Don’t let your babies grow up to be Roadrunners

By Ray Wolf

There’s no doubt about it. Butte College has a great football team. The Roadrunners are fast, strong, intense and execute most of their plays to perfection. When it comes to being disciplined in carrying out their football assignments they perform extremely well.

Normally, I’d be writing about the football aspect of the game between the Butte College Roadrunners and the College of the Siskiyous Eagles, last Saturday. Instead, I find myself writing an opinion piece, but I suppose I should write a little about the football part.

Except for a few nice pass plays by the Eagles, Butte dominated nearly every part of the game, and beat COS 53-25. There, that about covers it. Check the end of the story for who scored for COS. Now, here’s the real story.

wbs-web-generic.jpgAlthough the Roadrunners put 53 points on the board, when it came to sportsmanship and class, they laid a giant goose egg—as in zip, zilch, nada.

It’s one thing to be a little cocky, and maybe even arrogant. After all, this is football—intense, tough, and at times down right mean. It’s played by tough young men that are hyper-jacked up for the game, and every play within the game. It’s not unusual to hear players talking smack to each other, especially when you get beyond the high school level. (more…)

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Miners survive Bear attack, 34-14

yreka-v-mt-shasta-var-23-front.jpgJV squads tie 20-20

YREKA – Every football team wants to spoil another team’s homecoming. The JV Bears nearly played spoiler, coming within an extra point of beating the JV Miners. Early in the varsity contest, it appeared that Mt. Shasta’s upper class men might just pull off an upset.

On Mt. Shasta’s second play from scrimmage, Royce Autry sprinted 60 yards for a TD. The PAT was blocked, but the Bears had the start they needed. Mt. Shasta’s sideline was jumping with optimism and fire.

Late in the first quarter, the Miners set up shop on their own 25-yard-line, following a Bear punt. On the first play sis-dist-ad-2.jpgof the possession, Miner running back Kurt Lorenzini blasted through the Bear defense, shedding tacklers, before breaking into the clear and going 75 yards for the TD. Yreka failed to convert the PAT, leaving the score tied at the end of the first quarter.

Yreka struck again just over a minute into the second quarter. This time, after a Bear punt, the Miners started at their own 40. Again, it took just one play to score, with Manny Barragan sprinting 60 yards to pay dirt. QB Joe Wilson picked up the 2-point conversion on a keeper, to give the Miners a 14-6 lead. (more…)

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JV Miners 20 – JV Bears 20

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YHS Home Coming Parade

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Etna v Burney

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Seniors and sophomores rule YHS Powder Puff games

powder-puff-16.jpgYREKA – The senior class of 2009 won its first ever Powder Puff game 18–6 over the juniors, on Wednesday. The sophomores and frosh faced off in a defensive struggle, won by the sophomores 6-0.

The juniors struck first in the senior v junior match up, when QB Jaylene Philips connected with Ali Andreas for a 24-yard TD strike midway through the first quarter.

The seniors answered early in the second quarter. Starting senior QB Maggie Morales flipped a pass to speedster Carrie Turner for a 6-yard TD, tying the contest at 6-6.

bookstore-text-click-sized-september.jpgThe seniors took the lead, 12-6, with a little over four minutes left in the third quarter on a 12-yard TD pass by Stephanie Leyva.

The juniors were driving early in the fourth quarter, when senior Chelsea Hamilton picked off a pass, and returned it 75 yards for a TD, with a key block at the 15-yard line by Carrie Turner. The seniors held on for an 18-6 victory. (more…)

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Siskiyou County children invited to auditions for the Nutcracker at COS

WEED – The Eugene Ballet Company (EBC) will bring the holiday classic The Nutcracker to the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus, Kenneth W. Ford Theatre, on Saturday evening, November 15, at 7 p.m. The Eugene Ballet Company invites all interested Siskiyou County school-age children (ages 6 to 18) with dance experience to audition to dance with the company in this performance. (more…)

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Chargers Report: Orland

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The Yreka Chargers Jr. Pee Wees lost another close game on Saturday to the visiting Orland Aztecs, 3-1. The Aztecs, behind their big (and fast) running back, jumped out to a 2-1 first half lead. Yreka’s lone first half score was set up by a 40-yard run by Lane Clark, which put Yreka inside the Orland 5 yard line. Three plays later Clark, with the help of blocks from Virusur Lantz, Tadd Weed and the right side of the Yreka line, was able to find the end zone. Y-Town couldn’t find the end zone in the second half, due in large part to a stingy Orland defense.

