending into old memories of marching bands, hillbilly ensembles on pickups, well turned out horses and riders, kids scrambling for flying candy, and roaring, wailing fire trucks. But Grand Marshal Skip Cassady, smiling and waving from an open car, brought a particularly vivid memory my way.

When I was pastor of the Guerneville Community Church, my office window looked out on the schoolyard next door. I watched an entire generation grow up, framed by my office window. Among others, I watched Donna Hines get skinned knees there, and I watched her kids get skinned knees there too.

I noticed how third graders struggle with their games. I can’t remember a third grade baseball game in which anyone was ever gotten out. Everything that happens, even a strikeout, becomes a home run. That’s because any third grader can circle the bases faster than any other third grader can catch the ball, drop it, chase it, pick it up and throw it, only to have it caught, dropped, chased, picked up and thrown again.

When fourth graders take the field, it’s as if a different species has evolved. These youngsters can catch, throw, hit, slide and execute the double play. Furthermore, they have acquired many of the mannerisms of the big leaguers they watch on television. They hold the bat high and wiggle it with a menacing motion. They assume that hands-on-hips athletic pose of a professional batter in the on deck circle. They even chew (sugarless gum, I hope) and spit.

But in all of this, my greatest thrill in over 20 years of watching kids play sports on the Guerneville School athletic field, was watching Skip Cassady play football. Skip’s legs were sort of crooked and seemed not to respond well to his intentions. And so Skip got to and from the field on those light aluminum crutches that make a person look sort of spidery when they’re in use.

But crutches and all, from the first moment I saw him, I could tell Skip was going to spend a lot of time on the playing field. It was obvious he loved sports, and he wasn’t going to be a mere spectator. He was going to play the game.

By seventh grade, Skip was center for the Guerneville Gators football team. He would hike the ball between his crutches and his legs, and get in some defender’s way, helping out as best he could. No one ever brought a livelier spirit to the game. No one ever tried harder or gave more of himself.

There is no finer example of what a school sports program is for than when Skip Cassady, smiling his big smile, took the field and played football for the Guerneville Gators.

Skip went on to become manager of sports teams at El Molino High, from which he graduated in 1983. He’s been the announcer and scorekeeper at El Molino games, and he continues as a chief El Molino athletics booster. He still has troublesome legs, a wonderful smile and a winning spirit. He was a great choice for grand marshall of this year’s parade.

And because of Skip, I have one of the clearest pictures of courage I have ever seen: Skip Cassady, crutches flying every which way, running onto the football field to take his position over the ball. The Guerneville Gators and El Molino Lions would do well to take as their motto “Let’s win one for the Skipper.”

Bob Jones is the former minister of the Guerneville and Monte Rio Community Church.

Sebastopol Police and Sheriff Logs: May 21-27, 2018

The following are excerpted from Sebastopol Police Department daily log entries and the log entries of the Sonoma County Sheriff for the west county area.

The Sebastopol Police Log

MONDAY, MAY 21

12:45 a.m. Possession of controlled substance paraphernalia on Gravenstein Highway North. Arrest made.

2:24 p.m. Willful cruelty to child at Sebastopol plaza. Pending review by district attorney.

6:02 p.m. Obstructing/resisting a peace officer at market on McKinley Street.

8:07 p.m. Bench warrant, misdemeanor at Sebastopol Police Department. Arrest made.

10:35 p.m. Bench warrant, misdemeanor at business on North Main Street. Arrest made.

TUESDAY, MAY 22

6:55 a.m. Outside agency bench warrant, misdemeanor at Sebastopol Police Department. Arrest made.

7:45 a.m. Violation of conditional release at store on North Main Street.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

8:28 p.m. Shoplifting at market on Gravenstein Highway North. Arrest made.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

3:53 a.m. No proof of auto insurance, leaving scene of accident on Zimpher Drive. Pending review by district attorney.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

5:30 p.m. Assault with a non-firearm deadly weapon at service station on Highway 12. Pending further investigation.

11:32 p.m. Bench warrant, felony at business on Sebastopol Avenue. Arrest made.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

8:31 p.m. Bench warrant, misdemeanor at Ragle Ranch Park. Arrest made.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

12:44 a.m. Violation of conditional release on Sebastopol Road. Arrest made.

