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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


Ever since the days of the political break-in at the Watergate towers, we’ve had ‘Gates!’

The press dubbed the break-in, “Watergate” and ever since then any controversy has the term ‘gate’ tacked on to whatever the hub bub is about.

The latest to earn the Gate-phrase is the controversy surrounding under-inflated football’s during the Patriots/Broncos football game. No, they haven’t dubbed it “Underinflatedgate,” but the shorter term, “deflategate.” We’ve had press releases.

We’ve had press conferences. We’ve had denials. We’ve had jokes galore.

All because someone says the football’s used by the Patriots didn’t have enough hot air in them. Course that is never the case with the on-air announcers, who have no end to the hot air they pour fourth during the games.

The sad truth is that pro sports have become such big money tickets that players, coaches and executives use whatever means they can find to gain an edge. Steriod use by the players has been a topic of great concern for years - as well it should be. Ticket prices have skyrocketed to pretty well bar an average family from attending a game. Salaries have blossomed into the stratosphere. The cost of an advertisement during the Super Bowl telecast has exploded to an astounding figure.

What seems to be forgotten in all this race to make tons of money is the sad truth that we (the consumer) pay the price. We may never attend a game in person, but every item we buy that is advertised on TV during game day has some of that cost built in to what we pay when we make our purchases.

Another sad truth is that players and club owners seem to forget that their franchises survived based on fan loyalty. Kids have idolized players since the first football was kicked through the uprights, or batted out of the park. Growing up we knew every statistic for our favorite players. They were our idols. We looked up to them. Sadly, somewhere along the line, money reared its ugly head, and the fans were forgotten as the players headed to their local bank branch to deposit those gigantic paychecks... laughing all the way.

Gone are the days of players who played because they love the game - and who happened to get paid to boot.

This past week, an unsung hero of baseball passed away. Ernie Banks was a consummate baseball player - he was good at everything that had to do with the game. He didn’t celebrate after every home run - cuz that’s not what he was about. He gave his all every time he put on the uniform... not because he had to to stay on the team, but because he wanted to. He was playing the game he loved and that was the most important thing to him - and got him into the Hall of Fame.

As great as he was, he played on a team that wasn’t very good. For his entire career he wore the uniform of his beloved Chicago Cubs. He never complained about the teams performance. He never threatened to quit unless he was traded to a better team. He just went about playing baseball day in and day out with glee.

As a kid, he was one of many of our idols, along with Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and a horde of others whose trading cards we loved.

But those days of professional sports idols have all been forgotten in today’s world of ‘doing whatever it takes to be better so I can earn more money.’ I’m not on a winning team... so trade me, or else! I’m not getting the money that soand- so gets... so give me a new contract! I’m not getting the endorsements that the other guys are getting... so I’m firing my agent!

The line from the movie just isn’t that far fetched.... “Show me the money!”

Loyalty just isn’t in the cards any more... but cheating apparently is ranked up there with a royal flush. Using under inflated footballs, injecting steroids, intentionally stepping on an opponents hand with your cleats, etc., etc., etc.

Anything to win games, increase your paycheck and get those endorsements.

Yep, welcome to the Pro’s.

Raiders Tough SCL Outing
WEED - The Burney JV boys had trouble scoring here, with Weed taking a 50-29 win last Tuesday.

“Our first complete game,” summed up coach Jed Tate, “the boys played tough from tip to buzzer.”

Kaden Tiran led the offense with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Layton McClung had 12 and Hunter Mostoufi eight.

Burney is at Trinity tonight (Tuesday) in in Modoc Friday.

Cards Wrap Up Pair of Victories
BIEBER - The Cards had a tough but successful outing at home against Butte Valley to open the week, coming away with a 49-43 win.

Chase Ohm pumped in 15 points, with Seth Gibson hitting double figures with 13. Logan Leventon scored six, Konnor Gerig and Michael McCrary five each and Dalton Leighton four.

In a non-league game in Loyalton Friday, Big Valley won, 55-30. Gerig hit 13, Leventon 10, McCrary and Chase Dahle eight each with Ohm notching seven. Destin Davies added four, Gibson three and Leighton two.

Big Valley JV’s are off tonight (Tuesday) but back in action at home on Friday against Tulelake.

FR Gals Now 12-2 on the Season
BURNEY - The Fall River JV girls began the week at home with a comefrom- behind fourth quarter win over Trinity, 36-34, and wrapped up the week here on Friday with a 44-24 win over the Raiders.

