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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

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It’s tough to win a section championship in any prep sport, but almost completely unheard of when a school captures three section championships in one school year.

Well, mark a rare feat down for Fall River High School - winners of three (count ‘em) THREE section championships this school year.

Fall River has built a reputation in the Northern Section of capturing section titles, but it’s rare indeed when you can boast a trio of titles in the same year.

Fall River Bulldog teams were champions in football, volleyball and just added softball to their resume.

In football, the Bulldogs racked up a perfect 12-0 mark against competition in the Northern Section CIF (NSCIF) before losing in the Nor-Cal Regional Championship game at Humboldt State against St. Bernard’s.

In volleyball, it was a remarkable 33-6 season for the Lady Bulldogs, not only wrapping up the NSCIF championship, but winning in the opening round of the Nor-Cal Regional tournament before losing on the road in Woodland.

The latest softball NSCIF championship came this past Saturday, when the Bulldogs thrilled a large hometown crowd in chilly football style weather in downing Maxwell, 13-4, to wrap up their trio of section crowns on the year - and a 23- 2 record on the season.

Fall River has a storied history of fielding championship teams in league and has wrapped up a ton of section titles over the years. People ask, “Why does Fall River keep winning?” Here’s my humble opinion...

First, they have great parent and family support for the school and the athletes. I’m not saying other school’s don’t also get to brag about support, but in Fall River’s case it’s because of the amount of family behind the student/athletes. The Fall River Valley has a history of families remaining in the valley for generation after generation after generation. It’s definitely not a valley that see’s a lot of turnover of families moving away a lot. You have mom and dad, joined by grandpa’s and grandma’s to go along with a slew of Aunt’s and Uncle’s that flood the gates of Bulldog sporting events year in and year out.

Second, the school has built a reputation for good coaches who stick around for a long time. Very seldom to you see a revolving door of mentor’s at the school. The school prides itself on building coaches from within. They groom future coaches through their assistant coaching program, with many of these coaches/assistants mentoring for well over a decade.

Third, the athletes start young in most sports, and continue to play through elementary school, junior high and eventually joining the high school level. They play little league, NFL Flag Football, Youth Soccer to start out. Then, in many, many cases, they graduate into an A.A. U. program in several sports and continue this training until they’ve reached high school. Most Fall River players understand the sports they play very well before reaching their freshman year.

Finally, there is a tremendous community-wide pride in their school. Everyone in the valley loves, “Their” Bulldogs! You can spot people at Bulldog sporting events who have no children attending the school, but they know that community involvement makes for a better school environment.

Overall, it’s a true story of ‘Pride’. Pride in their families. Pride in their community. Pride in their youngsters. Pride in their school.

So congratulations to not only Fall River High School, but Big Valley and Burney as well, for a great year that is wrapping up very quickly. It’s been an honor and pleasure to once again watch some great youngsters excel at athletics as well as academics this school year. It’s everyone’s wish that those graduating and moving on will find their niche in life and prosper. We hope that you all find true happiness... the happiness that you found while being a part of our Intermountain Area - the greatest place to grow up.

Have a great week, everyone.

Raisers End Season with
10 Inning Loss

CHESTER - The Burney Raiders chalked up a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings in their semi-final NSCIF Division VI playoff game here last week, only to lose a heartbreaker in the 10th inning, 6-5, to the host Volcanoes.

Burney, ranked fifth in the playoffs came so close to upsetting the number one Vol’s.

“These guys play hard until the very end every game,” summed up coach Rick Kohnhorst, “the never give up.”

After knotting the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning, Burney threatened to break it open with bases loaded before the Vol’s put out the fire.

Senior’s Ray Guerrero and Jason Searl combined on the mound to strike out 17 batters, but it wasn’t enough to snuff out the Volcanoes.

Guerrero started on the mound and went 6.2 innings allowing six hits, fie runs - none earned - with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Searl entered to hurl the final 2.2 innings, giving up two hits, one run, one walk and fanned seven batters.

At the plate, Guerrero was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases, two scored and two RBI’s. Kaden iran was 3-for-5 and drove in one run. Searl finished 2-for-4 with a pair scored and one RBI.

Chris Semer and James Chapman both had a hit, with Semer’s an RBI double and Chapman scoring once.

Burney finished the season at 10-12.

