• When I first took a look at the football schedule for opening night, I thought, “Well there goes that plan to cover every game in Siskiyou County.” How was it going to be possible to cover six games in four different locations in one night? I was pretty disappointed because you know if “Siskiyou” is part of your company name, you should probably cover all of Siskiyou County. Well, I really had no need to worry. Why? It’s because I have some awesome contributors to SiskiyouYouth and they all came through big time.

    Kady Porterfield took on the Butte Valley v Greenville game, and even though she’d never written about football or done photos at a real game. She did an impressive job.

    Mallory Pappas has a fair amount of photo experience, but had never had to take notes at a football game. She got the Weed v Trinity gig, and that turned out very good, as well.

    For the Etna v U-Prep game, it was Bryce Cummings, Mr. Digital Photography. As expected, his photos are outstanding, and he did a great job with the game notes.

    In Dunsmuir, it was my old friend and Sports Editor at the Inter-Mountain news, Richard Allan, that came through with his usual fantastic job. (more…)

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    The Yreka Miners junior varsity squad opened up the season with a 35-0 win over the host Mt. Shasta Bears on Friday.

    Miner David Ruiz picked off a Bear pass, giving the Miners the ball on the Mt. Shasta 28-yard-line. Jeff Woodruff covered the distance, putting Yreka ahead 6-0, with 5:49 left in the first quarter.

    Woodruff struck again two minutes into the second quarter, with a 43-yard TD romp. Dawson Fraley added a 2-point conversion, making it 14-0,

    Fraley connected with Bucky Lantz for a 34-yard TD strike with 7:23 to go in the first half. Woodruff ran for the 2-point conversion, 22-0. (more…)

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    Photos by Mallory Pappas

    The Trinity Wolves junior varsity team put up 50 points in the first half against the Weed Cougars, on the way to a 57-0 win on Friday night.

    Trinity’s rosters on MaxPreps and in the game program don’t entirely match the actual numbers on the players. But, after some sleuthing, including help from Lily Camara in Trinity, we think we may have pieced together most of who did the scoring for the Wolves.

    Luke Roberson and Steven Camara each scored three touchdowns.

    Daniel Yates had a TD and a 2-point conversion.

    Jason Cody and Brian Harper each had an interception that led to a TD.

    Harper threw for a TD, and had a 2-point conversion.

    We’re still missing a TD. So, if someone can fill that in for us, it would be great.

    What we do know is that both the Trinity cheerleaders and the guest Siskiyou Knights youth football cheerleaders performed at halftime. (more…)

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    Photos by Bryce Cummings

    The Etna Lions left little doubt about who were the top cats on Friday night. Before the Etna varsity pummeled the U-Prep Panthers, the junior varsity Lions plastered the JV Panthers, 34-0.

    Lion Lane Clack had the triple threat thing going in the first half. Clark ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter, returned a punt 75 yards for a TD in the second quarter, and caught a 24-yard TD pass from Payton Dickinson in the second quarter. That’s 116 total yards in just three plays.

    Tristan Branson and Robert Thom got in on the action in the second half, with a touchdown each.

    In addition to tossing TD passes to Clark and Branson, Dickinson also ran for a pair of 2-point conversions. Thom added an extra point to the Etna total. (more…)

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    Photos by Mallory Pappas

    It took the Trinity Wolves just 34 seconds to score their first touchdown against the Cougars on Friday night in Weed. By the final whistle, Trinity would rack up a total of six touchdowns for 44 points, and never punt the ball.

    “Happy with the way my guys played in our first game, considering we lost 18 seniors from last season. We beat a quality Weed team,” said Trinity coach Jeremy Wardrip. “We didn’t have to punt all night, but three fumbles is an area we need to improve on.”

    Bobby Cunningham went 72 yards for a touchdown, and also ran in a 2-point conversion, giving the Wolves an 8-0 lead with 11:26 left in the first quarter.

    Trinity made it 16-0 with just under a minute left in the opening frame. Greg Aikins went up the middle to find pay dirt and then ran for a 2-point conversion.

    Aikins struck again with 6:30 left in the half, and Cunningham ran for two points, making it 24-0.

    With 3:44 to go in the half, Travis Green threw to Michell Wardrip for a 25-yard TD. Greg McClaren ran in the conversion, extending the Wolves lead to 32-0 at halftime. (more…)

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    The Yreka Miners volleyball squad finished second at the 2014 Miner Mountain Blast in Yreka on Saturday. Mt. Shasta was fourth.

    The Miners went 2-1 to finish second in pool play. Their loss was to eventual champion Cascade Christian.