Can you say defense? At home on Saturday at Miner Field, the mighty Chargers PeeWee defense showed Orland no mercy. In a nail-biting, heart-pounding finish, the Chargers were forced to show their strength in the final seconds of the game at the goal line with Orland having the ball. Orland tried for three straight downs to push the ball over the goal line, but the wall of the Charger PeeWees’ defense which included Drew Robles, Tyler Hockaday, Stevie Albers, Marquis Pitts, Parker Sanders, Aaron Durney, Cooper Bruhns, Keith Lipke, Scott Hopper, Gar Weed and Thomas Colla, grabbed on and pushed harder, leaving Orland unable to score. (more…)

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Cougars pull off second big upset, beat Bears 3-2

weed-v-mt-shasta-6-front.jpgWEED – Earlier this season the Weed Cougars soccer squad beat powerhouse Tulelake 3-2. On Tuesday, the Cougars took down the two-time defending Shasta Cascade League champion Mt. Shasta Bears, 3-2.

The Bears scored first with about 10 minutes gone in the first half, when Zack Morris put home a rebound off a shot by Liam O’Hara.

Weed answered at the 18-minute mark on a goal by Usmaro Sanchez, tying the match at 1-1. Omar Fernandez had the assist.

“We had never scored on Mt. Shasta. So, I’m proud of it. I had something coming on to me last year, you know, I was going to be the first one. I was going to try to score,” said Sanchez following the game. (Weed did actually score once against Mt. Shasta in a 7-1 loss, during the 05-06 season.)

clarity.jpgSalvado Avila put the Cougars up 2-1, with 13 minutes left to play in the half, when he scored off a rebound from a shot by Fernandez.

Trailing, Mt. Shasta turned up the heat and nearly scored with five minutes left in the half, when a shot hit the crossbar and dropped straight down behind Cougar goalkeeper Roberto Sanchez. Sanchez, however, was able turn around and scoop up the ball before a Bear could reach it. (more…)

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Lions fall to Antlers 12-6 in OT: Updated 8/15/08, 7:15 pm

etna-v-bonanza-paula-12-front.jpgETNA – In a hard-hitting contest where the defenses ruled the night, The Etna Lions varsity fell to the Bonanza Antlers 12-6 in overtime.

“The defense played awesome. It was one of the best hitting games I’ve witnessed. Their defense was great, and so was ours,” said Lion assistant coach Scott Pynes. “It was a battle.”

The Antlers were the first to get on the board, when they scored with about nine minutes left to play in the game. The conversion attempt failed, and Bonanza led 6-0.

The Lions finally found pay dirt with about six minutes to play in the game.  Speedster Lucas Case helped give Etna a first-and-goal from the one-yard-line. Lions Taylor Pehle-Munson and Ben Besoain paved the way for a one-yard dive for pay dirt by Alex Case. Etna also failed to convert the extra point, leaving the game tied at 6-6.

valley-tire-red-c.jpgBonanza scored on their first possession of overtime, but did not get the extra point, giving them a 12-6 lead.

Etna was hurt by an illegal use of the hands penalty on its OT possession, and wound up turning the ball over on an interception to end the game.

In addition to scoring Etna’s lone TD, Case led the Lions’ defense with 15 tackles, earning him high praise from Head Coach Ken Dysert. (more…)

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Mistakes hurt COS in 28-21 loss to Delta

cos-v-delta-2-front.jpgWEED – The Delta Mustangs didn’t play error free football, but they made fewer mistakes than the host COS Eagles, and that translated into a 28-21 win for the visitors.

Delta began the first possession of the game on its own 40-yard-line, and quickly moved down the field, capping the drive with a 16-yard TD pass. The PAT was good, and the Mustangs took a 7-0 lead, with only 1:27 gone off the clock.

Following Delta’s kickoff, the Eagles started their first sis-dist-ad-2.jpgpossession on their own 42. Patrick Lunney went 25 yards on the first play to move the ball to the Delta 33. The Eagles continued to give the ball to Lunney, and eventually wound up with a first down on the Delta 11. After Lunney gained a yard on first down, COS threw two straight incomplete passes. On fourth down, the Eagles attempted a field goal, which was wide.

With 1:27 left in the first quarter, the Mustangs attempted a 25-yard field goal and missed. (more…)

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Tigers maul Vikings, 60-12: Updated 8/15/08

dunsmuir-v-herlong-8-front.jpgDUNSMUIR – Dunsmuir High School made it known, on Saturday, that when it comes to 8-man football, Vikings don’t stand a chance against Tigers. Dunsmuir displayed near total domination in their 60-12 win over Herlong.

