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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


Yep, with a play on spelling, the 97th annual Inter-Mountain Fair kicks off Thursday for a fiveday run in McArthur.

It’s our own Intermountain Area end of summer extravaganza - complete with competitions, carnival rides, Fair food (aka Junk Food), flowers, photographs, quilts, livestock (large and small), music galore, a kids circus, cattlemen, 4-H kids, FFA youngsters and all the hoopla we’ve come to love over these many decades.

If you’ve never attended the Fair, you’re missing out on a great time. It’s old fashioned country living at its best.

It all began in 1918, and now we’re fast approaching the century mark as the Fair has inspired and entertained us for a lifetime.

The Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds come alive this weekend, with green grass and a flood of colorful flowers and flower beds to greet Fairgoers. It truly is one of the most beautiful fairgrounds in all the west. Visiting the Fair just to see the flowers is worth the trip.

The Fair doesn’t just magically materialize out of thin air... it takes a ton of people volunteering their time to make it truly a fun weekend for the entire family. From the Fair Advisory Board to the Fair Staff. From the Heritage Foundation to more volunteers than you can count. It takes a lot of people and hard work to put on this great annual show. It also takes all the many exhibitors who go out of their way to enter items for judging. A host of youngsters spending their year raising animals specifically for the Fair - and the Junior Livestock Auction (Monday at 9am in case you don’t know).

The Inter-Mountain Fair is truly a local achievement by local people.

As a youngster growing up and attending the Fair, I was no different than today’s youth - the carnival was the place to be. Yep, seeing if you can spin yourself silly on a ride or three, and watch as you stagger off to the next ride.

As a senior citizen nowadays, it’s more of walking from one exhibit to another, filling myself with Fair Food (daily doses of Funnel Cakes, thank you) and visiting with friends I haven’t seen since last Fair time. However, I wouldn’t be completely against getting challenged to a Bumper Car contest sometime during the weekend. Those little electric cars are a great way to expel road rage tensions.

So here’s a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone behind the scenes making the Fair possible. Another ‘Thank You’ to all who’ve taken the time to enter exhibits, build exhibits or raised animals for the Fair. And, a final ‘Thank You’ to everyone who’s planning on attending our own old fashioned country fair this weekend.

See Ewe there!!!!!


• The Inter-Mountain Area’s first volleyball home games are today (Tuesday) when Tulelake comes to Fall River starting at 5 o’clock. Then it’s break time for the Fair.

• Big Valley and Fall River have no football games this Friday - the Fair’s in session. The Burney Raiders, however, are off to Incline Village at Lake Tahoe for Friday night games.

• There are a few sporting events at the Fair you might consider:

1. The Fun Run/Color Run is Saturday morning at 8am

2. The Junior Rodeo is inside the Jennifer Skuce Pavilion Saturday morning starting at 8am

3. The Team Branding competition is 1 o’clock Sunday in the covered arena. If you’ve never watched this event - drop by. Local ranch teams brand cattle with paint in a timed competition. Interesting to see what life on the ranch is like.

4. Kid’s day games, including the Diaper Derby starts Saturday at 10am - you won’t want to miss this.

5. Last, but not least, the ever popular D-Derby is Sunday at 7 o’clock.

See Ewe there!

FR Hopes to be Tough in SCL
McARTHUR - The Lady Bulldogs hope to hang tough in the Shasta-Cascade League after second place finish in 2014. They also hope to get back to the CIF championship match, after finishing second to Liberty Christian and losing to Turlock Christian in the first ever Nor-Cal championships.

Fall River lost four to graduation, but have eight veterans returning in 2015: Megan Gallion, Cassidy Sarbacher, Laci Denny, Sarah Westlund, Grace Lommen, Katie Poli-castro, Rachel Wellemeyer and Tori Policastro.

Kelly Freeland-Sloat returns to coach the Bulldogs along with former coach Lindsay Roper.

Fall River is looking to improve on their 9-3 SCL record and 26-14 overall, and host Tulelake tonight (Tues).

BHS Looks to Move up Ladder;
Stayed with Liberty in Opener
BURNEY - The Lady Raiders have sights on moving up the SCL ladder in 2015, after finishing 0-11 in conference play in 2014 and 1-18-3 overall.

If Tuesday’s opener at Liberty Christian is any indication, things are looking up for the Raiders.

Burney lost in three to the defending CIF division champions, but they threw a real scare into the Lady Lions.

Five of the eight on this years roster played varsity last season, and coach Loni Kolek looks for good things to happen.

“I’m proud of the girls... we are a work in progress,” she commented.

Liberty took the opener, 25-23, won set two narrowly, 26-28 and wrapped it up with a 25- 16 win.

Carissa Tereba had six kills and three aces, while Summer Schottel added six kills and one block. Lauren Schneider and Maddie Luntey both slammed four kills and had six service digs each. Emma Sealander served up two aces and had two kills, while junior Megan Arseneau dished up 20 assists.

