As school starts and the Grizzlies’ and Cougars’ fall sports teams are selected things have come full circle for me for my first year as sports writer.
Volleyball was the first sport I had to cover once I got the job, and I had zero knowledge of volleyball, but thanks to coaches like Jessica Larson I was able to catch on.
I was greatly lucky in my first season covering the Lady Grizzlies; the team had incredible talent, and watching them from their first few games to going on to the win league, gave me like much of the community, pride.
After watching the Lady Grizzlies first game of this season they look just as talented and resolved as their predecessors.
As sports go in Lassen County, the biggest one is definitely Grizzly football. There is something powerful when you hear the bleachers full of screaming, Grizzly fanatics on a chilly fall Friday night.
Since starting, the Friday night-lights experience has never escaped me every time I cover the Grizzlies and their domination at Arnold Field, that feeling never diminishes.
I have yet to see what the Grizzlies will bring this season, but with Coach St. Jacques at the helm I feel the Grizzlies will always be in good hands.
The start of the Grizzlies season also brings the Cougars out as well. Last year’s soccer was rough for both teams, but watching them they never played like they were defeated and that is saying a lot.
This year the soccer teams have brought in a new coach, Juan Paolo. Paolo truly believes in the team and their capabilities to put Lassen soccer back on the map.
In my first year as the Lassen County Times sports writer I have seen some incredible young adult athletes push themselves with a drive and passion one thought they could only see in professional sports, I can’t wait to see what this year holds for Lassen county sports.