Not to start on a sad note, but...
The annual Lions All-Star football game has
been a fixture in the north state for some 37 years, with the 38th
annual set for July 18, 2015 at Harrison Stadium in Oroville. This next
game will be played without longtime director
Melton, who was killed in a single car accident earlier this month.
Dewain (pictured left) was set to once again
be the co-ordinator for the North squad. Dewain, who lived in Round
Mountain was a 1976 graduate of Central Valley high school in Shasta
Lake City, and owner of NorthState Satellite in Redding. a company he
founded in 1990.
The Lions of district 4C-1 will miss his
expertise, as we who enjoy the annual event will miss Dewain.
• Only five football teams remain unbeaten
in the Northern section of the CIF, after Big Valley lost a heartbreaker
to Redding Christian Friday night. Redding Christian and Williams have
the most wins at eight, while Fall River, Orland and Sutter each are
sitting at 7-0. Sutter and Orland will face each other later in the
season, so one will be knocked out of the unbeaten ranks at that time.
• Yeee Haaawww... the SF Giants are back in
the World Series again. Life just doesn’t get any better!
This year - their third in five years - will
begin in Kansas City today (Tuesday) at the exact same time as the Fall
River v. Modoc soccer and volleyball contests begin. Yikes, I hope
somebody has internet capabilities that can keep us non-educated
electronics dummies updated.
It’s an all-wildcard World Series, the first
since 2002, and the way these two teams earned a berth in the series
points to an exciting time will be had by fans of both teams.
Luckily Giant fans had a week between the
NLCS and the World Series to grow back the finger nails they chewed off
while watching SF down St. Louis. We just might need those newly grown
fingernails in order to calm our nerves in the upcoming games. Being a
Giants fan can be true torture at times... but fun torture (if there
really is a thing as fun torture - kind of an oxymoron).
Oh, and to those down-at-the-mouth Dodger
fans - you’ll always have next year, or the year after, or the year
after that, etc. Hehehehe. Yep, I’m gloating, so shoot me.
• On the other hand, me thinks this is going
to be a loooooong NFL season for both 49er fans and Oakland Raider fans.
So when is spring training, anyway?!?!?!?
• Of course we have the National Basketball
Association games beginning, and we in the northern part of California
have great hopes for our Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors...we
have those hopes every year, after year, after year, etc.
• Then there are the San Jose Sharks and the
NHL. Yep, professional hockey, or professional fights on skates -
whichever you prefer. I admit hockey is a game I don’t really
understand. I do, however, know there is more to it than what we used to
play as kids on the ice at Dry Lake with limbs off a tree and a squished
beer can.... oops, soda can.
• If you haven’t caught a Fall River soccer
game, you really should. There are a couple of standout players on this
year’s Bulldog squad. Gilberto Aceves was recently named California High
School Soccer Player of the Week (See last week’s issue of Mountain
Echo) and foreign exchange student Elias Tourtouras is something to
watch. Last week he scored a goal on what is called a bicycle kick...
that is where the player does a backflip and kicks the ball when he/she
is on their back in the air - it was something to behold.
• Have a great week, peeps, and get out and
support our youngsters in their sports quests.
Jr High Girls Hoop Season Underway
The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball season got
underway here Saturday. Their schedule for the season is as
• Oct. 25 at Fall River
• Nov. 1 at Big Valley
• Nov. 7-8 at Modoc
• Nov. 15 at Cedarville
Lions Hand FR First Loss
of the Season
McARTHUR - The Etna Lions put a damper on Fall River’s
Homecoming here Friday night, handing the Bulldogs their
first loss of the season, 24-27. Justin Vigil completed
four-of-11 passes for 105 yards, with Robee Knoch
catching three for 75 yards and one TD, and Zach
Thompson hauling in one for 40 yards. Fabian Alvarez
carried the ball 12 times for 101 yards and a TD, with
Stevie Collins rushing four times and a touchdwon
Bears Surprise Raiders in SCL
BURNEY - After picking up their first win of the year a
week ago, the Burney Raiders were surprised by the Mt.
