Bull riding kicks off Lassen County Fair
The Lassen County Fair kicked off last night with the California Smackdown Bull Riding Series. Paige Azevedo, of Susanville, delighted the crowd when she participated in barrel racing. Azevedo was the youngest child to participate. Her horse was led around the barrels as she waved to the cheering crowd. Photo by Maddie Musante
Lassen SWAT softball finishes first
The Lassen SWAT U-10 softball team competed in the Carson City Classic Fast Pitch Tournament Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 and came back with the championship trophy. Coach Casey Williams, back left, coach Danny Mena, coach Vera Campa, coach Ryan Chedwick, Chelsea Williams, middle left, Hailey Mena, Anjanette Miles, Megan Gower, Brooke Mullen, Mila Knezevich, Taylor Nethery, Jewel Kerby, Hailey Gregor, bottom left, Taryn Giacomelli, Kelsea Chedwick and Christa Williams pose together with their championship trophy. Photo submitted
July 16 — The Lassen SWAT U-10 softball team traveled to Carson City Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, 23to compete in the Carson City Classic Fast Pitch Tournament and came back with the championship trophy.
The team started off the tournament Saturday with a decisive 16-4 victory over the Elko Inferno. Mila Knezevich was the winning pitcher, pitching three hitless innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule. Knezevich faced 21 batters and had 11 strikeouts. She also had a strong performance at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun and three RBIs. Joining Knezevich at the plate was Jewel Kerby who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Anjanette Miles who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Taryn Giacomelli who had a hit, run scored and an RBI.
Next, the girls faced the Gold Rush, of Winnemucca, Nev., and again came away with a large win, defeating the Gold Rush 16-1. Brooke Mullen was the winning pitcher, facing 11 batters in three innings with seven strikeouts and no hits allowed. The game was also called short due to the mercy rule. Leading the SWAT team at the plate was Taylor Nethery with a 2-for-2 performance, two RBIs and two runs scored. Hailey Mena and Knezevich each hit a double with Mena adding two RBIs. Kelsea Chedwick had a hit and two RBIs.
The team faced off against the Carson Valley Hot Shots in their last game of the day. Lassen didn’t disappoint, coming away with their third win of the day, defeating the Hot Shots, 14-4. It was another strong pitching day as Chelsea Williams faced 23 batters, giving up only one hit with 10 strikeouts in four innings. Knezevich led the SWAT offense, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Right behind her was Nethery with a triple. Williams and Mena each got a hit and an RBI. With the three victories on Saturday, Lassen was seeded first going into the single elimination round on Sunday.
In Sunday’s first game, the SWAT girls went up against the Fallon Force. Lassen handed the Force a 6-1 defeat in only four innings. Williams was the winning pitcher again, throwing a no hitter and striking out eight. Kerby and Knezevich led the offense, each hitting a double with an RBI. Nethery and Hailey Gregor each contributed a base hit and an RBI. With this win, Lassen moved on to the semi-final game against a fierce competitor, the Nevada Kats.
Lassen battled with the Kats for five strong, exciting innings and came away with a hard fought, 5-0, victory. Kerby took the mound for the SWAT team and pitched a three-hit shutout. She faced 18 batters in four innings, while striking out nine and only walking two. Lassen was led at the plate by Kenezevich and Megan Gower. Knezevich went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Gower went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The win advanced Lassen to the final game of the tournament against the undefeated Bloodline of Reno.
In the championship game, Lassen battled to a 9-4 victory with a display of strong hitting from the SWAT team. Knezevich, Gower, Mena and Miles each had two hits, while Kerby helped the cause by hitting a crucial go ahead double in the sixth inning. Lassen had a total of nine hits in the game. Kerby pitched the final game after just pitching four innings prior. She pitched all six innings, facing 29 batters. She gave up six hits and struck out three, while only walking one. Lassen was led defensively by second baseman Chedwick, who had six put outs at secondbase.
Lassen has participated in four tournaments with finishes at second, fourth, third and now first. The team holds an overall record of 20-5-1. Lassen’s team is comprised of girls ages 7 through 11.
