Spini’s double Impact

spini-impact.jpgMt. Shasta Lady Bear freshman Kayla Spini is known for two types of impact—the impact of her pitches hitting catcher Tori Weatherford’s glove, and the impact of her bat hitting the ball.

Spini helped lead her Lady Bear team to the Shasta Cascade League championship and NSCIF D-IV runner up. Her record in the circle was 24-5, with an SCL leading ERA of 1.14. Her strikeout total of 278 was second in the SCL.

At the plate, Spini hit .408 with 40 RBI. She hit five homeruns, including a walk off in the bottom of the eighth inning in the first round of the playoffs against Yreka. Her home run total was tied for the best in the SCL, and she was second in RBI.

Spini’s other claim to fame at the plate was breaking pitcher Jessica Moore’s three-plus game no-hit streak, when Mt. Shasta played the Sutter “sports factory” in the section championship game. It was the only hit given up by Moore in the playoffs.

From the circle and the plate, Kayla Spini has earned an Impact Player Award.

bowen-ad-rev.jpgThe Impact Player Award is given on a monthly basis and goes to Siskiyou County high school athletes, male or female, that have had a significant impact on the success of their team. I select the players based on my own observations, often in consultation with the player’s coaches.

A total of four awards may be given each month and are not school specific; they can go to a player at any school that Siskiyou Youth covers. Winners receive Impact T-shirts that were designed by Golden Grotto. The T-shirts and award are cosponsored by Siskiyou Youth and NorCal Classic Hits radio 102.3/101.7.

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Yreka Miners track and field Awards

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Track Most Valuable Athlete: Christina Korcek

Field Most Valuable Athlete: Carrie Turner

Most Inspirational Athlete: Ami Martin

Most Improved Athlete: Shannon Leskowitz

Junior Varsity Girls

Miner Pride Award: Alexis Yaple

Most Inspirational Athlete: Kelsey Stonier (more…)

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Jorgensen has long distance Impact

jorgensen-impact.jpgI admit it. I’m not usually as impressed by athletic proficiency in individual sports as I am in team sports. There’s something about people working together to achieve a goal that I find really appealing. However, there are exceptions. One exception is an athlete that is excellent at more than one individual event, especially if those events happen to be grueling—grueling like distance running.

When it comes to middle and long distance running, one of the best in Siskiyou County is Yreka High School junior Kevin Jorgensen. Jorgensen won the 800m and 1600m races at the Northern Athletic League championship meet, last Friday. He also finished second in the 3200m.

yac-300-b.jpgJorgensen’s top time this season for the 800m is 1:58.60, second best in the North Section. He has the fourth best 1600m time in the section (4:33.06).

In the fall, Jorgensen competed in cross country, finishing fourth at the NAL championships in the 5,000m.

Personally, I have a rule about running. If there’s no ball, I’m not running. But, that doesn’t diminish my appreciation for the difficulty involved in distance running. It might be one of the few sports where you can finish last and still have accomplished something. Finishing last obviously isn’t an issue for Jorgensen, which makes him that much more impressive.

So, with that appreciation in mind, Kevin Jorgensen is an Impact Player Award winner. (more…)

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Miners improbable playoff run ends at Central Valley

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SHASTA LAKE CITY – There are a couple of things that teams in the NorthSection have learned about the Yreka Miners over the past couple of years—never under estimate them and never count them out.

Last year, it was the eleventh-seeded Miner boys basketball team that reached the section finals by beating the sixth, third, and second seeded teams. The Miners eventually fell in the championship game to Central Valley, but not before giving the Falcons a scare.

This season, after battling injuries to multiple top players, the Miners baseball team barely made it into the post season as the eighth and final seed. It didn’t matter. In round-one, Yreka took out top seed Winters, 5-1. Then, they eliminated the four-seed, Wheatland, 9-8. (more…)

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Tigers fall in title game, finish second in Division-VI

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By Rick Martin

coffee-break-b.jpgThe Dunsmuir Tiger baseball team spent most of Tuesday’s NSCIF Division-VI title game playing catch-up to the Princeton Eagles. And in the end, they simply ran out of outs as the visitors left town with a 7-5 win and the championship plaque.

The two teams wasted no time getting on the board. Eagle Guillermo Rodriguez led off the game with a single to left, then came in to score after a wild pitch and a pair of groundouts.

The Tigers got their crack in the bottom of the opening frame, and Erin Kirch wasted no time drawing them even, blasting a 375-foot home run to the base of the scoreboard in left to knot the game up. (more…)

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Shasta Cascade League baseball All-League

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Taylor Pehle-Munson

Trevor Kendrick

Jordan Pehle-Munson

Mt. Shasta

Zack Morris

Trent Hough

Weed

Travis Andrews

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Shasta Cascade League softball All-League

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Kayla Spini MVP

Tori Weatherford

Kayla Emerson

Makenzie Hanna

Cynthia Laiacona

Etna

Paige Finley

Andrea Pearson

Tandy Thackeray

Katie Eiler

Coach of the Year: Greg Eastman, Mt. Shasta

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One throw by Potter makes a big Impact

impact-potter.jpgSome athletes have a knack for coming up with the big plays. Etna senior Brittney Potter is one of those athletes.

Potter is the type of player that hits the 3-pointer at the buzzer (She has more than once). Or, hits one home run in her softball career, and it’s a walk off (She did as a freshman on the varsity team).

