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Bulletin, Recbrd, Progressive, RepOrter Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 lC SPORTS AND RE CREAT I 0 N iNSIDE SEION Cl 'FEATURING THE ACTION AROUND PLUMAS COUN 'j .....................  .............. FRC football coa 'h re Feather River College head football coach J.D. Johnson announced his resignation effective at the end of April. Johnson has been with the FRC Golden Eagles since 2009, where he started as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach before moving up to head football coach during the 2010 season. Johnson plans to relocate from Quincy to be closer to his family. FRC will develop the hiring timeline and begin the recruitment for a new football head coach in the next few months. Johnson will continue teaching his online courses for FRC throughout the semester while he moves closer to help his family. FRC offensive coordinator Josh White and defensive coordinator Mike Haydon will co-lead the student-athlete recruiting process for the upcoming season until a head coach is named. Under coach Johnson's direction, Feather River College football earned numerous individual and team awards. In 2013, FRC had a California Community College Football Coaches Association all-American player, CCCFCA Region II Player of the Year, and Mid-Empire Conference Player of the Year. Fifteen of Johnson's players were named to the all-California first team since 2010, while 36 players earned all-conference honors and three different players were named California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Football Player-of-the-Week. Only seven school records exist that have not been broken by one of the teams Johnson coached at FRC. His teams set a total of 71 individual offensive, individual defensive, special teams, team offense and team defense records at every level, including the most consecutive wins in school history. "What I am most proud of is the academic all-state awards that our players have earned. In the past four years, FRC always had either one or two players on this elite list from the entire state of California," said Johnson. The FRC football team has Feather River College head football coach J.D. Johnson is all smiles before a game this last season. Last week, Johnson handed in his letter Of resignation to the college. Photo by James Wilson transferred numerous players. Feather River College Superintendent/President Dr. Kevin Trutna spoke of the success of the program. "Walking across the stage at graduation during the past two years that I have been at FRC, I have seen our football student-athletes transfer to NAIA schools such as Montana State University-Northern in the Frontier Conference all the way up to Division I powerhouses like the University of Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference. Our student-athletes coached by J.D. routinely end up attending a university and playing at the next level." The FRC football team averaged a 2.65 G.P.A. since 2011, and received multiple individual scholar-athlete awards. Between 2010 and 2013, FRC produced 44 football transfer students who combined to earn more than $2 million in scholarships. The FRC Golden Eagles participate in the Mid-Empire Conference of the Central Division as part of the California Community Cortege Athletic Association. The conference includes College of the Siskiyous, Diablo Valley College qnd Sacramento City College. Feather River College compiled a 6-4 record in 2013 going up against a very difficult schedule includin$ opening the season against eventually undefeated state champion Butte College. Johnson played at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned his degree in journa}ism and ign mass communications and helped lead the Bears to the school's first ever Division II national championship in 1996. His coaching career includes experience at Colorado State University as an offensive assistant under head coach Sonny Lubick, where he coached several NFL players including wide receiver David Anderson (Texans, Broncos, Redskins), quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt (Broncos, Texans) and current Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen. Johnson also worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2008-09 as assistant coach for running backs, Southern Oregon University in 2006-07 as defensive coordinator, Colorado State University in 2003 - 05 as assistant coach for quality control, Loras College in 2001-02 as defensive coordinator, Nichols College in 1999 - 2001 as defensive coordinator and Saint Mary's College of California as graduate assistant coach for linebackers and special teams. Chester bounces bac00, wins two BOYS BASKETBALL :James Wilson Sports Editor The Volcanoes wasted no time getting their groove back after losing to Liberty Christian on Jan. 31. Last week, Chester was right back into the swing of things with two more wins to add to its standings. The Volcanoes easily handled Los Molinos on Feb. 4 with a 61-44 home win. Three days later, Chester traveled to Mercy for a 69-52 victory. The two wins upped Chester's record to 18-4 overall and 7-2 in league. Chester's only two league losses were to Liberty Christian, a team in a higher division than the Volcanoes. Chester's wins last week elevated the team to second in the Five Star League standings and third in the Northern Section Division VI. In its win against Los Molinos, Chester rallied 30 points in the first half to gain a substantial lead over the visiting team. The Volcanoes kept its lead See Boys Basketball, page 3C Chester's Eddy Perez makes the layup during the Volcanoes' 61-44 win against Los Molinos on Feb. 4. Chester has been on a roll this season, losing only four games at time of writing. Photo by Tony Cordero Portola's Abby Folchi concentrates on her shot. The PortOla girls' team has been unstoppable this season, including beating Virginia City and Williams last week. Photo by James Wilson Portola girls improve record to 16-4 for season James Wilson Sports Editor The Tigers are oiYmially back in the running. Portola started its season with some stellar games, winning 10 out of its 12 pre-league games. Once league play hit, the Tigers won most of their games, but their win percentage dropped due to two league losses. Last week Portola took down two teams to up its GIRLS BASKETBALL chances at the league and , division titles. Portola beat Virginia City 42-16 Feb. 3 and Williams 47-31 Feb. 7. The two wins brought Portola's record up to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in league play. The Tigers' game against Virginia City was an easy win for Portola. Portola scored only six points in the first quarter, but completely shut See Girls Basketball, page 2C Local woman trains wild mustang James Wilson Sports Editor when Megan Robson walks her horse Gunner around the ring, it's hard to tell the two met less than two weeks ago. There's an obviOus connection the two have with each other. It's also hard to tell that Gunner, a 2-1/2-year-old mustang, was also running wild just weeks ago. Robson met Gunner on Jan. 26, through Horse Plus Humane Society in Bangor, Calif. Horse Plus Humane Society is sponsoring a training contest with 20 rescued mustangs. Gunner was a problem horse who came off a sanctuary in Nevada. Gunner started eating people's lawns and was shipped to Bangor to be a part of the Extreme Rescue Makeover Competition. Robson didn't start training with horses until she turned 16. She always loved horses, but was allergic to them. When Robson turned 16, she noticed she didn't have allergic reactions around horses anymore, and immediately began riding. Robson, who grew up in Fremont, attended the Mustang Magic Program in Lodi and her equestrian education began. In 2010, Robson moved to Quincy and started in the equestrian program at Feather River College. Robson graduated in 2013 with a degree in ranch management and horse training. "I was trying to figure out what I could do with this degree, then this contest came along," explained Robson. "Since mustangs were the first type of horses I started with, I thought this would be perfect." Robson also trained a mustang for her first eight months at Feather River Cortege. Her experience dealing with mustangs made her aware of the special challenges this contest will entail. "Mustangs are a completely different breed of horses. You an't even compare them," said Robson. "Mustangs have a huge self-preservation drive and don't like people getting near them." Despite the challenges, Robson seems to have utmost faith in Gunner, calling him a quick learner. According to Robson, mustangs require more baby steps in the training process than other breeds. Robson plans to use techniques she learned at FRC See Mustang, page 2C Megan Robson holds on to her new mustang, Gunner. Gunner was a wild mustang roaming around Nevada up until a couple weeks ago. Robson was given Gunner to train. Photo by James Wilson