Local MMA fighters are training hard for an upcoming fight in Reno
Aarason Perry practices for an upcoming MMA fight that will take place in Reno on Saturday, August 24. Perry and Auttumn Norton will represent Susanville’s Iron Pit Fight Team at the event. Photos by Maddie Musante
Auttumn Norton works out at Iron Horse Gym to prepare for her upcoming fight. According to coach Rudy Valentine, Norton is one of the hardest workers on the team and is often training in the gym twice a day and on weekends.
Aug. 7 — Two local fighters from Susanville’s Iron Pit Fight Team are training like crazy to prepare for an upcoming MMA fight. Auttumn Norton and Aarason Perry will be competing at the Reno Events Center on Saturday, August 24 at an MMA show that is sure to be a test of skill and determination.
Rudy Valentine, coach of the Iron Pit Fight Team at Iron Horse Gym, is confident in the abilities of the two fighters and is looking forward to watching them show what they’re made of in the ring.
“With these two, I don’t get really nervous … win or lose, I know they’re going to do well,” he said.
Norton has been training and fighting on the team for three years. She has competed in four fights and will be fighting for a title belt at the upcoming event in Reno. Her record is currently 3-1.
Norton was only 18 and still in high school when she went up against a 32-year-old woman in her first fight and won. According to Valentine, her opponent said after the fight that she never thought a girl could hit as hard as Norton did.
“She’s the hardest worker in my club, and it’s cool because she’s one of the most coachable kids I’ve ever had. She works super hard … I’m just really proud of her,” Valentine said.
At a practice session at Iron Horse Gym on Wednesday, July 31, Norton said she feels ready for the upcoming fight and is getting so excited it’s sometimes hard for her to sleep at night.
She doesn’t know very much about her opponent yet, other than the fact that her record is 2-0. “She’ll probably be my toughest fight yet,” Norton said.
She plans to continue training hard during the next few weeks before the fight and eating healthy. According to Valentine, Norton is often in the gym training twice a day and on weekends.
“It’s mostly just about keeping your diet good … you really can’t get away with much. It’s like 70 percent diet and 30 percent gym, and I run every day,” Norton said.
Perry is another fighter who is known for his skill and work ethic at Iron Horse Gym. In the 170-pound weight class, Perry has competed in three fights and is currently undefeated.
“Aarason is an athlete ... he’s in the gym a lot. He works extremely hard. He’s a student of the game, so he knows what he has to do,” Valentine said.
Perry says he’s not nervous about the fight yet, but that he usually begins getting anxious a couple weeks before a fight because he feels like he’s “ready to get in there.” However, Perry does feel a little pressure to keep his winning streak going.
“It’s kind of a big fight because I’ve got to try to keep that perfect record,” he said.
In the days right before the fight, Perry will focus mostly on losing weight, eating healthy and relaxing his body and mind.
“You want to try to go in as fresh and as healthy as possible,” he said.
The Iron Pit Fight Team currently boasts an impressive 350-34 record.
For more information, call Iron Horse Gym at 251-4985.
Athletes take on the Susanville Area Bicycle Association's third annual Cougar Challenge
Beverly Anderson-Abbs, of Red Bluff, competes in the mountain biking portion of the long course during the third annual Cougar Challenge on Saturday, July 27. The Cougar Challenge is one of several races put on by the Susanville Area Bicycle Association each year. Photo by Joel Rathje
Lee Crane was the solo overall men’s winner and the first place winner in his age group. Crane completed the long course in one hour, 27 minutes and 41 seconds. Photo by Sabine Luedecke
Aug. 6 — The Susanville Area Bicycle Association (SABA) put on the third annual Cougar Challenge dirt duathlon Saturday, July 27 at Susanville Ranch Park. The event was a blast for participants and spectators who showed up in large numbers to test their athletic abilities and cheer on the racers.
“It was a big success with 42 entrants. We had people from Alturas, Cedarville, Red Bluff, Reno and locals. It was perfect conditions after the rainstorm,” said event organizer and SABA member Mark Kovacic.
The duathlon featured a long and short course and participants could choose to race individually or as a team. The long course consisted of a three-mile run and a 14-mile mountain bike ride. The short course was a one-mile run with a six-mile mountain bike ride. The challenge is referred to as a dirt duathlon because traditional duathlons take place on the road.
In the short course, Heidi Martinez was the first-place winner in the individual women’s category. For the short course co-ed teams, Bubba and Johnell Wright took first place, while Juan Jimenez and Lillie Buehler came in second.
