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2013: A sports year in review

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Ricky Lowdermilk leaps up to score two points for the Tigers during the classic rivalry game between Portola and Quincy on Feb. 12. Photo by James Wilson
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1/3/2014

 

Jan. 2

The Greenville girls’ basketball team took on the Champion Christian Mustangs on Dec. 17. The Indians performed exceptionally well to take down the Mustangs 32-20.

 

Jan. 9

The Chester Volcanoes boys’ basketball team came out in full force Jan. 4 against the Los Molinos Bulldogs. The Volcanoes dominated in every aspect of the game to finish the Bulldogs off with a 63-49 win.

 

Jan. 16

The Quincy ski team started its season Jan. 7 with a trip up to Northstar Resort at Tahoe. This year’s team is a bit smaller than most with only four members, but still possesses a great amount of skill.

 

Jan. 23

Historians and racers of all kinds showed up Jan. 20 to Johnsville to participate in and watch the first set of races this year in the world-famous Historic Longboard Revival Series.

The beautiful weather conditions drove the masses out to the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl and instantly set a mood. No one was cold or miserable and high spirits abounded.

 

Jan. 30

The Feather River College men’s team made an amazing comeback against Shasta College on Jan. 24. The Shasta Knights held a substantial lead through the first half of the game before the Eagles came back to win 75-70.

 

Feb. 6

The Feather River College baseball team started its season Feb. 1 at Taft College. The Eagles played a doubleheader, losing the first game 1-0 and winning the second 9-1.

The following day FRC beat LA Harbor at Taft 5-4. On Feb. 3, the Eagles traveled to Laney College and won 4-2 to travel back to Quincy with three wins and one loss already under their belts.

 

Feb. 13

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Siblings Saylor and Dana Flett congratulate each other with a fist bump after winning their respective world championship titles at the Historic Longboard Revival Series World Championship on March 17. Photo by James Wilson

 

The Quincy Trojans boys’ team is nearing its season after finishing two games last week. The Trojans took the lessons they learned during the Feb. 5 58-57 loss against Colusa to Biggs last Friday and came home with a 64-54 victory.

 

Feb. 20

Both the Portola Tigers and the Quincy Trojans boys’ teams finished their regular seasons last week. The Trojans struggled through the season, often losing in the last minutes of the games.

Quincy finished its season 4-19 overall and 3-7 in league. The Trojans ended their season with a 53-49 victory over Williams on Feb. 14.

Portola hosted Colusa on Feb. 15 for a 60-55 win. Portola improved its record to 11-11 overall and 7-3 in league.

 

Feb. 27

The Feather River Golden Eagles men’s basketball team had nothing but the highest hopes for last Thursday’s game against Lassen. The Eagles went into the game with a 7-2 record against 8-2 Lassen. All other teams in the Golden Valley Conference had already lost at least three games.

The game was the deciding factor of not only who took the GVC championship, but also of who advanced to the playoffs. In a close game that had a packed gym jumping up and down, Lassen beat FRC 92-85 to end the Eagles’ season.

 

March 6

All good things must come to an end. The Chester boys’ basketball team learned this firsthand March 1 when Redding Christian took down the Volcanoes 51-43 at the Division VI championship game in Chico. Chester was the No. 1 seeded team in the playoffs, while Redding Christian was seeded second.

 

March 13

The Feather River College rodeo team raked in the wins March 1 – 2 at the West Coast Regional rodeo at Cal Poly Pomona. The team ended up winning six out of the nine listed events.

Two members of Chester’s wrestling team headed down to Bakersfield to compete in the California State Wrestling Championship. After finishing up successful seasons, Rocklin Loranger and John Leal headed south for one more tournament.

 

March 20

The Johnsville Historic Longboard Revival Series finished its 2013 season with the Longboards World Championship on March 17 at the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl.

Saylor Flett ended up winning all his races to take the 2013 men’s championship title. Saylor’s sister, Dana Flett, proved that skiing runs in the family by winning the women’s division.

 

March 27

Run after run was racked up on both sides of the scoreboard March 22, when the Quincy Trojans baseball team took on hosting team the Chester Volcanoes. The game went on into an extra inning before the Trojans made two more runs to win 13-11.

