As we enter the home stretch for Fall high school sports, let’s take a
second or two to breathe... yep, it’s going to be a hectic week.
We have three local teams still in the hunt to bring home divisional
championships - the Big Valley Cards and Fall River Bulldogs in football
and the Lady Bulldogs of Fall River in volleyball. All coming to a
sudden end between now and Thanksgiving Eve - hopefully with three
championships... not to jinx anyone!
Here are some interesting highlights:
• Three of the four remaining teams in D-5 football are from the
Shasta-Cascade League. The other team (Maxwell) is the defending D-5
• Fall River football has defeated all three other teams still in the
hunt this year - there’s that jinx thing again, drats!
• Five of the eight teams remaining in the D-6 volleyball shoot-out are
private christian schools. • Big Valley football is in the title game
for the first time since switching over to 8-man football.
• Greenville might have lost the opening round of football to Big
Valley, but they got revenge on the volleyball court by downing the Lady
Cards in the opening round of volleyball playoffs - darn it!
I cannot say enough about the Intermountain Area prep fans... you ROCK!
One of the largest crowds in recent memory turned out for the FR v.
Modoc football game two weeks ago, and Big Valley fans are showing they
are really behind their team on the road. I’d term the Cardinal fans as
“Have team will travel.”
A huge contingent of Cardinal loyal’s ventured to Willows last Friday,
and a few weeks ago when the Cards played at Redding Christian it was a
literal toss up as to which team had the most fans in attendance... and
you can bet the house that this Friday’s championship game in Palo Cedro
will see a huge flock of Cardinal fans making the journey to the valley
Just a note of caution to those with sinister ideas... just because
nearly the entire Big Valley population will be in the out of town
Friday night... it’s not a good idea to thing of doing bad things in the
valley. Almost every home has a large dog or two to guard the premises
while the owner’s are away... just to quell any bad idea’s you might
For those interested in watching sports from the warm confines of a gym
- we’ve got you covered. Fall River hosts Redding Christian tonight
(Tuesday) in the D-6 quarter-finals of volleyball. Come on out and watch
a great group of youngsters who play well together as a team. It’s well
worth the cost of admission. All it takes will be three wins between
tonight and Saturday to grab the division title, as it ends Saturday in
Red Bluff starting at 11am. Go Lady Bulldogs!... I love Red Bluff in
Then there’s basketball season on the horizon... with the annual Block
‘F’ Tournament set for the first week of December - as well as some
individual school games earlier that week. Watch for the Hoop Preview
issue of Mountain Echo the Tuesday before. I’ll go out on a limb and say
that if you think football and volleyball have been exciting in the
area... you won’t want to miss basketball season.
While we’re wrapping up Fall sports, a big Thank You to both April
Thompson and Jennifer Leighton for your photographic ability and
willingness to share your photo’s. I’ve tried desperately over the years
to figure out how to be in two or three places at once - and I have to
say I’ve failed. You and others have filled in the gap’s nicely.
If you think the Burney Raiders have been left out of the paper
recently... Don’t fret! It just means that coaches Tara Jones and Kevin
Bower are getting a jump start on basketball practice. Really looking
forward to Raider Hoops this season... Go Raiders!
So we’re down to the wire... best of luck to the three local teams. GO
Greenville Ends Cards Year
- The Lady Cards of Big Valley saw their volleyball season come
to an end in the opening round of D-6 playoffs here last
The hosts won in three, 25-15, 25-20 and 25- 10. The Cards
entered the game ranked 11th, while Greenville was in the sixth
Two Cardinal seniors played their final volleyball game for Big
Valley - Erica Stevenson and Amanda Bricker.
No other information was provided to Mountain Echo.
Cards Play for Championship Friday|
Fall River to Host Etna in Division 5 Semi-Finals
WILLOWS - The Big Valley Cardinals will get another shot at
Redding Christian when the two meet in the D-6 football
championship in Palo Cedro Friday night.
The Cards earned their run at the title with a 24-14 win over
host Princeton at the Willows High School football field here
With a large contingent of Cardinal fans in attendance here
Friday night, the Big Valley squad once again started slowly - a
trait coach Bryan Gerig worries about weekly. True to form, the
hosting Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first period,
but Big Valley countered with 3:39 left in the quarter on a
Michael Bertelsen 38-yard run to pull within two at 6-8.
Early in the second stanza, Kellen Gerig (pictured above) pulled
off a 50-yard touchdown run to put the Cards on top for the
first time at 12-8 - and that's where the game remained until
the second half
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Lady Bulldogs Set to Start quest for the Title
McARTHUR - After a week off, the Fall River Bulldogs will get
back to football Friday night, when they host fellow
Shasta-Cascade League foe Etna in the D-5 semifinal match-up.
The winner will take on the victor between Modoc and Maxwell on
Don’t let it fool you that the Bulldogs have already defeated
this Etna Lions team. The Lions have improved as the season has
progressed. Take, as an example, their early loss to Chester
(7-20), with Etna battling back last week to down this same
Chester team, 19-14 to punch their ticket to McArthur for this
“They are a very athletic team,” summed up Fall River coach Rick
Neugebauer, “they have some size and are well coached.”
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Lady Bulldogs at the net... (l)
Cassidy Sarbacher and Sara Westlund on defense.
McARTHUR - Everything they’ve done to date is put on the back
burner, as it’s playoff time for the Lady Bulldogs of Fall River
volleyball squad. |
“I cannot wait,” said rookie coach Maggie Torres, “We are ready
After a Bye week in round one, Fall River (ranked number one in
D-6) will host Redding Christian tonight (Tuesday) in the first
of what they hope will be three games this week in their quest
of the division title. Tip off is set for 7 o’clock.
“We’re excited to be ranked first,” the coach continued, “but
the bad part about that is that we had a huge gap getting a
During that idle week, Fall River and Mt. Shasta - who also had
a Bye in Division 5 action - met for a scrimmage to keep both
Fall River enters playoff action with a 24-12 mark and a second
place finish to Mt. Shasta in the Shasta-Cascade League. Redding
Christian comes to town sporting a 9- 12-1 record, “and we’re
not really sure what to expect from Redding Christian,” noted
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For Cards it’s First Time in Title Game Since 2003
By Ron Mosher Sports Editor What began way back on
September 6 on the road in Loyalton will come to an end
this Friday in Palo Cedro. Eleven weeks of battling on
the gridiron will all come down to one game - Big Valley
against Redding Christian for the Northern Section CIF
Division VI championship.
The game will mark the first time Big Valley has made it
to the championship game since switching to 8-man
football, and the first title game for the school since
2003 - when they wrapped up the title to bring down the
curtain on the Matt Hunsaker era.
First year coach Bryan Gerig will be looking to start
his own ‘era’ at the school and bring back the top honor
come Friday night.
The two teams battling it out for the championship met
earlier this year, with the Lions of Redding Christian
squeaking out a 30-26 win - after Big Valley spotted
them 22 points to start the game.
“We’ve gotta come up with something different against
Redding Christian this time,” remarked coach Gerig.
The two teams have put powerful numbers up on offense,
with Big Valley scoring 457 points (45.7/game) to the
Lions 560 (46.6/game). On defense, the Cards have
allowed 121 points (12.1/game) to Redding Christians 228
Does either team have an edge? Probably not. But one
thing for sure - it will be a heck of a game and great
finish to the season.