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'r~gress~ve, Record Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 28. 2001 1C ( OU i gll i~;'~~ J 1 :!i~i~ i:~~) Photo by ~ M~row slides down the baseline past two Canada defenders in victory. The Golden Eagles travel to play No. 1 seeded Feb. 28. Rickey Dominquez gets a slam dunk in FRC's first-round playoff win over Canada College last Friday night. By Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde must play basketball, because they were both on the court for Feather River College last Friday night. In their first-round playoff game against Canada College, the normally brilliant Golden Eagles became frightfully ugly at times, but would then trans- form back to a team of skill and expertise. The good doctor prevailed and FRC won, 81-76, but Mr. Hyde kept the game close. Through much of the first half, Feather River's bad side came out. FRC's defense was easily penetrated, and its offense missed a dunk, a layup, and an ally-oop, costing the team 6 points because of show- boating. Losing, 30-18, with less than six minutes left in the first half, the Golden Eagles called a time out and took their anti- dote. Welcome back, Dr. Jekyll. The next five minutes of bas- ketball were near perfect for Feather River. The team showed its true potential with a 15-6 scoring run, and was within 3 by halftime. But in the second half, FRC's monster began to reappear. Poor shot selections plagued Feather River, allowing Canada to pull away again, until Bryan Rabas found the cure. With a 3-point play and two treys in three consecutive trips, Rabas created a huge momentum shift that sparked a 7-point run for the Golden Eagles. Then the game got good. Both teams played remarkably well through the final 10 min- utes, resulting in eight lead changes as things came down to the wire. Feather River's defense tightened up considerably, and Canada was forced to shoot mostly perimeter shots. Three smart fouls by FRC late in the game denied Canada three easy baskets, in which they could only convert 4 of 6 free throws. The key to the victory, though, was rebounds. Catrel Green led a ferocious attack on defensive boards late in the game, allowing Canada just one shot per trip. Leading 77-69 with less than a minute left to play, it looked like FRC had it in the bag. But Mr. Hyde insisted on one last appearance to keep things interesting. Feather River turned the ball over twice, giving Canada 5 points in 10 seconds, which put them within 3 points of FRC. See Eagles, page SC nm L pushes his opponent off balance at the Redding this past weekend. Quincy had five ~qualify to compete in the tournament. By Morrow Sports Editor Five wrestlers from Quincy High School qualified to com- pete at the Northern Section Masters, which took place in Redding last weekend, Feb. 23- 24. The Masters represents the best wrestlers in northern sec- tion, and reaching it is an achievement. Jacob Meilan, Leuie Nelson, David Cudia, Matt Caley and CJ Dunbar all earned the right to compete there. "The wrestling there was awesome," said coach Kevin Clem. "It's quite an honor to Qulncy's Loule Nelson has his opponent on his back and in a head lock at the Northern Section Masters last weekend, Feb. 23-24. Nelson won the Division championship in the 189-pound weight class at the subsections in Durham, Fob. 16-17. have two kids medal at sec- tions." Seniors Meilan and Cudia each won medals. Meilan won Pd~th place wrestling in the 154- pound weight class, and Cudia took sixth place at 128 pounds. Meilan won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals, where he lost by decision to the top-seeded Willows wrestler. Meilan then lost to a Red Bluff wrestler, 3-2, but came back to beat a Durham wrestler, 5-4. Cudia also won his first two matches, which included knocking off the No. 2 seed from Oroville, but then lost, 9- 7, in the semifinals to an oppo- nent from Pleasant Valley. In the consolation bracket, Cudia was defeated by wrestlers from Shasta and Foothill. Caley (147 pounds) and Dunbar (130 pounds) both went 1-2 in the tournament, losing their first matches, winning their second matches, and los- ing their third matches. See Wrestlers, page 2C ~ach won two play- last week, the and girls basket- the final respective divi- team wins their a]atch this week, and girls will Northern Section this Saturday Peb. 28, the boys at home against Valley (18-4). sixth-seeded ;t night, but the not available at Tigers, who made Lships last year, twice this one and los- playoff game girls held 11 points in the 57-31. I the most rebounds, getting Ashley 10 points, and rebounds in drained 9 points Gnesios sank 8 Jacqie Leal cap- Feb. 22, Big Diaz recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, while West and Jennifer Kehoe each turned in 12 points. The Portola boys schooled East Nicolaus, 84-45, in the first round playoffs Feb. 20. Brett Pearson earned 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal in the game. Jake Pruitt recorded eight boards, three assists and three steals. Jason Ferrin and Justin Ward scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, with Ward nab- bing 15 boards and Ferrin pulling seven off the glass. Ryan Chappell buried 3 three-pointers, giving him 11 points on the night. Then against Hayfork last Friday night, the Portola boys were again victorious, 88-59. Ferrin kept busy, racking up 31 points and 16 rebounds. Ward turned in 14 points and 12 rebounds, Pruitt registered 10 points and nine assists, and Pearson nabbed five steals. Ryan Godman was strong, claiming 13 points. "(Godman) had a great game," said the Portola boys coach, Brad Miller. "He came in and sparked the team." For the results of this week's playoff games, visit our Website at . 32 Alison Gnesios means business when she gets the ball for the Lady Tigers. Portola beat Big Valley and Los Molinos last week, advancing to the semifinals. Brett Pearson uses his quickness to get around an East Nlcolaus defender in Portola's 84-46 victory Feb. 20. ol