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.
Lady Jacks take down Princeton in first playoff match
Nov. 20 — Yesenia Melendrez sends the ball over the net during the Westwood Lady Jacks’ home volleyball playoff match against Princeton High School last night, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Westwood won the match, 3-0, advancing the team to the next round of playoffs. Photo by Maddie Musante
Lady Grizzlies end season with nail-biter playoff game against Gridley
|Mikayla Rawson serves the ball during the Lady Grizzlies’ home playoff game against Gridley High School on Thursday, Nov. 14. Lassen lost the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-16, but came back to win the third and fourth, 25-19 and 25-23. In an intense fifth game that had fans screaming on their feet, the Lady Grizzlies lost by a narrow margin of 16-14. Photo by Maddie Musante|
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