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'TimesA, Vestw00d PLnePress bllilllVlllU puI'i Tuesday, Feb 8, 2000 5C ili;ii:.iii:iiiii:ii: +:: :i iii Fle photo coaches in the Continental Basketball while on paid medical leave from Lassen College. Former LCC coach promoted Rockford Lightning makes Kloppenburg a head coach By Rob Bmclkmeyer Spas Editor Former Lassen College men's basketball coach Gary Kloppenburg has been named interim head coach of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association. Kloppenburg assumed leadership of the Continental Basketball Association team last week after head coach Darrell Walker was named the head coach of the Washington Wizards of the NBA. Brendan Suhr, CBA senior vice president for basketball operations, said Kloppenburg would remain interim head coach at least until he has checked on the coaching plans of two other potential candidates. "There are a couple of other peo- ple with whom I want to discuss their futures," Suhr said. "These are people that we have talked to about becoming coaches in the league next year and I want to see what their plans are. "That's no reflection on Gary at all. The Lightning are in excellent hands with Gary and he very well could be the guy we name anyway." Kloppenburg, 41, told the Rockford Register Star the team's defensive emphasis won't change under his leadership. "We were pretty much on the same page and we have a very sim- ilar philosophy of the game," Kloppenburg said of Walker, who leaves after compiling a 13-17 record this season. "I don't see that changes are needed other than for us to continue to try to improve." Kloppenburg, who takes over the league's youngest team, said he thinks he will not have a problem moving up from assistant coach. "I have a good relationship with the men," he said. "There will be a smooth transition." Lightning forward Torraye Braggs said, "I have no doubt Klop can do the job, because he's been here with the team since the first day of camp. We respect him as a man and we respect him as a coach. We just need to play good basketball and everything else will take care of itself." He has been a scout with the Seattle SuperSonics and Toronto Raptors and served as a coach in the Venezuelan Pro League last summer. Kloppenburg coached Lassen's men's and women's teams for a total of 12 seasons. He led the Lady Cougars to back-to-back state titles in the early 1990s. Kloppenburg joined the Lightning on Nov. 3. He was grant- ed a paid medical leave of absence before leaving Lassen. He remains on leave and will continue to get paid through May. Lassen President Ken Cerreta said Kloppenburg has been asked to meet with a. doctor to discuss his medical condition. Kloppenburg has not spoke with anyone at the college regarding this request and only has requested phone mes- sages, Cerreta said. "I don't know if he's going to return. I haven't heard from him since he lei," Cerreta said. College employees' length of medical leave hinges on how much sick leave employees accrue. When Kloppenburg's sick leave time expires in May, his positions as a Spanish teacher and men's basket- ball coach will be advertised. Kloppenburg can apply for an one-year recuperation period in May and then could be granted more time to recover from his ill- ness. If he is not allowed additional time to recover after the one-year period, Kloppenburg will be placed on a 39-month re-employment list. He could apply to return to Lassen during this period if there is a physical education or Spanish teaching vacancy. girls wrap up 4th consecutive WSL championship easy. Datema, Holly Coombe and Butte View Standi Gridley took School's girls' Megan Good. Oates had two League. Las- ngs a 2-0 lead 20 captured its assists, and Machelle Cravey sen has faced " minutes into Westside and Elise Estes had one. Colusa three 2/, the second p with a In a torrential downpour, times in the w L I Pts half. Mike Wins last week. the Grizzlies posted their championship Corning 7 1 0 14 Dwinell scored punished sixth shutout of the season game. tssen 6 2 0 22 Lassen's sole on Tuesday, Feb. against Orland. Lassen's 6rid/ 5 3 0 20 goal. Orland 4 5 0 8 Lassen took Orland 4-0 Coombe scored first, find- boys' team kas Plumas 2 6 1 5 Feb. 3. ing the upper-left corner of enters this Orovi,e 0 7 1 1 its frustration head coach Steve the goal or. a direct kick from week's games Girls out on Orland Credits the pro- 24 yards out. LeAnn trailing Corn- W k I Rs as six players on to hard McCracken tacked on a goal ing by a game. ssen 8 0  .17 found the net. Coming 6 1 2 14 the reason for the off a feed from Cravey and The boys . Odand 5 2 2 12 Dwinell then set up Aston for a score bowed to Oroville 1 4 3 5 scored twice, testament of how to give Lassen a 3-0 lead at Gridley 2-1 Gridley 1 7 0 2 pushing his In soccer, it the half. and rolled to a ts plumas 0 6 2 2 season total to to how hard you Coombe used the wind 7-0 win over that work curve in corner kick ihe Orland .... are the winners," second half. "Gridley was slightly hun- said. "Susanville's "We put the pressure on grier than we were and out- is also a big their