Congratulations to the Lady Grizzlies! The Lassen High Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team beat Gridley 58 to 53 Thursday night, propelling the team into the Final Four of the NCIF Basketball Championships.
Next up the girls have a home game Tuesday, February 28th against Willows at 7:00p.m., in the high school gym.
The Lassen High Varsity boys basketball squad beat the Yreka Miners 53-40 Friday, clinching the Northern Athletic league title with a hard fought road victory over the Miners on the Yreka school’s Senior Night and basketball homecoming.
Chad Arnold lead the way for Lassen with 20 points. Wyatt Martin had 10, Jacob Bennet had a season high 9 points on 3 three pointers and Wyatt Del Carlo had 8.
According to Coach Paul Moore this was the first boys basketball league Championship since Gary Spafford’s squad won the title in 1990.
“In my 28 years of coaching I am not sure I have coached a team that has improved as much as this team has,” said Coach Moore.
“The kids from Jan 5th on have been playing great basketball. These kids have become a true team and share the basketball extremely well that is truly a fun team to watch. I have been told by many people in the community what a pleasure it is to watch these kids pass the ball to each other.
“Before Jan 5th we were giving up 57 points a game on average but since then we are giving up 48 points a game. So obviously our defense has been the key to our league title and nothing could excite me more as when I took over I had told everyone we were going to be a defensive team first and these players have taken it to heart and that’s why they are Champions”
Coach Moore credited what he called ‘an amazing coaching staff’ saying that Doug Satica is an amazing coach who does so many of the behind-the-scenes things and has such a unique relationship with the players that they really respond to.
“Ron Moore brings a unique knowledge to the team after over 35 years of officiating including state championship game,” said Coach Moore. “He also is someone the players go to with questions.”
“Jarrett Ellena, who is one of the best players to come out of Lassen, is able to give the kids great perspective from a players standpoint and still mixes it up with the players,” continued Moore.
Cool LHS basketball fact! David Del Carlo was a member of 1990 championship team and now 27 years later his son Wyatt Del Carlo is a member of the team.
Lassen will host the winner of Live Oak vs Uprep game this Friday at 7:00p.m. in the cave. A win would send the Grizzlies to a Wednesday semifinal game at a site to be determined. The Championship game is set for Friday, March 3rd, at Butte College.
NAL League Finals Results:
Lassen places 3rd as a Team
Individual Varsity results:
106 Richie Camarena 1st
113 Chase Montgomery 1st
120 Dylan Boyer 2nd
132 Derek Beckman 5th
138 Dallen Lee 4th
145 Levi Prater 1st
152 Chandler Monohan 2nd
170 Hunter St. Andre 1st
184 Tucker St. Andre 2nd
195 Kyle Mejia 4th
285 Dylan Bond 2nd
Individual JV results:
132 Lane Bias 2nd
152 Hayden Chittock 1st
170 Cameron Ingwerson 4th
4 Varsity Champions at the NAL Wrestling Championships at West Valley High School:
Richie Camarena at 106
Chase Montgomery at 113
Levi Prater at 145
Hunter St Andre at 170
Submitted by Nicole Kelley
It’s been 25 years since the Lassen College Women’s Basketball Team marched into the state playoffs of the California Community College Athletic Association with a 32-1 record and second place ranking in the state and stunned College of the Sequoias, 76-71, to win the CCCAA State Championship.
The team’s only loss was at the hands of Golden Valley Conference rival, College of the Siskiyous, at home. The Lady Cougars met Siskiyous for a fourth time that season in the semifinals of the state tournament, beating them 93-78.
Coached by Gary Kloppenburg, the team was starting making waves in 1990-91, going 26-6, and losing in quadruple overtime to Santa Rosa Community College in the regional finals. With four returning starters; Cherie Hogg, Tiffany Shaw, Tiffany Richardson and Nicole Kelley, who all happened to be all guards, Kloppenburg recruited three post players; Shaw’s teammate from Reno High School, Melissa Batchelder, Molly Dahl and Stacy Williams. He added two more guards, Margie Tilbrook and Meg Carney.
Kloppenburg, who’s father is Bob Kloppenburg, a defensive mechanic who spent much of his career as an assistant in the NBA, put his father’s strategies to work and built a defensive machine that would wear down opponents and favor and feed a run-and gun offense. Kloppenburg stressed defense, spending the first two weeks of season conditioning his players with drills, proving to them their defense would create the offense.
The team started the season strong, winning every pre-season tournament. Lassen continued to gel and soon, their dominance was becoming known throughout northern California. The Reno Gazette published a story on the front page of the Sports section of the undefeated women’s baskeball team from a small community college in a quiet California town tucked away in the Sierra Nevada’s. The week later the team suffered their first and only loss. Unfazed, Lassen regrouped and set their sights on the CCCAA state playoffs. They breezed through the rest of their regular season, and regionals, and prepared for the quarterfinal of the state playoffs. Led by Hogg, a standout from Australia, Lassen dismantled El Camino College, 90-72, dominated Siskiyous, and then battled against Sequoias. Sequoias was a large as the trees in the community they lived but Lassen wore them down with their tenacious defense and run and gun offense, bringing Lassen College Athletics their first ever state basketball title.
The team will be honored on February 11th at halftime of the Lady Cougars matchup against College of the Siskiyous. Game time is 4 pm. The public is encouraged to attend and welcome several members of the team back home.
Come celebrate Winterfest at Lassen High School with free admission to Thursday night’s Freshman basketball games against the Yreka Miners! Freshman girls play at 4:30 and Freshman boys play at 6:00 in the high school gym.
On Friday the JV Girls play at 3:00, JV Boys take the court at 4:30, Varsity Girls start at 6:00 and the Varsity Boys’ game begins at 7:30.
Admission to Friday’s games are $4 for adults and $3 for Senior/Children/Students w ASB card.
Winterfest royalty will be crowned just prior to the Varsity Boys game Friday evening.