YREKA – Friday the 13th came early for the Yreka Lady Miner basketball teams, as they were swept by the Corning Cardinals on Thursday night. Corning won the varsity contest 51-39, JVs 56-52, and the Frosh 29-27.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the night was the near comeback by the Yreka frosh squad, and Elizabeth Roy’s ownership of the third quarter. After being shutout 5-0 in the first quarter, the Lady Miner frosh were trailing 14-5 in the second quarter. Just before the buzzer, Roy fired a near half court shot that found the bottom of the net for a 3-pointer, energizing the crowd, Roy and the Lady Miners. It was just the start for Roy.
Roy opened the second half with a hoop to cut the deficit to 14-10. After Corning scored, Roy connected again, to make it 16-12. Miranda Parsons added a freebie to make it a one possession game, 16-13. After Corning added a free throw, Roy hit another basket, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to two points, 17-15.
Corning and Roy traded a couple of hoops, making the score 21-19. The Cardinals went back up by four points, 23-19, but MacKenzie Allen hit a bucket to make the score 23-21 going into the final frame. Roy exploded for 10 points in the third quarter.
Corning scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to extend its lead to seven points at 28-21. The Lady Miners, however, weren’t done just yet. A pair from the charity stripe by Kelsey Stonier made it 28-23. Corning added a free throw, making the score 29-23. The Miners responded with baskets by Roy and Krista Freeze, but came up just a hoop short, losing 29-27.
Elizabeth Roy led the Lady Miner frosh with 15 points, Krista Freeze added four points. (more…)
YREKA—Siskiyou Golden Fair CEO Rebecca Desmond was installed as Treasurer of the Western Fairs Association at the recent convention in Reno, Nevada.
Founded in 1922 and incorporated in 1945, Western Fairs Association (WFA) is a non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout the Western United States and Canada. The association’s primary purpose is to assist in maintaining the highest professional standards within the fair industry through a voluntary network of individuals and organizations. The primary objective of Western Fairs Association is to promote the prosperity of fairs through educational activities, training programs, and legislative advocacy.
Currently, Western Fairs serves more than 2,000 members, representing fair-related businesses, fair management, fair board directors, festivals, and industry associations. This membership is represented by a 23-member elected board of directors that governs the activities and policies of the association.
Desmond, who is beginning her tenth year as CEO of the Siskiyou Golden Fair, has been a director on the board of WFA for the past four years and just stepped down as the president of the California Fair Alliance after a two-year term.
“I am very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to go up through the chairs of WFA,” Desmond said. “Western Fairs provides great training, advocacy and networking for fairs and is an invaluable entity to any fairgrounds.”
Desmond is very involved in the fair industry with memberships in WFA, CFA, California Fair Services Authority (eight years on the board of directors), and the International Association of Fairs & Expositions as well as sitting on numerous one-time committees formed by the California Division of Fairs & Expositions. (more…)
YREKA—The Siskiyou Golden Fair has been honored for Creative Management by the Western Fairs Association. At the recent WFA Convention in Reno, Nevada, the Siskiyou Golden Fair brought home two firsts, three seconds and one third place award for the 2008 fair season.
The fair was honored in the categories of Community Outreach (Rotary First Harvest Garden), Non-Traditional Revenue (billboard), Best Competition (Give Away A Smile), Community Relevance (community relevance outreach program), Fair Affiliated 501(c)3 Organization (10th DAA Friends of the Fair) and Conservation Programs or Being Green (overall fairgrounds “green” operations). (more…)
YREKA – What do Grizzlies, Bears and Falcons all have in common? They all appeared to have had the Yreka Miners beat, only to lose in the final seconds. The Central Valley Falcons joined the club on Tuesday night, when the Miners fought back from a 31-11 first half deficit to win with three ticks on the clock. Andrew Ward hit the game winning freebies.
“Just put one in the hole. It was our chance to beat CV. They’ve had our number the last two years. It feels good to finally get them on our home court. So, that was all running through my head while I was standing out there. It feels good,” said Ward immediately after the game.
It would have been easy to imagine many of the Miner faithful wondering why they ventured out on a cold snowy night, when the Miners were down 17-6 after the first quarter. A few left the building. But others, perhaps with memories of prior miracle comebacks, stayed.
The score got even worse, before it got better. The Miners were down 20 points 31-11, with about three minutes left in the first half. Then, someone apparently threw the whoop-butt switch, and Yreka came storming back.
Ward started a 9-0 Miners’ run with a freebie. Daniel Fisher hit a bucket, and Brandon Larreau added two free throws, making it 31-16. Another Fisher hoop and it was 31-18. Two from the charity stripe by Ward made the deficit 11 points at the half, 31-20. (more…)
Linda Johnson of FortJones has the Jr. Wrangler rodeo All-Around Cowgirl lead with 154.5 points after five rodeos. Kayla Nichol from Cottonwood is in second with 119.5.
