Lions are NSCIF D-V runner up, journey will be remembered

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Opinion by Ray Wolf

The Etna Lions’ Cinderella playoff run ended on Wednesday night against the second-seeded Maxwell Panthers in the NSCIF D-V championship game. Maxwell put up 14 points in the second quarter and 14 more in the fourth quarter for a 28-0 win.

While the loss will likely sting for a few days, the journey to the championship game will probably be remembered forever. Etna played a brutal preseason schedule going 2-3. The Lions’ first two Shasta Cascade League opponents wound up being the top seed and the third seed in the playoffs, Fall River and Modoc. Etna lost both of those games to drop to 2-5.

Then came the Lions march to the title game.

At home, Etna defeated Mt. Shasta 24-8 and Weed 46-6. The Lions then hit the road for the first of four straight away from Duncan Field. In the final SCL game, they beat Burney 27-0. That led to a number-four playoff points ranking. However, because Etna had lost to the fifth ranked Chester Volcanoes 20-7 in the preseason, the seeding was flopped and the Lions had to go to Chester.

The Lions went into the land of the Volcanoes and came away with a 19-14 win. The Lions not only had to overcome a good Chester team, but the recent history of having lost five straight games to the Volcanoes on the field. (After losing to Chester last season in the playoffs, Etna wound up winning by forfeit. But, psychologically, that’s definitely not the same as winning on the gridiron.)

Next was the shocker.

Etna went to McArthur and knocked off top-ranked and undefeated Fall River in a semi-final. Etna had given the Bulldogs their toughest game in the regular season, losing 47-34. That’s right, Fall River’s closest game had been a double-digit win. The Lions’ playoff win wasn’t a fluke. There was no lucky bounce, no bad call, and no major injury that led to Etna winning. There was shutdown defense from Etna, and three Lions’ touchdowns for a 20-0 victory.

Against Maxwell, the Lions again played tough defense in the first quarter, forcing two punts and a fumble. Etna recorded a few tackles for a loss, including sacks by Wade Thackeray and Marquis Pitts. It was the Lions that actually had the best early opportunity to score. (more…)

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Wildwood Crossing Scoreboard & Schedule 11/25 – 11/29

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 a schedule.

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

Saturday, November 29

Cross Country

Etna, Mt. Shasta, Trinity, Yreka @ CIF State Finals in Fresno

Wednesday, November 26

#5 Etna 0 – #2 Maxwell 28 – NSCIF D-V Championship

Tuesday, November 25

Women’s Basketball
COS 80 – Chabot 79
Casie Johnson hits game-winner with :13.4 to play


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Beverly Morgan’s Fact of the Week: Turkey munching

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Lady Eagles defeat Chabot in final seconds

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In a battle of undefeated teams, the College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles defeated the Chabot Gladiators, 80-79 on Tuesday night. The Eagles were dominate at times and at other points seemed to struggle a bit. The Gladiators arrived with only five players able to play, and were down to four players a couple of times. COS arguably played its best ball in the first half, while Chabot was at full strength.

The Gladiators took a 3-0 lead to start the game, but would not lead again until the 5:54 mark of the second half.

Jillian Neel tied the game with a 3-ball, and a hoop by Lydia Strong put COS up 5-3.  After Chabot tied it, Casie Johnson regained the advantage for the Eagles with a pair of freebies, 7-5. A dish from Neel to Maryann Parker for a bucket doubled up the Gladiators, 16-8, five minutes into the game.

With 10:44 to go in the first half, Megan Morris made it a 10-point lead with a 3-pointer, 25-15. Chabot cut the margin to five points, 27-22, but back-to-back treys from Strong and Robin Martinez-Buckner pushed the Eagle advantage back to double digits at 33-22, with 7:20 on the clock. Two from the charity stripe by Johnson gave COS its biggest lead of the night at 13 points, 35-22.  Chabot again cut the gap to five points, 39-34. Martinez sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Chabot trey to give the Eagles an eight-point lead going into halftime, 45-37.

For the first eight minutes of the second half, the Eagles maintained a six to nine-point lead. Despite Chabot losing a player due to injury and having to compete with just four players for around five minutes early in the half, COS was not able to pull away.