6:23 p.m. Disorderly conduct related to alcohol and violation of conditional release at market on Gravenstein Highway North. Arrest made.

11:14 p.m. Outside agency warrant, felony and possession of a controlled substance on Sebastopol Avenue. Arrest made.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department

MONDAY, MAY 21

7:21 a.m. Suspicious person at Third Street and Church Street, Guerneville. Homeless related.

7:32 a.m. Suspicious vehicle occupied on Fourth Street and Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Homeless related.

8:07 a.m. Warrant attempt at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

2:15 p.m. Warrant attempt at Fifth Street, Church Street and Sycamore Court, Guerneville. Arrest made.

10:34 p.m. Disturbance at Fire Road and Watson Road, Guerneville.

TUESDAY, MAY 22

3:52 a.m. Found person at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

11:44 a.m. Verbal disturbance at Bay Avenue and Willow Road, Rio Nido.

12:01 p.m. Suspicious person at Foothill Boulevard and Old River Road, Guerneville.

12:56 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Laurel Dell Avenue and Sylvan Way, Duncans Mills.

4:13 p.m. Disturbance at First Street and Sheriff’s Department Guerneville substation.

6:01 p.m. Suspicious circumstances at Wright Drive and Wright Lane, Guerneville.

8:48 p.m. Traffic stop at Dubrava Way, Guernewood Lane and Highway 116 North. Reprimand and release.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

12:51 a.m. Traffic stop at Bohemian Highway, D Street and Highway 116 North, Monte Rio. Reprimand and release.

1:23 a.m. Suicide attempt at Fifth Street and West Street, Monte Rio.

9:10 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at Willow Road and Wood Road, Rio Nido. Reprimand and release.

9:18 a.m. Suspicious circumstances at Fourth Street and Brookside Lane, Guerneville.

10:26 a.m. Suspicious vehicle on Old Monte Rio Road and Santa Rosa Avenue, Guerneville. Coroner’s case.

1:08 p.m. Battery report on Drake Road and Guerne Way, Guerneville. Pending investigation.

4:01 p.m. Suspicious person at Third Street and Mill Street, Guerenville.

6:43 p.m. Suspicious vehicle occupied on First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

9:00 p.m. Suspicious person at Main Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

9:21 p.m. Suspicious person at F Street, Foothill Drive and Hill Street, Monte Rio.

11:26 p.m. Suspicious vehicle on Bohemian Highway and Church Street, Monte Rio.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

12:46 a.m. Stolen vehicle recovery at First Street and Sheriff’s Department Guerneville substation. Arrest made.

9:11 a.m. Resisting a peace officer at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

11:11 a.m. Suspicious vehicle occupied at Eagle Nest Lane and River Road, Rio Nido.

11:52 a.m. Suspicious vehicle occupied at Old Monte Rio Road and Santa Rosa Avenue, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

2:58 p.m. Dumping/littering at Sequoia Ridge Road and Silvia Drive, Cazadero.

7:13 p.m. Coroner’s case at Doran Beach Road and Doran Park Road, Bodega Bay.

10:54 p.m. Violation of probation at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

12:50 a.m. Suspicious person at Hazel Way, Main Street and South Street, Monte Rio.

1:33 a.m. Suspicious vehicle occupied at Church Street and Highway 116 North, Monte Rio.

1:45 a.m. Traffic stop at Highway 116 North and Redwood Drive, Monte Rio. Reprimand and release.

1:54 a.m. Warrant attempt at Brookside Lane, Highway 116 North and Main Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

7:29 a.m. Traffic stop at Bonita Avenue and River Road, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

7:07 p.m. Warrant attempt at First Street and Sheriff’s Department Guerneville substation. Arrest made.

10:12 p.m. Call for help at Armstrong Woods Road and Laughlin Road, Guerneville. Homeless related.

10:47 p.m. Verbal disturbance at Armstrong Woods Road and Woodland Drive, Guerneville. Homeless related.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

1:16 a.m. DUI at Forest Hills Road and River Road, Forestville. CHP Arrest made.

3:13 a.m. Suspicious person at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

4:42 a.m. Suspicious circumstances at Third Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

8:47 a.m. Music disturbance at Mesa Grande Terrace and Monte Vista Terrace, Duncans Mills.

9:30 a.m. Civil situation at Kingston Avenue and Mill Street, Monte Rio.

