The Lion Heart Awards are given each month to EtnaHigh School student athletes. The Lion Hearts are chosen based on three main criteria—including on-field performance, attitude, and the desire to succeed.
The female Lion Heart Award winner for March is Nicole Luiz, who plays for the Lady Lions softball team. Luiz leads the team in batting average, at .590. She is second on the team in slugging percentage (.769), fielding percentage (.923), and on-base percentage (.600). In addition, Luiz has a great work ethic, and positive attitude no matter what the circumstance. (more…)
YREKA – The Hidden Valley Lady Mustangs may have come into their game against Yreka on Tuesday feeling a little frisky, after finishing second in last weekend’s Yreka tournament—including a 5-0 win over the Lady Miners. By the time it was over, the Mustangs were roped and corralled.
Kayla Graves got the start on the hill for the Lady Miners and struck out two of the first three batters she faced, as the Lady Mustangs went 1-2-3 in the opening frame. Kaitlin Weckerle led off with a walk in the bottom half of the inning, and then advanced to second on an Alyssa Scala sacrifice bunt. Weckerle stole third and scored, when Sara Jones grounded to second. Yreka led 1-0 after one inning.
The Mustangs first batter doubled in the top of the second, and scored on a single that went past the outfield, to tie the game 1-1. The outfield error led to the batter advancing to third base. The next batter laid down a bunt, which resulted in a Yreka error, and scored the runner from third, giving HiddenValley the lead 2-1, at the end of an inning and a half.
Yreka’s first batter in the second inning grounded out. Then, Amber Sinnott hit an opposite field single. Sinnott advanced to second on a wild pitch, and stole third base. The next batter lined out to shortstop. Graves came to the plate with two down and Sinnott at third. Graves doubled into left field and Sinnott scored to tie the game 2-2. The next batter went down swinging to end the inning. (more…)
ETNA – The Etna Lady Lions hosted the Chiloquin Queens on Monday, and lost by a deuce, 6-4, in a game of missed opportunities and errors.
Chiloquin put a run on the board in the first inning, but the Lady Lions quickly answered back. Ashley Parry reached on an error, stole second, and advanced to third on a ground out by Nicole Luiz. Tracy Thackeray singled to bring Parry home and tie the score at 1-1. Chloe Papazian and Elli Pynes both walked and Etna had the bases jammed. The next two batters, however, fanned and the threat of a huge inning was repelled.
The Queens had base runners in both the second and third innings, but did not score. Etna went down in order in both innings.
The Queens scored three runs in the fourth inning, on a hit, two walks, and two errors, to take the lead 4-1. Pynes led off the bottom of the inning for Etna, with a walk. She advanced to second and third via steals. Paige Finley popped out to short, and Kacey Munson walked. Then, Etna pulled off a double steal, with Munson going to second, and Pynes scoring from third to make it 4-2, after four innings.
The first Queen batter singled in the top of the fifth, but was erased on a fielder’s choice. The batter who reached on the fielder’s choice was caught stealing. The next batter singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Ashley Page, who had relieved starting pitcher Finley, whiffed the next hitter to end the fifth inning, with the score standing at 4-2 for the Queens. (more…)
YREKA – The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears didn’t win a single game in the Yreka Tournament last week, but that didn’t stop them showing the heart that will likely win them several games over the course of the season.
“Yeah, it was a tough week. I guess that is to be expected with a young team and almost no dirt time, besides games. No excuses though, as this promises to be one intense week of practice,” said Coach Greg Eastman.
The Lady Bears opened up the tournament against the eventual champion and a much larger school, Ashland. The result wasn’t pretty as Mt. Shasta managed only one base-runner for the game, Valerie Hougan on a walk. The final was 16-0.
Their second round game against the Corning Cardinals proved to be quite a bit more competitive. Corning got on the board first, in the second inning with a pair of runs. Then, they added three more in the bottom of the third, to lead 5-0.
The Lady Bears broke the ice in the top of the fifth with two runs, but the Cardinals answered with three in the bottom half, making it 8-2. Neither team scored in the sixth inning, but the Bears came back to life in the top of the seventh inning, putting up three runs to make the final 8-5. Corning went on to finish third, losing their next game to eventual runner-up, HiddenValley. (more…)
YREKA – After taking third place in the Cub Classic the prior weekend, the Etna Lady Lions were looking for more than a consolation prize at the Yreka tournament, last Friday and Saturday. Etna, however, wound up with a tough first round game against the host Yreka Lady Miners, followed by a game with Shasta Cascade League power house Fall River. The result was two losses and a match up with the Mt. Shasta Lady Bears in the consolation game.
