Lassen High School softball celebrates championship season
The Lassen High School varsity softball team and its coaches pose together outside of the Susanville Pizza Factory after celebrating the season with an awards ceremony Wednesday, May 29. Photo by Maddie Musante
June 5 — The Lassen High School varsity softball team came together for a fun night of pizza, awards and reminiscing over memories from this year’s championship season on Wednesday, May 29 at the Susanville Pizza Factory.
The Lady Grizzlies won the league title this year, for the first time since 2009, and ended their season with an impressive 10-2 league record.
The evening began with pizza and drinks, as the Lady Grizzlies softball team and their parents laughed and talked about the softball season and plans for the summer ahead.
Head coach Paul Moore soon began the awards part of the evening by announcing and honoring his assistant coaches and those who have supported the Lassen High School softball program. Moore, along with coaches Kase Camacho and Greg Dickerson, then presented the players with awards, each sharing personal stories from the season and introducing each player with praise and admiration.
Kelsey Pinneo was given the coaches’ award. As she was called up to receive the award, Dickerson explained, “there isn’t anyone on this team who works harder.” Lindsay Northrop also received a coaches’ award.
Abbi Scheff was then called up to receive the Lady Grizz award. Laken Cagle was awarded best offensive player. The award for most outstanding player was a tie between Taylor Knecht and Kennedy Ford.
Cagle also received all-league honorable mention and was elected player of the year by MaxPreps.com. Jacqui Smith was awarded all league and Moore described her as a player who, “put in the time and did the extra things.” Northrop was also awarded with an all-league honor. Knect and Ford got all-league awards by a unanimous decision, meaning that every coach in the league, except for Moore who wasn’t allowed to vote for his own players, voted for them.
The Lady Grizzlies then took the opportunity to say thank you to their coaches by presenting each coach with a signed card from the team and a framed photo collage. The team also made Moore a purple, black and gold canvas printed with memories and slogans from the softball season.
Moore and the team are already looking forward to next year’s season and are planning to raise funds to attend an elite softball tournament in Orange County next spring.