YREKA – “Power running. We are going to run the ball,” said Yreka Line Coach Jim Freeze prior to the opening kick off.
The Miners executed their game plan to near perfection racking up 347 yards of rushing, on the way to a 33-18 stomping of the Henley Hornets.
Miner Kurt Lorenzini returned the opening kickoff 42 yards to the Henley 37. On his first run of the night, Lorenzini picked up 15 yards. Lorenzini capped the Miners’ opening drive with a five-yard TD run, with left in the first quarter. Manny Barragan’s PAT was good, and the Miners led 7-0.
Yreka was inside Henley’s 10-yard-line late in the first quarter, but the Hornet’s came up with an interception to thwart the Miners’ drive.
Henley was unable to pick up a first down and punted. Yreka punt returner Barragan dropped the ball, picked it up and headed right. Then, he reversed the field and returned the punt 30 yards to the Henley 30. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – While the Mt. Shasta Bears varsity didn’t have the greatest of nights, the JV squad dominated the visiting Hamilton Braves JVs, on Thursday.
The JV Bears defense had an impact on Hamilton’s first possession, when Jordan Hanna recovered a fumble on the Braves’ 27-yard-line. A penalty moved the Bears back to the 32, but that only helped Hanna pick up an extra five yards rushing, as he scooted 32 yards to pay dirt—diving into the end zone at the end of the run. The PAT failed, and Mt.Shasta led 6-0, with left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Hamilton tried a double reverse, but Colin Waterman sniffed out the trickery and dumped the Braves for a 14-yard loss. The Braves punted from deep in their own territory, and Bear Dustin McDaniel returned the kick 23 yards, giving his team great field position at the Braves’ 30-yard-line.
Moments later, McDaniel ran for 28 yards to give the Bears a first-and-goal at the one. Bryson Brooks took it the rest of the way for the TD. The Bears set up for an extra point kick, but snapped the ball directly to Brooks, who powered into the end zone for a 2-point conversion, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead. (more…)
WEED – The Cosumnes River College Lady Hawks were no match for the COS Lady Eagles volleyball squad on Tuesday. COS quickly dispatched the Hawks, 3-0.
With Samantha Stoneback serving, COS scored the first three points of game-one, including an ace by Stoneback. The Hawks came back to narrow the gap to 4-3, but COS maintained a 1-4 point lead throughout the game, winning 25-20.
In game-two COS leapt to a 5-1 lead. With the score 7-4 and the Lady Hawks serving, Amber Franko won back the serve with a kill, making it 8-4. A kill by Laura McMahon made it 9-4. The Hawks failed to return a serve, making it 10-4. A combo block by L. McMahon and Heather Wicks upped the lead to 11-4. An ace by Franko put COS up 12-4. The match was never close from that point on, with the Lady Eagles winning 25-15.
Game-three was close early, but the Lady Eagles eventually built a seven point lead, 23-16, when Katelyn Prigmore nailed an ace. The Hawks, however, rallied back with a 5-0 run to make it 23-21, and would close to within a single point at 24-23. Franko registered the final kill of the game to seal the 25-23 game win, and 3-0 match victory. (more…)
Junior Pee Wees
It was a hot West Valley on Saturday, and “hot” would be the word to describe the Jr. Pee Wee contest between the West Valley Jr. Eagles and the Yreka Chargers. On the first play from scrimmage, QB Lane Clark had trouble handling the snap from center and a West Valley player took the ball out of his hands and scampered 40 yards for a quick score.
Yreka answered right back on the next possession with a 55-yard touchdown run by Clark, but had the play called back due to an illegal block in the back. On Yreka’s next offensive series, Clark hooked up with sure-handed receiver Roman Vulyak on a play action pass and Vulyak took it 50 yards to the house for a Yreka score. The “Clark to Vulyak” connection sent Yreka to halftime with a tie score. (more…)
YREKA – Veteran saddle cow competitor Daryl Lara of Hornbrook took the gold with his partner JD Rose of Montague at the Siskiyou County Saddle Cow Championship during the 2008 Siskiyou Golden Fair. (more…)
TULELAKE – The Etna Lady Lions varsity volleyball team easily defeated the Tulelake Honkers on Tuesday, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-22). And, they did it with All-League player Claire Pynes watching from the bench, resting a sore shoulder.
With Pynes sitting, Senior Sarah Loogman went on the attack registering seven kills and five blocks. Paige Finley, Annaleisa Nadig, and Emily Loogman each had two kills. Nadig lit up the Honkers with 11 aces. Hillary Hamptn had six, and Teri Szczepanek notched four. Hampton had eight assists, and E. Loogman had five. Nadig and S. Loogman each had six digs.
The Lions (5-3-1) will host the Klamath Union Pelicans (0-1) this Thursday at .
