WINDING IT UP...
Fall prep sports are beginning to wind up their regular season
schedules, and jockeying begins for placement in the various
post season tournaments.
A couple of local teams are sitting in the desired first place
slot as everyone races for the finish line.
The Big Valley Cardinals are in the driver’s seat in the
California-North 8-Man League with a 5-0 mark, one game ahead of
both Tulelake and Redding Christian - ironically their next two
opponents to wrap things up. Tulelake is in Bieber this Friday
evening for a 7 o’clock tilt. A Cardinal win will guarantee them
a piece of the crown, and a ‘winning out’ scenario gives them
the title outright. I’m not throwing a monkey wrench into the
upcoming games - just have a lot of confidence in a team that
has dominated the opposition following a narrow loss to
out-of-state Virginia City to open the 2016 campaign.
Here’s hoping Cardinal fans turn out in big numbers to cheer
them on Friday night in the final regular season home game.
The Fall River volleyball gals are riding high with an
undefeated mark in net play with just four games remaining. It
isn’t a ‘gimme’ since they have a couple of fierce foes on the
road before things conclude. But so far, they have carried a
very large broom throughout the conference schedule in sweeping
away those who oppose ‘em at the net.
Two years ago when the majority of this varsity squad were JV’s,
they swept their way through the league in undefeated style -
and are looking to repeat that feat again.
Have a great deal of confidence in these gals... so go get ‘em
The Burney Raider volleyball team is having one of their better
season’s in recent years, and are looking forward to the D-6
playoffs next month.... yep, they could very well surprise some
teams as they’re playing better and better volleyball as the
season wears down.
Go get ‘em Lady Raiders - counting on you to blast into the
• Football, volleyball and soccer are all sports that can be
prone to producing injuries among athletes, and this Fall’s prep
scene in the Intermountain Area has their share.
Sprained ankles, broken bones and concussions have plagued a few
local athletes. We can only hope that the rest of the season
goes without any serious injuries - other than a few aches and
pains from giving it their all.
A lot of publicity has been forthcoming regarding concussions in
football - and the National and State governing bodies have come
down on the side of caution when it comes to these injuries
suffered by prep athletes.
Suffer a concussion and you’re relegated to the sidelines for
two weeks. No practice. No games. For a young athlete who loves
to play football this can be an excruciating time. Yes, they
want to be out their on the field butting heads... but remember,
that’s what got you sidelined in the first place. It’s better to
be play it safe now, rather than run the risk of being sorry
later. Head trauma’s are nothing to shake your head about...
oops, I apologize for that one.
• Mother Nature rained on Burney’s Homecoming Friday night, but
the Raiders had a smooth transition to ‘Plan B.’ The coronation
and presentation of Royalty just moved indoors to the gym
earlier in the afternoon, and the floats became booths inside
the Cliff Welch Gymnasium, offering fans an up-close and
personal look at an immobile floating armada. Congrats on the
• Hope all of you were able to stay high and dry these past few
days, as Mother Nature once again showed us who the real boss
Here’s to a great and dry week ahead.
Bears Humble Bulldogs
in SCL Opener
MT. SHASTA - The Fall River Bulldogs ran into stiff
competition here Friday night, as the host Bears stunned
the defending SCL champs with a 45--21 win.
Cade Rainwater, Bailey Small and Jonathan Iniguez scored
the three Bulldog touchdowns, as the Fall River squad
just couldn’t get their offense uncorked.
Rainwater’s TD came on a pass from Robee Knoch on one of
three passes he caught on the night for 56 yards.
Knoch completed 2- of-3 aerials for 36 yards. Gavin
Dobson was 2-for- 4 in passing for 54 yards and an
Knoch caught one Dobson pass for 34 yards.
Small led Fall River in the ground game with 12 carries
for 67 yards and his touchdown. Iniguez ran the ball 10
times for 48 yards and one score.
The Bears stymied Iniguez, who was leading the league in
rushing and the section in scoring TD’s. Jacob Carmenita
ran 10 times for 25 yards, Dobson twice for 19. Stevie
Collins ran four times for 14 and Knoch twice for seven.
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Fall River Continues to Steamroll
WEED - The Lady Bulldogs of Fall River picked up another
pair of sweeping Shasta-Cascade League wins this past
week, as they continue to steamroll their way through
conference opposition with a perfect 6-0 mark. They have
not only won every league match, but have yet to even
lose one set - sweeping every foe in three as eased into
the second half or league play.
They began the week with a 3-0 win over Modoc in the Dog
Pound, winning 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23.
Tori Policastro dominated the net with a dozen kills,
while Laci Denny slammed seven. Elyssa Cook added five
kills and two blocks, with Katie Policastro and Madison
Corder each snaring four kills. Katie had two blocks,
while Cook picked up eight digs. Grace Lommen dished up
Two nights later, the Bulldogs swept up the host Cougars
here in three winning, 25-9, 25-12 and 25-12.
