The sports year in review
|Feather River College’s Telden McLain holds on for dear life at the rodeo at Cal Poly on April 10 – 11. McLain is leading the West Coast Region in saddle bronc riding. At this point, both the FRC men’s and women’s teams are in first place in the region’s standings. Photo by Jack Upton
The Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club is offering membership for 2014, and now would be the best time to make the membership most worthwhile. By becoming a member of the club now, the membership would last all of 2014.
Feather River College’s men’s basketball team had its work cut out for it Jan. 11, but continued to fight to take down Shasta College 84-75. Earlier that week, Jan. 8, the Eagles traveled to the College of the Redwoods to start their conference play. FRC lost 76-73. The one win and one loss brought FRC’s overall record to 4-12, with an even 1-1 conference record.
The Lady Volcanoes played three days in a row, resulting in three losses. On Jan. 14, Chester lost 52-35 to traveling team Mercy. The next day Chester hosted Westwood and lost 67-39.
The Volcanoes had a tighter game on the road at Redding Christian on Jan. 16, but ended the game with a 53-43 loss. The losses dropped Chester’s record to 3-11 overall and 1-3 in league.
The Indians lost 54-25 to hosting team Westwood on Jan. 21. The Indians then hosted Herlong on Jan. 24, to fall 41-29. Greenville’s Shasta Banchio was the team’s top scorer with 11 points.
The Feather River College softball team made its debut for the season with a win. The Golden Eagles traveled to De Anza College in the San Francisco region Jan. 28 to participate in the school’s annual preseason tournament.
Feather River College head football coach J.D. Johnson announced his resignation, effective at the end of April 2014. Johnson has been with the FRC Golden Eagles since 2009, where he started as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach before moving up to head coach during the 2010 season.
Greenville basketball took charge of the court Feb. 11 in Herlong for a decisive 56-32 win to end its league play for the season and win the Indians the shared title of Pioneer Mountain League champions.
The win upped the Indians’ league record to 6-2, a record shared by the Loyalton and American Christian Academy league teams.
The Chester boys’ basketball team got its fifth and sixth straight wins last week, with a 89-47 victory over Greenville on Feb. 19 and a 63-32 stomp against Hayfork on Feb. 21. The wins propelled Chester’s record to 22-4 overall and 10-2 in league play.
Due to its outstanding record, Chester was seeded first in the Northern Section Division VI playoff spots. Chester will have a bye during the first round of playoffs, then host either Mercy or American Christian.
The Quincy High School girls’ basketball team proved its improvement over the season by getting into the playoffs. But the Trojans were eliminated in the first round, Feb. 25, against Hamilton.
The Trojans played well for the majority of the game, but had a dismal second period that led to a 52-45 loss.
Team roping partners and friends Shasta Banchio and Tanner Meigs tied for first place on their first go of team roping at the High School District Shootout in Red Bluff on Feb. 15.
The Golden Eagles upped their record to 8-1 in conference play and 16-4 overall last weekend with a three-game sweep of Lassen College. The sweep marks the second for the Eagles since conference play started at the beginning of March.
The Feather River College baseball team took on Butte College in a three-game series last weekend and held onto its top spot in the Golden Valley Conference by winning two of the games.
FRC dominated the first game at Butte on March 21 with a 10-1 victory. The next day, the Eagles won Game 1 of a doubleheader 4-2, but lost the second game 4-3. FRC’s conference record was elevated to 10-2 and its overall record to 18-5.
It had been five months since the Feather River College rodeo team competed at a West Coast Region rodeo. Then, March 20, the Plumas County team returned to the saddle at Fresno State’s annual rodeo.
The Golden Eagles’ teams proved they hadn’t lost any edge, as both the men and women placed first. The FRC cowboys and cowgirls wasted no time, traveling to the West Hills College rodeo the following day and placing second overall in both teams.
Going into last week, Chester’s baseball team didn’t have a pretty record. The Volcanoes started their season struggling a bit and were in a slump with a 2-4 record. Two wins last week brought them up to an even 4-4 overall and 1-1 in league.
Chester hosted Loyalton on April 3 and shut the opposing team out for a 4-0 win. The next day, the Volcanoes traveled to Fall River to squeak out a 6-5 win in extra innings.
Quincy’s softball team is looking like it has what it takes to go all the way to the championship this season. The Lady Trojans took on Biggs in a doubleheader at home April 11 for two more wins to improve their league record to 3-1. Overall, the Trojans stand at 10-7-1 for the season.
A grad slam by Brooke Potter helped the Trojans dominate the first game to win 15-2. The Trojans kept their momentum through the second game to win 8-3. The last time Quincy faced Biggs, on March 21, Biggs got the better of the Trojans to win by four. Quincy showed its opponent how much it’s learned since then.
