Sports briefs for the week of March 5
CONDITIONS FAVORABLE AT COPPERVALE
Coppervale Ski Hill is nearing its 50th consecutive day of operation this winter and manager Norm Wilson said conditions remain favorable for skiers and snowboarders.
"All the trails are groomed up real nice," Wilson said. "It's a bumper year. If the weather works out, we could reach the 80-day mark."
Last week, conditions were spring- like with a two-foot base. Alpine skiing and snowboarding classes are held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Both classes are open to adults and children 7 years old and older.
Coppervale features a half pipe, seven trails and 15 new acres of "tree" skiing. Skiers and snowboarders can use a poma lift or rope tow.
Lift tickets cost $15 for a day or $10 for a half day.
For updated conditions, call the snow phone at 257-9965.
HARBERT, LOCKARD EXCEL IN RODEO
Luena Harbert placed in two events at the California High School Rodeo Association District No. 1 Interdistrict Rodeo held earlier this month in Red Bluff.
The Big Valley High School senior topped a field of 27 in girls cutting. Harbert's score of 144 edged Justina Miller of Red Bluff by a point. She also finished seventh against 45 other cowgirls in breakaway roping.
Standish's Wes Lockhard took third in steer wrestling and sixth in calf roping.
The rodeo featured competitors from five districts in California.
The next District No. 1 rodeo is set for Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17 at the rodeo grounds in Redding.
SPRING SOCCER SIGNUPS TO START
Registration for Lassen Youth Soccer's spring season will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 27-28, at McKinley Elementary School in Susanville.
Spring soccer teams are made up of boys and girls and the games are played on a smaller-sized field.
There are no away and weekend games. Teams will be formed for U-10 through U-19. All new players must provide birth certificates, and new players U-12 and older must have birth certificates and a 1 x 1-1/2 inch photograph.
The season starts April 8, the fee is $40 per player. For more information call 253-3204.
POP WARNER COACHES NEEDED
Lassen Pop Warner Football is accepting coaching applications for the 2002 season.
Applications need to be submitted by Sunday, March 31, at Domino's Pizza in Susanville. Call Glen at 253-2191 for more information.
NEW SOFTBALL TEAM TO FORM
The U-14 Lassen/Plumas Softball Team will soon hold tryouts.
The newly-created squad for girls will travel to compete in tournaments in Nevada and Northern California. Players born in 1987 or later are eligible to try out.
Call Scott Foreman at 257-4815 for tryout dates and more information.
SUSANVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS WIND DOWN
Susanville Little League will hold registration for the upcoming season on the following dates:
Thursday, Feb. 28 at the city of Susanville Parks and Recreation building from 6 to 9 p.m.
Fees are $70 for the first child and $50 for any additonal child in the same family. Raffle tickets will not be distributed this year. Bring uniforms and equipment to registration.
The league's board of directors voted 10-2 on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to form all teams out of the Susanville area, thus eliminating the Janesville teams.
For more information on tryouts, draft day and opening day, call Tony or Vera at 251-1898, Dan at 257-5503, or log on to www.myteam.com/go/ susanvillellb.
QUINCY QB HEADED BACK TO DIVISION I
Quincy High School's Matt Ray has signed a National Letter of Intent to play on a football scholarship at Troy State.
Ray will transfer from Butte College, where he started at quarterback last year in his sophomore season.
Troy State is a Division I school in Alabama.
At Butte, Ray completed 168 of 288 passes for a completion rate of 58 percent, which ranked sixth among the state's junior college quarterbacks.
Ray was signed out of high school by UNLV. He started three games as a freshman before transferring to UNR, where he was redshirted as a junior.
Ray holds virtually every passing record at Quincy High School along with a host of Northern Section records.
DFG SCHEDULES SALMON MEETING
California Department of Fish and Game will host its annual salmon fishery informational meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Resources Building auditorium, 1416 Ninth St. in Sacramento.
The meeting will focus, as in the past, on the status of ocean salmon populations and the outlook for ocean and river fisheries for the coming year.
This year's meeting was scheduled for a weekend day as a way to encourage public participation. In addition, the agenda has been expanded to allow presentations that focus on the DFG's efforts to protect and restore inland salmon habitats, and the role of hatcheries in the maintenance of ocean and river fisheries.
A presentation is planned on the interaction of the state's burgeoning marine mammal populations with its ocean salmon fisheries. The public will be encouraged during the afternoon session to ask questions and provide suggestions on how best to manage California's valuable salmon resources and their habitats.
No pre-registration is required to attend the meeting, but individuals may register at the meeting for notification of future informational meetings.
COLD TEMPS HELP ANGLERS
Recent cold temperatures have been helping ice fishermen at Frenchman Lake and Lake Davis.
At Frenchman, fish in the 2-4 pound range have been caught mostly near the dam. The road around the lake is accessible only by snowmobile.
At Davis, access to the ice has been good. The ice is approximately 10 to 10-1/2 inches thick at Mallard Cove. Fish are also 2-4 pounds in size.
DATE FOR COWHORSE CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCED
The 10th Annual Nevada All-Around Working Cowhorse Championships is scheduled for July 19-21 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Winnemuca, Nev.
The competition provides an opportunity for riders to show off their horses' working ability under ranch conditions. Horsescompete in four events-herd, reining, fence and corral roping.
For more information, call 775-329-4200.
POPULAR TURKEY EXPO RETURNS
California Department of Fish and Game in cooperation with Wilderness Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor the Fifth Annual Wild Turkey Expo on Saturday, March 16, in Elk Grove.
The seminar is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the Elk Grove Elks Lodge, 9240 Survey Road, Elk Grove -just off Highway 99 and Grant Line Road. The popular free event, which has drawn standing-room-only crowds in the past, will provide comprehensive information on wild turkey biology and hunting, with a strong focus on hunting turkeys on public lands.
Topics covered include locating the birds, where to hunt turkeys on public land, calling, turkey habits, camouflage, the use of shotguns and archery equipment, and cooking the turkey. There will also be an equipment demonstration outside, weather permitting. Sporting good booths and like-minded organizations will be on hand to show the latest equipment and share information about other hunting opportunities.
The four-hour seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact DFG's Susan Herrgesell at 916-653-7448.
ANNUAL TURKEY FEDERATION DINNER NEARS
The Susanville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is holding its seventh annual banquet and auction on Friday, March 8, at Monsignor Moran Hall in Susanville.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. An auction and raffle will follow.
Tickets cost $50 per person or $75 for couples. Children younger than 16 cost $30.
Register by Thursday, Feb. 28 and get $500 worth of raffle tickets for $160.
Call Trealisa at 252-1445 or Mike at 257-6447.