AS WE WIND DOWN...
High school sports for the year is almost over, with just the
Northern Section C.I.F. Track and Field Meet this Friday on the
In reflecting on this past year, almost everyone who follows high
school sports will agree it was a fun year.
From Big Valley downing Redding Christian in the title 8-man
football game to Fall River winning the SCL gridiron title. From the
Bulldog basketball season - both girls and boys varsity and the boys
JV going undefeated... it was a great year. Big Valley boys won the
EL (tied with Tulelake) in hoop wars. Then this spring, Everyone
making the baseball/softball playoffs and Burney boys track and
field squad winning the SCL and D-IV title - it was a great year.
Despite all these wonderful accomplishments by the area’s young
athletes, there’s one other item that sticks out in my mind as
perhaps the best moment of the year.
It happened at a Fall River basketball game last winter...
The announcement to please stand for our National Anthem was made
over the PA system, and everyone rose to the occasion. We removed
our caps and stood waiting for the Anthem to begin.
We waited, and waited, and waited patiently some more.
During this lull, a small army surrounded the public address system
equipment trying to get the Anthem to play.
We patiently waiting a while more.
In the silent gym, a lone voice began to quietly sing our National
Anthem. It was Sally Canright. Then Kelly Babajan joined in,
followed by more and more voices. Soon the entire gym was performing
the Star Spangled Banner.
It didn’t rise to a crescendo, and our voices raised in unison were
rather quiet... as if we were in awe of what was happening. It was
almost like we each were quietly singing in the privacy of our own
home. But this low volume rendition actually made it more dramatic.
As we sang, we looked around at our fellow singers that made up this
A-capella choir, and we shared pride in not only the song but our
It was a moment of solemn pride, that many in attendance will not
As the impromptu choir finished with, “... and the home of the
brave.” applause rang out in the gym as we congratulated our fellow
singers in a job well done.
It proved once again that many of life’s best moments are unplanned.
We in the Intermountain Area are as patriotic as they come. We are
also undaunted when it comes to equipment failure. If we can’t fix
it, we improvise. We are great believers in duct tape and baling
wire. And, when it comes to our National Anthem, we’re ready to
Congratulations are in order for several young athletes this week.
• Hat’s off to Bailey Small for earning a ride to the Junior High
National Rodeo Finals in Iowa next month... Go get ‘em Bailey.
• Congratulations to all the Intermountain Area track and field
athletes who are heading to the Northern Section CIF Championship
Meet this coming Friday. It’s by far one of the largest contingent's
of thinclads from this area to punch tickets to this prestigious
event. We all wish you the best of luck.
• Congratulations also to the Burney and Fall River softball teams
on making the D-6 playoffs. You did the area proud. Now, bring on
• Congratulations to all of you who’ve managed to read this far -
you deserve a medal.
To my latest critic: Thanks for your input. I always look forward to
constructive criticism, so please make your next barb constructive
and we’ll all live happily ever after.
Bulldogs Bomb Tigers;
then Lose to RC Lions
PALO CEDRO - It was a dog and cat fight in the post
season division VI playoffs, as the Fall River Bulldogs
trounced the Dunsmuir Tigers in the opening round, but
fell prey to the Redding Christian Lions in the semi
When the dust settled, Redding Christian went on to face
No. 1 Biggs in the championship, losing 3-0.
In the opener on the road in Dunsmuir last Tuesday, Fall
River - ranked sixth - belted out 16 hits in demolishing
the third ranked Tigers, 11-1 in five innings.
Loni Denny was the winning hurler, going the distance
with one walk and five strikeouts.
Loni Denny also topped the offense in going 3-for-4,
driving in three and scoring once with two singles and a
double. Saydee Pevehouse and Rachel Wellemeyer also
finished 3-for-4 with Pevehouse hitting a double,
driving in two and scoring twice.
Alecia Reynoso (pictured above) and Katie Policastro
both had two hits, with Reynoso garnering a double,
three RBI’s and two runs scored.
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Big Valley Boys JV team captures Division IV
COTTONWOOD - The Big Valley JV boys track and
field squad captured the D-4 section
championship here last Thursday, scoring 82
points to edge out second place Mercy by nine
Individuals finishing in the top three of events
• 110m hurdles: 1st, Chase Ohm (pictured above)
• 300m hurdles: 1st, Wyatt Schmitt (48.33) new
Personal Record (PR).
• Shot put: 2nd, Dalton Leighton (38- 05.50) PR.
• Discus: 3rd, Desten Davies (69-04).
• High jump: 1st, Chase Ohm (5-04.00); 2nd (tie)
Seth Gibson and Wyatt Schmitt (5-02.00).
• Pole vault: 1st, Chase Ohm (8-06); 2nd Desten
• Triple jump: 2nd, Seth Gibson (34-10.25).
