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. 2C Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter !Greenville head coach Jonathan Kusel, right, works on the game plan with his squad late in the fourth period. Photos by Greg Knight GREENVILLE, from page lC the second, heading into the locker room down by just eight points, 37-29, at the half. At the start of the second half, Loyalton cut the Indians' lead to six points before Greenville went on a tear that led to a 15-point lead. It was, in . the final analysis, too much for Loyalton as Greenville went on another run to outscore its foes 27-19, making the final tally 76-63. The game, while vastly important and memorable for the six seniors on the Indians squad, belonged mostly to sophomore Justus Eaglesmith, who scored 41 points and earned a double-double with 14 rebounds. He also penciled in three assists, three steals and a pair of blocks in the win. Aiding Eaglesmith and the rest of his teammates in the win was senior Walker Meyers; in addition to his 18-point performance, Meyers grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists and two steals. Both Meyers and Eaglesmith combined for three-pointers as well in the game. After the game, Eaglesmith, who was unstoppable in the both the lane and on the perimeter, shared his thoughts on the game and its place in history for Greenville. players and fans. "It was very important for us to get out of that fourth period ahead," Eaglesmith said. "After we started faltering, coach (Kusel) pulled us into a timeout and got our heads straight. After that, we got back into the game and did what we had to do. This is historic for us and it feels great to be moving forward into the playoffs this way." Meyers added that the team is hitting a crescendo in terms of its play on the court and brotherhood in the locker room. SPORTS DESK, fom page lC County Teachers' Association. I'll give you a great example of why this is a stupid policy. Imagine for a moment that former NFL head coach John Madden has moved to Plumas County after buying a nice plot of land to build on. Despite being 73 years old and retired from football since 1979, Madden decides he wants to keep his feet wet and coach at one of our local high schools. There is just one problem the winningest coach in Oakland Raiders history is not a district employee. The rub: a teacher, who may or may not have played football in high school or college, has also applied for the job. Despite Madden's Super Bowl XI ring, being named the AFL Coach of the Year in 1969, his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 1986 and a "At this point in the season we are starting to come together as a team the way champions are supposed to," Meyers said. "That gelling is going to lead to success for us as we head into the playoffs." Another senior, Christian Beres, said that the Indians' varsity squad grew a lot over the course of the 10 league battles it endured in 2015. "This championship is very important to the team and to me," Beres said. "It's my senior year and we overcame a lot early on to get here. We were able to successfully move from not playing as a team into being a unit that could do this, win the league." Head coach Jonathan Kusel, who is in his first season as the mentor for the Indians. told his team they were firing on all cylinders at just the right time heading into the playoffs. "We are going to go deep as we head into the playoffs," Kusel said after the game, Lady Indians senior Nikole Machado (No. 44) looks for an outlet against the Lady Grizzlies. during a conversation with the team in the locker room. "We have had our ups and downs but you have been resilient and hung in there to hit the arc of the season. That arc is right now and it is right. We have that arc of the season on our side." Along with the high-scoring performance by Eaglesmith and Meyers, Corte Smith added six points, which included a perfect four-for-four performance from the free-throw line. Beres put up five points and three blocks, while James Martinez shot for four points. Ray Bustamante finished with a deuce. Greenville 80, Westwood 46 In order to get to that storied 10-0 league record, Greenville first had to travel through Westwood and beat the Lumberjacks on the road. It was a feat that the Indians accomplished easily, defeating the Jacks on an 80-46 final score that saw Justus Eaglesmith and Walker Meyers lead the way, yet again, with a combined 53 points worth of scoring. Greenville and Westwood played even for the first several minutes until the Indians implemented a defensive shutdown against the Jacks, all while pushing an offensive flurry to a 27-11 lead at the end of one. The second period saw a stauncher Westwood defense and poor shooting by Greenville, allowing the Jacks to outscore the Indians 13-7 to force just a 10-point deficit at halftime. And Westwood wasn't nearly finished. The Jacks came out strong in the third and cut Greenville's lead to just eight points. Halfway through the period, Greenville regained its earlier intensity and outscored Westwood 24-6. Both squads traded baskets in the early minutes of the fourth until Eaglesmith and Meyers hit several three-pointers in a row. That scoring run by the Indians allowed head coach Jonathan Kusel to sub in several of Greenville's underclassman players in the final minutes, earning the 80-46 victory. Girls' basketball Loyalton 54, Greenville 32 The Lady Indians took a 10ss in the final game of the 2014-15 season, falling to the Lady Grizzlies, 54-32. Seniors Brooke House and McKenna Cook led the scoring effort with 15- and six-point performances, respectively. Both House and Cook, along with Hannah Lambach, also logged six rebounds each. Other scorers were Shasta Banchio with four points, Lambach, Nikole Machado and Destiny Lyman with two each and Sidney McIntosh with one. The loss drops the season record to a final of 7-13 overall and 2-6 in league play. 112-39-7 overall career record as a head coach, the teacher gets the job. That, in my mind, is contemptible and indicative of a teachers union bent more on padding what they call "paltry" salaries with the stipend derived from coaching dut.ies than truly wanting to win games and see student-athletes excel in sports. One high school teacher in Plumas County I spoke with, who is also a coach, said in his opinion, somewhere in the history of public education, the powers that be decided that a teacher would do a "pretty good job of supervising and teaching students ... maybe even a better job than nonteachers." While I get the supervisory and educational role teachers can play, that argument does not completely pan out with me when it comes to knowing the moving parts of a sport. To illuminate this fact brightly, and I kid you not, there is a teacher-coach in this coaching and figuring out how to call plays in the game. YouTube? Really? YouTube might work for guitar lessons, auto repair and tips on how to shoot the perfect selfie, but it Certainly is not the place to learn the intricacies of athletics or how a game works. While I would certainly advocate for this senseless policy to die a quick death, I am in no way saying that district employees or teachers can't or should not coach. A perfect example is Mike Woodlee, the leader of Quincy coaching tennis when it was a league sport there. On the flipside, when it comes to coaches not employed by the district, you have the talented Jon Kusel in Greenville, Tim Brubaker (along with every other Tiger varsity coach) in Portola and Jake Simms in Chester. They are but a few of the cadre of athletic mentors who don't get apples left for them on their desks each week. The bottom line for me is this: If you don't know what you are doing on the court or the field and your kids are 19th ANNUAL JOB FAIR county who told me that YouTube was how that coach learned the fundamentals of boys' basketball, or Jim Norman, the Greenville music teacher who was masterful at going 2-10 in regular season play, let the real coaches step in. CHESTER TACTICAL SPORTS Webley & Scott 20" BL, 3" Chamber 12ga : ' ,/' ........... 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