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Cougars are raring to go for home basketball opener

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This season’s Lassen Community College men’s basketball team is made up of Leroy Anderson, back left, Ryan Jeep, Wilson Markus, TJ McCauley, George Jackson Jr., Juandrico Walker, Sammy Allen III, Abidjan “Keme” Davis, Murshid Randle, front left, Diondrey Holt Jr., Kalvin Case, Marvin White and Eric Duncan. Not pictured are Chris McCall and Jordan Vial. Photo by Maddie Musante

Oct. 30 — Some people think winter sounds like falling rain, howling wind and Christmas carols, but basketball fans know the real sounds of winter are basketballs bouncing off a gym floor, a buzzer screaming at halftime and the echoes of a screaming crowd bouncing off the walls of a packed gymnasium.

It’s that time again, and the Lassen Community College men’s basketball team is ready to welcome fans back into its gym and give them an impressive show of talent and skill.

 

This year’s team welcomes five returners: Marvin White, who was the leading scorer on last year’s team, Juandrico Walker, who head coach Devin Aye described as “probably the best athlete in the state” and led the state in blocked shots last year, TJ McCauley, Leroy Anderson, who played on the team in 2012-2013 and was awarded All-Conference, and Sammie Allen, the second leading scorer from the 2012-2013 conference championship team.

 

“It’s nice to have five returners and they all play different positions too, so I can put them all out there on the floor at one time and know they know what’s going on … they’ve been doing a great job leading. Last year, our main problem was leadership. This year, the leadership is awesome, work ethic is awesome. We’re very deep. We’ve got two to three guys at every position. They can come in and there’s no let down or anything. They’re very, very intelligent basketball players, as well as talented and athletic. Last year’s team was talented, but at times couldn’t really make adjustments in game, whereas this team is very, very intelligent, as well as talented and deep … there’s really nothing I can’t say that I don’t like about the team,” Aye said. 

Super-D race has its third successful year

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Randy Robbins gets air as he competes in the Susanville Area Bicycle Association's third annual Super-D downhill race Oct. 4 at Susanville Ranch Park. Photo by Joel Rathje

Oct. 21 — It was a day of dirt and downhill riding as the Susanville Area Bicycle Association hosted its third annual Super-D race Oct. 4.

Riders came from all across Northern California to compete in the downhill race, which has seen a huge increase in popularly since its inauguration in 2012.

 

According to SABA club president Brian Tilford, the race saw about double the amount of riders as last year. The club is also considering changing the event to span two days in the future.

Frightmare Forest to bring Halloween haunts to Susanville once again

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What scares you the most? Whatever it is, it may be waiting for you in the heart of Frightmare Forest just like this creepy swamp creature, which was seen scaring the living daylights out of local thrill-seekers during last year’s event.  Photo by Maddie Musante

 

Oct. 8 —October means its time for screams, scares and all kinds of Halloween-themed fun at Frightmare Forest.

The popular haunted forest walk, put on by the Lassen Community College men’s and women’s basketball program, opens Thursday, Oct. 16 and will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until Halloween. It is located at 472-120 Richmond Road in Susanville.

 

There is small fee per person, and includes admission to the forest, as well as carnival and game play in the barn area.

 

It’s estimated to take about 30 minutes to complete the entire walk through Frightmare Forest, unless you’re one of the many who runs through screaming.

Westwood Lady Jacks pummel Providence

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Oct. 1 — Yesenia Melendrez dives to bump the ball. The Westwood High School volleyball team hosted Providence Christian High School on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and came away with a 3-0 win. The scores of the sets were 25-18, 25-22 and 25-20. Photo by Maddie Musante

 

Lassen Arsenal soccer still undefeated

Sept. 23 — Lassen Youth Soccer has recruited a talented group of 12 to 13 year old girls who play for the Lassen Arsenal.  

The team played the Jaguars, of Red Bluff, on Saturday, Sept. 20 looking for their fourth straight victory. 

 

With several key players recovering from illness, the team left town before 8 a.m. to get to Red Bluff on time. Once there, the girls wasted no time getting their offense rolling.

  

The Arsenal played good possession soccer, making good use of give-and-gos, as well as passing to open space. As a unit, they moved the ball down the field and made some excellent shots on goal. Four shots made it past the Jaguars’ keeper in the first half and three more in the second half. The Arsenal was aided by some breakout offensive performances by Lily Francois and Jamie Elliot. 


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