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    Article and photos by Richard Allan

    The Yreka Senior Little League all-stars were looking for a clean run through the District-1 championships. However, the club faced it’s first loss of the tournament on Wednesday falling to Corning, 4-3, in eight innings in the first of what is now a two-game championship series.

    Yreka carried a 3-1 advantage into the top of the seventh inning. But the Corning crew rallied for a pair of runs to knot the score at 3-3, forcing extra innings. In the eighth, the Yreka pitcher was called for a balk with runners on second and third to plate the go-ahead run.

    In the bottom frame, Yreka had the tying run in scoring position with two outs, but the rally stopped there as Corning staved off elimination with a 4-3 victory.

    Yreka defeated Corning, 9-2, in the tourney opener and shut out West Redding, 6-0, to reach the title game.

    Yreka starting pitcher Robert Thom worked with relative ease through the first six innings of the contest.

    Yreka scored two runs in the first inning for the early advantage. Payton Dickinson hit a lead off single to right and Brandon Swenson was hit by a pitch to set the table. Greyson Plucker hit a liner to center to plate Dickinson and Wyatt Clem singled up the middle to send Swenson home for a 2-0 lead. (more…)

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    By Bill Pieruccini

    The Siskiyou Heat U-14 defeated Enterprise 10-9 under the lights in Fenway Park at Big League dreams, on Wednesday.

    The Heat went into the last inning with a six-run lead. The Enterprise bats came alive, but came up one run short of tying the game.

    The Heat put together eight hits in the game, two by Claire Olson including a home run. The winning pitcher was Katie White. (more…)

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     style=The Yreka Junior Little League All Stars defeated South Siskiyou, 2-0, to claim the District-1 title on Tuesday evening in Mt. Shasta.

    For Yreka, it was pitching and defense that defined the game. Pitcher Josh Theofanides allowed four hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters in the complete game shutout. Behind Theofanides, the defense turned two double plays, including one in the first inning that extricated Yreka from a bases loaded jam.

    South Siskiyou had its best scoring opportunity in the bottom of the first inning. Gage Kinkade reach on an error to lead off. However, Kinkade was thrown out attempting to steal on a strong throw by Yreka catcher Josh Scala. Abraham Barr walked, and was followed by Kaimana Ferguson with a single. Kaden Riccomini walked to load the bases. The next batter hit a ground ball to second baseman Edward Esparza, who tossed to Cale Cool for the first out. Cool then fired to first baseman Michael Riehm for the second out, ending the inning.

    Yreka put up a run in the top of the third inning. With one out, Sam Lopez singled. Lopez stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch.

    South Siskiyou threatened again in the sixth inning, with runners in scoring position twice. Barr led off with a single and then stole second base. Ferguson ripped a shot to second that took a bad hop and hit second baseman Jeremy Pershing in the face (He was okay and stayed in the game). Barr advanced to third and attempted to score, but Yreka’s shortstop corralled the carom off his second baseman and threw home in time for the out. South Siskiyou still had something going, with Ferguson at first base and only one out. Ferguson stole second. The next batter hit a low popup between first and second base. First baseman Eamon Velarde made the catch and continued to second base for an unassisted double play. Velarde would soon continue his impact on the game. (more…)

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    Article and photos by Richard Allan

    The Yreka Senior Little League all-stars improved to 2-0 in the District-1 championships with a 6-0 win over West Redding Monday at Volante Park in Anderson. With the win, Yreka earned a berth in the championship game on Wednesday at 7:00 pm, in Anderson.

    Larry Lampert and Brandon Swenson shared pitching duties backed by solid defense to get the shutout victory. Lampert started on the hill, working the first three innings, and yielding one hit and striking out two. Swenson entered the game in the fourth, finishing with six strikeouts to preserve the shoutout.

    West Redding opened the game with a single to right and looked to take the early advantage loading the bases with one out, thanks to a couple throwing errors and a hit batter. But Lampert and the defense settled in to retire the side with a strike out and fly ball to left fielder Derrek West. Yreka didn’t allow another base runner in the contest.

