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A COMEDY OF ERRORS... Except no one is laughing as a result of the cancellation of Big Valley’s football home opener last Friday. It was anything but comical.
The Herlong team, coaches and fans drove a heck of a long way just to turn around and make the return trip. I’m not sure what you should say to them.
I’m not about to point fingers, as it seems as if there is plenty of mistakes that took place at all levels.
So let’s look at the positive about the situation.
The Big Valley football team was a class act. They didn’t throw their helmets, kick and stomp or create any tantrums. They calmly walked over to the main gate, lined up on both sides and thanked the fans for supporting them as they left.
Were the players dejected... you bet. Anyone who’s ever played football will tell you a home opener is something special. It’s something that players as well as students look forward to each season. There were plenty of out of towners who showed up, relatives as well as former graduates of Big Valley - coming to town for the big night. Hopefully they will all be able to come back this Friday when the Cardinals will have their ‘New’ home opener against Happy Camp starting at 6 o’clock.
A group of cute elementary school girls dressed as Cardinal cheerleaders took the field a little ahead of the time they were scheduled to do a dance routine that was adorable. Yes, the show must go on - game or no game. Hopefully they will return to do a re-run this Friday.
So here’s to a great home opener Friday, Cardinals. Put this one behind you and come out fired up - GO GET ‘EM BIG RED!!!!
• Congrats to Fall River co-ed soccer, as the Bulldogs pulled off a win in their opener on the road in Butte Valley. Enjoyed watching the team play in their first home game last Thursday - losing to Mt. Shasta is nothing to hang yer heads about... You are a fun team to watch, and I hope fans come out to your game and have a blast the rest of the season.
• The Intermountain Flag Football League started their season Saturday at the Inter- Mountain Fairgrounds/Joe Bruce Sports Complex, and will be in Burney this Saturday for week two. The future of local football is looking good. A ton of teams and players that might lack great skill but have plenty of enthusiasm to make up for it. Another way to spend an enjoyable day in our area.
• So you think you can Bar-B-Que with the best of ‘em? You can prove your point at the Pit River Casino/Burney Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off set for October 11. A lot of money is up for grabs for the best BBQ Chicken, Pork Ribs and Tri-Tip. Stop by the Chamber office or Casino for details.
• A pair of Volleyball Tournament first place trophies were brought home from the Los Molinos Tournament over the weekend by the Lady Bulldog varsity and JV teams. Congrats girls, job well done!
• There are plenty of high school, junior high and youth sporting events on tap locally this week. Check our Local Prep Calendar (page B2) and get out and support the young people of the Intermountain Area. You can only sit around watching TV so much - hehehehe. Also, you can use attending a game or two as a great excuse to get out of those ‘Honey Do’ lists... that is, if you’re lucky.
Have a great week, everyone!
Card JV News
Bieber - The JV Cards lost to herlong but rebounded to down Westwood Thursday.
Selena Rodriguez had six aces, Cassie Jones five aces, Mikenzy Frye slammed eight kills and Yaneli Rodriguez added three assists.
Both Morgan White and Hope Dodgen were strong forces on the court.
Raiders Succumb to Panthers on the Road
REDDING - A 40-14 loss to the U-Prep Panthers here
Friday night, dropped the Burney Raiders to 0- 2 on the
Junior Ray Guerrero led the Burney ground game breaking
the century mark in rushing with 109 yards on 16 touches,
with Jared Hovis rounding out rushing with 15 yards on 12
Fall River Nails Victory Number Two
CHESTER - Fall River played 9-on-9 against the Vol’s here Friday night, winning a lopsided 34-14 matchup.
Justin Vigil was 5-for- 11 in passing for 82 yards, while Stevie Collins topped the rushing game with 112 yards on five carries.
Abian Alvarez carried twice for 77 yards.
“On defense Cade Rainwater and Lucas Warnock played well,” summed up coach Rick Neugebauer.
The coach noted that Chester was down in numbers, “therefore we basically played a 9-on-9 game and Chester forfeited.”
Fall River, now 2-0 in the early going, is home to host Maxwell this Friday night, with JV kickoff slated for 5:30 p.m.
Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher
Mix-ups Cancel BV Home Opener
By Ron Mosher,
Unfortunately, the referee’s were not present, causing the game between Herlong and Big Valley to be cancelled.
“We don’t know what happened,” stated BV athletic director Paula Silva shortly after the game was cancelled, “we’ve heard nothing from the officials. No contact... this isn’t the first time this has happened.”
Silva maintains the outcome is a, “no contest,” as if no game had ever been scheduled. However, that might change.
George Whitmer, the man in charge of assigning officials to
the nine schools within the Siskiyou Association region
clarified what happened on their end in a phone call Sunday.
Bulldogs Move to 2-0 after Win over Chester
CHESTER - The Fall River Bulldogs remained perfect on the young season with a 42- 27 win over the Volcanoes here Friday in week two of the campaign.
The Bulldogs offense used almost an equal split in gaining yardage through the air and on the ground - notching 245 yards via aerials and 203 in running.
Jace Neugebauer completed nine of 15 passes for those 245 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite receiver was senior Tanner Gallion who hauled in six passes for 169 yards and a pair of TD’s in the win. Jonathan Iniguez caught one for a 34 yard TD while Johnny Westlund grabbed two for 42 yards.
Westlund was the big gun in the rushing game with 124 yards on 13 totes and scored two TD’s - to go with his second kickoff return touchdown in as many weeks.
Ryan Doers added 14 yards in rushing on six carries, and
THomas markham picked up one yard rushing.
Burney Third in their Own Tourney
defense against Liberty Christian in Burney Tournament Saturday.
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders broke through for a pair of wins in their own tournament Saturday - finishing third.
It marked the first wins of the young season for the Lady Raiders, and the wins were the first since October 9 of 2012 for the varsity netters.
Here are the game-bygame results for Burney in the tournament:
Burney 2 Big Valley 0
Burney swept in two, 25-14 and 25-23. Lauren Schneider had five assists and two kills, while Emma Sealander added two kills. Maddie Luntey slammed three kills and Jessica Thompson added five digs in the back row.
Burney 1 Mt. Shasta 1
The Raiders split with the SCL foe Bears, losing 9-25 and
winning 25-22. Schneider had three kills and a trio of
assists, with Sealander also slamming three kills to go with
a service ace. Luntey had two blocks at the net.
Lady Cards Down Herlong in Five Sets
BIEBER - Big Valley picked up their first win in a 5-set win over visiting Herlong last Wednesday.
Kayla McCrary had five kills, “and both our seniors s\were strong,” noted coach Deidre Jeppson, “Amanda Bricker had five kills and Erica Stevenson (shown in photo above) nine kills.”
Paige James added three kills, Cherie Leonard two kills and Taryn Gagnon one kill.
Big Valley lost all their games at the Burney tournament Saturday.
Big Valley hosts American Christian today (Tuesday) with Chester coming to town on Thursday.
Fall River Soccer Starts Season with a Victory
Fall River’s Cam Cunningham gives the ball the boot while
Elias Tourtouras (#19) looks on.