The Feather River College baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader at Butte College on April 19. The Golden Eagles narrowly lost the first game 6-5 before losing 9-7 to Butte later in the afternoon.
FRC didn’t have to worry too much about the losses, as the Golden Valley Conference title is clinched. FRC’s conference record dropped to 18-5 with two games remaining. Butte’s conference record was bumped up to 15-8, too far behind FRC to possibly win or share the title.
The Quincy varsity softball team notched a league victory last week, improving its league record to 4-1 and its overall record to 12-7-1. The Lady Trojans took down rival Portola on April 22, with a 6-2 win.
Portola got off to a good start with a run in the top of the first and another in the second. Quincy caught up with two runs in the bottom of the second before adding four more and shutting the Tigers out for the remainder of the game.
Following the week of intermittent weather that produced rain, hail and snow, teams of the Chester Little League were greeted with bright blue skies for their April 26 opening ceremony.
In a colorful and moving occasion, Mike Klimek called the players by name to take their places on the infield.
Once teams were in place, the ceremony began with an opening prayer offered by Lake Almanor Community Church Youth Pastor Paul Bernard.
The Volcanoes softball team lost both games of a doubleheader to Hayfork on May 7. Chester lost 6-4 and 8-6, which brought its league record to 6-5 and its overall record to 14-9. The losses lowered Chester’s league standings to third in the Five-Star League, under Hayfork and Redding Christian.
In Game 1, Chester stayed behind for the whole game. The Volcanoes were down 6-1 going into the fifth inning, and managed to put three more runs on the board, but were still too short.
Greenville’s baseball team ended its regular season at home May 13 with a doubleheader against Tulelake. The Indians gave up their lead to lose the first game, 6-4, then came back in the final innings of the second game to win 8-6.
The split brought Greenville’s league record to 7-3 and overall record to 8-9. The loss dropped Greenville to third in the Division VI standings.
Portola’s softball team ended its season May 20 with a loss to Etna at East Nicolaus. The No. 8-seeded Etna shut out ninth-seeded Portola 7-0 in the Division V first round of playoffs.
The Lady Tigers had a close-to-even season, ending with a 12-14-1 record. Portola had some fantastic moments this season, such as beating Colusa earlier in May. Portola was the only team in the Mid-Valley League to win against Colusa.
It really was anyone’s game as Quincy traveled to Fall River on May 20 for the second round of playoffs, and nearly made it to the Division IV baseball championship. The Trojans and Fall River Bulldogs were pretty evenly matched for most of the game.
Fall River and the Trojans traded runs most of the game until the two teams were eventually tied 9-9 going into the sixth inning. Fall River was able to score two runs in the sixth, and stop Quincy to win 11-9. With the loss, Quincy dropped to 15-10 on the season.
June marks the fifth anniversary of Kristina’s Gymnastics (A Place Where Kids Can Flip Out!) and the group’s show team is planning a performance for June 26 at the Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market.
The Almanor Fishing Association hosted its third annual Team Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby last Saturday, in partnership with the nonprofit Kokanee Power. The tournament was deemed a success, with 48 teams made up of 109 people competing.
The fish were jumping, and biting, Father’s Day weekend at Lake Davis. J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort held its annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby on June 14 – 15 and swarms of anglers took to the lake.
The derby attracted 69 participants in total, half of which stayed to fish both days. The derby was used as a fundraiser to purchase water rescue equipment for the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District.
In total, the derby raised roughly $1,500 for the district.
Greenville guard/forward Justus Eaglesmith was named 2013-2014 Pioneer-Mountain League most valuable player. The Indians, who lost lead scorer Walker Meyers to injury last season, relied upon the 5-foot, 9-inch freshman to finish as co-champions of the league.
Eaglesmith averaged 12.8 points and 10.8 rebounds each game. He also led the team in steals, assists and blocked shots.
The first of two triathlons set to take place in Graeagle this year drew a crowd of spectators and athletes to the Millpond last Sunday.
The Tri-Graeagle, organized by Community Multisport Events, the racing events business out of Clio, had 85 adults and 25 youths participate in the swimming, biking and running race.
Athletes chose between two courses: the sprint triathlon and the much longer Olympic triathlon. The triathletes came from all over California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and even Maine.
The annual Lake Almanor Patriots Day Ride offered equestrians the option of 25-, 50- and 100-mile courses. Trained veterinarians were on site assessing each horse before it hit the trail. The event, a fundraiser for Greenville Rotary, attracted riders from all over the country, and even some from Canada and Britain.
The Feather River Junior Baseball All-Stars lost 5-0 in the championship game of the Section 2 tournament July 15, to Gridley.
