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A COMEDY OF ERRORS...        Except no one is laughing as a result of the cancellation of Big Valley’s football home opener last Friday. It was anything but comical.

The Herlong team, coaches and fans drove a heck of a long way just to turn around and make the return trip. I’m not sure what you should say to them.

I’m not about to point fingers, as it seems as if there is plenty of mistakes that took place at all levels.

So let’s look at the positive about the situation.

The Big Valley football team was a class act. They didn’t throw their helmets, kick and stomp or create any tantrums. They calmly walked over to the main gate, lined up on both sides and thanked the fans for supporting them as they left.

Were the players dejected... you bet. Anyone who’s ever played football will tell you a home opener is something special. It’s something that players as well as students look forward to each season. There were plenty of out of towners who showed up, relatives as well as former graduates of Big Valley - coming to town for the big night. Hopefully they will all be able to come back this Friday when the Cardinals will have their ‘New’ home opener against Happy Camp starting at 6 o’clock.

A group of cute elementary school girls dressed as Cardinal cheerleaders took the field a little ahead of the time they were scheduled to do a dance routine that was adorable. Yes, the show must go on - game or no game. Hopefully they will return to do a re-run this Friday.

So here’s to a great home opener Friday, Cardinals. Put this one behind you and come out fired up - GO GET ‘EM BIG RED!!!!

• Congrats to Fall River co-ed soccer, as the Bulldogs pulled off a win in their opener on the road in Butte Valley. Enjoyed watching the team play in their first home game last Thursday - losing to Mt. Shasta is nothing to hang yer heads about... You are a fun team to watch, and I hope fans come out to your game and have a blast the rest of the season.

• The Intermountain Flag Football League started their season Saturday at the Inter- Mountain Fairgrounds/Joe Bruce Sports Complex, and will be in Burney this Saturday for week two. The future of local football is looking good. A ton of teams and players that might lack great skill but have plenty of enthusiasm to make up for it. Another way to spend an enjoyable day in our area.

• So you think you can Bar-B-Que with the best of ‘em? You can prove your point at the Pit River Casino/Burney Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off set for October 11. A lot of money is up for grabs for the best BBQ Chicken, Pork Ribs and Tri-Tip. Stop by the Chamber office or Casino for details.

• A pair of Volleyball Tournament first place trophies were brought home from the Los Molinos Tournament over the weekend by the Lady Bulldog varsity and JV teams. Congrats girls, job well done!

• There are plenty of high school, junior high and youth sporting events on tap locally this week. Check our Local Prep Calendar (page B2) and get out and support the young people of the Intermountain Area. You can only sit around watching TV so much - hehehehe. Also, you can use attending a game or two as a great excuse to get out of those ‘Honey Do’ lists... that is, if you’re lucky.

Have a great week, everyone!

Card JV News

Bieber - The JV Cards lost to herlong but rebounded to down Westwood Thursday.

Selena Rodriguez had six aces, Cassie Jones five aces, Mikenzy Frye slammed eight kills and Yaneli Rodriguez added three assists.

Both Morgan White and Hope Dodgen were strong forces on the court.

Raiders Succumb to Panthers on the Road

REDDING - A 40-14 loss to the U-Prep Panthers here Friday night, dropped the Burney Raiders to 0- 2 on the young season.

Burney had trouble corralling the Panther running game, giving up 439 yards rushing. That, combined with two fumbles and an interception doomed the Raiders.

On offense for Burney, quarterback Jason Searl completed 8-of-16 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns, and picked up 79 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Both TD passes were to Wyatt Stier, who caught five passes for 45 yards and scored a two-point conversion to account for all the Raider points put up on the scoreboard on the night.

Junior Ray Guerrero led the Burney ground game breaking the century mark in rushing with 109 yards on 16 touches, with Jared Hovis rounding out rushing with 15 yards on 12 totes.

Guerrero also caught three passes for 32 yards to bring his yardage total to 141 in the game.

