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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 5C James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com .'. It appears that Feather • : : :: River College will have " another busy fall ahead. The football, soccer and volleyball programs all have some changes to them this year, which will hopefully produce some exciting and favorable results. Athletes started trickling • . in to Quincy earlier this • ::: month, while attending summer classes last week. All teams' coaches have high hopes for this year's athletic program• Football This year, two major changes are shaking things up on the Golden Eagles' football team: The team has a new coach with lots of promise, and the Eagles are now part of the National NorCal League, a league with tougher teams than last year's Mid-Empire League. In May, FRC hired Bart Andrus for the interim head coach position for the 2014 season. Andrus will bring experience of a professional level to the field in Quincy• Andrus has coached football since 1981, when he started as a high school coach• Since then, Andrus has coached all over the world• Career highlights include coaching the quarterbacks of the Tennessee Titan and winning the World Bowl in 2005 as the head coach of the Amsterdam Admirals. Andrus described his coaching philosophy as assignment and effort oriented. Each player will have a ~pecffic job to do, and if he does it, he hopes they will succeed•' "I don't want my players stepping on the field unless they know their assignment," said Andrus. "If we take care of that, the score will take care of itself." Andrusdescribed the players on his team as a good group, and says they have done everything he's asked of them. Andrus commented he thinks there is a good.core of talent. Being placed in the National NorCal League, however, will make the season tougher for the Golden Eagles. FRC will now be in the same league as American River, Siskiyous, Sacramento, Sierra College and Butte• Last year, Butte went undefeated. FRC's football team will play its first game of the season in Pleasant Hill against Diablo Valley College on Sept. 5. FRC will host its first home game Sept. 13 against College of the Sequoias at lp.m. Soccer FRC head soccer coach Don Williams has high hopes for his men and women's seasons -- deservingly so. Last year, the men's team went• 11-7-3 overall and made it to the playoffs. The women's team played better than any women's soccer team in Feather River College history. The women went 16-3-3 overall, won the co re-nce and made it to the playoffs. FRC will have one more team to contend with in the Golden Valley Conference this year: Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe formed a team under the coaching of Benjamin Wade, who coached for Lassen last year• Members of last year's football team at Feather River College take up right now, having started practice last Friday. The team is professional experience. Photos by James Wilson Though there will be start their seasons Aug. 29 in several returning stars to Cupertino against De Anza this year's men's team, there College• On Sept. 2, FRC will will also be a good number of host its first home games recruits. FRC's men's team against Yuba College. The recruited 19 new players to women's team will start at 2 join the 15 returning• p.m. and the men's team will "I think we'll be twice the follow at 4 p.m. team we were last year," said Williams. "We already know Volleyball we are deeper. Our goal was When asked what will be to recruit at least two strong different this year from prior' players for each position, years, FRC head volleyball and I think we did it." coach Sarah Ritchie replied, This season, the women's "Nothing•" team will be the one to beat Nothing different will in the Golden Valley make for an ideal situation• Conference• For the last four years, Sharifa Suma~-~, O[ Gh.