One night, three knock out wins for the Iron Pit Fight Team
Iron Pit Fight Team fighters Chuck McCloughan, left, Sparky Lively, Auttumn Norton, Chad Brewer and Mike Morales pose together with their belts before working out at Iron Horse Gym on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Aarason Perry (not pictured), Norton and Morales each won fights on Saturday, Aug. 24. Perry is still undefeated, 4-0, Norton won her first title belt and Morales won his first professional heavyweight fight. Photo by Maddie Musante
Sept. 11 — The Iron Pit Fight Team is enjoying the sweet taste of victory after three of its fighters won their fights Saturday, Aug. 24.
The fight team, based out of Iron Horse Gym in Susanville, sent Auttumn Norton and Aarason Perry to fight at the Reno Events Center, while Mike Morales traveled to San Francisco to compete in his first professional heavyweight fight.
Perry took on Jerry Hickman at the Ultimate Reno Combat 43 and won the matchup with a TKO in less than three minutes during the first round. According to Rudy Valentine, coach of the Iron Pit Fight Team, Perry was originally scheduled to face another fighter, but was matched up with Hickman when his original opponent dropped out due to family issues. Neither Perry nor Valentine knew what to expect from Hickman, as his record was 0-0 going in against Perry.
“They said he didn’t have a lot of experience, but when he got in the ring it was obvious that he had quite a bit of experience,” Valentine said, “It’s hard to track these amateurs and the experience they have, so it’s all about training hard. Luckily, you know, we train real hard.”
All the hard work and training paid off for Perry who is still undefeated, 4-0.
“It was a real tough fight for him in the beginning, but he ended up catching the kid with some good shots, hurt him, then finished him with a knee,” Valentine said.
At the same event, Auttumn Norton fought against Brieta Carpenter, who had previously been undefeated, for a title belt. Norton came away with the belt, knocking out Carpenter in 18 seconds.
“(Carpenter) was actually on a website — they predicted, like, 75 to 25 that she going to win the fight,” Valentine said.
According to him, both fighters came out aggressively. Carpenter began the fight by catching Norton with a right hand that bloodied her nose, but Norton recovered quickly, responding with a right hand that nearly dropped Carpenter to the ground.
“She staggered her backwards and hit her with another combination and with a leg kick that dropped her to her hands and then Autumn kind of swarmed her and caught her with a couple left hooks and then she stumbled out of that and then (Auttumn) threw her right hand to finish her … it was real exciting,” Valentine said.
Norton now boasts a title belt and a 4-1 record. She may be competing in another title fight in November.
While Norton and Perry were hard at work in Reno, Morales represented the Iron Pit Fight Team in his first professional heavyweight fight at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. Morales’ opponent, Josue “Junior” Lugo, was predicted to win the fight and had been training at a well-known gym in the Central Valley with a UFC welterweight fighter. However, Lugo’s reputation and training methods didn’t intimate Morales, who won the fight in the second round with a technical knockout/doctor stoppage.
A few weeks before the fight, Morales said one of his strategies in heavyweight fights is to be faster and more agile than his opponents because he is normally smaller.
“I just work on trying to be faster and more on point than they are because they’re going to be bigger and a little slower,” Morales said.
According to Valentine, it’s a strategy that worked well against Lugo.
“(Lugo) was a big guy and everything … to be honest with you, if they ever rematch, I think (Morales) will go through him a lot quicker than he did … the guy was used to bullying guys because he’s a big guy, and the pace of the fight was too much for him,” Valentine said, “(Morales) is very agile, very quick for heavyweight. All these guys, they try to use their weight to bully guys around and stuff and he pushes the pace to where it’s real difficult for them to keep that pace up.”
Valentine, who attended Norton and Perry’s fight in Reno, says he was confident in Morales getting the win.
“He works hard, he’s a great kid and he’s a got a heart as big as his body,” he said.
Overall, the night was nothing short of a whopping success for the Iron Pit Fight Team, which now boasts a record of 353-43.
“It was a great night for us. We did really well … I’m just really proud of all of them,” Valentine said.
After the triumphant night of knockouts, the team will continue to train hard for future fights. Norton plans to share her love of MMA with others by teaching a women’s kickboxing/MMA fitness class at Iron Horse Gym twice a week, while continuing to hone her skills in the gym.
For more information on the Iron Pit Fight Team, call Iron Horse Gym at 251-4985.
Lassen High School volleyball plays annual alumni game
Valerie Lent, left, Jessica Larson, Heather Ingram, Dani Wood, Abrial Scheff, Betsy Guerrero, Kaleigh Smith and Julie Schmidt played for the alumni volleyball team during Lassen High School volleyball’s annual alumni game Thursday, Sept. 5. Photo submitted
Kaleigh Smith spikes the ball over the net for the alumni team as Miranda Langenhorst jumps up to block for the Lassen High varsity team. Photo by Maddie Musante
College appeals sanctions against soccer teams
Sept. 4 — The Lassen Community College athletic department is appealing a decision made by the Golden Valley Conference to suspend the men’s and women’s soccer teams from participating in any post-conference play this season. The teams have been suspended due to an alleged breach of a California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) constitutional bylaw that governs when teams may participate in nontraditional contests.
