It’s seven in a row and 2-0 for the Miners

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The Yreka Miners varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games on Wednesday afternoon, as they got off to a 2-0 start in the Northern Athletic League with a sweep of Central Valley. Yreka won game-one of the double-dip at Hibbard Field in Yreka, 9-2. Game-two went the Miners way, 2-0, over the defending NSCIF D-II champion Falcons.

Yreka set the tone for the first contest by putting up six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Trevor Daugherty was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and then stole second base. Michael Shuler took a walk, and Daugherty stole third base on the play. Shuler went to second on a Christian Charles ground out. With two outs, Cody Hoff delivered a 2-RBI double to give Yreka the lead.

Russell Sweet singled to score Hoff, and went to second base on the throw home. A double by John Durney plated Sweet. Then, Durney found his way home on a double by Ryan Todd. Todd scored when Gabe Durney reached on an error, making it a 6-0 advantage for Yreka. (more…)

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Lady Miners open season with sweep of Etna

It wasn’t a pretty beginning to the Yreka softball season, but the Lady Miners swept a double header from the Etna Lady Lions (4-3) on Tuesday to get off to a 2-0 start. Yreka had to come from seven runs down, 9-2, in the first game to win a wild one, 20-14. Yreka jumped out to a 10-0 lead in game-two, and held on for a 10-4 win. While the games were played in Yreka, it was actually Etna that was the home squad because the games were originally scheduled to be played in Etna.

Chantell Fraser led off game-one with a base hit, stole second, and eventually scored on an RBI ground out by Tianna Cruz, giving Yreka a 1-0 lead.

Etna responded with five runs in the bottom half of the opening frame. Tessa Burrone, Jessie Eiler, and Renee Finley singled and scored. Brittany Dean reached on a fielder’s choice and scored, and Jasmine Bingham walked and scored.

In the bottom of the second inning, Tiana Besoain led off with a single, and stole second base. Burrone followed with a hustle double, and Besoain moved to third. Eiler plated Besoain and Burrone with a single, making it a 7-1 lead for Etna.

Rachel Lutke singled to open up the top of the fourth inning for Yreka, stole second, went to third on a hit by Abbi Hansen, and scored on a sac fly from Breanna Ruelas, to make the score 7-2. (more…)

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Subway South County Dirt Dog of the Week: Hagarty


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Eyes on the Miners with Chelsea White and guest Kelsey Stonier

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Y-Town tennis nets second straight shutout of the week

The Yreka Miners boys tennis team netted their second straight Northern Athletic League shutout this week with a 9-0 win over the Anderson Cubs on Tuesday. Yreka defeated West Valley, 9-0, on Monday.

Yreka v Anderson Scores


1. Austin Kische vs. TJ Frisbi Y 6-0, 6-0

2. Niraj Khalasi vs. Jacob Booker Y 6-0, 6-0

3. Ryan Andrus vs. Juan Flores Y 6-0, 6-0

4. Noah Lawson vs. Angel Ortiz Y 6-0, 6-0

5. Josh Karges vs. Riley Baugh Y 6-1, 6-0

6. Konor Christensen vs. Javier Melendez Y 6-0, 6-0 (more…)

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Having fun at the PremierWest Bank Sportsmen’s Expo: photos by Howard Albecker


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Miner tennis blanks Eagles, 9-0

The Yreka Miners boys tennis team blanked the West Valley Eagles, 9-0 on Monday afternoon in Yreka.


1. Austin Kische vs. Robert Wilcox Y 6-2, 6-0

2. Niraj Khalasi vs. Dennis Furio Y 6-1, 6-1

3. Ryan Andrus vs. Uriel Nieves-Cruz Y 6-0, 6-1

4. Noah Lawson vs. David Nieves-Cruz Y 6-0, 6-0

5. Josh Karges vs. Ryan Murphy Y 6-0, 6-0

6. Konor Christensen vs. Dillon Feiter Y 6-1, 6-0 (more…)

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Sawyer Eastlick

Sunday morning my wife, Letty, and I were enjoying a rare day when neither one of us had much to do. We were discussing how best to take advantage of the opportunity, when my cell phone made that familiar and usually welcome buzzing sound–a text.

