YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT... Burney Jr/Sr
high school is giving local basketball fans an early Christmas
present when the 35th annual Burney Holiday Jamboree hits town
This storied event offers Intermountain Area hoop fans a chance to
see every local team in action spread out over three days and
Ya can’t beat that with a stick!
Big Valley, Fall River and Burney will be joined by “outsider’
Portola as the four schools battle it out on the hardwood for the
top prize in four categories.
We know everyone is scurrying around with last minute holiday
chores, but come on - everyone needs a break now and then. The
Jamboree offers everyone a chance to see all the local teams in
action in one venue at one time.
So take a break from shopping. Take a break from decorating the
house. Take a break from wrapping presents.
Come on out to the Jamboree and celebrate with the youngsters and
catch some great hoop action.
We have to congratulate Intermountain Area fans for supporting local
basketball teams. That was very evident at the Block ‘F’ Tournament
in McArthur recently, when bleachers on both sides of the gym were
filled to capacity every night. That cannot be said at the recent
Trinity Invitational this past weekend. For a school double in size
over our local high schools, the Wolf Pack turnout was dismal for
the championship games that featured both the home teams playing
against Fall River. Plenty of Fall River fans made the journey over
highway 299, but Trinity fans apparently had better things to do on
a somewhat foggy Saturday night.
Worried about finding a seat as we drove to Weaverville, we suddenly
found out our worries were unfounded. Trinity’s gym - unlike Fall
River and Burney - has bleachers on just one side of the court. It’s
an amazingly small seating capacity for the size of the school and
town. No fears about finding a seat, as Trinity fans took up only
about a half of the bleachers, leaving Fall River fans with plenty
of good choices to choose from.
All this proves is that the Intermountain Area supports their
schools way better... and we thank you for that.
So here’s Burney’s chance to shine... Shine by showing up at the
fun-filled Jamboree in big numbers. You want your school - you’ve
got your school... so support your school.
Besides some exciting basketball, the Burney Booster’s concession
stand will be operating - so there’s a dinner choice for you. There
will be a ‘gift raffle,’ Slam Dunk and 3-point contest as well as
Tara Jones’ great Alumni Classic game (see the complete schedule on
The Alumni game features both men and women graduates from Big
Valley, Burney and Fall River battling it out - just like the good
old days. Oxygen will be available for those who are a bit out o’
So see ya’all at the Jamboree.
Alumni Game for Scholarship
BURNEY - Burney girls coach Tara Jones will again bring
a bit of nostalgia to the Burney Jamboree with the 2014
edition of the Alumni Classic. The game is set to be
played Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm just before the
start of the Burney-Fall River varsity match-ups.
The game features alumni (both men and women) from Fall
River, Burney and Big Valley. Anyone interested in
playing in this year’s game can contact coach Jones at
The game is a fund raiser for a scholarship offered by
Jones in memory of her mother, Audrey Lindt. The
scholarship is given to both a Burney and Fall River
girl athlete at graduation in June.
Donations for the scholarship will be taken during the
alumni game Saturday..
Burney goes 1-1 at Mountain
Pride Tournament for 2nd Place
Ashley Webster (#34) closely
Chester play in Burney’s first win of the year.
CHESTER - The Burney Lady Raiders emerged from a
shortened 2-day Mountain Pride Tournament here over the
weekend in second place with a mark of 1-1.
The Raiders opened against East Nicholas on Friday in a
rough and tumble game that, “took a lot out of us,” as
coach Tara Jones put it in an interview over the
Burney took a 28-24 lead at halftime thanks to an 18-10
bulge in the second quarter in a come-from-behind bid,
but couldn’t hold off the rough East Nicholas squad in
the second half.
Emma Sealander led the Raiders with 16 points, with
Jessica Thompson close behind at 11. Jessica Thompson
notched eight, while Carissa Tereba and Lauren Schneider
each hit seven, and Tereba notching five steals.
