MOUNT SHASTA – Prior to Friday night’s contest, you could search MaxPreps all you wanted and there’s one thing you would not find—a Weed Lady Cougars win over the Lady Bears of Mt.Shasta in basketball. That’s more than five years and 10 games. You can fin one now.
The Lady Cougars played an inspired game and earned a 37-28 win over Mt.Shasta—a new experience for every Weed player.
The Lady Cougars trailed only once in the game, when Mt.Shasta went up 4-2 early in the first quarter, on back-to-back buckets by Donnetta Young.The Cougars scored the next 11 points, to lead 13-4 going into the second quarter. Amanda Greene started the run with a steal-n-score. Sierra Skeen made a smooth entry pass to Kera Vogel in the low post and Vogel converted, giving Weed the lead, 6-4. Skeen dialed long distance to make it 9-4. Nicolette Neel cut to the basket, received a pass, and scored to up Weed’s advantage to 11-4. Mindi Chandler ended the quarter with a buzzer-beater, making it 13-4.
Taylor Hansen opened up the scoring for Mt.Shasta in the second quarter with a pair of freebies. Hansen then dropped a dime to Jeana Michels, who scored, making it 13-8. Neel got Weed rolling again with a hoop, and Greene dished to Vogel for a bucket, extending the Lady Cougars lead to 17-8. A freebie by Chandler and a basket from Skeen pushed the advantage to 21-8. A put-back by Greene made it 23-8. Hansen had a put-back at the buzzer for Mt.Shasta, leaving Weed with a 13 point lead, 23-10, at the intermission. (more…)
MCCLOUD – The Happy Camp Lady Indians and the Surprise Valley Lady Hornets made the drive to meet at McCloudHigh School on Friday night. The ride home was much shorter for Happy Camp than it was for SurpriseValley, as the Lady Indians dominated the Hornets, 57-16.
Lady Indian Sammi Jo Goodwin drained a 3-ball, starting a 9-0 run to open the game for Happy Camp. Two freebies by Kelsea McLeran made the score 5-0. Aja Conrad added a hoop, and then converted a dish from Goodwin into a bucket, making it 9-0. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – There was little doubt about where to find the biggest game in SiskiyouCounty on Friday night. With a Shasta Cascade League title on the line, the place to be was Mt.ShastaHigh School where the league-leading Bears hosted the second place Weed Cougars. The rivalry, intensified by the stakes, drew an enthusiastic standing-room only crowd.
When the fur settled, it was the Mt.Shasta fans that had the last cheer as their Bears secured an outright SCL championship with a hard-fought, comeback win, 54-46. (more…)
YREKA – Exciting, physical, and emotional are all words that could describe the NSCIF D-II opening round playoff match between number-four Yreka (7-6-1) and number-five Pierce (12-4-1) on Thursday. But, there’s one word that describes it perfectly for the Miners—win.
Yreka struck first, 10 minutes into the match, when Carlos Ontiveros found the back of the net, with an assist by Ross Perry. Two minutes later, Ontiveros struck again off a picture-perfect cross from Aiden McKee, giving Yreka a 2-0 lead.
Pierce responded within a minute to make the score 2-1. The Bears nearly tied the score at the 23-minute mark, but a diving save by Yreka keeper Noah Lawson kept the Miners in front.
A hand ball in the box by the Bears led to a penalty kick. Perry drilled the PK off the hands of the Pierce goalkeeper and into the net to make the score 3-1, with about 14 minutes left in the half. The Miners maintained the 3-1 advantage into the intermission. (more…)
YREKA – Other than the Yreka Miners and a few of their most faithful fans, few people gave the Miners much of a chance to beat the West Valley Eagles on Tuesday night. Who could blame the pessimists? After all, WestValley hammered the Miners 80-38 in the first meeting. But, these are the “never say die” Miners, and it seems anything can happen on any given night. It nearly did.