There were some brilliant moments on defense for Burney - the highlight coming when Jason Searl chased a Panther ball carrier 93-yards to haul him down short of the goal line in a great running effort. Big brother Jon Searl also recovered a Panther fumble caused by Kyler Marks. Lupe Jimenez and Jon Searl led tacklers with six solo’s each, while Gustavo Villarruel, Guerrero and Hovis each hauled down four tackles.
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Fall River Nails Victory Number Two

CHESTER - Fall River played 9-on-9 against the Vol’s here Friday night, winning a lopsided 34-14 matchup.

Justin Vigil was 5-for- 11 in passing for 82 yards, while Stevie Collins topped the rushing game with 112 yards on five carries.

Abian Alvarez carried twice for 77 yards.

“On defense Cade Rainwater and Lucas Warnock played well,” summed up coach Rick Neugebauer.

The coach noted that Chester was down in numbers, “therefore we basically played a 9-on-9 game and Chester forfeited.”

Fall River, now 2-0 in the early going, is home to host Maxwell this Friday night, with JV kickoff slated for 5:30 p.m.

Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher

Mix-ups Cancel BV Home Opener

By Ron Mosher,
Sports Editor
BIEBER - The stage was set Friday night for Big Valley’s home opening football game. A huge crowd was on hand, popcorn and hot dogs were ready, the field looked great - including a Cardinal painted on the 50-yard stripe by players. Herlong had arrived and the usual opening night festive air was present.

Unfortunately, the referee’s were not present, causing the game between Herlong and Big Valley to be cancelled.

“We don’t know what happened,” stated BV athletic director Paula Silva shortly after the game was cancelled, “we’ve heard nothing from the officials. No contact... this isn’t the first time this has happened.”

Silva maintains the outcome is a, “no contest,” as if no game had ever been scheduled. However, that might change.

George Whitmer, the man in charge of assigning officials to the nine schools within the Siskiyou Association region clarified what happened on their end in a phone call Sunday.
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Bulldogs Move to 2-0 after Win over Chester

CHESTER - The Fall River Bulldogs remained perfect on the young season with a 42- 27 win over the Volcanoes here Friday in week two of the campaign.

The Bulldogs offense used almost an equal split in gaining yardage through the air and on the ground - notching 245 yards via aerials and 203 in running.

Jace Neugebauer completed nine of 15 passes for those 245 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite receiver was senior Tanner Gallion who hauled in six passes for 169 yards and a pair of TD’s in the win. Jonathan Iniguez caught one for a 34 yard TD while Johnny Westlund grabbed two for 42 yards.

Westlund was the big gun in the rushing game with 124 yards on 13 totes and scored two TD’s - to go with his second kickoff return touchdown in as many weeks.

Ryan Doers added 14 yards in rushing on six carries, and THomas markham picked up one yard rushing.
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Fall River Sweeps Los Molinos Tournament

coach Lindsay Roper, Willow Worrell, Cassidy Sarbacher, Rachel Wellemeyer, Tori
Policastro, Lisa Lommen, Katie Policastro. (front row l to r) Daniella Sanchez,
Sara Westlund, Kellie Sims, Taylor Corder and Megan Gallion. Gallion
was named MVP, with All-Tourney honors going to Sanchez, Westlund and Corder.

LOS MOLINOS - For the Lady Bulldog JV volleyball squad, it was a two-in-a-row weekend squared. They team won the tournament for the second year in a row and it marked their second volleyball tournament championship in the past two weeks.

Laci Denny was named MVP of the weekends affair, with Grace Lommen and Shay Corder All- Tourney selections.

“Could not be happier with the entire 14 member FRHS JV volleyball team,” summed up coach Maggie Torres.

Fall River placed first in pool play Friday going undefeated and started off Saturday with the same momentum without losing a match as they headed into bracket play.