Shasta Bears here Friday night, with the visitors
leaving town with a 48-6 win.
“It seemed like we didn’t show up to play football,”
summed up Burney coach Clint McClurg, “not sure why we
let down... we are a better ball club than this game
Burney’s lone score came midway through the fourth
quarter with a running clock, when Jason Searl found
Wyatt Stier on a 40-yard TD pass and run play.
Mt. Shasta opened up a 32-zip lead in the first half on
their way to their second win of the year.
“We’ve got to clean up our defense, or we’re going to
continue to struggle,” stated coach McClurg.
Burney (1-1 in SCL and 1-6 overall) travels to Modoc
(2-0, 6-1) Friday to continue SCL action.
Bears Maul Raiders, 35-6
BURNEY - The Raiders lost to visiting Mt. Shasta here
Friday night, 6-35.
“Turnovers and tackling killed us off in this game,”
summarized coach Jed Tate.
Burney threw an interception and had a fumble on their
first two offensive drives.
“We were driving in the fourth when it was 6- 20, but an
interception stopped that,” continued Tate.
Marvin Jackson dove off tackle for 37 yards for Burney’s
lone TD, capping a 63-yard drive early in the third
quarter, noted coach Tate.
“On defense we were hit and miss again, but had a good
outing from Matt Elmore and our ‘dirty dozen’ rotating
through at defensive tackle.
Burney travels to Weed for a 5:30pm kickoff this Friday
Second Quarter Blitz keeps Bulldogs Undefeated
Lions Hold off Cards in Thriller
Second quarter blitz keeps Bulldogs undefeated McARTHUR - Fall
River coach Rick Neugebauer knew going into Friday’s Homecoming
game against the Etna Lions it would be a test for his Bulldogs.
The coaches son, quarterback Jace Neugebauer, echoed that
thought the night before the game, saying, “it will be a test
He too was right.
Fall River trailed 6-7 after one quarter, but overpowered the
Lions with a 27-7 second quarter blitz to lead 33-14 at halftime
and then held on for a 47-34 win to keep their unbeaten record
Fall River managed a 7-6 bulge in the third and Etna made a try
at a late game comeback with a 14- 7 score in the fourth period
- not enough.
Jace Neugebauer completed eight-of-14 passes for 226 yards and
four touchdowns (now 24 scoring passes on the season).
Neugebauer now has 1,767 yards passing - tops in the Northern
section and a completing percentage of .667 - eighth in the
entire state of California.
Once again, senior Tanner Gallion was his number one target,
catching five for 123 yards and three TD’s - 12 scoring catches
on the season.
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REDDING - The Big Valley Cards have started slowly in every game
this season, and Friday night was no different, as they spotted
host Redding Christian to a 22-0 lead before finally getting
into gear in the battle of undefeated teams. |
Unfortunately, the 22- point advantage was too much to overcome
as the host Lions went on to a 30-26 win to drop Big Valley out
of the unbeaten ranks and into second place in the conference.
The Cards fell behind 14-zip after one quarter, and the Lions
upped it by eight on the first play of the second period.
Big Valley did get on the board with 9:29 left in the half on a
30-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Gerig to Tanner Bidwell to
narrow the gap to 6-22.
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|FR Blasts Past Etna
McARTHUR - The Fall River co-ed soccer squad put a world
of hurt on visiting Etna, shutting them out, 10-0 here
last Tuesday. |
The Fall River Bulldogs scored seven in the first half
and three more in the second half while holding the Etna
Aceves (pictured left) notched five goals to go with two
assists, while Elias Tourtouras kicked three goals with
an equal number of assists.
Alesha Johnson and Cam Cunningham scored one goal each,
with Robert Betz and Cyanna Iniguez both getting an
assist. Cunningham and Chris Pires shared goalie
responsibilities, with Cunningham with three saves and
On Thursday, the Bulldogs travelled to Weed Cougar
country and escaped with a 2-2 tie.