The Section 2 tournament was held at Redding’s Foothill High School.
Feather River beat Gridley in 2013 to win the Section 2 championship, but this time Gridley would not be denied.
The Feather River All-Stars finished the Section 2 tournament with a 2-2 record.
In the first game of the tournament Feather River defeated Sutter Buttes 12-9.
Feather River pitcher Toby Buus picked up the win and the save and Bowdy Griffin led the offense with three hits and four RBIs.
2014 marks the 19th running of the Downieville Classic. The longevity of this weekend-long mountain bike race/party is testament to its popularity, and this year’s event — slated for Aug. 1 – 3 — promises to serve up enough excitement and suffering to keep that reputation going strong.
Founded in 1995 by promoter Greg Williams, the Classic started as a 28-mile point-to-point cross-country race, featuring a character-building 8-mile climb to start, and a diversity of technical rocks and high-speed singletrack unlike anywhere else.
American Valley Speedway’s Saturday night races had a ceremony and celebration before any racing began. The ceremony was the dedication of the new American flag presented to the speedway by Greenville’s American Legion. The celebration was the first birthday of Grayson Olschowka, who rode in his father’s racecar around the speedway.
As announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Aug. 4, the Feather River College volleyball team was selected for the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year.
Feather River was one of 22 junior colleges throughout the nation selected for the award and the only member of the California Community College Athletic Association to receive the award.
Feather River College hired Bart Andrus to fill the interim head coach position for the 2014 season.
Andrus has coached football since 1981, when he started as a high school coach. Since then, Andrus has coached all over the world.
Portola looks like it’s going to have an interesting year in sports. The Tigers have always been at the top of their divisions, and if they have anything to say about it they will be again this year.
Portola’s football team is one of its youngest teams to date. Though the team has eight seniors, almost all of the starting positions will be played by juniors and sophomores.
The Greenville Indians traveled more than 200 miles to face Butte Valley, the opponent that booted them out of the playoffs last year. With rivalry fueling its play, Greenville struck first blood to lead 6-0. Eventually, Greenville even led 14-6. That was as far as the Indians got, however.
Butte Valley started its comeback in the second quarter and led 26-14 at halftime. The second half was mainly a defensive game on both sides, with Butte Valley eventually edging out its Plumas County opponent.
The FRC men’s soccer team shut out Yuba 4-0 Sept. 2 and Fresno 1-0 Sept. 5 before tying Modesto 1-1 Sept. 6. The women played on the same days, also shutting out Yuba with a final score of 6-0. The women’s team took down Sierra 4-1 before losing to Modesto 4-2.
The two wins and a tie brought the men’s record up to an even 2-2-1. The men’s team lost to De Anza and West Hills Lemoore previously in August. The women suffered their first loss against Modesto to bring their record to 4-1.
Feather River College’s volleyball team had its five-game winning streak snapped at the Delta Classic tournament last Saturday when it lost by two points in the fifth game of its match against last year’s state champion, Cabrillo.
So far, the loss is the only one for the Eagles, who have a 6-1 record.
At the tournament FRC also took down Hartnell in three easy games, San Joaquin Delta in Game 4 and Fresno in four games.
The Lady Volcanoes soccer squad scored one goal after another to take a 4-1 lead over Quincy by the half. Two more goals in the second half led to the win that raised Chester’s record up to 2-0 in league. Quincy’s record dropped to 0-2 in league.
Zoie Dalby was Chester’s top scorer with three goals. Paige Reed scored two goals and got one assist. Madi VerPlanck scored Chester’s other goal.
An early rally by Chabot in the first quarter last Saturday night put the Feather River College football team in catch-up mode from the get-go to result in a 54-27 loss for the Golden Eagles. The result put both teams at a 2-2 record.
Chabot’s defense set the tone for the game, intercepting FRC’s ball after just three plays into the game. Chabot utilized its possession, rushing in for a 2-yard touchdown. Chabot stopped FRC’s next drive, and made it to the Eagles’ 25-yard line before kicking a field goal to add points to its lead.
Chester’s girls soccer team is seemingly unstoppable this year. After taking down North Tahoe 3-1 last Saturday, the girls’ reported record stood undefeated at 6-0-1. The one tie Chester has came earlier in the week, Oct. 1, against Portola.
Chester faced a slew of injuries the last few weeks. Hannah Thompson, Savannah Ayers, Haylee Potter and Delaney Dreith were all unable to play in last week’s games. All four girls were starters for the Volcanoes.
The Feather River College Lady Golden Eagles soccer team (9-3-1) stunned the Lassen Community College Cougars (2-7-3) on Friday, Oct. 10, as the squad from Quincy blanked the Susanville team on a 5-0 score.
