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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.

Herlong High School softball is stepping up its game

April 22 — The Herlong High School softball team is proving to be a competitive force this season.

The team, coached by Dave Thurber, is made up of mostly junior and freshman players, with only one senior, Faith Allen, and two sophomores. However, the Lady Vikings’ lack of seniors hasn’t hindered its success in any way.

 

The team currently has an overall record of 3-4 and a league record of 2-2, which is already a big improvement from last year’s overall record of 1-7-1 and league record of 0-7-1.

 

If anyone is happy about the team’s improvement and recent success, it’s head coach Thurber, who began coaching the team last year and is thrilled with how far his players have come.

 


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