Lady Miners go 1-1 for the week

yreka-corning-alyssa-scala-text-sized.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners picked up a win against the Corning Lady Cardinals (2-2, 16-12) on Thursday, 6-1, but fell to the league-leading West Valley Lady Eagles (6-0, 20-8-1) on Friday, 10-0.

Yreka took the lead over Corning, 3-1, when Stephanie Leyva belted a two-run dinger in the bottom of the second inning. Yreka added three more runs in the fifth inning, when Leyva tripled, making the final 6-1.

Lady Miner Leyva had a monster day at the plate, going 2-2, with a long-ball, a triple, a run, five RBI, and a walk. Ashlie Smith went 2-3, with a run, and an RBI. Sara Jones was 2-4, with two runs. Kaitlin Weckerle went 2-4, with two steals. Brie Phillips scored two runs, going 1-3. Kayla Graves registered the complete game win (7IP, ER, 5H, BB, 6K).

Yreka spent one day back over .500 in the Northern Athletic League before dropping to even at 3-3 (11-13), with the loss to West Valley. The Lady Eagles had a 1-0 lead after the first inning, and added two more runs in the second to up the margin to 3-0. Mean while, four of the first seven Lady Miners headed for the pine via strikeouts. (more…)

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Miners shut out Corning to take over NAL lead

yreka-corning-ethan-garrett-text-sized.jpgYREKA – The last time the Yreka Miners and the Corning Cardinals hooked up, it was a one-run extra-innings win for Corning. So, it came as no surprise that the second meeting between the squads, on Thursday, also turned out to be low scoring. This time, however, it was the Miners who came out on top, 2-0.

The win puts Yreka on top of the Northern Athletic League at 5-2 (11-13), ahead of Central Valley (4-3, 15-11-1) and Corning (4-3, 9-10). It was also the Miners’ fifth straight win in NAL competition.

northerncapaving-225.jpgThe Cardinals went down in order in the top of the first inning, thanks in large part to a sliding catch by Miner center-fielder Robert Moeai. Lead-off batter Ethan Garrett took a four-pitch walk to open up the bottom half of the inning. Garrett stole second, but the Miners were unable to bring him home. (more…)

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KSYC/ Siskiyou Youth April Powder Keg Awards

sara-jones-powder-keg-text-sized.jpgYREKA – The Powder Keg Awards are given each month to Yreka High School student athletes. The Powder Kegs are chosen based on three main criteria: on-field performance, attitude, and the desire to succeed.

The female Powder Keg award winner for April is Sara Jones. Jones is the third baseman on the Lady Miners softball team. She is in the top three on the team in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, RBI, and on-base percentage. Jones is also an excellent defensive player, who rarely commits a mental error. In addition, Jones is a team leader, who is constantly encouraging and picking up her teammates. (more…)

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Linda Geddes: foreigner for a year

By Amber Fiock

geddes-sized.jpgHave you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country, away from what you know and are used to? That’s exactly what Miss Linda Geddes of Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland has been doing for the past eight months.

Geddes switched lives with Yreka High School teacher Lynda Barnett for the 2007-08 school year, through the Fulbright Exchange Program. The two teachers exchanged houses and jobs. Both are English and drama teachers. For the past several months, Geddes has been teaching drama and sophomore English at Yreka High School.

Geddes was born September 8, 1975, and graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a BA in English language and literature. Her favorite parts of being a teacher are reading and talking.

bookstore-text-click-sized.jpg“I get paid to talk about books! Perfect,” Geddes exclaimed.

She has also worked as a counselor, in retail, and in a children’s home.

Geddes chose to come to America based on the friendly atmosphere she experienced from the five times she’s visited in the past. She also feels there’s a lot to see and do. The students and YHS librarian Sandee Sanders have become Geddes’ favorite part of Yreka. (more…)

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Lady Eagles sweep Feather River and GVC

cos-feather-river-crislyn-chewning-text-sized.jpgWEED – The College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles swept Feather River in their final GVC double-header of the season, 8-0, and 11-5, last Friday. COS also swept the Golden Valley Conference, going 20-0 (47-3). COS is ranked second in the state, and first in the northern region.

In game-one against Feather River, the Lady Eagles wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard. Crislyn Chewning led off with a triple down the right field line. Then, with one out, Ali Paz blasted a 2-run dinger, to put COS up 2-0. Two batters later, Katie Zauner went yard to make it 3-0.