    Yreka was seeded third in bracket play and defeated six-seed Trinity 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

    Mt. Shasta was second in its pool and seeded fourth. The Bears downed fifth-seed Weed, 2-1, to advance to the semis.

    The Miners dismantled Del Norte in their semi-final match, winning 2-0 (25-5, 25-20).

    Mt. Shasta fell to Cascade Christian, 2-0, in the other semi-final, and then lost to Del Norte, 2-1, in the third place match. The third set of the match went to Del Norte 18-16.

    Yreka squared off for the second time in the tourney against Cascade Christian in the title tilt. Yreka never led in the first set, but stayed close until the last few points. The Miners tied it at 5-5 on an ace by Katie Bennett. Yreka trailed 12-6, but battled back to within a point at 13-12. A kill by Rosa Rodriguez made it 12-7. A couple of Cascade miscues made the score 12-9. After Cascade scored to make it 13-9, back-to-back blocks by Taylor Callahan made it a two-point margin, 13-11. An ace from Ashley Cox brought the Miners within a point, 13-12. However, that was as close as Yreka would get, with Cascade going on to win, 25-19. (more…)

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    By Kady Porterfield

    The Butte Valley Bulldogs meant business in the Friday night’s football season opener against the Greenville Indians. After a short-lived battle, the Bulldogs fired up and shut down the Indians to take the win 33-14, in Dorris.

    Butte Valley started off with the ball, but between fumbles and penalties weren’t able to gain ground. With less than two minutes to play in the first quarter, Greenville quarterback Darian Potts threw a short pass to Dominic Potts for the first touchdown of the game. Logan Carmicheal ran in the two-point conversion to give the Indians an 8-0 lead.

    The Bulldogs had a quick answer when Bodie Vaughan ran 70 yards to put the home team on the board, just before the end of the quarter. After a failed conversion, the Bulldogs trailed 8-6.

    Greenville picked up their second touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. The Bulldogs were able to defend the conversion attempt, staying within a TD and 2-pt conversion, 14-6.

    The Bulldogs had an answer yet again, with a pass from Vaughan to Rene Perez for a 44-yard touchdown. Vaughan then ran in the conversion tying the game 14-14.

    The Bulldogs recovered an Indians’ fumble and used the gift to mount a go-ahead drive. A 15-yard defensive penalty by the Indians gave Butte Valley a first down at Greenville’s 24-yard-line. Hugo Gonzalez was handed off the ball and went the distance, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game 20-14. (more…)

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    Photos by Bryce Cummings

    The Etna Lions remained perfect against the U-Prep Panthers, with a 26-0 shutout on Friday night in Etna. The season opening win is the fourth straight time that the Lions have defeated the Panthers–three times in the regular season since U-Prep moved up a division, and once in the playoffs while the Panthers were still in the same division as Etna.

    Marquis Pitts accounted for three of the four Lion touchdowns, with two coming in the first quarter, staking Etna to a 13-0 halftime lead. (more…)

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    By Richard Allan

    Roster size matters, especially when it comes to 8-man football. The Dunsmuir Tigers 11-player roster lost a battle of attrition against the Princeton Eagles and their 24-player roster on Friday night, falling 50-20, at Dunsmuir City Park.

    The score was knotted at 20-20 at the half. But the Tigers couldn’t keep pace in the second half, losing three players to injury as the Eagles ran away with the season opener victory.

    Dunsmuir coach Chris Ballard expressed the importance of recovering after the game, “We’re going to use this three-day weekend to hopefully heal up.”

    Senior Chase Sordahl was the workhorse of the Tigers offense tallying 121 yards on 13 carries, scoring two touchdowns, one coming on a 46-yard swing pass to the left side. Most of his work came in the first half.

    “He’s our go to guy and our workhorse,” said Ballard. “We just need to get a few pieces around him.”

    Princeton running back Oscar Espinoza had a monster game gaining 299 yards on 23 hauls and scoring five touchdowns for the Eagles offense, much of that coming in the second half.

    The game started in a flurry with both teams finding the end zone in just over 2-minutes of time. Princeton went 51 yards on three plays to go up 6-0. Dunsmuir promptly went 50 yards on five plays to square the board, 6-6, with 9:51 on the clock. (more…)

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    It’s a good idea to check with the individual schools to make sure games are still a go…just saying, don’t blame us if you get there and no one else is there. Also, there may be some games not on the schedule because coaches haven’t posted on MaxPreps or haven’t sent SiskiyouYouth.com a schedule.