Yreka dominated the Eagles in the first half, easily breaking the Eagles’ press. Miner Luke White dribbled through the Eagles defense like a mouse playing in Swiss cheese. It seemed every possession ended with either White or Brandon Larreau dishing up an assist to Andrew Ward, Gareth Watkins, Daniel Fisher, or Cody Brooks. Yreka led 20-12 at the end of one quarter, and 41-24 at the half.
The Miners opened the second half with a Larreau bucket to equal their biggest lead of the night at 19 points, 43-24. Almost halfway into the third quarter, the Miners were still in control, leading 45-29. Then, WestValley began to make a move.
The Eagles hit a 3-ball, cutting the lead to 45-29. WestValley sandwiched old fashion 3-point plays around a Larreau basket, to narrow the margin to 12 points, 47-35. Andrew Ward hit for Yreka to make it 49-35. A pair of freebies and a hoop brought the Eagles to within 10 points, 49-39, with left in the third quarter. (more…)
WEED – Meet “The Tweaksters,” two quirky performers with six-pack abs of steel, dancers’ grace, zaniness, and a penchant for juggling, black light and heavy lifting, as they bring the “ooh-ahh” factor in their acrobatic, balletic, family-friendly feats of strength and balance.
This juggling, balancing, object-manipulating, off-the-wall team is captivatingly fun. Their innovative mix of acrobatic dance and artistic juggling blends pure athletic creativity with odd objects in a rhythmic, crazy cool performance designed to tweak and delight audiences of all ages. With the Tweaksters, you can’t imagine what you’ll experience next. From ping-pong air raids to glow-in-the-dark illusions to skillful feats of strength and balance, this pulse-quickening adventure keeps audiences oohing and aahing.
Sometimes regarded as “The Blue Man Group without the paint,” the Tweaksters use their athletic prowess and fertile imaginations to deftly manipulate flower pots, meteors, luminescent ropes, and galvanized pipes – not to mention each other – tweaking all the way. Are they more like the Blue Man Group without the paint or Cirque due Soleil without the high ticket prices?
Dare to find out yourself on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth W. Ford Theater. General admission tickets are $20, senior citizen tickets (60 years and older) are $19 and children 12 and under are $12. For groups purchasing 20 or more tickets, the cost is $15 per ticket. For additional information, call the Weed Campus Foundation Office at (530) 938-5373 or toll-free (888) 397-4339.
The COS Performing Arts Series is generously co-sponsored by the COS Foundation and the Siskiyou Training and Employment Program (STEP).
The North Section CIF released updated rankings for basketball playoff points on Monday. Despite losing to Happy Camp last week, the Butte Valley Lady Bulldogs (16-1) hold the highest ranking among SiskiyouCounty teams.
The Lady Bulldogs are ranked number-one in Division-VI. The Happy Camp Lady Indians (9-2) are tied with Herlong for 4th. Dunsmuir moved up to 8th in D-VI. (more…)
Whenever, you complain about officiating it smacks of sour grapes. Sometimes it is, and sometimes the officiating warrants criticism. I believe anyone who witnessed what happened to the Etna Lady Lions JV squad in Trinity last Friday night will back up the idea that the officiating was at best horrible, and probably extremely biased…or worse.
Signups for the Siskiyou Heat U-14 girls’ softball team will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 2:30 – 4:00 at the armory located at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds on Fairlane Road in Yreka. The fee is $75.00 and new league players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate. This team is for girls that were the age of 13 or 14 as of December 31, 2008. For more information contact Donna Cruz at 530-227-4616.
WEAVERVILLE – The Etna Lions maintained their chance for a second place finish in the Shasta Cascade League and a home playoff game by defying the odds and beating the Trinity Wolves at Trinity. In a game where Trinity seemed to be enjoying a home court advantage to the extreme, Etna lost starter Clint Eastlick early in the fourth quarter, and had starters Erik Anaya and Brent Davis playing almost the entire final frame with four fouls each. Yet, with strong support from reserves Seth Jordan and Andy Menne, the Lions pulled away for a 70-61 win.