The college appealed the suspension to the Golden Valley Conference’s appeals board, but the appeal was denied. However, the college is now making an appeal to the CCCAA appeals board. If the appeal is denied again, Lassen College can then appeal directly to the CCCAA Board.
Sources close to the process expect a decision on the latest appeal could be made this week.
Soccer season takes place in the fall, but according to the CCCAA constitution, teams are allowed to participate in a limited number of nontraditional contests/scrimmages during a short window of time outside of the regular season. According to bylaw 3.17.1 of the CCCAA constitution, men’s and women’s soccer teams may participate in three scrimmages between Feb. 1 and April 30.
However, according to Gary Lewis, commissioner of the Golden Valley Conference, the college reported to the GVC that the men’s and women’s soccer teams participated in matches at CSU Chico in May, apparently breaking the rules set forth by the CCCAA constitution. The CCCAA constitution says sanctions must be applied if colleges participate in nontraditional contests outside of the allowable dates. Bylaw 3.17.1 reads: “Failure to comply shall result in penalties which shall include no postconference competition or a reduced number of contests during the traditional segment, or other penalties as may be identified by the CCCAA Board.”
In addition to the soccer teams’ suspension from post-conference play, the Golden Valley Conference has placed the Lassen Community College athletic department on probation for the 2013-2014 school year. According to Lewis, the decision to place the athletic department on probation was made because of the LCC soccer team’s alleged infringement of constitutional bylaw 3.17.1, as well as the athletic department’s failure to file gender equity forms on time last year.
According to Lewis, probation does not necessarily come with any direct consequential actions for the LCC athletic department; it’s more like a warning.
“That means, ‘Don’t break any more rules because if you do, we’re going to have to take a serious look at this,’” Lewis said.
The probationary period lasts one year, unless the department has any more infractions, then the probationary period could be extended another year.
According to Lewis, community colleges will normally go through the process by submitting their appeal to the commissioner of the CCCAA’s office, then the appeals board will review the infraction and make a decision, which will then be sent to the conference commissioner. If the appeals board recognizes the appeal, it can completely do away with the sanction or modify it. If the college doesn’t agree with the appeal board’s decision, it can appeal directly to the CCCAA Board.
The process can be lengthy, Lewis said, depending on people’s availability and whether the CCCAA board wants to do an investigation. Golden Valley Conference soccer games usually wrap up in November.
Lassen Community College athletic director Dr. Tammy Robinson declined to comment until the appeal process is completed.
Fifth annual Lassen County Sheriff's Posse Gymkhana raises money for scholarships
Kelsey Whitlow competes in pole bending during the Lassen County Sheriff Posse’s fifth annual Family Gymkhana on Saturday, Aug. 23. Whitlow was the high point winner in the 17 and older age division. Photo by Maddie Musante
Sept. 4 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse held its fifth annual Family Gymkhana on Saturday, Aug. 24 to raise money for the Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse scholarship fund.
“It went well. Everybody said they had fun. It was organized … it went pretty smooth,” said Bruce Reed, chairman for the sheriff’s posse gymkhana.
Participants ranged from ages 5 to older than 17. They competed in barrel racing, pole bending, key hole, speed ball, big “T,” flag races, team events, ribbon races, rescue races, figure 8 and dummy roping.
The sheriff’s posse also held a raffle during the event, which included prizes of horse tack, equipment, feed and other items.
The high point winner in the 5 to 8 age group was Conner Finks with a total time of 242.958 in all eight events. In the 13 to 16 age division, Clarrisa Barr was the high point winner with a total time of 246.144. Kelsey Whitlow has a total time of 147.601, making her the high point winner in the 17 and older age group.
This is the second year the sheriff’s posse has held the annual gymkhana at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Previously, the event took place in Janesville.
According to Reed, the organization has added several more gymkhana events for participants to compete in throughout the last couple years. By adding more events, gymkhana becomes an all-day event for participants and spectators to enjoy. Food and beverages were available to all who attended.
Several local businesses contributed to the fundraising event, including Susanville Supermarket, Sierra Jewelry, Treats Dog Company, Margie’s Book Nook, Big O Tires, Diamond Mountain Casino, Fastenal, The Lassen County Times, The Pardner, Lassen Ale Works, JDX/KSUE radio station, the Flying B Ranch, The Pizza Factory, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lumberjacks Restaurant, Taco Bell, Safeway, Primo Deli, Ace Hardware, Tactical Reload and Hemphill Ranch.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse is now gearing up for a charity ride that will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 at Susanville Ranch Park. The goal of the ride is to raise $5,000 to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fight pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
For more information on the “Saddle up for St. Jude” ride, call Pete Jensen at 218-6500.
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