Bailey Berlt added three and Lovely Scheckla one as
every member of the team got into the scoring.
Then it was host Chester and the Raiders first win of
the year and a clench of second in the tournament.
Burney started strong, out gunning the Lady Vols, 35-22
in the first half on their way to the 52-47 win.
Sealander again led the scoring with 14, and added nine
rebounds and six steals. Tereba finished with 12, while
Thompson and Schneider hit double digits with 10 each.
Schneider was 4-for-4 in the final quarter.
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Lady JV Bulldogs go 4-0
in Week’s Hoops
ZEPHER COVE - The Fall River JV gals picked up three
more wins at the Whitell Tournament here over the
weekend, and coupled with a big win at Tulelake to begin
the week are now at 6-0 on the season.
In tournament near Lake Tahoe, the Bulldogs began with a
37-37 win over Incline. Tori Policastro hit nine for
Fall River, with Saydee Pevehouse adding seven. Madison
Corder and Meghan McKinlay each had six, and Madison
The next day, the Bulldogs again faced the same team
from Incline with the same result - a 35-20 victory.
Katie Policastro Madison Corder topped the team with
seven each, while Tori Policastro added six, Pevehouse
five and Jordan Corder, Jackie Mendoza and Hamilton each
On Saturday the Bulldogs destroyed Loyalton with a 47-8
“Everyone on our roster for that game scored,” summed up
coach Shelly Stoltenberg, “it was a long game for
Pevehouse scored 12, Hamilton eight, Sierra Welander and
McKinlay six each, Corder and Tori Policastro four,
Corder three and Katie Policastro and Mendoza two each.
Fall River hosts Quincy tonight (Tuesday).
Big Valley Opts Out of
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cardinals opted out of playing
at the Mountain Pride Tournament in Chester this past
With the storm hitting the area Thursday, school was
cancelled in the district, and administrators also
cancelled plans to attend the 3-day tourney in Chester.
Big Valley is back in action starting Thursday at the
Fall River Grapplers at Modoc Invitational Meet
ALTURAS - For the Fall River Bulldog wrestling team,
it’s a season of rebuilding, with a large contingent of
grappler’s taking to the mat for this year’s wrestling
This past Friday and Saturday, members of the Fall River
team participated in the annual Modoc Invitational here.
Freshman Kyle Klein finished with two wins and two
losses in the 113 pound division for fourth place. Joe
Gemmill at 285 pounds was fifth with a 3-1 mark, while
Lucas Warnock went 2-for-4 at 152 pounds and sixth
Others participating included Waylon Drewery at 132,
Cooper Easley (194) and Gunnar Ronquist at 195.
In Junior varsity action, Lawrence Thomas finished
second in the 156 division and Ryan Reynolds wrestled at
“The kids did great,” remarked new coach Kurt Ronquist,
“the more practice and experience the better they’re
Fall River JV wrestler's will compete at the Durham Meet
this Saturday, then all will resume in Anderson on
January 2 and 3.
Fall River Boys
Sweep Another Tournament|
JV’s Waltz to Championship
WEAVERVILLE - Teams are learning you
better be ready to play hard when you face the Fall River
Bulldogs. Fall River moved to 7-0 on the season by capturing
their second tournament title in as many weeks, downing host
Trinity at the Trinity Holiday Invitational in the title game
The Bulldogs began their second tourney title quest with a 72-46
win over Happy Camp on Thursday. Justin Vigil (pictured above) -
named the tourney MVP - and Tanner Gallion led the attack with
15 points each with Vigil blocking three shots and Gallion
hauling down 12 rebounds.
Johnny Westlund hit 13 points with six assists while Jace
Neugebauer added 12 and Gilberto Aceves completed the double
digit assault with 11.
