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Triple Threat 8th Grade Girls Champs in ‘Battle for the North State’

From Left To Right Katie Parady, Taylor Nethery, Rylee Friddle, Kennedy Hampton, Taryn Giacomelli, Ronnie Merrill, Acelyn McCullough, Grace Heimbigner Back Row: Coach Mike Giacomelli Not pictured: Autry Satica and Doug Satica ~photo provided

Submitted by Michael Giacomelli

Triple Threat 8th grade girls traveled to Redding to compete in the Battle for North State sponsored by the Shasta Magic. Triple Threat opened up against the Colusa County Elite beating them 47-13. Game two Triple Threat played the North Valley Vipers winning 52-35. Game three Triple Threat played UPREP from Redding beating them in a close game 47-40, bringing home the Championship.

These girls played their hearts out this weekend. The thing that impressed me the most was how we were able to adjust in transition to a variety of defenses. The opposing teams just couldn’t make the adjustments needed to score.

We executed three different press defenses to perfection totaling 71 steals in 3 games! This is a very fast team that loves to press. It will be exciting to see these girls play at Lassen High School.

Doug Satica and I have coached most of these girls since 3rd grade. We play an average of 30 games a year! Its not just the girls that make this team successful – without the parent support it just wouldn’t happen.

When these girls aren’t playing to their full potential these girls hear it from the parents not just the coach. These are old school parents for sure. In this day in age where everyone gets a trophy its hard to find such an awesome combination. Congrats Girls, so proud of you!

Anytime Fitness Offering Free Community Workout Every Saturday in May

Get yourself to a healthier place this spring! The nice folks at Anytime Fitness will be offering a free one-hour community workout session every Saturday during the month of May.

The workouts will be held each Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 on the McKinley School playground. New this year, the community workouts will feature team events.

Organizers will also be adding kids activities this year with their own separate workout on the other side of the field. Kids aged 6 to 12 meet on the left side of the field and ages 13 and up meet on the right side of the field for the adult workout.

Parents must stay and can’t just drop off the kids. Waivers must be signed by the attending parents who stays for child to participate, no exceptions.

The Anytime Fitness free community workouts start promptly at 9:00a.m. The final Saturday will include a special two-hour session from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. with Anytime Fitness providing food and prizes.

To find out more about your local Anytime Fitness and their free community workouts click here or call 530-257-7770.

Mark Your Calendar: Lassen Youth Football and Cheer Sign-Ups

Interested in playing youth football or cheering in the Lassen Youth Football League? You can follow this link to register online or attend one of the following sign-up dates:

April 24th at Roundtable Pizza from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.

May 1st at the Chester Pizza Factory from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.

May 22nd and June 12th at the Susanville Elks’ Lodge from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.

For football players there is a $200 fee and an additional $50 refundable equipment deposit. Practice and game equipment is provided, except for cleats. Registration includes a personalized jersey.

For cheerleaders the fee is $75. There are also uniform fees – visit the website for more information.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificates.

If you have questions please call or text Kaleigh Keele at 530.646.7001.

Lassen Youth Football Fundraiser: All Pro Wrestling Event Friday Night

Mayhem at the Memorial, an all-pro wrestling extravaganza and fundraiser for Lassen Youth Football, will be held this Friday, April 14th, in the Veterans Memorial Hall on Main Street. The evening features world class performers, many of which promoters say have been seen on television or the internet, battling it out.

Doors open at 6:30, first bell is at 7:00 and cost of admission is $10. The VFW Post 2381 will be selling refreshments.

Fans will have time before the show and during intermission for autographs and a ‘meet and greet’ with the wrestlers.

According to show promoters the following wrestlers are scheduled to be a part of Friday’s show. Here are bios provided by John Patterson. 

Tag Teams

The Rejects: from ‘the last house on the left’ Joey Smoak and Bison Braddock combined weight of 410 pounds. Joey is a true high flyer, Bison a ground and pounder.  This team is based on the quickness of Smoak and the power of Braddock.  Always a crowd favorite, managed by ‘Steve the Bobcat’, (a stuffed animal).

FLG, (Frank Lee, Gorgeous) and Dragonheart: Combined weight of 400 pounds.  A newly formed tag team. FLG is from Beverly Hills.  FLG is a ring veteran in tag team and singles competition.  FLG is always in control in the ring, this former APW Nevada State Champion knows what it takes to get the job done. Dragonheart is from the valley of the rising sun.   Dragonheart is a former member of the “Northern Legion” Tag Team.  He is just getting to know his “inner self”.  Watch out for these two.


Wolfgang Danger: 235 LBS from Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaskan Powerhouse is a 2nd generation wrestler. This guy is truly built.  A powerful guy, a powerhouse style, this guy has a very bright future. Watch your belts guys Wolfgang is coming.

J.J. King: 6’5 220lbs From “The Kingdom of Redding” Current Redding Invasion Champion. Managed by Lee Perfetto. This guy is a true bad guy!  He will stop at nothing to keep his title.  His manager Lee Perfetto is much the same guy.  These two will lie cheat and steal their way to the top. Not to take away from JJ Kings gifted wrestling talent.  He is truly a great wrestler, but when a guy will also stop at nothing to win it makes him extra menacing.

