MIFFED AND CONFUSED...
Fall River fans, coaches and players were a bit confused when the
brackets for the D-6 post season playoffs were announced. Having
been ranked first in the point system for two weeks prior to the
seeding meeting, Fall River suddenly found themselves ranked second
behind Paradise Adventist.
An e-mail to Kevin Askeland - the guy who puts all the numbers
together - has so far been unanswered. According to those at the
meeting, it came down to ‘strength of schedule’ (SOS) to determine
the Number One seed. Having ‘Googled’ to find the formula for SOS
was for naught... apparently Google is confused as we are.
Now a second place ranking is nothing to sneeze at, and benefits the
Bulldogs in the fact they get all playoff games on their home court
up until the championship game - should they go that far.
Most so-called experts had expected there was a chance Fall River
could face off against Liberty Christian in the championship game.
That cannot happen due to the seeding results. Instead - if both FR
and Liberty win their opening tilts - the two will come face to face
in the semifinals. One team will be eliminated, and thus miss out on
the opportunity to advance to the state playoffs (only the first and
second place teams in the division get that honor).
However, ‘experts’ can and often are wrong. You can give your expert
advice from the comfy of your favorite arm chair and be completely
off base. Therefore, we will wait to see what happens.
The best case scenario from the standpoint of Intermoutain Area fans
would be to have Big Valley win over Greenville, then take out
Paradise Adventist later in the week.
On the girls side of the brackets, Fall River and Big Valley are
sitting pretty. The Lady Bulldogs have the home court advantage
through the semi-finals, and Big Valley faces an opponent tonight
(Tuesday) they’ve already defeated twice... but don’t go into the
tilt over confident, Cards - it ain’t over until the overweight lady
Good luck to all our local teams.... Go Get ‘Em.
You think you’ve seen some high school teams that have done well on
the hardwood, but something always seems to come up to surprise you.
This year it was the amazing play of the Fall River JV boys... 26
wins and 0 defeats. WOW!
It’s not uncommon for prep teams (varsity or JV) to go undefeated in
league play, but to amass twenty-six wins without a loss over a
period of three months is extraordinary.
Friday night in Alturas, the Bulldog JV squad wrapped up this 26-zip
feat to a standing ovation from both Fall River and Modoc fans. Well
The Burney Raiders teams struggled this year. They may not have won
many games, but they proved they have heart and soul and are to be
commended. All four of the Burney basketball teams saw the number of
players suiting up each week dwindle. But those still wearing the
Raider uniform came out night after night and made their school,
fans and community proud.
It truly isn’t about how many wins you collect, but how you play the
game. True, teams who get a lot of wins bask in the headlines, but
true sports fans look at how you played the game... and you played
it with everything you had - game after game after game.
No one can ask you to do any more than that. Fans stuck by you and
showed up week after week, and had a good time. Your exceptional
cheer squad put on great shows at every game, whether it was varsity
or JV action.
But beyond all the glitz, glitter and hoop-la, this small group of
hoop players on four different teams came out before each game
planning to give it their all - and did exactly that. Tired, sore
and worn-out after each game, they left it on the court and came
back to do it all over again.
Thanks for the memories, Raiders!
Cards Can’t Overcome Free
Throws in Hayfork
HAYFORK - The Big Valley Cardinals couldn’t overcome 33
trips to the foul line for the host Hayfork Timberjacks,
as the two top teams in the Evergreen league battled it
out for the conference championship here Friday night.
When the final buzzer sounded, the hosts had eked out a
50- 48 win, forcing the Cardinals into second place with
a mark of 10- 2.
Kellen Gerig topped Big Valley with 19 points, while
michael Bertelsen added eight, Mateo Fitts seven and
Wyatt Schmitt five.
“We gave them too many ‘put backs’ at their end of the
court,” stated coach Bob Bertelsen, “and their 33 times
to the line against fourteen for us didn’t help either.”
Earlier in the week, Big Valley downed Dunsmuir at home,
74- 58, thus setting up the true championship game
against Hayfork three nights later.
Gerig again led the Cardinal scoring with 29, while
Bertelsen chipped in 15, Tanner Bidwell 11 and Thomas
Big Valley is seeded ninth in the D-6 NSCIF playoffs,
and heads to No. 8 Greenville tonight (Tuesday) in the
opening round of the postseason tournament.
