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2A Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Feather River Bulletin r Linda Satchwell "I met (Coach Taylor) in Ve- "I came here because my Staff Writer gas once. That's when I signed grades were horrible in high to come. I just went for it." school. I barely graduated, Baumgartner had to prod and I didn't get to play my se- Lisa Kaufman Kelly, inter- Chelsea to relate her recent nior year. im dean of Student Services, accomplishments. "Coach Taylor l ad never recently lauded Feather River "Last weekend, I found out seen me play before. He heard College's full spectrum ser- that I got Player of the Year about me from another player vices that help students be for Golden Valley Conference, on my team's dad. I went to a academically, athletically and and First Team All Confer- game, and he came up and financially successful, ence, All-State for our confer- started talking to me. Following up on her notion ence, and County Player of "I knew about FRC because of FRC as a "field of dreams," the Year for the state of Cali- my cousin went here for base- I sat down with a small group fornia." That placed her in ball a long time ago. At first, of men and women from the contention for NCA National my morn didn't want me to baseball and softball teams, Diamond Catcher of the Year come here ... but I came up with baseball coach Terry as a freshman, here, and I liked it. I didn't Baumgartner. Softball coach Venable has a 3.56 grade want to go to Butte, so I decid- Josh Taylor didn't make the point average, and she partic- ed to come here." roundtable that day. ipates regularly in Associated Venable added Coach Tay- All of these student athletes Students of FRC activities, lor relied on people he trusted had unique and interesting She said her athletic pro- to tell him about good players stories. They explained how gram really helps with acade- -- a lucky break for Venable they chose FRC and related mics. "It's easier for me to talk and Wieck. their athletic and academic to professors and advisors .... Wieck has had great suc- experiences, they know I'm in a sport, so cess academically at FRC, as Here are their stories in they work with me. ff I need well. "I got a 3.6 this last se- their own words, starting extra help, I can just ask them mester, and I barely graduat- with freshman softball catch- and not be too scared to." ed high school," she said er Chelsea Venable from Las The program requires its proudly. Vegas, Nev. athletes attend study halls Thomas McCarthy, a sopho- "My junior year in high Tuesdays and Thursdays said more, plays first and third school, a rumor got started Venable. According to Baum- bases. A successful student about me that I chased my gartner, "There is structure and athlete, McCarthy had a teammates around with a bat. from the coaches for their aca- different reason for choosing I had a scholarship to go to demics. We do progress re- FRC's athletic program. Weber State University (in ports for the kids, so we track "Last year I went to a Divi- Utah) at the time. I lost it be- their progress with theirsion 2 school in Oregon. I cause of all the rumors, teachers. We do study halls, went through the year and "Coach Taylor is good which allow them to get into a played, but I didn't really en- friends with my hitting in- routine with their studying ... joy baseball as much as I did structor. He'd never watched (and) professors on campus do in high school. It got to be me play before and just went a good job of being accessible." July and I didn't want to go out on a limb and picked me up Erica Wieck is a freshmanback. So, I talked to my par- to come play. Everybody told pitcher and outfielder from ents and they were really ac- him not to recruit me at all. Chico. cepting of me wanting to transfer. Full Servlce "Give morn something as beautiful as she is" Tddk (530) 836-4226 31 S B0nta St., Blairsden, CA PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT "So, I wanted to come here because my brother always said this was a great place to have fun playing. I came here and I'm really happy I did, be- cause this is the most fun I've had playing since high school." McCarthy said he thinks it's great the school helps with academics, though he Women's softball and men's baseball team members share their stories of athletic and academic success at Feather River College. From left: Erica Wieck, who pitches and plays outfield; Tony Robinson, pitcher;, Chelsea Venable, catcher; and Thomas McCarthy, first and third baseman. Photo by Linda Satchwell admitted, "for me, school isn't play. He ended up calling me "Last year, as a freshman, hard. I have a 4.0 here." that night and said, 'We'd re- we had the best record in Cali- McCarthy plans to transfer ally appreciate if you came to fornia, with a 42 and 5, and I to a four-year school next our program.' got a lot of playing time. il year. The scholarship offers "So, I came for a visit and I "And, then this year ... I are just starting to come in. liked it a lot. It's different came back up and I'm having He's already received an offer from Reno, obviously. Going a great time. from University of Portland from city life to out in the in Oregon, but "it's still early woods is a lot different. It's in the recruiting process," he definitely been an experience. said, explaining that in post- "One of the biggest reasons season playoffs, FRC will play why I came here -- my senior better teams, so the recruiting