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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


It’s that time of year, when the holiday’s begin to creep up on all of us way faster than we’re prepared.

Thursday is our annual ‘Day of Thanksgiving’ where Turkey’s bless our dinning room tables, and friends and family gather to give thanks for all we have.

It’s truly unfortunate that so many have to wait until this special day to remember what we have to be thankful for... it’s just human nature to sometimes forget as we charge through our lives like Gnat’s on steroids trying to keep pace and not fall behind. Sometimes it takes a day off in the middle of the week to allow us to take a breath out of our busy schedules and remember all the great things we’re thankful for in our lives.

There are three important things I’m thankful for and will take time to reflect on this Thanksgiving:

• Thankful that I’m still among the living, when so many of my friends and family do not have this luxury. There was a time in my youth when I really thought those 30 years old were over-thehill and on a downward spiral. Now 95 doesn’t look too bad.

• Thankful that I have a job that is not at all like having to work for a living - chasing young athletes all over the northstate and watching them have a blast playing sports. Having had numerous actual ‘jobs’ over the years, I will heartily agree that this sports reporting doesn’t seem like real work (but, please, don’t tell the boss that).

• Thankful for a friend like Laurie Weidmann who is willing to travel with me and sit on hard bleachers while I’m snapping pictures like crazy. It always helps when we plan on a good meal to ease the pain of the travelling.

Here are a few more ‘Thankful’ items to ponder...

• Youngsters in the Intermountain Area can be thankful that they live in an area where adults give them so much support in all their endeavors - athletic or otherwise.

• We can all be thankful that we are surrounded by great youngsters who always make us proud of their great accomplishments. Granted, they occasionally make a mistake or two, but overall their accomplishments way overshadow these few mistakes.

• We should all be thankful for all the volunteers that mentor our young people. Coaches, assistant coaches as well as those who volunteer their time through little league, NFL Flag Football, Youth Soccer and basketball and those dedicated to helping through the local Booster’s Clubs and other organizations. Everyone working to make the Intermountain Area the best place to live.

• We should all be thankful for the Burney Beautification Committee and all their hard work. They have truly turned the looks of our town upside down - in a GOOD way.

• We’re thankful for the Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation and the Fair Board for putting on a Fair that is becoming better and better each year.

• Finally, I’m personally thankful to all those who spend 50-cents and bother to read this sports section... without you my life would be very dull with nothing to do but watch TV.


A hearty congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs volleyball team on winning the Northern Section championship (D-6). Also congrats to the Big Valley Cardinal football team for a remarkable year of providing a good deal of fun for their fans. Here’s a ‘Good Luck’ to the Fall River Bulldogs football team on their run at the championship Wednesday evening in Portola... Go get ‘em.

Finally... Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night. Oops, wrong holiday, but you get the idea.

Prep Basketball Set to Tip-Off
High school basketball tips off in the Intermountain Area December 1.

• BURNEY_____ The Burney Raiders begin action at home december 1 when Redding Christian comes to town to get things rolling for 2015-16. The four games will begin at 3:30pm.

• BIG VALLEY _____ The Cardinals have a couple of road trips to start the season - December 1 in Etna (no girls varsity game), followed by the two girls teams heading to Burney to face the Raiders starting at 4pm. The Cardinals first home match-up is set for December 8 when Fall River comes to town at 3:30pm.

• FALL RIVER _____ The Lady Bulldogs JV and Varsity squads open the year at home hosting Enterprise on Thursday, December 3 in a prelude to the Block ‘F’ Tournament at 12:30pm. The boys will see action when the Block ‘F’ tips off at 4 o’clock December 3.

FR 8th Grade Girls go Undefeated... Again!

The Fall River 8th grade girls basketball team won their third tournament of the year at Scott’s Valley over the weekend.

They downed Yreka, 31-12, Hoopa, 38- 16 and Scott Valley in the championship game Saturday night, 37-35.

This team has not lost a game in two years.

In photo, top row (left to right) Coach Kathy Jones, Hailey Myers, Abbie Sarbacher, Rayleeawana Venegas, Marissa Leighton, Kylee Dombroski, coach Kristi Osborne.