Neither team scored for the next three innings, until COS added three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nikki Kemper was hit by a pitch to lead off. Kemper moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laura Thorp. Chewning drove in Kemper, to make it 4-0, with a single. Chewning stole second base, and moved to third on a fly out to right field. Ali Paz singled, driving in Chewning to increase the lead to 5-0. Paz scored on a double by Zwetschke, giving COS a 6-0 lead after five innings. (more…)

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Lady Bears pull off sweet sweep of Modoc

mt-shasta-modoc-amanda-woods-text-sized.jpgALTURAS – A week after being swept by Fall River, the Mt. Shasta Lady Bears pulled off a sweet sweep of the Modoc Lady Braves, on their turf. Modoc had occupied the second spot in the Shasta Cascade League Standings. That spot now belongs to the Lady Bears.

In game-one, Mt. Shasta went into the bottom of the second inning with a 1-0 lead, from a run in the first inning. But, before the first Modoc batter of the inning stepped up to the plate, the Lady Bears lost their ace pitcher, Lauren McCurrey, to a pulled thigh muscle, during warm up pitches. Coach Greg Eastman went to the bench and called on Amanda Woods to get the job done. She did.

Woods and the Lady Bears gave up one run in the bottom of the second, to make the score 1-1, but Modoc would not score again until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Mt. Shasta regained the lead in the top of the third inning, with a pair of runs, to lead 3-1. Another Lady Bear run in the fourth made it 4-1. The Lady Braves added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, making the final 4-2.

coffee-break-generic-ad-4.jpgFor the Lady Bears, Sammy Reed went 3-4. Valerie Hougan was 2-4, with a pair of runs. Bella Campbell scored a run, going 1-4. Cynthia Laiacona walked and scored a run. Woods was the winning pitcher (6IP, 2R, 3H, BB, 2K). McCurrey pitched the first inning and gave up no runs, two hits, and no walks. (more…)

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COS goes retro and beats Shasta

cos-shasta-dennis-deross-text-sized.jpgWEED – When the COS Eagles baseball squad took the field in their retro uniforms, you had a feeling that they were going to play well against the rival Shasta Knights. The Eagles donned the powder blue uniforms as part of a day honoring former COS coach Dennis DeRoss, and his 1984 team that won the Golden Valley Conference, and finished as the state runner-up.

DeRoss tossed the first pitch, but it was Shasta who stole the show early. The Knights Erik Larsen opened up the game with a walk, and moved to second on a ground out. Etna High graduate Robbie Brown singled, scoring Larsen. Brown swiped second and third base. The next Knight struck out, but Curtis Crosby reached on an error and advanced to second. Brown scored to make it 2-0 for Shasta. The Knights scored again in the inning to make it 3-0. COS went down 1-2-3 in their half of the first inning.

Shasta had a pair of base runners in the second inning, but failed to score. Billy Deaton, Justin Anderson, and Derrick Hemmele all came up with two-out singles to load the bases, but COS was unable to push a run across the plate. (more…)

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Lady Lions win SCL

BURNEY – The Etna Lady Lions figured that the Shasta Cascade League Championship would come down to the final double-header of the season against the Modoc Lady Braves. As it turned out, Etna’s split with the Burney Lady Raiders, last Friday, combined with Mt. Shasta’s sweep of Modoc delivered the Lady Lions’ SCL championship earlier than expected.

valleytire5-c-sized.jpgEtna won the first game of the double-header against Burney 12-7. Etna scored three runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third inning to lead 7-0. Burney put up a run in the bottom of the third, making it 7-1. Etna added three runs in the fourth to up their advantage to 10-1. Both teams scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning to make the score 12 – 3 going into the final frame. Burney rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the effort came up well short, as the Lady Lions took the contest 12-7. (more…)

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Lady Miners even NAL record

yreka-central-valley-weckerle-kutzer-sized.JPGYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners evened their Northern Athletic League record at 2-2, with a 9-5 win over the Central Valley Lady Falcons, last Friday.

The Lady Falcons put up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, and Yreka scored a single run in the bottom half, to give CV its only lead of the game. The Lady Miners tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Then, Yreka scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take the lead 4-2.

