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6C Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter FRC softball ready for 2015 Greg Knight Sports Writer With an6ther fall season of : games and practices under :: the belt of the Featherlyer College Lady Golden Egles softball team, head coach Meredith Aragon is expressing a building excitement about the upcoming spring season. Aragon, in her second year with the Golden Eagles, said that the off season has been important in getting her young team ready for Golden Valley Conference action. Hoping to build on a lackluster 5-28 season in 2014, Aragon believes her recruiting class this season will make a difference. "We have had a good fall on the field and a strong recruiting season," Aragon said. "Our team is young, but very talented. At this point our depth is good and I am looking for strong leadership from returning athletes." One unique and innovative aspect to Aragon's coaching technique involves grading her players after their workouts. "After practice I and the coaching staff always gives a grade for that day of practice. I would say the average is about a B-plus," Aragon said. "We are happy with the way the girls give their all in practice but of course we are never satisfied." Aragon added that the team has been working out twice a day -- and that coaching staff has been preaching to "win games" in. practice. "We are trying to put the most pressure on ourselves during practice so we do not feel as much pressure during games," Aragon added. "The pressure will come more naturally to the team when we are put in pressure .... situations during games. We have also stressed that we want them in the best shape of their lives. All the girls on the team have reached this point and are continued to be pushed to come back in even better shape." When it comes to the players who will take the field this year for FRC, Aragon added that a mix of sports intelligence and academic standards are some positive points her team will bring in 2015. "Every team that I have had has brought something positive to Feather River... this year however, we have the talent, drive, motivation, and a love and passion for the sport," Aragon said. "The girls are working hard on and off the field. They are wonderful in the classroom and continue to do more than what is expected of them. We have a team chemistry right now that is very positive. The girls have a strong bond and a 'family' tie that seems to be unbroken. They have gone through some tough times as a team and every day seem to be using it and getting stronger." Feather River College's Sydney Womer lets one fly during FRC's 5-4 win against College of the Siskiyous in 2014. FRC beat Siskiyous again later that day, 9-5. Womer will return as an outfielder for FRC this season. Phoco by James Wilson That strength will be magnified by the efforts of Aragon's trio of returning sophomore players -- Mattea Belmonte at short stop, pitcher Jordan Schatzel and outfielder Sydney Womer. Aragon, added that her team will include 18 freshman players. "I am so blessed to have a team that has team chemistry and is there for each other. All the girls buy into the program, the coaching staff and each other," Aragon said. Citing her belief that "softball can only take you so far in life," Aragon said she will stress the academic side of college strongly to her incoming freshman class. "The freshmen in our Eagle family have done an good job in the classroom. They have gone through learning processes of going to class when they are exhausted and time management when we are on the road, but all have stepped up to the challenge of college," Aragon said. The Lady Eagles open their season on the road Jan. 31 against DeAnza College in Cupertino. The squad will be on the road continuously until March 6 - 7 when FRC hosts College of the Redwoods and College of the Siskiyous. Greenville getting ready for Herlong Greenville senior Christian Beres works on his free-throw skills during a recent Indians varsity practice session. Beres and the Indians, who currently maintain a 6-3 overall record, will return to action this week when they host Herlong on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Photo by Greg Knight California Outdoors: "Old Tom" maae cow blinds illegal' Hunting from cattle blind Question: I am in a duck club and we get geese in the field between our blinds. It is impossible to sneak up on the geese without being seen. We made a life-size cow silhouette and painted it black and white just like the cows in the field. We are planning on hiding behind it to sneak up within shooting range of the geese. Is this a legal decoy to use? --Scott L. Answer: No, it is not legal to use any mammal (except a dog) or an imitation of a mammal as a blind in approaching or taking game birds (Fish and Game Code Section 3502). Hunters have long known the benefits of using cattle as duck blinds. In fact, in the early days market hunters were known to train large steers to act as live decoys for them to hide behind while they "walked their shot" to approach the unsuspecting birds for a closer and better shot. One of the most famous live decoys was a hunting steer by the nme of"Old Tom." When his owner bought him in 1914, Old Tom weighed 1,850 pounds and stood 5 feet, 8 inches high. During the days of market hunting, he was utilized in practically every ' inland county in the state and: made an excellent blind ": because of his training, size and build. Because of the high success of this method, market hunters were banned fri tliiS practice nearly i century ago, and sportsmen have been banned from this practice since 1957. For more, see the article about Old Tom entitled "The famous animal blind": California Fish and Game, 1928, Vol. 14:62, available online at http://bitly/ly91EzX. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at WRESTLING RESULTS Eight Quincy High School wrestlers competed in the Nor-Cal Classic held in Anderson on Jan. 9. Competing at the tournament were some of the toughest wrestling schools in Southern Oregon and Northern California, said coaches. The Quincy Wrestlers that took part were Josh Greene (126 pounds), Noah Ray (132), Lane LaMar (152), Nick Keely (160), Ethan Hicks (170), Craig Martynn (182), Perry Greene (195) and Bram DeMartile (285). Coaches reported extremely tough performances by LaMar and DeMartile, who were both one match away from placing. Perry Greene walked away with an eighth-place finish. The Trojans will travel to the Sutter Tournament this Saturday. Check ............ .,ill PLUMASNEWS.COM