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    The College of the Siskiyous Humanities Department is pleased to offer a seven day travel-study program to Cuba (Humanities 1010: Culture of Cuba) July 3–10, 2014. This unique cultural journey will focus on the highlights of Havana and the surrounding area. Havana is rich in history and boasts four plazas diverse in architecture and culture. Participants will visit surrounding areas such as Las Terrazas to study a self-sustained community that began with terraced coffee plantations. The trip will also explore the art and educational systems of Cuba as well as current changes in the economy of Cuba. We will have the opportunity to join Cubans in their social activities and sample aspects of Afro-Cuban culture as expressed in their food, religion, dance and song.

    In general, Humanities 1010 Travel Study courses at COS are focused on a particular topic in the humanities and take place as an extended travel to locations germane to the topic. Students will visit relevant artistic, historical, and cultural venues and other sites of educational interest. As legal travel to Cuba is restricted for American citizens, there are a limited number of opportunities for travel. Its recommended participants pay the deposit as soon as possible to guarantee a space in the program.

    Maria Elena Fernandez is the instructor for Culture of Cuba. She has been teaching Literature, Creative Writing, and Humanities courses at College of the Siskiyous for 20 years. Fernandez earned her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from CSU, Sacramento. She has also completed advanced interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities at CSU, Dominguez Hills. Her poetry has appeared in Moving Mountain and Jefferson Monthly, and she was a guest poet on NPR’s West Coast Live. (more…)

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     style=Former College of the Siskiyous Eagle softball pitcher Anna Miller has been named the Louisville Slugger NFCA Co-National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She was also named National Pitcher of the Week by College Sports Madness. Miller shared the NFCA award with Abby Carda of UCLA.

    Miller plays for the D-1 South Carolina Upstate Spartans, in Spartanburg, SC. Miller tossed back-to-back no hitters last week against Gardner-Webb and Liberty. Miller struck out 14 batters in seven innings against Gardner-Webb and 12 against Liberty in six innings.

    “We played Gardner Webb at their park where I threw the first one. I had amazing defense that backed up anything that got hit, and then against liberty at home there was a hard hit ball that was a hard play to make and was marked as an error,” said Miller. “I have a lot of trust in our team and I know no matter what I throw, they will have my back and give 100% every play. I trust them and our pitching coach, Rick Pauly, to call the best pitch possible.”

    Miller has four career no-hitters for the Spartans. Last season, Miller threw a five-inning perfect game against Jacksonville State in the NCAA tournament. Miller is enjoying not only her success, but also her time at Upstate.

    “I really love playing out here. It’s been an opportunity to experience a different side of the country. And we get to play so many big name schools,” said Miller. “Seeing teams like Alabama, Florida, and Georgia play when I was younger, and then going to their stadiums and playing is a dream come true.”

    Along with the dream is the reality that Miller has also notched a win against Georgia. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week is Jennifer Goacher.

    Goacher won the 400m and was 2nd in the 200m at the Sac City Opener meet. Her 400m time of 59.00 currently ranks her 2nd in NorCal and 5th in the state of California. It is also the 4th fastest time of her career (she owns the school record from last year at 58.22). (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball coach Tom Powers’ pick for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Eagle Basketball Player of the Week is Lydia Strong.

    “Another great all around performance (last week). Most consistent player through league,” said Powers.
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    College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagle freshman Casie Johnson has been selected to the California Community Colleges All-State Basketball 2nd team. Johnson has the third highest field goal percentage in the state and the highest in the North Region (60.2). She is the state’s highest scoring freshman (18.8). Johnson is also the Golden Valley Conference MVP and Freshman of the Year.

    Johnson is, “one of the biggest freshman surprises I have had here. She adjusted to college B-Ball instantly, and helped lead the team to an incredible year,” said COS Coach Tom Powers.

    Johnson played high school ball at Eagle Point.

    Point Guard Tabby Anderson was selected to the GVC All-Conference team, and Lydia Strong was chosen for the GVC All-Freshman team. Anderson played high school ball at Pleasant Valley, and Strong played at Reynolds, in Portland. (more…)

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    Photos by Howard Albecker

    The College of the Siskiyous defeated Lassen 91-43 last Thursday to finish the Golden Valley Conference season a perfect 10-0, and 23-3 overall.

    The Lady Eagles dominated the first half, 62-19.

    Lydia Strong put up 18 points for COS. Tabby Anderson scored 15, Maryann Parker dropped in 12 and Maya Stevens put up 11 points. COS was 5/10 from the charity stripe. (more…)

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    Photos by Howard Albecker

    The College of the Siskiyou Eagles men’s basketball team sent a message to the playoff selection committee on Thursday night. With a 108-84 thumping of Lassen and a four-game win streak to end the season, the Eagles said, “We deserve to be in the playoffs.”

