• Mt. Shasta


    MOUNT SHASTA – The junior varsity version of the Black Butte Bowl—Black Butte Lite—between the Mt. Shasta Bears and Weed Cougars was competitive for the first half. After that, it was just about all Bears until the last minute of play.

    Cesar Gonzalez set the Bears up for their first score with an interception, giving Mt. Shasta the ball on the Weed 11-yard line. Daniel Benham covered the 11 yards in one run, and Jonathan Clemens ran for the 2-point conversion, giving the Bears the lead 8-0, with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter. Neither team was able to find the end zone for the remainder of the first half.

    With four minutes gone in the third quarter, Gonzalez scored a TD of his own, going 46 yards to pay dirt. Weed’s Spencer Hall blocked the PAT, but the Bears had increased their lead to 14-0.

    The speedy and hard hitting Elijah Chapman made it 20-0 with a 45-yard punt return for a TD, with 2:29 left in the third. The 2-point conversion failed. (more…)

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    MOUNT SHASTA – Except for the Weed faithful—the very faithful—it wasn’t a first half anyone likely expected at the Black Butte Bowl on Friday night. As they have been since just after Mt. Shasta’s last eruption, the Weed Cougars were a definitive underdog as they took the field against the Mt. Shasta Bears. However, it was the Cougars who dominated both sides of the ball for nearly the entire first half.

    The Bears did strike first, when Jordan Hanna went in from 3-yards out midway through the first quarter. Weed blocked the PAT, leaving Mt. Shasta with a 6-0 lead.

    It took less than 2:30 for the Cougars to reply, with a 14-yard TD strike from Aaron Peruzzi to Tommy Haosouphanthong, tying the contest, 6-6. The 2-point attempt failed, but the Cougars had served notice that they were there to play, and that they could shred the Bear secondary.

    The Bears attempted to answer and made their way down to the Weed 11-yard line where they had a first down. Three plays later, the Bears had gained just two yards. Mt. Shasta went for it on fourth down, but the Cougars held.

    The confident and fired up Cougars went back to the aerial assault, and the Peruzzi to Haosouphanthong connection delivered again with a 35-yard TD. The 2-point attempt failed, but the Cougars had the lead 12-6, with 7:06 to go in the first half.

    Late in the half, Mt. Shasta tried an ill advised fake punt on its side of midfield, and came up short.

    Being gracious visitors, the Cougars quickly took advantage of the gift. Peruzzi fired, the ball was tipped, Noa Traylor grabbed the deflection, came out of a bit of traffic, and rambled 43 yards to pay dirt. Peruzzi ran for 2-points, extending Weed’s lead to 20-6, with 1:20 left in the half.

    The second half couldn’t have been more different. (more…)

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    MOUNT SHASTA – The Yreka Miners boys varsity cross country team turned in another strong performance at the Mt. Shasta Invitational on Thursday, winning over Ashland by 12 points. Eric Neill won the varsity boys 2.2 mile race (12:00). Etna’s John Whelan was second (12:04), and Miner Timmy Williams finished third (12:12). Mt. Shasta’s top varsity boy was Michael Cook in 21st (13:19).

    Yreka’s Dakota Cash turned in the top girls varsity performance for a Siskiyou County runner, crossing the finish line fourth in the girls 2.2 mile race, in a time of 14:59. Ellen Sampson was Mt. Shasta’s top varsity girl competitor, finishing 9th in 15:50. As a team, Mt. Shasta’s varsity girls finished third.

    Yreka dominated the boys junior varsity race finishing 1-5, with Kris Wilson, Josh Lee, Cody Griffith, Tyler Larsen and Ryan Keck in that order. The Miner JVs also won the team competition. (more…)

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    Lady Bear Leah Maumausi is Mt. Shasta Coach Greta Jones’ selection for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Bear Volleyball Player of the Week. Maumausi was strong at the net, behind the line, and setting in Mt. Shasta’s win over Dunsmuir last week. (more…)

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    YREKA – The host Lady Miners were sporting a 10-2 record going into Tuesday night’s match with Mt. Shasta. The Lady Bears, apparently, weren’t impressed.

    Instead of being intimidated by Yreka’s record, Mt. Shasta went into Miner Gym and took the first two sets, 27-25 and 25-21. At that point, things looked good for the Lady Bears. However, the Yreka squad had set some goals for the season, and one of them was in sight.

    “As a team, we set goals for ourselves going into the season. One of them was to come back to win a match after being down 0-2,” said Yreka coach Scott Eastman. “In 2005 (when Yreka was section runner-up), we came back from an 0-2 deficit five times. Last season we didn’t do it even once. When we got down, we gave up. It’s different this season. Coming back shows character. At whatever level you’re at, you need character to win.”

    After the rampaging Lady Bears tore up Miner Gym the first two sets, Yreka decided it was time to defend its house. With the third set tied at 3-3, the Lady Miners went on a 10-1 tear, to take a commanding 13-4 lead, before going on to win 25-14. (more…)

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    Mt. Shasta volleyball coach Greta Jones’ pick for the Pepsi Lady Bear Volleyball Player of the Week is senior Haley Brown. Jones cited Brown’s consistent serving and all-around excellent play in last week’s Miner Mountain Blast Tournament as her reasons for the selection. (more…)

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    DUNSMUIR – Don’t let the 3-0 match score fool you. The Dunsmuir Lady Tigers gave the Mt. Shasta Lady Bears all they could handle in the first set of the match, before losing 27-25.

