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Mountain Echo Sports

Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher


The Lions All-Star hoop games played Sunday at Simpson University in Redding provided some Intermountain family legacies.
For example(s):
• The Stevenson family of Big Valley has been around for decades, and the three daughters of Norm and Sharmie Stevenson have all played high school sports for the Cardinals.

The Stevenson girls have a history with the Redding Breakfast Lions Club All-Star basketball game - beginning in 2009 when Morgan played as a senior, followed by Hailey and ending with sister number three, Erica, playing in Sunday’s 20th All-Star game. Erica is the youngest sibling, and the last to play in the classic post-season event... that is until Norm and Sharmie’s future grand kids come along... Sadly by that time I’ll either be too old to pick up a camera or pushing up daisy’s... perish the thought.

• The Westlund family of Fall River high is starting their own legacy in the games. Senior Johnny played in Sunday’s game - and was the second brother to hit the All-Star hardwood, following brother Michael last year. Younger sister Sarah will be a senior next year, and should easily make the Lions roster. Then if you want to look farther down the road, there are a few more Westlund siblings who’ll be coming along... and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see them playing in the classic game in future years.

• The Gallion’s of Fall River had the father-son duo of coach Scott and standout senior son Tanner in Sunday’s game. Dad has been coaching Tanner for year’s - through youth basketball, AAU and three years on the Bulldog varsity team. Don’t count the string over, as daughter Megan is a standout junior this past season, and the youngest Gallion - Maya - is soon to be in high school.

It’s been a fun run with these families over the years, and it’s coming to a close with the Stevenson’s - who unless they adopt - have run out of offspring to put on the Cardinal Uni. However, there are more Gallon’s and Westlund’s to keep the legacies going for several more seasons... and I can’t wait.

Having covered Intermountain Area high school teams for more years than I can count on my fingers, it’s like a revolving door with families. Parents enter the gym when their oldest youngster is a freshman, and exit when their youngest graduates. We all have a great time while their kids play sports, but most seem to disappear off the face of the earth after their last kid puts on the cap ‘n gown. With some families, the stint of attending high school sporting events continues way past the 4-year mark of one child. There are many families in the area who have earned bleacher bottom for a decade or more following one child after another after another... etc.

Take the Frazier family of Burney. First was Eric, followed by Megan followed by Coby and finishing up with Caleb. Frazier’s that played football, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and ran track. A real Raider dynasty. Even though the youngest graduated last year, as they say - it ain’t over ‘til it’s over - and son Coby is now the head baseball coach for the Raiders... so the Frazier ties with BHS continue.

Yep, with some families it’s a short acquaintance on the sidelines, but for some we’ve grown older together. We’ve seen our hair turn a bit more grey, and we’re slower climbing the bleachers, but it’s been a fun ride with every athlete and every family. That’s the fun part of living in the Intermountain Area - a place where parents and grandparents support their families, cheering from the bleachers and sidelines whether it’s one child or a dozen.

With Spring Break ending, families are once again set to come out and support their youngsters... yep, a great area in which to live.

Humphry First in Team Roping Event
COTTONWOOD - Fall River’s Steel Humphry teamed up with Rial Engelhart of Lakeview Oregon to take first in team roping at the district 1 California High school Rodeo Association event here over the weekend.

Amy Brown of Fall River was third in barrel racing, fourth in team roping with Bailey Bean of Gerber and 10th in goat tying.

Cherie Leonard of Big Valley finished seventh out of 23 entrants in barrel racing and eighth in pole bending.

Next on the district agenda is the district championship set for Friday evening, May 1 and Saturday May 2 in Etna.

  Raiders Grab 2 Wins the Easy Way

FR hurler Steel Humphry in action
BURNEY - It’s easy to pick up a pair of victories when the opposition doesn’t show up.

That’s what happened last Thursday, when the Trinity Wolves forfeited a league double header.

Burney (3-1 SCL, 19-7 overall) host Weed (0-0, 5-6) Friday in a double header starting at 2pm.
All Stars Wrap Up Prep Basketball Season
REDDING - Five Intermountain Area prep seniors wrapped up their high school basketball careers appearing in the 20th annual Redding Breakfast Lions Charity All-Star games here Sunday evening.

