Bears answer some questions, but fall to Modoc 24-14

By Rick Martin

The Mt. Shasta Bears dropped their opening game of the 2009 season on Friday, falling to defending Division-IV titlist, Modoc, 24-14.

The Bears came in with just a handful of returning starters in the fold, and a lot of questions about how players would respond in new roles. And despite the loss, some of those questions were answered. Tim Jaegel – playing his first ever game at QB – threw for a pair of TDs and led the Bear offense on several long series. Colin Waterman and Brendan Hickey made some nifty catches downfield, and the running back corps – led my Mark Maumasi, Dustin Dutra and Bryson Brooks – performed very well against a stout Modoc defense. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 8/25 – 8/29


svpt-small.jpgFriday, August 28


Yreka 21 – Trinity 18
Yreka: Travis Fonseca 5-yard TD run for game winner with 1:03 left. Joe Wilson 75-yard kick return for TD. Adam Kleier 15-yard TD pass to Sarome Eng.

Yreka JV 12 – Trinity JV 0

bookstore-text-click-sized-august-300.jpgMt. Shasta 14 – Modoc 24
Mt. Shasta: Tim Jaegel 2 TD passes.

Mt. Shasta JV 8 – Modoc JV 0
Mt. Shasta: Jordan Hannah game winning TD on 42-yard run.

Weed 14 – Etna 8
Weed: Micah White game winning TD catch, Cody Beam TD pass, TD run.
Etna: Lucas Case TD run

Etna JV 27 – Weed JV 0
Etna: Colby Rimmer  3 rushing TDs, 234 yards rushing,Int; Will Johnson 11 tackles, 46 yards rushing (2 carries)

Tuesday, August 25


Mt. Shasta 3Butte Valley 0 (scrimmage game)
Mt. Shasta scoring: John Holst- two goals; Andrew Campbell – goal and assist; Sawyer Ducharme – assist. Lucas Morris and James Palmer combine in goal for shutout.

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Siskiyou Heat fundraising dinner scheduled

y-ad-1-click.jpgMark your calendars for the fourth annual Siskiyou Heat girl’s youth American Softball Association (ASA) fund raising dinner at the Montague Hall on Saturday September 12. The Siskiyou Heat are made up of competitive girls softball teams (ages 8 -18) from all over Siskiyou County. They play games and tournaments in California, Oregon and Nevada. Due to the exposure the girls get at these away tournaments many have been awarded scholarships to play with college softball teams.

The funds raised will go to offset costs for equipment, uniforms, field maintenance, and tournament fees. At the present time the club is working with the City of Montague to improve “Scobie Field” as their own home field. (more…)

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Mt. Shasta 3 – Butte Valley 0 (Scrimmage)

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Training the 21st Century Forester

coffee-break-b.jpgWEED – If you’ve always wanted to work outdoors and are looking for the skills you need to work in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management then COS’s new program in Environmental Resources Technology could be for you.
Environmental Resources Technology is one of three new programs College of the Siskiyous is launching this fall. Fall classes start September 8, and include: Introduction to Environmental Resources, Dendrology, Introduction to Field Studies and Forest Ecology. (more…)

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McKinnon takes the helm at Mt. Shasta High School

MOUNT SHASTA – Jennifer Mckinnon is the new principal at Mt. Shasta High School. McKinnon, who was the principal at Yreka High School for four years before migrating south, took a few minutes on Monday to talk to about her new school.

Asked what she likes best about Mt. Shasta High, McKinnon was quick to answer.

“The people,” said McKinnon. “The students and the staff I’ve worked with so far are good. In education the things that you like best are the people. A lot of times it’s the students. But in my position, very often it’s the staff.” (more…)

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High school football preview: Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Etna

valley-tire-red-300.jpgYreka, Mt Shasta and Etna high schools met on the gridiron at Mt. Shasta High last Friday for a 3-way scrimmage. The teams alternated offense and defense with each team running or defending 10 plays before switching. Siskiyou Youth followed up after the scrimmage and asked each head coach for an assessment of his team heading into the season openers this Friday.


Yreka Miner head coach Orlyn Culp liked what he saw during the scrimmage for the most part.

sis-dist-ad-300.jpg“Overall, I think it was a positive day for the Miners. We’re a young group, so we’re going to need some time to grow up and become more experienced.  It’s going to be imperative that our senior leaders from last year’s team continue to serve as positive role models of how we do what we do,” said Culp.

Culp liked the competitiveness that he saw from his squad and was pleased that his coaching staff was able to get each player quality reps, in order to evaluate them objectively.

He was especially happy with the work done by a pair of seniors. (more…)

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Etna Lions Kickoff ’09 Dinner

bowen-ad-rev.jpgEtna Lions football, Lion Pride boosters club, and Etna HS athletics are sponsoring Kickoff ’09 as a way to jump start the upcoming year of athletic competition at Etna High School. The festivities will include a barbecue pork dinner being served at the game, introduction of this year’s varsity football coaches and team, a ceremony honoring former Etna coach Bill Wilkins, and an after-game dance for the students. (more…)

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Cougars go to boot camp

yac-300-b.jpgWEED – First-year Weed varsity head coach Erik Johnson took a different approach than the rest of the Siskiyou County football programs this summer. The other 11-man teams (Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Etna) had traditional preseason practices, which culminated in a scrimmage held at Mt. Shasta High School last Friday. Johnson, however, opted to take his players to boot camp.