    To report scores or schedule changes, text or call 530-340-0811. Email: siskiyouyouth@sisqtel.net

    Saturday, August 30

    Football
    Tulelake 6 – Herlong 54

    Volleyball
    Yreka Tourney
    1. Cascade Christian
    2. Yreka
    3. Del Norte
    4. Mt Shasta
    Weed & Trinity eliminated in quarterfinals
    Etna eliminated in pool play

    Friday, August 29

    Football
    Mt. Shasta 0 – Yreka 34

    Mt. Shasta JV 0 – Yreka JV 35

    Etna 26 – U-Prep 0

    Etna JV 34 – U-Prep JV 0

    Weed 0 – Trinity 44

    Weed JV 0 – Trinity JV 57

    Dunsmuir 20 – Princeton 50

    Butte Valley 33 – Greenville 14

    Happy Camp 34 – Elk Creek 0

    Volleyball
    COS 3 - West Hills 1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20) @ Modesto Tourney

    COS 1 – Chabot 3 (17-25, 25-19, 16-25, 16-25) @ Modesto Tourney

    COS 0 – Portervile 3 (21-25, 14-25, 16-25) @ Modesto Tourney (more…)

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     style=The Mt. Shasta Bears varsity hung with the Yreka Miners for about one quarter on Friday night in Mt. Shasta. After that, it was pretty much all Miners, as Yreka powered its way to a 34-0 win to open the high school football season. Starting midway through the third quarter, the game was played with a running clock to reduce the chance for further injuries to Bear players. Several had been knocked out of the game.

    Yreka led 14-0 at the half with both touchdowns coming in the second quarter. The Miners took total control in the second half.

    “Defensively, we played physical and controlled the box. Also, our corners did a great job of coming up and stopping the option,” said Miner Ty Currie. “Offensively, our line did a great job getting leverage, allowing our backs to have a lot of space, and our receivers ran good hard routes, as well as blocking down field.”

    However, for the first few minutes of the game, the Bears were able to move the ball effectively, with their best offensive series coming in their first possession. Starting on their own 35-yard-line, The Bears drove to the Yreka five, before turning the ball over on downs. Daniel Benham had an 11-yard run during the drive and John Clemens passed to Alex Urbano for 28 yards. The Bears gained a first down at the Miner’s nine-yard-line. Clemens ran for four yards to the five, but the next three players resulted in a loss of 5 yards. On fourth and seven, Miner Andrew Daugherty tackled Benham for a 3-yard loss.

    Early in the second quarter, Yreka set up shop at its own 43 after a Bear punt. Yreka quarterback Ty Currie picked up five yards, and then lost six on a mishandled snap. However, on third and eleven, Currie ran through, around and past the Bears for a 44-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, but the Miners had a 6-0 lead with 9:04 to go in the half.

    Yreka started its next drive at its own 27. Drew Robles had a 23 yard run, and Currie connected with Paul Shadwell for 35 yards, helping the Miners move to the Mt. Shasta five-yard-line with a first down. Two plays later, Robles busted into the end zone from a yard out. Robles also ran for a 2-point conversion, making it a 14-0 Yreka lead with 1:57 to go in the half. (more…)

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    The Yreka junior varsity volleyball team prevailed, 2-1, over the visiting U-Prep Panthers in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.

    The first set went Yreka’s way, 25-17.

    Set-two was more of a contest, with U-Prep leading most of the way. However, Yreka came back to take the lead late in the match. Trailing 23-22, Jocelyn Buelna ripped back-to-back kills, for a 24-23 Yreka advantage. The Panthers went back on top, 25-24, but Kristen Phillips knotted the score at 25-25 with a kill. The next two points went to the Panthers, forcing a third and final set for the match.

    The Lady Miner JV again found themselves behind for a significant portion of the set. Facing set and match point, 14-13, Carly Marto came up with a match saving kill, tying the score at 14-14. U-Prep had a second chance for victory with a 15-14 lead, but Phillips tied it with a kill. A Panther mistake gave Yreka a 16-15 lead, and Hailey Connor sealed the set and the match with a kill, 16-14. (more…)

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    It didn’t come easy for the Yreka Lady Miners varsity volleyball squad in their season opening 3-2 win over the U-Prep Panthers on Thursday night, in Yreka. Battling heat, smoke and a scrappy Panther team, Yreka dropped the first set 25-23. The Miners rebounded to dominate the second and third sets, 25-13 and 25-14. In the middle portion of the fourth set, the Miners’ volleyball skills must have needed a break because they pretty much disappeared. A late run by Yreka made it interesting, but U-Prep was still able to force a fifth set, winning the fourth 25-23. The fifth set took several extra points, before Yreka managed a 20-18 win to end the match.

