Diamond Mountain Speedway races draw a packed crowd during fair week
Samantha Schultz stands next to her car in the pit, ready to race at Diamond Mountain Speedway on Saturday, July 20. The grandstands were packed, as spectators came out to enjoy the races and the Lassen County Fair. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 26 — Carnival rides, corn dogs and country concerts weren’t the only things that brought crowds of people to the Lassen County Fairgrounds last week. Diamond Mountain Speedway held stock car races as part of the Lassen County Fair on Saturday, July 20 and packed the grandstands with spectators eager to watch racers push their cars to the limit on the racetrack. The crowd was not disappointed, as the racers gave it their all in an attempt to be the first car across the finish line in each division. The results of the races and current standings are as follows:
Mini division results
In heat race one, Lary Whitebird was the champion in car No. 97, with Bailee Glenn, in car No. 75, coming in second and Andrew Love, in car No. 75, getting third.
Whitebird went on to win the trophy dash and Glenn got second place.
Whitebird took his winning streak into the main event, again taking first place. Glenn got second and Love was third.
Mini division standings
Whitebird currently holds the number one spot in the mini division with 169 points, while Glenn stands in second with 159 points and Galen Hainline is third with 129 points. Matt Canada is fourth with 39 points, Michael Nichols is fifth, also with 39 points, and Love is in sixth place with 37 points.
Strictly stock division results
Paul Fletcher won heat race one in the strictly stock division, driving car No. s10. Nathan Howard, in car No. 81, came in second, Jake Beauchman, in car No. 25, got third and Aaron Mayne was fourth in car No. 13.
Samantha Schultz, driving car No. 05, took first place in the second heat race, with Richard Longacre coming in behind her in car No. 07. Junior Toon and Gene Cain were each black flagged.
Howard came back to win the trophy dash, while Fletcher took second place, Beauchman got third and Schultz came in fourth.
In the main event, Schultz was the big winner, coming in first place ahead of Fletcher, who got second place, Toon in third and Beauchman in fourth.
Strictly stock division standings
Toon is currently in first place in the strictly stock division with 198 points, Schultz has 189 points, putting her in the number two spot, Mayne is third with 182 points, Cain also has 182 points and is in the number four position, Longacre is fifth with 151 points, Howard stands sixth with 144 points, Fletcher comes in seventh with 144 points, Dan Dias has 120 points and is in eighth, Fred Kresky is number nine with 71 points and Beauchman comes in 10th with 69 points.
Modified division results
Mitch Murphy, in car No. 7m, took first place in heat race one in the modified division. Larry McCracken came in second driving car No. 06, Tommy Glenn got third in car No. 76, DJ Short was fourth in car No. 5m and Steve Bejcek got fifth driving car No. 20.
Riley Simmons won the second heat race, driving car No. 21r, Bill Pearson was behind him in car No. 7n, Boyd Murchison came in third driving car No. 23 and Aaaron Langslet took fourth in car No. 23a.
In heat race three, Wade Kennemore was the winner in car No. 24, Matt Murphy drove car No. 6m into second place, John Sloan got third in car No. 14s, Dennis Arnold was fourth in car No. 13 and Bryan Gray got fifth in car No. 73.
After winning the first heat race, Mitch Murphy came back to win the trophy dash, Matt Murphy got second place, McCracken took third and Pearson came in fourth.
Pearson went on to claim first place in the main event, with Kennemore behind him in second. Matt Murphy got third place, Mitch Murphy came in fourth, Bejcek was fifth, Short took sixth, Langslet got seventh and Arnold came in eighth.
Modified division standings
Simmons holds the number one spot in the modified division with 199 total points, Matt Murphy is second with 193 points, Arnold is third with 184 points, Bejcek stands in fourth with 147 points, Ricky Bobby has 130 points, putting him in fifth place, Short stands in sixth with 98 points, Tommy Glenn III is number seven with 95 points, John Sloan has 92 points and is in the number eight spot, Pearson comes in ninth with 84 points and Kennemore is 10th with 81 points.
The next racing event at Diamond Mountain Speedway will be Saturday, August 10.
Volleyball camps to be held at Lassen Community College
July 25 — Lassen Community College will be hosting volleyball camps throughout the first half of August for girls in seventh through 12th grade.
The first camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 3 and 4 and is for seventh and eighth graders. Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is not included; campers must bring their own. According to new head volleyball coach at Lassen Community College Amy Williamson, the first camp will focus on skill development and will cover all skills used in the game of volleyball.
High school tryout prep camp for ninth and 10th graders will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on August 11. High school tryout prep camp for 11th and 12th grades will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. August 11. This camp will go over basic skills and allow players to compete against each other in scrimmages to prepare them for high school tryouts.
All camps will be held in the Lassen Community College gym.
For more information, contact Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 203-0074.
Running with the Bears marathon draws runners from all over the world
A person dressed in a bear costume dances on the side of the course to motivate and entertain runners in last year’s race. This year Running with the Bears will take place Saturday, August 17. Photo submitted
July 24 — A nonprofit, community-based organization in neighboring Plumas County is gearing up to run with bears. Well, not literally. Mountain Circle Family Services is preparing to put on its third annual Running With the Bears marathon in Greenville on Saturday, August 17.