11:23 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at Eagle Nest Lane and River Road, Rio Nido. Homeless related.

11:39 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at First Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Homeless related.

12:23 p.m. Violation of probation at Main Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

3:25 p.m. Battery just occurred at Benson Road and Lark Drive, Guerneville. Resolved.

8:08 p.m. Drunk in public at First Street and Sheriff’s Department Guerneville substation. Homeless related.

11:36 p.m. Suspicious person at Third Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

1:41 a.m. Suspicious person at Middle Terrace, Starrett Hill Drive and Terrace Road, Monte Rio.

3:40 a.m. Traffic stop at Odd Fellows Park Road and River Road, Korbel. Reprimand and release.

9:26 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at River Road and Sunset Avenue, Forestville. Citation given.

12:20 a.m. Traffic stop at Highway 116 North, River Road and Old River Road, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

1:05 p.m. Civil situation at Fly Cloud Road and Timber Ridge Road, Sea Ranch.

1:52 p.m. Suspicious person at Fourth Street and Church Street, Guerneville. Homeless related.

2:06 p.m. Security check at Grays Road and River Road, Forestville. Citation given.

2:19 p.m. Traffic stop at Meyers Grade Road and Smith Ridge Road, Fort Ross. Reprimand and release.

4:25 p.m. Promiscuous shooting at Guernewood Road and Neeley Road, Guerneville.

4:57 p.m. Promiscuous shooting at Duncan Road and Siri Road, Guerneville.

7:26 p.m. Suspicious person at Third Street and Church Street, Guerneville. Homeless related.

7:40 p.m. Illegal entry at Benson Road and Lark Drive, Guerneville. Homeless related.

7:41 p.m. Suspicious person at Armstrong Woods Road and Woodland Drive, Guerneville. Homeless related.

10:08 p.m. Suspicious person at Fourth Street and Brookside Lane, Guerneville. Arrest made.

10:31 p.m. Disturbance at River Drive and River Road, Forestville.

Brees Secures Wooden Jersey for Purdue

May 30, 2018WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As soon as Drew Brees found out that an authentic John Wooden Purdue basketball jersey was going to auction, the former Purdue All-American quarterback wanted to win it for his alma mater.

The auction closed in the early-morning hours May 18, and bidding was serious among several interested parties. Purdue memorabilia guru Orlando Itin made Brees aware of the jersey – at the suggestion of senior associate athletics director Tom Schott – and bid on his behalf.

Brees is a collector himself, but from the onset, his intention was to loan the circa-1930s Wooden jersey to Purdue for display at Mackey Arena. Schott will work with memorabilia experts and curators to determine an appropriate presentation location and to have it insured.

“This jersey clearly belongs at Purdue, and I am excited we will have it on display for Boilermaker fans to see,” said Brees, who announced the acquisition at a John Purdue Club event Tuesday in Jeffersonville, Indiana. “I told Orlando we had to get it, and we did.”

Brees won with a total purchase price of $264,000 to ensure that the jersey would be coming home to Purdue. That amount is in addition to the more than $3 million that Drew and his wife, Brittany, have contributed to Purdue since 2007.

The consigner of the museum-quality item, John Neff of Guerneville, California, received the jersey following the death of his grandfather, Frank, who attended Purdue at the same time as Wooden, and the two remained in touch through the years. According to the Neff family, Wooden gave Frank the jersey.

Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services (MEARS), a leading sports memorabilia evaluation company, authenticated the jersey, which experts believe is the only one of its kind.

“I believe it is the rarest piece of college basketball memorabilia in existence,” Itin said.

A standout player at Purdue from 1930 to 1932, Wooden was a three-time All-American and the 1932 National Player of the Year. As a senior, he averaged 12.2 points per game in leading the Boilermakers to a 17-1 record and the Big Ten Championship. Purdue was named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

Wooden went on to be the head coach at UCLA from 1948 to 1975, amassing a 620-147 record, an extraordinary .808 winning percentage. The Bruins captured 10 national championships, including seven in a row from 1966 to 1973, and 19 Pac-10 titles. They put together unfathomable winning streaks of 88 games and 38 NCAA Tournament contests.

A native of Martinsville, Indiana, Wooden is one of just three individuals enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (1961) and a coach (1973).