Many times we in rural America mirror our citydwelling
counterparts when it comes to stopping to help someone. We, like
the flatlanders we sometimes despise, will sail past someone
parked on the side of the road without a second thought. We, so
many times, get caught up in our own little world of activity
that we barely notice what’s going on around us.
The key word in that paragraph is ‘Sometimes’...
Not so this past weekend, when a pair of hunters stopped to help
another fellow hunter alongside the road.
Phillip Silva is a 78-year old who resides in Cassel. He’s
recently fought a bout of pneumonia, but like any intrepid deer
hunter a little illness didn’t stop him from trying his luck
tracking the Intermountain Area’s bucks. Phillip also suffers
from COPD - a respiratory ailment that many of us old timer’s
find hinders us from doing what we always used to do.
So Phillip decided he felt well enough to try and fill his deer
tag... and sure enough, he bagged a buck. However, just
recovering from pneumonia and already suffering breathing
problems, he found it near impossible to drag his prey some
100-yards to his truck. He managed to get back to his vehicle
and was leaning on the pickup struggling to breathe.
Here’s the ‘good people’ part...
Burney high alum Tony Mazzini and his grandmother Arlene Bartram
were driving down the Old Dump road and caught sight of Phillip
leaning on his pickup. They stopped to see if everything was all
Well, everything was all right... kind of.
Phillip explained that he shot a buck, but was finding it more
than a little difficult hauling it back to his truck.
No problem for Tony and grandma.
Tony not only traipsed the 100-plus yards to the kill site, but
field dressed it and hauled it back to Phillips truck and loaded
it in the bed for him.
Phillip Silva now has a freezer full of Venison for the long
hard winter ahead.
Tony has always been a good ‘Kid’... from his days at Burney
High and even before. He has always taken on life with great
gusto and fervor. When he was in junior high, he became the
first bowler in that year’s junior bowling league to break that
magical mark of 200. When presented with his ‘200 Club’ pin,
you’d have thought he won the Boston Marathon... he was a wee
Tony is now an adult, and his fervor and ambition and manners
can be directly contributed to his upbringing by parents and
grandparents. Mazzini is not the only kid-now-grown-up who is
willing to help others - it seems to be something about being
raised in our Area that creates some worthwhile adults. Adults
who stand up for the National Anthem, protest with law-abiding
honor and respect their Elders.
Now being an ‘Elder’ myself, I know that there will always be
someone in the Intermountain Area who will volunteer to help if
help is needed. Thanks to both Tony and his grandmother.
ON TO MORE...
• Another Cassel resident, Dixie Geissner, bought a Ducky Derby
ticket recently and it paid of nicely. Her ‘Ducky’ came in
second at the annual Ducky Derby in Redding over the weekend
earning her a San Francisco Giants Weekend package that includes
two tickets to a game, hotel accommodations and dinner.
• A Martial Arts tournament is set for Burney High School
Saturday at 9am - check out the story on page B-2, you won’t
wanna miss it.
FR Sweeps Lakeview
McARTHUR - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs started slowly
in their match with Lakeview here last week, trailing
1-11 to open the first set, but went on a 13-2 run to
eventual win 25-22 on their way to a sweep.
Fall River won the other two sets, 25-10 and 25-13.
Katie Policastro and Madison Corder each blasted 11
kills, with Policastro also netting five blocks.
Tori Policastro had nine kills and five aces, while
Elyssa Cook added six blocks, Laci Denny four kills,
Saydee Peevehouse seven digs and Grace Lommen 34
Fall River is at Trinity today (Tuesday) and Modoc on
Thursday to open Shasta-Cascade League play at 5pm.
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Cards Win Without Playing
BIEBER - The Big Valley Cards picked up a win Friday
night without touching the football. Host Dunsmuir
forfeited the game earlier in the week when they found
they were going to be unable to have enough players to
field a team.
Big Valley, 2-0 in league and 3-1 overall, travels to
Hayfork (1-1, 3- 2) Friday for a game set to kickoff at
ETNA Dropos BHS in Four
ETNA - The host Etna Lions volleyball squad won a
non-league tilt with Burney here last week - winning in
The Lions won the first two, 25-14 and 25-12 while
Burney took the third, 25-16, and the hosts wrapping it
up in the fourth, 25-13.
Ashley Davies had five kills ad three aces, Maddie
Luntey five kills and three blocks and Kylie Tiran four
aces and six assists..
