IT’S THANKFUL TIME...
Thursday is Thanksgiving - a time that perhaps has some of the best
memories of my growing up days. A time when Mom created a
masterpiece dinner with enough trimmings to feed a small army. My
mouth waters just thinking about those Thanksgiving dinners. A time
when us kids headed home - no matter where we lived. A time to stuff
ourselves into feeling miserable, but loving every second of the
pain. A time where we were thankful for having all the family
together - especially as the family grew over the years.
As time has marched on, things are different. Not a whole lot of
family left, and the phenomenal dinners are just a memory. I’m so
very thankful to have those memories tucked away in the cerebral
Please don’t feel sorry for this ol’ guy... that’s not the intent of
Just remember to be thankful for everything you have this
Thanksgiving. For family and friends. For the chance to live in the
Intermountain Area (AKA God’s Country). For being part of this
wonderful area that supports the youngsters who are gathering around
the Thanksgiving table this year.
Most of all, be Thankful for everything you have in life - no matter
how bountiful or meager. We don’t count the number of toys we’ve
accumulated, or the amount in our bank accounts in order to have
wonderful things to be thankful for.
Please take a few moments this Thanksgiving to truly examine all you
have in life to be thankful for... It will put a smile on your face.
Here are a few of my personal ‘thankful’ items...
• I’m thankful for a job that isn’t a job. Thankful that I get to
witness our young people in sports. It’s not whether they win or
lose, but whether they are enjoying themselves. If they’re having
fun... I’m having fun.
• I’m thankful for getting to know coaches who volunteer countless
hours to make young people’s lives better - and there’s a ton of
these people who coach. From high school to junior high. From
grammar school (yep, the old fashioned term for elementary school)
to NFL flag football. From Youth Soccer to Little League - coaches
that give up a part of their own lives to enrich the lives of
• I’m thankful for community volunteers who have helped make things
better in our communities for all of us. Volunteers for youth
organizations, volunteers who tutor, volunteers who patrol our
streets at night. Volunteers who protect us from fire and the bad
guys. Volunteers who give up part of their lives to enrich ours.
• I’m thankful for organizations such as SNIPPP and others who help
animals. If it weren’t for organizations like that I wouldn’t have
Mr. Kitty terrorizing my life.
• I’m thankful for the men and women (really kids) who serve our
country in the military. Thankful also to those older military
personnel who we fondly call, ‘our Veterans.’
• Thankful for all the truck drivers and delivery people who bring
food and merchandise to our retail outlets... after all, If I had to
grow veggies in a garden and go out hunting for meat I’d probably
starve to death in a matter of days. I’d die if I had to forego my
• I’m thankful to all my ‘Friends’ on facebook, who keep me posted
on what’s happening so I don’t feel left out of the loop... although
I could do without a zillion ‘Selfies’... after all, how much have
you changed in just 10 minutes?!?!?!?
• I’m thankful for the young people of the Intermountain Area...
thankful that you don’t rip me for putting an occasionally
unflattering photo of you playing sports in the paper for all to
see. I’m also thankful that our youngsters don’t get too upset when
I misspell their name or give a wrong name under a photo.
• Finally, I’m thankful to the good Lord for allowing me this time
on earth. Since I’ll be starting my 8th decade in a month - not
bad... considering I once thought those 30 years old were reaaaallly
old people. Now 80 looks pretty darn young.
So take time to consider how thankful you really are this
Thanksgiving... and smile.
FR VOLLEYBALL: Second in Section
Daniela Sanchez digs out a serve
from the back row in 4-set loss to Liberty Christian in
the NSCIF D-6 title game in Red Bluff
|It was a
nip ‘n tuck battle, with Fall River easing ahead at 10-9.
However, at that point Liberty took control and outscored the
Bulldogs, 6-0 to claim the championship.
“After the game I was asked whether a certain play made a
difference in the momentum,” said first year coach Maggie
Torres, “But I don’t think it came down to one hit or one serve.
Volleyball is a game that can shift so quickly, and Saturday it
just didn’t shift in our favor in game five.”
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Winter Sports Set to Start Dec. 2nd
football season over and volleyball in its final week, time to
look ahead to winter sports for local prep teams.
Wrestling will open the season with Big Valley and Fall River at
the annual Chester Tournament December 5-6.
Basketball officially tips off December 2 with all four Burney
teams at Redding Christian in Palo Cedro. Big Valley girls will
be in Fall River the same day for both varsity and JV games
starting at 5pm.
Fall River boys begin the 2014-15 season when they host their
own Block ‘F’ Tournament starting Thursday, December 4. Big
Valley, Burney will join host Fall River and five other teams
for the annual affair.
