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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


With all the adults bickering about politics filling our lives with dirty tricks, finger pointing, and bashing each other, sometimes we need to stop and realize that there are some good people in this world, and there is hope for humanity yet.

Let’s turn our attention away from the adult world that’s seems to be spinning out of control at times... let’s spend some time at the high school sports level - specifically prep wrestling.

Now high school wrestling is an individual sport that has all the drama and is flooded with intensity. Young people putting it all on the mat and working their hearts out to pull off a win - fair and square.

The following narrative took place this past weekend at the Shasta-Cascade League Wrestling Championships in Quincy and is worthy to note that our young people “get it.”

A young wrestler from Quincy, wrestling at the meet in his home town, has never won a match. He’s what we refer to as a bit handicapped when it comes to mental ability. He’s as normal as you and I except when it comes to keeping up to speed when thinking.

He is well liked and popular.

On Friday, this young Quincy wrestler faced off against Fall River’s Joe Gemmill in the 220 pound class. For Gemmill it was to be an easy win for the books, but Joe understands what his opponent has gone through his entire prep wrestling career. Giving it his all on the mat only to be pinned time after time.

So the Fall River Bulldog wrestler kept the match going, going and going. He kept it close but maintained his lead, finishing up with the two battling it out the full three rounds. True, the young Quincy wrestler didn’t win the match, but he did get the chance to go three full rounds and hold his head high.

If you think this was great... read on. Here’s the kicker!

On Saturday in the championship round, our Quincy wrestler and a Modoc wrestler both lost their first matches - and were set to face off in the battle for third place.

The young Modoc grappler understood that finishing third or fourth would make no big difference in his life. He would still wake up the same young man tomorrow, and would still be around to wrestle another day.

No one but the young wrestler from Modoc knew what was about to happen. Once the match began, though, fans soon realized that this was not to be your average prep wrestling match. Something special was happening. To sum it up, the Modoc wrestler was pinned by our young Quincy prep athlete - His first wrestling Pin. His first wrestling win ever. His first chance at real glory.

All because a young high school wrestler from Modoc understood that there is more to life than winning. Our young Quincy wrestler will wake up each day with a little more pride. He will wake up knowing he will wrestle another day. He may never win another match, but Saturday was his day to shine - all thanks to a Modoc wrestling hero.

Fall River coach Kurt Ronquist noted over the weekend, that he’d never been at a wrestling meet were fans were literally crying. Not sad tears, but tears of happiness for one young Quincy wrestler who has been giving it his all for four years, and finally got to have the referee raise his arm in victory.

The Modoc wrestler deserves his day of local fame... his name is Troy Culp.

Well, Troy, our hat’s off to you for a phenomenal bit of sportsmanship. We, as adults, can truly learn from your gesture. Kindness is not something we all practice daily... and sometimes it takes a teenager to show us that a little kindness makes our world a better place. Thank you for showing compassion. Thank you for showing kindness. Thank you for being someone special.

We’ve got some final regular season home basketball games on tap this week - so get out and support our kids. Burney hosts Mt. Shasta and Big Valley hosts Butte Valley - both on Thursday. Here’s to a great week peeps.

Fall River Snags Only
Local Victory
 Of the three Intermountain Area JV girls teams, the Fall River Lady Bulldogs snagged the only win of the week. F

Fall River pulled off to a commanding 16-1 lead in the first quarter on their way to the 50-38 SCL win. Kristin Maier scored 14 and Trinity Markham 12.

The Etna Lions swamped host Burney on Tuesday, 78-14. Chelsea Davis scored seven for the Raiders.

Bailey Turner, Clair Kane and Marcella Cruz each put up four points in the conference loss for Burney.

The Lady Cards of Big Valley lost a close one at home to visiting Hayfork, 47-41. Haylen White pumped in 22 while Kloe Gray added 11.

FR Mat Team Second at SCL Championships

QUINCY - The Fall River wrestling team won the SCL Small schools Dual meet on Friday, and came back to take second to Chester in the SCL championships Saturday.

On Saturday, Joe Gemmill won the Gold in the 285 pound division with a 2-0 mark.

Lucas Warnock finished 1-1 at 160 pounds for second place in his weight class.

Bailey Small, a freshman, finished in third place in the 108 division (101), while Gunnar Ronquist also took Bronze at 195 (0-1).

A pair of Bulldog grapplers finished fourth - Kyle Klein (115 pounds) finished 1-2, and Cooper Easley at 185 (0-2). Ryan Reynolds finished with a record of 0- 2.