In individual events, Johnson leads in Goat Tying and Breakaway. She is tied for third in Ribbon Cutting, and is fourth in Pole Bending.
Other SiskiyouCounty competitors of note include rookies Tim Ferreira and Kent Johnson of FortJones who are third and fourth in Ribbon Cutting. Etna’s Tyler Murphy is fourth in Boys’ Goat Tying. Ferreira is eighth in the All-Around Cowboy race, and second among rookies with 63 points.
WEED – The College of the Siskiyous Financial Aid Office announces applications for the Matt Solus Memorial Scholarship and the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship are now available. For more information about available scholarship opportunities contact Karen Chandler in the Weed Campus Financial Aid Office at (530) 938-5209. The Weed Campus may also be reached by calling (530) 938-5555 or toll-free, (888) 397-4339.
Matt Solus Memorial Scholarship: one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior or a junior college student from SiskiyouCounty planning to continue in higher education.The applicant must be planning to major in, or show a strong interest in, police or fire science.The applicant should have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Deadline for submission is April 22, 2009. For more information contact the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Juliette Read at (530) 244-1219. Applications may be downloaded on the web: http://www.shastarcf.org/documents/grants/Solus_APPLICATION_2009.pdf
The North Section CIF released the first rankings for soccer playoff points last Friday. The Yreka Lady Miners are ranked number-one in Division-II. The Miners boys are ranked fifth in Division-II.
Although the Yreka squads were moved from D-I to D-II this season, due to lower school enrollment, they played against all D-I opponents in the Northern Athletic League, and in preseason. Neither team has an especially strong record, but they have been helped by having the toughest schedule in D-II.
The ranking are still subject to major shifts because while Yreka has finished its regular season, other teams still have games remaining. The soccer playoff seeding meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 7.
ETNA – The Weed Cougars, led by Coach Mike “Silver Fox” Carpine, ventured into the Lions’ den on Friday and left with yet another win over Etna, 52-49. Weed used an offense that featured more picks than a guitar shop, freeing up gunners Tanner Shelton and Robert West for the long ball. Weed hit eight 3-pointers in the game.
Robert West put Weed up 2-0 to start the contest. Etna’s Clint Eastlick tied it at 2-2. Aaron Power-Bearden gave Weed the lead at 4-2. Seth Jordan tied the score at 4-4, and Erik Anaya scored twice in the last to give Etna an 8-4 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
An Anaya put-back gave the Lions a 10-4 lead in the second quarter. A trey and deuce by Power-Bearden, followed by a 3-ball from Shelton put the Cougars up 12-10, with gone in the quarter. Eastlick tied it at 12-12, before a 3-pointer from R. West made it 15-12. Jordan used a baby-hook to make it 15-14. A Shelton hoop put Weed back up by three points, 17-14. Etna’s Anaya and Weed’s Jake West traded hoops, making the score 19-16. A Brent Davis steal and basket started a 6-0 mini run for Etna. An Anaya put-back gave Etna the lead 20-19, with left in the half. Eastlick made it 22-19 for Etna. Shelton dialed long distance to knot the score at 22-22, but Jordan hit a freebie to give Etna a 23-22 lead at the intermission. (more…)
ETNA – The Weed Lady Cougars would have liked nothing better than to have knocked the Etna Lady Lions from the top spot in the Shasta Cascade League on Friday night. Two of the Weed players even predicted it earlier in the week. At times, the scrappy Weed squad appeared on the verge of pulling off the upset. But, the Lady Lions took control about midway through the third quarter, and won by 12 points, 39-27.
Mindi Curran-Chandler opened the scoring to put Weed up 2-0. Hoops by Lady Lions Lindsay Stacher and Paige Finley gave Etna the lead 4-2. A pair of free throws by Nicolette Neel tied it at 4-4. A put-back by Sarah Loogman, a freebie from Brittney Potter and a jumper by Annaleisa Nadig made the score 9-4 in favor of Etna. Amanda Greene scored for Weed, making it 9-6. The Lady Lions then went on a 9-0 run beginning with two Potter free throws at the end of the first quarter, and continuing into the second frame. Etna led 11-6 after one quarter.
The second quarter scoring started with a Trina Appler free throw. Nadig scored to extend Etna’s lead to 14-6. A put-back by Potter and a basket from Stacher made it 18-6. Weed scored the next five points, including baskets by Neel and Sierra Skeen, and a freebie by Bea Promvongsa to cut the gap to 18-11.Tilly McBroom dropped a dime to Sarah Loogman who scored to increase Etna’s lead to 20-11 at the half.
The resilient Lady Cougars opened up the second half with an 8-0 run to draw within a single point, 20-19, about two minutes into the third quarter. Neel hit a hoop and Skeen added two freebies to make the score 20-15. Skeen dished to Greene for a bucket, making it 20-17. A basket by Neel cut the deficit to 20-19. (more…)