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Lassen College graduate trains for 2016 Summer Olympics

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Yasir Alvarez speaks at the Lassen Community College graduation ceremony Friday, May 23. In August, Alvarez will begin training at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Co., to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in judo.  Photo by Makenzie Davis

 June 4 — Yasir Alvarez just graduated from Lassen Community College with a degree in social science and is on his way to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co. in Judo, but just a few years ago he didn’t speak a word of English, and just a few months ago he wasn’t even a U.S. citizen.

Alvarez’s is a true Cinderella story. He and his family moved to the U.S. from Cuba, and three years ago the young Judo pro was recruited by Lassen Community College assistant wrestling coach Tom Rodgers.

 

Lassen College’s head wrestling coach, Francis Beaujon, recalls Alvarez’s first day at the Lassen College dorms when he didn’t speak any English and everything had to be translated for him.

 

Alvarez says he initially came to Lassen College to be a part of the wrestling team, but decided to stay for two years and earn his associates degree in social science.

 

 

“I wanted to get my degree and keep going to continue my dream. (Rogers) just called me and brought me here to wrestle. I wrestled for two years, then just kept going for school,” Alvarez said.

 

Fifth annual Ridin’ High at the Ranch draws a big crowd

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June 3 — The Susanville Area Bicycle Association hosted its annual Ridin’ High at the Ranch mountain bike race Saturday, May 31 at Susanville Ranch Park. The event drew riders from all over Northern California and Nevada. Here, racers in the open and sport classes line up at the starting line. Look for more photos, as well as the race results, in the Tuesday, June 10 edition of the Lassen County Times.  Photo by Maddie Musante

Lassen Community College cowboys ranked top in the nation, head to college finals rodeo

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TJ McCauley competes in tie-down roping during Lassen Community College’s rodeo in October 2013. McCauley, and several other cowboys from the college’s men’s team, qualified to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June.  File photo

May 27 — The Lassen Community College men’s rodeo team is making its name known across the nation.

With the regular college rodeo season finished, several cowboys from the team have won first place in the region, become nationally ranked and are heading to the College National Finals Rodeo next month.

 

Case Hirdes and TJ McCauley won the region and are ranked number-one in the nation for team roping.

Chant DeForest took first-place in the region in calf roping and earned a number-seven national ranking.

 

Dalton McMurtrie came in third in the region in bull riding and ranked 21st in the nation.

 

The men will travel to Casper, Wyo. for the CNFR from June 15 to 21. According to the finals rodeo’s website, the CNFR is known as the Rose Bowl of college rodeo. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete at the event each year. The top three students in each event from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associations’s 11 regions quality to compete in the finals rodeo.

 

Iron Pit fighters triumph in and out of the ring

May 20 — The Iron Pit Fight Team sent two fighters to compete in the Ultimate Reno Combat 46 at the Reno Events Center on May 3 and, although only one fighter walked away with a win, you could say it was a victorious night for both of them.

Joseph McKernan, who has been training with the team based out of Iron Horse Gym in Susanville, TKOed his opponent in the second round. It was his first win, and he now holds a 1-1-1 record.

 

Aarason Perry lost to his opponent in a decision after three rounds. 

 

While Perry was disappointed with the loss, he managed to achieve something much greater than improving his win-loss record that night.

 

Runners, walkers of all ages participate in annual Paiute Meadows trail event

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Rhys Cooper, of Susanville, sprints to the finish line. Cooper took first place overall in the one-mile kid’s run. The 21st annual Paiute Meadows Run for Trails was held Saturday, May 17 at Susanville Ranch Park.  Photos by Maddie Musante

 

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Carly Bateman, of Alturas, flashes a smile as she runs the trail at Susanville Ranch Park. Bateman was the girl’s first-place finisher in the one-mile kid’s run. She also ran the two-mile course later in the morning. Bateman’s mother said she loves running.


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