Tori Policastro again hit double digits in kills with
10, while Corder had nine to go with two blocks. Denny
had five kills and the same number of serving aces and
Katie Policastro added four kills, three blocks and
three aces. Meghan McKinlay had six aces, Shay Corder
three aces and Lommen 29 assists.
The Bulldogs (6-0 SCL, 23-8 overall) travel to Mt.
Shasta (5-1, 10-7) for an all important match-up of the
two top teams today (Tuesday) then return home to host
Trinity (2-4, 7-10) on Thursday at 5pm.
Cards 1-2 for the Week
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cards lost to Herlong at home in
a non-conference match, then split with Hayfork in EL
play in a double header on Thursday.
Herlong won in three, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-18. In the
double dip with Hayfork, Big Valley came from two sets
down to win the opener in five, 25-27, 19- 25, 25-19,
25-19 and 15-6.
Hayfork took the nightcap 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17. Big
Valley (2-3 in league and 3-13 overall) is at Butte
Valley (5-3, 8- 6) today (Tuesday).
BHS Downs the Bulldogs
BURNEY - The Burney JV volleyball squad picked up a pair
of 5-Star League wins last week, starting with a 3-1
victory over the visiting Los Molinos Bulldogs (25-21,
14-25 and 15-19) and finishing with a sweep of Chester
on the road, 25-20, 25-20.
Against Los Molinos, Paris Deaton had 10 digs and two
kills. In the sweep of Chester, Sholynn Pfadt had 10
serve receive passes and one ace, while Cecilee Sheffer,
“picked up the winning point with an awesome spike,”
related coach Becky Torgrimson.
Burney hosts Redding Christian today (Tuesday) then
travels to Mercy in Red Bluff on Thursday
FR Continues to Sail
WEED - The Lady Bulldog JV team continued to sail
through SCL competition to remain unbeaten on the year
by sweeping both Modoc and Weed this past week.
They opened at home with a 25-10 and 25-15 win over the
visiting Lady Braves.
On Thursday, Fall River trounced the Cougars here in
two, 25- 9 and 25-13.
Fall River is off to Mt. Shasta today (Tuesday) then
home to host Trinity Thursday.
BV has a Good Week
HAYFORK - The Big Valley JV volleyball squad finished
2-1 for the week, downing Herlong in Bieber and then
splitting a double header with Hayfork on the road
Big Valley downed Herlong in three, 25-8, 20-25 and
15-11. Kassidie Fitts and Cassi Stevenson each had six
aces and Maddison Mejia 10 kills.
Against Hayfork, Big Valley won the opener, 25- 23,
19-25 and 15-13, but lost the nightcap in three, 25- 17,
24-25 and 11-15.
Mejia hit a double double in the two matches with 12
kills and 10 aces. Joanna Tankersley had eight aces.
Big Valley is at Butte Valley today (Tuesday) for their
only action this week.
CHICO - Fall River middle school runner Branden Taylor
once again finished first - this time at the Scott
Valley middle school meet covering the 1.6 mile course
in 9:58 - 45-plus minutes ahead of the next runner.
On Friday at the Chico Invitational high school meet,
Fall River’s Darcy Coulter ran the 5K girls race in
28:40, a full two minutes better than her time in last
year’s event over the same course.
Swap Meet Now Set
for this Saturday
BURNEY - The community Swap Meet originally scheduled
for last Saturday has been postponed to this coming
Saturday (Oct. 22) due to the storm over the weekend.
The event will run from 8am to 2pm in the parking lot at
Burney Jr/Sr High School, and is the senior project of
Matt Bonsey and Rylee Estes.
You can still rent two spaces for $20 or four spaces for
$30, with monies raised going to the Burney Booster Club
earmarked for the Burney Raider basketball program.
For information, contact the high school at 335-4576 or
Matt Bonsey at (530) 917-6381 or Rylee Estes at (530)
Cards Cards Clobber Cougars to
Remain Atop League|
WEED - The Big Valley Cardinals decimated the host
Cougars here Friday night, 70-8 to keep their
stranglehold on first place in the California - North
conference with a perfect 5-0 mark with two games
A win over Tulelake at home this Friday would guarantee
the Cards a share of the league title.
Junior quarterback Tanner Bidwell threw for four
touchdowns and ran in four more to lead the Cards in the
lopsided road win.
The Cards scored quickly, notching a Bidwell 54-yard
scoring run on their first play on offense. Two more
points were tacked on when a Weed snap to their punter
sailed over his head for a safety and an 8-0 lead.
Bidwell scored his second rushing TD on a 2-yard scamper
to go up 14-zip. The Cougars countered with a TD and
2-point conversion for their only score of the evening
to cut the Cardinal lead to six (14-8).