Raiders Blast Quincy in Second Half
QUINCY - Down by ten points in the third quarter her
against the hosting Trojans, the Burney Raider JV
football team came barreling back to take a commanding
42-26 win to open league play here Friday night.
Samson George had a career-type night, rushing for 132
yards on 24 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Gerrardo Villarruel ran the ball 20 times for 137 yards,
one TD and ran in a pair of 2-point conversions.
Dwayne Smith caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback
Wyatt Pickens and David Nelson each intercepted a Trojan
pass on defense.
“You have to highlight the boys up front on the line,”
said coach Coby Frazier, “they did a great job in making
The coach went on to note the play of freshman Smith,
“he picked up 80 yards on special teams for us... he’s
really coming along.”
Burney travels to Biggs this Friday.
Martial Arts Event Set
BURNEY - A HEROES Submission Wrestling tournament will
be held at Burney Jr/Sr High School this Saturday
beginning at 9am. Participants will include men, women
and youth wrestler's in both advanced and beginner
The Long Shot Martial Arts Club of Burney is hosting the
event that is open to the public. Registration to
participate closes Friday at 9pm and those interested in
entering can do so on-line at
Eight different martial arts clubs will be joining the
host in sending wrestler's to the meet - Team TUFF, STOS
Jiu Jitsu, Golden State Sports Club, FightKore Mtz,
Rxship Fighters, Savage Bear, Team Charles Gracier of
Redding and Wolf Pack
Boxing was Popular
A large crowd gathered at the Pit River Casino for
Toughman Boxing Saturday. Mountain Echo hopes to have
the final results in next week’s issue as nothing was
provided by our press deadline..
NFL Flag Football Starts
The annual youth NFL Flag Football program got underway
Saturday. Games will be played each Saturday at the Joe
Bruce Sports Complex at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds
|The Fall River
JV’s are short in numbers, and Friday they were
unable to field a team due to injuries and
The Bulldogs will have another week to
recuperate with a Bye this week, before heading
to Lakeview, Oregon on October 7.
Bulldogs Swamp Modoc Braves|
Bulldogs swamp Modoc Braves Trojans run past Burney
Raiders as Mountain Valley league opens ALTURAS - The
Fall River Bulldogs mounted a 500-yard offensive blitz
against the host Modoc Braves here Friday, winning
decisively, 35-19, to move to 4-1 on the season.
“We came out strong to start the game,” summed up coach
Rick Neugebauer, “then went flat. We started the second
half the same way and with the same lack of intensity to
finish it up.”
After holding Modoc on their first possession, Fall
River mounted a 10- play drive culminating in a 16-yard
passing touchdown from Gavin Dobson to Robee Knoch with
Jonathon Iniguez kicking the first of five PAT’s on the
On their next touch of the ball, Iniguez broke a 61-yard
TD scamper to put Fall River up 14-zip early in the
“He (Iniguez) went off tackle and broke a couple of
tackles to break open and run down the sideline for the
score,” reported Neugebauer.
Modoc but the gap in half with a TD of their own in the
second period to trail by seven at halftime.
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Trojans Run Past Burney Raiders as
Mountain Valley League Opens
QUINCY - “Their as good as advertised... athletic and
fast,” Burney coach Clint McClurg summed up over the
weekend, as his Raiders ran into a roadblock here with
the host Quincy Trojans pounding out a 44-14 win in
Burney’s debut in the Mountain Valley League.
It was a close at first, with Burney actually taking a
7-6 lead, but the speedy hosts pulled away to a 30-14
lead at intermission on their way to the conference
The loss was also costly in another way for Burney as
senior Kaden Tiran exited the contest with a broken
ankle, and Brandon Mcfarlane was sidelined after taking
a hit on his knee. Mcfarlane is expected to return this
week, while Tiran is out for the season.
On offense for the Raiders, Alejandro Jimenez rushed 18
times for 64 yards - the first game this year he’s been
held to under 100 yards rushing. Marvin Jackson carried
the pigskin 13 times for 29 yards, and had a long run
called back because of a penalty. Favian Jimenez carried
three times for 18 yards, and completed four passes for
83 yards including a 65-yard TD aerial to Mcfarlane.
Jackson caught the other two passes for 27 yards and a
touchdown. Hunter Mostoufi kicked both PAT’s for Burney.
On defense Noah Cassell led the team with 14 tackles,
Alejandro Jimenez had 12 tackles - including two for
losses - and Mcfarlane grabbed an interception.
Quincy held the Raiders to only 185 yards of offense.