‘Pitbull’ Isaac Wellman: 175 LBS from Rockport ME. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. This is Isaac Wellman. It’s always a fight. He thinks size doesn’t matter and this dog will bite you shins off.

‘The Wrecking Ball’ Paul Isadora: 7 foot tall, 327 pounder from Reno, NV. A ring veteran with many years’ experience. He has appeared in countless promotions. He is our resident giant.  Kids love him and opponents fear him. Size alone gives this guy an advantage, but his wrestling is top notch.  He is very quick for a big man and catches opponents by surprise on many occasions. Get him off his feet, and you have a chance, but very few can.  If he gets his giant hands on you it may be lights out and 1-2-3.

‘El Chupacabra’ 170 pounds from the Mexican badlands.  This guy has wrestled in many promotions around the USA. A true Vet. His Crazy style is a must see. He is a phenomenal high flyer and the things he does in the ring will astound you. Many promotions have called him Champion, this guy alone is worth the price of admission.

Will Robert: 175 from Redding. Great fundamental wrestler with the heart of a champion. Never say die attitude. Goes at high speed from the opening bell till the 3 count. Fans love Will. Don’t underestimate Will, he is here to compete and win.


‘The Samoan Werewolf’ Jacob Fatu 250 lbs. Son of the woe’s Tonga Kid. Trained by his uncle WWE Hall of Famer Rakishi Fatu. Cousin of WWE performers Roman Reigns, and the Usos. This is a very powerful man.  Trained by the best to beat the best.  A great wrestler who could become champion on any given night.  He is only here to take what is his!

‘The Big FN Deal’ Karl Frederick: APW Nevada State Champions from Lovelock NV. 225 lbs.  A true crowd favorite, at so many promotions around the area. Karl is the perfect mix of high flyer and powerhouse. This guy does it all. Whether it’s chopping you in the chest or coming of the top rope with his frog splash, Karl makes the crowd go nuts.  Fast and strong make this guy the champion he is. He has been seen at the WWE training facility on more than one occasion. Won’t be long till we see this guy on TV.

‘Chocolate Papi’ Styker: from Oakland Ca 225lbs A gifted wrestler in all aspects of the game. He can do it all. Too bad he is such a jerk. He doesn’t like Susanville, doesn’t want to come to Susanville.  He is only coming to the show so that he can take the belt away from Luster and make some kids cry because their hero lost his belt. If anyone can beat Luster Styker can, he has wins over him in the past.

‘Luster the Legend’ 6’5 250 from Reno, NV, APW Universal Champion – one half of the Reno Scum Tag Team of Impact Wrestling, TNA wrestling seen on Pop, Spike and Fox Sports TV.  This giant punk rocker is a ring vet with a truly unique style. He is a powerhouse like no other.  Don’t try to match this guy for power, you will lose.  His tall Mohawk and patented muttonchops can intimidate opponents even before stepping in the ring.  If you do cross into Luster ropes just know a world of hurt is coming your way.  Fans put on your seatbelts, the champ is coming to Susanville.

Anyone interested in tickets can call Chris Clements at 530 310-3221 or go to the LYF page on Facebook, or tickets will be available at the door.

Open Tryouts for Great Basin Youth Soccer April 20th and 21st

Open tryouts for two competitive boys soccer teams who will travel and play in Reno will be held at Richmond School on April 20th and 21st.

Teams will register through the Great Basin Youth Soccer League. Jason Martin will be taking a U-15 team, and Bob Nielsen will be taking a U-13 or a U-14 team, depending on the players that show up for tryouts.

Because there may be some overlap in which team a player can qualify for, tryouts will be held for both teams on the same days.

Organizers are looking for boys born in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Tryouts will be held April 20th and 21st from 4:00 to 6:00p.m., and teams will be organized in early May.

Please RSVP to if you are interested in trying out for these competitive teams. Please provide a year of birth so organizers can plan out the teams.

Triple Threat Basketball Results from Redding March Madness Tournament

by Michael Giacomelli

This past weekend Triple Threat Basketball took 10 teams to compete in the annual March Madness in Redding.  More than 90 kids from Susanville played a total 48 games. This is a very competitive tournament that had teams from all over the North State and Southern Oregon.

Triple Threat met this challenge battling in every bracket. What an awesome group of kids we have playing for Triple Threat. They played like champions on and off the floor.

Triple Threat brought home two championships on the weekend. The 5th grade girls coached by Mark Nareau competed in their first ever AAU Tourney. Game one 61-21 over Nor Cal Heat, second game was 26-21 over the Tehama Thunder and the third game 21-15 over Anderson Heat.

Coach Nareau said, “All the girls played well and gained confidence and experience.”

