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.


Fully Wooly Fun Day kicks off horse events season


Paula Barr, on Amigo, competes in the poles event at Fully Wooly Fun Day on Saturday, April 12.  Photo by Maddie Musante

April 21 — The Honey Lake Valley Riders equestrian club could not have picked a more perfect day to kick off their 2014 season of horse events.

More than a dozen riders showed up to Janesville Park to participate in Fully Wooly Fun Day in the sunny, spring weather Saturday, April 12.


The events for riders ages 4 to 12 began with a contest and award for the fuzziest horse, which went to Tati Woltjen and her pony, Rocket Pony.


Fully Wooly Fun Day then continued on with barrels, poles, hurry scurry and an Easter basket race.


Riders competed across eight categories and age groups: lead line, beginner, ages 5 to 7, ages 8 to 10, ages 11 to 13, ages 14 to 17, 18 and older and “over the hill.”


DuChateau named Lassen College women's soccer coach


Roman DuChateau has been named Lassen Community College's new head women's soccer coach.  Photo by Maddie Musante

 April 16 — Lassen Community College has hired a head women’s soccer coach for the 2014 season.

Roman DuChateau brings years of coaching experience with him to Lassen College and plans to rebuild the women’s soccer program.


Originally from Sacramento, DuChateau played soccer for Consumnes River College before transferring to California State University Stanislaus, where he continued his soccer career. After graduating from Stanislaus, DuChateau began coaching youth club soccer with the Placer United Soccer Club, based in Roseville. In 2007, he joined the United Football Academy in Reno before heading to Asia where he worked with professional youth academy teams and high schools. DuChateau has also been a director of goalkeeping and senior coach at Two Rivers Soccer Camp in Graeagle for the past decade.


Local youth skiers excel on the slopes


Kylie Kersh is ready at the start line of  a slalom race. Kersh has been racing for five years and is the number-one skier on her squad, the Blizzard Wizards.  Photo submitted

April 7 — Two local students have been gaining speed and skill on the ski slopes.

Kylie Kersh and Rhys Cooper, both of Susanville, are members of the Johnsonville Ski Team, based out of Graeagle, and having been making a name for themselves in ski competitions in the Tahoe area.


Kersh, a seventh-grader, has been racing for about five years, while Cooper, a third-grader, is in his first year on the team.



Recently, Kersh finished seventh overall on the team in competition and Cooper finished 16th. Both of the young skiers qualified to compete in the Buddy Werner championships Sunday, April 6 at Alpine Meadows.

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