Coming hard out of the gates, the FRC defense managed to hold off a pair of shots on goal in the first period, thanks to an elevated level of play from keeper Stacey Cavill. After mounting such a strenuous push against the Cougars, it was then time for the FRC offense to step forward and claim the win.
It was anyone’s guess who would snag the No. 2 spot in the Mid-Valley League standings last week as the Quincy Trojans volleyball team hosted No. 3 Portola for a battle royale that ended with the Tigers falling in straight sets, 25-18, 25-13 and 25-18.
The Trojans (23-6, 2-0) came into the match with a single 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-12) league win shutout against Maxwell on Oct. 9. With an equally good league record to boot, the Tigers (15-15, 2-1) had previously logged a pair of wins on a 3-1 beating of Maxwell and a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-11) blanking of Biggs.
With a six-game winning streak under its belt, the Greenville Lady Indians volleyball team (7-13, 4-1) has been resurgent and kept its winning ways going last Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-7) win over CORE Butte Charter School of Chico.
The Indians had managed, over the course of the past month and until their game with Westwood, to only allow opponents wins in four sets — and have managed to log a statistical record of 5.1 kills per set, put up 69 total blocks, hit for 169 service aces and average three aces per set.
With a season of wins rivaling that of the Lady Golden Eagles of Feather River College, the Quincy High School Lady Trojans volleyball squad took the Mid-Valley League championship after a 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18) road win over Portola last Thursday night.
The Trojans had met with (and beat) the Tigers twice before, with a 2-0 win at the Los Molinos tournament Sept. 12 and a 3-0 victory at home Oct. 14.
Youth and energy started the Golden Eagles out on the right foot Monday, Nov. 3, as the FRC squad bested the Simpson University Red Hawks junior varsity team at home on a 97-48 final score.
Although the Golden Eagles ended with a 4-20 overall record and a 1-9 record in the Golden Valley Conference last year, the hopes for a winning 2014-15 season are being pinned on a group of freshmen that includes Jarrell Tate, Nick Longmire, Namuji Madoshi, Derrek Gordon and Quincy native Ty Morrison.
The Lady Golden Eagles volleyball team extended its tradition of excellence Wednesday, Nov. 12, by edging toward a fifth Golden Valley Conference championship in a row with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-18) win over Shasta at home — and seized the “five-peat” crown two days later with a 3-1 win over Lassen in Susanville.
The championship is enhanced by the fact that head coach Sarah Ritchie’s past five teams have won those titles as the unbeaten leaders of the pack in GVC competition since 2009. This season, that crown comes with a 10-0 league record and a 22-2 tally on the year.
For the first time since 2009, the Greenville Indians boys’ basketball team will have a new leader at the helm after the unexpected retirement of Russ Crouch as head coach last week.
Crouch, who led the Indians to a 14-13 record overall and a 6-2 tally in the Pioneer-Mountain League last season, resigned without notice Monday, Nov. 17.
Taking up the mantle of leading the Indians will be Sierra Institute for Community and Environment Executive Director Jonathan Kusel, an avid basketball fan, JV and junior high school coach and supporter of athletics in Indian Valley.
A win in the second round of the playoffs just wasn’t in the cards for the Lady Golden Eagles soccer squad as it fell 3-0 to the Fresno City College Lady Rams on Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Fresno.
Even though the season is over for Feather River College on both the women’s and men’s sides, a number of Golden Eagle players have been honored in the Golden Valley Conference.
On the women’s team, Ryann Abeyta, Shannell McDonnell and Hope Giumti-Vasquez were named first team all-conference. Josefin Leberger, Danielle Smith and Samantha Buchanan were named to the second team. Sherifatu Sumaila was named Offensive Player of the Year. Abeyta, McDonnell, Vasquez, Leberger, Sumaila and keeper Stacy Cavill were also named academic all-conference.
The Quincy High School boys’ basketball team sank the hopes of the North Lake Tahoe Lakers last week as they began their 2014-15 season on the road, taking a 72-54 win that saw Brady Rick and Jakob Grammer each score 17 points — and the team score 36 points in each half.
The everlasting rivalry between the Portola Tigers and the Quincy Trojans is alive and well — and it gave birth to a “W” in the win-loss column for the Tigers as they squeaked past Quincy, 65-62, in the headline match of the 2014 Tiger Classic on Saturday night.
Both teams came into the game at 2-0, with Quincy defeating Biggs, 71-31, and Modoc, 73-53, while Portola bested the same two teams on 68-37 and 50-36 final scores, respectively.
The Greenville boys’ varsity team won the Holiday Small School Classic, with Walker Meyers winning tournament MVP last week in Elk Creek. Fellow varsity players Justus Eaglesmith and Christian Beres were part of the all-tournament team as well.