Lions live in the present, defeat Braves in final second

By Jimmy Hausauer

It had been a long, long time since the Etna Lions had defeated the Modoc Braves at the game of football–something the Braves proudly noted in their homecoming program. While the Braves reveled in their storied history, the Lions focused on the present, and came home with a 16-15 victory, on Friday.

After the opening kick was returned 50 yards by Lion Marco Beltran, it looked like it was going to be a promising night for the Etna Lions. But the Braves had other plans. Faced with a fourth and short the Lions decided to go for it. A quick pass intended for the Lions tight end was picked off by a Modoc linebacker who took it 80 yards for six. Modoc hit the PAT to for an early 7-0 lead.

The second drive for the Lions started on their own 15-yard-line. On the first play, Harrison Hogun rolled out of the pocket and connected with Lukas Nadig for a 50-yard long ball. Nadig fought for an extra five-yards, spinning off two Modoc players before being brought down. The next play was a ramble by Jimmy Hausauer that resulted in a first down. Modoc’s defense stepped it up on the next four plays though, shutting out the Lions and causing a turnover on downs.

The Braves first offensive series started in their own territory. Two pass plays combined for 39 yards, and put the Braves in a threatening position in Lion territory. On the Lion 30-yard-line, Modoc tried for a run up the gut but Wyatt Finley dropped the Brave’s running back for a loss on the play. Another attempt up the gut was stopped at the line by Beltran. An over thrown pass on 3rd and 10 was picked off by John Theofanides. With four Lions in front and a bone crushing block by Nadig, “Theo” took it 79 yards before being brought down on the 10-yard-line. (more…)

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Lions soccer improves to .500 in SCL with win over Bulldogs

The Etna Lions soccer squad improved to 4-4-2 in the Shasta Cascade League, with a 3-1 win over the Fall River Bulldogs in Fort Jones.

The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first few minutes of Saturday’s match on a goal by Alex Marroquin.

Izzy Del Carlo drilled a pass from Raf Greene into the back of the net, for a 2-0 Etna lead at the 22-minute mark.

Marroquin made it 3-0 nine minutes later with his second tally of the contest. (more…)

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Miner frosh and JV lose NAL openers to Anderson

The Yreka freshmen squad spotted the visiting Anderson Cubs frosh 29 points, before putting up any points of their own on Friday. Yreka’s first score of the game came at the 7:32 mark of the final frame, when Jeff Woodruff sprinted 36 yards for a touchdown. Yreka added the extra point, to make the score 29-7.

Anderson scored again, upping its advatage to 35-7. Yreka answered with a 49-yard TD pass play from David Ruiz to Bryan Aldrete.

The Cubs tacked on one more TD, making the final 41-13.

While the frosh Miners had trouble scoring, the junior varsity didn’t score at all, losing to Anderson 23-0. (more…)

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After rocky start, Miners defeat Cubs 35-28

By Ray Wolf, with color commentary by Ray Wolf (Some might say “opinion” because it is)

It almost certainly wasn’t how the Yreka Miners envisioned the start of their first Northern Athletic League contest of the season, as the Miners fell behind 14-0 before their offense had run a play on Friday night. After the rocky start, Yreka came back to tie the game 14-14 by halftime, and went on to win 35-28.

The Anderson Cubs stormed into Miner Field and ran over the Miners on their first possession, driving 65 yards for a TD. The Cubs added a 2-point conversion, for an 8-0 lead at the 6:15 mark.

The Cubs pooched their kickoff, which floated to the Miner 39-yard-line where Anderson recovered. Gabe Durney sacked the Cub QB on the first play for a loss of seven yards. However, that just gave the Cub running back bigger stats, as he went 46 yards on the next play for a TD. Anderson missed the PAT, but had a 14-0 lead, with 5:23 to play in the opening frame.

Anderson again went with the pooch kick, but Yreka managed to handle it, and the offense finally had a chance to go to work. Less than two minutes later, Yreka had driven 65 yards for a TD, capped by a 35-yard pass from Ty Currie to Michael Schuler. The PAT failed, leaving Yreka trailing 14-6. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 10/7 – 10/12

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 updated on MaxPreps or haven’t sent a schedule.