defense using three played us," said Lassen head of these girls have strikers. You can't let Orland coach Matt Ripatti, who led since they'were hang around or they'll make his team to a 4-2 over the years old." you pay," Steve Datema said. Bulldogs last month. "We dominance was Lassen hasn't lost a league had some great scoring against Gridley. game since 1997 and is opportunities in the first half Poured it on early, unbeaten in 22 games. game away with Datema said he is unsure lead. what team will stand in his Aston had a hat girls' way of a third straight Courtney Oates Northern Section crown. Other goals Colusa, Winters and Sutter l by Mindy are in a tight race in the ...MO;TNG FORWARD TOGETHER ORTHO SPORTS INDUSTRIAL NEURO that we just couldn't con- vert." / 20 goals. Johnathan McCracken, Joey Deal, Dillon Moore, Mike Nielsen and Kevin Lyman added goals. "The players were very focused and patient. Our play making was beautiful, but I was very proud of our defense," Ripatti said. Goalkeeper Adam Gower had to contend with just one shot on goal as the league's stingiest defense could not be penetrated. Lassen has yielded a league-low eight goals. Ripatti also praised the midfield play of Justin Hardaway and defensive leadership of Jack Georgio. "Justin was awesome. His passes were right on," he said. The outcome of the Thursday, Jan. 27 game against Coming is still unde- cided. The game was called after the first half with Lassen leading 2-1. Although league rules state a game can be deemed official at halftime, Corning filed a protest. FREE Flights! Take a high-flying adven- ture, and learn about aviation at the same time. Local pilots and members of Susanville's F.AA Chapter 794 continue to offer free airplane rides .L . A  i#' " :? T:"? " :: :=' 7: g i fflOs. '97 TOYOTA FWD. auto.. A/C. PS. PW, PDL This ek o, dV..o 4x4 , auto., A/C, PS, TW, CC, power seats, sun roof,  more options. #A20578. :; 1 I S'rEVE. S. an0., !, PT fr eight t seventeen-year il'olds. Qualified pilots and S111 I Physical TherapistOwner aircraft are available on s00oo.o.ce re00.a- District  Wed. DL - 7 am - 6 in tions or information, call . ......... . / . ,j I!CHE v 253-3987o1"257"8384- 1 m i t ----"---- I] 1" -- , ,.., i i .: ,." " , ordy82k miles. .  ;:i ::#!49252. WHY RENT? i" ...... . .W THERE, s OF FLOOR PLANS AVAILABLE load roofs for Lassen, Plumas and Modoc Counties with all permits, financing, foundations, etc. H (} M F S Corner Hwy. 395 & Sunnyside Rd., Janesville 1, '96 '96 '97 4 P V g '96 '90 '93 '95 '93 FORD FlS0 '93 JEEP I I g I I . - 257-4465 ' 822 Main St., Susanville - " 'TimesA, Vestw00d PLnePress bllilllVlllU puI'i Tuesday, Feb 8, 2000 5C ili;ii:.iii:iiiii:ii: +:: :i iii Fle photo coaches in the Continental Basketball while on paid medical leave from Lassen College. Former LCC coach promoted Rockford Lightning makes Kloppenburg a head coach By Rob Bmclkmeyer Spas Editor Former Lassen College men's basketball coach Gary Kloppenburg has been named interim head coach of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association. Kloppenburg assumed leadership of the Continental Basketball Association team last week after head coach Darrell Walker was named the head coach of the Washington Wizards of the NBA. Brendan Suhr, CBA senior vice president for basketball operations, said Kloppenburg would remain interim head coach at least until he has checked on the coaching plans of two other potential candidates. "There are a couple of other peo- ple with whom I want to discuss their futures," Suhr said. "These are people that we have talked to about becoming coaches in the league next year and I want to see what their plans are. "That's no reflection on Gary at all. The Lightning are in excellent hands with Gary and he very well could be the guy we name anyway." Kloppenburg, 41, told the Rockford Register Star the team's defensive emphasis won't change under his leadership. "We were pretty much on the same page and we have a very sim- ilar philosophy of the game," Kloppenburg said of Walker, who leaves after compiling a 13-17 record this season. "I don't see that changes are needed other than for us to continue to try to improve." Kloppenburg, who takes over the league's youngest team, said he thinks he will not have a problem moving up from assistant coach. "I have a good relationship with the men," he said. "There will be a smooth transition." Lightning forward Torraye Braggs said, "I have no doubt Klop can do the job, because he's been here with the team since the first day of camp. We respect him as a man and we respect him as a coach. We just need to play good basketball and everything else will take care of itself." He has been a scout with the Seattle SuperSonics and Toronto Raptors and served as a coach in the Venezuelan Pro League last summer. Kloppenburg coached Lassen's men's and women's teams for a total of 12 seasons. He led the Lady Cougars to back-to-back state titles in the early 1990s. Kloppenburg joined the Lightning on Nov. 3. He was grant- ed a paid medical leave of absence before leaving Lassen. He remains on leave and will continue to get paid through