In the Trinity game, Fall River trailed after the first quarter, the second quarter and again after three quarters, “but we managed to outscore them in the only quarter that mattered - the fourth,” said coach Shelly Stoltenberg.

Saydee Pevehouse hit 14 points, Madison Corder 12, Jordan Corder four and Sierra Welander and Tori Policastro three each.

In the Burney game, Madison Corder led with 17, Pevehouse added 15 to lead the victors.

For Burney, Madison Luntey hit double figures at 13, with Summer Schottel and Megan Arseneau chipping in five apiece.

Fall River is home to host Modoc tonight (Tuesday) then Quincy is in town Thursday. Burney is in Trinity tonight and at Modoc on Friday.

Lady Cards Double up on Mercy
RED BLUFF - The Big Valley lady JV team showed little Mercy against the Mercy Warriors here Friday, drubbing the hosts, 32- 16.

Big Valley pulled away to a commanding 11-0 lead after one quarter, “and never looked back,” said acting coach Josh Kern.

Hope Dodgen notched 14 points, while Savannah Miller had 13.

Big Valley hosts Tulelake on Friday.

Raiders Lose on Road in Weed
WEED - The Burney girls lost to the Cougars here to open last week’s action, 40-28.

Madison Luntey hit double digits with 11 points, while Summer Schottel packed in nine and Megan Arseneau four.

The Raiders are on the road twice this week, beginning in Trinity Tuesday then in Trinity Friday.
Raiders Lose  to Weed in SCL Action
WEED - The host Cougars lit into visiting Burney with a 65-29 win here last Tuesday in SCL action.

Jason Searl led Burney with 10 points and three steals, while Drew Harrington added seven, ray Guerrero five and Alex Madera three with a trio of steals. Kyler Marks and Trenton Arendt each scored two, while Arendt hauled in five boards.

In talking about the lopsided loss, coach Kevin Bower said, “I imagine that this was more of a fluke than a norm, because these are some great student athletes we have left... we just didn’t shoot well.”

Burney (0-5, 2-14) is in Trinity (4-1, 9-6) Tuesday and in Modoc (1-4, 5-10) on Friday.

Bulldogs Trip Trinity & Burney to Tie for First
BURNEY - The Fall River Bulldogs dropped Trinity out of the undefeated conference rank and in doing so moved into a three way tie for first place with Mt. Shasta and Trinity - all with identical 4-1 league marks. Fall River maintained their position three nights later with a win over rival Burney on the road.

The victory over the Trinity Wolves was a c o m e - f ro m - b e h i n d affair, as Trinity took a 19-15 lead after one and held a narrow 33-32 lead at halftime.

However, Fall River came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter to take the lead for good, piling up a 25- 10 bulge in that period and went on to hand the Wolfpack their first conference loss of the season. The Bulldogs had the hot hand in that third stanza, hitting 5- for-9 from 3-point range, including a buzzer beater by Cam Cunningham.

Johnny Westlund finished with 27 points to lead four teammates in double digits - Tanner Gallion with 23, Justin Vigil 14 and Jace Neugebauer 10 (pictured above). Gilberto Aceves and Ernesto Alvarez hit two each.
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BV Cardinals Take Over Sole Possession of First
BIEBER - Big Valley will take on their closest competitors in the Evergreen league at home this week, with the outcome more than likely determining the conference championship.

The Cardinals earned sole possession of first place this past week with a decisive win over visiting Butte Valley and a second victory on the road in Dunsmuir, coupled with a Tulelake win over previously unbeaten Hayfork.

Big Valley dumped Butte Valley at home to open the week, 75-53. The Cards jumped out to a commanding 22-7 lead in the first quarter, behind the 16 points pumped in by Kellen Gerig - on his way to 24 on the night. Michael Bertelsen (shown above) hit 13 of his 19 points in the second period as the Cardinals built up a 43-30 lead at intermission. Thomas Dodgen hit double digits with 10 and Tanner Bidwell added six.

On Friday the Cards hit the road to take on the Dunsmuir Tigers, putting up 51 points in the first half and coasting to a 76-59 win.

Gerig again topped the offense with 28 points, while Tyler Leventon and Bidwell also hit double figures with 12 and 10 respectively. Bertelsen scored eight as nine different Cardinals got into the scoring action in this one.

The twin wins upped Big Valley’s league record to a perfect 5-0 and are now at 10-5 overall.

“We executed our quickness in the game against Dunsmuir,” noted coach Bob Bertelsen.

The mentor went on to say, “we have to keep playing good defense the remainder of the season.”