 

April 3

Victory never tasted so sweet. The Greenville Indians went up against the Westwood Lumberjacks in a doubleheader March 26 and racked up runs in both games to win 16-1 and 11-1. The wins brought Greenville’s record up to 4-2 overall.

 

April 10

For the third time this season, the Feather River baseball team swept its opponent. Last Saturday the Eagles hosted Shasta College in a doubleheader to beat the Knights 8-2 and 9-6.

The two victories kept the Eagles at the top of their conference, and even gave them a bit of a cushion.

 

April 17

The lady Trojans had a good week. Quincy took down its rival Portola 6-2 April 9. The following day they stomped Truckee 23-0. On April 12, Quincy lost two games to Lassen, a team one division higher than them, with scores of 14-1 and 10-1.

 

April 24

For the seventh year in a row, the Eagles out-hit, out-pitched and out-ran the other teams in the Golden Valley Conference to become the conference champs.

The Eagles played two doubleheaders last week that determined their champion status. On April 17 Feather River destroyed Butte 7-1 and 12-2. Three days later the Eagles traveled to the College of the Siskiyous; they won the first game 5-3 and lost the second 3-0.

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The Feather River College volleyball program has a lot to be proud of. The team had an amazing season last fall with an impeccable record. Last week, the team outdid itself when every eligible player on the team signed to a four-year school with a full-ride scholarship.

 

May 1

The girls on Chester’s softball team showed that they are a force to be reckoned with last week as they racked up the runs for three big wins. The girls took down University Prep on April 26 by a whopping 13-2.

Chester started its week off April 23 with a 9-5 win against Redding Christian. The following day the Volcanoes traveled to Greenville to beat the Indians 27-3.

 

May 8

Feather River College’s softball team ended its season last weekend in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Lady Eagles were seeded 16th and faced the No. 1 seeded team San Mateo, which had home-field advantage. FRC lost the first game in a best-out-of-three series 12-4 on May 4. The Eagles went on the next day to lose 7-3, putting an end to their season. The Eagles did rather well this season with a 15-5 conference record and 22-18 overall.

 

May 15

For the first time since 2003, the Feather River Golden Eagles took the super regionals to advance to the state championship. The Eagles competed at Fresno last weekend in a three-day, double-elimination tournament that decided who is among the top four junior college teams in the state.

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In its last game of the regular season, Quincy’s softball team finished off the Volcanoes 10-5 at Chester on May 10. Quincy’s record shot up to 16-11-1 overall and remained 5-5 in league. Chester’s record, though still impressive, dropped to 14-9 overall and 9-3 in league.

 

May 22

Feather River College played its first game of the state tournament May 17 against Fullerton, losing 9-1. The next day FRC lost to Santa Rosa 2-1 to end the season for the Eagles. This was the first time since 2003 Feather River made it to the state championship.

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Last Saturday, the Volcanoes’ baseball team competed in the Northern Section Division V championship game in Chico. Maxwell ended up winning the title with an 8-0 score.

 

May 29

Both the Quincy and Portola track teams competed at the Division III championship meet at Shasta High School on May 17. Though neither school’s varsity teams placed, the junior varsity athletes from both schools excelled.

The only two varsity players to place were Shawn Hughes and Rachel Hanna. Hughes took the gold in the discus event and Hanna placed first in the triple jump. Hughes tossed the discus an impressive 139 feet, 9 inches.

 

June 5

The American Valley Speedway was abuzz last Saturday with an IMCA Modified finale that left the audience cheering. Nineteen cars battled it out on the speedway with Chris Nieman eventually grabbing the lead at the last minute to win the race.

 

June 12

The Feather River College baseball team can add two more marks of success to its already amazing 2013 season. On June 7 and 8, two of its players were picked in the Major League Baseball draft.

Justin Bohn was selected in the seventh round of the draft by the Miami Marlins. The next day Jake Bray was picked in the 12th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

 

June 19

After an incredible season, winning the West Coast Region and being ranked fourth in the nation, the Feather River College rodeo team fell at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., between June 9 and 15.

Though initially ranked fourth, the men’s team came in 48th overall and the women’s team came in 31st.

 

June 26

Close to 200 bicyclists took off in the cool summer morning of June 22 from Greenville High School, participating in the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual 100 Metric and Mile Bike Ride.