    The majority of the scoring for both teams in the early part of set-one came on their opponent’s errors. U-Prep seemed to settle down first and built a 16-8 lead midway through the set. Yreka battled back to within a point, 19-18, on a combo block by Katie Bennett and Taylor Callahan. A Panther hitting error helped the Miners tie it up at 23-23, but the next two points went the Panthers way for a 25-23 win.

    The second set was close to start, but with Yreka leading 8-7, the Miners began to pull away. A Panther error gave Yreka a 9-7 lead and the serve. Bennett immediately capitalized, notching an ace to make it a 10-7 Yreka advantage. Rosa Rodriguez pounded back-to-back kills, and another U-Prep boo boo, made it 13-7. Yreka built a 10-point lead, 19-9, on a Callahan kill, and a bit later doubled up the Panthers, 22-11, on a Bennett block. Ashley Cox ended the set with an ace, 25-13.

    Yreka jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the third set. Kills by Callahan and Bennett made it 2-0. Anita Henson followed with a pair of aces, 4-0. A kill by Bennett combined with three U-Prep miscues upped the margin to 8-0. Another Bennett kill capped the run at 9-0. The Miners led 14-9, when they took off on a run of six straight points. Callahan had two kills and Felise Hall had one kill during the streak, 20-9. Each squad put up five points a piece the rest of the way, with U-Prep handing Yreka the set-winner with a service error, 25-14. (more…)

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    By Richard Allan

    The Fall River and Butte Valley volleyball teams squared off on Tuesday in a battle of the Dawgs to open the prep net season. The Fall River Bulldogs defended their home court with a three-game sweep of the Butte Valley Bulldogs, taking the contest 25-10, 25-21 and 25-11.

    Fall River dominated the match from the service line tallying 23 aces and finishing all three games with un-returned serves.

    Game one was close through the early parts. Fall River junior Sara Westlund hammered a kill for 12-9 edge, then rotated to serve and delivered 11-straight points. Westlund had four aces during the run and senior Taylor Corder pitched in three kills giving the host Bulldogs a 23-9 advantage. The teams traded points on hitting errors to make the score 24-10, and then Kellie Sims dealt an ace to close out the opener.

    The visiting Bulldogs showed their bite in the second tilt but the home team surged late to nab a 2-0 set advantage. Butte Valley trailed 3-5, but then reeled off four straight behind the serve of junior Mattie Withrow, who served up a pair of aces to give her team a 7-5 advantage. Butte Valley increased its lead to 13-6. Senior Taylor Gonzales served an ace and freshman Hannah Reynolds had a block to take the seven-point lead. (more…)

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    New for this season is that our local football officiating association has a public relations guy that is willing to help coaches, fans, parents and players better understand the rules. Thank you George Whitmer! George will be taking questions during the season. You can “Ask George” by emailing SiskiyouYouth at siskiyouyouth@sisqtel.net.

    Probably the two most important rule changes involve risk minimization. “Targeting” and “defenseless player” definitions have been added to the rules and read as follows:

    Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist,elbow or shoulders. The actual signal for this foul is the same as helmet to helmet. The official will bring one closed fist to the side of the head.

    Defenseless player is a player who, because of his physical position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable to injury.

    There are several other minor rule changes that most people would not care about concerning status of the ball following illegal kicks, end of period procedures, and a clarification regarding force. But the one rule all will notice is in regard to the free kick formation and run-up procedures. In a nutshell, here they are: (more…)

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    The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair in conjunction with the Merrill Park Service, Crater Lake Trollies and WalMart will be providing a free shuttle bus service for senior citizens from Klamath Falls and Merrill to the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7. The shuttle bus will be offering one pickup site in Klamath Falls at WalMart, with the pickup site located on the south end of the WalMart parking lot. The shuttle bus will also have a pickup site in Merrill at the Merrill Park District. The pickup site will be located in the picnic area behind the Polar Bear Restaurant. The shuttle bus schedule is listed below. Please call the fair office at 530-667-5312 for more information about this new service! The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair would like to extend a big thanks to the Merrill Park District, Crater Lake Trolley and to WalMart for helping to provide this important service to the area’s senior citizens.

    Pickup Schedule:

    Klamath Falls

    Pickup Location: South end of the Walmart Parking Lot

    Dates: Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7

    Pickup Times: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

    Merrill

    Pickup Location: Merrill Park District – Picnic Area located behind the Polar Bear Restaurant

    Dates: Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 (more…)

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