YREKA – To describe the NSCIF D-IV round-two game between the third-seeded Yreka Lady Miners and the sixth-seeded Orland Trojans (11-15) as a mismatch would be an understatement in the extreme. Yreka began with heavy defensive pressure and created turnover after turnover in the early going. Yreka had a total of 19 steals in the first half alone.
Carrie Watson started the Lady Miners on the way with a pair of lay ups to put Yreka up 4-0. Orland came back with a bucket and then a 3-ball to take a short lived lead 5-4. Kaitlin Weckerle nailed a 3-pointer and it was 7-5 for Y-Town.
Orland tied it at 7-7, but midway through the first quarter Ashlie Smith made a nice move for a basket that began a 23-0 Yreka run that would last until the mark of the second quarter. Orland broke the run with a single free throw to make it 30-8. The Lady Miners then ran off another eight straight points to extend the lead to 30 points, at 38-8. Yreka led by 36 points, 49-13, at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half with the Lady Miners leading 72-51 at the end of the third quarter. (more…)
LIVE OAK – The eleventh-seeded Yreka Miners boys pulled off an improbable 65-53 upset of the number-six Live Oak Lions (15-8) in the first round of the NSCIF D-IV playoffs.
Yreka had five players scoring in double figures led by Jimmy Kutzer with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Jeremy Turner had a strong game with 12 points, 5 boards, and 7 helpers. Danny Orloff, Brandon Meeks, and Andrew Ward each put up 10 points. Ward also grabbed 5 rebounds.
Yreka will travel to third-seeded Corning on Friday, Feb. 22.
ETNA – There was end-to-end action, high flying acrobatics, intense battles, lights out shooting, and a level of officiating that had both sides outraged. It was playoff basketball. When the dust settled, the ninth-ranked Durham Trojans had pulled off a mild upset over the eighth-seeded Etna Lions 85-77 in the first round of the NSCIF D-V playoffs.
The Trojans set the tone early dropping two 3-balls and a bucket in their first three possessions to jump to an 8-0 lead. Etna’s Skyler Schneider put the Lions on the board to make it 8-2, but Durham answered with another 3-pointer to extend the lead to 11-2. By midway through the quarter the Trojans had built a 16-point lead 22-6.
The Lions appeared stunned, confused and ready to crumple, but Schneider dialed long distance to make it 22-9. Then, Logan Dysert picked up a bucket and Schneider added a hoop to cut the deficit to nine points 22-13. After a Durham freebie, Beau Branson got in on the action to make it an 8-point game 23-15. At the end of one, the difference remained eight points 27-19.
In the second quarter, neither team could claim dominance and the Trojans went into the locker room up 41-32.
The Lions opened up the second half with baskets by Schneider and Trevor Eastlick to whittle the margin to 41-36. Then, with the score 43-38, Schneider picked up a 3-point play the old way to make it 43-41. Durham responded by pushing their lead up to fifteen points 58-43 by midway through the quarter.
The Lions appeared dead and buried, but the cats still had some lives to spend. (more…)
HAMILTON CITY – Although ranked seventh in NSCIF D-V playoff points, the Weed Cougars were given the 11-seed and sent on the road to face the 6-seed Hamilton Braves (17-9). A move by the section that would prove anything but beneficial for the Cougars
Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, the Braves doubled up Weed in the first quarter 16-8. Weed, however, battled back in the second quarter to tie the contest 23-23, with remaining in the half.
The Braves regained the lead on a free throw 24-23, and went into halftime up 26-23, on an “ally oop” pass with one second remaining.
As the second half began, it appeared that the Cougars had a shot at pulling off the upset. But, the Braves came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, out scoring Weed 19-8 to lead 45-31 going into the fourth quarter.
Hamilton continued to build their lead throughout the final frame, and won 65-53 to advance to the second round against the winner of the game between Quincy (#3) and Esparto (#14)
Scott Lassen led Weed with 17 points, including five 3-balls. Aaron Power-Bearden put up 13 points.