Check out next week’s issue of Mountain Echo for our annual
Winter Sports Preview.
Swamps Lions to Win Crown|
Big Valley’s Michael Bertelsen runs against
Lions in title game. Bertelsen
scored three TD’s on the night.
FR Volleyball Fights Way to Second in Section
By Ron Mosher
PALO CEDRO - It was a wet, wild and wonderful night if you were
a Cardinal fan here Friday, as the Big Valley squad defeated
host Redding Christian, 24-14 to capture the Northern Section
CIF Division VI championship.
Redding Christian had put the only blip on the Cardinal season
earlier in the year with a 30-26 win, but Big Valley turned the
tables in the title tilt to come away with the championship.
The two teams played a scoreless first quarter, despite Big
Valley gobbling up yards on the ground.
“We knew they would be looking for us to pass,” said coach Bryan
Gerig, “so we stayed on the ground and set the tone for the
In a replay of their first meeting, the Lions drew first blood
to take a 6-0 lead in the early moments of the second period.
However, unlike their first game against Redding Christian, Big
Valley responded with a pass from Kellen Gerig to Tristan
Beckett covering 40 yards and six points. Gerig ran in the
2-point conversion and Big Valley was on top, 8-6.
Big Valley again went to the air with just a few seconds left in
the half as Gerig hit Tanner Bidwell for 50 yards and a TD to
put the Cards in front 14-6 at the half.
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River’s Sara Westlund retrieves serve while teammate Lisa Lommen looks
on in win over Mercy in semi-finals last Thursday.
Etna Stuns Bulldogs
RED BLUFF - It all came down to five points - the difference
between a championship in division VI and second place in the
northern section. Liberty Christian and the Lady Bulldogs of
Fall River battled to a fifth game decider here Saturday, with
Liberty edging the Bulldogs, 15- 10, to capture the section
championship in a 3-2 decision.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Turlock to take on the Turlock
Christian Eagles tonight (Tuesday) in the first ever D-6 Nor-Cal
Championship Tournament (See story and bracket on page B2).
The Lady Patriots started the match off with a 25-19 win only to
see Fall River win the second with an identical score. Liberty
rebounded to take the third set, 25-22, with Fall River falling
behind early, but charging back to get back into the game before
Liberty finally put it away.
In the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs took control early and led
from the opening serve until the final tally of 25-14 in the
most lopsided game of the day. That set up the overtime fifth
and deciding set.
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Johnny Westlund finished the season
as the Bulldogs leading rusher
McARTHUR - In a stunning upset, the number four ranked Etna
Lions blanked the top rated team in D-5 here Friday night, 20-0.
The loss ended the Bulldogs hopes for a section title as well as
putting a quash on their unbeaten string of 10 wins in a row.
Penalties hurt Fall River in the early going, as they floundered
and really never recovered.
The two teams did play a scoreless first half, but Etna
dominated the scoreboard in the final two quarters to put up 20
points while frustrating the previously unstoppable Bulldog
“We consistently put up 40 points on the board all year,”
lamented coach Rick Neugebauer, “then all of a sudden we can’t
put anything on the board. It was just a night that wasn’t
Fall River had chances to turn things around with Etna fumbling
six times, but the Lions recovered all of those miscues.
Tanner Gallion, the leading receiver for Fall River injured his
back on an early punt return and saw limited action, and it
seemed to take the wind out of the Fall River sail. Other
players were also shaken up - Jace Neugebauer’s hand bothered
him after getting it smashed between two helmets.
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The Various Faces of Coaching
Every coach will tell you it would be much easier if
they could don a uniform and run out onto the court or
field of play to help their team. However, coaches are
relegated to the sidelines, where they have to watch and
hope their players remember what they learned in hours
When things don’t go according to the script, a time out
is called to regroup and re-focus on what the team is
supposed to do.
Fall River volleyball coach Maggie Torres (pictured
left) agonizes during their recent semifinal match with
Mercy. Like all coaches, Maggie lives and dies on the
sideline with her team. As a former Lady Bulldog
volleyball player, she knows exactly what’s going
through each players mind during a tense match - but she
can’t play the game for them, that’s their job.
Every coach wants the best for their team. Running the
show from the bench or sidelines can be as frustrating
as it is rewarding. Some use body language hoping it
will help the outcome. Others sit quietly analyzing the
game and their next move.
No matter what the coaching style, sometimes watching
the coaches is as much fun as watching the kids play.
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It’s not just
coaches who ‘get into the game,’ but fans do
too. Here a
Fall River Zombie fan crawls toward the
ball during FR v. Mercy game
Thursday. It’s all in fun, and can sometimes
rattle the opposition.
This is why it’s called, “Home court advantage.”