Lady Grizzlies are ready to take on the soccer season
The Lassen High School girl’s soccer team plans to have a successful season this year. The Lady Grizzlies play their first home game against Oroville on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Photo by Maddie Musante
Nov. 29 — A new team and new season means it’s a whole new ball game for the Lassen High School girl’s soccer team.
The ladies have been practicing together for little more than two weeks, but coach Jim Ayers already sees that the Lady Grizzlies are going to bring fierce competition to their opponents on the soccer field.
“We have more players. We have a squad of 11 and 11, so we can scrimmage full teams versus full teams. We have a lot of freshmen coming up that are now sophomores that are excellent. We’ve got a good group of incoming freshmen too and, of course, the seniors and juniors are typically more experienced … we have a well-rounded team,” Ayers said during a team practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
The girls didn’t have a lot of time to practice before their first match, but the wealth of skill and experience the players brought to the team made Ayers confident in their abilities.
Soccer players receive high honors
Lassen Community College men’s soccer players were awarded with MVP and All-Conference awards from the Golden Valley Conference last week. Dani Gonzalez, left, and Krish Patel were awarded First Team All-Conference. Josh Jirbandey, middle, was awarded MVP Defender of the Year. Greg Baron and Stephen Green were also First Team All-Conference selections. Not pictured is Sergio Carro, who was also a First Team All-Conference award winner. Photos by Maddie Musante
Saphri Lines, left, was elected MVP Offensive Player of the Year by the Golden Valley Conference. Lines is also the top scorer in the state. Julia “Brazil” Matos was awarded MVP Defender of the Year. Janet Garcia, Tamara Newsome and Mikaela Buckley made First Team All-Conference. Not pictured are Second Team All-Conference selections Corinne Gale and Cassandra Turner.
Lady Cougars feel hopeful about basketball season
Nov. 26 — Pre-season play is just beginning for the Lassen Community College women’s basketball team, but head coach Dorinda Shaffer already believes this season is going to be a good one for the Lady Cougars.
“I have a great group of girls; they work really hard. We have a lot more guards than we had last year … one of our Achilles heels was that we couldn’t break a press last year, but I have enough guards this year that we should be able to break a press. We don’t have as many post players, but we’re faster all the way around, so I feel like we’re in a little better situation than we were in last year,” Shaffer said.
This year’s team has only two sophomore players — Lacey Smith and Lisa Ko — so it appears a majority of the team’s success will depend on the freshmen.
The Lady Cougars don’t play their first conference game until Wednesday, Jan 8, but will have a chance to compete against a few conference teams in nonconference tournaments before then.
Although Shaffer is feeling positive about the team’s potential, she is not letting her guard down when it comes to playing teams in the GVC.
Lady Grizzlies show off their skills
Miranda Langenhorst goes up for a shot during the Lady Grizzlies’ Purple and Gold Basketball Scrimmage on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The annual scrimmage is a fundraiser for the team and gives fans a chance to preview the team before the season begins. Photos by Maddie Musante
Calli Oxford goes toward the net right before taking a shot. The team proved to fans that this season will be full of fast-paced, high intensity basketball.
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