Miners’ season ends at Sutter

SUTTER – The Yreka Miners accomplished much more this season than just about anyone expected—except, maybe the Miners themselves. Yreka, after starting the season 6-13 and 0-2 in the Northern Athletic League, won seven of its last eight league games to win the NAL, and earn a three-seed in the NSCIF D-II playoffs.

wbs-web-generic.jpgThe Miners also won their first round playoff game against West Valley to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row. In the semi-finals they fell to Sutter, 9-0. While the loss likely stings, the league championship and the way the players fought this season is a point of pride for Yreka Coach Jason Freitas.

“The way we started, we could have easily just cashed it in, but we did what hasn’t been done in 40 years (in Yreka). We won back-to-back league championships,” said Freitas. “We proved a lot of people wrong. You like to have the kind of kids that want to prove people wrong, and will work hard to do it.”

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Yreka High School Students of the Month for April

Yreka High School’s Students of the Month are chosen by the entire department based on recommendations by individual teachers. The criteria for selecting students are outstanding academic achievement, good study habits and dedication to academic achievement.

bookstore-text-click-sized-may.jpg Students of the Month for April

Ag/Natural Resources
Olivia Duncan, 9
Kalina Betts, 9 (more…)

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Lady Miners down Honkers 6-4

yreka-willows-amber-sinnott-text-slide.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners advanced to the semi-finals of the NSCIF D-IV playoffs with a 6-4 round-one win over the Willows Honkers, on Tuesday. Yreka (15-14) will travel to Wheatland (14-13-1) to take on the second-seeded Lady Pirates, on Thursday, May 15. Wheatland beat Mt. Shasta in round one, 12-2.

The Lady Miners got the offense working early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Loren Young led off the game with a walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a Sara Jones ground out. With two outs, Ashlie Smith smacked a ball of the left-center field fence for an RBI double. Smith went to third on a passed ball. Amber Sinnott walked. Sinnott stole second base, and Smith went home on the throw to second.

y-ad-1.jpgWillows responded with a run in the top of the second. Brooke Hofhenke singled with two down. Kristin Acosta picked up an infield single, and Hofhenke moved to second. Lauren Guerra singled to drive in Hofhenke, cutting Yreka’s lead to 2-1. (more…)

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COS Hall of Fame & Athletes of the Year Banquet

cos-v-lassen-chewning-hof.JPGYREKA – The College of the Siskiyous held their sixth annual Hall of Fame and Athletes of the Year banquet on Saturday night. There were five individual inductees, as well as the entire 1977 Eagles football team.

James Gerald (Jerry) Edwards was a member of the Eagle family from 1959-1981, and retired as the Dean of Student Personnel. Edwards was “very supportive” of COS sports. He passed away in 1983.

Frank Holguin was the COS Equipment Manager from 1987 – 2002, and continues to volunteer his time to assist with the COS Athletic Department.

Jiggs Sage played baseball at COS from 1962-64. In 1963, Sage was the Eagles’ MVP, and was on the Golden Valley Conference First Team list. In 1964, Sage received Honorable Mention from the GVC.

bookstore-text-click-sized-may.jpg Jessica (Saltzman) Fields competed in volleyball, basketball, and track from 1999-2002. She made the GVC All Conference team two years in volleyball. In basketball, Saltzman was MVP of the GVC, All State First Team, and was selected for the All-Tourney team at the California Community College State Championships. She was also the GVC high jump champion, and finished second in the state. In 1999, Saltzman was named to the Pepsi Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. She went on to play basketball and track at Chico State where she set a new high jump record, and was named to the All American Division II Team. (more…)

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Miners clip Eagles, 7-3

krute-3.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Miners started a little slow in their first round NSCIF D-II baseball playoff game against the West Valley Eagles, last Friday. Yreka gave up three runs in the first two innings, and trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the third. The Miners, however, exploded for five runs to take a 6-3 lead, and then shut down the Eagles the rest of the way. The Miners added a run in the sixth inning to make the final, 7-3.

Kurt Lorenzini roped a line drive home run to help lead the Miners’ offense. Lorenzini was 3-4 for the game, with two runs, and two RBI. Joe Wilson went 2-3, with a run, an RBI, and two doubles. Clint Amaral was 1-3, with a run and an RBI. Devin Howard doubled, drove in a run, and went 1-3. Andrew Ward dominated the last five innings the game from the hill, and notched the complete game win (7IP, 3R, 2ER, 4H, BB, 11K).

northerncapaving-225.jpgYreka head coach Jason Freitas was pleased with his squad’s overall performance, and excited about the hitting of a couple of his players in particular.

