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4C Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Greg Knight avid basketball fan, JV and Sports Writer junior high school coach and sports@plumasnews.com supporter of athletics in Indian Valley. For the first time since "I'm excited about the "2009, the Greenville Indians opportunity," Kusel said. i boy's basketball team will "I've had the genuine have a new leader at the pleasure of working with helm after the unexpected many of the players over the retirement of Russ Crouch as years and this continues and head coach last week. elevates that work. Crouch, who led the Greenville has a very Indians to a 14-13 record talented group of young men overall and a 6-2 tally in at the varsity and junior the Pioneer-Mountain varsity levels. Both teams League last season, resigned have the capability of without notice Monday, playing excellent basketball Nov. 17. and achieving a lot this In an email to Feather season." Publishing, Crouch Though Kusel has his work explained the reasoning cut out for him, the Indians' behind his sudden departure varsity squad could be from Greenville's athletic looking forward to a department, promising season after "I seeni to have lost my coming off successive passion for the sport and playoffs in which the team with that, my tolerance for finished in second place and the periphery of the game," ' tied for first place in league, Crouch wrote. "(It's) just roopoo ivoly. time for the old guy to go. The team will likely be But this year's team will be anchored by seniors Walker terrific." Meyers and Christian Beres, Taking up the mantle of along with sophomore Justus leading the Indians will be Eaglesmith, the 2013 Sierra Institute for Pioneer-Mountain League Community and MVP. Environment Executive Justus' father, former .Director Jonathan Kusel, an Greenville coach J.C. Eaglesmith, said Kusel is a good choice to lead the Indians going forward. "He was my assistant two years ago at the junior high level when we were 30-3 and won league undefeated, and the next year when we were 28-4 and went undefeated again," J.C. said. "Jan is a student of the game and I know he is working hard right now to teach fundamentals and trying to get a cohesive strategy put in. What he lacks in varsity experience will be shortly a matter of history." Even as an underclassman, Justus appears to have developed a mature vision of the coming season -- a vision that focuses on the team over the individual player. "For the 2015 season I am looking for a team victory," Justus said. "I want the team to take it all the way to the Northorn Section and win. We want the championship trophy, or 'big shiny' as we call it, because it looks great in the trophy case and to win like that, with your brothers, opens up greater opportunity for more championships down the road. It would bring us together as a team Jonathan Kusel has been named basketball team. Kusel took Crouch. Photo submitted as the new head coach of the Greenville Indians boy's over last week after the retirement of former head coach Russ with thv achicvvuzent of auuu, um~ tu Cruuuh, IVlartlnez, and junior K.C. a lifetime." Eaglesmith continued to get Clark, will provide a strong Another piece of good news better during the off-season, bench for thelndians. for Greenville is that Meyers The remainder of the teamGreenville is also a smart has recovered from last is rounded out by juniorsteam, GPA-wise: the Indians year's season-ending broken Ray Bustamante and Darianhave a collective team GPA hand injury and could end up Potts and sophomores Carte above 3.0 with Beres, Meyers, back in the scoring groove. Smith and Brent Washoe. Kingsland, Martinez and Beres has also strengthened Seniors Logan Kingsland, Justus Eaglesmith all at 3.5 his inside game and, Anthony Cardoza and Jamesor above. il FRC, Ghana soccer supe r could be on path to ome minole Greg Knight and staff for the Seminoles. Sports Writer During her trip to the sports@plumasnews.com Sunshine State, Sumaila said she was welcomed by She was an international the coaching staff, athletics youth soccer superstar before department and even a she came to Feather River few compatriot national coaches' poll, College -- and now Golden student-athletes from herSumaila said that if she gets Eagles sophomore forward homeland of Africa. the nod from Seminoles head -Sherifatu Sumaila may be "It was a long trip, but coach Mark Krikorian she "courting the chance to play when I got there I was treated will be ready for the for a wider audience on quite very well and had good time advanced level of play with a larger stage, meeting