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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 lC SPORTS AND RE CREAT I O N AROUND PLUMAS COUNTY i Volcanoes outlast Tigers, 67-63 Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.com With the end of the long holiday break for prep sports across Plumas County finally upon us, the boys' and girls' basketball squads from Chester made the long trip to Portola on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to face the Tigers in a doubleheader of basketball action-- and saw the Volcanoes and Tigers split the difference in the girls' and boys' games. Boys' basketball Chester 67, Portola 63 After taking an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes of its road game against Portola last week, the Chester Volcanoes boys' basketball squad maintained its lead throughout the contest and never looked back, taking a 67-63 win. The Vols managed to outscore and outdefend the Tigers throughout the entire first two periods and, at one point in the game, held a 12-point lead. Headed into the locker roomat the halftime break, the Vols led Portola 37-29-- but the game was just getting started. Portola made a series of adjustments during the break and came out of the locker room roaring. With just two minutes to go in the third period, the Tigers narrowed the gap to just two points and were threatening to tie or take the lead. At that point, Chester's big man, senior Wyatt Durkin, made a series of clutch two-pointers that, along with buckets from Right, Chester's Caleb Sylvester (No. 13) soars through the air and blows past Portola's Andrew Franco for an easy layup in last week's victory for the Vols. Above, Wyatt Durkin (No. 0) leads the Vols with 20 points in Chester's win against the Tigers. Photos by Greg Knight Sawyer Durkin and Spencer Lee, turned back the Tiger tide for few minutes. Just minutes later, near the middle of the fourth period; Portola rallied again from nine down to come within two -- though a pair of free throws by the Tigers that could have tied the game didn't fmd the net and allowed Chester to rebuild its lead back to five and take the win. The win for Chester was miraculous given that six players were missing from the roster for a variety of reasons, according to head coach Jake Simms. Though his team only dressed out seven players for the game, Simms added that the six would hopefully return in the near future. "It's pretty amazing that we were able to do this with six guys down," Simms said. "They should be returning soon, though. This game is a real testament to the heart of these seven guys." In terms of offense, the Vols were led by Wyatt Durkin with 20 points. Three other Chester players were also in double digits; Lee scored 14 points, including a trio of See Basketball, page 3C Jarrell Tate (No. 23) drives toward the basket and ferociously avoids a Siskiyous screen last week at home. Tate scored 25 points in the Golden Eagles' conference opener. Traci Strong (No. 4) looks for a way around a Siskiyous defender in the conference opener for Feather River College. Strong finished with eight points in the game. Photos by Greg Knight FRC men, women split games against Siskiyous Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plurnasnews.com The Feather River College men's basketball team opened its 2015 Golden Valley Conference season at home last week with a decisive 80-58 victory over College of the Siskiyous and saw a game in which a trio of freshmen led the Golden Eagles to a win with double-digit performances. The Golden Eagles never trailed Siskiyou and, after a breakout performance by Jarrell Tate in the late minutes of the rust half, led 33-25. Tate, a freshman for FRC, scored 25 points on the night and teamed up with fellow underclassmen Anthony Gattrell (17 points) and DeShawn Pughsley (14 points) to lead the team in putting points on the board. For the better part of the game, three-point shots made the difference for Feather River; Gattrell led the team with five deep balls on 14 attempts, while Pughsley added three of his own three-pointers on 11 tries. In all the Golden Eagles went nine of 35 from beyond the arc -- and also shot 46 percent from the floor, going 33 of 72 in the paint. The FRC squad also performed well against the Siskiyou crew under the basket; the Golden Eagles brought down a total of 34 rebounds, eight of which came off the hands of Tate. Gattrell See FRC Basketball, page 3C Longboards will rac00! again The Plumas Ski Club's Historic Longboard Revival Series continues on the following winter Sundays: Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15 the "infamous" World Championships. The club reports that all races are dependent on snow coverage the Jan. 18 race requires an additional foot of snow. Races are held at the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl in " JohnsviUe. Check Plumas SkiClub.org for updates. "The races not only perpetuate the unique history and frivolity of racing on 10- to 16-foot handmade wooden skis, they also serve to commemorate the world-class ski history of Plumas and Sierra counties," say organizers. The "Lost Sierra" is the home of the first organized ski races in the entire Western Hemisphere, dating back to at least 1861 in Plumas County's Onion Valley, and is the home for many "firsts" in skiing history. Mining camps and towns of the 1850s and 1860s around Onion Valley, La Porte and Whiskey Diggin's were home to the development of skis, early skiing technique, ski waxing and pioneer ski mountaineering travel. The Plumas Ski Club if more snow falls reports it is proud to sponsor the longboard race series. Other than the longboard races, the ski area has not been operable, but efforts have been ongoing to revive the ski area with a proposed chair lift and other upgrades. Eastern Plumas Recreation District is making progress on the project and has purchased a used double chairlift from Squaw Valley Ski Area. The Plumas Ski Club supports the efforts of EPRD to see a chairlift and viable ski operations return to JohnsviUe. For further information on the ski club races, visit plumasskiclub.org or call Don Fregulia Jr. at 927-8115 or Rob Russell at 283-3381. For information on the EPRD chairlift effort, contact Don Fregulia Sr. at dbfregulia.eprd@gmail.com. m FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Writer sports@plu masnews.com Chairwomen of the boards When a season starts out for local high schools, regardless of the sport it could be football, baseball, basketball, volleyball or any of the others you never really know how the winds will blow in terms of a win-loss record, trip to the playoffs or a possible shot at a section title. With that uncertainty in mind, it is refreshing to see the Quincy Lady Trojans basketball team holding firm at 10-2 overall on the season, which is the best record among any team, boys or girls, in the county. The team is buoyed by a roster that includes eight seniors, including multisport athletes like Jasmin Sherman, Angel Garrish, Brooke Potter and Taylor Friden. Combined with the leadership of fellow seniors Shania Barnes, Madison Leathers, Alexandria Fowler and Lindsey Jensen, the Lady Trojans have left it all on the court and have amassed an amazing record so far. It's not just the seniors who are making contributions on the boards for Quincy; juniors Rachel Hanna and Haley Cline, along with sophomore forward Kaylin Henderson, have also madescoring and defensive contributions that have led to Big Red winning 10 games up to this point. It's a testament to the mentoring of head coach Harlon Sevier that he has developed this team from the ashes of the 5-19 overall (2-8 conference) record the Lady See Sports Desk, page 3C