From there until the final gun it was all Big Valley.
In the second period, Wyatt Schmitt started things off
catching a 22-yard Bidwell pass and Bidwell running in
the conversion (22-8). The two hooked up again on a
25-yard scoring pass a short time later, with Yamir Moya
kicking the first of six conversions in the tilt.
Schmitt next scored his third TD of the period on a
67-yard punt return to make the score 36-8 at halftime
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Rain and Maxwell Put a Damper on Burney Homecoming
BURNEY - Mother Nature and the Maxwell Panther’s put a
damper on the Burney Raider Homecoming Friday night, as
the visiting Panther’s came out on top, 48-31 with rain
falling periodically throughout the game.
The Panthers took a 7-0 lead in the first period and led
at halftime 22- 13. Unfortunately, every time Burney
made a run at Maxwell, the visitors would counter and
keep the hosts at bay.
Favian Jimenez completed 7-of-19 passes for 100 yards,
one TD and an interception. Older brother Alejandro
Jimenez ran for 127 yards and scored three TD’s.
Hunter Mostoufi caught a 40-yard touchdown toss from
Jimenez, while Brandon Mcfarlane caught five for 46
yards. Alejandro Jimenez caught a 14- yard toss.
Nicholas Glazzard ran the ball 10 times for 38 yards and
Marvin Jackson three totes for 30 yards.
Mcfarlane ran back a Maxwell kickoff 86- yards for six
On defense, Favian Jimenez intercepted a pass while
Dante Mendoza led the team with 12 tackles. Noah Cassell
had eight take downs, Glazzard seven and Alejandro
Maxwell passed for just 27 yards more than Burney, but
the Raiders had trouble containing three senior running
backs for Maxwell who amassed 195 yards on the ground.
Burney (0-3 MVL and 2-5 overall) host Quincy (3-0, 7-0)
this Friday in a rematch of a month ago in Quincy when
the Trojans posted a 44-14 win.
JV teams will kick things off at 5:30pm with the varsity
Burney Homecoming Royalty
|(Left to right) Kylie
Tiran, Dwayne Smith, Clair Kane, Dante Mendoza,
Maddie Luntey, Nathan Glazzard,
Queen Megan Arseneau, King Brandon Mcfarlane,
Summer Schottel, Alejandro Jimenez, Marcella
and Noah Cassell. In front are flower and tiara
attendants Emily Madden and Wyatt Fields.
Raiders Split in 5-Star Match Ups
CHESTER - The Los Molinos Bulldogs kept
their stranglehold on first place in the 5-Star
League with a 3-1 win over Burney to open Lady
Raiders play last week, with Burney garnering a
split for the week with a 3-1 victory on the
road here over the hosting Lady Volcanoes.
Los Molinos won in four, 25-19, 24-26, 25-19 and
For Burney, Maddie Luntey garnered 11 kills,
Summer Schottel eight and Bailey Turner four.
Schottel also had five blocks while Turner dug
out 12 serves on defense.
Ashley Davies had 10 digs and three kills, Lexi
Matheson one kill and Megan Arseneau 11 assist.
Burney bounced back to down Chester, 24-26,
26-24, 25-16 and 25- 14 on Thursday.
Turner was the leader at the net with nine
kills, Luntey seven kills and 17 digs, Schottel
five kills and four blocks. Tiran and Davies
also each had five kills, with iran dishing up
19 assists and Davies 10 digs. Arseneau had 11
Burney (3-3, 10-7) hosts Redding Christian (5-1,
11-7) on ‘Think Pink Day” today (Tuesday) then
are at Mercy (1-5, 7- 16) Thursday. Both matches
start at 5pm.
Raiders Dominate MaxPanthers
STOP RIGHT THERE... Burney JV Gerardo Villarruel
puts up the stop sign at Maxwell defender in
Raiders Homecoming win. The host Burney Raider
JV squad devoured the visiting Maxwell Panthers
here Friday night, faster than a healthy
teenager can gobble up a side of french fries,
46-6. More information on the game and stats
will be provided in next week’s issue of
Fall River Falls Prey to MS Bears
Fall River defenders bring down Mt.
Shasta Bear JV ball carrier in
Friday night’s game in Mt. Shasta won by
the Bears, 46-0. Fall River hosts
Modoc this Friday in the Bulldog
Homecoming game beginning at 5:30pm.
|FR Splits Play
McARTHUR - The Fall
River Bulldogs downed visiting Modoc last
Tuesday, 4-2, in SCL play.
Antonio Iniguez and Lucio Iniguez each scored
two goals. On Thursday, the Bulldogs
were blanked in Weed, 9-0. Fall River is at Mt.
Shasta today (Tuesday) then
home to host Trinity on Thursday. They must win
one of these to make playoffs.