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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 5C Rodeo team plans season The Feather River College rodeo team is bringing a new type of grit to the arena this season, say coaches. One of the most competitive teams since the program's establishment in 2004 will be on display at the rodeo Oct. 10 and 11 at the fairgrounds in Quincy. "This is the best team we've had so far," said FRC rodeo coach Jesse Segura. "We've got kids who were wanted by bigger teams with bigger budgets, but they chose to come here." In the 10 years it has been competing, the FRC team has won the West Coast Region championship seven years in a row, and had students move on to the College National Finals Rodeo eight times. With a record like that, it's no wonder some of the nation's most talented rodeo students decide to come up to small town Quincy. + Dakota Freeman, for example, is a champion barrel racer, breakaway roper and team roper. When she competed on the National High School Rodeo circuit she was named all-around champion. She moved all the way from Klamath Falls, Oregon, to be a part of the FRC rodeo team. "I love it here," she said. "I don't really like going to those big universities. I like coming here where I am comfortable." The list of champions on the team goes on. There is Bobby Vaughn, a National High School Rodeo champion bull rider; Clayton Biglow, a national champion bareback rider; and Casey Mereshnekoff, a national champion bareback rider. There are returning students who went to nationals last year, and new students ready to show their stuff. "The quality of the kids we have here is pretty good," said Segura. Feather River College rodeo team members Bobby Vaughn (left), Dakota Freeman (middle) and Clayton Biglow bring their past championships to the rodeo program, making this year's team one of the strongest yet. Everyone is invited to root them on at the FRC rodeo Oct. 10 and 11. Photo courtesy Lisa Kelly With a long list of champions on the team, Segura said the real competition is recruiting against big schools like the ones in Texas and Tennessee. He said with such a small budget, it can be hard to compete. However, with such strong results over the past years, it seems the students know a good team when they see it. "Jesse keeps good kids coming every year," said Freeman. "This year we should be pretty strong." Segura said it's the community that really brings the advantage for the team. Through sponsorships, encouragement and overwhelming team spirit, the FRC home rodeo is a great reminder of the strength of the community. "Everyone in town helps us," he said, "and the kids know that too. We can't have a good rodeo without good community support." The day before the rodeo, Quincy Elks Club plans to hold a wine-tasting event for the parents of FRC's team in the lodge at 2004 East Main St. That event is open to the public. Different businesses and organizations from Plumas County will set up booths in the lodge forthe community gathering. The tasting will occur from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25. Everyone is invited to come out and show that communit$; support Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, and watch these champions ride. Rodeo team wins at Lassen James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com This year's rodeo team at Feather River College is off to a great start. The men's and women's teams competed at Lassen College in a rodeo double-header Sept. 26 - 27, winning both rodeos. At Lassen's rodeo, several members of FRC's team stood out. Cash Robinson, who is competing in all six events for men, placed second in men's all-around. After the Lassen rodeo, Robinson sat first in the standings for the region in saddle-bronc riding, and second as the heeler in team roping. Dane Browning accompanied Robinson as the header in team roping. FRC took the top three spots in saddle-bronc riding and the top two spots in bareback riding. In addition to Robinson placing first in saddle-bronc riding, Sam Harper took second and Quincy Crum took third. Grant Denny placed first in bareback riding, followed by Casey Meroshnekoff. Tommy Denny was the other big standout on the men's team, placing first in bull riding. The women's team proved its worth with multiple members excelling. Bailey Bidwell placed first in goat tying and second in breakaway roping. Kayla Norcutt took third in the goat-tying category and Sydney Howard placed third in breakaway roping. "We did well at Lassen," said FRC coach Jesse Segura. "We have a strong team this year, and should carry it through the season." To top the start of the season off, FRC plans to hold two back-to-back rodeos at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday. Colleges in the West Coast Region plan to attend, including Lassen, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Cal Poly and Fresno State. Continuing the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink tradition, FRC's contenders will wear pink in Friday's rodeo to raise awareness for breast cancer. Friday's rodeo will start at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds arena. The top 10 competitors in all events will battle it out Saturday, with the rodeo starting at 2 p.m. The rodeo is free for spectators. Eagles fall to Shasta James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plurnasnews.com The Feather River College football team spent last Saturday in Redding contending with Shasta College. A devastating second quarter contributed to FRC's 50-25 loss to the hosting team. The loss finished up non-conference play for the Eagles, and dropped their record to 2-3. "We missed on several opportunities to take control of the game," commented FRC coach Bart Andrus. "We're still looking to find a way to win on the road." FRC's passing game was a little off Saturday: players gave up five interceptions. Shasta utilized the turnovers to turn its possessions into scores. The only points FRC scored in the first half were off a field goal kicked by Kyle Stanton in the first quarter. Shasta scored one touchdown in the first quarter and four in the second to lead 34-3 at halftime. FRC stepped it up in the second haft to outscore Shasta 22-16, but it was too far behind. About two minutes into the second half, FRC's William Wright blocked a Shasta punt to start FRC's drive at Shasta's 45-yard line. Quarterback Ja'Quay Garmon rushed for 15 yards. A personal foul charge against Shasta brought the Eagles up the field another 15 yards. Tonio Burton finished the drive the next play, rushing 15 yards for FRC's first touchdown. Shasta responded with a successful drive of its own. Toward the end of the third quarter, Andrew Gamble received a 7-yard pass from Garmon for another FRC touchdown. Shasta blocked the kick attempt, though, and ran the ball back 98 yards for a defensive point-after touchdown for two points. Shasta started the fourth quarter with a touchdown, then intercepted the ball two plays later. FRC's defense forced Shasta's quarterback back into its end zone and out of bounds to give the Eagles a two-point safety. FRC's final drive came toward the end of the game, starting at Shasta's 32-yard line. First through third downs resulted in incomplete passes. Finally, on fourth down, Garmon connected with Gamble for a 32-yard touchdown reception. A short pass to Kai Roberts gave FRC two extra points. Shasta recovered the onside kick and sat on the ball to finish the game. The Eagles have a bye this week, but will return to the field Oct. 18. FRC will host Butte for its first conference game. Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. GHS volleyball tops t.nestq James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com Greenville's volleyball team hosted Chester on Oct. 1 for a three-game win. The Indians took down their opponent 25-20, 25-17 and 25-9. Chester's record dropped to 2-14. Trinity Lincoln led Greenville's offense with five kills and seven aces. Lincoln also led the defense with four blocks and five digs. The next day Greenville traveled to Providence and won a tight five-game match. The Indians won the first and third sets, then narrowly took the final set 15-11. Greenville upped its record to 3-12. Lincoln tallied 13 kills, followed by Brook House with six. Autumn Brown led in serving with nine aces. House and Lincoln both marked six digs apiece. Quincy and Portola both came out of the week with wins. Quincy faced OroviUe on Oct. 2 for a three-game sweep. Quincy's record rose to 20-6. Portola squeaked out a win against Chester on Sept. 30, finishing the Volcanoes 15-7 in game five. The Tigers hosted Hug the next day to win in four sets. Portola's record rose to 9-13. League play starts this week for all Plumas teams. Greenville's next game will be at Loyalton on Thursday. Chester will play at Mercy on Oct. 14. The Trojans will travel to Maxwell tomorrow, while Portola will host Biggs at 7 p.m. Before Winter Call us today for a free estimate/