Front row (left to right) Rylee Pevehouse, Alexis Easley, Natalie Osborne and Myah Gallion.

The Fall River seventh grade team finished second in the tournament.

Fall River Takes No Captives on Way to NSCIF D-6 Championship
RED BLUFF - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs are the Northern Section CIF Division VI volleyball champions -and they did it by sweeping their way through three opponents in the annual post season tournament to emerge atop the division elite.

The eventual champs brought out the big broom in downing Liberty Christian 3-0, Mercy 3-0 and toppling Redding Christian in the title game here Saturday afternoon 3-0.

How sweet it is!

The Lady Bulldogs boast a 32-5 record as they head into the CIF state playoff tournament in hosting St. Bernard’s of Eureka (15-12) tonight (Tuesday) scheduled for a 7 o’clock start. St. Bernard’s finished as the runner-up in the North Coast section finals, losing to Anderson Valley.

The championship match-up featured the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs against No. 2 Redding Christian, and with the exception of a 1-point lead by Redding Christian midway through the first set, Fall River never trailed again on their way to the sweep and the section crown. The tears from last year’s runner- up finish gave way to the smiles of this year’s championship win.

In each set, Fall River watched a comfortable lead evaporate to a nail-biting situation, but managed to overcome the Lady Lions and retake control of each set and come away with their first section title since back-to-back wins in 2009-10.

The Bulldogs won the championship tilt, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19. No individual statistics were available prior to our press deadline.
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Bulldogs Trounce Maxwell to Move to Championship Game
McARTHUR - Maxwell visited Fall River here Friday night to face off in the Northern Section CIF playoff semi-finals. Two teams that are no strangers to each other in playoff head-to-head matches.

In the 2015 version, Fall River came out on top of the rivalry, 44-12, to move on to the D-6 championship game in Portola Wednesday night at 6 o’clock.

After the two squads took turns with the pigskin, Fall River put up the first score of the game when quarterback Jace Neugebauer hit Justin Vigil on a 51-yard scoring TD and Jonathan Iniguez kicked the PAT to go up 7-0. The Bulldogs were in front to stay, as it turned out.

The Panthers quickly returned the favor, scoring a TD on a pass of their own, but the conversion kick was blocked and the Bulldog maintained their lead at 7-6.

Still in the first period, Neugebauer connected with Fabian Alvarez for a 28-yard score and with Iniguez boot nabbing the PAT, the Bulldogs were up 14- 6.

On the first play of the second period, Alvarez scampered seven yards for six more points and it was 21-6 and the rout was on.

With just as minute and- a-half remaining in the second, Brian Smith added six more on a 2- yard run and Fall River led by 22 points at intermission, 28-6.

Fall River outscored the visiting Panthers in the second half, 16-6 to grab their ticket to the title tilt.
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Lions Spoil Cards Shot at NSCIF D-6 Championship

NSCIF D-6 championship Photos by Jennifer Leighton CARDINAL ACTION... (above) Cardinal senior quarterback Kellen Gerig rolls out looking for receiver against Redding Christian in D-6 title game Friday night. (below) Donnie Gray has some running room. PALO CEDRO - The hosting Redding Christian Lions threw a monkey wrench into the Big Valley Cardinals plans of winning the D-6 Northern Section CIF football crown, upending the Cardinals, 52-34, here Friday night.

The Lions drew first blood to take an 8-0 lead in the first, but the Cards tied it with 28 seconds left in the period on a Tanner Bidwell 1- yard run and Kellen Gerig hooking up with Michael McCrary on the 2-point conversion pass.

On the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Redding Christian regained the lead on a TD and conversion for a 16-8 bulge.

The Cards, however, quickly countered on a Donnie Gray 24-yard run, but the conversion was stopped and the Lions remained in front, 16-14.

The hosts then put a pair of TD’s on the board before the Cards got back into the groove. Gerig hit Wyatt Schmitt for a 40-yard catch and run TD followed by a Gerig to Bidwell conversion pass to make it a one possession game at 30-22.
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