everyone in the the Division I team. Sumaila, a star player for athletic department," "I am totally ready," "her home country of Ghana Sumaila said. "I spent time Sumaila added. "I met with a in the 2014 FIFA U-20 World with a few Africans on the lot of the players and I feel Cup and a leading offensiveteam too and we went out for " like it was a really good fit power for FRC this season, dinner and met with all the and they treated me like I returned in the past few coaches." was already part of the weeks from a recruiting trip Knowing that Florida State team." to Florida State University, is ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Due to NCAA recruiting where she met with coaches standings and No. 2 in the rules, Florida State assistant t .After a year off from Conducting Youth Tobacco Purchase Surveys (YTPS), the Plumas County Tobacco Use Reduction Program (TURP) is ready to continue this work of keeping tobacco products out of the hands of children. TURP is once again conducting educational visits with tobacco retail merchants. Each merchant is given information about the importance of checking for ID, and informed about fines and penalties that go along with selling tobacco to minors. Youth Tobacco Purchase Surveys may be conducted any time of the year by youth between 14 and 17 years old. Youth are recruited and then trained on a variety of survey and safety protocols. Sheriff Deputies accompany the youth and are on hand to cite and fine individuals who sell tobacco to the minor surveyors. For many years retailers and clerks only received warnings and more education on the law and health issues surrounding tobacco sales to minors. Two California laws prohibit selling tobacco to minors: Penal Code Section 308 and the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act, Business and Professions Code Section 22950-22963. Penal Code Section 308 states, "It is a crime to sell, give, or in any way supply tobacco ~roducts and paraphernalia to a minor." Local law enforcement agencies are now enforcing this law. Storeowners or clerks who sell to minors may be charged with a misdemeanor and may be fined up to $1200 for violations. In addition, the court is mandated, by statute, to impose a "penalty assessment" on every fine ordered in a criminal case. In the end, selling tobacco products to minors can be very costly. In past years the teen tobacco sales rate here in Plumas County has been as high as 34%. In 2013, 24 percent of the tobacco retailers sold to a child. Sales of any tobacco product to minors are a reason for concern amongst parents and health officials. According to tobaccofreekids.org, more than a third of all kids who ever try smoking a cigarette become regular, daily smokers before leaving high school. In fact, the addiction rate for smoking (the percentage of experimenters who ultimately become habitual users) is higher than the addiction rates for marijuana, alcohol or cocaine. It is important that we keep our kids tobacco free. Our children are the target of the tobacco industry advertising and marketing. Not surprisingly, cigarettes that are the most popular among kids are those that are also heavily advertised. Tobacco companies spend the bulk of their marketing money at the retail stores with price discounts, prime product placement to attract buyers and, of course, advertisements. Tobacco Company Advertising and Promotional Spending, 1,998-2011 (in billions) St2.8 $1z $105 slo SZ 1998 t999 2000 2001 2002' 2003 2004 2OO~; 200(; 2007 2098 2009 2:010. :Z01:]. Source: Federal Trade Commission Reports for Cigarettes and Smokeless 2011, 2013 "/am totally ready (for Division I play)." Sherifatu Sumaila Feather River College Soccer Standout For additional information call the STAKE Act hotline at (800) 527-5443 or visit www.leginfo.ca. gov/calaw.html (refer to Business and Professions Code Section 22950-22963, 2970, and 25612). You may also contact Kathleen O'Bryant at 283-6427 at Plumas County Public Health Agency. were to play for a Division I team of that caliber it would bring out the best in her game. "She has been continually improving as a striker and media coordinator Jason that is what we will work on Leturmy could not comment this spring," Williams added. on Sumaila's visit to "I'm convinced that by the Tallahassee. end of spring we will have Feather River head coach her left foot as strong as Don Williams is a believer her right foot. That is the that Sumaila is ready for the missing link for her and for next level Of collegiate FSU. We'll have her prepared competition and said that he by the time she is ready to is working on getting her go." closer