Lady Grizzlies celebrate a championship season
Miranda Langenhorst, back left, Mikailia Bustamante, Melica Woodhead, Dana Lovelace, Makenna Busse, Klari Scheff, bottom left, Hailey Hannah, Stevie Woodbury, Myeisha Shepard, Emilee Downing, Gabi Geoia and Jayde Hartzell pose together with the awards they were presented with at the Lassen High School volleyball awards banquet Thursday, Nov. 21. Photo by Maddie Musante
Dec. 4 — It was an evening of laughter, celebration and sharing fond memories during Lassen High School volleyball’s awards banquet Thursday, Nov. 21.
The three teams and their families and coaches gathered in the Lassen High School Student Center and enjoyed dinner, drinks and dessert before honoring one another with awards and gifts.
Before celebrating the players, coaches Julie and Vicki Schmidt thanked parents and supporters who helped the team during the season.
Grizzlies soccer team plays tough, rain or shine
The Lassen High School boy’s soccer team is ready to give its opponents tough competition this year. The team is made up of Andy Wotjen, back left, Jon Langston, Cyrus White, Michael Pelfrey, Josh Schmidt, Jason Lilly, Jake Morgan, Jayce Gray, Carson Friedline, Garrison Collier, Jesus Garibo, Robert Pelfrey, Carlos Hernandez, Bo Morgan, Eric Helpingstine, Spencer Frederickson, front left, Wyatt Bollinger, Clayton Williams, Kaden Goforth, Jonathan Hernandez, Anthony Connell, Rafael Hechurie and Dalton Reed. Not pictured is Max McBride. Photo by Maddie Musante
Dec. 3 — They are some of the toughest athletes in Lassen County and they are preparing for a triumphant year.
The Lassen High School boy’s soccer team is just beginning its season and, according to coach Andrew Fisher, this year is going to be an improvement from last.
The team ended its season with a 3-12 record last year, and Fisher expects this year to be much better.
“Last year we had a lot of young players. The year before we had returned so many seniors and then they graduated. Last year was a transitional year, we’ll call it. This year all those young players are back; they’ve got a lot of experience, so I think we’re going to be significantly better than we were last year … I think we should probably make the playoffs and I think it will be a dramatic improvement over our 3-12 record last year. We should be significantly improved, I think,” Fisher said during a team practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Sanctions upheld, Lassen College soccer cannot compete in playoffs
Dec. 2 — After a lengthy appeals process and a hugely successful soccer season, it turns out the Lassen Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams will not be allowed to compete in the playoffs.
Lassen College has been appealing sanctions placed on the soccer program for competing in nontraditional contests outside of the dates set forth by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) constitution.
Soccer season takes place in the fall, but according to the CCCAA constitution, teams are allowed to participate in a limited number of nontraditional contests/scrimmages during a short window of time outside of the regular season. According to bylaw 3.17.1 of the CCCAA constitution, men’s and women’s soccer teams may participate in three scrimmages between Feb. 1 and April 30.
However, according to a press release from the Lassen Community College athletic department, the soccer teams played in an out-of-season game in May, thereby breaking the rules set forth by the constitution.
Lady Grizzlies are ready to take on the soccer season
The Lassen High School girl’s soccer team plans to have a successful season this year. The Lady Grizzlies play their first home game against Oroville on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Photo by Maddie Musante
Nov. 29 — A new team and new season means it’s a whole new ball game for the Lassen High School girl’s soccer team.
The ladies have been practicing together for little more than two weeks, but coach Jim Ayers already sees that the Lady Grizzlies are going to bring fierce competition to their opponents on the soccer field.
“We have more players. We have a squad of 11 and 11, so we can scrimmage full teams versus full teams. We have a lot of freshmen coming up that are now sophomores that are excellent. We’ve got a good group of incoming freshmen too and, of course, the seniors and juniors are typically more experienced … we have a well-rounded team,” Ayers said during a team practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
The girls didn’t have a lot of time to practice before their first match, but the wealth of skill and experience the players brought to the team made Ayers confident in their abilities.
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