ON YOUR MARK.., SET... BANG...
We’ve gotten used to this race starting phrase by hearing it
over and over at the Olympics which just concluded Sunday in
Rio. And what an Olympics it was. Medals galore for the good ol’
US of A, and mind boggling performances right and left (or left
and right... your choice).
Like any good Olympics, we saw more than a few events that were
less than stellar - with the Ryan Lochte controversy coming
quickly to mind. Naturally the media swarmed all over this sad
story, but no matter how controversial it is/was, it will never
take away from the performances of our athletes. Michael
Phelps... Simone Biles... and yes, Ryan Lochte. An entertaining
two weeks of showmanship and outstanding athletic prowess.
So now we morph into local athletics and the start of volleyball
and football in the northstate. Yep, future Olympian’s in
action. Well, maybe not all, but you never know.
Will one of our own soccer players make the Olympics? Can a
local volleyball star be the next Olympic Gold medal winner?
Chances are extremely slim, but not unheard of by any means.
While our local youngsters may not play up to Olympic calibre,
their team play is still exciting and well worth the time to
venture out of your home and into a local gym or stadium to
watch our kids play ball.
Because our school’s are small in number (not small in stature,
however) kids play multiple sports during any given year -
unlike city big school athletes who concentrate on just one lone
sport to excel at. This is the advantage of small school living
- ya get to play lots of different games. A much more well
rounded athletic life is the way I look at it.
However, even though the school’s are small, and teams aren’t
necessarily overflowing with bodies in uniform’s, not everyone
will be a starter. Not everyone on a team will be a star with
their picture and name in the paper over and over again. Not
everyone will put up statistics that boggle the mind and
interest college coaches.
However (there’s that transitional word again), everyone on the
team is an integral cog in the gears that make up a team. There
are players ready, willing and able to get in every game,
warming the bench and anxious to get, “out there!” The important
thing to remember is that these athletes have to be on the READY
at all times - as you never know when the coach will point at
you and say, “Go!” Even on Olympic Gold winning teams, there are
players relegated to be on the sidelines. The camera’s showed
them often, gnawing at the bit to get in the action, and
watching intently to make sure they would be ready when (and if)
called upon. That’s the important life of a ‘substitute’....
like a good boy scout - ‘Being Prepared!’
So here’s to all those would-be Olympian’s and Sub’s that take
to the courts and fields this Fall. We’re cheering you on, and
hope you have a ball.
Area Volleyball Teams to
Step Up to the Net
McARTHUR - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs won the NSCIF
Section D-VI championship last year, and aim to do that
again this season.
If it’s any indication of how strong the Bulldogs are,
consider that two years ago when this team played
together as JV’s, they won the Shasta-Cascade League in
undefeated fashion with 12 wins.
A strong history doesn’t necessarily predict current
success, however, and coach Kelly Freeland-Sloat sure
isn’t going to let her team sit back and rest on their
laurel’s of the past.
“Two years ago, this team won the league, but a couple
of current players were on the varsity at that time,”
she noted, “so we’re still getting used to playing with
a little different line-up now.”
Seven seniors lead this year’s edition of Bulldog
However, lost to graduation is Megan Gallion, the 4-year
Bulldog setter and conference MVP last year.
The plan is to use Grace Lommen to set up the ball, “and
she has a little different style that we’re adjusting
too,” said Freeland-Sloat.
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Burney Set to Begin Stint in
New 5-Star Conference
BURNEY - A trio of senior returning veterans will lead
this year’s rendition of Raider volleyball into the
5-Star league, as Burney said good bye to the Shasta-
Cascade League last year.
Megan Arseneau, Maddie Luntey and Summer Schottell have
the experience at the varsity level to push the Raiders
to a good net season.
Joining the senior threesome are five juniors from last
year’s JV team along with a pair of freshman.
“The girls are looking good. I think they are building
cohession already in the season,” summed up returning
coach Loni Kolek.
She continued, “Our seniors are stepping up to lead...
and we are learning to be vulnerable and gaining trust
with each other.”
“I look for good things coming from this team,” she
In looking at their new league, Kolek feels Liberty,
Redding Christian and Los Molinos will be good
competition, “and the girls and I are all excited to be
going into a new league, although we’ll miss the SCL.”
Burney is in Central Valley today (Tuesday) and home to
host Weed on Thursday at 4pm.
