Lady Eagles go 1-1 at COS Classic

cos-v-napa-laura-mcmahon.jpgWEED – The College of the Siskiyous hosted the COS Classic on Friday, with the COS Lady Eagles, Napa Lady Storm, and Sierra Lady Wolverines participating.

The Lady Eagles won their first match 3-2 over Napa. COS won a tough first game 31-29, but Napa rebounded to take game-two 25-22. The Lady Eagles went ahead again, winning game-three 25-21. However, the Storm blew away the Eagles in game-four 25-10.

That set up the decisive game-five. The Lady Eagles jumped to a 5-1 lead, but Napa battled back to take the lead 8-7. A block by Laura McMahon tied the game at 8-8, and COS scored the next two points to take a 10-8 lead. The Storm tied it again at 10-10, and again a McMahon block started a mini three point rnortherncapaving-225.jpgun by COS, including a McMahon kill, making it 13-10. A kill by Kinzy Towry made it match point for the Lady Eagles at 14-11. The Storm narrowed the gap to 14-13, but COS held on to win the game 15-13.

The Lady Eagles dropped their next match to Sierra 1-3 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 16-25). Sierra also beat Napa, to go 2-0 at the Classic. Napa was 0-2.

Overall, Coach Tom Powers was happy with the performance of his team.

“We’re going to be good,” said Powers. “We’ll figure it out. We play Tuesday. So, we’ll see if we learned anything.”

COS hosts Umpqua on Tuesday, September 2, at 5:00 pm.

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Cougar JVs claw Lions 30-6

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Lions look to be defensive power

jordan-football-preview.jpgETNA – The Etna Lions have made the playoffs for two straight years, and are coming off a solid 2007 campaign, finishing 7-4 overall. Of course, last year they had the top quarterback, wide receiver, and linebacker in the Shasta Cascade League. Indeed, all three were in the top three at their position in the North Section. They’ve all graduated, leaving a lot of questions for Etna.

Etna participated in a scrimmage with Yreka, Mt. Shasta, and Weed last Friday. Despite not having five or six starters at the scrimmage, Coach Ken Dysert liked what he saw. And, he came to what might be a surprising conclusion.

“We got a look at everybody, and that’s what I wanted to do—get a fair look at everybody,” said Dysert “I think defensively, we’re better than we have been since I’ve been herel. We’ve got good team speed on the defensive side of the ball. No big burners, but in overall team speed, we’re better than we have been.”


Two areas that Dysert feels need work are the offensive and defensive lines. The offensive line in particular could have a big impact on the proficiency of the Lion offense.

“Offensively, we have a lot of work to do. I think we’ll be as good as that line wants to be,” said Dysert.

Asked about players that have surprised him this preseason, Dysert noted two. (more…)

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Cougars shock Honkers, 3-2

cougar-win-sized.jpgWEED – In what has to be the biggest win in the history of their soccer program, the Weed Cougars defeated the Tulelake Honkers 3-2 on Thursday. In order to understand the magnitude of the win, one has to look at the two team’s recent history.

Over the last three seasons, the Cougars were a combined 5-31-4. Tulelake was 40-5-0. Tulelake has been to the last three Small Schools Division championship games, winning once. When the teams met last year, Tulelake embarrassed the Cougars 12-1.

Make no mistake. This was a huge win for the Cougars.

coffe-break-revised.jpgAbout five minutes into the game, you could sense that the Cougars had something going, when Salvador Avila scored a goal worthy of an ESPN highlight segment, making it 1-0. Daniel Paulin had the assist.

More evidence of something special happening for the Cougars surfaced in the twelfth minute when Tulelake hit the crossbar with a shot; it didn’t go in. Just before halftime, a shot got behind Weed goalkeeper Roberto Sanchez, but Sanchez turned and dove for the ball, denying Tulelake the game-tying tally. (more…)

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Cougars young but talented

jake-west.jpgWEED – The Weed Cougars finished the 2007 season at 2-8 overall, and fifth in the Shasta Cascade League, at 1-4. The Cougars have had a couple of down years, but may be poised for a better showing this season under the guidance of new Coach Steve Neel.

Among other changes, Neel has put in a new offense and realizes that it will take time for his squad to learn and master all the intricacies.

