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.
Grizzlies overcome by Galena
Sept. 3 — The Lassen High School Grizzlies football team kicked off its season Friday, Aug. 30 by taking on Galena High School. The Grizzlies lost the non-league game, 41-19.
The team now possesses a 0-1 record and will go on to play Pleasant Valley High School in Chico on Friday, Sept. 6.
Herlong's Lady Vikings volleyball teams are ready to strike
The Herlong Lady Vikings volleyball team works on serving during practice Tuesday, Aug. 27. Head coach Penny Thiels is looking forward to the season and is confident the Lady Vikings will play competitively.
Photo by Maddie Musante
Sept. 3 — The Herlong High School Lady Vikings volleyball team has been practicing hard to get ready for the upcoming season and head coach Penny Thiels believes it’s going to be a great one.
“They should do really well,” Thiels said during volleyball practice Tuesday, Aug. 27.
This year, there are more than 20 girls playing volleyball for the Herlong JV and varsity squads. Thiels says there are a lot of players who are new to the game, but also several whom she has coached throughout middle school.
“I’m so excited because I’ve got my eighth grade Play Day winners as freshman … so my JV team, we basically play everybody that we’ve already played as eighth graders, so I’m hoping that we should do pretty well,” she said.
The team’s first matches of the season will be at the Lassen High School Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8. After that, the Lady Vikings will travel to Downieville for a tournament and play several non-league games before facing Loyalton High School in a league game on Oct. 10.
Thiels is confident in the team's ability to compete in league matches and said, “I feel pretty good about it. I think league-wise, we’re going to do very well … I’m excited.”
Her only concern is facing teams who have new players or players her girls haven’t seen before.
“Greenville would probably be my only league game that I’m worried about,” she said.
However, by the time the team’s match against Greenville rolls around in mid-October, Thiels and the Lady Vikings will have had a lot of time to practice and hone their skills, something they have been doing every day after school.
Theils is thrilled with her players' dedication and competitive nature and has had no problem adjusting her coaching style to her mix of seasoned and novice players.
“They like to win … these girls seldom miss practice,” she said.
For a schedule of Herlong High School volleyball matches, see the Lassen County Times’ sports calendar.
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