Lady Miners come up short against Corning

yreka-v-corning-girls-soccer-front.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners played possibly their best match of the season on Thursday, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Corning Lady Cardinals who won 2-1.

Corning was first on the board, scoring on a breakaway at the 22-minute mark. Yreka keeper Natasha Cruz came up with a great save on the initial point blank shot, but Corning was able to knock home the rebound. Three minutes into the second half, Corning struck again to extend its lead to 2-0.

It took the Lady Miners just two minutes to respond, when Jane Crow found the back of the net, making the score 2-1.

northerncapaving-300.jpgYreka outplayed Corning for the remainder of the match, coming close to tying the score several times. The Lady Miners had a 15-3 shots advantage in the second half.

First year Yreka coach Shannon Loftus was pleased with her team’s performance and improvement.

“I think every single one of these girls out here played well. Every single one of them had some outstanding plays and they really picked it up,” said Loftus. “This is a whole new team, and I’ve never seen our team look quite this good. So, that was incredibly exciting for me as a coach because I know we’re only going to get better and more successful from here on out.”

On Tuesday, Yreka opened up Northern Athletic League play with a 5-0 blanking of the Central Valley Falcons. The Lady Miners scored three goals in the first half, and a pair in the second frame. (more…)

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Bears wash away Fall River

mt-shasta-v-fall-river-boys-b-ball-front.jpgMT. SHASTA – The Mt. Shasta Bears varsity and JV squads were both victorious over the Fall River Bulldogs to open up the Shasta Cascade League season, on Tuesday. The varsity prevailed in a hard fought contest 71-61. The JVs won 66-53.

The Bulldogs were first on the board in the varsity game, with four straight free throws. Fall River enjoyed more than a 2-1 advantage in foul calls during the game.

Jake Padula hit from long-range to get the Bears on the board. Gene Kenyon followed up with a bucket to give Mt. Shasta a 5-4 lead. A freebie by Eric Thelander and another 3-ball from Padula made it 9-4.


The Bulldogs then ripped off a 13-2 run for a 17-11 advantage. Bear Eric Rutherford hit a turn-around jumper to break the run and make the score 17-13. A put-back by Thelander narrowed the margin to 17-15. Fall River added a free throw and led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.

Fall River came out strong in the second quarter outscoring the Bears 16-6, to increase its lead to 13 points, 34-21. But as they did in the first quarter, the Bears finished with a flurry.  Padula hit his third 3-pointer of the game, making it 34-24. Steven Reed picked up a freebie and Trent Hough dialed long distance, cutting the bulldogs’ lead to six points, at 34-28. Fall River hit a 3-ball, to make it 37-28. Thelander answered with a 3-point play the hard way, and Reed had a hoop to make the score 37-33 at the intermission. (more…)

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Lady Bears open with 17-0 run against Fall River

mt-shasta-v-fall-river-girls-b-ball-front.jpgMT. SHASTA – The Mt. Shasta Lady Bears varsity basketball team leashed the Fall River Bulldogs for more than a quarter on their way to a 45-30 win on Tuesday night.

Mt. Shasta’s Amanda Amesbury dialed long distance to open the game. Jeana Michels followed with a hoop to make the score 5-0. A 3-ball plus a 2-point bucket by Taylor Hansen upped the lead to 10-0. Donnetta Young finished the first quarter scoring, giving Mt. Shasta a 12-0 lead.

The Lady Bears continued to shut down the Bulldogs for the early part of the second quarter, while adding five points to their total, including an old fashion 3-point play coffe-break-300.jpgby Young. Fall River finally found the hoop with about three minutes gone in the quarter, making the score 17-2  The Bulldogs would only add three more points the rest of the half, leaving Mt. Shasta with a 25-5 lead going into the intermission.

Early in the third quarter Hansen gave the Lady Bears their biggest lead at 30-6, when she hit a 3-pointer. Mt. Shasta led 34-18 at the end of the third quarter, and finished with a 15 point win, 45-30.

