Ask Anzo: rounding first base

There are two rules that govern rounding first base. The first one applies in both softball and baseball. The second applies only in softball.

Softball & Baseball

A runner can over run 1st base in any direction. They can run and turn to the right, or into foul territory, or they can turn left and into fair territory. Once the runner turns, in order to be safe, they must return to 1st base almost immediately. It is the umpire’s judgment if the runner made an attempt to 2nd base. If in the umpire’s judgment the runner did make an attempt to go to 2nd, then they can be tagged out. If in the umpires judgment there was no attempt and they return to 1st base and are tagged in fair territory they are safe. (more…)

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Student writers and/or photographers wanted

y-ad-300.jpgSiskiyou Youth is seeking high school students interested in contributing to coverage of youth activities in Siskiyou County. Activities may be academics, sports, arts, or other youth oriented events.

Students from any Siskiyou County high school will be considered. However, the need is greatest for students from Weed, Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, and Butte Valley high schools.

Requirements are that students be proficient writers or photographers and have computer access. Students able to both write and take photographs are highly desirable. Contributors are compensated. Applicants should be able to provide two teacher references.

Those interested may contact Ray Wolf at or call 530-340-0811.

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Weed v Butte Valley 3/24/09

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CHSRA Challenge of Champions Rodeo results

svpt-small.jpgThe California High School Rodeo Association’s Challenge of Champions Rodeo was held March 20-21 at Plymouth California. Several Siskiyou County competitors shined in the competition.

Daniel Ferreira of Fort Jones was tops in Steer Wrestling. Laramie Collins from Weed placed third in Saddle Bronc. Fort Jones’ Dean Autry placed fifth in Saddle Bronc and sixth in Boys Cutting. Evelyn Gray, also from Fort Jones, placed fifth in Girls Cutting. CJ Cash of Grenada was ninth in Bull Riding. (more…)

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Gold Nugget Tournament a success


geriad.jpgBy Brie Phillips
Last weekend’s Gold Nugget Baseball tournament was hosted by the Yreka Miners. The top finishing local team was Yreka in fourth place. Etna came in sixth place and Mt. Shasta in eighth. Miner Kurt Lorenzini received All-Tourney honors, as well as Trevor Kendrick from Etna, and Colin Waterman from Mt. Shasta. The championship game between Central Valley and Klamath Union was delayed Saturday due to rainy weather. The game is set to be played on a later date.
Yreka coach Jason Freitas shared his thoughts on the tournament.
“I feel that as a baseball team we could have played a lot better. We seem to have one really bad inning and we are not able to rebound from it. I felt that the tournament went great except for not getting the championship game in. Having two teams from Oregon, one from the coast, and one from Oroville really gave the tournament some quality teams,” said Freitas. “I think the tournament took a huge step up from last year, and hopefully it keeps getting better.” (more…)

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Weatherford has double Impact

impact-weatherford-2.jpgSome players make an impact on offense, and some on defense. A few players make an impact on both offense and defense. Mt. Shasta Lady Bear catcher Tori Weatherford is one of those “few.”

The Lady Bears had a solid showing in the Lady Miner Softball Tourney last weekend, finishing third. Tori was one of their standout players, especially in the first two games.

In game-one against Corning, Tori did well with the bat, going 1/3 with a double, but her biggest impact on her team’s success came in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Mt. Shasta went into the inning up 3-1. Corning scored to make it 3-2, and had a runner on first with two outs. The runner attempted to steal second, but Tori came up firing to shortstop Donnetta Young for the tag to end the game. The play wasn’t even close.

In game-two, an 11-6 win over Yreka, Tori pulverized the ball. She went 3/3 with two homeruns and a double, driving in five runs and scoring a pair herself. (more…)

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COS Foundation scholarship applications due March 31

nsa-in-story.jpgWEED-The College of the Siskiyous Foundation announces scholarship applications for 2009/2010 are due March 31. All Siskiyou County high school seniors and current COS students who plan to attend COS during the 2009/2010 are encouraged to apply.