Okay, maybe calling it boot camp is a bit of a stretch, but it was certainly the most intense week that any football players in the area experienced. (more…)

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Preseason scrimmage at Mt. Shasta

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Siskiyou Golden Fair Junior Livestock Program reaps many rewards

nsa-in-story.jpgA highlight of the Siskiyou Golden Fair each year is the Junior Livestock program that features youth from Siskiyou County and their project animals–from the furry little cavy to the 1,300-pound steer. The exhibitors compete for numerous awards in showmanship and market classes and are honored with numerous awards which are provided by the Fair and community donors.Market and Showmanship awards

Grand champion hog: Jessica Arellano, Yreka FFA
Reserve champion hog: Natalie Driskell, River Valley 4-H
Grand champion lamb: Brian Sampson, Gazelle 4-H
Reserve champion lamb: David Jesperson, Yreka FFA
Grand champion market beef: Russell Sweet, Grenada 4-H
Reserve champion market beef: Kayla Stonier, Grenada 4-H (more…)

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Fair attendance and participation up, revenue likely down


biondi-300.jpgYREKA – Siskiyou Golden Fair CEO Rebecca Desmond reported a 2-percent increase in fair attendance for 2009, with an estimated total of 51,392 visitors. The revenue count is not completed, but Desmond expects the amount to be down a little.

“Pre-sale admission and carnival wristband sales were up over last year, and that can bring overall revenues down, but is a real plus for our customers,” said Desmond

The fair also saw an uptick in participation and attendance for some exhibits and events. (more…)

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Siskiyou Golden Fair Rodeo results

norcal.jpgYREKA – Locals Daryl Lara and Todd Wilkinson won the coveted Saddle Cow Championship at the Siskiyou Golden Fair rodeo last Saturday night. Nick and John Kraus took second place.

Click here for complete CCPRA results.


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Power Generation Technology Program offered at COS

y-ad-1-click.jpgWEED – If you like mechanical and electrical systems and are looking for the skills you need to work in the steam and electrical power generation industry then COS’ new program in Power Generation Technology could be for you.

Power Generation Technology is one of three new programs College of the Siskiyous is launching this fall. Fall classes start September 8, and include: Power Plant Primer, Operations and Maintenance Techniques, Operations and Maintenance Safety, and Work Experience. Courses will be offered online and taught by Ross Stevenson.

The Environmental Resources – Power Generation Technology (ERPG) program is geared towards students interested in mechanical and electrical systems, and will prepare students for entry-level positions in the steam and electrical power generation and distribution industry. A connection to bio-fuel sources and related issues will be emphasized. Students can choose to complete an Associate of Science degree or a Certificate. (more…)

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Siskiyou Golden Fair Youth Talent Show, Diaper Derby and Destruction Derby results

bookstore-text-click-sized-august-300.jpgYREKA – Fifteen-year-old Katarina Martinez of Yreka sang her way to the Youth Talent Show championship in the 12-15 age group. Fort Jones residents Juliana Gamache and Dakota Watton, both 9-years-old, won the 8-11 age group.

The Diaper Derby went to speedster Josh Laustalot, the 11-month-old son of BJ and Tiffany Laustalot.

Dan Deegan from Gazelle won the Siskiyou County Motorsports Association Destruction Derby Main Event and took home a check for $1000. Edgewood’s Ken Lemos was second ($300), Randy Ford of Anderson was third ($200), and Justin Blanton from Yreka finished fourth ($50). (more…)

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Calling all COS alumni come spend a day celebrating the past, present, and future!

WEED – The new College of the Siskiyous Alumni Association will hold a Tailgate Party, Reception and Concert on Saturday, October 3, 2009.  All past, present, and future College of the Siskiyous students and their friends and families are invited to attend the day-long event. (more…)

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Heat U-18s go 4-1 to take second at Stockton Tourney


By Nick Sinnott

coffee-break-b.jpgThe Siskiyou Heat U-18s went South on the weekend of August 8-9 to compete in the highly touted Stockton Tournament. The game temperatures were in the high 90s but the Heat made it even hotter in Stockton with their aggressive play.

Game-1: The first game of pool play for the Heat was against the Fremont Flyers.  Kayla Graves started the game and did a great job, going the distance. The game plan was to remove Graves after four innings but she had such control the coaching team of Mike Jones and Nick Sinnott decided to let her go the distance.  Graves finished the game with seven strikeouts.  Things opened up in the first when Amber “Nails” Sinnott drove in Kelsey “The Stick” Moser with a triple to deep center field.  Graves then settled in for the next two innings and struck out five of the next six Flyers.  In the bottom of the third Sara “Who” Jones smashed a double to right scoring “Nails” and “The Stick”, who each got on board with singles, adding two more runs for the Heat.  The Flyers managed an unearned run in the top of the fourth making it 3-1 after four innings.  In the bottom of the fifth, things got a little wild for the Heat.  Michelle Rupert started with a single to right field. Sinnott then singled to left to advance Rupert to third. Jones grounded to short who fumbled the ball allowing Rupert and Sinnott to score.  Samantha “Sammy” Reed got on board with an interference call on the catcher. Mindy “Mindo” Chandler drove a hit to deep center scoring two runs and Rupert followed with her own 2-run double to complete the inning with seven runs scored. The game was called due to tournament rules. Final score: Heat 10 – Flyers 1 (more…)

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