The event brought people from all over northern California and Nevada. Members of the Alta Alpina Cycling Club out of Gardnerville showed up to support the chamber and get a healthy dose of exercise.

 

July 3

Quincy’s residents have always been called a colorful bunch, but last Saturday they took it to a whole new level. A total of 59 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural 5K Color Run/Walk event.

The event was the brainchild of Tanah Braswell, who held it as her high school senior project. All the proceeds from the event went to Tru Community, a local nonprofit that raises money for families that have ill members.

 

July 10

Bikers flocked to the Howling Dogs Bike and Ski Shop in downtown Graeagle on July 7 to take in a beautiful ride and support the inaugural Patriot 16 ride. Proceeds raised from the ride went to help out with the Mohawk Valley Independence Day fireworks show.

All the cyclists began in downtown Graeagle, then went through Blairsden and out to Highway 70. The riders continued west to Little Bear Road, where they turned around. The course totals 16 miles.

 

July 17

A new guidebook for rock climbing authored by local climbers is due to be released this summer. The book, “Locals Guide to: Rock Climbs of Northeast California,” details climbs throughout Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and parts of Butte and Shasta counties.

 

July 24

The Feather River All-Stars junior Little League baseball team did something last week that hasn’t been done in Plumas County by a Little League baseball team before: it won the sectional tournament to advance to the regional tournament.

 

July 31

The Feather River All-Stars junior Little League baseball team, made up of players from Quincy, Portola and Loyalton, traveled down to Healdsburg last week and competed in the regional tournament.

In their third game July 23, the All-Stars were eliminated after losing 14-4 to Visalia. The Plumas County team started the tournament off losing to Woodcreek 13-3 on July 20, then came back to beat Santa Rosa 8-2 two days later.

 

Aug. 7

The Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District is the latest organization to hold the reins of the annual Round Valley Run/Walk. Te department held the 31st annual event last Saturday morning at Round Valley Lake.

The turnout was high, as always, with around 60 runners participating in the 5.4-mile loop around the lake. In addition, a 200-meter “kids’ dash,” a 1.5-mile junior run and a 2.5-mile walk were held Saturday morning.

 

Aug. 14

In many sports an athlete hits a wall at a certain age. It’s rare to see a high-performing football player in his 40s, for instance. For Canyon Dam’s Harry Begay, however, it’s no problem.

Begay, 84, competed in the senior men’s group at the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in Saint George, Utah, and brought a second-place trophy back to Plumas County with him.

 

Aug. 21

Participating cowboys tried to hold on tight last Saturday at the Extreme Bulls and Broncs Rodeo at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. Rider after rider took his turn trying to hold on, though few actually had any success.

Feather River College’s rodeo team held the fair rodeo for the first time this year with the participation of Rockin M Rodeo. The venue was packed. Every seat in the stands was taken, hay bales were filled and crowds of people stood around to get a view.

 

Aug. 28

With more than 300 runners participating in the Running with the Bears marathon Aug. 17, lots of mini-adventures were had.

Chuck Engle, the athlete who won the marathon, found out that Running with the Bears really lived up to its name. At mile 17, Engle came face to face with a black bear on the route. Josie Litchfield, race director, wrote on the marathon’s Facebook page, “Just glad it’s not ‘Running with the mountain lions!’”

 

Sept. 4

The highly anticipated Mount Hough/South Park trail system is finally becoming a reality, as the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship broke ground on the Mount Hough part of the project Aug. 27.

It’s been a project five years in the making, as multiple user groups came together to get it off the ground. The trail system will mainly incorporate pre-existing trails around the area. These trails were created by users, but will now receive proper maintenance as part of the Plumas National Forest system of trails.

 

Sept. 11

What was expected by many to be more of a stomp turned into an equal-level battle last Friday between the Quincy Trojans and the Chester Volcanoes. Both teams struggled through the game until Chester made a game-winning touchdown in the final minute to win 20-14.

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Greenville’s football team, a week ahead of the rest of Plumas County’s teams, experienced both victory and loss since its season started. Last Friday, the Indians made the long trip to Hayfork to lose 52-20.

However, the prior Friday was a good day for the Greenville Indians and for their newest team member Walker Meyers, as the Indians took down Happy Camp 48-6. In his first football appearance, Meyers scored three touchdowns to help with Greenville’s domination over Happy Camp.

