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Former Cougar basketball player signs with Division I school

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Charles Jackson goes up for a slam dunk during a dunk contest at Lassen Community College in 2013. Recently, Jackson signed a letter of intent scholarship agreement to play basketball for Tennessee Tech University.  Photo by Maddie Musante

May 9 — Charles Jackson, who was a key member of Lassen Community College’s 2013 Golden Valley Conference championship team, has signed a national letter of intent scholarship agreement with Tennessee Tech University.

Before his time as an All-State, conference MVP basketball player for the Lassen Cougars, Jackson played high school basketball at Grant High School in Sacramento, his hometown.

 

Jackson stands at 6’9,” weighs in at 230 pounds and led all California Community Colleges in rebounding as a freshman for Lassen College. During the 2012-2013 season, Jackson averaged 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, all while shooting 61 percent from the field.

 

“Charles is a remarkable story because he was not a college basketball player three years ago. He was cut from various community college teams that didn’t see his potential, and while he redshirted at Chabot College in 2011 and 2012, I developed a relationship with him as his assistant coach. When I received the job in April of 2012 to be coach at LCC, my father, head coach at Chabot College, and I thought it was in Charles’ best interest for him to follow me up to Lassen College where he could focus and be successful living on campus and in the supportive small town environment,” Lassen Community College head men’s basketball coach Devin Aye said.

 

Lassen High School golfer qualifies to compete in section championships

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Franky Shepherd prepares to putt the ball during a league golf match hosted by Lassen High School at Diamond Mountain Golf Course on Thursday, May 1. Shepherd recently qualified to compete in the NSCIF championships.  Photo by Maddie Musante

 May 6 — After winning the Northern Athletic League championship and securing four out of six All-League spots, the Lassen High School boy’s golf team traveled to compete in the Division II Championships yesterday, Monday, May 5.

Lassen High senior Franky Shepherd qualified for the NSCIF Championships, which will be held at Bailey Creek Golf Course in Lake Almanor on Tuesday, May 13. Lassen’s Justin Downing missed qualifying for the section championship match by one shot.

Lassen College softball star receives scholarship

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Erica Estrada signs a scholarship offer to attend and play softball for New Mexico Highlands University surrounded by her Lassen Community College teammates Shyanne Dase, left, Emylee Doyle, Bailey Smith, Rikki Kirchefer, Lisa Ko, Riley Regas, Chelsea Smith and Natasha McCullough.  Photo submitted

May 5 — Lassen Community College softball player Erica Estrada is making her dreams come true.

After a successful season playing for the Lady Cougars softball team, Estrada has accepted a scholarship to attend and play softball for the University of New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M.

 

This season, Estrada, who plays shortstop, led the Lady Cougars with a .444 batting average, racking up 44 hits.

Now, the Las Vegas, Nev. native, will be heading to Las Vegas, N.M. to make her mark on the Division II college softball world as a Cowgirl.

 

“I’m looking forward to seeing what New Mexico has to offer me,” Estrada said of the next chapter in her life and athletic career.

Local baseball player signs with Dakota State University

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Lassen High School senior baseball player Garrison Collier will be attending and playing baseball for Dakota State University in the fall.  Photo submitted

 April 29 — Lassen High School student/athlete Garrison Collier will be attending and playing baseball for Dakota State University, in Madison, S.D., in the fall.

Collier, who aspires to a career in national and global cybersecurity, received acceptance letters from ITT Technical Institute, New York Institute of Technology, University of the Pacific, University of Oklahoma, as well as others.

He chose Dakota State University because of its extensive program in cybersecurity, as well as its link to the FBI and NSA.

 

“With the cyber operations major I plan on doing network security for a large corporation or maybe even the NSA,” Collier said.

After committing to Dakota State, Collier was contacted by the university’s baseball coach who was interested in making Collier a member of the team. According to Collier, he was not initially recruited and planned to walk onto the baseball team, so he filled out a recruiting questionnaire, submitted it in the morning and got a call from the DSU coach a few hours later. Shortly after discussing baseball and the team at DSU, Collier received a letter of intent to sign.

Annual general trout opener coming soon

April 24 — The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on April 26, one hour before sunrise.

Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Lingering winter conditions and this year’s unprecedented drought could played a major role in how many rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs can be stocked before April 26.

Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits and gear restrictions.

Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2014/2015 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet, found online at dfg.ca.gov/regulations, for regulations specific to each body of water.


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