Hansen led Mt. Shasta with 14 points. Amesbury contributed nine points, and Michels had 7.

Mt. Shasta improved their record to 4-5. They will travel to Etna (4-7) to take on the Lady Lions this Friday at 7:00 pm. (more…)

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Independent Livestock Exhibitor packets ready at the Siskiyou Golden Fair

svpt-small.jpgYREKA – Packets and record books for junior livestock exhibitors showing as independents at the 2009 Siskiyou Golden Fair are ready to be picked up at the fair office.

An independent exhibitor is someone who does not show livestock at the fair through an organized club such as 4-H, FFA or Grange. Independent exhibitors are required to attend meetings, perform one community service, and maintain record books regarding their livestock projects. These requirements apply to independent exhibitors showing market animals, not breeding projects. (more…)

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COS Eagles ranked in top 20

nsa-in-story.jpgWith a record of 16-7, the College of the Siskiyous Eagles basketball team is ranked 15th in the state of California and 8th in the North Region for the week beginning January 4. The Eagles had been ranked 16th and 7th in the coaches’ polls the previous week.

The Lady Eagles are ranked 11th in the North Region, but out of the top 20 in the state, although they did receive state level votes. The Lady Eagles (11-6) had been ranked 20th and 12th in the previous polls.

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Eagles split at Roseburg

cos-v-sw-oregon-mens-b-ball-front.jpgROSEBURG, Ore. – The College of the Siskiyous Eagles men’s basketball team split a pair of games at the NorCal/Southern Oregon Classic held at Umpqua Community College last Friday and Saturday.

After a lackluster performance in the first game against host Umpqua, an 81-76 loss, the Eagles rebounded with a 97-72 thumping of the South West Oregon Lakers.

The Lakers led by as many as five points, 10-5, early in the contest, but the Eagles tied the game at 15-15, when Alden Gibbs dunked an ally oop pass from Drew Herrera.

With about six minutes gone in the first half, Herrera nailed a 3-ball to give COS the lead 18-15—a lead the geriad.jpgEagles would not surrender.

After the Lakers drew to within one point at 18-17, Andrew McNabb started a 12-2 Eagle run when he dialed long distance to make the score 21-17. Adrian Rolfe hit a 3-pointer and a bucket to make it 26-19.  Dijon Edwards and Hererra each scored, making it 30-19. The Eagles led 57-34 at the half, after a Brian Cummings hoop just before the buzzer.

COS would go up by 32 points, 75-43, in the second half, before cruising to a 97-72 win.

Cummings and McNabb led the Eagles with 16 points each. Rolfe had 15 points. Herrera scored 11 points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out four assists. Gibbs scored nine points and had six boards. Stephen Bayley, Zack Hancock, and Edwards each grabbed five boards. Yreka High School grad Brandon Eller hit two 3-balls for six points. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores 12/28 – 1/3


Saturday, January 3

Women’s Basketball

COS 49 – De Anza 42
COS scoring: Jennifer Whipple 12 Amber Franko 11.

Men’s Basketball


COS 97 – S.W. Oregon 72
COS stats: Brian Cummings 16 P; Andrew McNabb 16 P; Adrian Rolfe 15 P; Drew Herrera 11 P, 5 R, 4 A; Alden Gibbs 9 P, 6 R. Yreka High grad Brandon Eller six points on two 3-balls.

Friday, January 2

Women’s Basketball

COS 65 – Cabrillo 43
COS scoring: Crissy Watts 19

Men’s Basketball

COS 76 - Umpqua 81
COS scoring: Alden Gibbs 20, Dijon Edwards 20, Zack Hancock 10 (more…)

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Carrie Watson’s double figures have an Impact

carrie-impact.jpgIt’s no secret. For the second year in a row, Yreka Lady Miner Carrie Watson is the county’s top female high school basketball player. I’d say she’s arguably the best, but I don’t know anyone that would actually argue.