The Lady Falcons drew even at 4-4, with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Lady Miners regained the lead with a run in their half of the inning, 5-4. Yreka broke the game open in the sixth inning with four runs, to lead 9-4. CV added a single run in the top of the seventh, making the final 9-5.

Sara Jones led the Yreka offense with a perfect day at the plate, going 3-3, with a run, an RBI, two doubles, and a walk. Ashlie Smith and Amber Sinnott were also perfect with the bat. Smith went 4-4, with a run and a steal. Sinnott was 3-3, with a run and two steals. Alyssa Scala, Brie Phillips, and Stephanie Leyva all went 2-4. Phillips and northerncapaving-225.jpgLeyva each scored two runs, and had a steal a piece. Scala scored a run and had a steal.

Kayla Graves went the distance for the win (7IP, 5R, 11H, 0BB, 2K).

The Lady Miners (10-12) visit the Corning Cardinals (2-1, 15-11) on Tuesday, April 22 for another NAL contest.

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Lady Lions in control of SCL

ETNA – It was the double-header that Etna Lady Lion fans had been pointing to all season—two games against perennial Shasta Cascade League powerhouse, the Fall River Lady Bulldogs. Some observers said that it would be the end of the Lady Lions championship run. They were wrong. (more…)

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Errors costly for Lady Bears

mt-shasta-fall-river-lauren-mccurrey-text-sized.jpgMcArthur – The young Mt. Shasta Lady Bears have been making progress throughout the season towards being an SCL force. However, as often happens with young teams, there are numerous ups and downs along the journey. Last Friday’s double-header against the Fall River Bulldogs was one of those down turns.

In game-one, the Lady Bears put up a run in the top of the first inning, and added three more in the second inning to lead the Bulldogs 4-0. Then came one of those innings ball clubs like to forget. Fall River scored five runs, none of them earned, to take the lead 5-4. The Lady Bulldogs added two more unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, to win 7-4.

“(In) the first game, Lauren (McCurrey) pitched her best effort ever, giving up five hits and no earned runs. We let her down in the second inning on three consecutive errors,” said Mt. Shasta Coach Greg Eastman.

Offensively for the Lady Bears, Amber Butts went 1-3, with two runs, and a walk. Valerie Hougan and Donetta Young each went 1-3, and scored a run a piece. McCurrey started, pitched all six innings, and was tagged with the loss (7R, 0ER, 5H, BB, 4K).

coffee-break-generic-ad-4.jpgIn game-two, the Lady Bears again jumped to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Fall River put a single run on the board in both the first and second innings. Going into the bottom of the third inning, Mt. Shasta led 3-2, but Fall River scored three runs to take the lead 5-3. The Lady Bears answered back in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 5-5. (more…)

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Lions escape with split

etna-fall-river-clint-johnson-text-sized.jpgETNA – The Etna Lions baseball squad started the day tied with the Burney Raiders for the Shasta Cascade League lead, at 5-1. By the end of their double-header with the Fall River Bulldogs, on Tuesday, Etna had slipped into a tie for second place with Trinity, at 6-2. Fall River won the first game 10-5. The Lions bounced back to win game-two in nine innings, 4-3.

After a poor performance in game-one, the Lions came roaring back in game-two. Both teams had a base runner in each of the first three innings, but were unable to score. After retiring the Bulldogs in order in the top of the fourth inning, including two strikeouts by Lion pitcher Logan Dysert, Etna broke the ice in the bottom half. (more…)

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Bears and Bulldogs split

McArthur – After dropping the first game of the double-header to the Fall River Bulldogs, 7-0, the Mt. Shasta Bears rebounded to take game-two 6-4. The Bears baseball squad stays at the .500 mark in the Shasta Cascade League at 4-4 (8-10). Mt. Shasta is in fourth place, ahead of Fall River (3-3), and trailing third place Trinity (6-2). Etna and Burney sit on top of the SCL at 5-1.

coffee-break-generic-ad-4.jpgIn game-one, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the second inning, two in the third inning, and another two runs in the fifth inning.

