Bears fend off Wolves to advance to championship

mt-shasta-v-trinity-tourney-2-front.jpgMOUNT SHASTA – The Mt. Shasta Bears earned the top seed in the Shasta Cascade League’s post season tournament by winning the SCL regular season, with a record of 9-1. The Trinity Wolves won just enough SCL games (4-6) to make the tournament as the last seed at number-4. On paper it looked like a potential blow out, and easy advancement to the championship game for the Bears. It wasn’t.

The expected blow out seemed to be well on the way, Tuesday afternoon, when Bear John Holst passed across the Trinity net to Zack Morris, who headed it home for a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the match.

With just under 20 minutes played, Holst intercepted a coffe-break-300.jpggoal kick by Trinity, and launched a rocket past the Wolves’ keeper for a 2-0 lead.

The Wolves, however, didn’t run and cower. Instead, nine minutes later they responded with a goal of their own, cutting the Bears lead to 2-1. The score remained the same at halftime.

There were scoring opportunities by both teams in the second half, with perhaps the best coming with about five minutes left to play. Holst was in alone on the Trinity keeper, who came up with a fantastic point-blank save, to preserve The Wolves’ hopes of a comeback—a comeback that never materialized, as the Bears advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 win. (more…)

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Selena Sendejo, the last Miner standing

yreka-sendejo.jpgCORNING – The Northern Athletic League girls individual tennis championships were held last Friday and Saturday, and Yreka got a surprise performance from their number-6 player, Selena Sendejo.

Sendejo pulled an opening round upset of Anderson’s top player, Yui Gabrielle 9-8. She then took down Anderson’s number-4 in the second round (6-4, 6-1).

Sendejo lost to Corning’s top player, Sonya Scott, in the quarter finals  (2-6, 0-6), and finished the tournament with a loss to Corning’s number-4, Magali Hernandez in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 3-6).

Sendejo drew praise from coaches at the tournament, one


calling her the “Wild card of the championships.” Her own coach, Steve Pyles called her the, “Last Miner Standing.”

In doubles, the duo of Jessica Shuler and Kendall Taylor won their first round match against Anderson’s number-2 pair, Jennifer Haney and Melissa Chipley, 8-2. Shuler and Kendall were knocked out in the second round by Corning’s number-3 team of Baillie Eller and Samantha Monroe (3-6, 2-6).

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Siskiyou Golden Fair Theme Contest underway

svpt-small.jpgYREKA, CA— It seems like this year’s fair just ended, but it is time for the 2009 Siskiyou Golden Fair theme contest.
The Siskiyou Golden Fair is extending an invitation to residents and organizations of Siskiyou County to enter the annual theme contest. The winner of this contest has the pleasure of knowing their theme will be used in the overall advertising campaign used to promote the 2009 fair, as well as winning a cash prize. (more…)

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Miners pluck Cardinals

sis-dist-ad-300.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Miners varsity football team picked up a much needed win on Friday, defeating the Corning Cardinals 27-7. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, and brings the Miners record to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Northern Athletic League.

Yreka was first on the board, when Manny Barragan scored from five yards out in the first quarter. Barragan also scored a 2-point conversion. A 3-yard run by Brandon Larreau and a 58-yard punt return by Barragan accounted for a pair of Miner TDs in the second quarter, with Barragan adding a PAT after his TD. Corning (3-5, 0-3) picked up seven points in the second quarter, making the halftime score 21-7. (more…)

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NSCIF volleyball playoff rankings

northerncapaving-300.jpgThe North Section CIF announced the first volleyball playoff points rankings of the season on Monday.

Dunsmuir (9-8) is the Siskiyou County team in the best position within its division, ranked seventh in D-VI, ahead of Greenville (8-10) and behind Princeton (10-8). Other county D-VI teams are Butte Valley (5-5) in twelfth, Happy Camp (2-5) in fifteenth, and Tulelake (2-20) in eighteenth. (more…)

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NSCIF Football playoff point rankings

valley-tire-red-c.jpgThe North Section CIF released the first football playoff point rankings of the season over the weekend.

Etna (7-2) is currently in the best position among Siskiyou County teams, ranked fourth in Division-IV, just ahead of U-Prep (5-2) and right behind Portola (7-1). Weed (1-8) is ranked tenth in D-IV (more…)

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Tigers unable to overcome injuries; fall to Greenville 36-26

dunsmuir-v-greenville-football-7-front-b.jpgBy Rick Martin

DUNSMUIR – There’s no questioning the heart of the Dunsmuir Tigers, but when you keep losing body parts, the heart can only do so much.