In bracket play, Fall River went 2-1 against host Los Molinos then swept Quincy (2-0) in the championship game.

Members of the championship squad are: Madison Corder, Elyssa Cook, Ranee Betz, Lizzy Hodge, Jordan Corder, Alicia Reynoso, Jackie Mendoza, Mickey Pasqual, Shay Corder, Grace Lommen, Laci Denny, Meaghan McKinlay, Shay Marquez and Saydee Pevehouse.

Burney Third in their Own Tourney

AT THE NET... Lady Raiders Hannah Riddell (l) and Emma Sealander go on
defense against Liberty Christian in Burney Tournament Saturday.

BURNEY - The Burney Raiders broke through for a pair of wins in their own tournament Saturday - finishing third.


It marked the first wins of the young season for the Lady Raiders, and the wins were the first since October 9 of 2012 for the varsity netters.

Here are the game-bygame results for Burney in the tournament:

Burney 2 Big Valley 0

Burney swept in two, 25-14 and 25-23. Lauren Schneider had five assists and two kills, while Emma Sealander added two kills. Maddie Luntey slammed three kills and Jessica Thompson added five digs in the back row.

Burney 1 Mt. Shasta 1

The Raiders split with the SCL foe Bears, losing 9-25 and winning 25-22. Schneider had three kills and a trio of assists, with Sealander also slamming three kills to go with a service ace. Luntey had two blocks at the net.
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Lady Cards Down Herlong in Five Sets

BIEBER - Big Valley picked up their first win in a 5-set win over visiting Herlong last Wednesday.

Kayla McCrary had five kills, “and both our seniors s\were strong,” noted coach Deidre Jeppson, “Amanda Bricker had five kills and Erica Stevenson (shown in photo above) nine kills.”

Paige James added three kills, Cherie Leonard two kills and Taryn Gagnon one kill.

Big Valley lost all their games at the Burney tournament Saturday.

Big Valley hosts American Christian today (Tuesday) with Chester coming to town on Thursday.

Fall River Soccer Starts Season with a Victory

Fall River’s Cam Cunningham gives the ball the boot while
Elias Tourtouras (#19) looks on.
DORRIS - You can’t start the season better than with a win, and that is exactly whatthe Fall River Co-Ed soccer team did last Tuesday - a 5-2 win over Butte Valley here.

Foreign exchange student Elias Tourtouras scored the season’s first goal on an assist from T.J. Markham, with Gilberto Aceves notching his first of three on the day to make it 2-0 Fall River in the first half. Tourtouras served up the assist.

Tourtouras kicked the third goal with Aceves notching the assist, and Aceves racked up the final two goals to guarantee the win.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs played their home opener, but came up short against Mt. Shasta, 7-2.

With the two teams scoreless after the first half, Robert Betz fed Tourtouras for the games first goal. Aceves notched the second on a penalty kick

Goalie Chris Pires blocked 17 shots. “Chris (Pires) had an outstanding game at goalie,” summed up coach Jeri Handa.

Fall River (1-1) hosts Tulelake today (Tuesday) at 5pm then travels to Weed on Thursday
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Youth Football is Fun to Watch
Over 100 young football players geared up and began the 2014 Intermountain Youth Football League at their opening day ceremonies held at the inter-Mountain Fairgrounds last Saturday.

The league will split their games on Saturday’s through October 18 at venues in McArthur, Alturas, Burney and Big Valley.

Burney Debuts with Loss to U-Prep

REDDING - The Burney Raiders JV football squad opened their 2014 campaign here against U-Prep Friday night, with the hosts winning, 22-0.

“It was good to go up against a real opponent,” summed up coach Jed Tate referring to the bye the team had last week.

He continued, “We have some wrinkles to work out... turnovers hurt us.”

The coach reported freshman Devin Murray made an interception on the 4-yard line to stop a Panther drive, “and Dominic Gensaw had a good game on defense.”

Burney is again on the road this Friday, playing in Cheste