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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter " Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1C i'i AND 'i - ; -I -i-i-.sio-E s a,o, c: FEATURiNG HE ACT,ON, OUNDIPLU S COUN " .......... : .......... reenville voll all eam memory Greg Knight Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.corn The memory of volleyball coach Lauren Allen is living on in Greenville -- thanks to a number of young women that knew her and the efforts of Greenville High School teacher and coach Justin Allan. Allan, who also coaches football at GHS, has been quietly mentoring nine volleyball players on a club team called Lornie's Angels. The squad, which was originally slated to be coached by the late Allen, was scheduled to meet with her the day after she was killed. When it comes to keeping Allen's dream team alive, coach Allan said he is working closely with younger players that consistently face and compete against older athletes. coac "We played in our second tournament last week and the competition has been fierce," Allan said. "We have eighth-graders and mostly ninth-graders and are competing against some big schools with multiple teams of mainly 16-year-olds." Despite three losses to start the season and entering as the lowest seed in bracket play at the Shasta College tournament last Sunday, Allan said a discussion during timeout led to the team rallying around the memory of Allen and taking their game up a notch. "We didn't play bad it's just that everyone is really good," Allan added. "The girls stayed positive and played an incredible match against the top seed. Halfway through the first game, during a timeout, we started talking about Lauren and how it felt like Lauren was there. The girls were fighting back tears so they could The Lornie's Angels club volleyball team players are, from left, Emma Sordi, Lara Widmer, Destiny Ports and Mackenzie Brown. finish the game and get our first win. We won in dominating fashion and knocked outthe top seed." One of the players on the Angels, Valerie Peters, said her most vivid memory of Allen was during a trip to Feather River College that included a number of Greenville players. She also added that continuing the team with Allen's nickname Carrie Lincoln, Valerie Peters, Stevie Joseph, Averie Navarro, Not pictured: Haley Manning. Photo submitted of"Lornie' in the title was that his squad likely felt the all of us really,wanted to especially important to her presence of their former make Lauren proud. Now I and her teammates, coach on the court that day know we did. It really did feel "She was an amazing -- a feeling that made all the like Lauren was there with person and an amazing difference for them in his us. I will miss her on the coach," Peters said. "I feel mind. sidelines during football next like we owe it to her to carry "I'm not a 10th the season, but maybe she'll it on in her name and keep volleyball coach that Lauren come visit us there t.oo." doing what she Would have was, but on that day, for that ' The team practices on seen us doing." match, it felt like I was and Sundays at Greenville High Reflecting back on the the girls played like I have School and is slated to take game where his team came never seen them play part in a number of club back for the win, Allan added before," Allan said. "I think tournaments this season. Greg Knight Sports Editor The Quincy Trojans baseball team outdid itself at ; the Los Molinos tournament last Thursday and Friday by winning three in a row -- and defeating both Chester and Portola in convincing fashion to take the tourney pennant and up their overall record to 4-1. Starting out on the first day of competition, the Trojans edged past the Chester Volcanoes on a 3-2 final score. Quincy was able to draw first blood in the game with a two-run third inning, courtesy of Brendan Murray scoring on a Matt Beeson single and Beeson earning the second run on a Tyler RBI. The 2-0 lead didn't last long, however, as the Vols' Adam Branch and Tristan James Murray after Hartline reached Quincy 8, Portola 2 rounded the diamond to tie it base on an error to drive him In the second game of the up. James' scoring run came home. day for Quincy, the Trojans off an RBI double from Toby Buus pitched the faced off against rivals Branch, who was then sent opening three innings, with Portola and blasted an 8-2 home on an RBI single from zero runs scored, while Drew win over the Tigers. Caleb Sylvester's bat. Baumgartner pitched the final The game started with The winning run for Quincy four as the closer for the came in the fifth inning from Trojans. See Quincy, page 2C FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor My own personal coach of the year When high school basketball season first started here in Plumas County, I made an effort to travel to every high school for a home game at least once or twice. My first game was the Quincy-Chester match back on Dec. 9 -- the one in which the Trojans staved off the Volcanoes on a 32-minute romp that could have ended with either team being the victor. It was during that game that I was introduced not only to the mentoring ability of Trojan head coach Mike Woodlee, but to his coaching style; it is a mixture of teaching, dancing, the occasional song and a whole 10t of exuberance, which translated, in my opinion, to an increased effort and output from his players. To tell you the truth, I have never seen anyone coach quite like, or quite as well, as Woodlee. Sure, I have had coaches who were great at fundamental basketball and teaching the same, but were dry as a bone wasting away in the Nevada desert. I've also had the experience of playing for or reporting on coaches that were characters on and off the court, but couldn't put together a playoff run if you paid them to do it. Woodlee does both, with his sense of style on the whiteboard as he teaches the game in practice and during game day timeouts, and in how he motivates and directs from the sideline in clutch " moments -- like the 62-61 road win over the Vols on Jan. 9. With Quincy leading by seven at the end of the ,.,AND MANY MORE ARRIVING SOON! VISIT US ONLINE: : *PRICES P~tlS TAX, LICENSE, SMOG AND DOC. FEEs PRICES 600D UNTIL 3/23/15 See Sports Desk, page 2C IIIIII III IIII I III I Bring in your completed tax return - we'll apply all or part- of your return toward your car or truck purchase. IIII I I I IIIIII I II IIII IIII I IIIIIII III II I OPEN 7 DAY'S A WEEK 1303 MAIN ST. 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