May. Lassen President Ken Cerreta said Kloppenburg has been asked to meet with a. doctor to discuss his medical condition. Kloppenburg has not spoke with anyone at the college regarding this request and only has requested phone mes- sages, Cerreta said. "I don't know if he's going to return. I haven't heard from him since he lei," Cerreta said. College employees' length of medical leave hinges on how much sick leave employees accrue. When Kloppenburg's sick leave time expires in May, his positions as a Spanish teacher and men's basket- ball coach will be advertised. Kloppenburg can apply for an one-year recuperation period in May and then could be granted more time to recover from his ill- ness. If he is not allowed additional time to recover after the one-year period, Kloppenburg will be placed on a 39-month re-employment list. He could apply to return to Lassen during this period if there is a physical education or Spanish teaching vacancy. girls wrap up 4th consecutive WSL championship easy. Datema, Holly Coombe and Butte View Standi Gridley took School's girls' Megan Good. Oates had two League. Las- ngs a 2-0 lead 20 captured its assists, and Machelle Cravey sen has faced " minutes into Westside and Elise Estes had one. Colusa three 2/, the second p with a In a torrential downpour, times in the w L I Pts half. Mike Wins last week. the Grizzlies posted their championship Corning 7 1 0 14 Dwinell scored punished sixth shutout of the season game. tssen 6 2 0 22 Lassen's sole on Tuesday, Feb. against Orland. Lassen's 6rid/ 5 3 0 20 goal. Orland 4 5 0 8 Lassen took Orland 4-0 Coombe scored first, find- boys' team kas Plumas 2 6 1 5 Feb. 3. ing the upper-left corner of enters this Orovi,e 0 7 1 1 its frustration head coach Steve the goal or. a direct kick from week's games Girls out on Orland Credits the pro- 24 yards out. LeAnn trailing Corn- W k I Rs as six players on to hard McCracken tacked on a goal ing by a game. ssen 8 0  .17 found the net. Coming 6 1 2 14 the reason for the off a feed from Cravey and The boys . Odand 5 2 2 12 Dwinell then set up Aston for a score bowed to Oroville 1 4 3 5 scored twice, testament of how to give Lassen a 3-0 lead at Gridley 2-1 Gridley 1 7 0 2 pushing his In soccer, it the half. and rolled to a ts plumas 0 6 2 2 season total to to how hard you Coombe used the wind 7-0 win over that work curve in corner kick ihe Orland .... are the winners," second half. "Gridley was slightly hun- said. "Susanville's "We put the pressure on grier than we were and out- is also a big their defense using three played us," said Lassen head of these girls have strikers. You can't let Orland coach Matt Ripatti, who led since they'were hang around or they'll make his team to a 4-2 over the years old." you pay," Steve Datema said. Bulldogs last month. "We dominance was Lassen hasn't lost a league had some great scoring against Gridley. game since 1997 and is opportunities in the first half Poured it on early, unbeaten in 22 games. game away with Datema said he is unsure lead. what team will stand in his Aston had a hat girls' way of a third straight Courtney Oates Northern Section crown. Other goals Colusa, Winters and Sutter l by Mindy are in a tight race in the ...MO;TNG FORWARD TOGETHER ORTHO SPORTS INDUSTRIAL NEURO that we just couldn't con- vert." / 20 goals. Johnathan McCracken, Joey Deal, Dillon Moore, Mike Nielsen and Kevin Lyman added goals. "The players were very focused and patient. Our play making was beautiful, but I was very proud of our defense," Ripatti said. Goalkeeper Adam Gower had to contend with just one shot on goal as the league's stingiest defense could not be penetrated. Lassen has yielded a league-low eight goals. Ripatti also praised the midfield play of Justin Hardaway and defensive leadership of Jack Georgio. "Justin was awesome. His passes were right on," he said. The outcome of the Thursday, Jan. 27 game against Coming is still unde- cided. The game was called after the first half with Lassen leading 2-1. Although league rules state a game can be deemed official at halftime, Corning filed a protest. FREE Flights! Take a high-flying adven- ture, and learn about aviation at the same time. Local pilots and members of Susanville's F.AA Chapter 794 continue to offer free airplane rides .L . A  i#' " :? T:"? " :: :=' 7: g i fflOs. '97 TOYOTA FWD. auto.. A/C. PS. PW, PDL This ek o, dV..o 4x4 , auto., A/C, PS, TW, CC, power seats, sun roof,  more options. #A20578. :; 1 I S'rEVE. S. an0., !, PT fr eight t seventeen-year il'olds. Qualified pilots and S111 I Physical TherapistOwner aircraft are available on s00oo.o.ce re00.a- District  Wed. DL - 7 am - 6 in tions or information, call . ......... . / . ,j I!CHE v 253-3987o1"257"8384- 1 m i t ----"---- I] 1" -- , ,.., i i .: ,." " , ordy82k miles. .  ;:i ::#!49252. WHY RENT? i" ...... . .W THERE, s OF FLOOR PLANS AVAILABLE load roofs for Lassen, Plumas and Modoc Counties with all permits, financing, foundations, etc. H (} M F S Corner Hwy. 395 & Sunnyside Rd., Janesville 1, '96 '96 '97 4 P V g '96 '90 '93 '95 '93 FORD FlS0 '93 JEEP I I g I I . - 257-4465 ' 822 Main St., Susanville - "