 

Sept. 18

Eight handcyclists took to the road last Sunday to participate in the 16th annual Wheel Around Lake Almanor Endurance Challenge. The event is one of the Lake Almanor Elks’ biggest fundraisers; it raises money for the scholarship fund and for locals and organizations in need.

The handcyclists started at the Elks Lodge in downtown Chester, and made their way clockwise around Almanor.

 

Sept. 25

The Eagles (1-2) got their first win of the season last Saturday when they took down San Jose Delta (1-2) 29-20 in San Jose. Feather River came back to win after trailing 20-3 right before the half. The Eagles needed the win after losing to Butte and Sierra earlier in the season.

 

Oct. 2

The women on Feather River College’s volleyball team have officially hit a slump. The team got off to a spectacular start this season, winning match after match. The team started its season with a home match, then has been on the road since Sept. 4.

Out of the first nine matches the Eagles played, they won eight. The past seven matches, however, only yielded them one win.

 

Oct. 9

For the third year in a row, the traveling trophy, made in 1959 for the winner of the Tiger-Trojan rivalry match, will stay in Portola. The Tigers brought down the Trojans after being tied up at the half to win 40-20.

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The returning West Coast Region champions Feather River College rodeo team proved once again it had the skills to make the small-town college stand out above the rest. In the first rodeo of the season, hosted by FRC, the Feather River men’s and women’s teams won first place.

 

Oct. 16

After losing 12 straight games earlier this season, it looks like Greenville’s volleyball team has finally picked up the pace. Last week Greenville took down Loyalton and Downieville in three games each to improve its overall record to 4-12.

The wins, combined with two wins from the prior week, came at just the right time, with league play starting up. Greenville’s performance last week made the team undefeated in league, standing at 2-0.

 

Oct. 23

The Feather River College Golden Eagles men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Susanville to take on Lassen College in a conference contest. FRC’s women defeated Lassen 3-2 in a very physical game, while the men lost 2-0.

 

Oct. 30

The Eagles returned from a bye Oct. 26 to host Sacramento City College in their first conference game. Feather River College’s offense trampled over Sac City to win 41-8 and up the Eagles’ record to 5-2 for the season.

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Chester and Greenville both shone last Friday with giant wins for their football teams. Both teams shut out their opponents while on the road. Chester beat Los Molinos 61-0 in full-on stomp. Similarly, Greenville took down Westwood 45-0.

 

Nov. 6

High school soccer reached its end this year in Plumas County when the Chester Volcanoes edged out the Portola Tigers the evening of Oct. 29 in the Feather River League championship match.

All four high school football teams in Plumas County came out with wins last weekend. Chester, the only team to host in Plumas County, took down University Prep 54-6.

Greenville finished its regular season with a 46-16 victory over Loyalton. Quincy squeaked out a 54-52 win in a game that went into triple-overtime.

Portola’s opponent, Los Molinos, forfeited its game due to a chickenpox outbreak to advance the Tigers’ record to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league.

 

Nov. 13

The Golden Eagles football team’s winning streak came to an end Nov. 9 when the hosting team, College of the Siskiyous, came back to win 15-14 in the final minutes of the game. FRC won its previous six games, and the loss dropped its record to 6-3 overall with a 2-1 record in conference play.

 

Nov. 20

With a win against Etna in the first round of the playoffs last Friday, Chester stands as the only Plumas County team still remaining in the running for its division championship. The Volcanoes toppled the Etna Lions 35-20 in a game Chester clearly had control of the entire time.

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The Quincy Trojans’ volleyball team was the only team from Plumas County to advance to the second round of playoffs. The Trojans traveled to Modoc to win the first round in a four-game match Nov. 13.

 

Nov. 27

Chester High School’s football team ended its season rather abruptly Nov. 19. The California Interscholastic Federation was notified by Chester High School that the team played an ineligible player in its game against Etna on Nov. 15.

 

Dec. 4

Feather River College’s women’s basketball team played its first home game of the season against Yuba College on Nov. 26. The Golden Eagles took out Yuba 76-63 in a game the Eagles clearly had control of for its entirety.

 

Dec. 11

Quincy held its annual Quincy Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 5-7 and six teams participated in the tournament, including Portola. Quincy and Portola both went through some growing pains during the tournament, losing two games apiece.

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