Raiders Season Ends
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders threw a scare into the
visiting Trinity Wolves here Friday night, but a third
quarter draught doomed the hosts, with Trinity going on
to a 48-35 win.
Burney led by two at halftime (20-18) but the Wolfpack
went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to end the
Raider threat. The two teams battled to a 15- 15 tie in
the final frame.
Jason Searl’s 12 points led the Raiders, while senior
Drew Harrington dropped nine, Kyler Marks seven, Ray
Guerrero four and Alex Madera three. Guerrero led the
team with seven rebounds and three steals, while Madera
dished out five assists. “
”One quarter!” said coach Kevin Bower, “another game to
lose but leave happy. We played with them, but that
third quarter - disastrous.”
He went on to say, “I can honestly say this is one of
the most fun years I have had as a coach. These boys
never quit, they worked their tails off in practice.
They stayed positive with each other and with me.”
The loss to Trinity ended Burney’s hoop season.
Burney Battles Trinity
Burney Little League Elects
BURNEY - The Lady Raiders made a valiant effort at a comeback
against Trinity here Friday night, but came up short, 50-55. The
two teams played a close battle, with the hosts behind by 34-43
heading into the final frame. Burney out scored the Wolves,
16-12 in that final quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Jessica Thompson’s 10 points led Burney, with Joyce Ogden and
Lauren Schneider close behind with nine and Emma Sealander and
Ashley Webster with eight apiece and Lovely Schekla tipping in
three in a balanced scoring attack.
The loss ended Burney’s 2015 season.
BURNEY - A new board of directors was elected to head the Burney
Basin little League as they head into the new summer season.
Those elected to serve are: Kevin Luntey, Aaron Burger, Lori
Carlson, Colene Hickman, Shiloh Chavers, Marissa Scheckla and
Additional sign-up dates for players will be announced soon.
Big Valley Wins
on Road to Share Title with Tulelake|
Bulldog JV Boys Complete a ‘Year to
- The Lady Cardinals of Big Valley entered the final week of the
regular hoop season knowing exactly what they had to accomplish
if they wanted a piece of the Evergreen league crown. It was
simple - they had to win two games. Lose either one and the
dream of a championship would fade into the sunset.
The Cards completed the first half of their challenge when they
downed visiting Dunsmuir, 56-31. That set the stage for the
grand finale - a rematch with Hayfork. Big Valley had already
lost a heartbreaker to the Lady Timberjacks on their own home
court, and the game last Friday meant they had to really come up
big on the road here.
Come up big they did, downing their hosts, 41-37 to earn a share
of the conference crown with idle Tulelake - both with 10-2
In the win over Dunsmuir on Senior Night last Tuesday, Erica
Stevenson topped the offense with 20 points, added eight
rebounds, five assists, six blocks and five steals. Kayla
McCrary had 10 points, six rebounds and one steal. Amanda
Bricker put up six points with five boards and six assists,
while Mikenzie Frye (pictured above) also scored six with five
rebounds. Hope Dodgen scored five, while Cherie Leonard had
four, Savanna Miller three and Alexia Miller two.
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McARTHUR - For the Fall River boys JV team, 2015 will always
remain as the ‘Year to Remember.’
Four tournament championships combined with the Shasta-
Cascade league title... but the biggest accomplishment lies
in the fact that they played 26 games without a loss.
It was the perfect season!
This team was a scoring machine and put up a defensive
juggernaut. They combined for 1,742 points in winning those
26 games - an average of 67.2 points per game.
Throughout this 26 game run, Fall River held their opponents
to 1,068 point (40.8 points per game average). JV teams are
normally known to play low scoring contests, but for these
Bulldogs the year was anything but low scoring. In their
final eight games, Fall River never tallied below 70 points.
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Four FR Wrestler’s Earn Tickets to Masters Event
- Four Bulldog matmen punched their tickets to the
prestigious northern section CIF Masters championship
set for Redding Civic Auditorium this weekend, after
their performances at the small school divisional
championships here last weekend.
• Joe Gemmill (pictured left) finished second in the 285
pound division with a 1-1 mark.