“Lorenzini is on fire. He hit a rocket home run, and went 3-4. And, Joe Wilson is beginning to hit well,” said Freitas.

For the second year in a row, the Miners won the Northern Athletic League crown. For the second year in a row, they’ve won their first round playoff game. For the second year in a row, they will face the Sutter Huskies in the semi-finals. Last year, the Huskies beat the Miners in Yreka, 9-7, in nine innings. Sutter went on to win the section title. This time the third-seeded Miners (14-14) will travel to second seeded Sutter (24-5), on Tuesday, May 13.

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NAL track championship results

YREKA – Several Yreka Miner varsity track athletes will be moving on to the division finals next Friday, at Enterprise High School, after placing in at least the top three finishers at the Northern Athletic League track championships last Friday.

Zach Stoner won both the 200m (22.37) and the 400m (48.97). Kyson Culp won the Triple Jump (42’04.75) and finished second in the Long Jump (20’08.75). The boys’ 4×400 relay team also took first with a time of 3:35.79 (Manny Barragan, Kyle Walton, Kyson Culp, Zach Stoner). (more…)

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Lions extinguish Volcanoes, 6-3

etna-chester-clint-johnson-text-sized.jpgETNA – It probably didn’t go quite the way the Etna Lion squad would have liked on Friday, but an ugly 6-3 win gets you the same place as a perfect 10-0 win—the next round. At the end of four full innings, the third-seeded Lions hadn’t allowed a hit, but were trailing 2-1 to a scrappy sixth-seeded Chester Volcano team. At no point in the game did it seem like the Lions had total control, but in the end the win is all that really matters.

Etna was first to have a runner in scoring position when Greg Monday led off the bottom of the first inning. But a strikeout and a pair of fly balls later, the threat was thwarted.

valleytire-generic-sized.jpgChester’s Thomas Porter led off the top of the second with a walk. After a Volcano strikeout, Daniel Burt also took a free pass, and Porter moved to second base. Lion pitcher Clint Johnson then added two more “Ks” to make it three in the inning.

The Lions had their leadoff hitter at second for the second inning in a row, when Trevor Kendrick doubled. This time, Etna capitalized when Kendrick moved to third on a Taylor Pehle-Munson 4-3 ground out, and then scored on a sac-fly by Trevor Eastlick, giving Etna a 1-0 lead after two. (more…)

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SCL track championships

sarah-loogman-etna-scl-championships-text-slide-sized.jpg WEED – The Shasta Cascade League held its championships on Thursday at the College of the Siskiyous. Both Mt. Shasta and Etna had strong showings.

Royce Autry dominated for the Mt. Shasta boys, winning the 100 m (11.2), and 200 m (23.52) dashes. Autry also won the long jump (20’5”.00), and joined teammates Randy Rutherford, Brenden Hickey and Austin Herrick for a win in the 4×100 relay (46.55). Maggie Strong led the Mt. Shasta girls with wins in the 400m (1:05.81, 800 m (2:26.69), and 1600 m (5:45.70).

coffee-break-generic-ad-4.jpgFor Etna, freshman Emily Loogman, won the 100 m (13.56) and 110 high hurdles (17.18). Morgan Moran took the 200 m (28.62) and the high jump (4’10”). Sarah Loogman set a new SCL pole vault record at 9’10,” which is also the best in the North Section for 2008. The Loogman sisters and Moran were joined by Teri Szczepanek for a win in the 4×100 relay (54.05). Szczepanek also won the 300 m low hurdles.

For complete varsity and JV results go to athletic.net

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Lady Miners pluck Cardinals 7-3

yreka-corning-loren-young-text-sized.jpgYREKA – The Yreka Lady Miners (6-4, 14-14) closed out their Northern Athletic League season with a make up game win over the Corning Lady Cardinals 7-3, on Thursday. The outcome of the game will likely have significant NSCIF D-IV playoff implications.

Corning (5-5, 19-15) came into the week ranked third in playoff points, Yreka was ranked fifth, with Willows (16-11) ranked fourth. Willows won its last game, Corning split in its last two games, and Yreka won its final two games. By NSCIF rule, since Yreka finished higher than Corning in league, Yreka must be seeded above Corning. That likely means, based on section actions in the past, that Willows will move to a three-seed, Yreka would be fourth, and Corning will drop to fifth. There is also an outside chance that Yreka may move to a three-seed, depending on the final strength of schedule rankings. Then again, the selection committee, which meets on Saturday, May 10, is far from predictable.

northerncapaving-225.jpgAlthough playing at home, Yreka was the visiting team in its game against Corning. Earlier in the season, umpires did not show up for a scheduled game in Corning, leading to Corning playing a make up game in Yreka, where the Cardinals were the “home” team. Of course, the crowd thought otherwise.