Dunsmuir dropped its second straight game Friday night, falling to visiting Greenville 36-26. The Tigers started the game with leading rusher Cory Knowles on the sideline with an ankle injury, and fellow RB Colton Sordahl slowed by a sore hip. After the game started, they would lose both their quarterbacks, Nate Gonzales and LT Hisey.

And yet, they did everything they could to pull the game out, falling just short in the 4th quarter.

Things actually started well for the Tigers, as they took a 6-0 wbs-web-generic.jpglead just five plays into the game. Gonzalez busted free on a QB keeper on 4th and 1, and raced 52 yards for the score.

But Greenville – dealing with some injuries of its own – didn’t waste much time answering. On their first series, freshman QB Chris Brown unloaded a 48-yard TD pass to Tyler Twaddle as the Indians drew even. Brown found out Friday morning that he was starting his first HS game after senior Joshua Neff was injured in a car accident. (Neff’s injuries were not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.) (more…)

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Etna 44 – Weed 6

weed-v-etna-football-2-front.jpgWEED – The Etna Lions visited the Weed Cougars on Friday night. The Etna varsity won 44-6, and the Etna JVs won 14-6.

Weed scored on its first possession via a 6-yard run by Travis Andrews. The PAT was blocked by Lion Alex Case.

Etna took the lead on a 2-yard quarterback keeper by Jordan Pehle-Munson, and a PAT by Taylor Pehle-Munson, with 6:55 left in the first quarter. The Lions extended their lead to 14-6 early in the second quarter, when Lucas Case scored from four yards out. Jordan Pehle-Munson connected with twin Taylor Pehle-Munson for a 20-yard TD strike with 1:44 left in the half. Cougar Carlos Nava blocked the PAT, leaving Etna with a 20-6 halftime lead.

bookstore-october.jpgJ. Munson picked up his second rushing TD at 7:29 in the third quarter and T. Munson added the PAT, making it 27-6.

Munson and Munson connected on a 17-yard pass play for a TD at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter, making it 34-6. T. Munson tacked on an 11-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, for a 37-6 Etna lead. The final score of the game came when Clint Eastlick picked off a pass with six seconds remaining and scooted 73 yards for a TD. The PAT made the final 44-6. (more…)

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Weed football senior parent appreciation

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Shinohara 2nd at Trinity XC Invitational

clarity.jpgWEAVERVILLE – Mt. Shasta Lady Bear Lisa Shinohara finished in second place at the Trinity XC Invitational in the Women’s 3-mile race, last Thursday. Shinohara’s time of 21:24 was just 16 seconds behind winner Brooke Feranna of Central Valley (21:08).

Etna’s Jilinda Franklin finished third with a time of 21:43. (more…)

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Lady Miner JVs net a win over Lassen

yreka-v-lassen-volleyball-2-front.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miner JV volleyball team dropped game-one to the Lassen Lady Grizzlies 25-20, and looked to be in trouble in game-two. But Yreka, pulled off a 26-24 win on a block by Alexis Yaple-Whitten, to send the match to a decisive game-three.

Lassen took an early 5-2 lead in the final game—a game to 15 points, Yreka battled back to tie it at 6-6 on an ace by Theresa Borg. A Kalina Betts’ kill gave the Lady Miners the lead 7-6. With the score knotted at 9-9, Karlee Andrighetto regained the lead for Yreka at 10-9, with a kill. A block by Whitten, and a pair of aces by Andrighetto put Yreka up 13-9. Yreka went on to win 15-10.


mittan-ad-b.jpgThe Lady Miner varsity squad started slow out of the gate, and really never clicked, despite winning game-two. Lassen sprinted out to an eight point lead in game-one 13-5, before Yreka rallied to make it close. A serving error by the Lady Grizzlies made it 13-6. Whitney Ebejer served up an ace, making it 13-7. A kill by Kayla Whistler narrowed the margin to 13-8. (more…)

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Impact Player Award for Jose Luquin

jose-luquin.jpgThe final Impact Player Award for October goes to Jose Luquin. Luquin is a mid-fielder on the Weed Cougars soccer team, and is one of the main reasons why the Cougars are the most improved team in Siskiyou County this season—in any sport.

Suffering through years of mediocrity or worse, the Cougars have become one of the top soccer teams in the Shasta Cascade League, as well as in the North Section’s small schools division.

