• Article by Lilli Krier, photos by Pam Borg

    Located sixty miles southwest of Bend, Oregon at an elevation of 9,773 feet is Steens Mountain—home of the Steens Mountain High Altitude Running Camp. For some of the Yreka Cross Country team boys it was a return to something familiar. For the girls, it was an all new experience—a very challenging experience.
    Led by head coach Pam Borg and assistants Jari Robberson, and Frank Ward, the Yreka squad spent from Sunday July 13 to Saturday July 19 running and pushing themselves to their limit, and extending that limit.

    “I didn’t really know if I was going to be able to do some of the stuff I did, like running across the canyon and hiking 28 miles,” said Lacey Jackson.

    Each runner had to quickly acclimate to the high elevation for the first two days. On Monday, the first-year runners ran three to five miles as part of the acclimation. Runners who had been to the camp before, hiked to Fish Lake. The next five days offered a number of distance running-related activities that both boys and girls participated in.

    On Tuesday, the “Big Day,” everyone was put into different levels of running abilities. There was the number-1 group, who ran the entire time. Two-group ran for 60 seconds and walked for 60 seconds. The third group ran for 60 seconds and walked for 90 seconds, and the number-4 group walked the whole time. The Big Day consisted of a 30-mile hike/run where runners could be picked up by buses at the end. The most daring of the boys ran back to camp–another seven miles. (more…)

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    Winners

    Girls

    6-7: Aliana Kirkland
    8-9: Trinity Beebe
    10-11: Mya ten Berge
    12-13: Aprill Huges

    Boys

    6-7: Andrew Berry
    8-9: Daniel Case
    10-11: Troy Thackeray
    12-13: Tyler Robinson
    14-15: Timmy Soli (more…)

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    Paul Maurer Shows, our family friendly carnival provider is once again offering a great early bird pre-sale carnival coupon for the 2014 fair in partnership with Baymont Inn & Holiday Inn Express of Yreka. Pre-sale $20 wristband coupons are available at the following following Siskiyou County locations: Chevron and Miner Street Station in Yreka, Chevron in Fort Jones, Lake Street Station and Sports & Spirits in Mount Shasta, Mountain View Chevron, Handi Stop and Weed Chevron in Weed.

    Tickets are $20.00 pre-sale and that will save 30% off the fair time ticket price of $28.00. Carnival Riders must meet the 36” height minimum and be three years old. Carnival wrist bands are good for one day of use only. Carnival wristbands will be available at the above locations until close of business on Tuesday August 6.

    “I want to personally thank Paul Maurer Shows, Baymont Inn and Holiday Inn Express for helping our community by offering $20.00 pre-sale carnival coupons,” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “With the 28 or more rides and a chance to go all day this is a great value for the community.” (more…)

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    The Etna Lions and Tulelake Honkers football teams are participating in the Cascade Team Camp this week in McCloud. Overall, Eleven teams from California and Oregon, comprising 438 players and 82 coaches are attending the camp this year at McCloud High School. Started by Matt Hunsaker and the coaching staff at Central Valley High School, the camp has been in existence since 2008. More information about the camp can be found at cascadeteamcamp.com

    Head Coach Wade Dickinson and his staff brought 34 Etna Lions to the camp.

    “Camp has been a very positive experience. We are getting a lot of football reps in and seeing improvement at both varsity and JV levels,” said Dickinson. ” It is out first look at incoming freshman. We are pleasantly surprised.”

    Last season, the Lions were 8-4 overall, and finished second in the Shasta Cascade League at 3-1. The Lions advanced to the semi-finals of the NSCIF D-IV playoffs. Etna will open up the 2014 season at home against University Prep on August 29.

    Tulelake head coach Shane Wood brought seven of his Honkers to the camp, and has seen a couple of benefits for his players. (more…)

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    This fall, the College of the Siskiyous will offer two, three-unit, American Sign Language classes, Beginning (ASL 1020-01 / #7051) and Intermediate (ASL 1521-01 / #7052), taught by Michele Rose. This is an excellent opportunity for those desiring skills in communicating with hearing impaired family members or friends as well as for emergency first responders, health care professionals, and public service workers.

    Beginning ASL classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Intermediate classes will also meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Both classes will be held at the Weed Campus in the Science Building, room 7-210. (more…)

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    Each year the Siskiyou Golden Fair honors an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond supporting our fairgrounds. For 2014, Home Arts Department Supervisor Margret Atwood was selected by the 10th D.A.A. Board of Directors to receive the Western Fairs Association “Blue Ribbon Award” for her 33 years of commitment and dedication supporting “The Sprit of Siskiyou.”

