Lady Cougars volleyball begins playing this week
The Lassen Community College volleyball team has been practicing hard for the upcoming season. The team plays in its first tournament tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Alameda, Calif. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 27 — The Lassen Community College Lady Cougars volleyball team will play its first tournament tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 28 and feels ready to take on its competition.
This year, the team has a new head coach, Amy Williamson, who has been hard at work preparing the team for the upcoming season. Williamson comes to Lassen College from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was an assistant coach. Williamson has also coached at Tulane University where her squad qualified for the NCAA tournament and her 2010 recruiting class received national recognition.
In the time Williamson has spent working with the Lady Cougars, she has already seen the team grow and improve.
“We had double days all last week, so we got a lot better through the week. We saw a big growth from Monday to Friday and everyone was really excited about the progress that we’re making,” Williamson said during a Lady Cougars volleyball practice Monday, Aug. 19.
The Lady Cougars will be returning three sophomore players to their team. Betsy Guerrero is an outside hitter for the team and, according to Williamson, she will “be scoring a lot of points.”
Jordin Mullins will be returning in the middle position. “We expect pretty good things from her. She’s a really strong kid,” Williamson said of Mullins.
Also returning is Amanda Brenkus, who will complete with freshman Abbi Scheff for the setter position.
The Lady Cougars already have their schedule for the upcoming season and are looking forward to getting out there and sizing up the competition.
“I think for the first year for us everyone will be challenging. Just for us to see other teams and see the level and to be able to compare them … we’re not exactly sure about the level that we’re playing. So we think that we’ll be pretty good. We think we’ll be able to compete with most teams. All the girls are receptive to the coaching, but I don’t know, we’ll see,” Williamson said.
Despite not quite knowing what to expect from the competition, the players do have a big motivator, which is already drawing out their competitive edge. With a team of 16, many of the starting positions were still up for grabs when the team began practicing, meaning the players had to work hard and compete against one another to earn spots on the starting roster. Williamson sees this pressure as something that can only pay off when the Lady Cougars meet their opponents on the court.
“The strong points are just that we have a big team … so they’re going to be competing everyday in practice for positions and really get pushed from each other, so not just from coaches. They’re going to get pushed for their starting roles day in and day out at practice, and I think that’s going to be a big key,” she said.
When asked if she and her assistant coach, Nathan Hallett, have set any goals for the upcoming season, Williamson said, “Nate and I have just set the idea of getting better and being able to compete in every match, you know, and hopefully not going long stretches where we’re losing. We think by the time we get to conference though, we’ll be pretty solid. So we should do well in conference.” However, the team does hope its hard work, constant improvement and competitive play will earn them a spot in the top three in the Golden Valley Conference, Williamson added.
Youth football officials needed for fall Pop Warner and SYFL games
Youth football officials are still needed for Pop Warner and Sierra Youth Football League games this fall. No experience is required, as the leagues will train you, but people with football experience are preferred. The season begins Saturday, Aug. 31. File photo
Aug. 26 — The Sierra Youth Football League is seeking officials for the upcoming Pop Warner and Sierra Youth Football League season games.
No experience is required, as the league will train anyone who is willing. However, the league does prefer officials to have a background in football.
Pop Warner has teams in Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Carson, Douglas, Portola, South Lake Tahoe and North Lake Tahoe. Games are played Friday and Saturday evenings and sometimes during the day on Saturday. Most games are doubleheaders with the first game beginning at 6 p.m. and the second game beginning at 8 p.m.
Pop Warner has six levels of play and about 55 total teams. The levels are Tiny Mites, Mighty Mites, Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Junior Midgets and Unlimited.
The Sierra Youth Football League has games Saturdays in Susanville, Quincy and Bishop. The games can begin as early as 8 a.m. and go as late as 8 p.m. There are seven levels of play — Bandits, Mavericks, Renegades, Freshmen, JV, Varsity and Collegiate — and more than 100 teams.
There will be an on-field officials clinic near the end of August. and two required classroom meetings during the season.
If you are interested in being an official or would like more information, call Chris Whitbeck at (775) 846-0822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of NRA hosting fifth annual banquet
Aug. 23 — The Friends of NRA Lassen County chapter will be hosting a fundraiser banquet at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance; none will be sold at the door. The event will be catered by Southern Accents, of Quincy, and the dinner will include beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, grilled squash, salad, bread and dessert.
Friends of the NRA is a nonprofit, non-political side of the NRA foundation.
“We raise money for the shooting sports. One hundred percent goes to shooting sports, no administrative costs,” said Alan Schumacher, a volunteer with Friends of the NRA.
According to Della Smith, secretary of the local chapter, the funds raised by Friends of the NRA mainly go to support youth programs, such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, the Women on Target program, Boy Scouts, 4-H and various other local gun safety, education and shooting programs.
Half of the money raised at this year’s banquet will stay local.
In 2010, the program received a $35,000 grant, which was used to improve a shooting range in Lassen County.
This is the fifth year Friends of the NRA has hosted the fundraising banquet. In addition to the dinner, numerous items will be available for live and silent auction and prizes will be raffled off. At least 40 guns will be given away as raffle prizes and, according to Smith, attendance is usually around 100 people, so there are “pretty good odds of going home with a gun.”
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Smith at 254-6595. Tickets for the event, as well a pre-event gun drawing, can also be purchased at Sierra Jewelry Co. or Honey Lake Firearms in Susanville.
SABA invites community to the Bizz Johnson Trail on Tuesdays
Leroy Kerby, left, Niles Kenealy and Ron Branvold get ready to ride the Bizz Johnson trail at the Susanville Area Bicycle Association’s (SABA) “Everybody on the Bizz” Tuesday night program July 30. SABA organizes a group to walk, run or ride down the Bizz Johnson trail at 6 p.m. every Tuesday evening through October. The event begins at the kiosk on the west side of Richmond Road by the caboose, across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot. Everyone is welcome. For more information, email Dan Brown at email@example.com. Photo by Maddie Musante
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