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Local golf enthusiast hits a hole-in-one

July 8 — On the afternoon of June 22, 65-year-old Kevin Justis headed to Diamond Mountain Golf Course to play nine rounds with his wife and friends, what he didn’t know was that he was about to achieve one of the rarest and most impressive feats in the game of golf.

When Justis, his wife, Jane, and friends Bill Muttera, Jeannie Muttera and Jerry Douglass reached the 189-yard hole No. 9, Justis says he took his swing, but no one in the group saw where the ball landed.

 

“I knew I hit it straight, but it’s almost 200 yards long, and I did not see it go in the hole,” Justis said.

 

The group walked to the green and began searching for Justis’ ball. However, after a long time of looking with no luck of finding the ball, Justis wandered over to the hole.

 

Susanville native inducted into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

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Rudy Macgowan, left, Doc Blevins, Dallas Langley, Mike Skinner, Angie Skinner, Richard Childress, Judy Childress, Bill Davis and Gail Davis celebrate Mike Skinner’s induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 19 in Napa, California. Photo submitted

July 1 — About 40 years ago, Mike Skinner made his stock car racing debut on the dirt track at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Susanville. Now, after a successful career in NASCAR and a national truck championship, Skinner has been inducted to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

“To be able to even be eligible for nomination, you have to achieve success at the highest level attainable in the Western United States … it’s a big deal,” said Ken Clapp, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Board Chairman.

 

Skinner is a Susanville native who began racing at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in the 1970s. In the early 90s, he moved to North Carolina to seek out a career in racing, and ended up winning the Late Model Championship at Caraway Speedway a year later. 

 

In 1995, he was hired by Richard Childress Racing and competed in the first NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series. He won the race that year and went on to rack up seven more wins and the first championship in the series. Shortly after, he began racing full time in the Sprint Cup Series and was awarded Rookie of the Year.

 

Iron Pit Fight Team to host 10th High Desert Brawl

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Members of the Iron Pit Fight team pose for a photo to promote the upcoming High Desert Brawl, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 16 at Diamond Mountain Casino. Photo by Maddie Musante

June 25 — After taking a one-year hiatus, the Iron Pit Fight Team is once again hosting its popular fight night  at Diamond Mountain Casino — the High Desert Brawl.

The brawl is scheduled to take place Aug. 16 and will feature many local fighters who will face opponents from all over the western United States.

 

According to the team’s coach and event organizer, Rudy Valentine, eight Iron Pit fighters are scheduled to fight right now, but Valentine is still looking for opponents for some of them.

 

“We’ve got guys coming from Oregon, down south and Nevada, so we’re spread all over … we’ve also, I think, got a team from Idaho that will probably be coming down,” he said.

This the 10th year Iron Horse Gym’s fight team has put on the event. 

 

Former Grizzly baseball player receives high honors from West Coast Conference

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Quinton Perry is up to bat for the Santa Clara Broncos during a game against Saint Mary’s College of California on May 18. Perry is a former Lassen High School baseball player and recently wrapped up a phenomenal baseball season for the Broncos. Photo by Denis Concordel

June 20 — After graduating from Lassen High School in 2009, Quinton Perry moved on to play baseball at Santa Clara University where he just finished his senior year and was a 2014 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team selection.

Perry was one of 10 players from WCC teams to be selected for the championship all-tournament team. He was also one of six Santa Clara players to receive honors from the conference, as he was awarded 2014 Baseball All-Conference Honorable Mention, an award that was voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches.

 

This year, Perry led the Santa Clara Broncos in home runs for the second year in a row, racking up five during the regular season. He tied for the second highest batting average on the team with a .452 percentage and 16 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and two triples. He boasts 17 two-out RBIs, which is a team-best, and got three RBIs in five games during the 2014 season. Perry also led the team with four home runs and a .541 slugging percentage in 25 conference games, while getting the second-most walks on the team.

 

Local youth have fun in the sun at baseball camp

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The Lassen Community College baseball program hosted a youth baseball camp at the Susanville Little League field Thursday, June 12. Here, campers, coaches and volunteers from the Susanville Fire Department are pumped up after getting to play and slide under the stream of a water hose provided and supervised by the fire department. Photos by Maddie Musante


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