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.
Grizzlies gear up for basketball season
This year’s Grizzlies basketball team includes Kyle Barnetche, back left, Bryant Wood, Tyler Winn, Thomas Raschein, Daniel Perry, Wyatt Martin, Dakoda Hahn, bottom left, Keith Rose, Frank Shepherd, Quinn Thompson and Justin Dupree. Photo by Maddie Musante
Nov. 22 — The Lassen High School Grizzlies have had little more than a week of practice, but the team is already preparing to make this basketball season a great one.
The team welcomes back four players from last season’s team: Dakoda Hahn, Thomas Raschein, Daniel Perry and Frank Shepherd. Otherwise, the team is made up of relatively young players, including a freshman player, Wyatt Martin, who was brought up to play varsity.
“We brought a freshman to play varsity basketball this year… He’s a good basketball player. I think he’s going to contribute real well to the team,” Lassen High School varsity basketball coach Kevin Jones said during the team’s second night of practice Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Last year the Grizzlies’ season was greatly hindered by injuries, which is something Jones is concerned about.
“The key is that we stay healthy. We struggled really badly last year with staying healthy, so that’s the first thing,” Jones said.
He plans to adjust his coaching strategy this year to utilize the team’s strengths.
“We’re very young. We only have two seniors, but I think that we’re going to have some quickness. We don’t have a lot of size, but I think we’re going to try to use our quickness and hopefully put a bunch of points up,” he said.
Although he knows he has a speedy team, Jones is looking at and learning from last season’s mistakes and will not be taking any opponent lightly. While he expects each league game to bring tough competition, there is one team he believes will be a particular challenge.
“We didn’t sweep any team last year. We gave a handful away. In the league I think Corning’s going to be the odds-on favorite,” he said.
Lassen will open the season with a non-league home game against University Preparatory School on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Jones says he is glad to kick off the season on the Grizzlies’ home court. He and the team are looking forward to a season of excitement, not just on the basketball court, but for fans as well.
“We have all kinds of stuff scheduled for this year. We’ve got some planned white-outs for the students section, we’ve got a lot of promotional things we’re hoping to do. We’re going to do everything we can to get everyone to the gym and I think people are really going to enjoy watching us play,” he said.
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