November 24, 2005 |
The pale desert stretches for miles around the gleaming gymnasium, tumbleweeds blowing past hardwood, sagebrush tickling glass. Yet on this weekday afternoon, the contrasting neighbors share a certain silence. Outside, it is the beginnings of winter. Inside, it is the start of basketball season. The Noli Indian High Braves of San Jacinto take the floor against the Fort Mojave (Ariz.) Warriors in a scrimmage that sounds like a study hall. There are no cheers, because they have no cheerleaders.