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2C Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Fear the thumb: FRC closer to GVC crown Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.com In Feather River College volleyball lore the concept of "fear the thumb," when taken in the context of the Lady Golden Eagles' four-year run as champions in the Golden Valley Conference (with the thumb meaning FRC is gunning for a fifth title this season), can be a wee bit intimidating to other teams that venture to take the court against them. One of FRC's vaunted rivals in the conference and an opponent bent on beating them is the Butte College Roadrunners, the team Feather River head coach Sarah Ritchie played for -- and one of only a handful of teams that has won even a game against FRC in any match this season. Ritchie, the leader of the top-ranked FRC team, didn't let that little bit of history get in the Way. Her team smashed Butte on a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15) final score Oct. 29 at home. The win increased the Golden Eagles' conference record to 6-0, with an 18-2 overall record this season. Well on her way to getting that "thumb," her fifth conference title, Ritchie said her team did exactly what it set out to do against a team that has always been a rival to Feather River. "We came out really strong from the get-go and that is what we did," Ritchie said. "We didn't want to give them another chance to beat us in a game like they did before when it was 12-25 in their favor. The goal today was come out strong, serve tough and we did that." Feather River College's Marinda Thomas (No. 6, white) fires a ball past Butte defenders Erika Click (No. 14) and Ashtynn Macfarlane (No. 6, black) on Wednesday, Oct. 29, as FRC beat the Roadrunners 3-0 at home. Photo by Greg Knight One of the key members of Ritchie's offense this season is sophomore mid-blocker Stephanie Ovitz. Over the course of the season the Chico native has managed to rack up a .448 hitting percentage for the No. 2 spot in the state. She is also ranked in the top 20 in the conference in block assists with seven. After the game, Ritchie praised Ovitz's contribution to the win 6ver Butte. "She is one of the best hitters in California and her numbers are just phenomenal," Ritchie added. "Tonight she did what she always does and that is put balls away for us." Ovitz said that the win over Butte is just one more stepping stone on the team's path to being GVC victors for a fifth consecutive year. "It was nice to win this game and. it gets us one step closer to being conference champs five times in a row," Ovitz said after the game. Marinda Thomas, another Chico native and classmate of Ovitz, said that while Butte has been a worthy opponent in most matches, there is no doubt in her mind that FRC will five-peat in 2014 as GVC champs -- and that the remaining conference foes should indeed "fear the thumb.!' "It's always good to beat Butte because they always try to come out and beat us," Thomas said. "It's important to get past them because of our four conference wins and they, along with all the other teams, know that the 'thumb' is coming." The Lady Eagles will host College of the Redwoods on Nov. 8 starting at 1 p.m. Lady Indians seniors The seniors of the Greenville Lady Indians volleyball team are honored Tuesday, Oct. 28, before their final home game of the season. Greenville easily won the match against Loyalton on a 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-6) final score. Standing with coach Dan Brown, the Lady Indian seniors honored were, from left, Nikole Machado, Trinity Lincoln, Marissa Willits and Brook House. The Greenville squad has a 5-1 record in the Pioneer-Mountain League and will travel to CORE Butte tomorrow for the final game of the season. Photo by James Machado win final hot "ze game And the wait begins. Hurry up, spring baseball In the history of Major League Baseball only 38 World Series winners have been determined by a Game 7 -- and this year's world champion San Francisco Giants had been there before, courtesy of a heartbreaking 2002 Series in which the Anaheim Angels drubbed them and took the Commissioner's Trophy with a 6-1 win. Luckily for the 2014 Giants organization, they had Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound as closer after two days rest from his four-hit shutout in Game 5. Because of the choice to put Bumgarner in, the Giants were able to not only seize the Series, but the story of the seven-game stretch they fought valiantly to win will be forever remembered as one of the great sports stories of all time. That said, and now that I am sports guy in Plumas County, most of my pals in Northern California are trying like heck to get me to put on the Orange and Black of the Giants Nation ... and, God forbid, the Silver and Black of the Oakland Raiders. Sorry. While