    Starting with the Miss Siskiyou Contest in 1981, moving to the Home Arts Building in 1989 and culminating with eight years as the Home Arts Supervisor, Margret has dedicated thousands of hours to the cause. Margret and the Gamma Pi Sorority take pride in turning the Armory building into one of the premier home arts displays in the state each year. From the extensive quilt display to clothing and textiles, the home arts building is one of the jewels of the Siskiyou Golden Fair.

    “Margret announced that 2014 will be her last year as Home Arts Building Supervisor in early May,” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “Please go by the home arts building this year and thank her for all her support over the years.”

    Traditionally, Margret and her husband Ken have taken the last Sunday shift of the fair in the Home Arts Building and this year it will be a celebration of 33 years of service and more fair food meals than Ken can count. (more…)

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    Siskiyou County was well represented in Junction City, Oregon July 12-13 at the Cooper the Dog tournament. The U-16s won gold in their division, and the U-14 team also played very well, winning three out of four games for a 5th place finish.

    The only loss for the U-14 squad was by three runs to the Lebanon Warriors. That game was delayed twice for lightning and the Heat fought hard to come back from a five-run deficit, before eventually losing 10-7.

    The U-14s defeated the DC Lancers 12-5, the Oregon Kleets 7-6, and the South Valley Scrappers 10-1.

    The U14s put together 27 hits in the four games, led by Caily Rizzardo and Lily Hitchcock with five a piece. Claire Olson and Katie White each had four hits, with White hitting a home run against the Kleets. White also pitched all four games minus one inning with a little relief from Cami Brooks. White threw 342 pitches over the four games. (more…)

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    Thirty-six kids, ages 8 to 13, participating in Camp Broadway at College of the Siskiyous this month will retell the classic “Little Mermaid” fairy tale musically through their production of Once on This Island JR., beginning August 1. Once on this Island JR is part of the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior Collection®, MTI’s special collection of musicals for younger performers which includes “JR” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children.

    Once on This Island JR is an adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” set in the Caribbean. The story follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his land, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and death. (more…)

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    Photos by Shelley Burcell Cain

    The Siskiyou Heat U-16 fast pitch softball team not only earned its way into the Gold Bracket at the Cooper the Dog tournament, but also won the Gold, last weekend.

    “It felt amazing to win the gold bracket this year because we have gone up there every year since I was about 12, and never have gotten into the gold bracket before and it was just an awesome feeling,” said pitcher Kendall Moser.

    The Heat went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday, losing to the Yamhill-Carlton Tigers. The teams would meet again the next day.

    “I knew we were going to win the championship game as soon as I heard we won the game to go into the championship. We lost to the team the previous day during pool play and as soon as I heard we were playing them in championship I wanted to prove so badly that we lost because of a fluke and that was exactly what we did,” said Moser.

    The Heat beat the Taft Tigers, 12-0, and then beat Team Explosion 12-0 to set up the rematch with Yamhill-Carlton. The Heat took care of business in the title tilt, with a 10-3 win. Ashley Cain had a two-run homer (her second big fly of the tournament), and younger sister Kacey Kain also went yard. Moser notched the win on the hill. Moser also pitched the first game of bracket play. Shannon White recorded the win in the semi-final game.

    “Our bats were outstanding. Nothing like we ever had in the past. Hitting 6 home runs in one day was crazy and everyone was apart of it,” said Moser. “Even the people who didn’t play (much) during the games. When they got the chances they slammed the ball as well and helped us out a lot. So, it was definitely a team thing helping us win. Our offense was incredible.”

    In addition to the Cain sisters’ home runs, Moser hit back-to-back bombs, and Ashley Cox punched a round-trip ticket in earlier bracket play games. (more…)

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    On Wednesday night at the Siskiyou Golden Fair, four bands will compete on the Siskiyou Central Credit Union Mall Stage for more than $2000.00 in prize money.

    “Every year we have an overwhelming response from bands wanting to play at the fair” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “This competition is designed to bring a variety of music to the fair venue.”

    The 2014 Battle Bands are Jive Coulis, a jam/rock band from Ashland, OR.; Mike and the Meteorites, playing rhythm & blues from Etna, CA; Chapter II, an alternative rock band from Ashland; and Riviera Drive, a rock band from Redding, CA.

    Bands will be on stage for half an hour each and the crowd will select the winners using a sound meter.

    “The louder the crowd the higher that band will place in the competition,” said Munson. “Bands are encouraged to bring their fan base to the fair on Wednesday, Siskiyou Telephone ‘Two Dollar Day.’” (more…)

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    The Northern Siskiyou Soccer League is in need of U4, U6 and U8 coaches to avoid cutting teams. Please contact Jay Dancer (598-6979) ASAP if you’re available and willing to help out.