As part of its commitment to student success, the COS Foundation annually awards scholarships to students who have a need for financial assistance. While each student’s background is indeed different, they share the common theme of having a desire to begin, or continue, their education.  Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to enter COS in the fall following high school graduation, single parents striving for self-efficiency, young students supporting themselves while continuing their education, and continuing COS students.  Scholarships range from $100 to $3,000. (more…)

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Lady Miners and Lady Lions tangle at tourney

yreka-v-etna-lady-miner-tourney-front.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners and the Etna Lady Lions met in a “win or go home” game last Saturday morning at the Third Annual Lady Miners Softball Tournament. When the dust settled, Yreka had advanced with a 4-1 win, and Etna was sent packing.

The two teams took different paths to the game. Yreka started the tournament with a 13-3 thumping of Hidden Valley in round one. The Lady Miners then fell to Mt. Shasta 11-6, sending them to the loser’s bracket.

bookstore-text-click-sized-march.jpgEtna started the tourney with a 3-1 loss to eventual champion Ashland. The Lady Lions rebounded with a 2-1 win over Fall River on Saturday morning, leading to the showdown with Yreka.

Yreka jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning against Etna. Adriana Scala led off with a single and moved to second base on a steal. Beth Franklin laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Scala to third. Carrie Watson took a walk. Both Scala and Watson eventually scored on wild pitches.

Etna struck in the top of the third inning. Danielle Hiett led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second on a sac bunt by Katie Eiler. Melissa Gentry ripped a triple to deep right field, driving in Hiett. Gentry was tagged out at home attempting to advance on an over throw. (more…)

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Lady Bears third at Yreka tournament

mt-shasta-v-del-norte-front.jpgYREKA – The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears may have come into the Lady Miners softball tourney feeling like “canon fodder” for the big schools. They went home with a third place finish and two quality wins against larger schools, 3-2 over Corning and 11-6 over Yreka. The Lady Bears also picked up a pair of all-tournament selections, pitcher Kayla Spini and catcher Tori Weatherford

Mt. Shasta finished the tournament with a hard fought 2-1 loss to Del Norte in the semi-final game.

Del Norte struck first in the bottom of the third inning, to take a 1-0 lead, and picked up its second run in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 2-0.

coffee-break-b.jpgThe Lady Bears staged a two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning. Kayla Emerson started it with a single. Cynthia Laiacona tripled to right field, driving in Emerson, and narrowing the margin to 2-1. Emerson was stranded at third base.

Mt. Shasta received a gift from Del Norte to start the seventh inning, when Spini reached on an error. Natalie Hough pinch ran for Spini. Sammy Reed singled, moving Hough to second base, with no outs. Unfortunately for the Lady Bears the next three batters were retired via a strikeout, pop up and fly ball. (more…)

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Lady Miner JVs take tourney title.

nsa-in-story.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miner JVs won the Yreka Junior Varsity tournament last weekend, going undefeated (5-0-1). The Lady Miners defeated Del Norte for the championship, 15-6. Yreka and Del Norte had tied in bracket play, 4-4, on Saturday morning.

The weather had been good for most of the tournament, but the cold and rain moved in for the championship game. However, that didn’t appear to affect Lady Miner pitcher Tiana Cruz, who struck out 12 batters
Rachel Luetke led the Yreka attack, going 3/5, with a double. Cruz was 2/3, with a triple. Makayla Lindley went, 2-4. Haley Weldon and Tailer Johnson each went 1/2. (more…)

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Lady Miner Tourney Day-1

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Local Sports Scores & Schedule 3/17 – 3/21

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Saturday, March 21


Yreka 3 – Del Norte 12
Marissa Allen – All-Tourney. Yreka finishes 4th @ Lady Miners Tourney.

Yreka 4 – Etna 1
Etna finishes 5th @ Lady Miners Tourney. Andrea Pearson – All-Tourney

Mt. Shasta 1 –  Del Norte 2
Mt. Shasta batting:  Kayla Emerson 1/, R, BB; Cynthia Laiacona, 1/2, RBI, 3 B, B. Pitching: Kayla Spini LP, 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K. Kayla Spini & Tori Weatherford – All-Tourney. Mt. Shasta finishes 3rd @ Lady Miners Tourney.