Tourtouras scored the first Fall River goal with an
assist from Aceves.
“It looks like Weed actually scored our second goal,”
said FR coach Jeri Handa, “there were a ton of players
in front of the goal when the point was kicked... it was
hard to tell.”
Fall River, now 6-5-1 in league and in fourth place,
host Modoc (1-9) today (Tuesday) at 5pm, then at Trinity
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Keeps a Lock on SCL Second Place
McARTHUR - The Lady Bulldogs of Fall River began
the second half of the conference schedule with
a sweep of visiting Etna Thursday, upping their
record to 6- 1 to remain one game back of Mt.
Shasta in the race to the championship. |
Fall River completed the sweep with wins of
25-14, 25-15 and 25-14.
Taylor Corder topped the team with six kills,
three aces and three digs, with Sara Westlund
(pictured above with Cassidy Sarbacher) landing
five kills, three aces and three digs. Lisa
Lommen dug out four serves and Megan Gallion put
up 15 assists.
“We were attacking and covering really well,”
noted coach Maggie Torres, “just playing some
great volleyball. We missed only three serves
all night - showing what can happen when we
minimize our unforced errors.”
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Raiders Start Strong against Etna, but
Fade to Lose in Four
- The Lady Raiders started strong here
last Tuesday, jumping out to a 25-14 win
over the hosting Etna Lions, but faded
to lose in four, 1-3. |
After the big opening set win, Etna
battled back to take set two in
overtime, 27-25, then finished it off
with wins of 25-18, and 25-10.
Burney, looking for that elusive first
Shasta-Cascade League win, saw Carissa
Tereba get five blocks and seven serving
aces, while Madison Luntey finished with
six kills, four blocks and six digs.
Emma Sealander added seven service
points, three kills and eight digs, with
Lauren Schneider putting up 15 assists.
Hannah Riddell finished with three kills
while Tymber Wells had four kills at the
On Thursday, Burney was once again on
the road - this time against league
leading Mt. Shasta and a three set loss,
17-25, 18-25 and 12-25.
Luntey put up three kills and two
blocks, while Sealander served up three
aces, Jessica Thompson six digs and
Schneider eight assists and two kills.
Burney is 0-7 in league and 1-13 overall
and journeys to Weed (3-4, 7-8) Thursday
in a light week’s schedule.
Shown in photo above from left
to right: Sophomores Laci
Denny and Stevie Colins; seniors
Lis Lommen and Johnny Westlund,
King Tanner Gallion and Queen
Taylor Corder, seniors
Loni Denny and Brent Kirk,
juniors Sophia Buckley and
Ernesto Alvarez; freshman Tori
Policastro and Shane Dean.
YREKA - Fall River 6th grader
Branden Taylor finished fifth in
the 1.6 mile middle school
competition at the Yreka
Invitational at Greenhorn Park
here Saturday. He finished the
course in a time of 11:11.50 - a
personal record for this
Branden Taylor Finished
In middle school girls
competition, Heather Cook ran a
PR time of 16:34.51.
In high school varsity
competition, Burney’s Ryan
Pruitt and Hunter Mostoufi both
competed in the 5K run and each
finished with a personal best
for that distance. Pruitt ran
the course in a time of 20:54.71
and Mostoufi at 25:14.33.
The next high school event is
the Trinity Invitational set for
COTTONWOOD - Amy Brown of Fall
River high finished in the third
runner-up position at District 1
high school rodeo here October
Amy Brown Third
Brown finished second in barrel
racing, teamed up with Bailey
Bean of Gerber for seventh in
team roping and was ninth in
Fall River’s Steel Humphry and
partner Rial Engelhart of
Lakeview, Oregon took sixth in
team roping, and Cheri Leonard
of Big Valley was eight in pole
The next rodeo is set for
November 7-9 here.