According to the race’s website, the event was named after it’s location — Plumas County — where there are “fewer people … more bears.”
The event features a marathon, half-marathon and 10K. It is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and proceeds go to support children and youth in foster care. Also, for every $10,000 raised, the organization will donate $1,000 to the Boston One Fund, which supports victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“To my knowledge we are the smallest Boston Qualifier in the U.S., and this is our third year,” said race director Josie Litchfield.
All regular running spots are currently sold out for each event. However, the organization has opened a few more spots for charity division runners. Charity division runners are asked to raise or donate $300 in order to register.
“We are expecting about 400 runners from all over the world,” Litchfield said.
The full marathon begins at 7 a.m., the half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 10K begins at 8:30 a.m. All races start and finish at Goss Ranch in Greenville. Race day checkin begins at 6 a.m. at the start/finish line.
There are no time limits placed on runners. “We operate on ‘Plumas County Time,’ so we would never kick you off the course for being slow. All participants will have support until they cross the finish line,” the website reads.
The marathon course is mostly flat and paved. Runners will enjoy the scenery as they pass by rivers and creeks and stunning views of the Indian and Genesee valleys.
The half-marathon course is a mostly flat, single-loop course that runs through Indian Valley and boasts views of Mt. Jura.
The 10K course is flat and paved and passes by Lights Creek, providing runners with views of classic valley ranches, including the Diamond Buffalo Ranch.
Aid stations will be located about every 2.5 miles along each course and will be stocked with water, hydration drinks, snacks, dog treats and first-aid supplies. These aid stations are stepping it up a notch. Each one is managed by a different community group and will be competing in an Aid Station Challenge to win $900 in cash prizes. Awards will be given to aid stations for having the best theme, best food and best spirit. The runners will be the judges.
After the race, at 5 p.m., there will be a Lu’au pig roast at the Goss Ranch finish line. The Lu’au will feature of fully catered dinner of barbecue or vegetarian food, live Samba music, a hay bale maze, petting zoo, cow pie bingo, a full bar and much more. There is a fee to attend the Lu’au. Children under 14, as well as runners who raise $300 or more, get in free.
Running with the Bears has been featured in Competitor magazine as a must-do race and also in Marathon and Beyond magazine.
For more information, visit runningwiththebears.org or email Litchfield at email@example.com.
Football players with local ties compete in Lion's all-star game
David Vicondoa, a 2013 graduate of Lassen High School, was chosen to play in the Lion’s All-Star Football Game. Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August.
Keefer “Zane” Fulton, a former Lassen Youth Football and Lassen High School football player, gives a double thumbs up after playing in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game Saturday, July 13. Fulton and his teammates shaved their heads into Mohawks together as a show of support for their team. Photos submitted
July 23 — Two young men with local ties were chosen to play in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game that took place in Oroville Saturday, July 13.
David Vicondoa, a 2013 Lassen High School graduate, was chosen to represent the North team and Keefer Fulton (also known as Zane Fulton), a former Lassen High School and Lassen Youth Football player, was chosen to play for the South.
The game is for high school graduates from schools between the Oregon border and Yuba City, Calif. Top players from schools in the area are chosen to play for either the North or South team, depending on the location of the player’s high school. All proceeds from the game go to a camp for diabetic children.
The North won the game, 32-7, which was played at Harrison Stadium in front of approximately 2,500 fans. This is the fifth year in a row the North has won the match-up.
Vicondoa has been playing football in Lassen County since he was old enough, beginning with Lassen Youth Football, then playing all four years at Lassen High School. He played defense for the Grizzlies in his senior year and, according to maxpreps.com, wracked up 77 solo tackles, 127 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and scored six points. During his time as a Lassen High football player, Vicondoa was awarded NAL All-League, division II All-Section and best defensive player for the Grizzlies. He also took first place in weightlifting, bench press max and bench press repetitions at last year’s Gold Beach Football Camp.
Fulton, a 2013 graduate of Paradise High School, is the grandson of Lassen County residents Lloyd and Carol Keefer and played football for Lassen High School until he transferred to Paradise during his sophomore year. Fulton was a starter for Paradise High School in his senior year and was awarded division I All-League noseguard. According to maxpreps.com, Fulton had 29 solo tackles, 77 total tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries while playing defense for the Paradise Bobcats in the 2012-2013 season. In the all-star game, Fulton succeeded in sacking the North’s quarterback, Zack Trueblood, in the first quarter for a loss of nine yards.
Fulton and Vicondoa previously played together on the Lassen High School football team. Prior to the game, Fulton’s mother, Kelly Keefer, said, “It should be a fun and interesting game — two players that used to play on the same team playing against each other. It is a huge honor to be nominated and finally chosen for this game. I am so proud of both of them. They will forever remember this final football experience that pits the best against the best and pushes them to their ultimate limits.”
According to Vicondoa’s mother, Lisa Maez, the game was a great experience for the boys. “David made life-long friends with previous rivals. They lived together for six days in the Shasta College dorms and practice three times a day.”
Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August, where he will play with and against many of the players who competed in the all-star game.
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