Fall River wrestling coach Kurt Ronquist is pleased with the progress his wrestlers are making.

The squad has this week off before returning here for the Division championships slated for Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20.
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BV’s Dahle takes Gold
QUINCY - Reagan Dahle of Big Valley captured the Gold at the Shasta-Cascade League Championships here over the weekend. Dahle, a freshman at Big Valley finished 3-0 in the 152 pound weight class for the first place finish.
BV Goes 2-1 for the Week
 BIEBER - The Lady Cards dropped a game to hayfork to open the week, but rebounded for two wins to wrap it up.

In the opener, BV lost to Hayfork at home, 51- 42. Kayla McCrary hit 18 points, while Haylen White had eight, Cherie Leonard and Savannah Miller seven each.

On Thursday, the Cards handed Paradise Adventist a 52-30 loss on the road. McCrary led the winners with 21 points, while Miller hit an even dozen.

Returning home Friday, Big Valley dropped Happy Camp, 37-21. Mikenzy Frye led the attack with 12, with McCrary hitting eight and Miller six.

Big Valley (6-3, 11-12) hosts Butte Valley (5-3, 9-6) Thursday for Homecoming and Senior Night.
Raiders Come Oh-So-Close
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders and Weed Cougars played a see-saw battle here Friday, with the Cougars slipping past their hosts, 61-56.

Kaden Tiran pumped in 26 points with eight rebounds, while Jason Searl added 11 with four steals. Trent Arendt hit seven. Alex Madera, Arendt and Kyler Marks fouled out in the fourth quarter, in a whistle happy game.

Earlier in the week, Burney lost to Etna, 57-34.

Madera hit 12 points to top the Burney offense, with Searl nabbing nine, Rylee Estes five and Tiran four with 10 rebounds on defense.

Burney (0-8, 1-19) is in Fall River (7-1, 14-7) Wednesday, then home vs. Mt. Shasta (7-1, 13-9) Thursday, and wrap it up in Modoc on Friday.

Bulldogs and Bears Tied Atop SCL - 3 Games Left
McARTHUR - It’s crunch time in the Shasta-Cascade league, and the Fall River Bulldogs and Mt. Shasta Bears are heading on a collision course - both tied atop the conference with 7-1 records with three games remaining. The two top teams will clash in Mt. Shasta Wednesday, February 17.

The Bulldogs kept pace with the Bears with a 58-48 win over visiting Trinity last Tuesday, then finished the week with a commanding 67-44 win over visiting Loyalton Friday in a non-league clash.

Against rival foe Trinity, the Bulldogs jumped out to a quick double digit lead in the opening quarter, out gunning the wolfpack, 18-5. From there until the final buzzer, the Bulldogs stayed in control.

Coach Scott Gallion got a balanced scoring attack from his squad, led by Justin Vigil with 14, followed closely by Robee Knoch with 13 and Cameron Cunningham with 12. Jace Neugebauer and Kaleb Hamilton each pitched in eight, with Johnny Iniguez finishing things off with three.

Against Loyalton, Vigil again led the attack with 21 points, while Hamilton chipped in 13, Cunningham 13 and Hamilton 11.

Burney (0-8 SCL, 1-19 overall) comes to town Wednesday against Fall River (7-1, 14-7). Friday will see Etna (4-4, 8-11) in town. Etna is the only league blemish on the Bulldogs record.

“I’m looking forward to the rematch,” summed up Gallion, “we’re playing much better ball now than when we lost to Etna.”

Games both nights begin at 4 o’clock. 
Cards Can Clinch Piece of EL Title Thursday
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cardinals are flying high, but the job isn’t quite yet complete. The Big Red Machine has three games remaining and their magic number to clinch a portion of the title is ‘1’ and ‘2’ to win the Evergreen league outright.

“Our goal is to win out the regular season,” summed up coach Bob Bertelsen, “but we aren’t looking past anyone - that’s hurt us in the past.”

Big Valley inched closer to the title with a pair of conference wins and a non-league smashing of last year’s DVI section runner-ups.

A good week all around.

The Cards blasted past visiting Hayfork to start the week last Tuesday, 82-55. Kellen Gerig pumped in 28 points to lead the charge, with Thomas Dodgen hitting 18 and Wyatt Schmitt 13.

Next it was a road trip to Chico on Thursday and a 75-33 win over Paradise Adventist Academy for a non-league tilt. Gerig again topped the Cardinal offense with 20, as Logan Leventon and Dodgen each dropped 11 points. The Cards rounded out the week back home with a commanding 86-42 win over the Happy Camp Indians. Gerig hit 28, while Schmitt and Tanner Bidwell each contributed an even dozen.
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Raiders Drop Pair in SCL
BURNEY - The Burney boys JV squad dropped a pair of Shasta-Cascade League contests here last week.

