RARE AND MORE RARE...
It’s tough to win a section championship in any prep sport, but
almost completely unheard of when a school captures three
section championships in one school year.
Well, mark a rare feat down for Fall River High School - winners
of three (count ‘em) THREE section championships this school
Fall River has built a reputation in the Northern Section of
capturing section titles, but it’s rare indeed when you can
boast a trio of titles in the same year.
Fall River Bulldog teams were champions in football, volleyball
and just added softball to their resume.
In football, the Bulldogs racked up a perfect 12-0 mark against
competition in the Northern Section CIF (NSCIF) before losing in
the Nor-Cal Regional Championship game at Humboldt State against
In volleyball, it was a remarkable 33-6 season for the Lady
Bulldogs, not only wrapping up the NSCIF championship, but
winning in the opening round of the Nor-Cal Regional tournament
before losing on the road in Woodland.
The latest softball NSCIF championship came this past Saturday,
when the Bulldogs thrilled a large hometown crowd in chilly
football style weather in downing Maxwell, 13-4, to wrap up
their trio of section crowns on the year - and a 23- 2 record on
Fall River has a storied history of fielding championship teams
in league and has wrapped up a ton of section titles over the
years. People ask, “Why does Fall River keep winning?” Here’s my
First, they have great parent and family support for the school
and the athletes. I’m not saying other school’s don’t also get
to brag about support, but in Fall River’s case it’s because of
the amount of family behind the student/athletes. The Fall River
Valley has a history of families remaining in the valley for
generation after generation after generation. It’s definitely
not a valley that see’s a lot of turnover of families moving
away a lot. You have mom and dad, joined by grandpa’s and
grandma’s to go along with a slew of Aunt’s and Uncle’s that
flood the gates of Bulldog sporting events year in and year out.
Second, the school has built a reputation for good coaches who
stick around for a long time. Very seldom to you see a revolving
door of mentor’s at the school. The school prides itself on
building coaches from within. They groom future coaches through
their assistant coaching program, with many of these
coaches/assistants mentoring for well over a decade.
Third, the athletes start young in most sports, and continue to
play through elementary school, junior high and eventually
joining the high school level. They play little league, NFL Flag
Football, Youth Soccer to start out. Then, in many, many cases,
they graduate into an A.A. U. program in several sports and
continue this training until they’ve reached high school. Most
Fall River players understand the sports they play very well
before reaching their freshman year.
Finally, there is a tremendous community-wide pride in their
school. Everyone in the valley loves, “Their” Bulldogs! You can
spot people at Bulldog sporting events who have no children
attending the school, but they know that community involvement
makes for a better school environment.
Overall, it’s a true story of ‘Pride’. Pride in their families.
Pride in their community. Pride in their youngsters. Pride in
So congratulations to not only Fall River High School, but Big
Valley and Burney as well, for a great year that is wrapping up
very quickly. It’s been an honor and pleasure to once again
watch some great youngsters excel at athletics as well as
academics this school year. It’s everyone’s wish that those
graduating and moving on will find their niche in life and
prosper. We hope that you all find true happiness... the
happiness that you found while being a part of our Intermountain
Area - the greatest place to grow up.
Have a great week, everyone.
Raisers End Season with
10 Inning Loss
CHESTER - The Burney Raiders chalked up a pair of runs
in the top of the seventh to force extra innings in
their semi-final NSCIF Division VI playoff game here
last week, only to lose a heartbreaker in the 10th
inning, 6-5, to the host Volcanoes.
Burney, ranked fifth in the playoffs came so close to
upsetting the number one Vol’s.
“These guys play hard until the very end every game,”
summed up coach Rick Kohnhorst, “the never give up.”
After knotting the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning,
Burney threatened to break it open with bases loaded
before the Vol’s put out the fire.
Senior’s Ray Guerrero and Jason Searl combined on the
mound to strike out 17 batters, but it wasn’t enough to
snuff out the Volcanoes.
Guerrero started on the mound and went 6.2 innings
allowing six hits, fie runs - none earned - with two
walks and 10 strikeouts. Searl entered to hurl the final
2.2 innings, giving up two hits, one run, one walk and
fanned seven batters.
At the plate, Guerrero was a perfect 3-for-3 with a
double, two stolen bases, two scored and two RBI’s.
Kaden iran was 3-for-5 and drove in one run. Searl
finished 2-for-4 with a pair scored and one RBI.
Chris Semer and James Chapman both had a hit, with
Semer’s an RBI double and Chapman scoring once.
Burney finished the season at 10-12.
