Published every Tuesday          Phone/Fax (530) 336-6262           P. O.  Box 224, Fall River Mills, CA 96028

Fall River Can’t Contain Bears

MT. SHASTA- The Lady Bulldogs of Fall River couldn’t overcome the high-flying Lady Bears here last Wednesday, dropping a Shasta-Cascade league double header, 4-10 and 4-8.

In game one, Fall River drew first blood with a run in the top of the first, but saw the Bears explode for five runs in the bottom of the frame, then adding two in the second and three more in the third.

Emily Vigil was 2-for- 3 for Fall River with a home run and two runsbatted- in. Rachel Wellemeyer also had two hits. Brook Small was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Laci Denny and Kellie Jo Sims each added a hit, with Denny driving in a run.

Loni Denny (pictured above) was the losing pitcher, going six innings and giving up 14 hits.
For  Complete Story Subscribe

John Frank Memorial Track Meet Results

SHASTA LAKE CITY - Local track and field athletes again faced the big schools in the annual John Frank Memorial event held at Central Valley high here Saturday.

Local’s finishing in the top ten included: Burney’s Sebastian Magnia, sixth in the 100m (11.71) and eighth in the 400m (55.52). Wyatt Stier was sixth in the 100m hurdles (17.56) and seventh in the 300m hurdles (45.76). The Burney 4x100 relay team of Nathan Glazzard, Gustavo Villarruel, Jordan Estes and Stier finished 8th in a time of 46.46.

In JV competition, Big Valley’s Thomas Dodgen was fifth in the 100m with a time of 12.36 and fifth in the high jump at 5-02. He was seventh in the triple jump (34-11.75).

Burney’s 4x100 relay team of Alex Madera, Jacob Keep, Jimenez Alejandro and Trenton Arendt finished seventh in a time of 51.67. Madera also took fifth in the triple jump (34-16.75).

Burney girls varsity saw Paula Requena take ninth in the 200m (28.69). The 4x100 relay team of Lovely Scheckla, Hannah Riddell, Sabrina Mostoufi and Requena was 10th in a time of 56.67.

Bulldogs Blank U-Prep,10-0

SHASTA LAKE CITY - Local track and field athletes again faced the big schools in the annual John Frank Memorial event held at Central Valley high here Saturday.

McARTHUR - Fall River’s softball squad blanked visiting U-Prep in a non-conference battle to start last week’s action, 10-0.

Sarah Estes (shown above) started in the circle and picked up the win pitching two innings, with Laci Denny hurling the final three frames in her first appearance of the year.

“Laci (Denny) is only a freshman,” noted coach Jeremy McFarlin, “and did an outstanding job in her first every high school pitching stint.”

Emily Vigil punched a home run for the winners.



Mountain Echo Sports
Ron Mosher, Sports Editor

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Ron Mosher

Raiders Escape with Split vs. Lions

BURNEY - The Burney Raiders jumped out to a 7- 0 lead in the opening game of a double header against visiting Redding Christian last Tuesday, then held on as the Lions put up six runs in the top of the seventh to escape with a 7-6 win. The Lions won game two of the double dip in see-saw fashion, 8-7 in eight innings, as the two teams split the non-conference DH.

Brian Hickman picked up the win in the opener, hurling six innings, allowing nine hits, four walks and struck out six. Isiah Tiran earned the save coming into the contest in the seventh with two strikeouts.

Hickman sparked the Raider offense with a 3-for- 3 performance at the plate, with two RBI’s and scoring three runs. Jared Clair and Ray Guerrero each went 2-for-4 with Clair scoring twice and driving in two and Guerrero scoring a run and stealing a base.

Jared Hovis, Wyatt Hibbeln, Caleb Frazier, Jason Searl and Kaden Tiran all went 1-for-3 in the win.
For Complete Story and more Photos Subscribe

Cards Split with High Flying American
Christian Academy

REDDING - The American Christian Academy (ACA) baseball squad entered their double header with Big Valley last Friday with a 13-4 record, and after downing the Cards in the opener, Big Valley rebounded to win the nightcap.

“They started a good pitcher against us in the opener,” noted BV coach Marc Muller, “he was on his game striking out seven in five innings.”

Big Valley managed only two hits in the opening game 0-13 loss - singles by Cody Davis and Michael Bertelsen. In game two, however, the Cardinals battled back to win, 9-5 to up their season record t00 4-2.
For Complete Story Subscribe

Lady Raiders Bomb U-Prep in Shutout

REDDING - Behind the three-hit pitching of sophomore Lauren Schneider, the Burney Raiders softball squad bombed host U-Prep here last Thursday, 12-0.

In going the distance, Schneider scattered three hits while striking out five. Freshman Joyce Ogden lit up the offense with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with a double, five runs-batted-in and scored two. Schneider helped her cause with thee hits in four trips to the plate coupled with two walks to score four runs and earn one RBI.

Madison Luntey finished 2-for-5 with a double, while Alyson Jones belted a triple. Kayla Schroeder, Megan Arseneau and Summer Schottel each added a hit as the Lady Raiders pounded Panther pitching for 13 hits. Cassidy Dore and Emma Sealander each walked twice.

Burney ran wild on the bases picking up eight stolen bases in the contest. Ogden stole three, Schneider two and Luntey, Schottel and Sealander stole one each.

Burney, now 0-4 in league play and 4-8 overall, are idle until after Spring Break. They will play Etna (1-2, 10-11) on Tuesday, April 22 in Shasta-Cascade League action on the road, then return to host Weed (0-2, 1-7) on Friday, April 25 at 2 o’clock.