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


Saturday, October 12


Dunsmuir 64 – Whittell 6


Etna 0 – Fall River 3 (22-25, 19-25, 20-25)

Etna JV 0 – Fall River JV 2 (22-25, 22-25)


Etna 3 – Fall River 1

Trinity 2 – Butte Valley 5

Cross Country

Yreka @ Castro Valley Trojan Invite
Varsity boys 2nd behind state-ranked D-III Campolindo. Varsity girls 5th.

Friday, October 11


Yreka 35 – Anderson 28

Yreka JV 0 – Anderson JV 23

Yreka Frosh 13 – Anderson Frosh 41

Trinity 28 – Durham 38

Mt. Shasta 14 – Pierce 51

Etna 16 – Modoc 15
Okay, the story pieced together from multiple texts is that Modoc led 15-0 at the half. Etna got into the red zone multiple times without scoring. Etna scores with 5:44 to play, 15-6. They score again with 58 ticks left on the clock, 15-13. Lions recover an onside kick and drive to the 3-yard-line. With with 9/10 of a second left, Wyatt Finely kicks a field goal to win it, 16-15.

Etna JV 0 – Modoc JV 44

Weed 28 – Burney 20

Weed JV 49 – Burney JV 8

Butte Valley 46 – Big Valley 42

Tulelake 48 – Happy Camp 20

COS 14 – Laney 44


COS 0 -Butte 3 (20-25, 17-25, 20-25)

Cross Country

Mt. Shasta, Trinity, Etna @ West Valley Co-ed Invitational
Trinity’s Kyra Gutermuth and Ben Harper each finish 5th in their varsity races. Etna’s Michael Martin 2nd in JV race.

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Trinity volleyball sweeps 1st half of SCL season

The Trinity Wolves volleyball team went a perfect 6-0 in the first half of the Shasta Cascade League season, as they defeated the Etna Lions, 3-1, in Etna on Thursday night. Trinity has played four of its six SCL games on the road, which leaves them with only two road games in the second half of the season, at Weed and Burney.

Thursday night’s victory was no cakewalk, however. After going 0-9-1 in the preseason, the Etna Lions have found a bit of a groove in SCL play, with wins against Weed and Burney.

Etna held a one point lead, 8-7, when the Lions went on a 7-1 run for a 15-8 advantage in game-one. A Trinity miscue, an ace from Bo Murray and an Izzy Duerr kill upped the lead to 11-7. The squads exchanged mistakes, making it 12-8. A kill by Emma Morris and an ace from Duerr, combined with a Trinity error made the score 15-8. Etna opened up an 8-point margin, at 23-15 on a kill by Elida Pelayo. Trinity fought back to within two points at 23-21. The game ended on a bit of an unusual play, as Trinity’s Danielle Duncan hit a hard ball right at Duerr. The ball hit Duerr and landed back on Trinity’s side of the court for the game-winning point, 25-21.

The Lions went out to a 3-1 lead in game-two on aces by Duerr and Pelayo sandwiched around a kill by Dani Eiler. However, the Wolves regained the energy that they started to show at the end of the first game, and came back to tie it at 11-11. With Laurel Dummer serving, the Wolves scored the next three points, including a block by Lily Camara, 14-11. After Etna gained a point, Camara and Tessa Brooker alternated Camara kills and Brooker aces to make it an 18-12 advantage for Trinity. The Wolves out scored Etna 7-3 the rest of the way, including a pair of kills by Camara and the game-ending kill from Yori Hook, 25-15. (more…)

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Lions victorious over Wolves, 4-1

The Etna Lions soccer team defeated the Trinity Wolves, 4-1, on Thursday in Fort Jones.

The Lions’ first goal came when Raf Greene crossed a ball that went off a Trinity player and into the net, at the 4-minute mark.

Etna scored again in the 37th minute on a shot by Luke Schwall, with an assist from Alex Marroquin, making it 2-0 at the half.

Josh Staton made it 3-0 for the Lions on a penalty kick in the second half, and Schwall notched his second tally of the game, with an assist from Shailyn Tupman.

Trinity broke the shutout in the 71st minute on a goal by Josh Loomis. (more…)

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Fogel & Birch win SCAL XC Championships, Rams sweep team titles

Photos by Jimmy Palmer

Payton Birch led the Jackson Street Rams to the SCAL team cross country title on Wednesday at Lower Greenhorn Park in Yreka. Birch won the 1.6 mile race in 9:43.34. The Rams had the top three spots in the race, with Isaac Fernandez (2) and Delbert Henson (3). Scott Valley runners finished 4th-9th, with Trevor Downey, Reno Davis, Severin Pindell, Devonn Layton, Caleb Morrill and Jesse Martin.