The North boy squad racked up a 107-82 win over the South in the second game of the evening. The winners, coached by Trinity’s Jaime Green used their height and slam dunks to defeat coach Scott Gallion of Fall River’s South squad. Big Valley’s Michael Bertelsen played for the victorious squad, while Bulldog teammates Tanner Gallion and Johnny Westlund flew up and down the court for the North. All three got plenty of playing time under the college rule contest.

In the girls earlier game, Big Valley’s Erica Stevenson became the third Stevenson sibling to play in the All-Star Classic, scoring 13 points - including a pair of trey’s for the North squad. Unfortunately for her team, it wasn’t enough as the South prevailed, 61-58 in a nail biting finish.
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Bailey Small is District 1 Top All-Around Cowboy
Bailey Small is district 1 top All-Around cowboy COTTONWOOD - At the completion of the District 1 Junior High Rodeo Association season, Fall River’s Bailey Small walked away with the top All-Around Cowboy award for 2014-15.

The top five finisher's in each event earned a berth at the California State Junior High state finals to be held in Plymouth on May 15-17. Both Small and Big Valley’s Emily Kramer will compete at the state championship in several different events.

Small finished first on the year in steer saddle bronc riding, steer bareback riding and boys goat tying. He was second in bull riding and boys breakaway roping and team roping (heeler) and fourth i boys ribbon roping. He is eligible to compete in each of these events at the state level.

Big Valley’s Kramer finished the year in first place in girls breakaway roping, girls goat tying and girls ribbon roping ad was second in pole bending. She also is eligible to compete in each of these events at the state championship representing district 1.

Small was awarded a championship saddle for his All-Around title, buckles for his first place finishes, horse blanket for third and a knife for fourth place. Kramer also received buckles, blankets and a bracelet.

Bulldogs Finish at 1-2 in Greenville Tourney

Opposing coach Jaime Green of Trinity greets Fall River’s Tanner Gallion
during team introductions at Lions All-Star game. The Green and Gallion
families have a long history of basketball friendship going back to days of
Tanner’s AAU days in elementary school.

QUINCY - The Fall River Bulldogs baseball squad finished up Spring Break at the 9- team Greenville Tournament held over this past weekend. Fall River’s bracket played all their games here, with the Bulldogs finishing 1-2 for the 2- day tournament.

Portola 11 Fall River 6
The Tigers led 11-zip after three innings, but the Bulldogs plated six runs in their half of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Portola in the tournament opener Friday.

“We just didn’t show up to play,” summed up FR coach Leo Estes.

Starter Steel Humphry got the loss, going two innings, and allowing eight runs on one hit and two strikeouts. Dylan Rainwater hurled the final five frames.

Kaleb Hamilton was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs-batted-in, while had Lee was a perfect 20for-2 and scored a run.

Brian Smith, Thomas Markham and Jace Neugebauer each added a lit, with Smith garnering a pair of RBI’s.
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Raiders Run into Trinity Buzz Saw
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders ran into a buzz saw in Shasta- Cascade League play here Thursday - a buzz saw by the name of Tess Johnston of the Trinity Lady Wolves, who struck out 33 batters in the Wolfpack sweep of the conference double dip.

Johnston fanned 17 Raiders in winning game one, 10-4, and whiffed 16 in the nightcap in a 10-3 victory.

In the opener, Burney spotted Trinity a run in the first, but rebounded to take a 2-1 lead in the third frame. Trinity, however, stormed back to take the 10-4 win.

Caiya McCloud was 2-for-3 with a single and triple and scored two. Megan Arseneau was 2- for-4 and scored one, while Lauren Schneider (shown left) got Burney’s other hit and scored a run. Burney stole six bases, led by Schneider and Arseneau with two each.

Schneider was tagged for the loss, going all seven innings giving up three earned runs and striking out five. In the nightcap, Schneider and McCloud both finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Emma Sealander, Monica Blanco and Summer Schottel each garnered a hit.

Maddie Luntey was the hard luck loser in the circle, pitching seven innings, allowing four earned runs and fanning four batters. Johnston, the Trinity strikeout artist, has fanned 150 batters over a 16 game span and has a 2.05 ERA.

Burney, now 0-4 in conference play and 9-5 overall, is idle until Friday when they look for their first Shasta- Cascade League victory when the Lady Cougars of Weed (0-0, 6-9) come to town for a double header starting at 2 o’clock.
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