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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


High school sports for the year is almost over, with just the Northern Section C.I.F. Track and Field Meet this Friday on the agenda.

In reflecting on this past year, almost everyone who follows high school sports will agree it was a fun year.

From Big Valley downing Redding Christian in the title 8-man football game to Fall River winning the SCL gridiron title. From the Bulldog basketball season - both girls and boys varsity and the boys JV going undefeated... it was a great year. Big Valley boys won the EL (tied with Tulelake) in hoop wars. Then this spring, Everyone making the baseball/softball playoffs and Burney boys track and field squad winning the SCL and D-IV title - it was a great year.

Despite all these wonderful accomplishments by the area’s young athletes, there’s one other item that sticks out in my mind as perhaps the best moment of the year.

It happened at a Fall River basketball game last winter...

The announcement to please stand for our National Anthem was made over the PA system, and everyone rose to the occasion. We removed our caps and stood waiting for the Anthem to begin.

We waited, and waited, and waited patiently some more.

During this lull, a small army surrounded the public address system equipment trying to get the Anthem to play.

We patiently waiting a while more.

In the silent gym, a lone voice began to quietly sing our National Anthem. It was Sally Canright. Then Kelly Babajan joined in, followed by more and more voices. Soon the entire gym was performing the Star Spangled Banner.

It didn’t rise to a crescendo, and our voices raised in unison were rather quiet... as if we were in awe of what was happening. It was almost like we each were quietly singing in the privacy of our own home. But this low volume rendition actually made it more dramatic.

As we sang, we looked around at our fellow singers that made up this A-capella choir, and we shared pride in not only the song but our country.

It was a moment of solemn pride, that many in attendance will not soon forget.

As the impromptu choir finished with, “... and the home of the brave.” applause rang out in the gym as we congratulated our fellow singers in a job well done.

It proved once again that many of life’s best moments are unplanned. We in the Intermountain Area are as patriotic as they come. We are also undaunted when it comes to equipment failure. If we can’t fix it, we improvise. We are great believers in duct tape and baling wire. And, when it comes to our National Anthem, we’re ready to sing!

Switching keys...

Congratulations are in order for several young athletes this week.

• Hat’s off to Bailey Small for earning a ride to the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Iowa next month... Go get ‘em Bailey.

• Congratulations to all the Intermountain Area track and field athletes who are heading to the Northern Section CIF Championship Meet this coming Friday. It’s by far one of the largest contingent's of thinclads from this area to punch tickets to this prestigious event. We all wish you the best of luck.

• Congratulations also to the Burney and Fall River softball teams on making the D-6 playoffs. You did the area proud. Now, bring on next season.

• Congratulations to all of you who’ve managed to read this far - you deserve a medal.

And, Finally...

To my latest critic: Thanks for your input. I always look forward to constructive criticism, so please make your next barb constructive and we’ll all live happily ever after.

Bulldogs Bomb Tigers;
then Lose to RC Lions
PALO CEDRO - It was a dog and cat fight in the post season division VI playoffs, as the Fall River Bulldogs trounced the Dunsmuir Tigers in the opening round, but fell prey to the Redding Christian Lions in the semi finals.

When the dust settled, Redding Christian went on to face No. 1 Biggs in the championship, losing 3-0.

In the opener on the road in Dunsmuir last Tuesday, Fall River - ranked sixth - belted out 16 hits in demolishing the third ranked Tigers, 11-1 in five innings.

Loni Denny was the winning hurler, going the distance with one walk and five strikeouts.

Loni Denny also topped the offense in going 3-for-4, driving in three and scoring once with two singles and a double. Saydee Pevehouse and Rachel Wellemeyer also finished 3-for-4 with Pevehouse hitting a double, driving in two and scoring twice.

Alecia Reynoso (pictured above) and Katie Policastro both had two hits, with Reynoso garnering a double, three RBI’s and two runs scored.
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  Big Valley Boys JV team captures Division IV Section Championship
COTTONWOOD - The Big Valley JV boys track and field squad captured the D-4 section championship here last Thursday, scoring 82 points to edge out second place Mercy by nine points.

Individuals finishing in the top three of events were:
• 110m hurdles: 1st, Chase Ohm (pictured above)  (21.92).
• 300m hurdles: 1st, Wyatt Schmitt (48.33) new Personal Record (PR).
• Shot put: 2nd, Dalton Leighton (38- 05.50) PR. • Discus: 3rd, Desten Davies (69-04).
• High jump: 1st, Chase Ohm (5-04.00); 2nd (tie) Seth Gibson and Wyatt Schmitt (5-02.00).
• Pole vault: 1st, Chase Ohm (8-06); 2nd Desten Davies (7-06).
• Triple jump: 2nd, Seth Gibson (34-10.25).

