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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

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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 starting Thursday.

This storied event offers Intermountain Area hoop fans a chance to see every local team in action spread out over three days and nights.

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 page B-2).

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’ shape (smile).

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 (530) 941-5149.

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

Burney’s Ashley Webster (#34) closely guards
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 weekend.

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 Hamilton four.

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 notched two.

On Saturday the Bulldogs destroyed Loyalton with a 47-8 win.

“Everyone on our roster for that game scored,” summed up coach Shelly Stoltenberg, “it was a long game for Loyalton.”

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
Chester Tourney
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cardinals opted out of playing at the Mountain Pride Tournament in Chester this past weekend.

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 Burney Jamboree.
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 season.

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 place.

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 182 pounds.

“The kids did great,” remarked new coach Kurt Ronquist, “the more practice and experience the better they’re becoming.”

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
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 Saturday.

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 points.

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 points.

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JV’s Waltz to Championship
WEAVERVILLE - 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 Rainwater six.

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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Lady Bulldogs Sail to Perfect 4-0 at Tahoe
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 season.

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 six.

Then it was host Whitell and a 73-39 shellacking by the Bulldogs.

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 weeks ago.

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
CHESTER - 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 championship.

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 finishing 0-2.

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 point.

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- Cascade League.
Prep Wrestling
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 2014
By Ron Mosher
Sports Editor
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 7-0.

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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