I am happy for Giants fans everywhere, I still rue for my beloved Seattle Mariners, a team that was one game behind and one spot away from getting into the AmeriCan League Wildcard Game against the Kansas City Royals until that pesky team from Oakland upset the balance of nature and seized the (losing) day to face the Royals. Now that the MLB is on hiatus until next year all I have to look forward to, when I want some brains to go with my sporting brawn, is the spring baseball season that Feather River College and the four high schools are facing. I say brains because I truly believe that baseball players, aside from the stereotypes that they are all rednecks who listen to country music, drive pickups and suck on chaw all game long, are some of the smartest athletes around. This perception is based off spending many hours in dugouts and something former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said about the 2004 American League Championship Series with the New York Yankees. In the documentary "Four FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Staff Writer gknight@plumasnews.com Days in October," Francona spoke about what had to happen in order for his team to come back and beat the Yankees in a Game 4 elimination match. "You try to set up the inning in advance," Francona said. "If this happens, this is what were going to do. I was down in the tunnel with Dave Roberts. I said (Kevin) Millar is going to get on, you're going to get on and you are going to steal." And that is exactly what happened as Boston went on to win 6-4 in 12 innings -- after being down 4-3 to the Yankees in the ninth. The rest, of course, is history as the Sox went on.to win four in a row against New York and then sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in four in the World Series. When you think about it, baseballmanagers and players have to constantly assess the status of a game in order to have the winning edge: Who is on base? What's the batting order showing us related to our opponent's pitcher? What do we need to do to win this game? With so many moving parts, and without the punch-you-in-the-face bullishness of football (which is, hands down, the most complex field sport ever developed) or even soccer, baseball can be elevated to a place where thought, logic and consideration of what needs to be done are melded to the traditional sights, sounds and. s.lls of the game. ; :,. ,,, The internal solitude of baseball, mixed with the explosive joy that comes from a home run, grand slam, triple play or other superlative moment in any given game, is what attracts me strongly to the sport. Please hurry, springtime, if only to get me out of the office and out to the ballgame. " Local honored by gun club, community for youth education The Quincy Sport Shooting Association recognized Larry Lawson, of Quincy, on Oct. 26 for a lifetime of dedication and excellence to marksmanship training, firearm safety, and what he calls his greatest passion of all -- teaching kids the sport of trap shooting. More than 70 people attended the potluck lunch and trap-shooting event held at the Gopher Hill Range on Snake Lake Road. The event also hosted the annual club championships, with the top junior shooters in both girls and boys competition awarded the prestigious Larry Lawson Award. The annual award was named after Lawson and 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year the event has been held. This year, the winner of the girls' award is Ashley Ayres Lawson, of OroviUe, who is the great-granddaughter of Larry Lawson. Ashley became the first shooter to win the award for a second time; her first win came in 2012. The boys' winner was Caleb Allred, of Quincy. Larry was recognized by the members of the Quincy Sport Shooting Association, the club's junior scholastic trap team, the Feather River Clay Busters, as well as members of other local shooting clubs, his family and numerous friends. QSSA club president Matt Culver, on behalf of everyone in attendance, presented Larry with a lifetime achievement award for "his tireless and passionate dedication to trap shooting and especially the youth he has mentored over the past 50 years." The event drew $1,745 in donations that will go into Team Quincy's MidwayUSA Foundation Endowment. The MidwayUSA Foundation will match the donation 3 to 1, making the total donation $6,980. Anyone who would like to support the youth program by donating and see the donation matched can find more information at quincyshooting.com, or by emailing Cheryl Pini at cpini72@yahoo.com. Larry Lawson, center, presents the annual Quincy Sport Shooting Association award named for him to Ashley Lawson and Caleb AIIred on Oct. 26. Photo submitted Looking for a new vehicle? NO HASSLES DELIVERED TO YOUR AREA , .You get the rebates, special pricing & financing! 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