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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


Many times we in rural America mirror our citydwelling counterparts when it comes to stopping to help someone. We, like the flatlanders we sometimes despise, will sail past someone parked on the side of the road without a second thought. We, so many times, get caught up in our own little world of activity that we barely notice what’s going on around us.

The key word in that paragraph is ‘Sometimes’...

Not so this past weekend, when a pair of hunters stopped to help another fellow hunter alongside the road.

Phillip Silva is a 78-year old who resides in Cassel. He’s recently fought a bout of pneumonia, but like any intrepid deer hunter a little illness didn’t stop him from trying his luck tracking the Intermountain Area’s bucks. Phillip also suffers from COPD - a respiratory ailment that many of us old timer’s find hinders us from doing what we always used to do.

So Phillip decided he felt well enough to try and fill his deer tag... and sure enough, he bagged a buck. However, just recovering from pneumonia and already suffering breathing problems, he found it near impossible to drag his prey some 100-yards to his truck. He managed to get back to his vehicle and was leaning on the pickup struggling to breathe.

Here’s the ‘good people’ part...

Burney high alum Tony Mazzini and his grandmother Arlene Bartram were driving down the Old Dump road and caught sight of Phillip leaning on his pickup. They stopped to see if everything was all right.

Well, everything was all right... kind of.

Phillip explained that he shot a buck, but was finding it more than a little difficult hauling it back to his truck.

No problem for Tony and grandma.

Tony not only traipsed the 100-plus yards to the kill site, but field dressed it and hauled it back to Phillips truck and loaded it in the bed for him.

Phillip Silva now has a freezer full of Venison for the long hard winter ahead.

Tony has always been a good ‘Kid’... from his days at Burney High and even before. He has always taken on life with great gusto and fervor. When he was in junior high, he became the first bowler in that year’s junior bowling league to break that magical mark of 200. When presented with his ‘200 Club’ pin, you’d have thought he won the Boston Marathon... he was a wee bit excited.

Tony is now an adult, and his fervor and ambition and manners can be directly contributed to his upbringing by parents and grandparents. Mazzini is not the only kid-now-grown-up who is willing to help others - it seems to be something about being raised in our Area that creates some worthwhile adults. Adults who stand up for the National Anthem, protest with law-abiding honor and respect their Elders.

Now being an ‘Elder’ myself, I know that there will always be someone in the Intermountain Area who will volunteer to help if help is needed. Thanks to both Tony and his grandmother.


• Another Cassel resident, Dixie Geissner, bought a Ducky Derby ticket recently and it paid of nicely. Her ‘Ducky’ came in second at the annual Ducky Derby in Redding over the weekend earning her a San Francisco Giants Weekend package that includes two tickets to a game, hotel accommodations and dinner. Congrats, Dixie!

• A Martial Arts tournament is set for Burney High School Saturday at 9am - check out the story on page B-2, you won’t wanna miss it.

FR Sweeps Lakeview
McARTHUR - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs started slowly in their match with Lakeview here last week, trailing 1-11 to open the first set, but went on a 13-2 run to eventual win 25-22 on their way to a sweep.

Fall River won the other two sets, 25-10 and 25-13. Katie Policastro and Madison Corder each blasted 11 kills, with Policastro also netting five blocks.

Tori Policastro had nine kills and five aces, while Elyssa Cook added six blocks, Laci Denny four kills, Saydee Peevehouse seven digs and Grace Lommen 34 assists.

Fall River is at Trinity today (Tuesday) and Modoc on Thursday to open Shasta-Cascade League play at 5pm.
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Cards Win Without Playing
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cards picked up a win Friday night without touching the football. Host Dunsmuir forfeited the game earlier in the week when they found they were going to be unable to have enough players to field a team.

Big Valley, 2-0 in league and 3-1 overall, travels to Hayfork (1-1, 3- 2) Friday for a game set to kickoff at 7 o’clock.
ETNA Dropos BHS in Four
ETNA - The host Etna Lions volleyball squad won a non-league tilt with Burney here last week - winning in four sets.

The Lions won the first two, 25-14 and 25-12 while Burney took the third, 25-16, and the hosts wrapping it up in the fourth, 25-13.