“We put in a new offense this year. And, when you try to do sis-dist-ad-2.jpgsomething like that, everything changes—terminology and everything. So, it’s still ongoing. We’ve put in about half our offense, and in the scrimmage (last week) we were very basic. We have other things that our offense has to have in to be successful,” said Neel. “Going into our first ball game against Etna, I feel like we’re getting there.” (more…)

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Lady Lions axed by Timberjacks, 3-2

sv-pump-med-b.jpgHAYFORK – The Etna Lady Lions opened their volleyball season with a long and winding trip to Hayfork to face the always tough Lady Timberjacks. Early in the match it appeared that Etna was well on its way to beating Hayfork for the second straight season opener.

Etna won the first two sets 25-19, and 25-18. They were leading in set three, but allowed the Lady Timberjacks to come back and win 26-24. Hayfork went on to win set four convincingly, 25-14, and set five 15-11. (more…)

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Community shows love for Corben Brooks


MOUNT SHASTAMt. Shasta High School football player Corben Brooks was severely injured during a pre-season scrimmage last Friday, and is in the intensive care unit at Mercy Medical Center, in Redding.

Brooks suffered damage to his neck and spinal cord, and initially was paralyzed from the neck down. Following surgery, Brooks regained some movement and feeling above the waist, with the possibility of further improvement.

Several efforts are underway to raise money to assist the Brooks family in coping with their medical expenses. (more…)

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Redding Christian defeats Weed 4-2

weed-v-redding-christian-front.jpgWEED – The Weed Cougars soccer team took the field with a new coach, and a new and improved style of play. However, Coach Mike Gilmore and his squad will have to wait a bit for their first win, after dropping the season opener to the Redding Christian Lions 4-2.

Spectators were treated to a physical match, with multiple momentum swings. Weed had the better of the early play, and narrowly missed notching the contest’s first goal at the four minute mark, when a shot by Usmaro Sanchez was tipped by the Lion goal keeper, and then went off the crossbar.

Near the midway point in the first half, Redding Christian seemed to gain an advantage in play. With about twenty-five minutes gone, Lion Drew VanderWerff shanked a shot from point blank range, but would redeem himself later in the match, twice.

wbs-web-generic.jpgVanderWerff found the back of the Cougar net with three minutes remaining in the half, to give Redding Christian a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.

Four minutes into the second half, a foul was called on the Lions’ goalkeeper in the box, and Omar Fernandez was awarded a penalty kick. Fernandez placed his kick perfectly into the corner of the net, to tie the match 1-1.

Six minutes later the Cougars took the lead 2-1, when Lori Garcia fought a crowd for possession of the ball in front of the Lion net, and tapped it home. (more…)

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CIF begins distribution of newsletter for parents

ALAMEDA – The California Interscholastic Federation State Office has begun distributing a monthly electronic newsletter designed for parents of the more than 735,000 high school student-athletes in the state. (more…)

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Line may determine Miners’ success this season

manny-barragan-scrimmage-b.jpgYREKA – The good news is that the Yreka Miners are coming off one of their best seasons in several years, finishing 8-4 overall and advancing to the semi-finals of the NSCIF D-II playoffs in 2007.

The not so good news is that the Miners’ starting quarterback, top linebacker, two top receivers, place kicker, and top defensive back have all graduated. The graduation part is great. The impact of not having their talents on the football field remains to be seen.

However, while it may seem like Yreka barely has a team left, that’s far from the case. Miner Coach Orlyn Culp expects his offensive and defensive lines to be very strong this season. Among the returning starters are Devin Howard, Eddie Ambris, Alex Tuttle, Aaron Knapp, and Andrew Ward. Also expected to mittan-ad-b.jpgcontribute to the strength of the line will be senior Brian Sandahl.

“Sandahl has had a great spring, summer, and early fall camp. He’s worked very hard to be a contributor on the O&D lines…and he’s going to earn some grass time because of his hard work and commitment to his work ethic,” said Culp. (more…)

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Weed Skate Park Competition results

s8-comp-19-front.JPGWEED – Nearly 50 skate boarders competed in four age groups at the Weed Skateboard Park on Saturday. Leading the aerial assault in the 18 and up age group was Adam McCloskey. Will Grigsby finished second, with Quinn Stewart taking third.