Hamilton was led by Spencer Keables with 20 points, Craig Lohse with 15, and Adam Blessing with 10 points.
Weed finished the season fourth in the Shasta Cascade League at 6-6 (17-10).
HAMILTON CITY – Etna coach, Hannah Shickle, told her team that they had a realistic chance to upset the second-seeded Hamilton Braves (22-4) in the first round of the NSCIF D-V playoffs. But, mostly she wanted her squad to compete—to play hard.
Etna wasted no time in serving notice that they weren’t going roll over and let Hamilton have a practice session. Annaleisa Nadig quickly put the Lions up 2-0, and the battle was on. The teams exchanged hoops and possessions early in the first quarter, which ended with Hamilton leading 12-7.
In the second quarter Hamilton’s lead ranged between three and eight points before going into halftime with a 27-19 advantage—not quite the blowout most had expected.
The Lady Lions came out with fire for the first couple of minutes of the second half. Nadig nailed back-to-back shots to cut the deficit to 23-27. Next, Sarah Loogman came up with one of her three steals on the night and was fouled hard going to the hoop. Loogman hit one of her two freebies and the Braves lead was just three points.
After a Hamilton timeout, the Lady Braves went to work proving they deserved the 2-seed by going on an 11-0 run to gain control of the game 38-24. (more…)
SUSANVILLE – The Yreka Lady Miners soccer season came to an end yesterday against the Lassen Lady Grizzlies. It was the first time in half of a decade that Yreka has failed to make the NSCIF D-1 soccer championship game.
Lassen held a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Miners battled back to tie it 1-1 in the second half via a Kylie Hahn penalty kick. The Miners had several opportunities to win the match in overtime, but were unable to get the big goal.
The semi-final match was decided by penalty kicks after both teams failed to score in the OTs. Yreka missed their first and fourth attempts, while Lassen made all four of their shots, to give them a 2-1 victory and date in the championship game against defending champion Sutter. Sutter defeated West Valley 5-0 in the other semifinal match.
The Lady Miners finished the season second in the Northern Athletic League with a record of 5-2-3 (6-3-3).
GRENADA – It would be unfair to say that the Yreka Lady Miners backed into the NSCIF D-I playoffs. However, third-seeded Yreka went 1-2-2 in their last five league games-including a loss to sixth-seeded Corning. Then again, snow had covered their soccer fields for weeks, and practice was confined to a gym.
It didn’t take the Lady Miners long to establish that their late season let down was just a bump in the road. Corning may have had a round-one upset in mind, but in less than five minutes Yreka would have all the scoring they needed to move on to the semifinals.
At the 3-minute mark, Kylie Hahn found the back of the net off of a Kelsey Robberson corner kick. Just two minutes later, Carrie Turner chipped a pass across the front of the Corning goal to Carmen Paredes, who hammered it home to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Miners continued to dominate the rest of the half and went into the intermission up 2-0. Corning upped the pressure in the second half, but failed to score until the final minute of added time to make the final Yreka 2 – Corning 1.
Yreka plays second-seeded Lassen in Susanville on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3:15 p.m.
BURNEY– The Burney Raiders had the misfortune of scheduling the Etna Lions for their Winter Carnival celebration. Never get in the way of a hungry Lion.
While the Lion boys were on the prowl for a Shasta Cascade League title, the Lady Lions were just trying to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. Both captured their prize.
In the boys’ contest, the Raiders came out fired up and raced to a 9-1 lead. Etna responded with a 9-0 run, and had the lead 10-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The game remained competitive through the second quarter with the Lions taking a 24-20 lead into the locker room.
The second half was a different story as the Lions outscored the Raiders 17-8 in the third quarter to lead 41-28 going into the final frame. Etna dominated the fourth quarter and earned a 52-32 win, as well as the SCL crown.
Skyler Schneider led the Lions with 15 points. Beau Branson put up 14, and Logan Dysert added 10 points.
For the Etna Lady Lions, the situation was simple. Win or start softball practice. (more…)