year, I was diagnosed with a coaches come to these games looking for players. Next up for the team is the regional playoff for Northern California, which will take place at FRC May 7-8. Tony Robinson, also a sophomore, is a pitcher. "I always wanted to play "Academically, there's a lot of help around here, not jast for athletes. I know ifI ever need help I can get it, so that's been nice." When Baumgartner asked disease called multiple sclero- what his GPA is, Robinson sis. So, with all those prob- lems going on, this was a big part (of my decision). "I liked the coaching staff a lot. They were really nice, re- ally helpful. I came up here and they actually had no clue for the first entire semester, said, "A whopping 3.0. We'll see what happens after this semester. There's definitely some sophomoritis going on." Asked what his plans are for next year, Robinson dis- played impressive focus: "I've had a few calls from a few "Once I knew I wasn't going baseball, but I didn't know because I was still getting in schools. No offers yet, but it's back to Western Oregon, I where I was going to go. I con- the groove of everything, still early. called up Coach tacted a lot of junior colleges, "So then, I told (Baumgart- "I'm more worried right ; Baum(gartner), because my and I sent some stuff here. I net). He knows someone.., a now with trying to win the i brother played for him for believe Terry Baum(gartner) family friend, who has (multi- state championship, because four years (when Baumgart- called my dad. "We sent him ple sclerosis). So, he was real- that doesn't ever really hap- ner was coaching at WOU), the schedule of when I was go- ly accepting of it and didn't pen at any level. So, we'll and (my brother) also coached ing to play, and one of the try and aid me to be a little start with that and whatever here three years ago. coaches came and saw me kid about it or anything, happens next year happens." ) I The Annual NALC National banks and pantries are be- Food Drive -- the largest one- coming bare and also during day effort of its kind -- pro- a period when millions of vides an opportunity for citi- children who rely on the nu- zens to help families in need tritional benefits of school in their own communities, lunch programs will be with- The donations will be deliv- out that resource for several ered by the letter carriers to months. local community food banks More than 1,500 local and pantries, branches of the 315,000-mem- Donations are especially bet postal union in all 50 needed this time of the year states, the District of Colum- when the shelves at food bia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Vir- JOHN KIMMEL DAVID J. HEASLETT ATTORNEY AT LAW CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT John will discuss: David will discuss: Distribution Planning Power of Attorney and Gifting Advance Care Use of Trusts in Directives Estate Planning Wills & Trusts Income Taxation of Probate Estates and Trusts Wednesday, May 12 5:30pm - 7:00pm Mohawk Community Resource Center at Hwy 89 & 70 Information & Reservations: (530) 836-4625 gin Islands and Guam are par- ticipating in the 2010 drive, involving more than 10,000 cities and towns. Making a donation is easy. Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food dona- l tions in a bag near their mail- 1 boxes Saturday, May 8, before their letter carriers arrive. The donation will be taken to the local post office and on to a local food bank or pantry. Postal customers who do not receive mail delivery may contribute by bringing non- perishable food donations to the Quincy post office May 8, until 4 p.m. Nearly 100,000 full-color post- card flyers, featuring a cartoon by "Family Circus" artist Bill Keane, will be mailed to homes across the nation to alert citi- zens of the drive. The cards are sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company and the Package and Expedit- ed Services (Priority Marl) Di- t vision of the U.S. Postal Ser- I vice, and will be delivered by the Postal Service to residents in participating cities in the week before the drive. The United Auto Workers/ Saturn Partnership Initiative and Saturn retailers through- out the nation are also joining the drive as supporters. Co-sponsors of the drive are the U.S. Postal Service, Unit- ed Ways and the AFL-CIO. For more information or questions about community participation in the food dri- ve, contact local letter carri- ers or the post office. For Knowledgeable Common Sense Government Supervisor 5th District Plumas County Dan Adams worked for me at KPCO Radio in the 70's and then went on to Channel 10 in Sacramento where he worked for over 25 years. Dan is very liberal and he knows I am very conservative, yet he still has confidence in my ability tp help guide Plumas County. Dan continued to cover Plumas County when he was in Sacramento and the following is an email I received from him on April 26th. "from danadams 10..." "I have known Ralph Wittick for nearly 35 years, since he hired me for my first radio job in 1976. While we sometimes clash when it comes to politics and the core causes of the problems inherent within America today, he is an honest, truthful, and unselfish individual who would represent the citizens of Plumas County in an admirable and respectful manner reflecting the values and wishes of the community." ~ Dan Adams -., /) Write me at: - PO Box 1222 . Graeagle, CA 96103 or email me at: Ralph Wittlck . . . 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