    Coaches need to be registered and certified by July 25, 2014. Player registration fee is waived/refunded if a parent volunteers to coach. (more…)

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    Article and photos by Richard Allan

    The Yreka Junior Little League all-stars fell to Gridley 14-4 at Foothill High School on Saturday, to open the Section-2 championships.

    Gridley brought two runs home in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the third for the early advantage, 3-0.

    Yreka plated a pair of runs in the fourth to cut the deficit to one. The squad went in order through the first three innings, but the bats came to life the second time around. Tyler O’Gorman led off with a single to short and stole second. Cale Cool hit a shot to third that was too hot to handle, and bounced off the third baseman into foul territory behind the bag. O’Gorman rounded third and scored on the play and Cool went to second. Josh Scala hit a one-out single to center. The center fielder, charging on the play, didn’t glove the ball allowing Cool to score from second making it 3-2, Yreka was looking for more with runners on the corners and one out. The Gridley defense stopped the rally with a strike out and tag out at the plate on a runner trying to score on a passed ball. (more…)

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    If you like competitive baseball games, with dramatic bottom of the seventh inning comeback victories, Hibbard Field most definitely was not the place to be on Saturday. On the other hand, if near total domination and two wins by the home team is appealing, then Hibbard was the perfect place. The Siskiyou Jaxx Senior Babe Ruth team put up 30-something runs in just seven innings, and notched two wins over the Klamath Falls Renegades.

    The first game was competitive for about three and a half innings, with the squads tied at 1-1. However, that changed when the Jaxx put up three runs in the bottom of the third, for a 4-1 lead. The next inning, the Jaxx scored seven runs, including a Derek Howard two-run, game-ending bomb, 11-1.

    Tevin Cadola struck out 12 batters in five innings, including striking out the side in the second and third innings. Cadola gave up one earned run, three hits and no walks.

    At the plate (unofficially), Christian Charles went 3/3 with 3 runs, a steal and a double. Cade Parker was 3/3 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a steal and a double. Michael Schuler drove in a pair of runs and scored a pair of runs, going 2/2 with a double and a sacrifice. Jake Harris went 2/3, driving in two runs, scoring a run and hitting a double. Trevor Stacher was 2/3 with a run and an RBI. Matt Jespersen scored and was 1/1. Howard scored and had two RBIs on a home run, going 1/3.

    Game-two was over almost before it started. With Curt Bennett on the hill, the Renegades were held scoreless through three innings. Meanwhile, the Jaxx put up nine runs in the first inning and 10 or 11 runs in the second inning (No one seemed to really care if it was 10 or 11). (more…)

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    Below is the status of the South Siskiyou and Yreka Little League All-Stars team. The tournaments are double elimination. Host site in parentheses.

    Section-2 Playoffs (Foothill HS)

    Yreka lost to Gridley 14-4 on Saturday (Story and photos coming soon). Yreka plays a team TBD at 8:00 pm on Sunday.

    District -1 Playoffsnow completed

    Juniors (South Siskiyou)

    Yreka defeated South Siskiyou 2-0 in championship game on Tuesday evening in Mt. Shasta.

    South Siskiyou: defeated Foothill 14-3. Defeated West Redding 13-1. Lost to Yreka 9-7. Defeated East Redding 14-4.

    Yreka: defeated East Redding 14-13. Defeated Cottonwood 8-3. Defeated South Siskiyou 9-7.

    Seniors (Anderson)

    Yreka defeated Corning 9-2. Defeated West Redding 6-0 . Lost to Corning 4-3 in 8 innings in first championship game. Lost to Corning 11-2. Yreka seniors are District-1 runner up. Full story and photos on Friday morning.

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    Article and photos by Richard Allan

    The Yreka Senior Little League all-star team’s run came to a close Thursday in the District 1 championship game at Foothill High School, falling to Corning, 11-2.

    Yreka had a clean run through bracket play including a 9-2 win over Corning in the tourney opener. However, Corning countered to win the final two games to advance to the section finals.

    Corning grabbed a 2-0 lead in the home half of the first and didn’t score again until the late innings. Yreka got on the board in the third inning, cutting the lead in half where the score remained until the fifth.

    Garrett Plucker reached on an error with one out in third. Adrian Costales entered as a pinch runner and stole second, advancing to third on an errant throw. Harrison Hogun walked to put runners on the corners. Hogan drew a throw while taking second allowing Costales to steal home, making the score 2-1 in favor of Corning. (more…)

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