ETNA – The Etna Lady Lions varsity volleyball team dominated the St. Mary’s Crusaders, 3-0, on Thursday night. They did it with strong serving and strong net play.
Annalesia Nadig opened game-one with an ace, and would add another on her fourth serve, as the Lady Lions jumped to a 4-0 lead. St. Mary’s came back to tie the game at 4-4, but a kill by Sarah Loogman started Etna on an 8-0 run, to lead 12-4. Hillary Hampton rotated to server and had five aces during the run. The Lady Lions maintained a 6-8 point lead until, leading 16-8, Paige Finley took the serve. Three straight aces later it was 19-8. Teri Szczepanek served for the last five points, including an ace to ice it, 25-10.
After Etna started with a 2-0 lead in game two, the Lady Crusaders came back to take a 5-2 lead, and would lead by as many as five points, at 8-3. The Lions, however, clawed their way back to tie it at 12-12, and then took the lead 13-12 on a Claire Pynes kill. Two Nadig aces, and another Pynes kill made it 16-12. With the score 23-19, Szczepanek moved to the server position, and again finished off the Crusaders with an ace, making the score 25-19.
St. Mary’s led early in game three, but with the score tied 4-4, a Loogman kill gave the Lady Lions the lead 5-4. With Finley serving, Etna would score the next four points, including three Finley aces, to lead 9-4. Etna controlled the remainder of the game, and Finley ended it with a kill, for the 25-14 win. (more…)
If you’re a fan of youth sports in Siskiyou County, you’ve no doubt heard about Corben Brooks. But in case you’ve been in a cave the last couple of weeks, Corben is a varsity football player at Mt. Shasta High School, who suffered a serious injury to his neck and spine, during a scrimmage.
Last night, the Mount Shasta Athletic Booster Club donated the proceeds from its annual Fall Tailgate Party to the Brooks family. I attended the fund raiser at the MSHS football field and it was incredibly moving.
It seems that folks in our area are always quick to pitch in and raise funds for people who have suffered a major loss, disease or injury. So, I can’t say I was surprised by the level of participation at the event, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it. (more…)
YREKA – It probably wasn’t quite the home opener that new Yreka Coach Carla Truttman and her Lady Miners varsity volleyball team had hoped for—a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Hidden Valley Lady Mustangs. Yet, the young and talented Yreka squad showed flashed of brilliance, in defeat.
In game-one, the Lady Miners took an early 3-1 lead and stayed ahead or tied, until the Mustangs took the lead at 10-9. Coming form behind 8-9, the Mustangs went on a 12-3 run to build a commanding 20-12 lead.
The Lady Miners, however, weren’t done just yet. A kill by Olivia Duncan, and an ace by Mallory Greenfield cut the lead to 20-14. A Whitney Ebejer kill narrowed the gap to five points at 21-16. Hidden Valley was up 23-17, when Carrie Watson slammed a kill, making it 23-18. The lady Miners scored the next two points, including an Ebejer ace, making it 23-20. Facing game point, at 24-20, Greenfield registered a kill, to cut the difference to 24-21, before Hidden Valley prevailed 25-21. (more…)
The Yreka Miners’ football team opened their season with a 27-16 win over the Trinity Wolves in Weaverville, last Friday.
Each squad scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but failed to convert the PAT. The teams matched each other again in the second quarter, with a TD and a two-point conversion, to make the score 14-14 at the half. (more…)
ETNA – After a tight first half, the Etna Lions blew open their game against the Weed Cougars in both teams season opener on Friday night. Etna score 27 second half points—20 in the third quarter.
Etna kicked off to start the contest. Weed was unable to move the ball and punted from its own 29. There was no return on the punt, and Etna took over on its own 41. One play, and fifty-nine yards later, Lion running back Travis Whittaker was celebrating in the end zone. The PAT hit the left upright, and the Lions led 6-0, with left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the cougars took possession on their 45, following an Etna punt. Weed converted two fourth-and-short plays and moved to the Etna 13. It appeared that the Lions had stopped the Cougars drive, when Jordan Pehle-Munson picked off a pass in the end zone. However, a roughing the passer call on the Lions gave the ball back to the Cougars on the Etna 8-yard-line. Three plays later, Weed’s Travis Andrews punched into the end zone, tying the score 6-6. Omar Fernandez’ PAT hit the crossbar, and bounced through. The Cougars led 7-6, at the half. (more…)
WEED – The College of the Siskiyous hosted the COS Classic on Friday, with the COS Lady Eagles, Napa Lady Storm, and Sierra Lady Wolverines participating.
