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


valley-tire-red-300.jpgCOLUSA – The second seeded Etna Lady Lions traveled to Colusa to take on the top seeded Redhawks 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


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


Sunday, May 17


COS 0 – Sierra 2

COS finishes third at State Championship tournament

Saturday, May 16


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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COS Foundation announces new opportunity to apply for scholarships for 2009-10

bookstore-text-click-sized-may-b.jpgWEED – The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment supports student success and opportunity by creating a permanent fund for scholarships, offering long-term relief to the rising costs that keep many students from completing their education.

Launched on May 6, 2008, by a generous $50 million commitment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, the largest gift ever made to a community college system, and spearheaded by the California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, this effort includes an historic three-year matching fundraising campaign to create a $100 million endowment that will touch the lives of thousands of Community College students each year, safeguarding the promise of an education for future generations.  California Community Colleges has hit the ground running over the past several months to raise funds that will go toward the goal of raising $50 million as a system by June 2011 and be eligible for match dollars from The Osher Foundation.  To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised by individual colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. (more…)

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Lady Bears come back to beat Yreka on Spini walk off homer


By Rick Martin

norcal.jpgMOUNT SHASTA – You couldn’t ask for more out of a softball playoff game than the Mt. Shasta Bears and Yreka Miners provided Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Shasta‘s Skye McKenzie Field.

Freshman Kayla Spini crushed a game-winning home run leading off the last of the 8th inning, sending the Bears to an improbable 6-5, come-from-behind win, and a spot in the CIF Northern Section semi-finals. They’ll travel to number-two Wheatland on Thursday afternoon.

“I can’t say enough about the way these girls battled – both teams,” said Bear coach Greg Eastman. “They jumped on us and we got down early, played really tight, but didn’t give up. It was a great game.” (more…)

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Siskiyou Heat U-18 softball team sign ups

The Siskiyou Heat ASA Club is opening up sign ups for the U-18 girls summer/fall softball team.  The fee is $75.00 and new league players will need to provide a copy of their birth certificate.  This team is for girls who were age 18 or younger as of December 31, 2008.  For more information contact Donna Cruz at 530-227-4616.

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Lady Lions advance to NSCIF D-V semi-finals with dramatic win over East Nicolaus


svpt-small.jpgETNA – The Etna Lady Lions hosted a NSCIF D-V playoff first and second round double header on Tuesday afternoon. The second-seeded Lady Lions watched the 10-seed East Nicolaus Spartans upset the seventh-seeded Portola Tigers, 8-4, in the first game of the day. As it turned out, East Nicolaus nearly pulled off a second round upset over Etna.

At times it appeared that the letter “E” might wind up standing for “error” instead of Etna, as the Lady Lions had eight miscues. However, the Lady Lions continued to battle. Each time Etna handed the Lady Spartans some runs, the Lady Lions would earn an equal number of runs to comeback and even the score. Etna finally prevailed in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Paige Finley hit a two-out single to drive in Katie Eiler from second base, giving the Lady Lions a 6-5 victory. (more…)

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Kamaka Brown, and other upcoming performances at Etna’s Avery Theater


valley-tire-red-300.jpgTuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm: World Famous Hawaiian Storyteller Kamaka Brown will be at the Avery Theater in Etna. The Scott Valley Theater Company is producing its first ever scholarship fund-raiser with this event. SVTC will be using the proceeds from this concert to start a scholarship fund for deserving graduating students at Etna High. SVTC kept ticket prices “family friendly” at $8.00 each in hopes of filling the Avery for a worthy cause and a great evening of entertainment.

Thursday May 21, 7:00 pm: Etna High Drama and Choir spring performance @ Avery. Admission is free.

Friday, May 29, 7:00 pm: Heavy Metal Comes to the Avery. Admission is $5.00

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Dwight Jones Invitational

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Lady Eagles headed to State Championship Tournament

cos-v-sequoias-1-front-a.jpgWEED – The top-seeded College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles softball squad made short work of the College of the Sequoias Lady Giants in their best-of-three second round North Region playoffs series. COS took game-one, 9-1, on Saturday and blanked the Giants, 9-0, in game-two on Sunday.

Per playoff rules, the Lady Eagles were the visiting team in the second game. It didn’t take COS long to remind the Giants that it was still Eagle territory.

Shawna Mayo opened up the game with a stroll to first base. Mayo stole second and advanced to third on a ground out by Brittnee McNeely. Ali Paz, who went yard twice in Saturday’s game-one, took an unintentional intentional walk. Paz stole second. A single by Katie Zauner plated Mayo and Paz, to give COS a 2-0 lead.


COS added a run to its lead in the third inning. Paz took a lead off walk, and moved to third base on a single by Zauner. Cheyanna Ohlrich drove in Paz with a base hit. The Lady Eagles led 3-0 at the end of three full innings.

COS finished off the Giants in the top of the fifth inning with a six run outburst. With one down, Paz took her third walk of the contest. Zauner doubled, scoring Paz. Ohlrich reached on a fielder’s choice, when Sequoias attempted to catch Zauner off of second base, instead of going for the force out at first. The Giants got nothing, and the Lady Eagles wound up with runners on first and second. (more…)

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COS holds Hall of Fame inductions, and names COS and high school athletes of the Year

2009-cos-hof-front.jpgYREKA – The College of the Siskiyous held its annual Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Saturday night at the Yreka Community Center and Community Theater.

Lady Eagle Crissy Watts was named the COS female Athlete of the Year. Watts set the COS single game basketball scoring record (47 points) and consecutive free throws made record (22) this season. Watts is also a stand out third baseman on the top-ranked Lady Eagles softball team.

High flying “dunk master” Alden Gibbs took COS male Athlete of the Year honors. Gibbs averaged 17 points per game for the Eagle basketball team

Carrie Watson from the Yreka High School Lady Miners was named COS High School female Athlete of the Year. coffee-break-b.jpgAs a volleyball player, Watson led the North Section in blocks and was seventh in kills. She led the Northern Athletic League in both blocks and kills.

In basketball, Watson led the NAL in scoring, was second in blocks and steals, and was fourth in assists. Watson is in the top 10 in NAL softball statistics in steals, homeruns, and on-base percentage. Watson will attend COS next year, where she plans to play basketball and softball.

Male COS High School Athlete of the Year went to Dunsmuir High School Tiger Erin Kirch. As a football player, Kirch average 5.5 yards per carry from the fullback position, and nearly 13 tackles per game. He had six quarterback sacks during the season. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 5/4 – 5/10


Sunday, May 10

Softball - Second round of North Region playoffs

COS 9 – Sequoias 0

COS wins series and advances to the eight team state championship tournament in Salinas, May 15 -18.

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Softball – Second round of North Region playoffs

COS 9 – Sequoias 1


Yreka @ NAL Championships

Etna, Mt. Shasta @ SCL Tournament in Etna (more…)

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NSCIF baseball playoff seeding

mittan-ad-300.jpgThe North Section CIF released the baseball playoff seeding on Saturday night.

The Dunsmuir Tigers (10-3) were seeded first in Division-VI and get a first round bye. They will host the winner of the game between number-five Big Valley (3-16) and number-four Greenville (3-9) in round two. The game will be played on Friday, May 15 at 4:00 pm.

Etna (16-13) received the third seed in D-IV, and will host number-six Quincy (14-6) in round-one on Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm.

Yreka (10-17-1)  snagged the final spot in D-II as the eighth seed, and will travel to number-one Winters (22-2) on Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm.

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