With one down in the top of the first, Kaitlin Weckerle reached on an error for the Lady Miners. Sara Jones followed with a single, and Weckerle went to third. Both Lady Miners scored on a single by Ashlie Smith, to put Yreka up 2-0. (more…)

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CHSRA District-1 Scholarships awarded

2008-may-3-dist-1-awards-rodeo-084.jpgYREKA – At the final District-1 California High School Rodeo Association rodeo of the year, last Saturday, 31 seniors were honored with scholarships—including the naming of the Ryan Clarke Memorial Sportsmanship awards.

The Ryan Clarke Memorial Sportsmanship award has been given since 1987 in memory of a small boy who loved cowboys and planned to be one when he grew up, but was killed in a tragic ranch accident. The 2008 honorees were Katy Fitzgerald of Litchfield, and Chad Bushnell from Red Bluff. The winners were chosen by their fellow rodeo competitors. (more…)

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Miners claim a share of NAL title, or more?

SUSANVILLE – The amazing Yreka Miners may have not only staked a claim to a share of the Northern Athletic League baseball title, they may have won it outright. An 8-2 win over the Lassen Grizzlies, last Friday, assured the Miners of at least a share of the crown. However, the Central Valley Falcons, who are currently tied with the Miners, may have used an illegal player in their game against Corning.

bookstore-text-click-sized-may.jpgAccording to Yreka coach Jason Freitas, the North Section has ruled that CV will have to forfeit the Corning game, which would give Yreka an outright title. It would also mean a three-seed in the playoffs. CV has appealed the decision, and a final determination will be made on Tuesday, May 6.

Against Lassen, Yreka put up a run in the top of the first inning, two in the third, and five in the fourth, to lead 8-0. Lassen scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth. (more…)

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CHSRA District-1 eighth rodeo results, 2008 top-ten

chsra-d1-slide.JPGYREKA – The eighth and final CHSRA District-1 rodeo took place last Saturday and Sunday, May 2- May 3. All first place winners received a hand-crafted hat rack with cattle brands from Bill Williams, a District-1 supporter, and Nellie Williams’ grandfather.

All Around Cowboy: Daniel Ferreira, Fort Jones. 78 pts
Reserve AA Cowboy: Dean Autry, Fort Jones, 68 pts
All Around Cowgirl: Kendra Hemphill, Tulelake, 100 pts
Reserve All Around: Rylee Lamson, Corning, 96 pts

Bareback Riding
1. Cody Higgins, Red Bluff, 133
2. Blaine Davies, Gerber, 67/1
3. Zack Brown, Red Bluff, 66/1

Bull Riding
1. Laramie Collins, Weed, 68/1

yreka-paint-a.jpg Saddle Bronc
Horses won

Steer Wrestling
1. Daniel Ferreira, Fort Jones, 13.29
2. Dean Autry, Fort Jones, 20.40
3. Larry Ferreira, Fort Jones, 35.66
4. Laramie Collins, Weed, 37.37 (more…)

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Lady Eagles advance to round-two

cos-san-mateo-cheyanna-ohlrich-text-sized.JPGWEED – The College of the Siskiyous Lady Eagles swept a pesky San Mateo softball squad to advance to round-two of the state playoffs. The Eagles won game-one 7-6, on Saturday, and game-two, 10-2, on Sunday.

Game-two was scoreless through the first two and a half innings, before COS got the offense cranked up in the bottom of the third inning.

Laura Thorp led of with a single. Ali Paz ripped a double and Thorp moved to third base. With Lady Eagles on second and third, and no outs, San Mateo brought in a relief pitcher to face Stephanie Zwetschke. Zwetschke hit a two-RBI single to put COS up 2-0. Zwetschke advanced all the way to third base, on a Katie Zauner base hit. Zwetschke and Zauner scored when Cheyanna Ohlrich singled, making it 4-0. Next up was Courtney Wooden, who launched a two-run big fly, giving the Lady Eagles a 6-0 lead after three innings. (more…)

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Lions sweep, Lady Lions split

ETNA – After getting off to a hot start, the Etna Lions Baseball team was having a late season melt down, losing three in a row, and four of their last five games. That may have changed last Friday, when they pounded Modoc (4-8, 5-15) in a double header, 16-1, and 9-2.

valleytire-generic-sized.jpgThe Lions wasted no time in putting away game-one. Etna scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and seven more in the second to go up 16-0. Modoc’s lone run came in the top of the third inning, making the final 16-1.

