Plumas basketball plays on

Quincy’s Erik Schwartz rushes down the court during Quincy’s home game against Fall River on Dec. 17. Fall River got an early lead to beat the Trojans 74-55. Photo by James Wilson
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The Chester, Greenville and Quincy boys’ basketball teams hit the court Dec. 17 with varying results. Chester was the only team to come out with a win with a 69-46 stomp in Loyalton. Greenville traveled to Los Molinos to lose 60-33. Quincy, the only Plumas team to host, lost 74-55 to Fall River.

The Volcanoes and their opponents were pretty evenly matched in the first quarter, but busted their moves out in the second to gain a 42-24 lead by the half. The Volcanoes maintained their lead to the end for the win.

Wyatt Durkin was once again the top scorer for Chester with 25 points. Durkin also led in rebounds with 12. Hunter Morris was the next top scorer with 11 points. Morris also picked up seven rebounds.

Chester’s coach, Jake Simms, named Jeremiah White the player of the game for his great effort and efficiency. White got in the double digits in scoring with 10 points. The win brought Chester’s record up to an undefeated 8-0.

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FRC women lose three

Feather River College’s Amy Yeager takes the ball down the court earlier this season. Yeager was the top scorer for FRC in its game against Southwestern Oregon on Dec. 14 with 22 points, including seven three-pointers. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

The Feather River College women’s basketball team ended 2013 in a slump. The Lady Eagles traveled to Santa Rosa Dec. 13 – 14 and suffered two losses in the school’s annual tournament. FRC lost to San Francisco City College 80-35 the first day of the tournament. The next day, the Eagles lost 74-66 against Southwestern Oregon.

On Dec. 18, the Eagles lost their last match of 2013 against Sacramento City College 62-42. The three losses put FRC’s record at 3-10 so far this season.

“We had a tough time getting the ball into the hoop in Santa Rosa,” commented FRC’s coach, Haley White. “There were some tough teams and we weren’t ready for them.”

The game against San Francisco was a slaughter. By halftime, SF City was up 38-12. The Eagles put more points on the board in the second half, but San Francisco still outscored them 42-23.

The Eagles’ game against Southwestern Oregon was a lot closer, especially toward the end. Toward the start of the second half, the Eagles got behind by 22 points. Amy Yeager busted out the three-pointers to shorten Southwestern’s lead. Yeager made seven three-pointers in the game, with her best performance in the end.

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Chester wins its tournament

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Sports Editor
Chester’s boys varsity basketball players show off the trophy they won at Chester’s annual Mountain Pride Tournament last weekend. The team took down its three opponents three days in a row. Photo by Tony Cordero

The Chester boys’ basketball team proved to be the host with the most last weekend as it held and won the annual Mountain Pride Tournament at Chester High School. The Volcanoes took on and defeated three teams in games three days in a row.

The tournament started Dec. 12 and Chester nearly doubled East Nicolaus’ score to win 63-33. The next day the Volcanoes toppled Big Valley with a 79-69 win. On the final day of the tournament, Chester beat Burney 73-63.

Chester got an early lead in the game against East Nicolaus and continued to tally the points. Wyatt Durkin, Hunter Morris and David Estacio all scored in the double digits with 13 points apiece. Estacio led the team in long shots with three three-pointers.

Chester had a tougher time pulling out a win against Big Valley. The Volcanoes dominated the first half to gain a nine-point lead. Big Valley came back in the third quarter to outscore Chester 31-29 and take the lead 58-55.

Chester came back in the final quarter to make shot after shot and win the game. Durkin led in scoring and defense with 33 points 20 rebounds. Morris helped control the game to add 20 points.

Chester’s win against Burney wasn’t easily obtained either. The Volcanoes kept a lead throughout the game, but Burney was hot on their trail. Durkin led in points again with 26. Estacio was close behind with 21 points and Morris had 10.

Chester will travel to Susanville this weekend for Lassen’s annual tournament. The Volcanoes will then take a break for the holidays and return to the court in the beginning of January 2014.


Portola girls win tourney

Portola’s Rachel Wehrman goes for the layup in the Tigers’ game against Loyalton last Friday night. Portola’s girls won in the final minutes. Photos by James Wilson
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Sports Editor

Portola’s girls basketball team had a fantastic weekend Dec. 12 – 14. The Lady Tigers got to stay home to participate in the annual Tiger Classic; Portola took on each opponent it faced to come out with three more wins.

The first day the Tigers brought down Modoc 51-37. The next day of the tournament Portola struggled a bit more, but broke out with a 33-30 win. On the final day of the tournament, the Tigers beat their rival Quincy 58-39. At time of writing, Portola’s girls team is undefeated with a 7-0 record.

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Quincy, Portola tip off basketball seasons

Quincy’s Brady Rick looks for his best passing option during the Trojans’ game against Excel Christian on Dec. 5. The Trojans won 63-48. Photos by James Wilson
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Sports Editor


Quincy held its annual Quincy Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 5 – 7 and six teams participated in the basketball tournament, including Portola. Quincy and Portola both went through some growing pains during the tournament, losing two games apiece.

Quincy started the tournament on solid ground, beating Excel Christian 63-48. The next day the Trojans took on White Pine and narrowly lost 63-59. On the final day of the Tip-Off, Quincy was devastated 70-40 by Dixon.

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