    COS finished the regular season at 17-11 overall, and in a tie for second place in the Golden Valley Conference with Redwoods at 6-4. The Eagles beat Redwoods on the road last week, 91-87. COS Coach Kyle Heath said earlier in the week that he felt the Eagles would be competing with five or six teams for two or three available playoff spots.

    Raysean Garrett put up 14 points and Julian McCovey scored 12 points in the first half to stake COS to a 57-45 halftime advantage.

    Garrett added 18 more points to the total in the second half. Lavar Moore put up 16 points, and Julieon Boney had 10 points in the half.

    The playoff seedings will be announced on Monday. The Eagles have done what they had to do in order to make a case for inclusion, and must now wait. (more…)

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    Congratulations to the Starting Five: Julian McCovey, Raysean Garrett, Julieon Boney, Lavar Moore and Eric Diggs.

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    The College of the Siskiyous Eagles men’s basketball team has a chance to accomplish something that hasn’t happened in quite a while–make the playoffs. The Eagles (5-4, 16-11) are tied for third in the Golden Valley Conference with Redwoods, and are a game behind second place Lassen (6-3, 19-12). COS hosts Lassen on Thursday night at 7:30 pm–a win will move the Eagles into a tie for second, and give them a shot at making the playoffs. Whether or not the Eagles get in will largely be based on the opinion of the representatives from the several conferences. Eagle Coach Kyle Heath is looking to take care of business on Thursday, and then see what happens from there.

    “Our mindset is we have to beat Lassen tomorrow (Thursday) and then it’s out of our hands,” said Heath. “At that point, we’ll have done our part. Then, it becomes somewhat political and it’s the seven or eight league reps deciding who makes playoffs. We’re going to be battling with five or six schools for probably two or three spots. So, all we can do is win and then hope our log (strength of schedule) is good enough to get in.”

    Regardless of the playoff decisions to come, Heath is highly complimentary of his squad. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week is Edwin McKinney.

    McKinney won the 100m (11.09) and 200m (22.83) races at the GVC Preview last week in Redding. He also ran the second leg on COS’ winning 4×100 relay and the 1st leg of the winning 4×400 relay. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball coach Tom Powers’ pick for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Eagle Basketball Player of the Week is Casie Johnson.

    Johnson shot 11/17 from the floor and 5/5 from the free throw line for 27 points against Redwoods last Saturday. She also hauled down 16 boards.

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    Beginning in March, College of the Siskiyous will be offering tennis classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 6:50 pm for all age and ability levels. Rod Koehler, 2003 USPTA Northern California Rookie Teaching Pro of the Year, is the instructor. Koehler teaches regular tennis classes at COS as well as at resorts in Jamaica, Barbados, and Playa del Carmen.

    The Tennis classes will meet from March 11 through May 20 at the Weed Campus Tennis Courts. Each class will include instruction, game-based drills, and leveled match-play. The classes are open to all levels and ages, but parents of younger players may be required to enroll in the class at the instructor’s discretion. Students who want to earn credit (1 unit) should register for: Beginning Tennis (PEAC 1024 / #3299) or Intermediate Tennis (PEAC 1124 / #3300). Community members or high school students who want to register should sign up for Junior Tennis (XFW 0308 / #3377). All three classes will be held at the same time and place (concurrently). (more…)

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    Anna Cameron, former College of the Siskiyous student and standout athlete, has been selected as a member of the 2013 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. She was nominated for this honor by her former coach, Tom Powers, head Women’s Basketball and Volleyball Coach at College of the Siskiyous, and was chosen by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) from among the nearly 27,000 student athletes in the system.

    Cameron came to COS in the fall of 2011 as a foreign exchange student from New Zealand. Cameron was not only a dedicated and confident athlete, she was also a dedicated student. Cameron earned a 4.0 grade point average while completing all required coursework to transfer as an engineering major to the University of Nevada, Reno. This included receiving an “A” in every class she enrolled in during the two years she was participating on the COS Women’s Basketball Team (2011-2013). In May 2013, Cameron graduated from COS with high honors receiving her Associate in Science degree and is currently attending UNR on a basketball scholarship where she is a student in the engineering program.

    “Anna is one of the most coachable student athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching in my 36-year community college career,” said Powers.

    As a COS basketball player, her accomplishments were impressive. Cameron was named to the All-Conference team twice, received COS scholar athlete recognition twice, and in her sophomore year was named 2013 Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Golden Valley Conference (GVC), as well as Northern California Player of the Year. Cameron was the first COS student to be awarded that honor since 1980. (more…)

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    Note to high school players: free throws matter. Learn to make them.

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    College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball coach Tom Powers’ pick for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Eagle Basketball Player of the Week is Jasmine Davis.

    Davis scored a career high 24 points against Shasta, shooting 8/12 from the field, including 2/2 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed 7 boards.

    “She has been steadily improving all season and her hard work paid off,” said Powers.

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