Never assume that everything will go swimmingly if there is water in the pool...

Let me introduce you to ‘Gertie’ my trusty old computer. The key word in that last sentence is ‘OLD’. Yep, ol’ Gertie and I go way back... back to the days of our first date a decade or two ago. We met in the office and carried on a whirlwind courtship - namely based out of fear that turned to loathing. Now, old Gertie has had a mind of her own ever since our first date, and has no trouble taking charge when one would least expect it.

So last weekend, Gertie-the-old couldn’t wait for lunch break and absent mindfully ate an important program that has been on her hard disk for oh-these-many-years. Yep, gobbled that li’l sucker right up without even enjoying a drink to chase it with and sans salt/pepper or any other spice.

So imagine the surprise of the entire Sports Department (that’d be a total of one) when the program necessary to design sports pages could no longer be retrieved by Good-ol’-Gertie!

Now up against the weekly deadline, your trusty sports Guru is taking a crash course in Sports- Page-Design-101 and crossing fingers, toes and eyes - yep, all at the same time... it doth make things look better when you have no idea what you’re doing. Try it, you’ll like it.

Here’s hoping at least part of this week’s Sports Section B comes out somewhat readable... if not, enjoy Section A , take two Aspirin and call someone else in the morning.


• Mother Nature put a large damper on high school sports this past week, cancelling every mountain school’s event Friday. I truly understand that winter weather can be brutal... and I realize we “Need” the snow to avoid future draughts - but how about giving us a bit of a break sometime soon?!?!?!? To those great souls who have been helping shovel/ plow neighbors walks, driveways and roads - here’s a huge ‘THANK YOU’ you are greatly appreciated in this time of the white stuff.

• Another ‘Kudo’s’ thrown out to all our civil servants, first responders and everyone else who helped keep the Intermountain Area operating as smoothly as possible. With this series of storms buffeting the area every other day, a lot of our good neighbors have been thrust into working overtime to plow roads and look out for us. The effort of county and state road crews to CHP and other law enforcement personnel to emergency first repsonders - your effort is much appreciated. I’d also like to throw out a ‘Thank You’ to all the retail and other business employees who battled the elements to get to work so the rest of us could get our gas, groceries and other necessary items during this stormy week.

• A special ‘Thank You’ to local prep wrestler’s and their coaches for helping put on a heck of a good show at the 2nd annual Fall River Invitational Saturday - a good time had by all.

• A message to basketball fans - well at least you found out what is on TV on Friday nights... unless of course you have Zito Media’s so-called Cable System in Burney, at which time you looked all over your home for a good book to read. Barring any more unforseen catastrophic events, we should be back on schedule with hoop games this week. A game you won’t want to miss is set for Thursday at Fall River High when Mt. Shasta comes to town - both varsity games could well determine the championship of the Shasta-Cascade League this season.

• If you’ve managed to reach this point in your readking.... I’m impressed. Personally, I’d have given up many paragraphs ago.

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Local Wrestlers Earn Gold at Fall River Meet
McARTHUR - Nine schools competed against each other at the 2nd annual Fall River Invitational Wrestling Tournament here Saturday.

Several other teams planning on competing were unable to attend due to weatherrelated road conditions. That didn’t stop the grapplers who attended from giving fans some thrilling moments.

Four Intermountain Area grapplers won Gold at the event, with Bulldog Gunnar Ronquist earning Outstanding heavyweight honors. Both Kyle Klein and Lucas Warnock won Gold, as did Big Valley’s Reagan Dahle.

Klein earned a pair of Byes before facing Christopher Lewallen of Central Valley and won by a pin. He also pinned Mason Hammon of Lakeview at the 3:58 mark of the title bout to cop Gold.

Lucas Warnock pinned a pair of opponents to capture his first place medal. In his first bout, he pinned Dylan Still of Lakeview in the first round, then pinned Cameron Ingwerson of Lakeview in the championship match - also a first round victory.

Ronquist lost his first match by default with a hold that was deemed illegal, but returned to defeat Nicholas Kay of Central Valley to be awarded the Gold. Big Valley’s Reagan Dahle defeated Dylan Julian of Lakevew in a technical fall and then pinned Jon Irish of Modoc in the championship bout at the 3:01 mark in the match.

Burney’s Samson George finished second at 152 pounds, pinning Wyatt Mandel of Modoc one minute into the second round, but coming up short against Zach Norby in the championship match.

Burney’s Juan Carlos Vega placed fourth at 138 pounds with an 0-2 mark.

Big Valley’s Garrett Schmitt won third place in the 195 pound division. After dropping his opening match, Schmitt game back to win his final two, including a 10-1 decision over Jarred Monahan of Lakeview in the third place bout.

“The tournament was a huge success,” summed up Fall River coach Kurt Ronquist, “despite nine teams not being able to attend due to road conditions, it turned out great.”

He went on to note how impressed and thankful he was for, “the large number of people from the area who came out and supported the kids.”

The event began with weighin’s at 9am, followed by wrestling at 10am and wrapped up just before 3 o’clock in the Fall River High gym.

Both Big Valley and Fall River are set to compete in the large Corning Invitational Tournament set for Saturday. Burney coach Tom Weber is still hoping to get his team in the tournament. Weber restarted the Raider wrestling program this season after a number of idle years for the Burney program.

Burney has four wrestler’s on the roster and Weber hopes to grow the program in the future.

Cardinals Continue to Roll

BIEBER - The Big Valley Cardinals continued their romp through Evergreen League opposition here last week with a commanding 82- 45 win over Butte Valley.

Wyatt Schmitt led all players with 17 points.

“He (Schmitt) got us off to a good start with three 3-pointers in the first quarter,” noted coach Bob Bertelsen, “when he was a freshman we lost to Butte Valley... shows how far this team has come.”

Chase Ohm and Tanner Bidwell each pumped in 15 points, while Chase Dahle hit double figures with 11. Michael McCrary added eight and seth Gibson seven. Rounding out the offense were Konnor Gerig 4, Logan Leventon three and Caleb Weldon two.

Big Valley and Hayfork are tied atop the conference at 3-0, while Tulelake lurks closely at 3-1. The Cardinals travel to Tulelake tonight (Tuesday) to take on the Honkers, then hit the road Friday to journey to Hayfork.

“It’s going to be an important week for us,” summed up coach Bertelsen.