Ashley Davies had five kills ad three aces, Maddie Luntey five kills and three blocks and Kylie Tiran four aces and six assists..
Raiders Blast Quincy in Second Half
QUINCY - Down by ten points in the third quarter her against the hosting Trojans, the Burney Raider JV football team came barreling back to take a commanding 42-26 win to open league play here Friday night.

Samson George had a career-type night, rushing for 132 yards on 24 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Gerrardo Villarruel ran the ball 20 times for 137 yards, one TD and ran in a pair of 2-point conversions.

Dwayne Smith caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Albert Scheckla.

Wyatt Pickens and David Nelson each intercepted a Trojan pass on defense.

“You have to highlight the boys up front on the line,” said coach Coby Frazier, “they did a great job in making it happen.”

The coach went on to note the play of freshman Smith, “he picked up 80 yards on special teams for us... he’s really coming along.”

Burney travels to Biggs this Friday.
Martial Arts Event Set
BURNEY - A HEROES Submission Wrestling tournament will be held at Burney Jr/Sr High School this Saturday beginning at 9am. Participants will include men, women and youth wrestler's in both advanced and beginner status.

The Long Shot Martial Arts Club of Burney is hosting the event that is open to the public. Registration to participate closes Friday at 9pm and those interested in entering can do so on-line at

Eight different martial arts clubs will be joining the host in sending wrestler's to the meet - Team TUFF, STOS Jiu Jitsu, Golden State Sports Club, FightKore Mtz, Rxship Fighters, Savage Bear, Team Charles Gracier of Redding and Wolf Pack
Boxing was Popular
A large crowd gathered at the Pit River Casino for Toughman Boxing Saturday. Mountain Echo hopes to have the final results in next week’s issue as nothing was provided by our press deadline..

NFL Flag Football Starts
The annual youth NFL Flag Football program got underway Saturday. Games will be played each Saturday at the Joe Bruce Sports Complex at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds in McArthur.

FR Forfeits
The Fall River JV’s are short in numbers, and Friday they were unable to field a team due to injuries and illness.

The Bulldogs will have another week to recuperate with a Bye this week, before heading to Lakeview, Oregon on October 7.
Bulldogs Swamp Modoc Braves
Bulldogs swamp Modoc Braves Trojans run past Burney Raiders as Mountain Valley league opens ALTURAS - The Fall River Bulldogs mounted a 500-yard offensive blitz against the host Modoc Braves here Friday, winning decisively, 35-19, to move to 4-1 on the season.

“We came out strong to start the game,” summed up coach Rick Neugebauer, “then went flat. We started the second half the same way and with the same lack of intensity to finish it up.”

After holding Modoc on their first possession, Fall River mounted a 10- play drive culminating in a 16-yard passing touchdown from Gavin Dobson to Robee Knoch with Jonathon Iniguez kicking the first of five PAT’s on the night.

On their next touch of the ball, Iniguez broke a 61-yard TD scamper to put Fall River up 14-zip early in the game.

“He (Iniguez) went off tackle and broke a couple of tackles to break open and run down the sideline for the score,” reported Neugebauer.

Modoc but the gap in half with a TD of their own in the second period to trail by seven at halftime.
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Trojans Run Past Burney Raiders as
Mountain Valley League Opens
QUINCY - “Their as good as advertised... athletic and fast,” Burney coach Clint McClurg summed up over the weekend, as his Raiders ran into a roadblock here with the host Quincy Trojans pounding out a 44-14 win in Burney’s debut in the Mountain Valley League.

It was a close at first, with Burney actually taking a 7-6 lead, but the speedy hosts pulled away to a 30-14 lead at intermission on their way to the conference opening victory.

The loss was also costly in another way for Burney as senior Kaden Tiran exited the contest with a broken ankle, and Brandon Mcfarlane was sidelined after taking a hit on his knee. Mcfarlane is expected to return this week, while Tiran is out for the season.

On offense for the Raiders, Alejandro Jimenez rushed 18 times for 64 yards - the first game this year he’s been held to under 100 yards rushing. Marvin Jackson carried the pigskin 13 times for 29 yards, and had a long run called back because of a penalty. Favian Jimenez carried three times for 18 yards, and completed four passes for 83 yards including a 65-yard TD aerial to Mcfarlane.

Jackson caught the other two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Mostoufi kicked both PAT’s for Burney.

On defense Noah Cassell led the team with 14 tackles, Alejandro Jimenez had 12 tackles - including two for losses - and Mcfarlane grabbed an interception.