On Friday, the Bulldogs compiled a 69-48 win over Mercy of Red
Bluff. Vigil pumped in 16, while Westlund hit for 14 and Gallion
a baker’s dozen at 13. Jace Neguebauer scored nine, with Kolyn
Cantrell and Aceves adding six and Juan-Carlos Venegas three
That pitted the Bulldogs against the host Wolf Pack for the
title Saturday night and a 70-56 victory.
Gallion topped the winners with 20 while Westlund put up 19
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Lady Bulldogs Sail to Perfect 4-0 at Tahoe
- Nothing like dominating their second tournament in a row - and
that’s exactly what the Fall River JV boys did in waltzing to
the Trinity Tournament championship this weekend to go with
their Block ‘F’ title the weekend before.
At the Trinity affair here, Fall River opened by stunning
Redding Christian, 60-36. Robee Knoch (pictured left) led the
offense with 17 points, while Fabian Alvarez put up 14 and Cade
Next it was a 74-50 win over Fort Bragg with Knoch again the top
scorer with 15. Zach Thompson hit an even dozen, while Cam
Cunningham and Jonathan Iniguez put nine each.
The Bulldogs met host Trinity in the title game Saturday evening
and left with a 64-48 win. After coming from behind to trail by
one after the opening period, Fall River exploded for 34 points
in the second quarter while holding Trinity to 11. From there it
was coast mode.
Knoch led with 22 points, Alvarez added 11 while Iniguez hit
nine. Cunningham, Rainwater and Thompson scored six each.
The Bulldogs started the week by downing Tulelake on the road,
72-32 on Tuesday.
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ZEPHER COVE - The Fall River girls basketball teams headed here
Thursday, and despite the weather and power outages, kept their
perfect record intact with four wins to move to 7-0 on the young
The Blue and Gold gals blew away North Tahoe in their opener at
the Whitell Tournament here, 73-32. Sarah Westlund led the
charge with 15 points and five steals, while Amy Brown hit a
double-double with 14 points and a career high 22 rebounds.
Taylor Corder hit 13 points, while Renee Betz also found double
digits with 12 points and 10 boards. Megan Gallion completed the
double digit attack with 11 points and six steals.
Nest on the agenda was Incline and a 55-36 win for Fall River.
“They’re a very good team,” stated FR coach Kathy Jones, “but we
came out strong in the first two quarters.”
The coach was referring to a 16-11 and 17-7 Fall River bulge in
the first half on their way to the victory.
Gallion topped the winners with 16 points, while Corder pumped
in 11 and Westlund 10. Laci Denny and Renee Betz each scored
Then it was host Whitell and a 73-39 shellacking by the
The Bulldogs again hit early and often, racking p a solid 43-18
lead at intermission. Westlund led the pounding with 22, while
Corder hit 18 and Megan Gallion added 17 with nine rebounds.
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What to Expect at the 35th Holiday Jamboree
BURNEY - Four schools will descend here Thursday to
begin the 35th running of the Burney Holiday Jamboree.
Both Fall River boys and girls teams will return to
defend their titles at last year’s event, while the
Portola Tigers won both JV championships last year and
will return to give everyone a run-for-their-money this
year. Big Valley and host Burney will be looking to get
into the mix in a big way.
Fall River’s four teams come into the tournament
undefeated on the year, with target’s on their backs for
sure. Portola boys enter the affair with a 4-2 mark with
wins over Etna, Biggs, Modoc and Quincy. Their two
losses were at the hands of Quincy and Dixon.
The Lady Tigers of Portola enter with a 3-4 mark having
downed Biggs twice and Mercy. They’ve lost to Hamilton,
North Valleys (Reno) and Modoc.
The Big Valley teams enter with limited action after
having opted out of the Chester tournament last weekend
due to weather concerns.
The Cardinal boys are 2-1 after winning Consolation at
the Block F, while the Lady Cards are 2-2 and coming off
a second place finish at the Princeton Tournament two
The host Burney girls varsity will appear after picking
up their first win against Chester last weekend and a
second place finish at the Mountain Pride tournament.