Chabot made it a one possession game, 60-57, with a 3-pointer. Neel and Martinez answered with shots from beyond the arc, making it 66-57 with 9:38 to play. (more…)

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Subway COS Eagles Football Players of the Week: Stabler & Murphy

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The Subway COS Eagles Football Players of the Week for the North State Bowl game against Shasta are Kerry Stabler and Kendrick Murphy.

Defensive Back Kerry Stabler, “had a blocked punt for a TD and several big hits in the game,” said COS Coach Charlie Roche. Stabler was selected as the Defensive Player of the Game by the media.

Wide Receiver Kendrick Murphy caught three TD passes. Murphy was selected MVP of the North State Bowl (more…)

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Pizza Factory Jackson St. School Student of the Week: Valesco

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“It’s all about choices and with that being said, Jackson Street School has chosen Sam Valesco as our student of the week. It is very obvious that Sam has made the right choices in life regarding his academic school work and the person he has become. Sam is on the A Honor Roll with a 4.0 and has shown to be one of the most considerate and kind young men here at Jackson Street School. Sam is an incredible basketball player and is a pleasure to watch. Jackson Street School is very fortunate to have Sam as an office aide and he has proven to be very polite, efficient, and always has a smile on his face. If you want to see someone with a wardrobe of cool socks he is your guy!” said Leslie Morgan.


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COS Theater students Nile, Henson and Blanchard-Kabat to compete for prestigious award

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For the first time in over 13 years, the College of the Siskiyous Theatre Department has entered a production, “The Importance of Being Ernest,” in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACT) for region seven which includes the western states. As an entry, the College was given two respondents to view the show, Sean O’Skea, a theatre professor from Southern Oregon University and Pamela Downs, a full time instructor from American River College. Their responses were overwhelmingly positive and their visit included nominating three COS student actors for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition in Ellensburg, Washington in February 2015 at Central Washington University.

COS is proud to announce Joshua Nile, Elizabeth Henson and Emmanuel Blanchard-Kabat (pictured above), will all compete for scholarships. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. (more…)

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Scott River Custom Cabinets Etna Football Players of the Week: Branson 2X

Scott River Custom Cabinets Etna Football Player of the Week is Tarron Branson.

Branson, Etna’s Center, had, “good snaps all night and all season,” said Etna Coach Wade Dickinson. (more…)

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Pepsi Lady Bear Volleyball Player of the Week: Dunlap

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Carlie Dunlap is the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Bear Volleyball Player of the Week.

Dunlap led the Bears in digs during the playoffs, and was third overall in digs for the season. (more…)

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2014 NSCIF Football Playoff Championship match ups

The 2014 North Section 11-man football championship games for D-II and D-III are scheduled for Saturday (D-II & D-III).

Division-IV (Wednesday)
#1 Winters 42 – #3 East Nicolaus 12
Winters repeats as champions

Division-V (Wednesday)
#2 Maxwell 28 – #5 Etna 0
Maxwell repeats as champion.

8-man Championship game

#2 Big Valley 36 – #1 Redding Christian 20

11-man championship games

Division-II (Saturday)
#1 Enterprise (10-1) v #3 Pleasant Valley (10-2)
Enterprise defeated #5 Paradise 49-7 in a semi-final. Pleasant Valley defeated #2 Chico 35-21

Enterprise is the defending champion. (more…)

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Eagles hold off Shasta to win North State Bowl 35-27

COS v Shasta Front copy

Winning ugly is far better than losing pretty, just ask the College of the Siskiyous Eagles. COS hosted the Shasta Knights in the North State Bowl on Saturday. If nothing else, the game highlighted the difference between the big dogs in the National Division and the teams in the American Division of Northern California Community College Football. The Eagles (7-4) came into the game ranked number-seven in the National, while the Knights (8-3) were ranked number-four in the American. Despite playing far below the ability they showed in knocking off the National Division’s number-four Butte Roadrunners the prior week, the Eagles still managed to defeat Shasta 35-27.

The first possession of the game was a thing of beauty for the Eagles, as they drove 67 yards for a touchdown. Connor Schrader went 21 yards on the first play from scrimmage, running over a couple of Knights and dragging a couple of more along for the ride–a typical Schrader run. Two more Schrader runs gave COS a first down at the Shasta 34. Runs by Schrader, Zach Floyd and Tyler Kretschman gained COS a first down at the four-yard-line. Floyd picked up three yards on the first play and then busted into the end zone on second down. Taylor Grimmett added the PAT, for a 7-0 lead with 9:43 left in the quarter.