Etna wasted no time in showing their offensive power in the top of the first inning. After the Lady Lions’ lead off batter struck out, Nicole Luiz singled. Number-three hitter Tracy Thackeray then picked up a three-bagger to drive in Luiz. Thackeray scored on a Chloe Papazian ground out to make it 2-0. Elli Pynes smashed the Lions second triple of the inning, and scored on a Paige Finely single, giving Etna a 3-0 lead. Although Mt.Shasta put two runners on base, they were unable to score in their half of the inning. (more…)
The College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles headed to Fremont this weekend for the March Madness softball tournament, and will return with the gilded prize.
COS went 1-2 on the first day, beating DiabloValley 7-1, and Gavilan 10-2, while dropping their game against NapaValley 6-4.
On day two, the Lady Eagles smoked San JoseCityCollege 7-1, and shut out DiabloValley 3-0, to reach the championship game against Sierra. COS only scored one run, but that was all they needed, blanking Sierra 1-0.
COS will be in double-header action against Lassen in Susanville on Wednesday, March 19, at and .
YREKA – Hosting their first Gold Nugget baseball tournament, the Yreka Miners found themselves riding a roller coaster of emotions on the way to a 1-2 tourney record.
The Miners were matched up against eventual Gold Nugget champion the Del Norte Warriors (6-3-1), in round one. The Warriors put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning for the early 3-0 lead. Yreka put up a run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 3-1.
Neither team scored again, until Del Norte added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Trailing by three runs going into the bottom of the seventh, the first Miner batter struck out. Andrew Ward, however, singled and moved to second, when Wade Berryhill reached on an error. (more…)
YREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners finished fourth in their own tournament, this weekend, beating Etna and Fall River, and losing to HiddenValley and Corning.
Yreka won their first round match up with the Etna Lady Lions 7-3. Etna scored a run in the first inning, when Ashley Parry doubled and then scored on an error. The Lady Lions had the bases loaded when Elli Pynes popped out to shallow right field. Nicole Luiz tagged and went home. The throw beat her to the plate, but Luiz slid under the tag and between the legs of the catcher for what was an apparent run. The home plate umpire saw otherwise and called her out. The double play and a subsequent fly out quashed the Lions’ threat of a big first inning.
Etna’s Paige Finley struck out the first two Yreka batters and the Lady Miners went down in order in the bottom of the first inning, with the Lions leading 1-0.
Etna failed to score in the top of the second, but Yreka was able to even the game in their half of the inning. Ashlie Smith led off with a single. Smith stole second, stole third, and scored on a throwing error to third base. The next three batters flied out, and the game was tied 1-1. (more…)
YREKA – The Etna Lions baseball team came into the Gold Nugget baseball tournament with a record of 7-3. All three of their losses were to upper division foe the Central Valley Falcons. So, when the Lions saw the bracket for the tournament, they couldn’t have been thrilled with their first round match up. It was the Falcons.
This time, however, it was the Lions that came out on top 6-5, and advanced to round two in the winners’ bracket. For the Lions, Beau Branson went 2/3, with a double, a run, and two RBI. Trevor Kendrick had two RBI, a run, a double, and was 2/4 at the plate. Greg Monday was 1/2 with a home run. Jordan Pehle-Munson went 1/4, with a double and an RBI.
In round-two, Etna faced Del Norte, which had defeated Yreka in round-one 4-1. Monday led off the game for the Lions with a blast over the left-center field fence. Logan Dysert followed with a single. Clint Johnson laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Dysert moved to second, and then went to third base on a wild pitch. J. Munson reached on an error, and Dysert scored to give Etna a 2-0 lead. (more…)
SHASTA LAKE – The first time the Mt. Shasta Lady Bears and the Central Valley Falcons met, it was all Bears in an 8-1 win. The double-header rematch was just the opposite, with CV winning both games easily.
In game one, CV plastered five runs on the board in the bottom half of the first inning to lead 5-0. Both teams scored a run in the second inning making it 6-1. The Lady Bears added a run in the top of the fifth to narrow the gap to 6-2. But those were the last runs of the game for Mt.Shasta, while CV added three more in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 9-2.
Sammy Reed was 1/3, with a double and a run for the Bears. Emma Taylor went 2/3, and Jackie Degray was 1/3 with a double. Lauren McCurrey pitched all six innings, giving up nine runs, three earned runs, nine hits and two walks.
The Falcons exploded for 10 runs in the first inning of game two, but didn’t tally a run again, until the bottom of the sixth inning. Mt.Shasta scored all three of their runs in the top of the fifth, for a final score of 11-3. (more…)
YREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners split a double-header with the Mazama Vikings today. Yreka won game-one 4-1, and dropped game-two 4-3 in 10 innings.
