LET THE HOLIDAY’S BEGIN...
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
• 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
• 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
FR 8th Grade Girls go
The Fall River 8th grade girls basketball team won their
third tournament of the year at Scott’s Valley over the
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
Fall River Takes No Captives on Way
to NSCIF D-6 Championship|
Bulldogs Trounce Maxwell to Move to
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
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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
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
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
On the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Redding
Christian regained the lead on a TD and conversion for a
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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