For the Bears, Trent Hough went 2-2. Erik Acord and Andrew Campbell were each 1-2, with a walk. Dallas Brooks was 1-3. Colin Waterman started on the hill and took the loss (5IP, 7R, 5H, 7BB, 2K). (more…)

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Lady Eagles ranked 1st

The College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles grabbed a share of the top ranking in the state of California, after recording wins over Yuba, Shasta, and Butte, last week. COS is currently tied with Cypress (40-1) for the top spot, with 150 points, and six first place votes a piece. (more…)

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Lady Lion JVs take third place

etna-lost-river-tandy-thackeray-text-sized.jpgETNA – The host Etna Lady Lion JVs won their pool, last Friday, but fell to eventual Marble Mountain Classic Softball Scramble, runner-up Big Valley (varsity team). Etna however, bounced back in the third place game, hammering Lost River 11-2.

After setting down Lost River in order to start the game, Etna set about scoring some runs in the bottom of the first inning. Katie Eiler led off with a single. Andrea Pearson laid down a sacrifice bunt that wound up being a hit. Eiler advanced all the way to third on the play. Kassie Federico picked up an RBI, when she grounded out, scoring Eiler. Pearson came home, on a Tandy Thackeray single. Thackeray stole second and third base, and scored when Ilima Adams singled. Etna led 3-0 after one inning.

Lost River failed to score in the second inning. Teal Rimmer led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk for the Lady Lions. Rimmer moved to second on an Eiler sac bunt, and reached third on a wild pitch. Rimmer scored, when Federico reached on an error, to make the score 4-0.

valleytire5-c-sized.jpgNeither squad scored in the third inning. Lost River scored one run in the top of the fourth, but Etna answered right back in the bottom. Rimmer led off with a single, and went to second, and then third base, on wild pitches. Rimmer scored on an errant throw, during a pick off attempt by the Lost River catcher, making it 5-1, after four innings. (more…)

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Lady Miner JVs capture tourney championship

yreka-big-valley-adriana-scala-b-text-sized.jpgETNA – The JV version of the Marble Mountain Classic Softball Scramble was a two day event, except for the Yreka Lady Miner JV squad. Yreka had a league game against Lassen on Friday, and wound up playing all of their tournament games on Saturday. In the end, it didn’t matter.

The Lady Miners beat both Big Valley (a varsity team), and Quincy in back-to-back pool-play games in the morning. After a couple of hours of rest, the Lady Miners took care of Lost River, in a semi-final game, setting up a championship match with Big Valley. BV defeated Etna in the other semi-final game.

The Lady Miners came into their fourth game in ten hours looking a bit tired. Yreka opened up the top of the first inning, with three straight strikeouts. The Big Valley Cardinals converted a hit, a passed ball, and an error into a run in the bottom half of the inning, to lead 1-0.

northerncapaving-225.jpgBV committed a couple of errors in the top of the second inning, which gave Yreka a runner on second with one out, and runners on second and third base, with two outs. However, three Yreka strike outs blew away their chance to get on the board in the inning. BV opened the bottom half with a double, but a 6-3-5 double play erased the Cardinals’ opportunity. (more…)

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Miners win third in a row

yreka-lassen-devin-howard-text-sized.jpgYREKA – Don’t look now, but the defending NAL champion Yreka Miners baseball squad is beginning to heat up. The Miners dominated the Lassen Grizzlies 5-1, on Friday, to win their third straight Northern Athletic League game.

Yreka took the lead, 1-0, in the second inning. Lassen scored a run in the top of the fourth to knot it at 1-1. Yreka put up three runs in the fourth and added an insurance run in the fifth.

Andrew Ward started on the hill and pitched six strong innings for the win (R, 4H, BB, 9K). Ethan Garrett pitched the top of the seventh and fanned the first and third batters, on the way to a 1-2-3 inning.

Rodney Grant led the Miner offense, going 1-3, with a run, an RBI, a double, and a walk. Kurt Lorenzini went 1-3, with a run and a walk. Joe Wilson was 1-3, with a run.

“Today was our first really dominating win. We did almost everything right. We still didn’t bunt. We made a few blunders, but as far as pitching well, we did that. We got good hits when we needed them. We made the defensive plays when we needed them,” said Yreka Coach Jason Freitas. “This was the best team win. It gives us confidence going into the break. We get a nice little week break before we play Central Valley. So, we’ll have everybody loaded and ready to go.”

Yreka is now 3-2 in the NAL (9-13), and will visit Shasta Lake City to play Central Valley on Friday, April 18.

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