It took the Tigers just 1:11 to get the score-fest started. Dunsmuir began on its own 39, following the opening kickoff. Cory Knowles went 16 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Colton Sondahl rumbled for nine. Erin Kirch picked up four wbs-web-generic.jpgyards. Tiger QB Nate Gonzales connected with Lt Hisey for eight more yards. The Tigers went back to Knowles to cover the last 23 yards for the TD. Gonzales ran for the 2-point conversion, giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

On the Vikings’ first possession, they moved deep into Tiger territory at the 23-yard-line. A sack by Jamison McIntyre and Josh Silver moved Herlong back nine yards. On the next play, Tiger Matt Norton picked off a Viking pass and returned it 19 yards to the Dunsmuir 29. (more…)

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Lady Miners tennis blanks Anderson

d-ander-106front.jpgYREKA – After falling to Corning, 5-4 four last Tuesday, the Lady Miners blanked Anderson 9-0, on Thursday. Putting a punctuation mark on Yreka’s domination was the Miners’ number-six player Rachel Lawson who never lost a game during the match, winning 6-0, 6-0 in singles, and teaming with Heidi Sanders to win 8-0 in doubles.

Full results

1. Jackie Turner: 6-3, 6-3

2. Jesssica Shuler: 6-2, 6-3

3. Kendall Taylor: 6-1, 6-1

4. Andie Swetnam: 6-2, 6-6, 7-4 2nd set tiebreak

5. Heidi Sanders: 6-0, 6-1

6. Rachel Lawson: 6-0, 6-0


mittan-ad-b.jpg1. Turner/Shuler: 8-4

2. Taylor/Swetnam: 8-3

3. Sanders/Lawson: 8-0



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Miners swat Hornets, 33-18: Updated 9/15/08

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YREKA – “Power running. We are going to run the ball,” said Yreka Line Coach Jim Freeze prior to the opening kick off.

The Miners executed their game plan to near perfection racking up 347 yards of rushing, on the way to a 33-18 stomping of the Henley Hornets.

Miner Kurt Lorenzini returned the opening kickoff 42 yards to the Henley 37. On his first run of the night, Lorenzini picked up 15 yards. Lorenzini capped the Miners’ opening drive with a bookstore-text-click-sized-september.jpgfive-yard TD run, with 9:07 left in the first quarter. Manny Barragan’s PAT was good, and the Miners led 7-0.

Yreka was inside Henley’s 10-yard-line late in the first quarter, but the Hornet’s came up with an interception to thwart the Miners’ drive.

Henley was unable to pick up a first down and punted. Yreka punt returner Barragan dropped the ball, picked it up and headed right. Then, he reversed the field and returned the punt 30 yards to the Henley 30. (more…)

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JV Bears “D”evour Braves, 35-6

mt-shasta-v-hamilton-jv-1-front-b.jpgVarsity gets thumped 30-3

MOUNT SHASTA – While the Mt. Shasta Bears varsity didn’t have the greatest of nights, the JV squad dominated the visiting Hamilton Braves JVs, on Thursday.

The JV Bears defense had an impact on Hamilton’s first possession, when Jordan Hanna recovered a fumble on the Braves’ 27-yard-line. A penalty moved the Bears back to the 32, but that only helped Hanna pick up an extra five yards rushing, as he scooted 32 yards to pay dirt—diving into the end zone at the end of the run. The PAT failed, and Mt. Shasta led 6-0, with 7:46 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Hamilton tried a double reverse, but Colin Waterman sniffed out the trickery and dumped the Braves for a 14-yard loss. The Braves punted from deep in their own coffe-break-revised.jpgterritory, and Bear Dustin McDaniel returned the kick 23 yards, giving his team great field position at the Braves’ 30-yard-line.

Moments later, McDaniel ran for 28 yards to give the Bears a first-and-goal at the one. Bryson Brooks took it the rest of the way for the TD. The Bears set up for an extra point kick, but snapped the ball directly to Brooks, who powered into the end zone for a 2-point conversion, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead. (more…)

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Lady Eagles rip rival raptors

cos-v-cosumnes-9-front.jpgWEED – The Cosumnes River College Lady Hawks were no match for the COS Lady Eagles volleyball squad on Tuesday. COS quickly dispatched the Hawks, 3-0.

With Samantha Stoneback serving, COS scored the first three points of game-one, including an ace by Stoneback. The Hawks came back to narrow the gap to 4-3, but COS maintained a 1-4 point lead throughout the game, winning 25-20.

In game-two COS leapt to a 5-1 lead. With the score 7-4 and the Lady Hawks serving, Amber Franko won back the serve with a kill, making it 8-4. A kill by Laura McMahon made it 9-4. The Hawks failed to return a serve, making it 10-4. A combo block by L. McMahon and Heather Wicks upped the lead to 11-4. An ace by Franko put COS up 12-4. The match was never close from that point on, with the Lady Eagles winning 25-15.

y-ad-1.jpgGame-three was close early, but the Lady Eagles eventually built a seven point lead, 23-16, when Katelyn Prigmore nailed an ace. The Hawks, however, rallied back with a 5-0 run to make it 23-21, and would close to within a single point at 24-23. Franko registered the final kill of the game to seal the 25-23 game win, and 3-0 match victory. (more…)

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