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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5C Giants cut Rodriguez, o )mmunity still proud and hopeful Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Despite not making the cut at the New York Giants minicamp earlier this month, Mario Rodriguez has made his hometown proud and still has a "legitimate chance" of signing with the NFL, according to Steve Heskett, Portola High School football coach. The Giants invited Rodriguez, and 65 other NFL hopefuls, to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the start of rookie minicamp May 8 in East Rutherford. Selected candidates are staying on for a training camp that runs through June. "It's a tough business," said Heskett, who coached Rodriguez when he played for the Tigers. "But he has his foot in the door, he has an agent and he should be getting a call from some other teams." The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Rodriguez, 21, has been in football since junior high. He played for Portola and helped the Tigers win the division championship. He went on to complete two successful seasons at Cabrillo College. From there, Rodriguez signed a full-ride football scholarship offered by Western Michigan University and played as an offensive lineman for the Division I school. His younger brother, Juan, said he and his family are impressed with Rodriguez's accomplishments and nobody is discouraged about his chances of signing with a different team. "He's happy to have had the experience," said Juan, who also plays football and basketball at Portola High. "He's a great role model, we're all very proud of him and I think he has a good chance." CHESTER, from page lC managed one steal each. On the mound, Spencer Lee struck out three and allowed six hits with zero walks. The win moved Chester into the second round and another home game against No. 4 seed Maxwell on May 19. Results for that game were not available by press time. Division 6 Playoffs (2) ACA 14, (7) Greenville 2 Greenville's season came to an abrupt halt last week as American Christian Academy beat the Indians 14-2 in the first round of Division 6 playoffs. No stats were available for either team by press time. Boyd, Hibbard sign with colleges Greg Knight Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.com Two Feather River College basketball players will be moving on to play at the next level of collegiate competition. The two, sophomores Kaitlin Boyd and Ashley Hibbard, have signed to play for colleges that compete in the National Collegiate Athletics Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. FRC women's basketball head coach Haley White said that it was the dedication of the duo -- both on and off the court -- that made a big difference for the team last season. "Kaitlin and Ashley have been wonderful to have in the program for the past two years and I can't say enough great things about them as overall individuals," White said. "They are great young ladies who work hard all of the time and are always looking to improve their game. They work on the track to make sure they are in great shape for the court. They lift hard in the weight room and are students of the game. Feather River College student-athletes Kaitlin Boyd, left, and Ashley Hibbard sign their national letters of intent to play basketball at the four-year collegiate level. Photo by Greg Knight "There is a reason why they have been recruited by four-year colleges, because they have that something special that will make them successful in their sport, in the classroom and in life. I will miss these two young ladies very much, as they were not just my basketball players, they were a part of my family." Kaitlin Boyd, Notre Dame de NamurBelmont Boyd, a native of Portola, will attend NCAA Division II school Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. As a Lady Golden Eagle, Boyd played in 26 games last season, shooting 45 percent from the floor and 68 percent from the free-throw line. She also averaged eight rebounds per game and recorded 14 assists, four steals and 16 blocks. Boyd wili graduate this week with a degree in general studies, with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences. Ashley Hibbard, San Diego Christian College San Diego Hibbard, a graduate of Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, will attend San Diego Christian College to play for the Lady Hawks, an NAIA team that won the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association national championship. During the 26 games Hibbard played she shot 25 percent from the floor, though she excelled at the line, shooting 64 percent. She also averaged 10 assists, nine steals and one block per game. Hibbard majored in health and exercise studies and will earn her associate degree this Friday during commencement exercises at the college. TROJANS, from page lC able to put up two more runs in the game -- both in the bottom of the sixth -- and it was a case of too little too late. The Trojans were up 9-3 at that point, off a four-run third and a run from Erik Schwartz in the fifth. Four Quincy batters, Murray, Morrison, Chase McDonald and Wolfe, each finished with two hits, with Morrison recording RBIs on each. Hartline and Beeson finished with one hit each. Lamar, Murray, Hartline and Wolfe each had RBIs during the game. When it came to stealing bases, Schwartz led the Trojans yet again with two. McDonald and Murray also had swipes against Fall River infielders. It took three Quincy pitchers to get through the game, with Murray as starter, followed by setup man Simon McQuarrie and McDonald as the closer. Murray struck out five of his 22 batters, with McDonald taking out two of the three he faced. With the win Quincy moved on to the second round to face No. 2 seed Etna in Siskiyou County on May 19. Results for that game were not available by press time. Etna, which finished the season with a 24-6 overall record, won the Shasta-Cascade League with an 11-1 conference record. Division 5 playoffs (1) Esparto 10, (8) Portola 3 The top-seeded Esparto Spartans knocked off the Portola Tigers last week in a 10-3 first-round win. No stats were available for either team by press time. :'2015 CLASSL,._.c; FROM TH BEST When you have a team of students and faculty as remarkable as ours, every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, share and advance one step closer to your dreams. 800-325-SEAT - RenoRndeo.com Husqvarna Quality & Durability fret a o. yoa00. e00acaao./ High School students may now take college classes with no fee. Enroll for a Summer Class or classes for Fall. 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