Grizzliettes are ready for the school year after a successful summer
The Lassen High School drill team attended a United Spirit Association camp at Sacramento State from July 6 to July 9. This year’s team includes Jen Paez, back left, Miyjalyn Cauton, Aricka Pettengill, Makinzie Wheeler, Megan Rawson, Jodi Vicondoa, Jessica Nobles, Katie Turner, Rachel McCoy, McKenzie Jones, Morgan Raschein, Kylie Boucher, middle left, Heather McCoy, Megan Robbins, Morgan Arnold, Haley DelCarlo, Kaite Wallace, Gracie McCoy, Breanna Painter, Jordan Clark, Kyla Bosse, captains Kennedy Ford, front left, Ivanna Rose and Megan Pentridge. Photo submitted
Aug. 28 — The Lassen High School drill team has been busy over the summer and is now using the first few weeks of school to prepare for football season, as well as training to compete in this year’s regional competition.
The team, known as the Grizzliettes, held tryouts in May and will have 26 girls on the squad this year, about 12 of who are new members. The team’s captains are seniors Ivanna Rose and Megan Pentridge and junior Kennedy Ford.
The team only had about a week off after the school year ended before they began practicing to go to a United Spirit Association camp at Sacramento State. The Grizzliettes attended camp from Saturday, July 6 to Tuesday, July 9 and came away with several awards.
According to Grizzliettes coach Shelley Bennett, there were approximately 200 people at the camp and most of them were from schools in the Sacramento area.
During the camp, the Grizzliettes learned a camp dance, which was taught to all teams in attendance, and then were given the opportunity to learn three more routines in various style categories. The Grizzliettes were broken up in the three teams to learn different routines and all evaluated on their performance. The camp instructors picked two or three girls in their class who excelled and gave them a super sensational award. In team A, Ford, Breanna Painter and Gracie McCoy were awarded super sensational. Rose and Pentridge were recognized for being super sensational in team B and Katie Wallace, Jordan Clark, Kylie Boucher and Morgan Raschein were super sensational in team C.
“It was nice because we had a few of our new members be able to get that award,” Bennett said.
On the last day of the camp, a big awards ceremony was held where all the girls who were awarded super sensational ribbons got to compete by doing the camp dance for judges. The winners, named All-American, then advanced to the final competition. Ford, Rose and McCoy were all named All-American. Ford and McCoy made it to the top 10 in the final competition.
“It was great to for us to have two girls in that top 10,” Bennett said.
As a team, the Grizzliettes won the award for most improved and got the highest rating possible, a superior rating, when judged on their performance of the camp dance, as well as a dance they choreographed prior to camp. Their superior ratings earned them an invitation to perform at this year’s Pro Bowl.
However, camp wasn’t all about competition. The team spent the week doing team-building activities and bonding.
“We get to know each other a lot. It’s a lot of bonding put on by the camp, but also together. We have a door decorating contest and the captains and I get little presents for them everyday and put them out in front of their doors,” said Bennett.
The Grizzliettes got a short break after returning from camp and began practicing a few weeks ago to prepare for the upcoming season. Their first performance was at the Lassen High Grizz Feed on Friday, Aug. 23.
In addition to practicing for performances in front of their local crowd, the Grizzliettes are hard at work preparing for this year’s regional competition with the hope of making it to nationals.
“We’re trying to get to nationals this year, so we’re working earlier on our competition routine and hoping that we can make enough money and do well enough at our regional competition to get to nationals.”
The team will be holding a dance camp in September or October to raise money for competitions. The camp will be for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Campers will spend a day working with the Grizzliettes, learning a dance routine that they will perform at a Lassen High School football game.
Lady Cougars volleyball begins playing this week
The Lassen Community College volleyball team has been practicing hard for the upcoming season. The team plays in its first tournament tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Alameda, Calif. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 27 — The Lassen Community College Lady Cougars volleyball team will play its first tournament tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 28 and feels ready to take on its competition.
This year, the team has a new head coach, Amy Williamson, who has been hard at work preparing the team for the upcoming season. Williamson comes to Lassen College from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was an assistant coach. Williamson has also coached at Tulane University where her squad qualified for the NCAA tournament and her 2010 recruiting class received national recognition.
In the time Williamson has spent working with the Lady Cougars, she has already seen the team grow and improve.
“We had double days all last week, so we got a lot better through the week. We saw a big growth from Monday to Friday and everyone was really excited about the progress that we’re making,” Williamson said during a Lady Cougars volleyball practice Monday, Aug. 19.
