WEED – The College of the Siskiyous Screamin’ Eagles football team dominated the visiting College of the Redwoods Corsairs in their season opener on Saturday, 33-7. Among the standout performers for the Eagles were plenty of former SiskiyouCounty high school players. Mt. Shasta Bear grad Patrick Lunney ran through the Corsairs’ defense at will, amassing 251 yards, and two touchdowns. His scores came on runs of 86 and 22 yards.
“We have a nice big line this year, with a couple of linemen back. That makes a big difference,” said Lunney after the game. “I’m not satisfied yet. We’ve still got a long season.”
Yreka High grad Kyson Culp notched his first touchdown for the Eagles on a 53-yard pass reception.
“Amazing; it felt so good,” said Culp about his first college touchdown.
Another former Yreka High player, Devin Howard, recorded both of the Eagles’ sacks
COS racked up 544 yards of offense—274 rushing and 270 passing. When the Eagles’ offense took a rest, the defense went to work. The Eagles held the Corsairs to just four yards rushing, nine first downs, and 150 yards through the air. If not for a seemingly botched pass interference call, the COS defense may have pitched a shutout. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – Prior to the start of the Mt. Shasta Bears versus Yreka Miners varsity football game on Friday, a Bear supporter commented on his team’s chances of winning the contest.
“It only happens once every ten years. I hope tonight is the one,” said the Bear fan.
In truth it had only been four years since the Bears last beat the Miners—a 35-21 win at home in 2005. In between, the Miners had won three straight by a combined total score of 132-29.
Those losses were erased from the collective memory of Bear fans in one epic 85-yard, come-from-behind, game-winning drive in just under four minutes. The drive culminated with Bear Mark Maumasi breaking a tackle and finding the end zone with nine seconds on the clock, narrowing Yreka’s lead to 13-12. (more…)
CHICO – The Butte Valley Bulldogs opened their 2009 8-man football campaign against last year’s section runner-up, Champion Christian, prevailing 35-34.
Bulldog Jeremy Lopez rushed for 289 yards on 17 carries, scoring four touchdowns, and eclipsing 300 all-purpose yards, before having to leave the game with a concussion. The sports writers in the greater Chico area awarded Lopez with their player of the week award for their Friday Night Lights section, according to Bulldog coach Jay Allen. (more…)
DUNSMUIR – The Dunsmuir Tigers 8-man football team held the visiting Loyalton Grizzlies without a score for almost three quarters, and cruised to a 63-6 win on Friday night.
Dunsmuir scored on its first possession, when Lt Hisey hit Jordan VanWilgen. Jacob MeKeel rushed for the 2-point conversion, giving the Tigers all the points they really needed for the win, and an 8-0 lead.
Hisey connected with Nate Gonzales near the end of the first quarter. The PAT was no good, but the Tigers led 14-0. (more…)
ETNA – With a flag infested turnover war at hand on Duncan Field under a full moon on Friday it was evident that something special needed to happen.
Indeed something special did occur; the Etna Lions special teams erupted as they hit their way to their first win of the year, 18-3 over the Tulelake Honkers.
Behind punishing blocks, the Lion special teams were able to spring senior wide out and return man, Ryan Hicks for punt return scores of 82 and 74-yards, as well as a few big gains here and there in between.
With a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the straight up frustrating, Etna broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter when Charlie Kelley threw a medieval style block which broke Hicks loose for an 82-yard score to put Etna up 6-0 after a failed point after attempt.
Tulelake countered with an offensive attack of its own behind runs by quarterback, Nick Staub and a 16-yard reception by Blake Bettendorf. Moving the ball with authority, the Honkers hopes for a score ended with 9.2 seconds left in the half when Staub was picked off by Clint Eastlick, leaving the Lions with a 6-0 lead at the half.
Tulelake found the scoreboard with 7:23 on the clock in the third quarter. It came off the foot of big Brandon Ramirez—a 29-yard field goal. A 28-yard connection from Staub to wide out Jake Walden and a bruising run by Jacob Woodson set up the lone Honker score. (more…)
FORT JONES – According to the law of the jungle, a goose should have no chance against a Lion. That would normally be the case. However, soccer is a different matter as the Tulelake Honkers showed on Thursday with a 5-2 win over the Etna Lions. The Honkers controlled the contest for all but the final few minutes.
Tulelake notched its first goal about seven minutes into the match, on a corner kick by Miguel Villasenor that managed to find its way between the Lion goalkeeper and a defender. (more…)
WEED – The Weed Cougars hosted the Butte Valley Bulldogs in both soccer and volleyball on Thursday, September 3.
The Butte Valley Bulldogs started the soccer game with solid defense, stopping two goal attempts by Weed in the first half. While playing a strong defense the Bulldogs also were able to score two goals, one by Hiroki Yodoya and the other by Jose Avalos.
In the second half the Weed Cougars came back strong to score three goals on the Bulldogs. Jose Avalos was able to score one more goal for the Bulldogs to end the game in a draw, 3-3. (more…)
A fund raiser to help offset medical expenses for Matt Thomas will be held September 19 at the EtnaCityPark. Social hour and silent auction start at , with dinner to follow at . A live auction and dessert start at . A list of auction items and more information can be found at www.sv4thomasfamily.wordpress.com
Tickets are $15.00 for a single, $25.00 for a couple, and $5.00 for children 10 and under. Live music will be performed by “Calico” during the event.