FORT JONES – The Mt. Shasta Bears soccer team began its quest for a three-peat as Shasta Cascade League champions with a dominating 4-0 shutout of the young and inexperienced Etna Lions.
The Bears pressured the Lions’ defense right from the beginning of the game, and never let up—blasting 29 shots at rookie Lions goalkeeper Tanner Schaefer. Several spectacular saves by Schaefer kept the score relatively close.
The Bears solved the Lions defense at the 13 minute mark, when Zack Morris found the back of the net, making it 1-0. Chad Oliver had the assist.
The Bears picked up their second score on a sweet header by David Castaneda, off a cross by Gina Antonucci, at the about the 32 minute mark. The Bears led 2-0 at the half.
The Lions were able to hold off the Bears until midway through the second half, when John Holst scored off a pass by Malcom Edwards. Morris added Mt.Shasta’s final goal with eight minutes remaining. The assist went to Holst.
The Bears’ (1-0) next match is on Tuesday, September 16 at Weed (1-2). Etna (0-4) travels to Butte Valley (1-1) this Thursday.
MERRILL, Ore – A 20-13 win last Friday against the Lost River Raiders gave the Etna Lions their first 2-0 start in at least five years.
Etna scored first when QB Jordan Pehle-Munson hit Andrew Peluso for a TD in the first quarter. The PAT failed, and Etna led 6-0. Munson rushed for a TD in the second quarter. The Lions felt that they converted the 2-point attempt, but the officials denied them forward progress and the points.
“It was questionable as to whether we were in or not in. We got shoved back out, and where they spotted the ball was outside,” said Etna Coach Ken Dysert with a wry smile.
Lost River also scored a TD in the quarter, making it Etna 12 – Lost River 6, at halftime.
The Raiders scored towards the end of the third quarter to take the lead 13-12.
The Lions regained the lead in the fourth quarter, when Munson hit Peluso in the corner of the end zone for a TD. Munson connected with Seth Jordan for the two point conversion. Etna then relied on their defense to shut down the Raiders, and escape Oregon with a 20-13 win. (more…)
YREKA – The Yreka Elks Invitational cross country meet was held last Saturday at LowerGreenhornPark.
The top SiskiyouCounty finisher in the Varsity Boys 5,000 meter race was Aiden McKee from Yreka in 25th place (18:43.53). Yreka’s Kevin Jorgenson was 33rd (19:06.31). Jonathan Davis was the top placer for Mt.Shasta at 75th (21:50.31). Jon Erickson was tops for Etna in 83rd (22:12.15). Daniel Bohling led Weed at 104th (24:39.68). Zach Elliot of Crater topped the field of 110, at 16:40.18. (more…)
KLAMATH FALLS – Despite racking up 272 rushing yards, the Yreka Miners came away from their contest with the Mazama Vikings on the short end of the score, 28-14.
Mazama put up seven points in each quarter. Yreka scored in the first quarter on a 15-yard run by Manny Barragan. The PAT failed. Kurt Lorenzini found pay dirt in the fourth quarter on a five-yard run. Joe Wilson hit Andrew Ward for a 2-point conversion. (more…)
Jr. Pee Wees
The Yreka Chargers Jr. Pee Wee football team lost a very close home game on Saturday, August 30 to the Foothill Jr. Cougars. During the second half; the fired up, hard hitting Charger defense of Charles Lopez, Jeremy Persing, Caden Corbin, Tyraye Bush and Dalton Lester, prevented the Jr. Cougars from scoring. The Charger defensive line of Payton Charlesworth, Dylan Quigley, Robert Giannini, and Hayz Lantz had some great gang tackles and one particularly impressive sack on the Jr. Cougars offense.
On the offensive side, Charger QB Tadd Weed completed two great passes to Lopez and Persing. Lane Clark made a great run scoring a touchdown for the Chargers. Clark , Weed and Virusur Lantz ran the ball well, but unfortunately the Cougar defense kept them just short of finding the end zone again.
Head Coach Ron Quigley was very proud of the way his boys played against the Jr. Cougars. Quigley stated that it was a great game and that the boys all played extremely well against a tough upper division team. (more…)
YREKA – The Etna Lady Lions were the top local finisher at the Miner Mountain Blast volleyball tournament, with fourth place. The Yreka Lady Miners were sixth. The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears finished eighth, and the Weed Lady Cougars were ninth.
For locals, the big match of the day was Etna versus Yreka in the first round of single elimination match play. Etna had won Pool-B, defeating Phoenix 2-0 and splitting with Yreka 1-1. Yreka was second in the pool. The Lady Miners split with both Etna and Phoenix. Etna earned the three seed for match play, and Yreka the sixth.
Etna won game-one of an extremely competitive match, 26-24. In game-two, Yreka held a 17-7 lead, when the Lady Lions began a dramatic comeback—sparked, in part, by Claire Pynes’ strong play at the net. Etna went on a 16-2 tear, to take the lead 23-19. Yreka came back with three straight points, making it 23-22. But, Etna was able to score the last two points to complete an improbable comeback, 25-23.