This softball season Potter patrolled center field for the Etna Lady Lions. Most of the time, the plays were routine. Then in the Division-V NSCIF championship game, it was show time.

The situation was that Etna was leading the top-seeded Colusa Redskins 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. There were runners on second and third with two outs. A Colusa batter singled up the middle, scoring the y-ad-1-click.jpgrunner from third. The runner from second was heading home and seemed likely to score.

Potter fielded the ball, and fired a laser beam to Etna catcher Tandy Thackeray, who caught the ball and applied the tag for the final out of the inning, preserving the lead and ultimately the win for Etna.

Arguably, Potter’s throw was the biggest single play in Etna softball history. And, that makes Potter an Impact Player Award winner. (more…)

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Yreka varsity girls second, boys third at NAL Championships

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COTTONWOOD – The Northern Athletic League held its track and field championships at West Valley High School last Friday. The Yreka Miner girls varsity finished second and the boys placed third. Both the Yreka JV boys and girls took first place.

The varsity Lady Miners were led by Carrie Turner who won both the Long Jump (16-09.00) and the Triple Jump (33-10.00). Kelsey Robberson was Yreka’s only other first place finisher, going 10-00.00 to win the Pole Vault. West Valley won the varsity girls team competition. (more…)

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Etna girls and Mt. Shasta boys win SCL Track Championships

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Weed JV boys take first

bowen-ad-rev.jpgWEED – The Shasta Cascade League held its track and field championships last Friday at the College of the Siskiyous. The Etna Lady Lion girls varsity and Mt. Shasta Bear boys varsity came out on top in the team competitions.

Etna was led by sophomore speedster Emily Loogman who won the 100m (13.70), 400m (1:03.06), 800m (2:37.06), and the 100m Hurdles (16.64). Jilinda Franklin won 3200m (12:39.76) for Etna. Teri Szczepanek was first in the 300m Hurdles (52.33), and Annaleisa Nadig won the shot put (31-01.50). The Lady Lions finished 1,2,3,4 in the high jump with Trina Appler winning the event at 4-08.00. Sarah Loogman was unopposed in the Pole Vault, winning with a height of 9-06.00. Loogman is tied with Kelsey Robberson of Yreka for the top height in the section this season at 10-00.00. (more…)

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Lady Bears 2009 NSCIF D-IV Runner Up

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Tiger teams finish third at Evergreen League Championships

mittan-ad-300.jpgThe Dunsmuir High School Track and Field teams enjoyed a successful outing on Friday at the Evergreen League Championships held in Tulelake. Both the boys and the girls varsity teams finished third, and both missed second place by just seven points. A total of 18 top-three finishes were recorded, which included a total of 18 new personal bests. Eleven Dunsmuir athletes had qualifying marks to move onto the Division-IV Championships to be held Friday, May 22 at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

Dunsmuir’s team is young, with three sophomores, eight juniors and one senior.

“Our goal is to continue to improve throughout the season and 12 of the 13 team members posted new personal records today. That shows great heart and dedication,” said Dunsmuir Head Coach Steve Van Ert. (more…)

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Lady Lions win NSCIF D-V Championship

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valley-tire-red-300.jpgCOLUSA – The second seeded Etna Lady Lions traveled to Colusa to take on the top seeded Redskins in the North Section CIF Division-V championship softball game, on Saturday. In a battle that was fitting for the top two teams in the division, Etna prevailed 2-1.

Etna struck first in the top of the second inning, when they manufactured a run. Tandy Thackeray took a lead off walk, and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Gentry. With two out, Kassie Federico singled up the middle to plate Thackeray, giving the Lady Lions a 1-0 lead.

svpt-small.jpgColusa mounted a serious threat in the bottom half of the inning. Etna’s pitcher, Paige Finely, fanned the first batter, but walked the second. Finley struck out the next batter. However, she walked the fourth batter of the inning, giving Colusa runners on first and second base. A passed ball allowed the runners to advance to second and third, with two outs. Finley struck out the next batter looking to end the threat.

Colusa was back knocking on the door in the bottom of the fifth inning, with help from Etna’s only two errors of the game. The first Colusa batter of the inning was hit by a pitch. The next batter flew out to center field. An attempt to double off the runner at first base resulted in an overthrow, and the runner moved up to second. Another Etna error made it runners on first and third for Colusa. The runner on first moved to second on a steal. (more…)

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Dunsmuir will host D-VI championship game

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coffee-break-b.jpgDUNSMUIR – The Dunsmuir Tigers baseball team won its NSCIF D-VI semi-final game against the Greenville Indians 8-5 on Friday afternoon. The Tigers led from start to finish and sealed the win with tag out at home plate, when the Indians attempted a double steal in the top of the seventh inning.

Dunsmuir opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. LT Hisey led off with a single. Jake Mekeel singled, and Hisey scored all the way from first base, having already taken off for second base on the pitch. Mekeel went to second on the throw home. Erin Kirch singled and Mekeel moved to third base. Kirch went to second on the throw to third. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 5/12 – 5/17

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Sunday, May 17

Softball

COS 0 – Sierra 2

COS finishes third at State Championship tournament

Saturday, May 16

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NSCIF D-IV Championship

Mt. Shasta 1 – Sutter 11

Mt. Shasta is D-IV section runner up

NSCIF D-V Championship

Etna 2 – Colusa 1

Etna wins D-V section championship. See story above for stats.

COS 3 – Mt. Sac 4

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Mt. Shasta 9 – Wheatland 4 NSCIF D-IV semi-final

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