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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


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

Dewain 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
BURNEY - The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball season got underway here Saturday. Their schedule for the season is as follows:
• 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 showed.”

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
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 for us.”

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 intact.

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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Lions Hold off Cards in Thriller
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 Big Time
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 Lions scoreless.

Gilberto 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 Pires two.

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 Thursday.
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Fall River 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
ETNA - 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 net.

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.

Bulldog Homecoming Royalty
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.

Branden Taylor Finished Fifth
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 distance.

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 October 29.

Amy Brown Third Runner-Up
COTTONWOOD - Amy Brown of Fall River high finished in the third runner-up position at District 1 high school rodeo here October 11-12.

Brown finished second in barrel racing, teamed up with Bailey Bean of Gerber for seventh in team roping and was ninth in breakaway roping.

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 bending.

The next rodeo is set for November 7-9 here.