Diamond Mountain Speedway celebrates the Fourth of July with a show of speed
Dust flies as Matt Canada, in car No. 22, Galen Hainline, in car No. 11, and Lary Whitebird, in car No. 97, speed around the track. Hainline currently stands in the number one-spot in the mini division. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 12 — Lassen County car racing fans came out in full force to Diamond Mountain Speedway on Thursday, July 4 to celebrate the holiday by watching mini, modified and strictly stock car races. After the races, spectators enjoyed a fireworks spectacular put on by the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The results of the races are as follows:
Mini division results
Galen Hainline, in car No. 11h, took first place in the heat race with Lary Whitebird, in car No. 97, behind him in second and Matt Canada coming in third in car No. 22.
Hainline and Whitebird went head-to-head in the trophy dash, but Hainline again came out on top, taking first place.
Hainline took his winning streak into the main event, claiming another first-place win. Whitebird was in second and Canada took third.
Mini division standings
Hainline holds the number one spot in the mini division with 129 points. Whitebird is close behind him in second place with 126 points, Bailee Glenn is third with 118 points, Canada stands in fourth with 39 points and Michael Nichols is fifth, also with 39 points.
Modified division results
In heat race one, Richard Paperhausen took first place driving car No. 16p, Larry McCracken came in second in car No. 06 and Matt Murphy, in car No. 6m, took third place.
Wade Kennemore, in car No. 24, was the winner of heat race two with Mitch Murphy coming in second in car No. 7m and Bob Higgins taking third in car No. 13h.
Riley Simmons won first place in the third race driving car No. 21r. Bill Pearson, in car No. 7n, came in second place and Justin Satel got third in car No. 21j.
McCracken came back to win the trophy dash with Paperhausen behind him in second place and Mitch Murphy in third.
In the main event, Pearson earned the first place win. Paperhausen came in second, Simmons got third, Dennis Arnold was fourth in car No. 13 and Kennemore took fifth.
Modified division standings
Simmons holds the first place position in the modified division with 166 total points. Matt Murphy has 153 points, putting him second. Arnold is third with 151 points, Steve Bejcek is in fourth place with 112 points and Ricky Bobby stands in fifth with 103 points.
Strictly stock division results
Dan Dias, driving car No. 427, was the first-place winner of heat race one in the strictly stock division. Joe Wirtz came in second in car No. X and Junior Toon took third place in car No. 33.
In heat race two, Paul Fletcher took first place driving car No. s10. Nathan Howard, in car No. 81, came in second and Samantha Schultz was third in car No. 05.
Howard came back to win the trophy dash with Fred Kreskey behind him in second place and Fletcher in third.
Dias took the win in the main event, Earl Adams was the second-place winner in car No. 22, Gene Cain got third in car No. 100, Richard Longacre was fourth in car No. 07 and Toon came in fifth.
Strictly stock division standings
Toon holds the first-place spot in the strictly stock division with 160 total points. Cain is number two with 150, Aaron Mayne comes in third with 147 points, Schultz is fourth with 146 and Dias is fifth with 119 points.
Diamond Mountain Speedway will be having races as a part of fair week at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Little League's Extra Innings summer program is a big hit
Gabe Williams coaches Cadence Parks on the fundamentals of catching the ball during Susanville Little League’s Extra Innings program Friday, June 28. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 11 — Susanville Little League recently began a new summer program called Extra Innings and it has been a big hit with baseball-loving children in Lassen County. The program offers Sandlot-style baseball, instructional clinics and several special events such as home run derbies, night games and wood bat only games.
The purpose of Extra Innings is to allow children to have fun while developing their playing skills. The program is more relaxed than the regular Little League season, allowing children and coaches more time to work on fundamentals and focus on having fun, rather than competing.
The program is open to players ages 7 to 14 and is divided into two age groups. Games usually take place Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with a few exceptions. Children sign up for the program on a weekly basis and can attend new player practice before each game takes place. Children can also participate in several practice and skill building sessions.
For more information on Susanville Little League’s Extra Innings program, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/SusanvilleLittleLeague?fref=ts.
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