I’d put up stats for Luquin, but he’s really not a stats kind of player. Don’t get me wrong. he can score, and does. Luquin scored a pressure-packed, game-winning goal in the Cougars’ early season upset of Tulelake. But what he does on an everyday basis is much more important. He provides leadership and stability.

y-ad-1.jpg“Jose is an all around player. Offense, defense, he does everything asked of him, and then some,” said Weed Coach Mike Gilmore. “He’s a leader. He’s always helping the younger players improve. Jose’s a wonderful kid.”


The Impact Player Award is given on a monthly basis and goes to Siskiyou County high school athletes, male or female, that have had a significant impact on the success of their team. (more…)

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Heat was smoking hot in Nevada tourney

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Cougars rally late to beat Lions 2-1

weed-v-etna-2-12-front.jpgWEED – The Weed Cougars needed a win to maintain the possibility of a 2-seed in the upcoming Shasta Cascade League tournament. The Etna Lions needed a win just to keep the tiniest chance alive to even make the tournament. A draw would have hurt both teams.

The first 30 minutes of the match was a draw, with Weed maintaining a slight territorial advantage. The first goal sis-dist-ad-2.jpgcame when Lion Juan Castaneda slipped behind the Cougar defense and scored, giving the Lions a 1-0 advantage 31 minutes into the contest. Etna maintained the lead at the half.

During halftime, Weed held a senior parent appreciation ceremony, with the players presenting the mothers with roses. Principal Mike Ristuccia read comments that the players had written. (more…)

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Rodriguez is an Impact Player

miggie.jpgThe third Impact Player Award for October goes to running back and linebacker Miguel Rodriguez of the Mt. Shasta Bears football team.

Early in the season I noticed Rodriguez in the back field, which was something new. Then, I noticed Rodriguez running over people and gaining big chunks of yardage. As the season has progressed, he’s shown more and more signs of being an Impact Player, on both offense and defense.

I began to think, “This guy deserves the award.”

One problem though, Miguel is my wife’s nephew, and I’ve always been a little uneasy about giving awards to family members. I’d never give one that wasn’t earned, but sometimes people are weird with their perceptions.

clarity.jpgSo, I explained the award to Mt. Shasta Bears football coach Mike Davis on the phone, and asked him to pick an Impact Player from his team. Davis thought for a few seconds.

“At this point, I would have to say Miguel Rodriguez. Overall, he’s played very, very well. He had four touchdowns against Pierce and 125 yards rushing. He also had 11 tackles and an interception. With the loss of Corben Brooks, he’s had to step up more on defense,” said Davis. “Miguel was going to play soccer this year. Thank goodness that he chose football.” (more…)

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Varsity: Etna 28 – Los Molinos 14; JV: Etna 6 – Los Molinos 0

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CHSRA D-1 & Jr. Wrangler Rodeo results

chsra-yreka-10-19-4-front-b.jpgYREKA – The second California High School Rodeo for District-1 was held last Saturday and Sunday, as well as the 3rd and 4th Jr. Wrangler rodeos. Daniel Ferreria of Fort Jones earned All-Around Cowboy honors. Red Bluff’s Callie Anthony took All-Around Cowgirl honors.

Sterling Humphrey of McArthur was Jr. Wrangler All-Around Cowboy for both rodeo three and four. Fort Jones’ Linda Johnson was Jr. Wrangler All-Around Cowgirl for rodeo number three. Courtney Wood of Chico took All-Around for rodeo four.

Sunday was “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day. All participants were encouraged to wear pink, as part of the valley-tire-red-c.jpgeffort to raise awareness of breast cancer. Matt and Eleanor Wilson donated a silver buckle to All-Around winners, who were wearing pink.

CHSRA Results
All Around Cowboy: Daniel Ferreira, Ft Jones 83 pts
Reserve AA:  Dean Autry, Ft Jones 59
2nd runner up:  Lane Wilson, Montague 54
3rd runner up: Blaine Davies, Gerber 50
4th runner up: Casey Loverin, Cottonwood 41

All Around Cowgirl: Callie Anthony, Red Bluff 81 pts
Reserve AA: Rylee Lamson, Corning 76.5
2nd runner up: Jenna Price, Orland 72.5
3rd runner up: Brandi Anthony, Red Bluff 70.5
4th runner up: Kayla Johnson, Fort Jones 66 (more…)

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