    Yreka grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Wyatt Clem led off with a single. West was hit by a pitch and Swenson singled to right to fill the bases. Harrison Hogun hit a deep fly ball to left, plating Clem for a 1-0 edge. (more…)

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    The Yreka Junior Little League all-stars punched their ticket to the championship game with a 9-7 win over South Siskiyou on Saturday in Mount Shasta. South Siskiyou will need a win on Monday against East Redding in order to earn a rematch against Yreka on Tuesday.

    South Siskiyou was first on the board, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gage Kinkade led off with a walk, stole second base, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Abraham Barr. Kinkade scored when Kaden Riccomini reached on an error. Riccomini stole second and went to third on an infield hit by Kaimana Ferguson. Yreka took a bit of a nap on the play, and Riccomini continued on to home, giving South Siskiyou a 2-0 lead.

    Yreka pushed ahead in the top of the third inning with three runs. Lane Clark walked to lead off, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. With one out, Cale Cool walked, stole second and continued to third on a wild pitch. Cool found his way home on a ground out by Eamon Velarde. Josh Scala singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a hit by Jeremy Persing, putting Yreka in front 3-2.

    Kinkade was hit by a pitch to start off the bottom half of the inning. After stealing second, Kinkade scored on a hit by Kaden Riccomini, tying the game 3-3. (more…)

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    The all new Wonderland Distributing Truck and Tractor Pull at the Siskiyou Golden Fair is open to local drivers who love a good challenge! Entry forms are available online at www.sisqfair.com or in the fair office. Classes for everyone with a truck or tractor! If you have never tried it before, here is your chance with the all novice classes or if you have that modified super charged towing machine, we have classes for that too.

    Ground shakin’, smoke spewing, mud flingin’ fun is coming to the Scott Valley Bank Grandstand on Friday, August 8 at the Siskiyou Golden Fair. With tractors like Alimony and Special Delivery coming to the show you don’t want to miss this exciting evening. Join WGAS motorsports, L&L Productions and all your friends for the Wonderland Distributing Truck and Tractor Pulls. Included in the evening events will be a freestyle motocross show that is sure to make a memory. Tickets for the event are on sale, online now! (more…)

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    Photo by Jennifer Gross

    Several members of the Yreka miners basketball program attended a team camp at the University of Oregon last weekend. Below is head coach Christian Birch’s summary of the trip.

    The Miner Boys Basketball program took a Varsity and JV team to the University of Oregon Team Camp June 27-29. Both teams played seven games and were very competitive against very solid teams. Teams came from Washington, Nevada, Oregon, California, Idaho, and even Canada. It was a great bonding experience for the players and coaches that went. Both teams stayed in U of O dorms and played on the campus, even playing one game on the main court in Matthew Knight Arena. (more…)

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    By Bill Pieruccini

    The Siskiyou Heat U-14 fast pitch softball team was on fire at Redding’s Big League Dreams park on Wednesday, July 2. The Heat defeated the Redding Rebels, 9-4, as part of the Summer Sizzler series of games. Temperature at game time was 103 degrees.

    Katie White was the winning pitcher, striking out six in her 108 pitch victory.

    Offensively, Cami Brooks, Bella Powers and Ialee Hering were each on base three times. Powers and Brooks had two hits each.

    Coach Powers said, “Our practices are beginning to show on the field as well as our ‘T’ and batting cage time.” (more…)

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    The Yreka Jr. Little League All Stars cruised past Cottonwood, 8-3, on Tuesday night in Mt. Shasta. Yreka will take on the South Siskiyou Jr All Stars in the winner’s bracket semi-final on Saturday at 5:00 pm in Mt. Shasta. South Siskiyou defeated West Redding 13-1 on Monday.

    Yreka grabbed a 1-0 lead against Cottonwood in the second inning. Michael Riehm singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Josh Theofanides.

    Cottonwood took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

    Tyler O’Gorman walked and scored in the third inning. Eamon Velarde singled and scored, giving Yreka a 3-2 advantage. O’Gorman and Velarde each stole second in the inning.

