Softball season is finally underway
By Connor Thompson
The Grizzlies played their first games of the softball season after many cancellations due to bad weather. The Grizz lost both their games in their double-header against the Herlong Vikings in Herlong on April 1.
The first game the Grizzlies lost, 10-9. The first inning held a lot of intensity, as both teams started off strongly, each scoring five runs. The Vikings kept their momentum going into the second inning, taking the lead by two. The Grizz maintained their focus and tied the game in the fourth inning and later took a two-run lead in the fifth inning; however, the Grizz couldn’t hold onto the lead, up three runs in the last inning for their first loss of the season.
The second game the two teams combined for 32 runs; however, the Vikings held off the Grizzlies for a four-run victory, 18-14. The first innings started again with great intensity, as the score was tied at two. The next two innings the Vikings would show their scoring ability, putting up nine more runs against the Grizz. The Grizzlies finally picked up their offense in the fifth inning, scoring six more runs, but it proved to be too little too late, as the Vikings came away with the victory, giving the Grizz their second loss.
Megan Misagal commented on the games saying, “They turned out really good and it was good to get game experience and to prove to ourselves we are better than we seem. “
Jessica Renteria also said, “I think we improved from our first game to the second. I’m looking forward to upcoming games after getting experience and getting the first game jitters out of the way.”
The girls’ schedule was shortened this year because of snow. Today they’re playing a double-header away against Princeton.
The following is the schedule for the rest of the season. Game times are 1 p.m. for double-headers (DH), with a 4 p.m. time for single games.
April 12, Greenville at home (DH)
April 14, Dunsmuir at home (DH)
April 25, Portola away
May 3, Big Valley away (DH)
May 5, Tulelake at home (DH)
May 13, Elk Creek at home (DH)
Basketball coaches recognize players and standouts
By Ben Coonrod
The basketball banquet was held Tuesday evening at the Sierra Brooks Lodge, with the following awards given:
Most Valuable Player (MVP), Taylor Gonzales
Most Improved Player (MIP), Veronica Renteria
MVP, Cash Grandi
MIP, Shawn McGee
Captain, Tyler Davis
MVP, Griselda Lizarde
MIP, Carly Smith
MVP, Connor Thompson
MIP, Davis Miles
MVP, Jacquie Marois
MIP, Shelby Goldsmith
Captains, Angelina Folchi and Kirsten Goldsmith
Cheerleader coach Barbara Weaver was given a standing ovation for her six years of coaching and dedication to the sport. Weaver is retiring as cheerleader coach.
Athletes and their families brought foods for the dinner, and athletic director Megan Meschery organized the event.
Meschery said the 2011 basketball season was very successful. “All of the teams came together and worked hard for each other. Overall, the players ended the season stronger as athletes, more committed to each other and the game.”
She said that she personally had a lot of fun helping the athletes during the season.
“What more could a high school athletics program ask for?” she added.