to that reality. Florida State is not the "It's very exciting because only university seeking the FSU is currently ranked No. skills the Ghanaian can bring 2 in the nation in the coaches' to the pitch; Sumaila has poll, they have been in the received interest from Notre Final Four and, honestly, Dame and North Carolina, what they have been missing though Williams would only is a dynamic winger," confirm that a recruiting trip Williams said. "She is the one to UCLA is in the works at to take that team into a this point in the season. national championship. She's "UCLA is probably the the player they have been most exciting other team that missing." is interested in her right In addition to holding now," he added. "The Bruins down the No. 2 spot in the are currently ranked No. 1 or National Soccer Coaches No. 2 in the nation depending Association of America poll, on the poll you go by. We will this season's Seminoles team have an official visit is currently ranked seventh scheduled in the near in the nation in NCAA future." standings on a 15-1-1 record. Sumaila's FRC teammate, Williams said ff Sumaila freshman keeper Matilda Bylund, of Kramfors, Sweden, said playing with the striker phenom has helped up her game -- and brought a level of recognition and interest from university-level programs to other players on the Golden Eagle squad. "Playing with her has helped us be more comfortable and secure, and playing with a great player like her makes you want to be a better player yourself," Bylund said. "When scouts from the schools looking at her come here it is also an opportunity for them to see us. That makes us want to play better as well." Sumaila is ranked third in the state in three stats: she has made 23 goals in 18 games, taken 83 shots and earned 70 points, while holding down the No. 2 spot in assists with 24. Before coming to the U.S she grew up in Tamale, Ghana, the third largest city in the nation and home to the Real Tamale United football club, which finished at the top of the 2011-12 season in the Poly TankDivisi0n 1 league before being promoted to the Glo Premiere league last year. " GOLF" RESULTS Graeagle Meadows Golf business of arranging scored 2 under par. Course games and scoring all Closest to the pin was The Graeagle Men's year. won by Bill McRoberts and Club held its last If anyone wishes to joinDick Grace. Wednesday playday of the us next year, please The rain politely held off year Nov. 19. All things contact Bryan Hansen at until the end of the considered, it was a pretty 836-2670. Along with Wednesday Morning nice day to play golf. It is several tournaments Scramble on Nov. 19. The believed the 12 hearty men throughout the year, thelast teams in got drizzled were the only golfers on Men's Club plays every on a bit, but not enough t the course. Monday, Wednesday and dampen their spirits. Marvin Pierce was the Friday followed by a little In first place at 7 under big winner. Not only did male bonding in the par were team members . he win first place, with a Graeagle Meadows John Bowen, Dick Grace net score of 61, he shot his Restaurant as the scoresand Leo Sorosinski. age with his gross score of come in. A Friday In second place at 6 76. He also won a skin. afternoon game is in theunder par were Gary Well done, Marvin. In works for those who haveMetzdorf, Bill McRoberts addition to winning first, day jobs. and Mike Ingle. he was kind enough to buyGraeagle Meadows Golf Closest to the pin was a round of drinks. SecondCourse is in its best won by Don McConnell, and third places went to condition ever. So, comeand Gary Metzdorf scored John Sciborski, with a 64, join us next year for all the the chip-in. and Bob McIlroy, who fun. The golfers were not so scored 67. Bob also won a lucky Nov. 20, when the skin while Tom Gossett Mt. Huff Golf Course afternoon scramble was collected two skins. On Thursday, Nov. 13, canceled due to rain. But Afterward, chef Scotty the showers ended just in then we need the rain to provided a tasty chile con time for the Afternoon keep the course green. It is carne, with, of all things, Scramble. noteworthy that this was egg rolls and pot stickers. The team of Bill the first weather cancel Tiffany was on hand to McRoberts, Carol this year. serve us and a really good Metzdorf, Gary Metzdorf time was had by all. and David Smuts came in To have golf results and club Special thanks from first at 3 under par. news included in this weekly everyone to Bob Nunn, The second-place team ofsection, email the information Ran Eaton and Jim Darel Joseph, Margie to sports@plumasnews.com by Adams, who have done the Joseph and Dick Grace Friday at 3p.m.