In girls JV action, freshman Hope Dodgen won the
800m race in a time of 2:50.58 - a new PR.
This meet closed out the junior varsity schedule
for the year, while first place varsity winners
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Raiders Win Section Title|
Burney senior Wyatt Stier clears hurdle on
way to winning the 110m hurdle event
at the D-IV championships in Cottonwood Thursday. He also took first in
300m hurdle event.
Mountain Cruisers Car Show Kicks Off Summer
The Burney boys track team captured the Division IV northern
section track crown here last Thursday with 119 points, ahead of
Etna with 75 and Big Valley totalling 74.
First place finisher’s advance to the NSCIF Track and Field
Championships at West Valley high here this Friday. A number of
Intermountain Area athletes earned tickets to the prestigious
BURNEY - -
• Wyatt Stier in 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles.
• Nathan Glazzard in 200m race
• Hannah Riddell in 300m hurdles.
• Ryan Pruitt in 3200m race.
• Sebastian Magnia in long jump.
• 4x100 relay team of Nathan Glazzard, Gustavo Villarruel,
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BEST OF SHOW... 1928 Ford Truck owned by Jon Albacherli of
Round Mountain was selected as the top entry in the annual
Mountain Cruisers/Rex Club Days Car Show that annually kicks
off the summer season in the Intermountain Area.
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Pair of Cardinals Move on in NSCIF
COTTONWOOD - The Big Valley boys varsity track and field
squad finished third at the NSCIF Division IV
championships here last Thursday.
Nick Rhodes and Kellen Gerig won individual Gold which
earned them a berth at this Friday’s NSCIF championships
- also at West Valley High.
Rhodes topped the high jump field at 6-00.00, while
Gerig won the triple jump with a leap of 39-10.50. Both
Gold medal performances were personal best's.
Here are Cardinal performances at the D-IV meet
finishing in the top three:
• 100m hurdles: 2nd, Kellen Gerig (18.24) PR.
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Burney Throws a Scare into Redding Christian
Burney pitcher Lauren
Schneider takes the throw from catcher Joyce Ogden as
Christian runner scores first run of the opening round
PALO CEDRO - The number two ranked Redding Christian
Lions may have overlooked number seven Burney when they
came to town last Tuesday to open D-6 playoff action.
The visiting Raiders threw a real scare into their
hosts, before the Lions eventually pulled off a 4-1 win.
The Raiders had base runners in every inning, but failed
to come through with the timely hits needed to drive in
In the first inning, Joyce Ogden drove the ball over the
left fielders head for a double with two outs, but was
In the second inning of the scoreless game, Maddie
Luntey singled and took second on a passed ball, but
again became a stranded runner.
The Lions loaded the bases with no outs, and scored
their first run on a passed ball. A walk loaded the
bases again and with two outs, Burney tried to catch the
runner off base at third, and an errant throw plated run
In Burney’s half of the third, Megan Arseneau lined a
single, but was thrown out trying to steal second. In
the bottom of the third, Redding Christian went quietly,
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Bailey: Off to the
PLYMOUTH - Bailey Small of Glenburn finished third overall among
boys at the annual California Jr. High State Rodeo May 15-17.
Bailey finished fourth in bareback steer riding, fifth in saddle
bronc riding, seventh in boys goat tying and sixth in breakaway
With his performance at the State finals, Bailey earned a spot
in the National Junior High Championship Rodeo in Des Moines,
Iowa, in June.
Big Valley’s Emily Kramer was at the State Championship,
finishing ninth in girls breakaway roping and 12th in girls goat
Mud Run & Softball Events on Tap
for Mountain Jubilee
McARTHUR - This year’s version of Mountain Jubilee (formerly
Cowgirl Jubilee) will feature a couple of great sporting events
- a Mud Run and Big Ball Softball Tournament.
MUD RUN A Mud Run is set for Saturday, June 27th at the
Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds & Event Center, with check-in from
1-3pm and the race beginning at 3:30pm.
The entry fee is $40 for individuals and $35 each for teams of
three or more. The fee includes a T-shirt and beer or root beer
Entry forms available on-line at www.inter-mountainfair.com, or
at the Fair office (530) 336-5695.
Prizes will be awarded to first place male, female and child (12
and under) as well as for best individual costume and best team
The Jubilee is a fund raiser for the Inter-Mountain Fair.
BIG BALL SOFTBALL A Big Ball co-ed softball tournament is slated
for Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28 during the Mountain Jubilee.
The team entry fee is $275 and the deadline for entering is June
Prizes will be awarded to first and second place, MVP and All-
Tourney. For information, contact Carlos Escalante (530) 249-
0880 or Kati Meeker (530) 604- 1961.