Big Valley (5-0, 10-5) hosts Hayfork (4-1, 6-8) tonight (Tuesday) with the first game set to tip off at 4:30. There will be no JV boys game.

On Friday, Big Valley plays host to Tulelake (3-2, 4-10) with all four teams starting at 3:30pm.
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Fall River Remains the ‘Top Dogs’
BURNEY - The Fall River JV boys remained the sections ‘Top Dogs’ as they ripped their way past Trinity and Burney this past week to go 5-0 in league and a remarkable 18-zip overall.

After a slow start against Trinity, the Bulldogs got it in gear for an 18-10 second quarter on their way to a 58- 40 win.

Fabian Alvarez put up 23 points, Robee Knoch 12, Cade Rainwater 10 and Joseph Robles five.

Next it was the short trip to Burney and an 80-27 win - number 18 in a row.

Knoch topped the Bulldogs with 18, while Alvarez and Abel Marin each put up a dozen points. Cade Rainwater and Chad Lee added eight each with Zach Thompson hitting seven.

For Burney, Kaden Tiran had 13 points and was 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Hunter Mostoufi scored six.

Fall River hosts Modoc tonight (Tuesday) and Quincy Thursday, while Burney is in Trinity tonight and Modoc Friday.

Siblings Rarn MaxPrep All-State Honors
Sometimes sibling rivalry can be a bad thing - and sometimes it can lead to good things.

For Megan Gallion and big brother Tanner, the rivalry has helped boost their athletic achievement - including named All-State by MaxPreps recently.

Megan received All- California honors in volleyball in division V, after helping lead her Bulldogs to the runner-up slot in the northern section and into the Nor-Cal Regional tournament as a junior. She dished up a section high 708 assists.

Brother Tanner, a senior, was named to the second team All- California D-IV football team as a tight end.

Tanner finished the year with 45 catches, 1,020 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns.

Both are three-letter athletes at Fall River high: Megan in volleyball, basketball and softball; Tanner in football, basketball and track.

Their parents are Stacie and Scott Gallion.

Lady Bulldogs Down Rival BHS to Remain in League Contention
BURNEY - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs pulled off a pair of conference wins this past week, downing Trinity at home on Tuesday, 63-47 and following it up with a 61-33 win over Burney on the road three nights later.

Trinity pulled out to a 3-point lead after the first quarter, but Fall River exploded for a 24-11 run in the second to pull of the come-from-behind win.

“Not sure what happened in the first quarter,” said FR coach Kathy Jones, “we were just flat.”

Sarah Westlund finished with a game high 24 points with six steals, while Megan Gallion and Laci Denny each notched 10. Gallion picked off five steals and had six assists.

Amy Brown (shown above) put up seven points and had a team high 11 rebounds on defense, while Shay Marquez finished with six, Taylor Corder four and Jecca Parker two. In the win over rival Burney, Fall River jumped out to a commanding 19- 2 lead in the opening stanza, and the two teams played fairly even after that.
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Lady Cougars Defeat Burney
WEED - The Lady Cougars kept their hold on first place in the Shasta-Cascade League with a 55-33 win over Burney last Tuesday.

Weed jumped out to a 20-6 lead in the first period, with both teams cold in the second frame with the Cougars maintaining a 27-10 lead at halftime.

For Burney, Emma Sealander led the scoring with 13, while Carissa Tereba hit eight, Lovely Scheckla five, Ashley Webster four and Jessica Thompson three.

Burney is in Trinity tonight (Tuesday) then in Modoc on Friday..

Lady Cards Staying Alive in E.L.

DUNSMUIR - The Lady Cards pushed their conference record to 4-1 last week with a pair of wins, to stay tied with Hayfork just one game behind league leading Tulelake. Both Hayfork and Tulelake come to town this week for a do-or-die week of competition.

Big Valley started the week at home with a 64- 61 win over Butte Valley.

Mikenzy Frye (shown above) led the onslaught for BV with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Erica Stevenson dropped 17 points with seven boards and eight assists. Kayla McCrary had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“We had some good ball movement and didn’t get bothered by their press,” said coach Josh Rasmus.

Friday the Cards downed the host Tigers here, 57-31. Every Cardinal player scored, led by Stevenson with 19, Frye 13 and Amanda Bricker eight.

“It was a total team win for us,” the coach said.

BV (4-1, 11-6) host Hayfork (4-1, 5-9) Tuesday then Tulelake (5-0, 6-8) on Friday.