HAPPY CAMP – It wasn’t the Happy Camp Lady Indians most inspired effort of the season, but they managed to defeat the Redding Christian Lady Lions on Wednesday, 43-34. Fifth-seeded Happy Camp improved its season record to 11-2, and will travel to five-seed Herlong (17-5) on Friday night.
The Lady Indians started well enough, jumping to a 6-0 lead on put-backs by Ashley Goodwin and Aja Conrad, as well as a hoop from Kelsea McLeran. Redding Christian didn’t score until almost the midway point in the first quarter on a pair of freebies that made the score 6-2.
Savannah Britton put the Lady Indians back up by six points on a put-back. An old fashion 3-point play by the Lady Lions made it 8-5, buckets by Amy Wyckoff and Conrad gave Happy Camp a 12-5 lead after the first quarter.
Redding Christian opened the second quarter scoring with a hoop, but Carly Hammon answered for the Indians with a trey, to make the score 15-7. Later in the quarter, Conrad drove the lane to increase Happy Camp’s lead to nine points, 18-9.
For much of the first half, Happy Camp seemed to be on the verge of blowing the game open, but couldn’t quite get there. Then, Redding Christian started to gain the edge. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the 12-seed that they were supposed to roll over and give up. By halftime, the Lady Lions had closed the gap to four points, 20-16. (more…)
DORRIS – The Butteville Eagles boys basketball team won the Siskiyou County Athletic League small schools tournament last Saturday, capping an undefeated 15-0 season.
The Eagles defeated Dunsmuir in the championship game, 39-36. Dunsmuir led by eight points at the half, but the Eagles were able to hold Dunsmuir scoreless in the third quarter and turn the tide in their favor.
Coach Chris Pappas tells the fourth quarter story: (more…)
ETNA – The ninth-seeded Rio Vista Lady Rams traveled over 300 miles to take on the eighth-seeded Etna Lady Lions in round one of the NSCIF D-V playoffs on Tuesday night. Although the Rams put up a fight early, in the end the game wasn’t close, as the Lady Lions’ athleticism was too much to handle for Rio Vista.
With the score tied 7-7 in the first quarter, Brittney Potter scored to give Etna the lead, 9-7, a lead the Lady Lions would not relinquish. Trina Appler added a bucket to make the score 11-7, going into the second quarter.
Etna led 16-13, when a Paige Finley hoop started a 10-1 run. After Finley scored, Sarah Loogman added a basket, and Ilima Adams dished to Appler for a bucket, upping Etna’s advantage to nine points, 22-13. Baskets by Annaleisa Nadig and Finley increased the lead to double digits at 26-13. Rio Vista added a freebie, leaving Etna ahead 26-14 at the intermission.
The Lady Lions added two points to their lead in the third quarter, making it a 14-point game, 34-20, going into the final frame.
Leading 36-25, Etna went on a game-clinching 14-0 scoring spurt in the fourth quarter. Potter started the run by driving the lane for a hoop, and followed up with another score, making it 40-25. A steal-n-score by Finley upped the lead to 42-25. Then, Potter dropped a dime to Finley who converted for a 44-25 lead. A steal by Jilinda Franklin led to a 3-point play the hard way by Finley, to increase the margin to 47-25. Loogman finished off the scoring for Etna with freebie, and then a put-back, doubling up the Rams 50-25. Rio Vista added three cosmetic hoops at the end of the game, making the final 50-31. (more…)
“Playoffs here we come” says Alden Jay Gibbs Jr. Who has been a big contributor to the success of the COS men’s basketball team, who is getting ready for their game tonight.
Alden is from Brooklyn, NY, “which is just like a big city where you can walk pretty much everywhere and there is always something to do,” said Alden
Asked how he heard about the tiny town of Weed and COS Alden said, “My high school principle knows Billy Offill, and told me that I should go play there since I wasn’t doin nothin back at home. So here I am,” said Alden. “So here I am, and I’m having fun.”
Alden’s making the adjustment from the big city to rural life, but it hasn’t been easy.
“Its ok I guess, I just play ball and video games, and and hang out with the guys. It’s a lot smaller than home so the part where there isn’t a lot of things to do all the time was very difficult to adjust to,” said Alden
On the court, Alden prefers playing defense to offense, but enjoys going vertical.
“Defense is where it’s at, though offense is when I can dunk it,” said Alden.
Alden wants to play some higher level college ball.
He says, “I will go wherever gives me a full ride, I just wanna play ball. I am gonna miss all the guys from my two years at COS and met a lot of cool people which maybe I can see in the future.”
Alden’s parting words are, “hope to see you at the game at 7:00”
Siskiyou Youth contributor Alyssa Scala is a graduate of YrekaHigh School. She currently attends COS, where she is working towards a law degree.
Prior to the start of the Yreka Lady Miners NSCIF D-II semi-final match with the Winters Lady Warriors on Tuesday, I got a laugh from a football player (gridiron football) in the stands.
“Soccer’s not a sport. You just run around,” he said.
The Lady Miners and Lady Warriors would certainly disagree. The football player left early. Had he stayed, he would have learned something; soccer is a contact sport. And, in this particular match, there were several hits that would have made any linebacker proud. Even the lone goal in Yreka’s 1-0 shutout win came from Kelsey Robberson out muscling and out working a Winters defender. (more…)
When it comes to youth sports, the media gives the larger schools in our area most of the attention. It’s sort of a natural thing. That’s where the most students are, and generally the larger schools are the most accessible. However, when you take the time to check out the outlying schools, you can find some real gems.
One of the most successful teams in the last few years has been the Happy Camp Lady Indians. The girls made it to the section championship last year, and they are 10-2 going into the playoffs this season. On a team full of talented players, one of the brightest gems is senior post player Aja Conrad.
I’ve been following Aja’s progress for a while. Last year, Aja was a diamond in the rough. It was obvious she had talent and played well all season, but there was room to grow. This season, Aja has been dominating in the Evergreen League, where she is second in scoring with 15.7 points per game. Not only does Aja average double figures in scoring, but has scored in double figures every game except one. In the season opener against Etna, she had nine points in Happy Camp’s win. (more…)
The Scott Valley Theater Company in conjunction with the College of the Siskiyous Music Department presents a night of barbershop music, Friday, March 6 at at Etna’s historic AveryTheater. This concert was originally slated for last December but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Director Sean Abel has put in a special order for good weather for this concert and, hopefully, the work order will go through.
Under the direction of Sean Abel and Jan Stensaas, two a capella singing groups will be featured, the Siskiyou Serenaders, an all men’s group and the Siskiyou Sweethearts, an all women’s choir. The singers have been together in both the fall and spring semesters polishing their program which will include both old favorites and new vocal arrangements. Song selections include: Coney Island Baby, Down by the Riverside, It had to be You, Under the Boardwalk, Beautiful Savior and many others. This concert will also include “instruction” by Sean Abel who will demonstrate to the audience how barbershop harmony works and is arranged. The COS choirs are made up of community and college students of all ages and are always welcoming new members. (more…)
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…)