When it comes to thanking people who aided in my recovery, I’v saved the best for last - namely Phillis Martin and her husband Chris... Phillis visited daily with the local paper so I could keep up with current (or past) events, as well as loaning me a tablet to stay abreast of happenings on facebook. The two acted as my Uber driver to get to the surgeons office to have my 26 staples removed, and that delivery service was no mean feat considering they had to deal with a complete wuss and his wheelchair. Thanks to you both.


• We are into the post season tournaments in a big way, and it once again is an exciting part of the prep sporting scene. The Fall River volleyball squad made it three championships in a row in sweeping Paradise Adventist Academy Friday morning in Red Bluff. The Big Valley Cardinals football team goes of an official third title in a row when they host Princeton this Friday night at 7pm. The Fall River Bulldogs football team gets back in action in hosting rival Modoc Friday night in an effort to keep their push to a section title alive.

Yep, an exciting time with Intermountain Area athletes rising to the occasion.

• So, congratulations once again to the Lady Bulldogs on their third straight section crown, and good luck to both Big Valley and Fall River gridiron teams as we start to wrap things up.


• Yes, it’s almost basketball time, as our local prep sports are beginning to follow in the footsteps for the Pro’s and see a lot of overlap. Nevertheless, we’re fast approaching hoop season, so here are a few tidbits to mull over while you wait for the gym’s to warm up... • Big Valley will have a couple of Cardinal grads returning to lead the boys basketball program this season. Rich Clay will coach the boys varsity, while Alberto ‘Tito” Ortega is back home to coach the JV team. Ortega just recently returned from playing basketball in Europe. Welcome back, gentlemen.

• Former Fall River veteran girls basketball coach Kathy Jones is stepping out of retirement to coach the Bulldog JV girls squad this upcoming season... welcome back, Kathy. • Burney high school will also start the hoop season with some new faces at the helm for the girls. Jason Estes will coach the varsity team while Rebecca Valenzuela will had up the ladies JV squad.


• Tuesday, November 28 will be opening night for Burney Raiders basketball with JV action tipping things off at 4:30pm as Greenville comes to Burney.

• Fall River girls tip things off on Thursday, November 30 at 12:30pm as they host the Burney Raiders JV and varsity squads in a prelude to the opening of the boys Block ‘F’ Tournament at 4pm.

• Fall River boys varsity opens against Burney in the Block ‘F’ Tournament on Thursday, November 30 at 8pm. FR JV boys get things going at the Block ‘F’ on Friday, December 1.

• Big Valley boys hoop season starts at the Block ‘F’ in McArthur on Thursday, November 30.

• Big Valley girls varsity begins their season at the Princeton Tournament set for Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2.

In the meantime, we still have state volleyball tournament and football games to bundle up to watch. Yes, I’m partial to the opening of basketball season because it means we are indoors for the remainder of winter prep sports - basketball and wrestling. I have nothing against football in the great outdoors until the termperature reaches the uncomfortable mark (which in my estimation is anything colder than 72 degrees)... have a great week!

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Bulldogs Will Host State Playoff
Game Wednesday Night

RED BLUFF - For the third straight year, the Fall River Bulldogs have captured the Northern Section CIF Division VI championship.

Is it time to invoke the term “Dynasty” yet?

The title marks the fourth straight sports section championship won by Fall River girls teams - 2016 volleyball, 2017 basketball, 2017 softball and volleyball again this past Friday.

The top ranked Bulldogs pulled off a sweep of second seeded Paradise Adventist Academy here Friday morning winning the title in three sets, 25-17, 25-15 and 25-12. Yep, packed their broom for the trip.

Tori Policastro contributed a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Madison Corder slammed home 10 kills with two blocks. Elyssa Cook and- Meghan McKinlay each had six digs, with McKinlay also nailing two blocks and six digs. Saydee Peevehouse led the team’s defense with 24 digs and served up four aces. Hallee Olsen added eight digs, Myah Gallion 22 assists and Natalie Osborne seven assists.

“This was our goal all year,” summed up coach Kelly Freeland-Sloat.

She continued, “the girls have worked hard all year to earn this honor, and now we’re back in the NorCal Regionals with a home game to start it off.” The Bulldogs (28-8) will host Mendocino who enters the tournament with an overall record of 15-6 Wednesday night at 7 o’clock, but check with the school about time.

Cardinals Will Defend Title Friday Night

BIEBER - For the fourth year in a row, the Big Valley Cardinals find themselves in the D-6 Northern Section CIF championship game, thanks to a lopsided 74-8 win over Los Molinos here Friday night.

The high flying Red Birds can make it four championships in a row with a win this Friday, but will only go in the record books as win number three after having their title in 2014 stripped due to a paperwork error.

The Cardinals wasted little time in showing the visiting Bulldogs that it was going to be their night, as Michael Mc- Crary took the opening kickoff to the house for an early lead and it was full steam ahead from that point.

“We did a good job defensively against their quarterback who’s been their top player,” noted coach Bryan Gerig, “we’re playing well as a team right now offensively, defensively and with our special teams.”

Senior Tanner Bidwell had his best night running the ball, picking up 325 yards rushing on 16 carries and scoring five touchdowns.

“He’s been exceptional all year,” Gerig said, “but this week was something special.”

McCrary finished with four rushing TD’s on 15 carries and a total of 184 yards.

The offensive team effort was the most productive of the year noted coach Gerig, “we ran the ball 34 times for 526 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.”

In the aerial game, Bidwell was 2-for-3 for 33 yards.

Los Molinos scored their lone touchdown with 26 seconds left in the first half, when they returned a kickoff for six points and added a 2-point conversion.

“That was kind of a wake up call for us,” noted coach Gerig, “guess it was good it came late in the half to give us a chance to regroup during halftime.”

The Cardinals (11-0) host Princeton (9-2) in the Division VI championship game this Friday night starting at 7 o’clock. Both teams won their conference titles and went head-to-head against each other back on September, with Big Valley winning, 50-12.

“Back in our first meeting they were playing without their regular starting quarterback,” said Gerig. He went on to note that, “they are a well coached team, and it’s important that we get out to an early lead.”