“The girls played hard,” summed up coach Kolek, “If we could have minimized a few errors in the second set, the score could easily have been reversed.”

Sealander, Tereba, Schneider, Luntey and Megan Polen are returning veterans, with Arseneau and Schottel moving up from last year’s JV squad. Vaughn is a first year senior player.
 BV Should be Tough in BL
BIEBER - With seven of the 10 players on the Big Valley volleyball roster, seven are back from last season.The Cards are top heavy with seniors - six returning to see action.

In 2014, the Cards tied with Surprise Valley for second in the Evergreen league, one game behind champion Tulelake.

A new coach takes the helm in Stephanie Withrow, who has coached JV in the past.

The Lady Cards will start their quest to best the 2014 record of 8-4 in conference play and 11- 14-1 overall when they start the season in hosting Herlong on Tuesday, September 8 starting at 5 o’clock.
Bulldogs are Looking at a
Rebuilding Season in 2015
McARTHUR - You could say the 2015 co-ed soccer squad for Fall River is in a rebuilding year - having lost their two top scorer's from last season who combined for 54 of the clubs 63 goals. Gilberto Aceves and Elias Tourtouras are gone.

Only eight of this years roster of 21 played for Fall River last year.

Last season Fall river finished with a 7-6-2 record, fourth in the Shasta-Cascade League and made the playoffs, losing to Quincy in the opening round, 1-4.

This year, Fall River opened the season last Thursday, losing to visiting Butte Valley, 12-2. No further information was provided to Mountain Echo. Their next contest is in Mt. Shasta on Thursday, September 10 at 5 o’clock

Cards Blast Bulldogs, 82-8
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cardinals came out of the gridiron gate for 2015 by blitzing the visiting Los Molinos Bulldogs, 82-8, thrilling their home crowd Friday night.

Sophomore Tanner Bidwell put up 46 points for the Cards - six touchdowns and five 2-point conversions.

The Cards dominated not only on offense, but defense too, as they served notice to the Nor- Cal League that they will be a force to reckon with this season.

Here’s how the scoring went:

First quarter:
• BV took the opening kickoff, and on third down quarterback Kellen Gerig scampered down the sidelines 50 yards to the 20. On the next play, Bidwell powered it in from 20-yards out and ran the conversion for a quick 8-0 lead.
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Fall River Edges Host East Nicholas in Football Opener, 30-26
EAST NICHOLAS - The Fall River Bulldogs mounted a late come-from-behind effort to edge the host East Nicholas Spartans, 30-26, in the season opener for both teams here Friday night.

The contest scoring opened with Fall River’s Jonathan Iniguez (shown left) kicking a 37-yard field goal with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The 3-0 lead was short lived, however, as Spartan Donovan Soitalski scampered 65-yards for the games first touchdown a short time later for a 6-3 East Nicholas lead.

In the waning moments of the opening period, the Spartans recovered a Bulldog fumble on the Fall River 40. However early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs took over on downs on the East Nicholas 40. That possession, however, didn’t last long, as the hosts intercepted a Bulldog pass to thwart any threat on their own 20-yard stripe.

The Bulldog defense held, and the visitors took over on downs, setting up a Jace Neugebauer to Fabian Alvarez touchdown pass, and with Iniguez kicking the PAT, Fall River regained the lead at 10-6..
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Cougars Upend Visiting Raiders

WEED - The Weed Cougars spoiled the opener for the Burney Raiders here Friday night, taking a 33-13 non-conference win. However, the Raiders made a comeback in the second half that put the game up for grabs in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 20-0 in the third, Burney mounted their comeback try. On fourth down for the Cougars a bad snap led to the punter trying to run the ball, but Nicholas Glazzard forced and recovered a fumble, setting up a Jason Searl 60-yard touchdown run.

With six minutes left in the game, Burney closed the score with Alex Madera scoring on a 1-yard quarterback keeper and it was 20-13.
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Prep Soccer Photo Album

Fall River opened their 2015 soccer season at home last Thursday, losing to Butte Valley, 12-2.

Above: Kristen Maier attacks ball, as teammate Robert Betz (#22) gives support.
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Raiders Win ‘2-0’ Then 20-6
WEED - The Weed Cougar JV team gave visiting Burney a 2-0 forfeit win when they couldn’t field 11 men for the game.

The two teams did, however, play a 9-man game, with Burney winning, 20-6, to start year at 1-0.

Marvin Jackson scored a pair of TD’s for Burney and a pair of 2-point conversions, while Geraardo Villarruel scored the other TD. Burney (1-0) is at Incline Village this Friday for a 6pm game.

Youth Soccer Wraps up Years
The Intermountain Youth Soccer League wrapped up another successful season for area youngsters Saturday.

The final play day was held at the Joe Bruce Sports Complex at the Inter-Mountain Fairground.

Youth NFL Flag Football is next on the agenda with opening day September 12.
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