Mt. Shasta 1 – Ashland 8
Mt. Shasta batting: Emma Taylor 1/2; Cynthia Laiacona 1/3; Makenzie Hanna R. Pitching: Kayla Spini start/LP 4 IP, ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

geriad.jpgEtna 2 – Fall River 1

COS 6 – Butte 1

COS 6 – Butte 0


Yreka 3 – Del Norte 8
Yreka batting:  Joe Wilson 2/3, 2B, S; Kurt Lorenzini 1/2, R, HBP, S (2); Zach Salvestro 1/3, RBI; Clint Amaral R, BB, HBP, S; Kyle Casson 1/2. Pitching: Clint Amaral LP, 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K; Kevin McCanna 3 1/3, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K. Del Norte finishes 3rd @ Gold Nugget Tourney. Yreka is 4th. Kurt Lorenzini – All-Tourney

Mt. Shasta 9 – Las Plumas 13
Mt. Shasta batting: Trent Hough 3/4, 3 R, RBI, BB; Colin Waterman  3/4, 3 R, RBI, BB; Andrew Campbell 2/4, 2 R, 2 RBI; Ben Sampson 1/2, 2 RBI. Colin Waterman – All Tourney. Mt. Shasta finishes 8th @ Gold Nugget Tourney.

Etna 4 – Phoenix 7
Etna batting: Seth Jordan 2/4, R; Trevor Kendrick 2/4, Jordan Pehle-Munson 1/3, R, RBI; Ben Besoain 1/2, BB, S. Pitching:  Taylor Pehle-Munson LP, 3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, BB, 5 K, HB; Eric Freckman 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, K. Trevor Kendrick: All-Tourney. Etna finishes 6th @ Gold Nugget Tourney.

COS 6 – Butte 4

COS 3 – Butte 5

Friday, March 20


Yreka 6 – Mt. Shasta 11
Mt. Shasta batting: Tori Weatherford  3/3, HR (2), 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI; Cynthia Laiacona 2/2, 2 R; Kayla Spini 2/3; Kayla Emerson 1/3, 2 R, 2 RBI; Makenzie Hanna 1/3, 2 R, BB. Pitching: Kayla Spini WP, 6 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 6 K

Yreka 13 – Hidden Valley 3
Yreka batting: Stephanie Leyva 3/4, HR, 4 R, 3 RBI; Carrie Watson 2/2, 2 BB, 4 R; Beth Franklin 2/4, 3 R, 2B, 3B;  Lizzy Stone 2/3, BB. Pitching: Beth Franklin WP

Mt. Shasta 3 – Corning 2
Mt. Shasta batting: Amanda Woods 1/1, 2 R, RBI, 2 B;  Kayla Spini 1/2, R, 2B; Emma Taylor 1/2, R, BB. Pitching: Kayla Spini WP, 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 11 K

Etna 1 – Ashland 3
Etna batting: Paige Finley 1/3; Kassie Federico R. Pitching: Paige Finley LP, ER, 7 H, 7 K, BB.

Weed 6 – Burney 15

Weed 1 – Burney 11

Dunsmuir @ Surprise Valley

COS 4 – Lassen 0

COS 9 – Lassen 1 (more…)

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Yreka JV v Etna JV @ Lady Miner Tourney



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Yreka v Mt. Shasta @ Gold Nugget Tourney

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Etna JV v Yreka JV 3/19/09


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Eagles unable to catch Roadrunners


coffee-break-b.jpgWEED – The College of the Siskiyous Eagles hosted the Butte Valley Roadrunners in their home opener on Wednesday, and came up just a little short in their comeback bid. The Eagles battled back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game 5-5 in the sixth inning. Nick Reynolds reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning, advancing to second on the bad throw. After Chris Houle grounded out to third base, Reynolds moved to third base on an errant pick off attempt. The next batter, Ryan Trosko walked, putting runners on first and third. (more…)

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