    For most of the first set, it was the Lady Tigers that appeared to be in control. Dunsmuir reached set-point, 24-18, on an ace by Clara Weld. However, Mt. Shasta was able to regain the serve, with the score 24-19. With Haleigh Tuiolemotu behind the line, Mt. Shasta rattled off six straight service points to take the lead 25-24. A kill by Dunsmuir’s Chelsea Helms, tied the set 25-25.  Lady Bear Leah Maumausi dinked to give Mt. Shasta back the lead, 26-25. With Maumausi serving, the Lady Bears recorded the set winner, on a hitting error by Dunsmuir, 27-25. (more…)

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    Okay, the truth is that except for a couple of pretty good defensive plays by the Bears, this is mostly a Miner highlight video. For a variety of reasons, including technical, I decided to quit doing video and switch to stills about two minutes before the Bears scored their first touchdown. If it makes Mt. Shasta fans any happier, I also managed to miss  Trevor Daugherty’s punt return for a Miner TD (operator error). (more…)

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    Photos by Yreka Coach Pam Borg

    Etna’s John Whelan had the top individual varsity finish for a Siskiyou County runner at the Bill Springhorn Classic cross country meet, held last Friday at Shasta College in Redding. Whelan, a junior, finished 3rd in the 3-mile course in a time of 15:27. Yreka’s Eric Neill and Timmy Williams crossed the finish line 4th and 5th.

    Yreka’s Cade Parker (in center of photo above) won the boys 2-mile frosh race (11.52 – a course record). Fellow Miners Matt Jochim and Brenden Berry finished 2nd and 3rd.

    Dakota Cash from Yreka was the top female Siskiyou County varsity runner, finishing 11th in the girls 3-mile (20:26). Trinity’s Kyra Gutermuth was 10th (20:13).

    Mt. Shasta’s Kelsie Titus was second (14:28) in the girls JV 2-mile race.

    In the team competition, the Yreka varsity boys finished 2nd to Chico. Mt. Shasta’s varsity girls were 5th. Yreka’s frosh boys placed 1st.

    For complete results go to athletic.net

    Coach Borg’s report for Yreka is below (more…)

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    The Trinity Lady Wolves junior varsity squad won the JV version of the Miner Mountain Blast on Saturday, in Yreka. Phoenix was 2nd, Hidden Valley-1 was third, Hidden Valley 2 was fourth.

    Yreka and Mt. Shasta also made the cut from pool play to bracket play. Other teams participating were Etna, Henley, and Del Norte.

    Tourney MVP: Bradlee Plotzke, Trinity (more…)

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    MOUNT SHASTA – The Yreka Miner junior varsity football squad jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead, and never looked back on Friday night, as they rolled the Mt. Shasta Bear JVs, 48-14.

    With a little over two minutes gone in the first quarter, Miner Casey Gusaas went ten yards to pay dirt, Ty Currie added the extra point to give Yreka a 7-0 lead.

    Yreka’s next score was set up when Aaron Winningham picked off a deflected pitch attempt as the Bear quarterback was being sacked, giving the Miners the ball on the Mt. Shasta 48-yard-line. Two minutes later, at the 4:54 mark, Gusaas cashed in with his second TD of the game. This time it was an 18-yard run. Currie converted the PAT, upping Yreka’s advantage to 14-0.

    The Miners third score of the opening frame came on a 3-yard rush by Jacob Maphet. The PAT made it 21-0, with 50 ticks on the clock.

    The Bear JVs got on the board with an electrifying 85-yard run by Elijah Chapman, as time expired in the first quarter. The Bears 2-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score 21-6. (more…)

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    The Yreka Lady Miners varsity volleyball team took second at the Miner Mountain Blast volleyball tournament on Saturday. Yreka was the top seed in their pool, winning all eight sets–two each against Del Norte, Etna, Phoenix and Rogue River.

    In bracket play, the Lady Miners defeated Henley in the semi-final, 2-1 (17-25, 25-18, 15-6). Henley had defeated Mt. Shasta to earn their way into the semi-final match. The Henley Lady Hornets finished third in the tourney, with their only other loss coming in pool play against eventual champion Hidden Valley.

    Yreka then faced the Hidden Valley Lady Mustangs in the championship match, falling 2-0 (14-25, 15-25). The Lady Mustangs earned their way to the championship match by winning their pool by sweeping Henley, Mt. Shasta and Trinity, and then defeating Del Norte in a semi-final match. Del Norte finished fourth, not staying to play the third place match against Henley.

    The Etna Lady Lions and Mt. Shasta Lady Bears also advanced from pool play to bracket play. Etna was eliminated by Del Norte, and Mt. Shasta fell to Henley.

    Tournament MVP: Bailey Bars, Hidden Valley (more…)

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    MOUNT SHASTA – After the Miners were smoked in their season opener at Trinity last week, you just knew they’d be loaded for Bear when they traveled to Mount Shasta on Friday night. It took the Miners just 51 seconds to notch their first touchdown, on a 51 yard pass from Dean Shafer to Michael Schuler. By halftime, the game was in the bag, with the Miners leading 49-6, and a running clock set to go in the second half.

    Just over three minutes after their first foray to the promised land, the Miners found pay dirt again, when Dylan Marto rambled 23 yards. Trevor Daugherty added his second extra point of the night, giving the Miners a 14-0 lead.

    Not satisfied with scoring a point at a time, Daugherty returned a Bear punt 80 yards for a TD, and then added the PAT, making it 21-0, with 5:41 left in the first quarter.

    Kaden Culp replaced Shafer at quarterback for the Miners, and shortly thereafter went 12 yards to the zone. With the Daugherty kick, it was 28-0 Miners—still in the opening frame, with 5:56 on the clock.

    Tim Maphet made it 34-0, on a 3-yard run, and Daugherty hit his fifth extra point, upping the Miner advantage to 35-0, with a touch over one minute gone in the second quarter. (more…)

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    The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears had a rough time in their season opener against the Hamilton Lady Braves (1-0), falling 3-0. Set scores were 25-9, 25-15, 25-14. (more…)

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