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ressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 28, 2001 1C River College offers courses on its namesake the instructor evaluated what ation. Other core classes had happened and gave train- include Principles of Outdoor We floated down the ing on how to better navigate Recreation, Recreation everyone in the raftthe river. Leadership, and Intro. to to see what was This is just another school Recreation. ,The water was calm for day at Feather River College, FRC's Outdoor Recreation 50 yards, but then but the tests are much more Iceadership Program also into a class Ill rapid, intense than any multiple includes several activity class- of whitewater choice exam, and much more es, open to everyone. These as we neared it. fun. classes are a great opportunity heed a game plan," said The class I accompanied was to learn a new skill and have a the instructor in Whitewater Raft Guiding, a lot of fun with other students. '.'How are we going to new two-unit course taught by climbing, mountain biking, FRC. Students in the class are back country skiing, canoeing Student guiding our raft taught how to safely guide a and whitewater rafting are to keep to the middle raft by learning how to read among the courses offered. river, and gave a for- the river, give paddling corn- These classes are very popular command, mands, rescue swimmers and and flU up fast, often creating later we were sucked deal with other situations that waRing lists. erapid, may arise. Six days of instruc- Heading the Outdoor crashed over the first tion are spent on the river. Recreation Leadership our boat began to . After students successfully Program is Rick Stock, hired hit the third wave complete the course, they may last year by the college. Stock sideways and the raft rent the school's rafting equip- earned his master's degree in pitched, spilling mement to use on the stretches of recreation at Chico State other crew members river they were trained on. University and then moved to water. The Raft Guiding class is Colorado, where he spent had I surfaced for just one of several new courses seven years teaching at someone from the offered under FRC's expanded Western State College of top of my life- Outdoor Recreation Colorado. and hauled me back in. Leadership Program. Other The mission of the Outdoor the other swimmers new classes include Adventure Recreation Leadership scrambled back Based Outdoor Recreation, Program is to prepare strong raft, but the third Ropes Course Facilitation, and leaders in outdoor adventure wasn't able to join us Recreation Program Planning. activities and to prepare recre- bottom of the rapid.These core classes are geared our crew regrouped, for students majoring in recre- See River, page 5C l i Photos by Shannon Morrow If you think school is boring, some outdoor activity classes from FRC might change your mind. Shawn Foley, Jens Pedersen, Alan Morrison, Jerry Pepper and James Hainswerth ran the North Fork of the Feather River March 23. A big part oI guiding raft trips is the sat-up and breakdown of equipment. Hero, students inflate a raft using a large-volume hand pump. Pictured, from left: Becky Ronfor, Ansley Rothell, James Hainsworth and Shawn Foley. b tvater from Rich Bar to Belden, a four4oot drop is one of the must navigate. The North Fork of the Feather River Is at right now, flowing at Over 1,600 cubic feet per second. many challenges an ideal level for Slmwn Foley and Alan Morrison survey the upcoming rapids from the front of their boat. Students learn to recognize features of the river such as tongues, eddies, strainers, holes and pillows. league opener, lucky Oarcla pitched the first against Westwood March 21. The Tigers 8-3. P Third4mseman Steve Sutheriand goes after a shallow fly, bUt doesn't get there in time amd the ball falls foul. Errors hurt Portola in first league game By Shannon Morrow innings. Spor s 5ditor Westwood totaled six hits Portola High School's base- and two errors. ball team struggled in its first Ricky Garcia was the start- league game against the ing pitcher for Portola, but Westwood Lumberjacks, corn- was pulled after three innings. mitting seven errors and only Jason Ferrin came in as relief connecting with four hits. The with the bases loaded and one result was an 8-3 loss for the out, and struck out the next Tigers in front of a home two batters. Ferrin fanned crowd, nine batters in four innings, With just four seniors on but also hit three batters. the team, the Portola squad is Garcia and Ferrin each young. Several underclassmen allowed three hits. Ferrln are on the roster since there is walked four batters and no junior varsity team. Garcia walked three batters Larry Markham is the new and struck out two. varsity head coach, replacing Only three players were Steve Dutton. Markham was able to get h ts for Portola. the coach of the JV team last Justin Ward lead by batting 2- year. 3, and Robert Marshall and At the end of the first Ryan Litz each hit I-3. The inning, Portola was up I-0, but Tigers didn't earn any RBIs in Westwood drove in four runs the game. in the second inning. Portola Several of the Portola play- responded with two runs in ers were "swinging at bad the bottom of the third, mak- pitches that were in the dirt or ing the score 4-3, but this was over their head," said the last time the Tigers would Markham. score. The-Tigers will travel to The Lumberjacks added two Greenville today, March 28, to runs in the fifth inning and face the Indians in another one run in each of the sixth league contest. Portola will and seventh innings. Portola play Westwood again, this held Westwood scoreless in time at Westwood High the first, third, and fourth School, Monday, April 2.