Logan Dysert and Clint Johnson both went yard. Dysert was 3-3, with two runs, three RBI, and a walk. Johnson went 2-3, with two runs, two RBI, and a walk. Beau Branson was 2-3, with a run, a double, and a walk. Greg Monday scored three times, and went 2-3. Trevor Eastlick went 1-4, scored a run, and knocked in three. Jordan Pehle-Munson was 1-4, with 2 runs, two RBI, and a double. (more…)

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Dave Allen Twilight Invitational results

etna-morgan-moran-text-sized.jpgMeet was held May 2, 2008 at Mt. Shasta High School

Varsity boys’ results

100 M

1. Ronny Soulliere, 11.53, Red Bluff

2. Ryan Cazneaux, 11.54, Mt. Shasta

3. Manuel Rollins, 11.66, Red Bluff

200 M

1. Zack Schwabauer, 24.48, Red Bluff

2. Jordan Borromeo, 24.51, Red Bluff

3. Austin Herrick, 24.91, Mt. Shasta

coffee-break-generic-ad-4.jpg400 M

1. Colter Hedden, 53.32, Red bluff

2. Corey Sanders, 53.90, Red Bluff

3. Austin Herrick, 53.95, Mt. Shasta (more…)

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Lady Miners out slug Anderson, 12-11

yreka-anderson-ashlie-smith-text-sized.jpgYREKA – It wasn’t easy and it was cold, but it was also exciting to watch, as the Yreka Lady Miners out scored the Anderson Lady Cubs, 12-11, on Tuesday.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Alyssa Scala reached on an error, and went to third, on a Sara Jones single. Then, Ashie Smith launched a no-doubter for a three-run Yreka lead. Brie Phillips and Amber Sinnott followed with singles. Stephanie Leyva drove home Phillips with a double, to give Y-Town a 4-0 lead after one inning.

Anderson answered quickly in the top of the second inning with a double and a dinger, to make the score 4-2. Yreka went down in order in the bottom half.

After Anderson was retired 1-2-3, in the third inning, Yreka racked up some more runs in their half of the inning. Jones led off with a single, and then went to third on Smith’s double. Philips drove in Jones with an infield hit, but Smith stayed at second after distracting the Lady Cub shortstop. Two batters later, Leyva walked, loading the bases. Smith scored when Tiffiny Berginger reached on a fielder’s choice, Leyva was out at second, and Phillips moved to third. Loren Young singled to score Phillips and give Yreka a 7-2 lead, after three innings.

northerncapaving-225.jpgAnderson’s lead off hitter in the top of the fourth inning ripped a home run to deep center field, and the Lady Cubs added two more runs in the inning via two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and an error. Yreka did not score in their half of the inning. After four full innings, it was Yreka 7-Anderson 5.

The Lady Cubs added another run in the top of the fifth to make it 7-6, but Yreka responded in a big way in the bottom half. Sinnott led off with a double, and went to third on Leyva’s single. Burginger bunted for a single, and the bases were jammed. Young reached on an error, and Sinnott scored to make it 8-6. Weckerle reached on a fielder’s choice and Kesha Betts, running for Leyva, was forced at home. Scala hit a sacrifice fly to right-field, scoring Berginger. Jones singled to score Young. Weckerle, who had advanced to third on the hit, scored on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Miners an 11-6 lead at the end of five innings. (more…)

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Miners cling to first place, after 6-5 loss

yreka-anderson-kurt-lorenzini-text-sized.jpgYREKA – It was senior night. The crowd was large. Other than the frigid temperature, it was the perfect setting for Yreka to clinch at least a share of the Northern Athletic League baseball title, with a win over the Anderson Cubs. Instead, Murphy’s Law got in the way. Just about everything that could have gone wrong did.

Ethan Garrett led off the bottom of the first inning for the Miners, and reached on an error. He stole second base. That was normal. Then, Garrett was caught stealing at third base. That doesn’t happen. Two batters later, Kurt Lorenzini picked up a bloop double, but the runner had already been erased and no Miner runs would score.

Rodney Grant led off the bottom of the second with a walk, and was then picked off first base. Clint Amaral singled and Devin Howard took a walk. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, but Yreka failed to bring them home. The game remained scoreless after two innings.

y-ad-1.jpgAnderson broke the ice in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of two hits, two walks, and three errors to score two runs. With two outs in the bottom half, Lorenzini doubled again for Yreka, and advanced to third on a failed pick off attempt by the Anderson pitcher. But, the Miners were unable to bring him home. (more…)

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