Archery Deer Season is Open
Adam Kennedy of Burney nailed this nice Buck Saturday
with his bow and arrow. He was hunting in C-1 zone.
Football Kicks Off Friday Night|
Bulldogs Return as Three Time Defending SCL Champions
McARTHUR - The Fall River Bulldogs have been the
champions of the Shasta-Cascade League for the past
three seasons, and take aim to make it four in a row
when the new season starts Friday night here.
It won’t be easy, however, as the Bulldogs lost 11 from
last year’s squad to graduation, and another trio from
2015 won’t be suiting up this year - two electing to
concentrate on basketball and another sitting out due to
a nagging injury.
It’s definitely a re-loading year for the ‘Dawgs of Fall
Despite this changing of the guard, there are some
talented players suiting up for 2016, including last
season’s leading rusher, Jonathan Iniguez, who galloped
for 794 yards and six TD’s.
He also caught passes for an additional 464 yards and
five more 6-pointers. Also back is Stevie Collins with
191 yards rushing in ‘15.
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Raiders Open On the Road in Adin
BURNEY - Putting last season’s problems behind them is
the key for the Burney Raiders heading into the new
The team folded the varsity program with two games left
on the schedule when injuries and other contributing
factors left them unable to field the necessary players
to move forward.
Coach Clint McClurg is looking forward to this season -
although still low in numbers (at 19) but, “a quality
group of young players,” he noted. “I’ll gladly take
quality over quantity.”
He went on to note, “these kids enjoy the game of
football... I picture an exciting year.”
It’s definitely going to be different for the Raiders,
as new opponents are in the line-up as they move to the
Mountain Valley League and leave the old familiar haunts
of the Shasta- Cascade conference.
The Raiders open on the road in Etna - a former SCL foe
- Friday with JV set to kick-off at 5:30 and varsity to
McClurg is also excited about his up-front lineman,
anchored by seniors Michael Avelar and Matthew Elmore
and will start out with a sophomore calling signals.
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Muckers Coming to BV Friday Night
BIEBER - The Mucker’s are coming to Big Valley Friday
night. Yep, the Virginia City, Nevada, football team
will make their debut against the Cardinals in opening
night action here Friday starting at 6pm.
The Cards are aiming to recover from their section
championship loss to Redding Christian and overcome
their second place finish in league the past two
“We have one of the youngest teams I’ve coached in my
three years here,” summed up Bryan Gerig, “and we have
one of the toughest travelling schedules I’ve seen.”
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Intermountain Squad Wins the Title
CEDARVILLE - The Intermountain Ghost Peppers won the
championship of the Modoc District Fair Bale Bash
softball tournament here over the weekend.
They breezed through the competition with five wins and
no losses - winning all by 10 runs or more, going 3-1
They won the championship game, 12-1.
Vance Bidwell was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the
event, while Joe DiSalvo was selected the tournament
MVP. Ben Torres and Carlos Escalante were named to the
All- Tournament team.
Sports of the Inter-Mountain Fair
McARTHUR - Plans are underway for the 2016
Inter-Mountain Fair Ranch Branding. Ten teams have
already signed up with room for six more teams.
The Branding i open and you do not have to have cattle
in the Pen Show to enter. There will be added money this
year for the winning team - so sign up your crew today.
For information, or to enter the Branding or Pen Show,
call Stacie or Heidi at the Fair office (336-5695).
The Branding starts at 1 o’clock Sunday of the Fair in
the small covered arena. Entries are still open for the
Ranch Branding, and if you are a Fall River-Big Valley
Cattlemen’s association member you an still enter the
This is great family fun and is becoming one of the
favorite events of the Fair. The Branding is managed by
the Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association and
the profit goes back into the communities through
educational scholarships and financial assistance for
various community causes.
This year’s sponsors are: Event Sponsor, Circle 7 Guest
Ranch and Spinner Fall Restaurant; cattle sponsor,
Zoetis, Kurt Urricelqui; Added Money, Carpenter’s
Trucking, C &H Enterprises, Sandy Kaul; Awards, Red
Barn, Jerry & Lynda McDaniel, Millie and Harry Turiello,
Randy Harr, Art and Caroline Whitney and Larry Plog.
So here’s to Cheers, Steers and Volunteers at the Fair.