The Lady Eagles won their first match 3-2 over Napa.COS won a tough first game 31-29, but Napa rebounded to take game-two 25-22. The Lady Eagles went ahead again, winning game-three 25-21. However, the Storm blew away the Eagles in game-four 25-10.
That set up the decisive game-five. The Lady Eagles jumped to a 5-1 lead, but Napa battled back to take the lead 8-7. A block by Laura McMahon tied the game at 8-8, and COS scored the next two points to take a 10-8 lead. The Storm tied it again at 10-10, and again a McMahon block started a mini three point run by COS, including a McMahon kill, making it 13-10. A kill by Kinzy Towry made it match point for the Lady Eagles at 14-11. The Storm narrowed the gap to 14-13, but COS held on to win the game 15-13.
The Lady Eagles dropped their next match to Sierra 1-3 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 16-25). Sierra also beat Napa, to go 2-0 at the Classic. Napa was 0-2.
Overall, Coach Tom Powers was happy with the performance of his team.
“We’re going to be good,” said Powers. “We’ll figure it out. We play Tuesday. So, we’ll see if we learned anything.”
COS hosts Umpqua on Tuesday, September 2, at 5:00 pm.
ETNA – The Etna Lions have made the playoffs for two straight years, and are coming off a solid 2007 campaign, finishing 7-4 overall. Of course, last year they had the top quarterback, wide receiver, and linebacker in the Shasta Cascade League. Indeed, all three were in the top three at their position in the North Section. They’ve all graduated, leaving a lot of questions for Etna.
Etna participated in a scrimmage with Yreka, Mt.Shasta, and Weed last Friday. Despite not having five or six starters at the scrimmage, Coach Ken Dysert liked what he saw. And, he came to what might be a surprising conclusion.
“We got a look at everybody, and that’s what I wanted to do—get a fair look at everybody,” said Dysert “I think defensively, we’re better than we have been since I’ve been herel. We’ve got good team speed on the defensive side of the ball. No big burners, but in overall team speed, we’re better than we have been.”
Two areas that Dysert feels need work are the offensive and defensive lines. The offensive line in particular could have a big impact on the proficiency of the Lion offense.
“Offensively, we have a lot of work to do. I think we’ll be as good as that line wants to be,” said Dysert.
Asked about players that have surprised him this preseason, Dysert noted two. (more…)
WEED – In what has to be the biggest win in the history of their soccer program, the Weed Cougars defeated the Tulelake Honkers 3-2 on Thursday. In order to understand the magnitude of the win, one has to look at the two team’s recent history.
Over the last three seasons, the Cougars were a combined 5-31-4. Tulelake was 40-5-0. Tulelake has been to the last three Small Schools Division championship games, winning once. When the teams met last year, Tulelake embarrassed the Cougars 12-1.
Make no mistake. This was a huge win for the Cougars.
About five minutes into the game, you could sense that the Cougars had something going, when Salvador Avila scored a goal worthy of an ESPN highlight segment, making it 1-0. Daniel Paulin had the assist.
More evidence of something special happening for the Cougars surfaced in the twelfth minute when Tulelake hit the crossbar with a shot; it didn’t go in. Just before halftime, a shot got behind Weed goalkeeper Roberto Sanchez, but Sanchez turned and dove for the ball, denying Tulelake the game-tying tally. (more…)
WEED – The Weed Cougars finished the 2007 season at 2-8 overall, and fifth in the Shasta Cascade League, at 1-4. The Cougars have had a couple of down years, but may be poised for a better showing this season under the guidance of new Coach Steve Neel.
Among other changes, Neel has put in a new offense and realizes that it will take time for his squad to learn and master all the intricacies.
“We put in a new offense this year. And, when you try to do something like that, everything changes—terminology and everything. So, it’s still ongoing. We’ve put in about half our offense, and in the scrimmage (last week) we were very basic. We have other things that our offense has to have in to be successful,” said Neel. “Going into our first ball game against Etna, I feel like we’re getting there.” (more…)
HAYFORK – The Etna Lady Lions opened their volleyball season with a long and winding trip to Hayfork to face the always tough Lady Timberjacks. Early in the match it appeared that Etna was well on its way to beating Hayfork for the second straight season opener.