The boys hope to everyone healthy and in uniform when
they take the court Thursday with a 1-5 mark.
Great basketball is on tap!
Burney JV Girls are Chester Champs
- The Burney Raiders girl JV team downed East Nicholas
and host Chester here over the weekend to win the top
prize at the Mountain Pride Tournament.
Burney defeated East Nicholas, 36-35 in a nailbiter
Friday to start things off. Joyce Ogden led the winning
offense with 16 points, while Maddy Luntey (pictured
right) chipped in nine. Hannah Apple added six, Megan
Arseneau five and Mallory Marks 1.
Next it was host Chester and a 39-24 victory to ice the
Luntey led with 13 points, while Arseneau added 13.
Marks, Apple and Summer Schottel each scored two.
Burney hosts their own Jamboree starting Thursday.
Raiders Short Handed in Chester
CHESTER - The Raider varsity boys were short handed here
at the Mountain Pride Tournament, and it showed in their
Senior Wyatt Stier was out with the flu, and Ray
Guerrero was out of town attending his brothers college
graduation at Cal-Poly.
“We used a 2-2-1 trapping defense limiting East
Nicholas’ possessions, but we couldn’t connect at the
other end,” summed up coach Kevin Bower in regards to
the 45-56 loss to East Nicholas.
Alex Madera led Burney with 10 points, while Jason Searl
hit nine. Trenton Arendt had eight points and six
rebounds, with Kyler Marks adding seven to go with a
team high eight boards. Sebastian Magnia hit four and
Drew Harrington three (six rebounds0 and Gabe Silva one
In their second game of the day, the Raiders lost to
champion host Chester, 40-76.
“We were short handed, injured and tired and out
numbered.” summed up coach Bower, “we could not compete
with them at all.”
Harrington hit double digits with 14 points, while
Madera scored nine with four steals. Magnia chipped in
six, while Marks and Searl had four each with marks
nailing five rebounds. Arendt finished with three.
“We just couldn’t stop their big guy (Wyatt Durkin) who
controlled the game,” stated Bower.
Burney, now 1-5, hosts their 35th annual Holiday
Jamboree starting Thursday when the take on Big Valley
(2-1) at 6:30pm.
Following the 3-day Jamboree, the Raiders will be idle
until January when they begin play in the Shasta-
Fall River wrestling team... (l to r) Gunnar Ronquist, Lawrence
Thomas, Waylon Drewry, Ryan Reynolds,
Joseph Gemmill, Kyle Klein, Cooper Easley, Lucas Warnock and
coach Kurt Ronquist. Not pictured, Alex Winn.
FR Hoop Teams Start out at a Remarkable 27-0 in
By Ron Mosher
It’s unusual if a school has a couple of teams go
undefeated in the first two weeks of basketball season,
but for Fall River it’s no big deal in 2014. In fact,
they haven’t stopped at just a couple of undefeated
teams - but all four squads - amassing an impressive
27-0 start to the hardwood year.
Will this pace keep up?
Probably not, but the school can always hope.
Both the varsity girls and boys are off to a 7-0 start,
while the JV girls are sitting at 6-0 and JV boys at
Both boys teams have already captured a pair of
tournament crowns, and the Lady Bulldogs both recently
went undefeated at the Whitell Tournament near Lake
Tahoe - a glorified playday with no champions declared.
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Raiders Drop Two at Chester
CHESTER - The Burney Raider JV boys had a tough outing
at the Mountain Pride Tournament over the weekend.
Burney lost to East Nicholas o Friday.
“We had far too many turnovers in the first half,” said
coach Jed Tate, “struggled to put the ball in the hoop.”
The Raiders then lost to host Chester, 35-44. The game
was tied at halftime, 14-all, but the Vols pulled away
in the final two quarters. Devin Murray led Burney with
15 while Kaden Tiran added nine.
“We gave up too many points in the third and couldn’t
close the gap,” Tate remarked.
Burney hosts their Jamboree starting Thursday
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