Local nonprofit to host “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament
Aug. 19 — The Northern California Cancer Advocates are planning a fun day of recreation to raise money for cancer patients in Lassen and Plumas counties. The local nonprofit organization will be hosting a “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament, as well as a 5K run/walk Saturday, Aug. 31.
The organization was founded by director and six-year cancer survivor, Rachelle Surian. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to individuals in the community who are battling cancer. Surian says she was inspired to start the organization by all of the support she received from the community during her battle with cancer and her work with other nonprofit organizations. Surian saw the need for an organization that would support those battling cancer specifically in Lassen and Plumas counties.
“I felt like we needed something local that could just stay in our community,” she said.
All proceeds from the “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament and 5K will benefit those fighting cancer in Lassen and Plumas counties.
The 5K run/walk will begin and end at Diamond Mountain Golf Course in Susanville. Check-in for the 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 8:30. Participants must pre-register by Monday, Aug. 26.
The golf tournament will also take place at Diamond Mountain Golf Course and begins at 10:30 a.m. Foursomes will play a scramble format and awards will be given for men’s and women’s team scores, as well as individual feats. Entry fees include greens fees, carts, dinner and a tee prize.
There will be a dinner after the tournament at around 4 p.m. where a variety of prizes will be awarded, as well as raffle prizes and an auction. According to Surian, raffle prizes include guns, golf rounds, wine baskets and much more. Individuals can attend the dinner without participating in the 5K or golf tournament, but must pay a small fee.
For more information, call Phil Bertanzoni at 251-2175.
Lassen Community College basketball player gets scholarship
Devin Bey gets air during the slam-dunk contest at the 2013 Lassen County Axe Battle. Bey was the leading scorer for the Lassen Community College 2013 men’s basketball Golden Valley Conference championship team and has signed a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 16 — Devin Bey, the leading scorer for the Lassen Community College 2013 men’s basketball Golden Valley Conference championship team, has signed a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.
During the 2013 season, Bey averaged 13.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Bemidji State is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Last season, the men’s basketball team had an overall record of 18-12 and a conference record of 13-9. According to Lassen College head basketball coach Devin Aye, Bey had several NCAA Division I and II universities recruiting him.
“I think Devin Bey made a great choice and he will have a great career at Bemidji State,” Aye said.
Bey transferred to Lassen College from Lake Land College in Illinois, an NJCAA Division I school. He is originally from Kingstree, S.C. where he went to high school and was elected First-Team All-State in his senior year.
Bey is one of three members of last year’s Lassen College men’s basketball program to accept an athletic scholarship to a university.
Softball tournament raises money for local youth sports
Vera Campa takes a swing during the 14th annual Mountain Bash slowpitch softball tournament Saturday, Aug. 3. The tournament is a fundraiser for youth sports programs in Lassen County. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 15 – The 14th annual Mountain Bash youth sports fundraiser softball tournament took place at Riverside Park in Susanville on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 2.
The tournament is put on by locals and includes many of the teams and players from the Susanville Slowpitch Softball league. All the funds raised from entry fees and sponsorships go to local, youth sports programs and organizations in Lassen County. According to this year’s tournament organizer, Ryan Chedwick, funds have previously gone to support Lassen High School baseball, Susanville Little League and other youth sports.
Although the tournament is organized and played locally, teams have participated from throughout Northeastern California and Nevada. This year, several teams from Nevada participated. In the past, teams have come from Chester, Redding, Reno and Gardnerville.
This year’s tournament had 10 men’s teams and eight co-ed teams.
Turbulence, a team from Gardnerville, Nev., took first place in the men’s division. Those Guys, a team made of players from Susanville and Reno, got second place.
In the co-ed division, the Frickin’ Foxes, from Gardnerville, won first place and Off Constantly, from Susanville, took second.
According to Chedwick, this year’s tournament raised between $2,000 and $3,000 for local youth sports.
The tournament takes place every year on the first weekend in August. Chedwick said they like to hold the tournament right after the Susanville Slowpitch Softball season ends so people are still fresh and ready to play.
Man with local roots chosen to test and debut Mammoth Mountain bike course
Nile Rivas, a Susanville native, gets air as he tests a new course at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park prior to the park opening to the public June 21. Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, were featured in a video debuting Mammoth Mountain’s new mountain bike courses. Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began riding his bike on mountain terrain. Photo submitted
Aug. 14 — When Mammoth Mountain was ready to debut the new additions to its mountain bike park, the crew knew just the man to help them test the course and present it to the public. Nile Rivas, 27, was the perfect man for the job.
Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began going on adventurous bike rides on mountain terrain before moving to Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Mammoth Mountain added the Gondi and Discovery Zone to its mountain bike park on June 21 and needed some expert riders to test the course and film a video prior to the park opening to the public. In the time he has lived in Mammoth Lakes, Rivas has worked for Mammoth Mountain off and on, getting to know the managers and employees there, which is how the manager of the new mountain bike park knew he had the qualifications they were looking for.
Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, Brian Enciso and Blake Petritz, rode the new course while being filmed for a video that debuted on Mammoth Mountain’s YouTube channel the day the new course opened to the public. Since then, the video of Rivas and his fellow riders has received been viewed more than 2,000 times.
“It was a test run just to see if everything went OK,” Rivas said.
After the riders gave the park managers their feedback and stamp of approval, the new courses were opened for the public to enjoy.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park now features more than 80 miles of scenic cross-country track and thrilling downhill rides. The park offers terrain suitable for all experience levels. According to its website, the bike park is the largest in the West.
Rivas says he began seriously mountain bike riding with a full suspension bike about six years ago when he got invited to join trail building crews in Mammoth. However, he remembers his early mountain biking experiences in Lassen County, where he pushed himself to the limit on the local terrain.
“I stared riding in Susanville … that’s really where it all began,” Rivas said.
He now rides at Mammoth Mountain five days a week, taking full advantage of a bus that shuttles him from his front yard to the bike park.
After hearing about the new Southside Trail in Susanville and the work of local trail-building crews, Rivas said he is looking forward to visiting Lassen County and trying out the new trails.
For more information on the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, visit mammothmountain.com/Mountain/SummerActivities/BikePark. To see the Mammoth Mountain video featuring Rivas and his fellow riders, visit youtube.com/watch?v=aUUZE5cCw48&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
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