“Did you hear about the….”

“What? No way,” I thought.

A phone call, some texts and a check of facebook confirmed what one of my friends called, “The unthinkable.”

Sawyer Eastlick, a sophomore at Etna High School and one of my all time favorite kids, had taken his own life on Saturday night.

We were numb, and still are. Honestly, I don’t know what to say other than, again, Sawyer was an all-time favorite. I loved watching him play sports–basketball, baseball, football. Even more than watching, I really enjoyed talking to him about the game. He was a rare high school athlete who could not only play the sports, but could also give you a full analysis of what was going on in a game, especially basketball. He was also an outstanding young man. I was always impressed with the way he would greet you with a firm handshake and ask you how things were going and how the family was doing–an Eastlick family trademark. (more…)

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Miners win North State Relays, Lady Miners 3rd

The Yreka Miners lit up the track at the North State Relays held at Chico State last Friday, with the boys winning the event and the girls placing third.

Below are Yreka Coach Orlyn Culp’s comments and some of the results for the meet. For complete results go to

Boys were led by the dominant performance of the distance runners who won both their events (4×800 / Distance Medley) and were second in the 4x400m. Boys Distance Crew was: Eric Neill, Timmy Williams, Christian Wichmann, Clayton Bunn, David Neill, and Cody McDonald.

In other events:

2nd in the Sprint Medley: Jacob Maphet, Jeremy Cox, Anthony Whitaker, Aaron Freeze.
2nd in PV relay (combine to competitors marks in Field Events): Whitaker, Thomas Bigelow.
2nd in Triple Jump relay: Kaden Culp, Jeremy Cox.
2nd in Shot Put relay: Ryan Kennedy, David Sellens (Arturo Villegas threw “unattached” and had a personal best throw). (more…)

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Cougars win Liberty Tourney

The Weed Cougars baseball team swept through the Liberty Christian baseball tournament this weekend, defeating Liberty 11-0 in the first round, and U-Prep 6-2 in the semifinals. The Cougars took down the Fall River Bulldogs, 3-2, in the championship game.

“I could not be prouder of this group of young men. They played the game pitch by pitch, inning by inning, and worked their way to the championship. It was a total team effort and I can not think of any better reward for a solid weekend of team baseball than a championship trophy. They deserved it,” said Weed Coach Josh Oates.

The Cougars scored in the bottom of the first inning of the championship game, and held a 1-0 lead until the Bulldogs tied it, 1-1, in the top of the fourth. Fall River went ahead 2-1 in the fifth inning.

Weed had a chance to take the lead back in the bottom of the sixth inning, when they had the bases loaded with two down, but were unable to bring a runner home.

After Aidan Hagarty relieved starter Carlos Sanchez and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, the Cougars won it in the bottom half of the inning on a hit and a fortuitous bounce. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 3/13 – 3/17

Keep in mind that with the weather forecast, there’s a good chance that some of these games will be canceled. Check back for the latest, or check with the individual schools.

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


Saturday, March 17


Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Etna at Yreka Tourney, Canceled

Weed 1 – Maxwell 18 in championship game of Liberty Tourney

Weed 10 – Chester 0 @ Liberty Tourney

COS @ Shasta, Canceled


Yreka v Illinois Valley, Canceled

Mt. Shasta @ Willows, Canceled

Weed 3 – Fall River 2 – Weed wins Liberty Tourney championship

Weed 6 – U-Prep 2 @ Liberty Tourney

Trinity v Hoopa, noon (DH)

Friday, March 16


Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Etna at Yreka Tourney Canceled

Weed 12 – Liberty Christian 11 @ Liberty Tourney

COS v Butte, Canceled


Weed 11 – Liberty Christian 0

Dunsmuir v Happy Camp, Canceled


Yreka @ North State Relays (Chico State)
Yreka boys win meet…more details later.