When I watch Carrie play ball, two words come to mind. “Wow,” and “Natural.” “Wow” because she exhibits basketball skills that are far beyond what most high school girls can do. To see anything comparable in Siskiyou County, you’ll need to go check out the Lady Eagles at COS.

“Natural” because nothing ever seems to be a struggle. It doesn’t matter


whether its passing, shooting, rebounding, or defense, Carrie almost always seems to be in control, and just sort of “flowing” her way through the game.

And then there are the scoring stats. Carrie, apparently tired from volleyball where she led the Northern Athletic League in kills and blocks, only dropped 30 points on Eagle Point in the season opener. That’s 30 points in the first game. (more…)

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Eric Thelander: Impact Player

thelander-impact.jpgExactly how do you determine if a player is having an impact on the success of his team? One way is to take a look at the statistics.

Forward Eric Thelander leads the Mt. Shasta Bears varsity basketball team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. And in case you think the points come from being a ball hog, think again. Thelander also leads the team in assists, as well being second in steals.

Then there’s the Thelander “Thunder Dunk.”

The truth is that I’m not all that impressed by dunks. Most high school dunks are on breakaways, and they still just count as two points—same as a lay up.


However, when a player drives the lane and dunks over the defender, that’s impressive. Thelander can do it. Most other players around these parts can’t.

There’s no doubt that Thelander is making an impact, and has earned an Impact Player Award. Congratulations. (more…)

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Lady Eagle Leah Swain

leah-feature-b.jpgBy Alyssa Scala

When you come to watch the College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles basketball team play you will see a 6’6” player running up and down the court. Who might this be? It’s Leah Swain from Melbourne, Australia.

Now, it may seem strange that someone from Australia is playing at COS. How did she find COS you might ask?“My family knows a man named Steve from Australia who used to play for Tom Powers and suggested that I should go play college basketball–that it would be a great experience for me just as it was for him. So here I am,” said Leah.northerncapaving-300.jpgWhen asked about Australia she says it’s a little different than what everyone seems to think.

“It isn’t what everyone thinks. There are not kangaroos hopping around everywhere, and most people don’t live by the beach or surf all day. It’s just like a city here. People go to work and maybe on their spare time they will go catch a wave or two,” said Leah. “Though don’t get me wrong there are many amazing beaches and the people there are very relaxed.” (more…)

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Favorite Photos of 2008

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Dodgeball tourney for Corben, entry forms available


The Associated Student Body of Etna High School and the Student Council Officers are working hard to make the first annual Scott Valley Dodgeball Tournament a huge success. The tournament will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 beginning at 10:00 am in the Carl Smith Gymnasium. All proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the Corben Brooks Fund to aid in Corben’s recovery from a football injury he suffered earlier this year. The EHS Student Council would like to see all of Siskiyou County join this event to raise money for Corben. (more…)

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Impact Player: Tandy Thackeray

impact-tandy.jpgFor the first time, an Impact Player Award is going to a JV player, Tandy Thackeray, of the Etna Lady Lions JV basketball team. Why?

First, her team is 9-0 with two JV tourney championships so far this season, and Tandy is a big part of the team’s success. She and her teammates haven’t just won all their games. They have dominated.

Second, Tandy is an all-around player. She can dribble, pass, rebound, play defense, and shoot. Man, can she shoot. Tandy is one of the best gunners at valley-tire-red-300.jpgEtna High School—boy or girl. Her specialty is dialing long distance, and it isn’t for texting (that comes after the game).

In their most recent game, the Lady Lion JVs demolished Hayfork, 64-23. It was Lady Lions 23-Hayfork 0 at the end of the first quarter. It was also Tandy Thackeray 15 – Hayfork 0 at the end of the first quarter. Along with the other starters, Tandy took a break for most of the rest of the game, and finished with 17 points. (more…)

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Local Sports Scores 12/15 – 12/20

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Saturday, December 20

Girls Basketball

Etna 63 – Redding Christian 21
Etna: Annalesia Nadig 26 P, 12 R, 7 B, 6 S; Paige Finley 23 P, 10 R, 6 S, Ilima Adams 11 R.

