LHS varsity teams advance to North Section Playoffs
By Griselda Lizarde and Connor Thompson
Both Loyalton varsity teams made it to playoffs this season, with one team’s season ending after the first playoff game and the other advancing to the second round.
The Grizzly girls ended their season second in the Pioneer League and fifth in Division VI California Northern Section playoffs, giving them a first round home game against the Mercy Warriors. The Grizzlies won their first playoff game and advanced to play in the second round of playoffs but got devoured Monday by the Redding Christian Lions.
The Grizzlies beat the Mercy Warriors, 66-57, on Feb. 23 at home. Both teams started the game with strong offense; however, the Grizz took a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Grizz maintained their scoring attack in the second quarter, but the Warriors wouldn’t give up, as they went into halftime down by one.
The Grizz shifted the momentum back into their favor in the second half and held the warriors to only 11 points in the third quarter outscoring them, 17-11. In the fourth quarter both teams shot extremely well; however, the Grizzlies stepped up their defense in the last few minutes of the game to hold off the Warriors for victory, advancing to the next round.
Griselda Lizarde led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Hannah Redding followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies lost their second round game to theRedding Christian Lions, 55-33, on Feb. 28 in Palo Cedro. The Grizz struggled to stop the scoring attack of the Lions, as the Lions outscored the Grizz in the first half, 25-10. The Grizz tried to get the momentum in their favor, but the Lions’ offense stayed strong not letting the Grizzlies get back into the game. The Grizzlies’ offense picked up its intensity in the fourth quarter, but it was too late, as the Lions’ lead was too big for the Grizzlies to overcome. Stats for this game were not available.
The Lady Grizz beat the Herlong Vikings, 39-31, at home on Feb. 10. The Grizzlies started the game slowly, with their offense outscored 7-3 in the first quarter. The Grizz picked up their intensity in the second quarter, but the Vikings maintained a three-point lead going into halftime. After halftime, the momentum shifted into the Grizzlies’ favor, as the Grizz took a four-point lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter held a lot of intensity. The Grizzlies’ defense put on a full-court press to hold the Vikings from taking over their lead, helping them to victory.
Even though Loyalton had to forfeit its last league game to Westwood because of poor road conditions Feb. 18, the Grizzly boys still secured a playoff spot because of their earlier win against Herlong. However, the Grizzlies’ season ended in a tight playoff loss against the Princeton Eagles, 55-53. The Grizzlies traveled to face the Eagles on Feb. 22 but came up short in their only playoff game.
The Grizzlies started off the game at a very slow pace. The Eagles managed to catch the Grizz on their feet, as they took an early 10-point lead at the end of the first. The Eagles maintained the pace throughout the first half, leaving the Grizzlies with a lot of questions going into the break down 34-14.
The second half was a different story; the Grizzlies tightened up the defense and in turn their offense finally caught up in the game, as they outscored the Eagles by 11 points in that quarter. The Grizzlies battled the whole fourth quarter and were put in a position to win the game at the end with the ball and down by two with five seconds on the clock. The Grizzlies put up a three-point shot attempt at the end, but unfortunately it rattled out, ending the boys’ season.
The Grizzlies defeated the Herlong Vikings, 63-35, at home Feb 10.
The varsity boys started off the game at a very quick pace, followed by great defensive awareness. The Grizz managed to hold the Vikings to three buckets in the first quarter. As the second quarter rolled along, the Grizzlies picked up the scoring tremendously and took a 20-point lead going into the half.
The Grizzlies started off the second half at a slower pace, which allowed the Vikings to establish some ground as they managed to keep up with the Grizzlies going into the final period of play. The lead was well in favor of the Grizz, however, as they coasted into an easy, 28-point win.
Zach Parker led the team in scoring with 13 and Jasper Whitley followed with 12.
Track season poised to begin soon
By Ben Coonrod
Track is beginning soon, with the first practice set for March 7 at 3:15.
Track coach Sue Gressel said she has 23 total players, with most on the junior varsity level—including 15 JV team members and eight varsity members. Coach Gressel said that there will be enough to fill a varsity girls and boys team and a JV boys and girls team. Even though the baseball team just cancelled for the season, she will not be adding additional members to the track team.
Some of the track events are sprints, 100 meters to two miles; relay races; 16 different types of distance running; hurdles; discus; shop put; triple jump; long jump; and high jump. Only three members from each team may compete in each event.
Scoring is by place in the event. For first in an event the athlete gets 10 points, then eight points for second place, six for third place, four for fourth place, two for fifth and one for sixth place.
Gressel said she expects to have a really good season and is very excited. She said that there are several varsity players who are strong and thinks they will do well.
She said the JV boys are really diverse, because there are a lot of runners, jumpers and throwers. Coach Gressel feels strongly that the JV boys can take league and has hopes they will win their division. “The JV boys should dominate,” she said.
Gressel said that this is more of an individual sport and the season is an opportunity for individuals to get better and improve. The track meets are a long way to travel, and Gressel hopes to get a bus for the meets.
For the long rides Gressel said she would look to “Zach Parker and Matt Campbell for entertainment, because they are comical.”
Coach Gressel said she always enjoys coaching track, because none of the athletes has a negative attitude and “everyone encourages each other.” While she made it clear that she has a lot of faith in all of her players, she believes the team as a whole will be most competitive in jumping, running, and hurdles.
Returning track team member and sophomore Joe Peterman said he expects to have fun and be good on the track. Peterman also thinks he will be most competitive in the triple jump.