On Tuesday, Etna pulled off a 55-32 win. For Burney, Chris Phipps tallied eight points, Eli Urlie five and Logan Young four. Young led the defense with 11 rebounds and six steals.

On Friday, Weed was in town and left with a 60-46 victory.

“We ran into foul trouble early,” noted Burney coach Jed Tate, “and Weed was able to out rebound us.”

Young hit a doubledouble with 23 points and 17 rebounds, while Marvin Jackson scored nine and hauled down 11 boards.

The Raiders have a busy week ahead, with three games over three nights. They begin in Fall River on Wednesday, then return home for their final home game against Mt. Shasta on Thursday. Then it’s back on the road in Alturas on Friday against Modoc

Bulldogs Nab Pair of Wins for the Week

 McARTHUR - It was a good week for the Fall River JV boys hoop squad, winning both games played at home.

It began with a narrow and exciting 63-60 win over Trinity in a conference battle on Tuesday.

Jeffery Kask put up 19 points to top the Bulldogs, with Casey Spain hitting double digits with 13 and Chad Lee chipping in nine.

On Friday evening, the Bulldogs hosted a very different Loyalton team comprised of three boys and three girls. The Bulldogs came away with a lopsided 56- 21 win.

Zach Thompson led the Bulldogs with 10 points in a balanced attack. Lucio Iniguez scored nine, Spain eight, with Lee, Abel Marin and Bailey Small each notching six.

Fall River will host Burney Wednesday, then has Etna coming to the Dog Pound Friday.

Revenge is Sweet as Burney Clips Cougars in SCL
BURNEY - Back on January 12, the Burney Raiders lost a heartbreaker to the Lady Cougars of Weed on the road, when a 3/4 court three-pointer at the buzzer propelled the hosts to a 50-49 win - and shocking everyone in the gym.

The Raiders returned the favor here Friday night for their second league win of the year, 53-52.

It wasn’t a long 3-pointer that earned the win, but a trio of free throws at the end of the tilt that did the trick for Burney.

With the game tied at 52-52, Jessica Thompson went to the line shooting two. The first missed, but the second was all net and with just three seconds left in the game to put the Raiders up by one. Weed didn’t have time for another Hail Mary and Burney racked up the thrilling win.

The Raiders led most of the game, with the Cougars mounting an attack in the final quarter that eventually put them on top, only to see the hosts rally for the last second victory.

Carissa Tereba led Burney with 14 points and five steals, while Maddie Luntey hit a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Jessica Thompson pumped in 10, Joyce Ogden eight, Lauren Schneider six and Ashley Webster two.

Earlier in the week, the Raiders lost to Etna at home, 51-31.

Luntey and Tereba scored eight each, while Ogden and Schneider hit seven apiece.

Burney (2-6 SCL, 11-10 overall) is in Fall River (7-1, 19-3) Wednesday, then home to host Mt. Shasta (8-0, 18-4) Thursday and at Modoc (3-6, 11-9) Friday in a hectic schedule.
Bulldogs Remain in League Hunt
McARTHUR - The Lady Bulldogs stayed in the Shasta-Cascade league hunt for the title in downing visiting Trinity here last Tuesday, 49-38. The win upped the Bulldog record to 7-1, one game behind the leading Mt. Shasta Bears (8-0) with two weeks remaining.

The Lady Dogs jumped out to a double digit 21-11 lead in the opening quarter on their way to the win.

Megan Gallion and Sarah Westlund each drained 12 points, with Ranee Betz hitting nine, Saydee Pevehouse 7, Madison Corder five and Laci Denny four. Corder led the defense with eight rebounds.

On Friday, Loyalton stunned the Bulldogs, 45-38, in handing them only their third loss of the year. A 14-4 run by the visitors in the third period spelled doom for Fall River.

The Bulldogs were playing without Corder and Shay Marquez - both out with injuries.

“Being short handed hurt us,” lamented FR coach Kathy Jones, “with only seven suited up it limited our ability to get any rhythm going.”

Gallion had a doubledouble with 13 points and 10 of the teams 34 steals. Tori Policastro put up 10 and Westlund nine.

Fall River (7-1 SCL, 19-3) hosts Burney (2-6, 11-10) Wednesday, then plays host to Etna (2-6, 10-12) on Friday.