Grenada’s best finish for the boys was Brandon Derra in 21st. Sisson’s top boy was Adam Domanski in 24th. Dunsmuir’s top boy was Ian Allen in 26th. Weed’s Sean Feil was 41st.

In the girls division, Lena Fogel finished first individually, in 11:07.01. Jackson Street captured the team title, led by Deal Isabelle’s 4th place finish in 11:43.20. Scott Valley Junior High had three runners in the top-5, Cassidy Gilmore (2), Marron Bahen (3) and Madison Caples (5). Along with Isabelle’s 4th place finish, Jackson Street also finished 6th through 9th. Scott Valley’s next best runner was in 17th. (more…)

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Cougars come back to defeat Mt. Shasta, 3-2

Photos by Mallory Pappas

 style=The Weed Cougars won the first game of their varsity volleyball match against the Mt. Shasta Bears, 25-22, on Tuesday, but dropped games two and three (25-18, 26-24).

Mt. Shasta seemed to have the momentum and the match in the bag, with a 2-1 lead in games, and a 15-8 lead in game-four. The Cougars, however, were able to rally and win game-four, 25-21. Weed then went on to dominate the decisive fifth game, 15-8.

Marielle Schnack led the Cougars with 12 kills, 4 aces, 30 digs, and 7 assists. Destinee Jones notched 5 aces, 6 kills and 6 blocks. Tia Palangvanh had 7 kills and a block. Elyssa Fisher put down 5 kills, and had 3 rejections. Jillian Neel had 12 helpers, 10 digs, a block, 2 aces and 3 kills. (more…)

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Miner Perk XC Runner of the Week: Neill

Yreka cross country coach Pam Borg’s choice for the Miner Perk XC Runner of the Week is David Neill.

Neill is a major part of the Yreka Miners number-one state ranked boys varsity cross county team.

“David is always somebody I can count on. He has been our solid number three runner and continually looks to improve his performances,” said Borg.


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Bears sweep season soccer series from Cougars

Photos by Mallory Pappas

The Mt. Shasta Bears completed a sweep of the Shasta Cascade League season series with the Weed Cougars on Tuesday at Lincoln Park, winning 4-0. The Bears won their home game against the Cougars 1-0 back in mid September.

Mt. Shasta took a 3-0 lead into halftime, and added an insurance goal in the second half.

Goals scorers for the Bears were Jarrod Althaus-Cressman, Weston Stroud, Leo Miedtank and Tanner Lujan. Miedtank and Morgan Owens had assists.

Owens notched the shutout for the Bears, making 14 saves in the match. (more…)

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Miner Perk Football Player of the Week: Bigelow

Yreka football coach Orlyn Culp’s choice for the Miner Perk Football Player of the Week is Thomas Bigelow.

Bigelow average 7.5 yards per carry against Modoc last week.

“Thomas ran the ball well and was very physical. He fought off an ankle injury to play an important and significant role,” said Culp. (more…)

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Pepsi Mt. Shasta Bears Volleyball Player of the Week: Sarti 2x

The Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Bears Volleyball Player of the Week is Sejay Sarti.

Sarti registered 21 kills and 3 aces against Fall River last week, as well as coming up with 14 digs. (more…)

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Eyes on the Miners with Justine Cota & Ashley Bucher


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Lady Eagles sweep Mendo

Photos by Howard Albecker

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles volleyball team made it a clean sweep of Mendocino, with a 3-0 win in their home opener on Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-15, 25-9, 25-12.

Adriana Miller led the Eagle offense with 8 kills and a trio of aces. Carrie Watson also had 8 kills, and notched an ace. Casie Johnson put down 6 kills and had an ace. Lexie Yaple had 5 kills and an assist. Delanie Tally had 27 helpers and a pair of kills. Maryann Parker had two kills. (more…)

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Miner volleyball JVs down Corning, Frosh fall

The Yreka Miners junior varsity volleyball team made short work of the visiting Corning Cardinals on Tuesday night, winning the match in two games, 25-19 and 25-16. (more…)

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Subway Trinity Volleyball Player of the Week: Hook


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