The teams virtually exchange baskets for most of the first quarter, with Etna having a slight advantage in the play. The Lions had their biggest lead of the quarter, 20-15, when Brent Davis out hustled and out “quicked” a pack of Wolves under the basket for a hoop. Going into the second quarter, Etna led 20-17. Hicks had six points in the quarter and Eastlick had five, including a 3-ball.
Trinity gained the lead about into the second quarter, 23-22, and built a five-point lead, 28-23. Jordan hit a pair of freebies to make it 28-25, but Trinity came right back with a bucket. A put-back by Anaya and a hoop in the paint by Jordan made it a one point game, 30-29, with left in the half. With Trinity leading 32-29, Menne hit a jumper, making it 32-31
In a wild last of the half, Hicks stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a bucket to make the score 34-33. Trinity hit a 3-pointer, 37-33. At the other end, Anaya picked up a 3-point play the hard way, bringing Etna back to within one point at 37-36. Just before the half, there was a scramble for a rebound at the Trinity end. Anaya knocked the ball free, and then retrieved it. An official, apparently believing that the sideways swat was a 10-15 foot dribble, called Anaya for traveling. A less than happy Etna coach called the call “terrible” and picked up a technical foul. Trinity converted one of the two technical foul shots, to go into the locker room with a 38-36 lead. (more…)
The North Section CIF announced the soccer playoff seedings on Saturday. The Yreka Lady Miners are seeded second in Division-II, and will receive a first-round bye. Yreka will host the winner of the Winters (3) v Willows (6) game, on Tuesday, February 24.
The Miner boys are seeded fourth and will host Pierce (5) on Thursday, February 19. Games are scheduled for .
WEAVERVILLE – It’s been a while since the Etna Lady Lions won a Shasta Cascade League title. On Friday night, they secured at least a share of the crown, when they defeated the Trinity Wolves 60-48.
The Lady Lions are 9-2 in SCL play, and hold a two win advantage over Mt.Shasta (7-3). Mt.Shasta has two games to play, and could tie Etna in wins and losses, if the Lady Lions were to fall to Burney next Friday. However, Etna has won both of their SCL games against Mt.Shasta, and holds the tiebreaker.
It wasn’t an easy chore for Etna against Trinity. The Lady Wolves took Etna to overtime, when they met on the Lady Lions’ home court, and held the lead for large chunks of the latest contest. Add together playing in the Trinity High School “cave” with its dungeon quality lighting, creative officiating, and a long snowy trip, it’s easy to see why Etna struggled a bit getting into a rhythm in the early stages. (more…)
YREKA – Friday the 13th came early for the Yreka Lady Miner basketball teams, as they were swept by the Corning Cardinals on Thursday night. Corning won the varsity contest 51-39, JVs 56-52, and the Frosh 29-27.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the night was the near comeback by the Yreka frosh squad, and Elizabeth Roy’s ownership of the third quarter. After being shutout 5-0 in the first quarter, the Lady Miner frosh were trailing 14-5 in the second quarter. Just before the buzzer, Roy fired a near half court shot that found the bottom of the net for a 3-pointer, energizing the crowd, Roy and the Lady Miners. It was just the start for Roy.
Roy opened the second half with a hoop to cut the deficit to 14-10. After Corning scored, Roy connected again, to make it 16-12. Miranda Parsons added a freebie to make it a one possession game, 16-13. After Corning added a free throw, Roy hit another basket, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to two points, 17-15.
Corning and Roy traded a couple of hoops, making the score 21-19. The Cardinals went back up by four points, 23-19, but MacKenzie Allen hit a bucket to make the score 23-21 going into the final frame. Roy exploded for 10 points in the third quarter.
Corning scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to extend its lead to seven points at 28-21. The Lady Miners, however, weren’t done just yet. A pair from the charity stripe by Kelsey Stonier made it 28-23. Corning added a free throw, making the score 29-23. The Miners responded with baskets by Roy and Krista Freeze, but came up just a hoop short, losing 29-27.
Elizabeth Roy led the Lady Miner frosh with 15 points, Krista Freeze added four points. (more…)