Lacy Hanna, senior at EtnaHigh School, can always be found busy whether it’s working on her family ranch, creating decorations for her school’s homecoming dance, or announcing upcoming FFA events on the radio. But to see her in one of her biggest passions, you can find Lacy in the rodeo arena.
“I love it, I love everything about it,” said Lacy. “Rodeo has taught me everything—how to make friends, how to take care of myself, and how to take on so much responsibility.”
Riding on a horse for the very first time when she was 28-days-old, Lacy has practically grown up in a saddle. Living her whole life in ScottValley and being the third generation in the area, Lacy’s whole heart and life lies with the rural country lifestyle. But, being in a relaxing community doesn’t mean she doesn’t get involved.
“I love being involved in everything,” said Lacy. “I like to organize and plan and be a leader.”
A leader she has most definitely proven to be. Lacy has been in her high school student council for two years, and is currently the dance commissioner and senior class representative. She also is very involved with the FFA program as a reporter. As a part of her responsibilities, Lacy writes press releases on FFA events, keeps up on their newsletters and calendars, as well as reporting over the air on events including those of the Spanish Club and rodeo. For the past few years, Lacy has also raised both steer and heifers for the Siskiyou Golden Fair. On her family ranch, Lacy helps out by changing the pipes, feeding and working the cattle. (more…)
WEED – The subject is passive solar power, but WeedHigh School shop teacher Damon Zeller and his construction class students aren’t passive about learning. They could have learned from a book, but instead Zeller and science teacher Mike Gilmore secured a grant from British Petroleum to build model houses, and study how differing amounts of windows and insulation, as well as orientation to the sun affect the temperature in the various house designs.
“The project was all about looking at how passive solar energy, the sun’s energy, could be warming your house. We have six model houses, and in each one of those models there’s something different,” said Zeller. “Some have double insulation. Some have no insulation, or one layer of insulation. Some have two windows, and some have five windows. Some are oriented towards the north, and some are oriented towards the south. We are looking at how all of that affects the temperature in the houses.”
What Zeller and his students discovered was that if you have more windows on a house and a southern exposure it’s going to heat up more. If oriented towards the north with no sunlight coming into the house, the house stays much cooler. (more…)
WEED – The College of the Siskiyous Eagles hosted a three game series on Friday and Saturday, against Golden Valley Conference leader Feather River, dropping all three games.
In the first game, on Friday, both teams put up a run in the first inning, but Feather River exploded for seven runs in the second inning to take the lead 8-1. The score was 10-3, at the end of three innings. Feather River added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. COS scored a run in the eighth to make the final 12-4. Feather River pounded out 22 hits, and COS had eight. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – The Etna Lions opened Shasta Cascade League play by sweeping the Mt. Shasta Bears in a double-header. Etna won game-one 14-3, and game-two 3-1.
In game –one, Etna put four runs on the board in the top of the first inning, and added another in the fourth. Mt.Shasta put up a run in the fourth inning and two in the bottom of the fifth, to make the score 5-3 in favor of Etna. The Lions, however, blew the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth, and added four more in the seventh to cruise to the 14-3 win.
Logan Dysert led the Lion attack, going 3-5, with a triple, double, three runs, and three RBI. Jordan Pehle-Munson went yard, scored two runs, and knocked in three, while going 3-5. Clint Johnson had a pair of doubles, scored three runs, and had an RBI, going 3-5. Beau Branson was 2-5 with two RBI. Mike Sanders went 2-3. Johnson started and notched the win (5IP, 3R, 4H, BB, 14K). Taylor Pehle-Munson pitched the final two innings in relief (2H, 2K).
Erik Acord went 1-4, with a double and a run. Klayton Davis was 1-3 with a run.
Game-two was a much more competitive affair. Greg Monday led off the game for the Lions and was hit by a pitch. J. Munson laid down a sacrifice bunt and Monday went to second. Dysert flied out, and Monday moved to third. Johnson singled to score Monday. Trevor Kendrick ripped a double down the left field line to score Johnson, and make it 2-0 for the Lions, after a half inning. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – A much improved Mt. Shasta Lady Bears team hosted the Etna Lady Lions yesterday in double-header action for both teams’ Shasta Cascade League opener. Etna took game-one 7-4, in eight innings, and also won game-two 8-4. Etna had pounded Mt.Shasta 16-9, less than a week earlier in the season.
Beth Langford reached on an error to lead off the game, for Etna, but was caught stealing on a throw by Lady Bear catcher Emma Taylor. Ashley Parry singled and stole second with one out, but the Lady Lions were unable to bring her home. Valerie Hougan singled to open the bottom half, for Mt.Shasta, but was called out for removing her helmet on the field of play. The game was scoreless after one inning.
Etna had their lead off hitter on base again in the second inning, when Nicole Luiz walked. Elli Pynes singled, and Luiz moved to second. A passed ball allowed Luiz to advance to third, and Pynes to second. Paige Finley struck out, but a dropped third strike required a throw to first base, allowing Luiz to score from third and Pynes to move to third. Kacey Munson then singled to drive in Pynes and give Etna a 2-0 lead. Finely whiffed the first two Lady Bear batters in the bottom of the inning, and Mt.Shasta went down in order.
With one out in the top of the third inning, Etna’s Tracy Thackeray doubled. Chloe Papazian also doubled, and Thackeray moved to third base. Luiz picked up an infield hit, and an RBI, scoring Thackeray from third, to give Etna a 3-0 advantage. Lady Bear pitcher Lauren McCurrey got the next batter to fly out, and struck out the final Etna batter looking. (more…)
The College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles swooped into Susanville, and swept LassenCollege, winning game-one, 8-0, and game-two, 15-1. Both were five inning games.
In game one, COS scored two runs in the second inning, three in the third, and three in the fifth inning. Stephanie Zwetschke led the offense, going 3-3, with three doubles, two runs, and four RBI. Katie Zauner was 2-3, with a dinger, a run, and three RBI. Laura Thorp went 2-3, with an RBI, and Ali Paz went 1-3 with two runs. Brie Melton got the start and the win on the mound (5IP, H, 4BB, 9K). (more…)
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…)