In girls JV action, freshman Hope Dodgen won the 800m race in a time of 2:50.58 - a new PR.

This meet closed out the junior varsity schedule for the year, while first place varsity winners advance.
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Raiders Win Section Title

Burney senior Wyatt Stier clears hurdle on way to winning the 110m hurdle event
at the D-IV championships in Cottonwood Thursday. He also took first in the

300m hurdle event.
The Burney boys track team captured the Division IV northern section track crown here last Thursday with 119 points, ahead of Etna with 75 and Big Valley totalling 74.

First place finisher’s advance to the NSCIF Track and Field Championships at West Valley high here this Friday. A number of Intermountain Area athletes earned tickets to the prestigious event, including:

• Wyatt Stier in 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles.
• Nathan Glazzard in 200m race
• Hannah Riddell in 300m hurdles.
• Ryan Pruitt in 3200m race.
• Sebastian Magnia in long jump.
• 4x100 relay team of Nathan Glazzard, Gustavo Villarruel, Sebastian Magnia and Alex Madera.For Complete Story and More Photos Subscribe
Mountain Cruisers Car Show Kicks Off Summer
BEST OF SHOW... 1928 Ford Truck owned by Jon Albacherli of Round Mountain was selected as the top entry in the annual Mountain Cruisers/Rex Club Days Car Show that annually kicks off the summer season in the Intermountain Area.
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Pair of Cardinals Move on in NSCIF
COTTONWOOD - The Big Valley boys varsity track and field squad finished third at the NSCIF Division IV championships here last Thursday.

Nick Rhodes and Kellen Gerig won individual Gold which earned them a berth at this Friday’s NSCIF championships - also at West Valley High.

Rhodes topped the high jump field at 6-00.00, while Gerig won the triple jump with a leap of 39-10.50. Both Gold medal performances were personal best's.

Here are Cardinal performances at the D-IV meet finishing in the top three:
• 100m hurdles: 2nd, Kellen Gerig (18.24) PR.
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Burney Throws a Scare into Redding Christian

Burney pitcher Lauren Schneider takes the throw from catcher Joyce Ogden as Redding
Christian runner scores first run of the opening round playoff game.

PALO CEDRO - The number two ranked Redding Christian Lions may have overlooked number seven Burney when they came to town last Tuesday to open D-6 playoff action.

The visiting Raiders threw a real scare into their hosts, before the Lions eventually pulled off a 4-1 win.

The Raiders had base runners in every inning, but failed to come through with the timely hits needed to drive in runs.

In the first inning, Joyce Ogden drove the ball over the left fielders head for a double with two outs, but was stranded there.

In the second inning of the scoreless game, Maddie Luntey singled and took second on a passed ball, but again became a stranded runner.

The Lions loaded the bases with no outs, and scored their first run on a passed ball. A walk loaded the bases again and with two outs, Burney tried to catch the runner off base at third, and an errant throw plated run number two.

In Burney’s half of the third, Megan Arseneau lined a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second. In the bottom of the third, Redding Christian went quietly, 1-2-3.
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Bailey:  Off to the National Rodeo
PLYMOUTH - Bailey Small of Glenburn finished third overall among boys at the annual California Jr. High State Rodeo May 15-17.

Bailey finished fourth in bareback steer riding, fifth in saddle bronc riding, seventh in boys goat tying and sixth in breakaway roping.

With his performance at the State finals, Bailey earned a spot in the National Junior High Championship Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa, in June.

Big Valley’s Emily Kramer was at the State Championship, finishing ninth in girls breakaway roping and 12th in girls goat tying.

Mud Run & Softball Events on Tap for Mountain Jubilee
McARTHUR - This year’s version of Mountain Jubilee (formerly Cowgirl Jubilee) will feature a couple of great sporting events - a Mud Run and Big Ball Softball Tournament.

MUD RUN A Mud Run is set for Saturday, June 27th at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds & Event Center, with check-in from 1-3pm and the race beginning at 3:30pm.

The entry fee is $40 for individuals and $35 each for teams of three or more. The fee includes a T-shirt and beer or root beer float ticket.

Entry forms available on-line at, or at the Fair office (530) 336-5695.

Prizes will be awarded to first place male, female and child (12 and under) as well as for best individual costume and best team costumes.

The Jubilee is a fund raiser for the Inter-Mountain Fair.

BIG BALL SOFTBALL A Big Ball co-ed softball tournament is slated for Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28 during the Mountain Jubilee.

The team entry fee is $275 and the deadline for entering is June 24.

Prizes will be awarded to first and second place, MVP and All- Tourney. For information, contact Carlos Escalante (530) 249- 0880 or Kati Meeker (530) 604- 1961.