This past weekend, Cougar rodeo and Hustlin’ Cougs baseball team represented Lassen College in the regular and postseason, according to a statement from the college. This was the first full spring athletic season since 2019. Many of these students-athletes missed out on half of the 2020 season and part or all of their 2021 season due to the pandemic and came back to compete for the Cougs for a third year.
Bull riders Ray Mayo and Cody Russell turned in big scores, winning first and second in Friday’s regular season rodeo in Las Vegas, hosted by UNLV. Mayo did it again at Saturday’s rodeo, taking first, earning him regional champ honors and a spot at Nationals next month in Casper, Wyoming. Ray beat out riders that represented more than a dozen NCAA Division 1 universities from Nevada and California as well as California community colleges. This is Mayo’s second trip to Nationals, which features the best of the best in college rodeo and will be aired on ESPN3. For more information, visit: https://cnfr.com/.
The baseball team traveled to Stockton for the CCCAA NorCal Super Regionals to face San Joaquin Delta College (No. 3 in NorCal) on their home field. Lassen dropped their first game on Friday, 8-3, and despite a six-run rally were unable to shut down the Mustangs’ hot hitting, losing 8-6 on Saturday. Our Cougs finished the season an impressive 29-16 record. So far nine student-athletes have signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year schools, six athletic and three academic scholarships.
Congrats to Coach Avilla, his volunteer coaching staff, coaches Dan and Suzanne Williams, and the 2022-23 baseball and rodeo teams on an outstanding season. Best of luck to Ray Mayo at Nationals.