    Yreka extended its lead to 6-2 in the fourth inning. Edward Esparza and Lane Clark walked and scored. O’Gorman was hit by a pitch and scored. (more…)

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    Siskiyou Football Officials Association is looking for people interested in becoming referees. We provide training, game fees mileage, and a chance to have a positive influence on the local sporting scene. Our coverage area stretches from Alturas to Happy Camp and includes Big Valley, Dunsmuir, Butte Valley , Tulelake, Weed , Mt Shasta , and Etna, as well as the Yreka Chargers, and possibly the South Siskiyou Knights. Our first meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 7 at 6 pm at Grenada Elementary, and we meet every Monday after that until the start of the season. (more…)

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    You still have time to “Catch the Spirit of Siskiyou”! The Siskiyou Golden Fair is just around the corner and entries are due soon. With thousands of different classes, the 2014 exhibitor handbook has something for everyone.

    “The fair belongs to the community and we attempt to add new and fun divisions and classes every year and keep the active traditional classes that our parents and grandparents all entered” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “With the deadlines just around the corner, I encourage everyone to get involved in the fair this year and enter something that shows our culture, history or heritage!”

    Fair deadlines vary and are fast approaching. Feature Booths have only ONE deadline and it is Monday, July 7, for both paper and online entries. The big paper entry deadline is July 11, except for the Ag-Hort, Floriculture and the Scarecrow contest where the paper entry deadline is July 18. For all exhibitors in all divisions the online entry deadline is Wednesday, July 23 at 5:00 pm. The paper entries must be hand delivered to the office or postmarked by 5:00 pm on the due date to be eligible.

    The Siskiyou Golden Fair is always a great showcase for our local talents and products. With your help the “Spirit of Siskiyou” will shine again in 2014. (more…)

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    The Siskiyou Family YMCA is sponsoring its first Youth Rugby Clinic this week, with the action taking place at Yreka High School. The clinic for 9-14 year old ruggers, which started on Monday and ends on Wednesday, is being held at Yreka High School.

    Volunteer coaches from the State of Jefferson Rugby Club are teaching participants the basics of rugby including rules, passing and kicking techniques, and offensive and defensive strategies.

    “Rugby 7s will be making it’s debut in the 2016 Olympics and this is a great opportunity to give the kids some background on the game, as well as give them a chance to run around and have some fun,” said clinic co-director Judd Hanna. “Rugby is a new sport in the area and our participants are fast learners. They are already showing some strong skills.”

    Hanna also said that rugby is a great compliment to both football and soccer, as it teaches footwork, defensive positioning, communication, sportsmanship and teamwork. It also takes a tremendous amount of conditioning, with full matches lasting 80 minutes.

    “Rugby might be the ultimate team game. Everyone, big or small, carries the ball at one time or another during a match, with support from teammates a very important component in the offense. And, every player has to take personal responsibility for being in a correct defensive position at all times. Both offense and defense take a lot of communication among the team members,” said Hanna. (more…)

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    The South Siskiyou Junior Little League all star team rolled over the West Redding squad, 13-1, on Monday at Shastice Park. South Siskiyou was the visiting team via coin flip, and scored at least one run in every inning except the fourth.

    Gage Kinkade led off the game with a base hit for Siskiyou. After stealing second and going to third on a wild pitch, Kinkade scored on a ground out by Abraham Barr. With two out, Dillon Ward singled. Ward found his way home on a double by Kaimana Ferguson, giving Siskiyou a 2-0 lead.

    Myles DeLeon led off the top of the second with a single, stole second base and scored on a hit by Kinkade, making the score 3-0.

    Ferguson doubled to start a two-out, two-run rally for Siskiyou in the third inning. Shaun Gunter and DeLeon walked to load the bases. A single by Nolan Johnson drove in Ferguson and Cameron DeBortoli, who was a pinch runner for Gunter.

    DeBortoli reached on an error with one down in the fifth inning. DeBortoli stole second. A hit by DeLeon combined with a West Redding error on the play allowed DeBortoli to score. Hunter Stock and Kinkade walked to load the bases. DeLeon came home, when Barr was hit by a pitch, extending the Siskiyou lead to 7-0. (more…)

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     style=The Siskiyou Heat U-16 ASA softball team finished 2nd in round robin play at the Mountain Madness tourney on Saturday.

    The Heat opened the tourney at the College of the Siskiyous field with a 25-5 thumping of the Nevada Wildcats “B” squad.

    Game-two for the Heat was a come from behind 7-5 win over the Crater Comets. The Heat found themselves down 5-0 at the end of the first inning, but dominated the rest of the way.

    The Heat fell to the Nevada Wildcats “A” squad in the third game, 8-2. (more…)

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