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Pepsi Lady Cougar Softball Player of the Week: Cheffey

Weed varsity softball coach Rob Moser’s choice for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Cougar Softball Player of the Week is Jeni Cheffey. Cheffey was in the circle for the Lady Cougars’ 9-4 win over Big Valley last week. She struck out seven batters, gave up two earned runs, two hits, and just one walk. Cheffey also went 2/3 at the plate with an RBI. (more…)

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Yreka JVs defeat Mazama 13-2, varsity game called after two innings

Photos of JV game by Howard Albecker

The Yreka Miners junior varsity defeated the Mazama Viking JVs 13-2 on Thursday afternoon.

The JVs completed their game at the Yreka High School field despite continuous rain. The varsity contest was called after two innings due to Hibbard Field being unplayable. (more…)

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PremierWest Bank Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo is this weekend

pwb-logo.jpgThe PremierWest Bank Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo is this Saturday and Sunday March 17 and 18 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. The Expo, featuring outdoor sports and activities of all kinds, is the place to be this weekend.

Check out over 70 vendors of outdoor equipment and services. The Siskiyou Bowmen will have the archery range set up. There will be Fish and Game sponsored fishing for the kids, the Les Schwab rock climbing wall, short presentations on global positioning, mountain climbing, sled dogs, the Head and Horns display and competition, the Turtle Bay forestry exhibit, and the Sears Original Camp Cook Contest, and much more.

New to the Expo this year is a two day program and loads of outdoor fun with the Siskiyou County Motorsports Association (SCMA) and the Siskiyou Speedway. Saturday at the Expo will be the annual Show & Shine. The cars and drivers will be on the grounds anxiously awaiting local racing enthusiasts who like to see what’s under the hood of the cars and learn more about the 2012 racing season. Sunday at the Expo on the Siskiyou Motor Speedway there will be racing demonstrations from several classes of cars.

“We want to give the folks in the community a little taste of the excitement that will be happening all summer for the cost of an Expo admission ticket” said CEO Cliff Munson, “The SCMA is working hard to make 2012 a year to remember for racing fans”


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Scott Valley Real Estate Diamond Dominator of the Week

Etna varsity baseball coach Colin Krueger’s pick for the Scott Valley Real Estate Diamond Dominator of the week is Nick Meyer.

The texting challenged coach kept it simple, “Great defense. Great offense. Clutch hits,” texted Krueger.


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Pepsi Lady Bear Softball Player of the Week: Spini

Mt. Shasta varsity softball coach Joe Spini’s pick for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Bear Player of the Week is Kayla Spini.

Spini had a rather mundane start to the season, only going 5-1 in the circle at the Anderson Small Schools Tourney last weekend. Among her five wins were five shutouts, two perfect games, two no-hitters, and she allowed a whopping two earned runs in six games. Spini also batted .535, with two long balls, three doubles, six runs scored, and six RBI.

Ya know, someday, this girl might be pretty good…ya think? (more…)

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Miners win 5th straight with shutout of Bears

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The Yreka Miners won their fifth straight game with a 9-0 shutout of the Mt. Shasta Bears in Yreka on Wednesday. During those five games, the Miners have scored 66 runs. Their opponents have scored just two.

Yreka’s pitching was dominating on Wednesday. Christian Charles tossed four innings of no-hit ball, striking out eight batters, including the first five he faced. The Bears’ only base runners in the first four innings were Chase Kamla on an error in the second, and Eric Banner on a walk in the fourth inning. Michael Elfgen took over for Charles on the hill in the fifth inning, and continued the pitching mastery. The Bears finally broke the combined no-hitter with a base hit by Brandon Acord in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, the Miner offense put up nine runs in the first three innings. With one out in the bottom of the first, Michael Shuler reached on an error. Charles ripped a triple to plate Shuler, and later scored on a wild pitch. With two down, Cody Hoff and Gabe Durney were hit by wild pitches. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Hoff scored when Russell Sweet reached on an error, and Durney came home on a wild pitch to give the Miners a 4-0 lead. (more…)

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