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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


Everyone was focused on the big Lunar Eclipse Sunday night, and a trip to the Vista Point on Hatchet was a trek in itself.

Almost everyone had the same idea - get up on the mountain and watch the Eclipse. It was kind of like a big block party... only the hazy sky at dusk didn’t help anyone see clearly. As the sky darkened, however, the show got better.

The highway between the Vista Point and town was also crowded - crowded with vehicles pulled off to the side of the road to grab a quick view.

Camera’s of all shapes and sizes along with Iphones and binoculars were the order of the evening, as everyone wanted a glimpse of this phenomenon that won’t happen again until 2033. It’s amazing how scientists can map out a full moon lunar eclipse for the next 300 years or so, but haven’t figured out how to predict the weather for tomorrow, or come up with a solid cure for the common cold.

But who am I to question their ability, since I’m still trying to figure out the new math under Common Core - if anyone possibly can figure that disaster out. I tried adding 2+2 and it took an entire sheet of paper under the ‘new’ method, but only a fraction of an inch under the ‘old’ math method - you know, counting on your fingers.

Anyway... I digress.

Back to this Lunar thing... A full moon is always a nightmare to look forward toward from the perspective of law enforcement, bartenders and anyone sane enough to realize the crazies come out to howl.

Couple that with an full eclipse, and who knows what lurks... course I haven’t read the Sheriff’s Log to see what my fellow looney-toon friends were up to, so can’t report.

What the Lunar Eclipse did accomplish was to light up social media on the internet, as well as give this space something to type about.

It also proved that unless you know what you’re doing with an expensive camera, photo’s from a cheap flip-cell phone actually takes better pictures of an eclipse... something I’ll remember for 2033.

Have a great week, knowing that things are back down to earth for the coming days!

Bears Top Raiders in SCL Opener
MT. SHASTA - The Burney volleyball team opened Shasta-Cascade League action for the year here last Tuesday, coming up short in three sets.

The hosting Lady Bears won the match, 25- 8, 25-13 and 25-21.

Junior Maddie Luntey had seven kills, two blocks and three aces, while Emma Sealander also slammed home seven kills.

Summer Schottel had two blocks on defense, while Megan Arseneau added 17 assists.

Burney is on the road today (Tuesday) in Weed then home Thursday to host Fall River.

J.V. Net Roundup
Fall River JV volleyball swept two SCL foes to open league play last week, downing Etna, 25- 14 and 25-22, then sweeping Modoc at home, 25- 15 and 25-22.

The Bulldogs finished second to Mt. Shasta at the Burney Tournament Saturday, sweeping Burney, 25-23 and 25-15, splitting with Mt. Shasta, 25-23, 21-25 and earning a split with Tulelake (25-15 and 22- 25).

Burney JV’s finished third in their tournament, splitting with Fall River and losing to Tulelake and Mt. Shasta. In bracket play they swept Tulelake
VBV Forced to Postpone
Homecoming Party

BIEBER - A phone call last Monday morning put a crimp into Big Valley’s Homecoming plans, when the Dunsmuir Tigers announced they would not play and forfeit Friday’s game, thus forcing a postponement of Cardinal homecoming.

Big Valley now will celebrate Homecoming on October 30, when Hayfork comes to town.

Bulldogs Improve to 3-0 with Win over Raiders
BURNEY - The Fall River Bulldogs pulled off a dominating win over intra-district rival Burney, winning handily, 51-6, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Fall River began their crusade by taking the opening kickoff and steadily marching downfield ending in six points when Ernesto Alvarez scored from seven yards out and Jonathan Iniguez kicked the first of six PAT’s on the night.

Burney picked up one first down on their first drive, but were forced to punt giving the Bulldogs the ball on their own 20. Jace Neugebauer (pictured above) hit Fabian Alvarez on a 79-yard catch and run TD and with the PAT Fall River was up 14-zip, with 2:49 remaining in the first period.

The Raiders fumbled the ball to Fall River on the Raider -yard line, with Neugebauer hitting Brian Smith in the end zone on the first play, and with 1:38 left in the opening stanza Fall River had increased their lead to 21-0.
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Lady Bulldogs Swing into League with Two Sweeps
McARTHR - The Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate volleyball foes as they swept their way into Shasta- Cascade League play last week with wins over Etna and Modoc. The twin victories boosted their overall record to 19-0 on the year.

Fall River downed visiting Etna on Tuesday in three, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-19.

Tori Policastro slammed 11 kills, while Madison Corder was dominant at the net with 10 kills and six blocks. Sarah Westlund added four blocks, while Megan Gallion dished up 26 assists to go with four service aces. Daniella Sanchez had 10 digs on defense.
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Bulldogs Win Round One

BURNEY - The Fall River JV football squad took the opening round against host Burney here Friday night, 20-6. The two teams will square off in Fall River for Round Two on October 30.

The Bulldogs drew first blood with 5:10 left in the second quarter on a 14-yard Jeffery Kask TD run. Jacob Carmenita ran in the 2- point conversion for an 8-0 Fall River lead.

It didn't take Burney long to answer, as Marvin Jackson took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to paydirt to narrow the gap to 6-8.

Halfway through the third period, Robbee Knoch extended the Bulldog lead to 14-6 on a 3-yard TD plunge, and with just two minutes left in the game, Bailey Small scored the final TD of the night to give the Bulldogs the 20-6 win.
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Raiders Finish Second in Their Own Tournament
BURNEY - The Lady Raiders battled SCL foe Mount Shasta in the championship of their own tournament here Saturday, coming up short to finish second in the four-team event.

The Raiders won the opening set, 26-24, but came up short in sets two and three, 18-25 and 8-15.

Summer Schottel had three kills, a block and seven digs, while Emma Sealander added three kills and nine digs on defense. Carissa Tereba slammed three kills also, while Megan Arseneau put up 13 assists an three aces. Maddie Luntey finished with a block and 10 digs.

In pool play, Burney finished 2-0-1, sweeping Tulelake to open the tournament, 25-18 and 25-14.

Then it was a split with Mt. Shasta, losing 19-25 and winning the second set, 25-15.

Finally, the Raiders swept Big Valley before entering bracket play, 25-12 and 25-23.
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Fall River Soccer Results

McARTHUR - Fall River soccer battled to a 4-4 tie with Etna here last Tuesday, with Oscar Garcia and Robert Betz each scoring two unassisted goals.

On Thursday, Modoc took the win over the Bulldogs, 7-1, with Garcia notching the lone goal for Fall River.  On Saturday, the Bulldogs squashed Surprise Valley, 11-1 in a scrimmage.

Eight players scored: Joe Robles three, Eddie Moran two and one goal from each of the following - Garcia, Betz, T.J. Markham, Alesha Johnson, Kirsten Maier and Angela Romeo.