The Lady Cougars will be returning three sophomore players to their team. Betsy Guerrero is an outside hitter for the team and, according to Williamson, she will “be scoring a lot of points.”
Jordin Mullins will be returning in the middle position. “We expect pretty good things from her. She’s a really strong kid,” Williamson said of Mullins.
Also returning is Amanda Brenkus, who will complete with freshman Abbi Scheff for the setter position.
The Lady Cougars already have their schedule for the upcoming season and are looking forward to getting out there and sizing up the competition.
“I think for the first year for us everyone will be challenging. Just for us to see other teams and see the level and to be able to compare them … we’re not exactly sure about the level that we’re playing. So we think that we’ll be pretty good. We think we’ll be able to compete with most teams. All the girls are receptive to the coaching, but I don’t know, we’ll see,” Williamson said.
Despite not quite knowing what to expect from the competition, the players do have a big motivator, which is already drawing out their competitive edge. With a team of 16, many of the starting positions were still up for grabs when the team began practicing, meaning the players had to work hard and compete against one another to earn spots on the starting roster. Williamson sees this pressure as something that can only pay off when the Lady Cougars meet their opponents on the court.
“The strong points are just that we have a big team … so they’re going to be competing everyday in practice for positions and really get pushed from each other, so not just from coaches. They’re going to get pushed for their starting roles day in and day out at practice, and I think that’s going to be a big key,” she said.
When asked if she and her assistant coach, Nathan Hallett, have set any goals for the upcoming season, Williamson said, “Nate and I have just set the idea of getting better and being able to compete in every match, you know, and hopefully not going long stretches where we’re losing. We think by the time we get to conference though, we’ll be pretty solid. So we should do well in conference.” However, the team does hope its hard work, constant improvement and competitive play will earn them a spot in the top three in the Golden Valley Conference, Williamson added.
Youth football officials needed for fall Pop Warner and SYFL games
Youth football officials are still needed for Pop Warner and Sierra Youth Football League games this fall. No experience is required, as the leagues will train you, but people with football experience are preferred. The season begins Saturday, Aug. 31. File photo
Aug. 26 — The Sierra Youth Football League is seeking officials for the upcoming Pop Warner and Sierra Youth Football League season games.
No experience is required, as the league will train anyone who is willing. However, the league does prefer officials to have a background in football.
Pop Warner has teams in Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Carson, Douglas, Portola, South Lake Tahoe and North Lake Tahoe. Games are played Friday and Saturday evenings and sometimes during the day on Saturday. Most games are doubleheaders with the first game beginning at 6 p.m. and the second game beginning at 8 p.m.
Pop Warner has six levels of play and about 55 total teams. The levels are Tiny Mites, Mighty Mites, Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Junior Midgets and Unlimited.
The Sierra Youth Football League has games Saturdays in Susanville, Quincy and Bishop. The games can begin as early as 8 a.m. and go as late as 8 p.m. There are seven levels of play — Bandits, Mavericks, Renegades, Freshmen, JV, Varsity and Collegiate — and more than 100 teams.
There will be an on-field officials clinic near the end of August. and two required classroom meetings during the season.
If you are interested in being an official or would like more information, call Chris Whitbeck at (775) 846-0822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of NRA hosting fifth annual banquet
Aug. 23 — The Friends of NRA Lassen County chapter will be hosting a fundraiser banquet at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance; none will be sold at the door. The event will be catered by Southern Accents, of Quincy, and the dinner will include beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, grilled squash, salad, bread and dessert.
Friends of the NRA is a nonprofit, non-political side of the NRA foundation.
“We raise money for the shooting sports. One hundred percent goes to shooting sports, no administrative costs,” said Alan Schumacher, a volunteer with Friends of the NRA.
According to Della Smith, secretary of the local chapter, the funds raised by Friends of the NRA mainly go to support youth programs, such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, the Women on Target program, Boy Scouts, 4-H and various other local gun safety, education and shooting programs.
Half of the money raised at this year’s banquet will stay local.
In 2010, the program received a $35,000 grant, which was used to improve a shooting range in Lassen County.
This is the fifth year Friends of the NRA has hosted the fundraising banquet. In addition to the dinner, numerous items will be available for live and silent auction and prizes will be raffled off. At least 40 guns will be given away as raffle prizes and, according to Smith, attendance is usually around 100 people, so there are “pretty good odds of going home with a gun.”
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Smith at 254-6595. Tickets for the event, as well a pre-event gun drawing, can also be purchased at Sierra Jewelry Co. or Honey Lake Firearms in Susanville.
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