The Eagles first defensive series was far from pretty.

Shasta began it’s first possession at its own 40. The Knights then drove 60 yards for a TD, with the Eagles accounting for a major chunk of the yardage via penalties, including one for roughing the kicker that gave Shasta new life. The drive was capped by a two-yard run from Marlon Watkins. Cayden McLaughlin kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Although many of the calls were questionable, penalties would plague the Eagles the entire game.

COS went right back on top on its next possession. The Eagles drove 80 yards, with Floyd running for 26 yards during the drive, including a 21-yard burst. Kretschman connected with game-MVP Kendrick Murphy for a 31-yard TD pass play. With the Grimmett PAT, it was 14-7, with eights seconds left in the opening frame.

The Eagles extended their lead to 21-7, when Defensive Player of the Game Kerry Stabler blocked a punt and then returned it 12 yards for a TD, at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter.

About four minutes later, Shasta scored on a seven-yard pass from Dylan Desmarais to Mikel Frost, 21-14.

The Eagles went with some trickery on their next possession. Kretschman threw backwards to Michael Benton-Ferguson, who then threw to Murphy for a 39-yard TD strike. With 6:39 left in the half, COS led 28-14.

After Shasta missed a field goal attempt, The Eagle offense went to work from its own 20-yard-line. Schrader, the Offensive Player of the Game, punished the Knights for 15 yards on first down. Kretschman followed with a 20-yard run to the Shasta 45. Seven more yards from Schrader and then 10 by Floyd gave COS a first down at the 28. Kretschman handed off to Floyd, who ran to his right, and then threw to Murphy for his third TD of the game. Grimmett tacked on his fifth extra point kick for a 35-14 COS lead.

It appeared the rout might be on. However, the Eagles would not find the end zone again. (more…)

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Want to play rugby?

The State of Jefferson Rugby Club is gearing up for its fourth season of competition in the Northern California Rugby Football Union. We are currently recruiting players.

Experience is not necessary. We’ll teach you the game.

First practice is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at Lower Greenhorn Park in Yreka. The league season starts in early January.

For more info, contact Judd at 598-9093, Sam 598-6640 or Ray 340-0811. (more…)

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2014 NSCIF Volleyball Champions

 style=The 2014 NSCIF volleyball championships were held on Saturday at Red Bluff High School.

Pleasant Valley (32-5) was the only D-II school in the section that qualified for playoffs…easy championship.

#1 Shasta 3 – #2 Foothill 1 (25-22, 25-21, 14-25, 25-20)

#1 Willows 1 – #2 West Valley 3 (23-25, 27-29, 25-14, 14-25)

#1 Durham 3 – #7 Colusa 1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-22)


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Lady Eagles go to 4-0 with win over American River

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Photos by Howard Albecker

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles women’s basketball team defeated the 0-3 American River Beavers 92-54 on Friday night in Weed. The Eagles turned in another dominating performance, leading 51-21 at the half.

Eagle Casie Johnosn led all scorers with 14 points, 12 in the first half. She was 6/6 from the free throw line. Megan Morris and Brydie Burnham each put up 12 points. Elisha Anderson scored nine points. Jillian Neel and Maryann Parker contributed eight points a piece. Ashely Ensminger added 6 points. Every player on the COS roster scored at least two points.

The Eagles (4-0) were ranked number-nine in the CCCWBCA North Region Preseason Poll, and will host number-eight Chabot (5-0) on Tuesday at 5:00 pm. The Eagles lead the state in scoring, averaging 92.7 points per game. They allow 53.7 PPG. Chabot scores 76.8 PPG and allows 51 PPG. (more…)

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Lions throw a collar on Bulldogs, will play for title

Etna v Fall River Playoff Front copy

There are good football games. There are great football games. And then there are special football games–the kind that become legendary. The Etna Lions 20-0 upset of Fall River on Friday night was that special kind of game. Fall River was undeniably the best Division-V team in the North Section. The Bulldogs were a perfect 10-0. During the regular season, Fall River averaged 47 points per game and had defeated all of the teams seeded two through five in the playoffs–Maxwell (45-3), Modoc (27-8), Chester (42-27) and Etna (47-34). At one point in the season, Etna was 2-5. The Lions didn’t secure a playoff berth until the last game, finishing the regular season at 5-5. The fifth-seeded Lions reached the NSCIF semi-final game by going to Chester and defeating the Volcanoes 19-14 in the first round.