The loss eliminated Yreka from the tournament. Etna moved on to face the second-seeded Del Norte Lady Warriors in the semi-finals. Del Norte finished first in Pool-A, defeating Mt.Shasta 2-0, and splitting with HiddenValley 1-1. Del Norte beat seventh seeded Phoenix, 2-0, in round-one of match play.
Etna came out strong in game-one, leading 12-10 near the midway point of the game. Excessive cell phone usage at the scorer’s table led to erratic scorekeeping, with neither side’s fans believing that the score was correct during the first half of the game. With the score tied 13-13 (maybe), Del Norte began to take control, eventually winning 25-20. The Lady Warriors dominated the second game, winning 25-11. (more…)
The Mt. Shasta Bears varsity football team beat the Weed Cougars 33-12, to keep possession of the Black Butte Bowl trophy, last Friday. The JV Bears also prevailed 20-6.
In the varsity contest, the Bears started their second possession on their own 26-yard-line, following a Weed punt. On the second play of the drive, Steven Reed hit Royce Autry on a short pass. Autry ripped off 74 yards in a flash, to put the Bears up 6-0. Steven Ballard hit converted the PAT, to make it 7-0, with remaining in the first quarter.
The Cougars fumbled on their next possession, and Mark Maumasi came up with the ball for Mt.Shasta. Three plays later, Autry sprinted 26 yards for his second TD, with on the clock. The PAT made it 14-0.
After the Bears’ kickoff, Weed started at its own 22. The Cougars were able to pick up three first downs, moving the ball to the Bears’ 44. Quarterback Jake West connected with Robert West for a 10-yard gain, and Brandon Ede ripped off an 11-yard run, during the drive. A couple of negative yardage plays and an illegal procedure penalty stalled the drive, and Weed punted.
The Bears started on their side of midfield, at the 45. Maumasi ran 11 yards, and Reed connected with Tim Jaegel for a 31-yard gain, giving the Bears a first down at the Weed 13. Reed picked up 10 yards and a first down on a keeper. Two plays later, Maumasi punched it in from two-yards out for his first TD. The PAT was no good, and the Bears led 20-0, with left in the half. (more…)
TULELAKE – The Dunsmuir Tigers football team moved to 2-0, winning 38-20 over the Butte Valley Bulldogs (0-2), on Thursday night.
The Tigers opened the game, played at the Tulelake Fairgrounds, by driving 71 yards for a TD and 2-point conversion. Butte Valley answered with a TD and conversion, to knot the score at 8-8. Dunsmuir added another TD, but were unable to convert the 2-point try, leaving them with a 14-8 lead at the end of one quarter. (more…)
ETNA – The Etna Lady Lions varsity volleyball team dominated the St. Mary’s Crusaders, 3-0, on Thursday night. They did it with strong serving and strong net play.
Annalesia Nadig opened game-one with an ace, and would add another on her fourth serve, as the Lady Lions jumped to a 4-0 lead. St. Mary’s came back to tie the game at 4-4, but a kill by Sarah Loogman started Etna on an 8-0 run, to lead 12-4. Hillary Hampton rotated to server and had five aces during the run. The Lady Lions maintained a 6-8 point lead until, leading 16-8, Paige Finley took the serve. Three straight aces later it was 19-8. Teri Szczepanek served for the last five points, including an ace to ice it, 25-10.
After Etna started with a 2-0 lead in game two, the Lady Crusaders came back to take a 5-2 lead, and would lead by as many as five points, at 8-3. The Lions, however, clawed their way back to tie it at 12-12, and then took the lead 13-12 on a Claire Pynes kill. Two Nadig aces, and another Pynes kill made it 16-12. With the score 23-19, Szczepanek moved to the server position, and again finished off the Crusaders with an ace, making the score 25-19.
St. Mary’s led early in game three, but with the score tied 4-4, a Loogman kill gave the Lady Lions the lead 5-4. With Finley serving, Etna would score the next four points, including three Finley aces, to lead 9-4. Etna controlled the remainder of the game, and Finley ended it with a kill, for the 25-14 win. (more…)
If you’re a fan of youth sports in Siskiyou County, you’ve no doubt heard about Corben Brooks. But in case you’ve been in a cave the last couple of weeks, Corben is a varsity football player at Mt. Shasta High School, who suffered a serious injury to his neck and spine, during a scrimmage.
Last night, the Mount Shasta Athletic Booster Club donated the proceeds from its annual Fall Tailgate Party to the Brooks family. I attended the fund raiser at the MSHS football field and it was incredibly moving.
It seems that folks in our area are always quick to pitch in and raise funds for people who have suffered a major loss, disease or injury. So, I can’t say I was surprised by the level of participation at the event, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it. (more…)