Triple Threat 5th Grade Girls – Bella Aqulera, Katelyn Kirack, Rylie Langslet, Cheyenne Pettigrew, Gracie Winters, Kahlen Somerville, Mackenzie de la Cruz, Jessica Nakanishi, Paige Singletary, Shelby Talley

7th grade girls coached by Cliff Crosby went undefeated! They got the win against Scott Valley Slam 46-34. Baylee Zahniser put up 16 pts, and Jordan Crosby put up 15, including two 3 pointers.

Game two they defeated the NorCal Heat 60-18, Zahniser had 24 points, while Jordan Crosby and Jane Wengu each had 10.

Win number three was against the Eastside Cougars 55-42. Zahniser had 24 points, and Natalie Nakanishi had 11.

The Championship was against the Blue Devils of Chico. Triple Threat came out on top 59-45, Zahniser scored 39 points and was 85% from the free throw line, while Jane Wengu put up 11. Look at those smiles.

Triple Threat 7th Grade Girls – Jordan Crosby, Cameron Crosby, Katie Marsh, Baylee Zahniser, Emmalee Rotlisberger, Jane Wengu, Natalie Nakanishi, Bella Giessner, Maggie Busse

6th girls Coached by Doug Satica, Randy Harlan, and Arian Hart went 2-1 on the weekend with the one loss coming in the last seconds of the game. Coach Satica said, “A very solid 3rd place showing with lots of promise for these girls!”

Triple Threat 6th Grade Girls – Shade Satica, Graceyn Harlan, Ruthie Winters, Ryleigh Hart, Caitlin Fine, Morgan Merrill, Bailey Owens, Christa Williams, Sydney Whitlock, Abby Robles, Faith Murphy

7th grade Girls Coached by Brett Smith. Had a great weekend placing 3rd winning 2 games and losing 1 game. First game they beat The Force 33 to 15. Game 2 vs the Blue Devils from Chico losing 38 to 39, and game 3 vs. The Norcal Heat winning 38 to 17.

Triple Threat 7th Grade Girls – Jordan Smith, Robbie Jones, Desiree Bailey, Katelyn Ernaga, Taylore Somerville, Meka Lokey, Samantha Miller, Chasea Olexiewicz

The 8th grade girls took 3rd place in pool play going 2-2 on the weekend, Coached by Mike Giacomelli, Doug Satica & Bryce Giacomelli. These girls worked their butts off all weekend. I was most impressed with how hard they boxed out, at times all the way to the bleachers.

Triple Threat 8th Grade Girls – Rylee Friddle, Acelyn McCullough, Autry Satica, Taryn Giacomelli, Katie Parady, Taylor Nethery, Ronnie Merril, Grace Heimbigner, Kennedy Hampton

4th Boys Coached By John Wattenburg, Arian Hart and Jason Tow. Played in their first AAU Tourney. Coach Wattenburg said, “It was a great tournament and the kids played hard all weekend.” The 4th boys went 1 and 3 on the weekend and are looking forward to competing at the next tourney.

Triple Threat 4th Grade Boys – Blake Tow, Zach Hart, Cameron Wattenburg, Conner Kirack, Joe Harrison, Tony Carvalho, Reagan Dunten, Devon Deforest

Our 7th grade Boys, coached by Dana Soares, went 3-1 on the weekend. Game 1 final score winning 37-25. The boys started the game with a steal and kept the momentum going.

Game 2 was a back and forth game Triple Threat making some defensive changes turning things around with several back to back steals to help finish the game off with a 37-28 victory.

Game 3 against Anderson Heat, Triple Threat came out aggressive never looking back and took the win 54-28.

Last game of the tournament was for championship. Triple Threat played a Giant NorCal Venom Team being out sized losing the Championship 63-12 to take second place.

Triple Threat 7th Grade Boys – Dominic Soares, Jakob Bryant, Elijah Wheeler, Cody Kirack, Leshawn Anderson, Tanner Robinson, Blake Schaap, Tanner Tibbets, Christian Torres

Our 8th grade Boys, Coached by Dan Newton, Rob Robles and Jarret Ellena. 8th grade boys won their game on Sunday against the Tehama Titans. Losing in two close games on Saturday, Coach Newton said, “These young men are starting to play well together.”

Triple Threat 8th Grade Boys – Leif Newton, Bobby Robles, Carson Ellena, Zane Osborn, Tyler Eidson, Tavin Fowler, Ethan Nygard, Parker Sommerville, Cody Agee, Kyle Stewart, Evan Ormachea, Coleton Lewis

The next tournament Triple Threat Basketball will be competing in the Reigning Threes Tourney in Redding on March 25 and 26.

One-Point Playoff Loss Ends Season for Lassen Basketball Girls

Lassen High’s 2017 Girls Varsity Basketball team. -photo provided

A one-point loss to a Vallejo school in the fifth round of the CIF State Girl’s Basketball Championships ended a spectacular season for the Lassen High Girl’s Varsity team. The squad finished the year 20-10, with a record of 6-4 in league play.

The LHS basketball girls, coached by Jessica Larson beat U-Prep out of Redding on March 3rd to advance in the playoffs, losing to St. Patrick / St. Vincent out of Vallejo in a 62-61 thriller on Wednesday.

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