Etna 58 – Butte Valley 68
Etna: Annalesia Nadig 20 P, 9 R; Trina Appler 10 P, 10 R; Ilima Adams 8; Tandy Thackeray 8
All-Tourney: Annalesia Nadig, Paige Finley
Etna finishes 3rd in Etna Holiday Tournament (1-2). Butte Valley (3-0) is 1st, Mercy 2nd (2-1), and Redding Christian 4th (0-3).


Boys Basketball

Mt. Shasta 47 – Gridley 58
Mt. Shasta: Erik Thelander 13 P, 9 R; Gene Kenyon9 P, 7 R; Zack Morris 6 P,5 A; Jake Padula 6 P. Thelander is All-Tourney.

Etna 66 – Butte Valley45
Etna: Ryan Hicks 19 P, 9 S, 4 A; Erik Anaya 11 P, 8 R; Jarom Hiett 11 P, 5 R; Brent Davis 10 P, 9 S.
Ryan Hicks & Erik Anaya Co-MVPs.  Jarom Hiett is All-Tourney
Etna wins Etna Holiday Tournament (2-0). Butte valley is 2nd (1-1).  Mercy 3rd (0-2).


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Lions win Etna Holiday Tournament

etna-v-butte-valley-boys-b-ball-front.jpgETNA – The Etna Lions faced little opposition on their way the Etna Holiday Tournament championship beating Mercy and Butte Valley in the three-team round-robin.

Etna (7-3) opened the tourney with a 62-53 win over the Mercy Warriors (1-6). Etna led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter, 35-24 at the half, and 46-36 at the end of three quarters. Ryan Hicks and Erik Anaya each scored 14 points to lead the Lions. Jarom Hiett put up 12 points.

Etna then dominated the Butte Valley Bulldogs in the second game. Buckets by Hicks and Anaya put the Lions up 4-0. Etna never trailed in the game, and led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter.

clarity-300.jpgThe Lions outscored Butte Valley 18-8 in the second quarter, capped by a spin move for a hoop by Hiett. Etna led 33-15 at the half, and went on to win 66-45.

Hicks led all scorers with 19 points, as well as having nine steals, and four assists. Anaya had 11 points and eight boards. Hiett also put up 11 points, while snagging five rebounds. Brent Davis added 10 points and nine steals. Hicks and Anaya shared MVP honors. Hiett was All-Tourney. (more…)

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Lady Lions beat Redding Christian, but fall to Butte Valley and Mercy

etna-tourney-girls-front.jpgETNA – The Etna Lady Lions varsity basketball team finished third at their round-robin Holiday tournament over the weekend.

Etna opened the tournament with a heart-breaking 72-69 overtime loss to the Mercy Lady Warriors. Brittney Potter hit a 3-ball for the Lady Lions to force overtime. Unfortunately for Etna, the Lady Lions couldn’t stop Lady Warrior Allison Wong, who exploded for 52 points in the game, and was eventually selected as tournament Co-MVP.

Lindsay Stacher put up 30 points for Etna. Annaleisa Nadig and Brittney Potter each had 10 points.

Etna rebounded with a pounding of Redding Christian in


the second game. With the game tied 6-6, The Lady Lions went on a 19-0 run to go up 25-6.

A bucket by Paige Finley gave Etna the lead 8-6. Nadig converted a dish from Tilly McBroom to make it 10-6, and Finley had a put-back just before the buzzer to end the first quarter with Etna up 12-6. Finley and Illima Adams owned the start of the second quarter for the Lady Lions, with one of the two having a hand in the first 13 points of the quarter. Nadig took control late in the quarter, scoring the last six points for Etna, including a bucket at the buzzer, giving the Lady Lions a 36-10 lead at the half. Etna went on to win easily 63-21. (more…)

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Weed JV 60 – Dunsmuir JV 20

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