Local MMA fighter wins lightweight title belt



Iron Pit Fight Team's Robert Burgess holds up the Northern California Super Lightweight Title belt he won during a fight in Vacaville on Aug. 30. Photo by Maddie Musante


Sept. 10 — Robert Burgess has only been training with the Iron Pit Fight Team for about a year, but he already boasts a 5-1 record and recently won his second title belt.


Burgess went head-to-head with Gabriel David on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Vacaville and came away with a hard-fought victory after a five-round judges’ decision with scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 50-45. 


The win got him the Northern California Super Lightweight Title belt.


“It was awesome, the greatest feeling in the world. I don’t know how to explain it. It was so cool,” Burgess said of winning the belt.


Lady Vikings are ready to kill it this volleyball season


Heather Thurber sends the ball flying over the net while Rebecca Caldwell and Laurel 

Winnegge jump up to block during a Herlong High School volleyball practice Aug. 25.

Photo by Maddie Musante

Sept. 2 — It appears this may be the year of Lady Vikings volleyball.

With a team made up almost entirely of returning seniors, the Herlong High School varsity team is poised to make its mark on the Pioneer-Mountain League in the 2014 season.


Last year, the Lady Vikings were a competitive force in league, ending the season with a 6-4 record and in third place behind Greenville and Westwood high schools. 


However, this year head coach Penny Thiels and the team have their sights set on a league championship.


Lassen College volleyball ready to rally in the season


The Lassen Community College volleyball team recently began practicing and is

training hard for the upcoming season. Photo by Maddie Musante


Aug. 20 — The Lassen Community College volleyball team is in its third week of practice and looking ahead to what coach Amy Williamson believes will be a highly competitive season.

With a host of new players joining the team this year, the Lady Cougars are bringing a whole new skill set to the court.


“We have the sister of our libero from last year who’s here, who’s a setter — really good player, played club for a long time,” Williamson said.


The team is also bringing on some local talent. Maddy Raschein, Klari Scheff and Mikayla Rawson are all Lassen High School alums who will be bringing their volleyball talents to Lassen College this year. Scheff joins her sister, Abbi, who is a sophomore on the team.


College hires new soccer coach

George Kee

Aug. 13 — George Kee began his new job as the Lassen Community College men’s soccer coach last week and has already assembled a team and set high goals for the upcoming season.

Kee is originally from San Antonio, Texas where he has been playing and coaching soccer for the past several years.


Before becoming a coach, he played soccer as a child and in high school, then moved on to play four years in college in Austin, Texas. After college, he began coaching with a division of the  United Soccer League Super-20 League.


While he has visited Southern California on vacations before, this is his first time in Northern California.


“It’s beautiful,” he said.


Kee started in his new position last Monday and began practicing with the team Tuesday. With the season starting at the end of this month, you might think Kee would be overwhelmed with the amount of work he has to do between now and then. However, he says it’s been a lot less stressful than one might expect.


Lassen Community College men’s basketball program to host youth camp

Aug. 5 — The Lassen Community College men’s basketball program is hosting a co-ed youth basketball camp from Monday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 15.

The camp is for children from first- to 12th-grade and will include quality instruction from the Lassen College basketball team’s staff and players.


First- through sixth-graders will attend camp from 5 to 6:40 p.m., while seventh- through 12th-graders will go from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Lassen College gym.


There is a fee to register. However, children who pre-register with a friend will receive a discount.


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