Until last November, 35-year-old Matt Thomas worked as a civil engineer, and spent his free time enjoying extreme sports. He was severely injured in a mountain bike crash on Chuck Chips Trail outside of Talent Oregon, damaging his C6 and C7 vertebrae. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears varsity volleyball team dropped its season opener to the Hamilton Lady Braves, 3-1 on Tuesday night (19-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-25).
Despite the loss, Mt.Shasta coach Greta Jones was pleased with her team’s performance.
“Our blocks were impressive. It took almost 2 hours so you can see there were several great rallies. Kendra Woodglass did another great job in the middle with several blocks. Taylor Hansen and Amanda Amesbury did the setting. Our back row also did a good job of getting the balls up,” said Jones. “HamiltonCity was tough, but I guess they were the section champs last year, only lost 2 players, and gained a very tall freshman. I was very pleased with our play as we just put in a new system this year and seems to be working great.” (more…)
ETNA – The Butte Valley Lady Bulldogs volleyball team visited the Etna Lady Lions on Tuesday night, and gave the Lions all they could handle. While Etna prevailed 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22), the tall, athletic and skilled Bulldogs led at times in each of the first three games, winning game-three, 25-22. Both teams are among the favorites to win their league. Etna, a Division-V team, plays in the Shasta Cascade League. ButteValley is a Division-VI team, playing in the Evergreen League.
In Game-I, Etna jumped to a 3-0 lead, including an Annaleisa Nadig ace. An ace by Emily Loogman made it 6-2 for Etna. (more…)
This is the second year of football for the Yreka Chargers Mighty Mite team. Red Bluff was a tough competitor and gave the little Chargers some tough competition. The first half of the Mighty Mite game was a struggle for our Mighty Mites. But in the second half of the game, the Charger Mighty Mites stepped it up and held the Red Bluff Jr. Spartans from the goal line. Seth Lester had to step in as center and did a great job with his unexpected duties. A definite highlight of the game was when veteran Mighty Mite player Makayla ten Berge ran the ball for the first time ever and gained a good 20 yards for her team. The littlest players of the Yreka Chargers family are learning more and getting stronger as a team everyday. They look forward to next week’s home game and hope that everyone in North County will come see them play. (more…)
Eight-man football teams from Dunsmuir and ButteValley were joined by Hayfork and Champion Christian for a scrimmage last Saturday in Dunsmuir. After the scrimmage, Siskiyou Youth asked Dunsmuir and ButteValley coaches to assess their Teams. Although Happy Camp was unable to attend the scrimmage, Indian coach John Kufner also provided an abbreviated preview.
The 8-man teams open up play this Friday.
ButteValley head coach Jay Allen said that Jeremy Lopez impressed him in the scrimmage. He also said that he was impressed with his younger players, and that they are, “progressing quite nicely,” in particular Ben Field and Colton Struble. (more…)
Updated with coaches’ comments and D-stats, 8/31 5:00 pm
YREKA – The Yreka Miners varsity football team opened up the 2009 season with a comeback win over the Trinity Wolves, 21-18. Travis Fonseca’s 5-yard touchdown run, with left to play, gave Yreka the win.
After a scoreless first quarter, Trinity capitalized on a misplayed punt that allowed them to start a dive on the Miner 1-yard-line. On the first play, Trinity’s Jacob Hymas found pay dirt and the Wolves added a 2-point conversion to lead 8-0 with left in the half.
The Miners answered in a matter of seconds, when Joe Wilson took the ensuing kickoff back 75 yards for a TD. With a 2-point conversion, the score was tied 8-8.
Yreka took the lead late in the second quarter on a 55 yard, seven play drive that ended with a 15-yard strike from Adam Kleier to Sarome Eng for a touchdown. With the PAT, the Miners led 15-8, going into the half.
Yreka thwarted a Trinity drive at the 1-yard-line about three minutes into the third quarter, and took over on downs. However, a bad snap from center resulted in a safety for Trinity, and narrowed the margin to 15-10.
Early in the fourth quarter Trinity finished off a 67-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run by QB Justin Jeangerard. The Wolves added the 2-point conversion to take the lead 18-15. (more…)
WEED – Weed varsity head coach Erik Johnson took a different preseason approach than his peers. Johnson held a one-week “boot camp” to prepare his Cougars for the 2009 football campaign. It appears that the strategy has already paid dividends, as the Cougars opened the season with a 14-8 win over the Etna Lions. The win broke a three-year, six-game losing streak against Etna.
“This is going to propel us into the season; It’s the cornerstone going forward,” said Johnson after the game. “The camp paid off. This is a good team and a good group of kids.”
Weed scored first, when they took advantage of a blocked punt by Thad Schnack midway through the second quarter. After the block, the Cougars set up shop at the Etna 2-yard-line. The first two Weed plays netted a total of one yard. On third down, Cougar quarterback Cody Beam powered up the middle on a keeper for a 1-yard TD. The PAT attempt failed, but Weed led 6-0 with left in the first half.
The Cougars attempted an onside kick after the TD. The play backfired, when the ball did not travel the necessary 10 yards before recovery, giving Etna excellent field position at the Weed 49-yard-line. (more…)