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Bulle,tin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 5C m Local harp m r seeks to take national anthem to National League Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews ,corn In sports there are two concepts that fans and players alike will endlessly attribute to the wins and losses their teams endure in any season the superstitious omen and the lucky charm. When it comes to the omen, those lovers of sport and their beloved athletes may believe that the 12-game losing streak they are enduring came about because they didn't wear their lucky socks, special hat or some other drivel. But then there is the lucky charm, the rabbit's foot that garners success, more wins than losses and, eventually, a championship dynasty. For the Feather River College volleyball and women's soccer teams, Plumas County musician and harmonica legend Johnny Walker may very well be that talisman driving the magic on the court and the field :, during the 2014-15 season. " Walker's rendition of"The Star-Spangled Banner," complete with chugging rhythms, octave shakes and explosive flourishes at the high crescendos of our national anthem, has been the opening act for the Lady Golden Eagles volleyball team during their 10-0 Golden Valley Conference run and was selected to open the Nov. 4 soccer game against Butte College as player Grace Holland's No. 4 jersey was retired. ' So far, Walker has racked up a 31-1 record as the rabbit's foot for the volleyball squad and head coach Sarah Ritchie said he has been a blessing to the.~am for the past th~:ee years. "We call Johnny our 'lucky man,'" Ritchie said. "I call him in for the big games and "We call Johnny our "lucky man." I call him in for the big games and he has never disappointed us. Even after all these years I still get goose bumps when I hear him play it for us before our games." Feather Sarah Ritchie Head Coach River College Volleyball he has never disappointed us. Even after all these years I still get goose bumps wheff I hear him play it for us before our games. He also brings something special for visiting teams because they don't ever get a chance to hear that anywhere else." Before Walker's long-running string of wins with volleyball he was the' opening act for men's basketball at FRC. Golden Eagles head coach Randy Rick recalled that first gig and what came of it later. "Johnny started for us in 2003 at the Ohlone home game in front of a packed crowd and we won that night," Rick said. "Later on, the story of that night came back to me in hospitality rooms at tourneys across the state and he has come up several times. People ask me about that harmonica player; they say, 'We hear it's great.' I tell them he is amazing." While Walker is a Plumas County fixture, his roots are in the Bay Area. After attending high school in Pleasanton, Walker found his way to the High Sierra of Plumas County in 1989. Over the past 25 years, Walker has made a quasi-career of playing bluegrass, blues and other roots music across the region, According to local legend, the first time Walker ever played "The Star-Spangled Banner" in public was also the first time he ever attempted the song in its entirety, at a Plumas Arts Words & Music event Sept. 12, 2001. "It was the day after 9/11 at Words & Music when Johnny stood up for open mic and played the song," said Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao. "The roomed stilled and became silent. The air was electric in the communion of what we were all feeling. It was cathartic and healing, a moment I will never forget." It can also be said that one thing Walker loves nearly as much as his prized harmonicas is San Francisco Giants baseball -- and he wants to prove that in the biggest and most patriotic of ways: by applying to the world champion National League franchise to appear as one of the performers of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at AT&T Park. "I've always been a baseball fan and, growing up in the Bay Area, I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants," Walker said. "I also love sports in general. I was a high school all-American discus thrower in 1974. I threw it 182 feet and my highest ranking was fifth in the nation." Despite his athletic prowess, Walker decided to pass up scholarships in track and field events to pursue a chance at being a punter in the NFL. In the end, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces that the Trinity River Hatchery has met its adult fall-run Chinook salmon take of 4,800 fish. Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, the Trinity River downstream of the Old Lewiston bridge to the mouth of Indian Creek is open to the take of chinook salmon over 22 inches The daily bag limit in this section is three Chinook salmon, of which one may be an adult over 22 inches. The daily bag limit for the rest of that section below the mouth of Indian Creek down to the Highway 299 West bridge at Cedar Flat is three Chinook salmon under 22 inches. The fall-run Chinook salmon quota on the lower Trinity River is 681 adult chinook salmon from the confluence with the Klamath River up to Cedar Flat. This sub-area quota has not been met yet, and anglers may retain one adult chinook salmon as part of their three fish daily bag limit. CDFW reminds anglers that a salmon report card is required when fishing for chinook salmon in anadromous portions of reopens the Klamath basin Steelhead fishing remains open in all areas, with a daffy bag of two hatchery steelhead or trout and possession limit of four hatchery steelhead or trout Hatchery steelhead or trout are defined as fish showing a healed adipose fin clip (the adipose fin is absent). Anglers are also required to possess a steelhead report card when fishing for steelhead. Anglers may keep track of the status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling 800-564-6479. G 0 L F C 0 U R S E 2009 Graeagle Meaoiows is selling its golf flee ! i2 Preceolent Excel MOdels anti 2005[2006 Club Car PS $1300-$1600 incluoles charger (110 Volt) In great shape, get yours this ltolMay Season! Call Harvey or Cinoly at (530) 836-2523 Plumas County harmonica Star-Spangled Banner" for season. Photo by Greg Knight maestro Johnny Walker is seeking a slot to play "The the world champion San Francisco Giants during the 2015 professional football didn't century, began in 1968 when played at a Major League work out and Walker found guitarist Jose Feliciano Baseball game. The custom of his way back into real life. played before the start ofplaying it before every game, "Simply said, I picked the Game 5 of the World Serieshowever, began during wrong sport," Walker added, between the St. Louis World War II. with a laugh: "If I hadn't been Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. Walker has applied to the punting, instead, I would The Tigers, the hometown Giants front office for a slot have been a shoe-in, 'punt' team, won that game and to play during the 2015 intended." eventually went on to makeseason and said he expects to Appearances at one of the greatest hear back just before the professional sporting events comebacks in all of baseball start of spring training by musicians who could to win the series in seven"I really hope I get the shot improvise around the games, to do this," Walker added. "It anthem's music, originally Long before Feliciano, in vcould be a dream to play for written in the late 18th 1903, the anthem was firstthe Giants at home." 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