Seniors playing their final high school baseball included: Ray Guerrero, Jason Searl, Vance Lankford and Wyatt Hibbeln.
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CIF Bestows Honors on Four in Intermountain Area

CHICO - Three Intermountain Area scholar/athletes and one coach were singled out for honors by the Northern Section CIF (NSCIF) here last week. The announcements were made at the organizations annual awards luncheon. Fall River senior Megan Gallion received the CIF/Farmer’s Northern Section Female Scholar/Athlete of the Year. The male award went to Ben Harper of Trinity. Jace Neugebauer of Fall River was presented with the Greg LeMaster scholarship awarded by the Northern Section CIF. Big Valley’s Kellen Gerig was the recipient of the David and Judy Adamson Scholarship. Fall River volleyball coach Kelly Freeland-Sloat was named Model Coach for her work with the Fall River volleyball team that won the D-6 section title this past season.
Bulldogs Win Section Softball Finals

N.S.C.I.F. DIVISION VI CHAMPIONS... (front row left to right) Laci Denny, Joanna Jasperse, Rachel
Wellemeyer, Megan Gallion, Saydee Peevehouse, Alicia Reynoso. (standing left to right) coach Richard
Fuentes, coach Daryl Marzan, Madison Ronquist, Madison Corder, Tori Policastro, Trinity Markham,
Hallee Olsen, Katie Policastro, head coach Jeremy McFarlin, coach Dan Torres.

By Ron Mosher
Sports Editor
McARTHUR - The Fall River softball squad won the Northern Section CIF Division VI championship here Saturday afternoon, downing Maxwell, 13-4. It follows Fall River winning section titles in volleyball and football earlier in the year, and was the first time since 1986 a Bulldog softball team has won the coveted section crown.

The decisive win in the championship game was almost anti-climactic to the dramatic come from behind 7th inning victory over Redding Christian in the semifinals just two days earlier.

The Bulldogs wasted little time in taking control in the title tilt, plating six runs in the first inning to put pressure on the Maxwell Panthers in the early going.

Fall River added to their lead in the second frame with a single run, countered by the Panther’s in the third and regained when the Bulldogs plated another tally in the fourth for an 8-1 lead.

Every time Maxwell would attempt to close the gap, Fall River would counter and wipe out that comeback try. In the top of the fifth, Maxwell scored a lone run. In the bottom of the inning, Fall River scored two. In inning number six, the Panthers plated two runs, which Fall River answered with three in the bottom of the frame to lead 13-4. Winning hurler Laci Denny got out of the seventh unscathed and the celebration began.

Denny won her 23rd game of the year - winning every game the Bulldog’s won - with two walks and three strikeouts.

On offense, Hallee Olsen set the stage with a perfect 5-for-5 game, including a double, four runs driven in and one scored and added a stolen base. Saydee Peevehouse finished 3- for-5, scored two drove in one and stole a base.
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Locals Off to NSCIF Finals

COTTONWOOD - Burney junior Ryan Pruitt brought home the Gold Medal in the 3200m race at the Northern Section CIF (NSCIF) Division VI championships here last Friday. The win propelled him into this Friday’s NSCIF Finals at West Valley High School here.

Fall River’s Elyssa Cook will also be competing at the prestigious NSCIF Finals in the Long Jump. Teammate Mackenzie Warnock is an alternate in the same event.

Other Intermountain Area athletes may be announced as alternates this week, but too late for Mountain Echo’s deadline.

In team competition, the Big Valley girls JV team captured the title with 52 points. The Big Valley varsity boys took second behind Redding Christian, while Burney was fifth and Fall River 11th. In varsity girls team standings, Burney was seventh. Big Valley boys JV squad placed third.
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Maxwell Knocks Burney Out of
Playoff Tourney
MAXWELL - The Burney Raiders softball team opened the NSCIF playoffs with a 4-0 lead against the Panthers here last week, but saw the hosts power back to take a 16-6 decision and bring a close to Burney’s season.

Lauren Schneider started and was hit for the loss, with Maddie Luntey in relief. Schneider had one strikeout and Luntey three.

Megan Arseneau was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two singles with two RBI’s. Luntey and Carissa Tereba were spotless at 2-for-2 each with an RBI. One of Luntey's hits was a double.

Joyce Ogden finished 2-for-4 and scored twice while Schneider had one hit and drove in two runs.

Summer Schottel, Emma Sealander and Caiya McCloud each had a hit.

The Raiders finished with a 13-10 record.

Seniors playing their final softball game were Emma Sealander, Lauren Schneider, Carissa Tereba and Beverly Vaughn.
S.N.I.P.P.P. Golf Tourney June 11
FALL RIVER MILLS - To raise funds for spay and neuter vouchers and animal rescue in the Intermountain Area, SNIPPP is holding its 9th annual golf tournament at the Fall River Golf & Country Club here Saturday, June 11.

The $95 entry fee includes green fees, shared cart, lunch and contest prizes.

A 50/50 putting contest and check in will be from 7:30-8:45am with a shotgun start at 9am.

Regional businesses sponsor the event and donate prizes for a separate raffle.

For info call (530) 336-6006.

You can also go on-line at for information or to sign-up.