Bulldogs go 1-1 with Mt. Shasta

MT. SHASTA - The Fall River Bulldogs and Mt. Shasta Bears went head-to-head here last Wednesday, with the two Shasta-Cascade league rivals each winning a game in the double header.

Senior hurler Brad Williams pitched a 2-hit gem in the opener, as the Bulldogs slipped past their hosts, 1-0. The veteran pitcher struck out six and walked only two.

Fall River scored the lone run of the game in the fifth inning, with Jace Neugebauer notching the RBI when Jake Moore scored. Neugebauer finished the game 2-for-4 while Moore was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. Thomas Markham and Tanner Kramer had the other two hits for Fall River.

The nightcap was another story, as Mt. Shasta came from behind to score four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings on their way to a 9-2 win and even the series.

Williams pitched five innings, allowing five runs - only one earned - and fanned six batters. Moore finished up on the mound.

Fall River managed only three hits in the game - one each by Williams, Izzy Velasquez and Tanner Kramer. Steel Humphry got on board twice the hard way - getting hit by pitches.

Fall River returns to action next Tuesday (April 22) when Tulelake comes to town for a single game at 4pm. The Bulldogs are back in league action the following Friday (April 25) when Trinity is in McArthur for a double header starting at 2 o’clock.

Area Thinclads Garner Total of
8 Gold Medals

MT. SHASTA - Local athletes brought home eight Gold medals from the annual Fair Weather Meet held here last Thursday.

In varsity action, Burney’s Wyatt Stier nabbed a pair of first place finishes - the 300m hurdles (44.80) and high jump (5-06). Fall River’s Michael Westlund captured the long jump with a leap of 20-04.75.

Junior Varsity Gold medalists included a trio from Fall River - Lucas Warnock first in the 300m hurdles at 50.80 and triple jump (37- 11.00). Shay Marquez took first in the 400m in a time of 1:08.29 while Sarah Westlund captured the 100m in a time of 14.50. Big Valley’s Thomas Dodgen won the high jump at a height of 5-08, which would have also won the varsity competition.

Other thinclads finishing in the top six included:

BURNEY - - - Varsity boys: Gustavo Villarruel took third in the long jump (19-03.5) and fourth in triple jump (35-07.00). Jordan Estes was fifth in the 800m (2:34.00), while Sebastian Magnia (Pictured above left) was second in the high jump (5-06) and third in both the 400m (56.19) and 110m hurdles (19.80). Besides winning two Gold’s, Stier also finished second in the 110m hurdles (17.10).
For Complete Story and more Photos Subscribe

Y.B.L. Wraps up with ‘Shoot-Out’


Burney seniors Tyler Linares and Brian Hickman put on a ‘Shootout’ for youngsters as their senior project Saturday. It marked the end of the annual YBL youth basketball season.

Pictured above left is Shoot-out co-champion Antonio Mercado.  Pictured above right is Shoot-out co-champion Ava Bellino.
For more Photos Subscribe                                                        


Burney, and the Intermountain Area, was stunned with the tragic death of Burney sixth grader Gage Sealander. We try and cope with something that seems unfathomable, so heartbreaking and seemingly unfair.

We all hurt for his family and close friends.

Being a small town, everyone knows everyone else... or at least knows somebody who knows somebody else, etc. When one family is hurting, we’re all hurting. Just to drive down main street past the flower and balloon memorial that sprung up overnight, we are reminded of a young life taken way too early, and our mourning continues.

Those of us who have been around the block a few decades have learned to live with tragedies like this. But for our kids who grew up with Gage it is something they’ve never had to deal with in their short lives. They are trying desperately to understand the enormity of what transpired.

Saturday, many of Burney’s youngsters gathered for the final day of YBL basketball. A banner honoring Gage was placed near the entrance to the gym, with youngsters taking the time to write a message to Gage. Young players had his name written on their faces... faces barely big enough to contain the letters. Yes, there was basketball played, fans cheering and kids running around... but it was all somewhat subdued.

Parents and grandparents sat in the stands as usual, but you can believe that there were a few more hugs, and a little more love in the air, and a hurt in their hearts as they watched their youngsters having fun.

Anyone who had the great opportunity to meet and know Gage will always remember a li’l man who had a spunky gleam in his eyes and shy smile. I first met Gage several years ago when he and his big brother Hunter would arrive where his mom and I worked. The two would sit quietly, with Hunter’s nose in a book and Gage tinkering with whatever he would find that was interesting to him. It is those visions I will always remember.

The memories are what we all have of our friends and loved one’s who have gone to play among the fluffy clouds of Heaven. The memories are what sustain us through life.

Those of us who are older understand and cherish our memories. It’s our younger generation of pre-teens that will have the biggest problem understanding it all. Us older folk will need to be there for these kids. These kids and classmates of Gage who will return from Spring Break next week to a classroom without his smiling face sitting among them.

The Intermountain Area has had their share of tragedy involving youngsters - with memorials along the highway at each end of Burney to remind us of those whose lives were cut way to short. The community has survived and continued, but with a little piece of our collective hearts ripped out.

On behalf of the entire community, I offer condolences to the extended Hovis family - Steph, Daryl, Jared, Bailey and Hunter - as well as the Sealander side of the family. You do not mourn alone.

A memorial and celebration of Gage’s life will be held this Friday at the VFW Hall in Burney beginning at 4 o’clock.

Read more local sports news in the current issue of the Mountain Echo 
Order your subscription online today

©2006 Mountain Echo ~ Mountain Echo, P. O. Box 224, Fall River Mills, CA 96028  Tel. (530)336-6262
Website designed by Murdock Creative Designs -  please contact the Webmaster with questions or comments