In the long course, Bev Anderson-Abbs was the first-place overall women’s winner and the first-place winner in her age group. Camille Buehler took first place in her age group and was the second-place overall women’s winner. In the individual men’s division, Ruben Molina, Dane Nesbit, Jonny Wright, Lee Crane and Chuck Walen took first place in their age groups. Crane was the first-place overall men’s winner, Wright was the second-place overall men’s winner and Sean Buehler was the third-place overall men’s winner. Brian Tilford and Pat Davis competed as a team in the men’s division and took first place, Mark Hodges and Matthew Hill came in second and Glen Luedecke and Joe White got third. For the long course co-ed teams, Randy and Jill Robbins were the first-place winners, Mike and Madde Wright got second and David Lee and Julia Barnetche came in third.
The Cougar Challenge is one of three races SABA hosts throughout the year. However, the association plans to add a fourth race next year called an Enduro. An Enduro typically features challenging downhill races, but rather than being shuttled to the top of the start of the downhill courses, bikers must ride to the top before racing downhill. The event tests a rider’s endurance, as well as his or her technical downhill skills.
SABA describes itself as a dedicated group of bicyclists that focuses on mountain biking, club rides, as well as races. The association was originally geared more toward road biking, but shifted its focus to mountain biking when the Susanville Ranch Park and Susan River trails were formed. The organization is always accepting new members and welcomes riders of all skill levels. For more information on SABA, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/SABAriders/?ref=br_tf.
Go Hard or Go Home wins Susanville Slowpitch Softball women's championship
Susanville Slowpitch Softball is wrapping up its season by holding playoff and championship games. The women’s championship team was Go Hard or Go Home, managed by Ashley Dyer and sponsored by Lassen Auto Body. Toni Aguilar, back left, Michele Vargas, Vera Campa, Dana Soares, Karli Barger, Ashley Dyer, Blayne Mallery, Michelle Wolf, bottom left, Lovey Gower, Molly Boulanger, Teega Nez, Juliann Dixon and Natalie Cook pose together with their championship trophy. Not pictured are Karma Honeycutt and Cassie Dunn. Photos submitted
Team TKAT got second place in the Susanville Slowpitch Softball women’s division. The team is managed by Aurelio Castaneda, front, and includes Steph Maricas, back left, Tiffany Barnardino, Kendall Whitworth, Theresa Thumier, Diana Goetchius, Sara Cain, Christena Castaneda, Amanda Castaneda, middle left, Amanda "tek" Scott, Ashley Chedwick, Anita Castaneda and Tonya "tmo" Costello. Not pictured are Sherry Castaneda, Stacy Sisson, Kailey Cuthill and Jackie Miller.
Annual ranch rodeo is a big success
|The annual ranch rodeo took place at the Lassen County Fair on Saturday, July 20 and was a big hit. Here, Clint Leer competes in bronc riding and takes first place.Photos by Cady Schroeder|
|Travis Stewart, left, Daryl Norcutt and Bill Finks hold up the belt buckles they won for being the first place rodeo team at this year's Ranch Rodeo.|
Aug. 1 — As fairgoers were entertained by carnival rides and games on one end of the fairgrounds, a large crowd was being entertained by a very different kind of riding and competition on the opposite end. The annual ranch rodeo took place at the Lassen County Fair on Saturday, July 20 and provided rodeo fans with a full day of events that featured many local riders and their horses.
The event began at around 1 p.m. and lasted well into the evening. Rodeo fans packed the stands and lined the arena to watch participants, many of them with local ties, compete in events such as tie-down roping, bronc riding, mixed branding and more. The stifling heat didn’t deter spectators who enjoyed food, cold beer and refreshments while cheering on the participants.
“The ranch rodeo seemed to be a success and was enjoyed by many,” said event organizer Carey Cannon, “The contestants were all a great group of competitors and the spectators seemed to really enjoy the show they put on.”
Clint Leer won first place in bronc riding with 80 points, Ty Panos got second with 75 points, Cole Chambers had 73 points and got third place, Hezzie Magarva came in fourth with 65 points, Cole Rawlens got fifth with 61 points, Brady Haigh took sixth place with 60 points and 57 points got Miguel Torres seventh place.
In mixed branding, the team made up of Rob Pyle, Connie Hyatt and Bill Finks took first place. Taryn Krantz, Cody Castodio and Rosko Rhodes came in second place. Haley Pennington, Richie Masakia and Buddy Blosser got third place.
Overall, it was a fun, exciting and entertaining day for both spectators and participants.
“It was amazing the support the community provided in terms of volunteers and sponsors. The business folks in Susanville and several surrounding areas really put both feet forward in making this a fun and successful rodeo … it was fun for us to be a part of it,” Cannon said.
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