Etna won the first two sets 25-19, and 25-18. They were leading in set three, but allowed the Lady Timberjacks to come back and win 26-24. Hayfork went on to win set four convincingly, 25-14, and set five 15-11. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – Mt.ShastaHigh School football player Corben Brooks was severely injured during a pre-season scrimmage last Friday, and is in the intensive care unit at MercyMedicalCenter, in Redding.
Brooks suffered damage to his neck and spinal cord, and initially was paralyzed from the neck down. Following surgery, Brooks regained some movement and feeling above the waist, with the possibility of further improvement.
Several efforts are underway to raise money to assist the Brooks family in coping with their medical expenses. (more…)
WEED – The Weed Cougars soccer team took the field with a new coach, and a new and improved style of play. However, Coach Mike Gilmore and his squad will have to wait a bit for their first win, after dropping the season opener to the Redding Christian Lions 4-2.
Spectators were treated to a physical match, with multiple momentum swings. Weed had the better of the early play, and narrowly missed notching the contest’s first goal at the four minute mark, when a shot by Usmaro Sanchez was tipped by the Lion goal keeper, and then went off the crossbar.
Near the midway point in the first half, Redding Christian seemed to gain an advantage in play. With about twenty-five minutes gone, Lion Drew VanderWerff shanked a shot from point blank range, but would redeem himself later in the match, twice.
VanderWerff found the back of the Cougar net with three minutes remaining in the half, to give Redding Christian a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.
Four minutes into the second half, a foul was called on the Lions’ goalkeeper in the box, and Omar Fernandez was awarded a penalty kick. Fernandez placed his kick perfectly into the corner of the net, to tie the match 1-1.
Six minutes later the Cougars took the lead 2-1, when Lori Garcia fought a crowd for possession of the ball in front of the Lion net, and tapped it home. (more…)
ALAMEDA – The California Interscholastic Federation State Office has begun distributing a monthly electronic newsletter designed for parents of the more than 735,000 high school student-athletes in the state. (more…)
YREKA – The good news is that the Yreka Miners are coming off one of their best seasons in several years, finishing 8-4 overall and advancing to the semi-finals of the NSCIF D-II playoffs in 2007.
The not so good news is that the Miners’ starting quarterback, top linebacker, two top receivers, place kicker, and top defensive back have all graduated. The graduation part is great. The impact of not having their talents on the football field remains to be seen.
However, while it may seem like Yreka barely has a team left, that’s far from the case. Miner Coach Orlyn Culp expects his offensive and defensive lines to be very strong this season. Among the returning starters are Devin Howard, Eddie Ambris, Alex Tuttle, Aaron Knapp, and Andrew Ward. Also expected to contribute to the strength of the line will be senior Brian Sandahl.
“Sandahl has had a great spring, summer, and early fall camp.He’s worked very hard to be a contributor on the O&D lines…and he’s going to earn some grass time because of his hard work and commitment to his work ethic,” said Culp.(more…)
WEED – Nearly 50 skate boarders competed in four age groups at the WeedSkateboardPark on Saturday. Leading the aerial assault in the 18 and up age group was Adam McCloskey. Will Grigsby finished second, with Quinn Stewart taking third.
James Greenleaf electrified the crowd on his way to winning the 12-17 year old division. Aaron Peruzzi was second, and Anthony Peruzzi finished third.
In the 6-11 division, Bryan Bohling captured the top spot, with MaKennaRivers in second place, and Justin Youngman getting third.
A pair of four-year-olds, Dusty Ramsey and Maria Poindexter took first and second in the under six division.
All skaters finishing in the top three in their division took home a trophy and a cash prize, as well as various skate related items.
The event was a joint venture between the Weed Revitalization Coalition (WRC) and the WeedParks and Recreation Department. Anne Jackson and John Kennedy of the Sportsmen’s Den coordinated the competition, including judges and entertainment. All workers at the event were volunteers. (more…)
MOUNT SHASTA – Varsity and JV football squads from Yreka, Mt.Shasta, Weed, and Etna high school participated in a round robin style scrimmage on Friday afternoon.
Preparing for next Friday’s season openers, each team played multiple series of downs on both offense and defense against each of the other teams.
The Yreka Miners open on the road in Weaverville, against the Trinity Wolves. Mt.Shasta will take on the Modoc Braves, in Alturas. The Weed Cougars and Etna Lions will play in Etna for the first of two meetings.