• Cooper Easley finished 1-1 in the 184 division for
• Lucas Warnock wrestling at 158 pounds finished with
two wins and two losses for fourth place.
• Gunnar Ronquist went 1-2 at 197 pounds for fifth place
and earned an alternate spot. It was later learned he
qualified for the Masters.
Other wrestlers from Fall River at the divisional
tournament were Ryan Reynolds at 182 with a 1-3 mark for
sixth place and Kyle Klein at 108 finished in sixth
The Masters is the final section tournament of the year,
with first place finishers advancing to the state
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FR Nabs Wins as they Head to Playoffs
- The Fall River Bulldogs tuned up for the
post-season with a pair of Shasta- Cascade league
wins to finish the regular season last week.
It began at home with a 76-55 win over rival Burney
and ended on Friday here with a 79-54 victory over
In the win over Burney, senior Tanner Gallion broke
the 1,000 point mark as he pumped in 24 points to go
with 14 rebounds. Johnny Westlund (pictured above)
hit 17 points, while Cam Cunningham put up double
digits with 14 and Justin Vigil hit a double-double
with 11 points and the same number of rebounds.
It was a see-saw battle in the first half, but Fall
River put it away in the third period on a 21- 6
For Burney, Jason Searl led three players with
double figures with 18, while Ray Guerrero chipped
in 14 and Drew Harrington 11. Kyler Marks had nine
points and nine rebounds.
Against Modoc, the Bulldogs pulled away in the
second half with 48 points to Modoc’s 26.
Jace Neugebauer pumped in 21 points, Vigil 19,
Westlund 15 and Cam Cuningham 14.
The Bulldogs finished SCL play in third place with a
9-3 mark and are 23-3 overall as they head into the
playoffs starting this week.
Bulldogs Split in Final Week
- The Fall River girls split their final two games of
the Shasta-Cascade league season this past week, downing
visiting Burney, 60-32, but falling to Modoc on the road
here Friday, 44-39.
A 24-6 third quarter put the Bulldogs up for good
against rival Burney Tuesday.
Sarah Westlund put up 11 points to go with seven
rebounds and seven steals, while Megan Gallion, Amy
Brown (pictured left) and freshman Madison Corder - just
up from JV’s - added 10 each. Taylor Corder added seven
with Ranee Betz and Shay Marquez six each.
For Burney, Jessica Thompson scored eight, Joyce Ogden
seven, Carissa Tereba five with Emma Sealander, Lovely
Scheckla and Ashley Webster nabbing four apiece.
In the narrow loss to Modoc, Westlund hit 10 points with
five steals, while Gallion dropped nine with five
assists. Brown scored seven, Betz six and Taylor Corder
Fall River made only 11-of-23 free throws in the game.
“We just couldn’t find the basket,” stated FR coach
Fall River finished in a tie with Etna for third in the
SCL with a 7-5 mark and are 19-7 overall as they get set
to host a playoff game Friday in McArthur.
Bulldogs Wrap up Perfect Season
ALTURAS - The Fall River JV’s wrapped up their 26-0
season with a pair of wins last week.
It began at home with a 76-30 win over Burney and ended
here with a 62-48 victory over Modoc.
Against Burney, Kaleb Hamilton’s 15 points led the
offense, with Joseph Robles adding 12, Zach Thompson 11,
Fabian Alvarez eight and Abel Marin six. For Burney,
Rylee Estes scored 10 and Kaden Tiran nine with eight
In the win over Modoc, Cade Rainwater (pictured above)
pumped in 17, Robee Knoch and Robles 10 each. Hamilton
notched nine with Jonathan Iniquez and Thompson getting
Burney wrapped up their season at home losing to Trinity
on Friday, 42-72. Estes hit 10, Tiran eight and Layton
McClung seven to end the year.
Four Local Teams Set for Action
the boys and girls varsity hoop teams from Big Valley
and Fall River are set to start the win-or-go-home post
season northern section CIF tournament beginning this
week. All four teams are playing in Division Six in this
BIG VALLEY BOYS - - -
The Big Valley Cards, seeded ninth with a 15-7 mark,
open things up tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to
Greenville (17-7). Greenville went undefeated in league
play to win the championship of the Pioneer Mountain
league. Big Valley finished second to Hayfork in the
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