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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


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 Bulldogs.

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 playoffs.


• 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 smooth switcheroo.

• 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 is.

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 interception.

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
through SCL
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 27 assists.

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 Saturday.

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.
X-Country Data
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) 945-6446.
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 remaining.

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 points.

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 Jimenez six.

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 to follow.

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 Cruz
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 25-10.

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 assists.

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 Mountain Echo.
Fall River Falls Prey to MS Bears

GOTCHA... 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.