After Mazama went down in order, Kaitlin Weckerle led off the bottom of the first inning in game-one, with a slap bunt single for Yreka. Alyssa Scala followed with a single, and Weckerle went to second base. Sara Jones grounded out, but Weckerle and Scala each moved up a base. Weckerle then scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Miners the lead 1-0, after one inning.
Neither team scored in the second or third innings. Jones led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a base hit. Jones stole second and third. With one down, Ashlie Smith ripped a double to drive in Jones and make the score 2-0. Robin Lemos knocked in Smith with a single, and it was 3-0, after four innings.
There was no scoring in the fifth inning, but Mazama managed a run in the top of the sixth, to make it 3-1. After the first two Yreka batters grounded out in the bottom of the sixth, Smith hammered her second double of the game. Again, it was Lemos driving Smith home with a single, to put the Lady Miners up 4-1 going into the final frame. (more…)
YREKA – They’ve met three times in the last five days, and the Yreka Miners have beaten the Mt. Shasta Bears all three times—twice at the Marble Mountain Tournament last weekend, and again today.
Each team scored a run in the first inning. Neither team scored in the second and third innings. Although pitching well, Yreka’s Wade Berryhill was relieved by Andrew Ward in the fourth inning.
The Bears took the lead in the top of the fourth, 2-1, when Andrew Campbell stole third base, and then scored on a throwing error. The Bears scored another run in the fifth inning to make it 3-1. Yreka answered with a run in the bottom half to cut the Bears’ lead to one run, at 3-2.
Miner Ethan Garrett relieved Ward in the sixth inning and shut down the Bears. Yreka started the bottom of the sixth inning with a fly out. However, the second batter, Ward, singled. Berryhill then doubled Ward home to tie the game 3-3.Berryhill stole third and then scored on a pass ball to give Yreka the lead 4-3. The next batter, Jake Havey, was hit by a pitch, and Matt Houston came in to relieve Dallas Brooks for the Bears. (more…)
The Etna Lady Lions went 5-1 at the Anderson Cub Classic to finish in third place, last Friday and Saturday. Etna won their pool by going 3-0 on day-one, with wins over Quincy, 5-3, Trinity, 10-7, and Orland 12-1.
Against Quincy, Lady Lion Chloe Papazian led the way, going 2/3, with a double, and an RBI. Kacey Munson had an RBI and a run, and went 1/2. Elli Pynes had a pair of steals and a run, going 1/3. Paige Finley started, went three innings and got the win on the mound (ER, 3H, 2K, BB). Ashley Page made a relief appearance, going three innings (2ER, 3H, 4K, BB, HB). (more…)
REDDING – The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears earned a one-seed for the elimination rounds of the NorCal shootout at Big League Dreams in Redding, last Friday and Saturday.
The Bears opened pool play on Friday with an 8-4 loss to University Prep. Lady Bear Amber Butts went 2-for-4, with a triple, a run, and an RBI. Amanda Woods was the starting pitcher and took the loss, giving up eight runs, two earned runs, and six hits over six innings.
Then, the resilient Lady Bears came back with strong wins over Central Valley 8-1, and Princeton 10-0 to win their pool. In the Central Valley game, Bella Campbell led the Lady Bears’ offense, going 2-for-2, with two runs, and two RBI. Sammy Reed was 2-for-2, with two runs, and an RBI. Tori Weatherford drove in two runs, scored a run, and went 2-for-3.Valerie Hougan was 1-for-3, with two RBI. Lauren McCurrey got the start and complete game win on the mound, going five innings, giving up one earned run, and six hits.
Against Princeton, Butts was 2-for-4, with three RBI, and a run. Weatherford went 1-for-2, with two runs, and two RBI. Hougan was 2-for-2, and scored twice. Woods recorded the complete game win, going five innings and giving up six hits and no runs. She fanned six.
On Saturday morning, the Bears seemed destined to advance, when they held a 7-2 lead over Portola in the top of the fourth inning. Portola, however, had their sights set on advancement, and came back to tie the game 7-7 in the bottom half of the inning. (more…)
Rebecca Geries takes Gold, Jon Villani gets Bronze
Mt.ShastaHigh School graduate Rebecca Geries is the National Collegiate Champion in Women’s Giant Slalom snowboard racing. Geries finished first in both of her runs, with a first run time of 1:12.96, the fastest run of the competition. Her second run was 1:26.19, for a combined total of 2:39.15, nearly 11 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
On the men’s side, EtnaHigh School graduate Jon Villani picked up a Bronze medal in snowboard Giant Slalom. Villani had the second best time of the first run, at 1:08.78. His second run was 1:16.99, for a combined total of 2:25.77. The winning time was 2:20.31.
Geries and Villani both compete for the College of the Siskiyous. The United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard National Championships were held at Sunday River, Maine, with the GS snowboard races taking place on Saturday, March 8.