Quincy held the Raiders to only 185 yards of offense.

“They had a nose guard who disruptive to us all night,” noted McClurg.

The coach went on to note that, “they don’t have great size, but had great speed.”

Burney (0-1, 2-3) heads to Biggs (0-1, 3-2) Friday to continue conference play.assing for 80 yards and one TD. Iniguez caught two for 24 yards and his TD, with Robee Knoch hauling i one aerial for 47 yards and Cade Rainwater one-for-nine.

Burney Raids their own Net Tournament

BURNEY TOURNEY CHAMPS... Standing (left to right) assistant coach Herb
Perkins, Chelsea Davis, Megan Arseneau, Maddie Luntey, Summer Schottel, Lexi
Matheson, Kylie Tiran, head coach Loni Kolek. Front row (l to r) Fabiola Perez,
Hannah Pearson, Bailey Turner, Gracie Perkins and Ashley Davies.

BURNEY - The Lady Raiders volleyball team invited some friends over for a tournament Saturday, then copped the top prize for themselves in winning the annual 1-day event.

The Raiders finished Pool Play in second place behind Liberty Christian, but downed Liberty in the championship match, 2-1. Here are Burney’s results for the tourney:

The Raiders won 25-17 and 25-23 in a close match. Summer Schottel had four kills, while Maddie Luntey mustered four kills and two blocks. Kylie Tiran served up four aces and four assists, Chelsea Davies nine aces and five digs with Megan Arseneau adding three assists.

The Raiders won 27-25 and 25-15 over the Honkers. Fabiola Perez had three aces, Luntey 2 aces, four kills and two blocks, while Arseneau added four assists.

Tiran served up four aces to go with seven assists, while Davis had three aces. Schottel slammed eight kills and Luntey five with Arseneau dishing up five assists.
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Bulldogs Sweek Lakeview

McARTHUR - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs started slowly in their match with Lakeview here last week, trailing 1-11 to open the first set, but went on a 13-2 run to eventual win 25-22 on their way to a sweep. Fall River won the other two sets, 25-10 and 25-13.

Katie Policastro and Madison Corder each blasted 11 kills, with Policastro also netting five blocks. Tori Policastro had nine kills and five aces, while Elyssa Cook added six blocks, Laci Denny four kills, Saydee Peevehouse seven digs and Grace Lommen 34 assists.

Fall River is at Trinity today (Tuesday) and Modoc on Thursday to open Shasta-Cascade League play at 5pm.
Fall River at Quincy Tournament
QUINCY - The Bulldog varsity was at the Quincy Tournament over the weekend, with the following results:

FR 2, Oroville 0
FR won 25-9 and 25- 20. Tori Policastro and Madison corder had five kills each, Laci Denny and Katie Policastro four kills apiece.

FR 2, Maxwell 0
FR won 25-6 and 25-9. The Policastro sisters had four kills each, Elyssa Cook and Denny three kills apiece.

FR 2, Westwood 0

The Bulldogs won 25- 4 and 25-11. Tori Policastro had five kills, Katie Policastro and Corder four kills. Lommen had 16 assists and six aces.

Quincy 2, FR 0

Fall River lost in the semi-finals to the hosts, 26-28 and 21-25. Katie Polciastro and Corder slammed six kills, Denny five.
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Pop Warner Football
Fall River Jr High ball carrier heads around left side for TD in Fall River’s 26-0 win over Burney in McArthur Saturday. Both Burney and Fall River have replaced Jr. High flag football for Pop Warner action this year - each with a combined 7th and 8th grade team.

Bulldogs Net a Tie and a Victory
McARTHUR - The Fall River Bulldog Co- Ed soccer squad garnered a tie and a win in their two home games last week.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs and Weed Cougars played to a 3-3 tie, then Fall River bounced back on Thursday to blank Surprise Valley, 7-0.

Against Weed, Lucio Iniguez kicked a pair of goals, with T.J. Markham notching the other.

“We received four ‘yellow cards’ in the game against Weed,” said coach Geri Handa, “it was a disappointing game.”

In the shutout over the Hornets two days later, Antonio Iniguez and Kristen Maier each scored two goals, Jessica Hammon, Caleb Hamilton and Robert Betz one each.

“It was nice to get everyone in the game against SV,” said Handa.

Tulelake comes to Fall River this Thursday for a 5pm game.