Etna assistant coach Butch Bigham has been involved with Etna football seemingly forever, and put the win in perspective after the game.

“For what we were and for what they (Bulldogs) have been for nine or ten games, there’s no bigger win in Etna history.”

At half time the game was scoreless, thanks in large part to a very physical Lion defense. That was a victory for Etna.

“I told them (Lions) on the bus, if they (Bulldogs) can’t score, they can’t beat us. I think they took it heart,” said Etna head coach Wade Dickinson.

Despite being huge underdogs, the Lions came into the match up believing they could win.

“We felt like after our first performance we could play with these guys, and we came in confident. We changed some things on defense from the last game, and figured they might have to adjust, and then we might have to adjust during the game,” said Dickinson. “Basically we were more physical than them. I think they were shocked.”

The Bulldogs were likely even more shocked when they found themselves down 7-0.

Early in the third quarter, Etna was backed up to its own five-yard-line. The Lions didn’t move much from there and were forced to punt. Wade Thackeray unleashed about a 60-yard boomer that went over the Bulldog returner’s head, and Fall River started at its own 35-yard-line. Thackeray did a masterful job of kicking all night. Fall River moved the ball near midfield. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball, sometimes in big chunks of yardage, but each time the Etna defense would come up with big plays. Often those plays were a tackle for a loss in the Bulldog backfield. This time, it was Collin Robinson coming up with a loose ball on the Lion 48-yard-line.

Etna had a rocky start to what would be its first scoring drive, heading backwards five yards via penalty on the first play. Harrison Hogun then connected with Marquis Pitts for about 15 yards and a first down at the Fall River 42.  Zac Hansen ran for eight yards, but a holding penalty erased the gain and then some. No problem. On the next play, Hansen ripped off a 32-yard run, and the Lions gained an extra 15 yards on a helmet-to-helmet contact penalty against Fall River. That gave the Lions a first down at the Bulldog eight-yard-line. Etna moved back five yards on a penalty, but Marquis Pitts went 13 yards on the next play, diving into the end zone for a 6-0 Etna lead. Rafael Greene added the PAT, making it 7-0 with 4:52 to play in the quarter.

As would be expected from the Shasta Cascade League champion Bulldogs, they responded by marching down the field on their next possession. However, once again the Etna defense came up big, with John Michael Theofanides picking off a pass at the Etna nine-yard-line. (more…)

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Wildwood Crossing Scoreboard & Schedule 11/17 – 11/23

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 a schedule.

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

Saturday, November 22

COS 35 – Shasta 27 – North State Bowl

Women’s Basketball
COS v Chabot, postponed to 11/25

Men’ Basketball
COS 42 – Cabrillo 72 @ Shasta Tourney

Friday, November 21

#5 Etna 20 – #1 Fall River 0 – NSCIF D-V semi-final

#5 Trinity 6 – #1 Winters 54 – NSCIF D-IV semi-final

Women’s Basketball
COS 92 – American River 54

Men’ Basketball
COS 41 – American River 64 @ Shasta Tourney (more…)

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NSCIF volleyball championship match ups

The NSCIF volleyball playoff championships are this Saturday at Red Bluff High School.

Pleasant Valley (32-5) is the only D-II school in the section that qualified for playoffs…easy championship. PV also won last season.

#1 Shasta (27-17) v #2 Foothill (22-14), 5:00 pm
Shasta defeated #4 Oroville 3-0 in a semi-final match. Foothill won over #3 Enterprise 3-0. Shasta swept Foothill in league (3-0, 3-1). Enterprise had been the defending champion.

#1 Willows (29-9) and #2 West Valley (25-8), 3:00 pm
Willows defeated #4 Sutter in the semi-finals 3-0. West Valley beat #6 Anderson 3-0. West Valley is the defending champion.

#1 Durham (32-3) v #7 Colusa (24-14), 1:00 pm
Durham downed #5 Mt. Shasta 3-1 in a semi-final. Colusa defeated #3 Hamilton 3-2. Durham swept Colusa in the regular season (3-0, 3-0).

Los Molinos had been the defending champion.


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