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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 3C ! I I Heart, hard work are hallmarks of 2015 Lady Golden Eagles Greg Knight Sports Writer If its amount of heart is a measurement by which a basketball team can be judged in the preseason, the Feather River College Lady Golden Eagles may be looking at a season of winning both on the court and off. That heart, which every team strives to achieve in addition to basketball fundamentals, is what head coach Haley White believes her team has in spades going into the 2014-15 season. "This team has tons of heart," White said. "They are going to bring factors to this team that I have not had in a while as a group. The dedication factor among these girls and the collaborative efforts within the group is helping them get better as a team." Getting better as a team -- and playing as a group --' is something this year's group will have to do in order to be more successful than last year's squad, which went 6-18 overall and only had two conference wins, both against archrival Lassen College. This season, White is returning four sophomores to the lineup: Stephanie Miller (Spanish Springs, Reno), Kaitlyn Boyd (Portola), Ashley Hibbard (Desert Oasis, Las Vegas) and Brittany McFalls (Mineral County, Hawthorne, Nevada) will lead the team, which includes eight incoming freshman players. White said the freshman members of the team are coping well with the faster style of college ball because her recruitment style changed last season. The new focus, according to white, is on finding players from schools with established winning records. "It won't be such a big adjustment this season for the new girls since we changed our recruiting efforts last year and focused on recruits that had been on winning teams," White said. "A good example is Traci Strong, from Alamo, Nevada. She was a state champion in three sports coming out of high school and was also Player of the Year for her division. We're leaps and bounds above where we were last year at this point." Sophomore Ashley Hibbard is a returning player to the FRC roster and said she is excited about this season's team and the level of play White is expecting from her players. "I love my teammates and I feel like this is a really good group that works really hard and has a good attitude," Hibbard said. "We're definitely looking ahead with a view to win conference this season. Last year, we didn't bring a lot to the court and weren't really expecting much. This year, we are all really into and ready to win." Though she is an incoming freshman at FRC, Strong has experienced the highs of winning state championships in Nevada in basketball, softball and volleyball while at Pahranagat Valley High School in Alamo. Now, in the tall pines of Plumas County and playing for a chance to win a college crown, she said the game is a little different than she was used to in high school. "The difference is the pace of the game here," Strong said of her first year in green and gold. "It's all " about getting in shape and learning the faster, different styles of basketball we play at this level. I'm not used to playing with this group but the sophomores have helped a lot by getting with us to figure out plays and let us know when we are doing something wrong." The squad will start its preseason tournament run Nov. 7 at Delta College in Stockton. The next stop on the tournament train will take them to Cosumnes River in Elk Grove on Nov. 13 before heading back to Quincy for the first home game of the season against Gavilan on Nov. 20. This year, the Golden Valley Conference schedule has the Lady Eagles starting their run against College of the Siskiyous on Jan. 7, Feather River College freshman Brianna Luna drives around fellow Lady Golden Eagle teammate Catherine Rees during a preseason practice last week. This year's FRC squad will open at home Nov. 20 against Gavilan. Photo by Greg Knight 2015, at 5:30 p.m. On Jan. 17, four games into conference play, FRC will host College of the Redwoods -- a team White said may be a threat this season. "College of the Redwoods has a unique style of play and, if you're looking at league opponents, are a team we'll have to focus on when the time comes," White said. 2015 Feather River College women's basketball regular season schedule ll7-College of the Siskiyous 1/10-Lassen College 1/14-Shasta College 1/17-College of the Redwoods 1/21-Butte College 1/24-Lassen College 1/31-College of the Redwoods 2/7-College of the Siskiyous 2114-Shasta College 2/19-Butte College Bold denotes home game FRC women, men tie it up against Lake Tahoe Greg Knight Sports Writer The Feather River College women's soccer team was able to dig deep, find inner strength and battle the Lake Tahoe CommunitY College Lady Coyotes to a 1-1 tie Friday, Oct. 17 -- less than a week after Golden Eagles teammate Grace Holland died in Prattville. The tying goal in the game came in the second half as Ryann Abeyta, with an assist from Sherifatu Sumaila, booted one in to find the back of the net, avoiding a loss for FRC. With the tie Feather River maintains a 9-3-2 overall record, with a 3-0-1 record in Golden Valley Conference play. Lake Tahoe is holding steady with a 6-4-4 overall tally and a GVC record of 2-1-2. The Golden Eagles will host the Coyotes this Friday afternoon at the FRC soccer pitch. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. FRC men's soccer The men's team for FRC also battled to a 12-2 tie against the Coyotes on Friday, with Dominic Docherty and Paul Mayes making the shots into the net for the Golden Eagles. Gavin Gillies was credited with an assist on the goal by Docherty. The tie gives the men a record of 7-4-3 (2-0-1). The Golden Eagles will also host the Tahoe men starting at 4 p.m. on Friday. Chester girls get past Quint y Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.corn The Chester Volcanoes girls soccer team is still perfect in regular season play at 8-0-1 (6-0) after beating the Lady Trojans (2-4, 2-2) with a 1-0 victory at their homecoming Thursday, Oct. 16. Just asin the Vols' 3-1 win against Portola on Oct. 9, freshman Elizabeth Bereznak was on fire offensively and gave her team .the winning goal. Another goal, delivered in the second half from Bereznak, was off sides and was not counted. See Soccer, page 5C ATTENTION HUNTERS!! The California Department of Fish & Wildlife is holding a public meeting in Susanville to discuss Implementation of The Ban on Lead Based Hunting Ammunition. The meeting starts at I pm, October 25, 2014 in the Richmond School Gymnasium at 700-585 Richmond Road. Some questions to be asked & answered: Who will define armor piercing ammunition & when? How will wildlife be managed with a projected loss of $2.7 million in revenues & a projected loss of $695,000 in Pitman Robinson funds? How do counties absorb $68.7 million in lost salaries & wages? If you have questions or need more information, please call (530) 251-0560