Seniors playing their final high school baseball
included: Ray Guerrero, Jason Searl, Vance Lankford and
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CIF Bestows Honors on Four in
CHICO - Three Intermountain Area scholar/athletes and one coach
were singled out for honors by the Northern Section CIF (NSCIF)
here last week. The announcements were made at the organizations
annual awards luncheon. Fall River senior Megan Gallion received
the CIF/Farmer’s Northern Section Female Scholar/Athlete of the
Year. The male award went to Ben Harper of Trinity. Jace
Neugebauer of Fall River was presented with the Greg LeMaster
scholarship awarded by the Northern Section CIF. Big Valley’s
Kellen Gerig was the recipient of the David and Judy Adamson
Scholarship. Fall River volleyball coach Kelly Freeland-Sloat
was named Model Coach for her work with the Fall River
volleyball team that won the D-6 section title this past season.
Bulldogs Win Section Softball Finals
N.S.C.I.F. DIVISION VI
CHAMPIONS... (front row left to right) Laci Denny,
Joanna Jasperse, Rachel
Wellemeyer, Megan Gallion, Saydee Peevehouse, Alicia
Reynoso. (standing left to right) coach Richard
Fuentes, coach Daryl Marzan, Madison Ronquist, Madison
Corder, Tori Policastro, Trinity Markham,
Hallee Olsen, Katie Policastro, head coach Jeremy
McFarlin, coach Dan Torres.
By Ron Mosher
McARTHUR - The Fall River softball squad won the
Northern Section CIF Division VI championship here
Saturday afternoon, downing Maxwell, 13-4. It follows
Fall River winning section titles in volleyball and
football earlier in the year, and was the first time
since 1986 a Bulldog softball team has won the coveted
The decisive win in the championship game was almost
anti-climactic to the dramatic come from behind 7th
inning victory over Redding Christian in the semifinals
just two days earlier.
The Bulldogs wasted little time in taking control in the
title tilt, plating six runs in the first inning to put
pressure on the Maxwell Panthers in the early going.
Fall River added to their lead in the second frame with
a single run, countered by the Panther’s in the third
and regained when the Bulldogs plated another tally in
the fourth for an 8-1 lead.
Every time Maxwell would attempt to close the gap, Fall
River would counter and wipe out that comeback try. In
the top of the fifth, Maxwell scored a lone run. In the
bottom of the inning, Fall River scored two. In inning
number six, the Panthers plated two runs, which Fall
River answered with three in the bottom of the frame to
lead 13-4. Winning hurler Laci Denny got out of the
seventh unscathed and the celebration began.
Denny won her 23rd game of the year - winning every game
the Bulldog’s won - with two walks and three strikeouts.
On offense, Hallee Olsen set the stage with a perfect
5-for-5 game, including a double, four runs driven in
and one scored and added a stolen base. Saydee
Peevehouse finished 3- for-5, scored two drove in one
and stole a base.
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Locals Off to NSCIF Finals
COTTONWOOD - Burney junior Ryan Pruitt brought home the
Gold Medal in the 3200m race at the Northern Section CIF
(NSCIF) Division VI championships here last Friday. The
win propelled him into this Friday’s NSCIF Finals at
West Valley High School here.
Fall River’s Elyssa Cook will also be competing at the
prestigious NSCIF Finals in the Long Jump. Teammate
Mackenzie Warnock is an alternate in the same event.
Other Intermountain Area athletes may be announced as
alternates this week, but too late for Mountain Echo’s
In team competition, the Big Valley girls JV team
captured the title with 52 points. The Big Valley
varsity boys took second behind Redding Christian, while
Burney was fifth and Fall River 11th. In varsity girls
team standings, Burney was seventh. Big Valley boys JV
squad placed third.
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Maxwell Knocks Burney Out of
MAXWELL - The Burney Raiders softball team opened the
NSCIF playoffs with a 4-0 lead against the Panthers here
last week, but saw the hosts power back to take a 16-6
decision and bring a close to Burney’s season.
Lauren Schneider started and was hit for the loss, with
Maddie Luntey in relief. Schneider had one strikeout and
Megan Arseneau was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double,
triple and two singles with two RBI’s. Luntey and
Carissa Tereba were spotless at 2-for-2 each with an
RBI. One of Luntey's hits was a double.
Joyce Ogden finished 2-for-4 and scored twice while
Schneider had one hit and drove in two runs.
Summer Schottel, Emma Sealander and Caiya McCloud each
had a hit.
The Raiders finished with a 13-10 record.
Seniors playing their final softball game were Emma
Sealander, Lauren Schneider, Carissa Tereba and Beverly
S.N.I.P.P.P. Golf Tourney June 11
FALL RIVER MILLS - To raise funds for spay and neuter
vouchers and animal rescue in the Intermountain Area,
SNIPPP is holding its 9th annual golf tournament at the
Fall River Golf & Country Club here Saturday, June 11.
The $95 entry fee includes green fees, shared cart,
lunch and contest prizes.
A 50/50 putting contest and check in will be from
7:30-8:45am with a shotgun start at 9am.
Regional businesses sponsor the event and donate prizes
for a separate raffle.
For info call (530) 336-6006.
You can also go on-line at www.snippp.org for
information or to sign-up.