“They had a nose guard who disruptive to us all night,”
The coach went on to note that, “they don’t have great
size, but had great speed.”
Burney (0-1, 2-3) heads to Biggs (0-1, 3-2) Friday to
continue conference play.assing for
80 yards and one TD. Iniguez caught two for 24 yards and
his TD, with Robee Knoch hauling i one aerial for 47
yards and Cade Rainwater one-for-nine.
Burney Raids their own Net Tournament
BURNEY TOURNEY CHAMPS...
Standing (left to right) assistant coach Herb
Perkins, Chelsea Davis, Megan Arseneau, Maddie Luntey,
Summer Schottel, Lexi
Matheson, Kylie Tiran, head coach Loni Kolek. Front row
(l to r) Fabiola Perez,
Hannah Pearson, Bailey Turner, Gracie Perkins and Ashley
|BURNEY - The Lady
Raiders volleyball team invited some friends
over for a tournament Saturday, then copped the
top prize for themselves in winning the annual
The Raiders finished Pool Play in second place
behind Liberty Christian, but downed Liberty in
the championship match, 2-1. Here are Burney’s
results for the tourney:
BURNEY 2, BIG VALLEY 0
The Raiders won 25-17 and 25-23 in a close
match. Summer Schottel had four kills, while
Maddie Luntey mustered four kills and two
blocks. Kylie Tiran served up four aces and four
assists, Chelsea Davies nine aces and five digs
with Megan Arseneau adding three assists.
BURNEY 2, TULELAKE 0
The Raiders won 27-25 and 25-15 over the
Honkers. Fabiola Perez had three aces, Luntey 2
aces, four kills and two blocks, while Arseneau
added four assists.
BURNEY and LIBERTY split.
Tiran served up four aces to go with seven
assists, while Davis had three aces. Schottel
slammed eight kills and Luntey five with
Arseneau dishing up five assists.
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Bulldogs Sweek Lakeview
McARTHUR - The Fall River Lady Bulldogs started
slowly in their match with Lakeview here last
week, trailing 1-11 to open the first set, but
went on a 13-2 run to eventual win 25-22 on
their way to a sweep. Fall River won the other
two sets, 25-10 and 25-13.
Katie Policastro and Madison Corder each blasted
11 kills, with Policastro also netting five
blocks. Tori Policastro had nine kills and five
aces, while Elyssa Cook added six blocks, Laci
Denny four kills, Saydee Peevehouse seven digs
and Grace Lommen 34 assists.
Fall River is at Trinity today (Tuesday) and
Modoc on Thursday to open Shasta-Cascade League
play at 5pm.
Fall River at Quincy Tournament
QUINCY - The Bulldog varsity was at the Quincy
Tournament over the weekend, with the following
FR 2, Oroville 0
FR won 25-9 and 25- 20. Tori Policastro and
Madison corder had five kills each, Laci Denny
and Katie Policastro four kills apiece.
FR 2, Maxwell 0
FR won 25-6 and 25-9. The Policastro sisters had
four kills each, Elyssa Cook and Denny three
FR 2, Westwood 0
The Bulldogs won 25- 4 and 25-11. Tori
Policastro had five kills, Katie Policastro and
Corder four kills. Lommen had 16 assists and six
Quincy 2, FR 0
Fall River lost in the semi-finals to the hosts,
26-28 and 21-25. Katie Polciastro and Corder
slammed six kills, Denny five.
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Fall River Jr High ball carrier heads around
left side for TD in Fall River’s 26-0 win over
Burney in McArthur Saturday. Both Burney and
Fall River have replaced Jr. High flag football
for Pop Warner action this year - each with a
combined 7th and 8th grade team.
|Bulldogs Net a
Tie and a Victory
McARTHUR - The Fall River Bulldog Co- Ed soccer
squad garnered a tie and a win in their two home
games last week.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs and Weed Cougars played
to a 3-3 tie, then Fall River bounced back on
Thursday to blank Surprise Valley, 7-0.
Against Weed, Lucio Iniguez kicked a pair of
goals, with T.J. Markham notching the other.
“We received four ‘yellow cards’ in the game
against Weed,” said coach Geri Handa, “it was a
In the shutout over the Hornets two days later,
Antonio Iniguez and Kristen Maier each scored
two goals, Jessica Hammon, Caleb Hamilton and
Robert Betz one each.
“It was nice to get everyone in the game against
SV,” said Handa.
Tulelake comes to Fall River this Thursday for a