The Miner's Pick got a taste of something new on Monday - the campus of Silver Valley.

When the annual game between Silver Valley and Lucerne Valley drew to a close, with the Trojans on top 33-8, they gave the pick a few trips around the field before driving it into ground at the center of the 50 yard line.

"It's our way of saying thank you after all of the blood, sweat and tears that have been put into the field," said Silver Valley coach Andy Campbell. "We won the trophy and gave it back to the ground. Hopefully it returns against Desert Christian."

Many of the players didn't even have time to fully celebrate the win as buses were coming to take players and fans home shortly after the game ended.

The pick will get also be getting a whole new look, on top of it's new home, on Saturday. Campbell said the team plans to paint the pick half Silver Valley colors and half Lucerne Valley colors with both teams names on it. This is the first time the pick has been anything other than black and gold in it's seven year existence.

Although Campbell, a Minnesota native, has seen several rivalry games in his time, including the Governor's Bell Game between the University of Minnesota and Penn State, he said this win has special significance to him.

"You grow up with those kinds of things, and then to get the opportunity to build your own, it's awesome," Campbell said.

CC team heads to DML finals

Silver Valley cross country could have two teams headed to the postseason following today's Desert Mountain League Finals at Boron.

The top two teams in league qualify for CIF-Southern Section preliminary meet Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College Nov. 10.

While Desert Christian is dominating the league in first place, the Trojans boys team is currently tied with Mammoth, with each earning a second place finish in the previous two DML meets. Silver Valley coach Brian Savage sees his team as the underdog going into the meet.

"We've lost a couple of runners, and they've gained a couple of runners," Savage said. "It's going to be difficult. They beat us by about 15 points Thursday up at Desert Christian. That might be a tough margin to makeup. Otherwise, we might not be taking any runners to CIF."

The top six finishers qualify for the postseason. The top seven finishers receive medals as members of the All-Desert Mountain League team.

On the girls side, Silver Valley is in place to take second place behind Desert Christian and could put a runner in the top six. Junior Tanisha Thomas has finished in sixth place in both DML meets so far.

"There's not much that can happen, I don't believe, that would prevent us from taking the (girls) team to CIF, which is pretty nice," Savage said. "Desert Christian is just a whole other league. They are probably one of the top teams in the state. It would be nice to see how well we do against, maybe, mere mortals."

New jersey watch

Silver Valley volleyball coach Tesheria Ellis reminded her players to turn in their uniforms the next day as they packed up equipment following a 3-0 win against Lone Pine Tuesday.

No, the season hasn't ended early - in fact the Trojans are on pace to continue their season into the playoffs. The Trojans will debut brand new jerseys tonight.

The Trojans were planning to have their new unis two weeks ago but the company delivering them was slowed by Southern California wildfires. The volleyball team is at least the third local team to get new jerseys in the middle of the season.

The Trojans will be getting home and away jerseys, they currently only have a blue set, and will do away with the white collars on their previous jerseys.

Silver Valley will wrap up the regular season tonight against Boron in a double header. The varsity team will begin and end the night while the JV team will play a match in between varsity's games.