James Greenleaf electrified the crowd on his way to winning the 12-17 year old division. Aaron Peruzzi was second, and Anthony Peruzzi finished third.

In the 6-11 division, Bryan Bohling captured the top spot, with MaKenna Rivers in second place, and Justin Youngman getting third.

northerncapaving-225.jpgA pair of four-year-olds, Dusty Ramsey and Maria Poindexter took first and second in the under six division.

All skaters finishing in the top three in their division took home a trophy and a cash prize, as well as various skate related items.

The event was a joint venture between the Weed Revitalization Coalition (WRC) and the Weed Parks and Recreation Department. Anne Jackson and John Kennedy of the Sportsmen’s Den coordinated the competition, including judges and entertainment. All workers at the event were volunteers. (more…)

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Local football teams tune up for season openers

fb-scrim-10-front.JPGMOUNT SHASTA – Varsity and JV football squads from Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Weed, and Etna high school participated in a round robin style scrimmage on Friday afternoon.

Preparing for next Friday’s season openers, each team played multiple series of downs on both offense and defense against each of the other teams.

The Yreka Miners open on the road in Weaverville, against the Trinity Wolves. Mt. Shasta will take on the Modoc Braves, in Alturas. The Weed Cougars and Etna Lions will play in Etna for sis-dist-ad-2.jpgthe first of two meetings.

Siskiyou Youth will have team previews next week.




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Siskiyou County children invited to participate in COS Community Children’s Choir

wbs-web-generic.jpgWEED – Do you like to sing? College of the Siskiyous now offers children between the ages of eight and twelve years old the opportunity to participate as members of a Community Choir designed just for them. Community Children’s Choir (MUS 304 / #S7011) will begin on Tuesday, September 2, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. All children are invited to participate and no experience is necessary. The Children’s Choir will meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons at the Mt. Shasta Elementary School in the Choir Room. Cost to participate is $34. (more…)

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2008 Siskiyou Golden Fair Judging Results


Junior Livestock:

Dairy Cattle:

  • Grand Champion: Carrie Scott, Yreka FFA
  • Reserve Champion: Kayla Brown, Grenada 4-H
  • Grand Champion Female: Carrie Scott, Yreka FFA
  • Overall Dairy Showman: Casey Scott, Yreka FFA (more…)
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Rachel Hanna Olympics 2008

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COS announces 2008-2009 Performing Arts Series

cos-per-art-series.jpgWEED – The College of the Siskiyous Foundation has announced the four nationally touring programs for the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series (PAS). The College Theatre Department will also perform fall and winter plays and a spring musical. The Music Department will host a variety of musical concerts both fall and spring. All performances are held at the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus in the Kenneth W. Ford Theatre.

General admission tickets are $20, Senior citizen tickets (60 years and older) are $19 and children 12 and under are $12. For groups purchasing 20 or more tickets, the cost is $15 per coffe-break-revised.jpgticket. For a series brochure or for additional information, call the Weed Campus Foundation Office at (530) 938-5373 or toll-free from (888) 397-4339. Patrons may purchase performance tickets to all performances beginning Monday, September 8. Tickets are available from the COS Foundation Office at the Weed Campus. The Series is generously co-sponsored by the COS Foundation and the Siskiyou Training and Employment Program (STEP). (more…)

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Lunney wins first prize in photo journalism

first-place.jpgYREKA – Frequent contributor Suzzanne Lunney of Mt. Shasta took first place in the Photo Journalism category at the 2008 Siskiyou Golden Fair.

The photo of Boy Scout Clayton Poore holding a folded American flag was taken during a flag retirement ceremony held at the Mount Shasta City Park on June 28, 2008. Over 70 flags were retired during the ceremony conducted by the Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2333 of Mount Shasta, the Marine Corp League, and Boy Scout Troop 97 of Mount Shasta.

For Lunney, a Desert Storm veteran, honoring the American flag is “very important,” and while she was at the ceremony she “just started snapping pictures.”

Viewing the pictures later at home was an emotional experience for Lunney, as was the ceremony.

I was stunned at the emotions that I caught on that young man’s face…. And the pictures of the flags, the ceremony, were very touching and moving,” said Lunney. “I just got caught up in the moment, and once I started taking pictures, I couldn’t stop. I was very excited to send them to the Elk’s, and to others that were involved with the ceremony once I saw them.” (more…)

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