~na, FRC's t am will return to the field atdominated the court• Last Feather River. Sumaila spent season, FRC won the Golden her summer playing for Valley Conference, went Ghana's U-20 Women's World undefeated in conference Cup team, and competing play and won more than 20 with the best players in the matches -- for the fourth world in the Canada event• • year straight. The FRC men's and FRC's program has a women's teams will both tradition of finding the most the field, waiting for the kickoff. This year's team is gearing under new direction from a coach with plenty of college and athletic girls with the highest volleyball IQs. Last year, the team was made up mainly of freshmen, yet still excelled through the season• This year, that same team will come back with even more experience• "We have a returning starting lineup that's already proved themselves," stated Ritchie. "On top of that, we have some extremely talented freshmen coming in." Last year, the team excelled with just 10 members. This year, the team has added depth with 18 players. The volleyball team will start its season this Saturday with a match against Cuesta Round Robin in San Luis Obispo. The team will stay on the road until Oct. 15, with its first home match against Siskiyous. Zack McCarthy, from England, dives for the Williams, reported nothing but excitement for save at Feather River College last Friday. The college's head soccer coach, Don both the men's and women's teams this year. Nina Holmes celebrates after advancing in the playoffs last year. Holmes, the talented libero for Feather River College's volleyball team, will return to play for'the Golden Eagles again this year. Holmes made the all,American team for junior colleges last year. James Wilson i i " "Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.com Merle Trueblood has come a long way since he took the position of director of athletic operations and events at Feather River College back in 2002. Trueblood's value in his position recently increased as well, as he joined three committees governed by the California Community College Athletic Association that consistently make changes that affect athletic programs state-wide. Trueblood now sits on the association's gender equity ~committee, policy committee : :.and management council. In addition, Trueblood is the only member of these committees associated with the Golden Valley Conference, the conference FRC plays in. "By serving on these committees, it will better serve FRC and the Golden ::::Valley Conference," • •commented Trueblood, "by keeping these institutions at the forefront of the bylaws and giving a voice to small | community colleges who compete at the same level as schools such as City College of San Francisco and Pierce Community College." Trueblood started at the college in 1998 as the assistant softball coach. As a coach, Trueblood went above and beyond, bringing camps and clinics to the college that generated millions of dollars in revenue• The college recognized his accomplishments and offered him his current position• In 2002, approximately 75 student-athletes attended FRC. Now, there are roughly 360, all enrolled full time. Additionally, during Trueblood's management the college took on new sports, including football, soccer, rodeo, women's cross country and track, and the return of volleyball. Now, while serving at a state level, Trueblood will have the chance to advocate for FRC and its unique circumstances. FRC is a small college, yet has a strong athletic program that competes with much larger schools• Merle Trueblood, director of athletic operations and events at Feather River College, addresses the new student athletes at an early orientation this month. Trueblood was recently appointed to three major state-level committees, in which he will address concerns specific to FRC and Plumas County. Photo by Toni Williams Feath r River fall schedule FOOTBALL 9/5 at Diablo Valley 9/13Sequoias 9120De Anza 9127at Chabot 10/4at Shasta 10/18 Butte 10125 at American River 11/1Siskiyous 11/8• SacCity 11/15 at Sierra MEN'S SOCCER 8/29 at DeAnza 8/30 at West Hills 9/2 Yuba 9/5 at Fresno 9/6 at Modesto 9/12 at Chabot 9/16 at Cosumnes 9/19 Folsom 9/26 at Mt. San Antonio 9/27 at Las Positas 9/30 American River 10/3 Shasta 10/10Lassen 10/17at Tahoe 10/21at Butte 10/24Tahoe 10/28at Lassen 10/31at Shasta 11/4 Butte 3:30p 9/5 at Sierra 4p 9/6 at Modesto 4p 9/9 Yuba 3p 5p 9112 at Chabot 2p lp 9/13 at Bakersfield12p lp 9/20 at Santa Rosa 2p 3p 9/27 at Las Positas2:30p 5p 10/3 Shasta 2p 3p 10/7 at Redwoods 1 la 4p 10/10Lassen 2p lp 10/14Redwoods 12p lp 10/17at Tahoe 2p lp 10/21at Butte 4p 10/24 " Tahoe 2p 10/28 at Lassen 4p 10/31 at Shasta 2p 11/4 Butte 2p WOMEN'S SOCCER 8/29 at DeAnza 8/30 at West Hills 9/2 Yuba lp 4p 11a VOLLEYBALL 1:30p 4p 8/23 at Cuesta 8a 4p 4p 8/28 at Chico 5p 914 at American River 3p 11a 12p 9/5 at Sac City lp. 9/12 at Delta lp 4p 9/13 at Delta 8a 4p 9/17 at Foothill 4p 4p 9/18 at Hartnell 2p 4p 9/26 at Delta 12p 2p 10/10at Butte 6p 4p 10/15Siskiyous 6p 2p 10/17Lassen 6p 4p 10/22at Shasta 6p 12p 10/24at Redwoods 6p 10/25at Santa Rosa lp 10/29Butte 6p 10/31at Siskiyous 6p lp 11/8 Redwoods lp 11a 11112Shasta 6p 2p 11/14at Lassen 6p