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Bulldog Pitching Staff finishes as California's best in
McARTHUR - Any high school coach is more than
happy to have one good pitcher to rely upon during the spring
baseball season. Fall River coach Leo Estes found himself with a
ton of hurlers who could get the job done, as his Bulldogs
finished a remarkable year with 25 wins and just two losses.
His pitching staff finished the 2013 season
atop the state rankings when it comes to strikeouts. Fall River
hurlers struck out 284 batters in the 27 game season, putting them
ahead of all schools (no matter the size) in the entire state.
The strikeout artists were led by senior Klay
Worthan with 103, followed by fellow senior Sterling Humphry with
95 and junior Brad Williams who posted 53. In limited action,
senior Jesse Lee whiffed 20, Clay Pasqual added seven, and
freshman Jace Neugebauerstruck out six.
FR Gals Pull Off Huge Comeback
MAXWELL - In perhaps the biggest comeback in
softball history at Fall River, the Lady Bulldogs rallied from a
12-1 deficit to defeat visiting Tulelake in the opening round of
the NSCIF playoffs, 13-12.
The visiting Honkers plated eight runners in
the top of the fifth to take that 12-1 lead, but Fall River
rebounded to score six of their own in their half of the inning to
keep the game going. FR then tied it up in the bottom of the sixth
In the seventh, with two out, Emily Vigil
worked a walk and stole second. On a run-and hit call and Vigil on
the run, Brook Small looped a single to left that scored Vigil
with the winning run.
Loni Denny (pictured above) picked up the
win in relief, hurling the final two innings, while Sarah Estes
got the starting nod and struck out four.
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Lady Cards Down Hayfork, but End 2013 Season vs. Westwood
SUSANVILLE - The Lady Cards opened post season
play with a 7-5 win over Hayfork on the road last tuesday.
Erica Stevenson got the win with nine
Hayfork scored a run in the first, but the Card
tied it up in the third with Amanda Briker reaching on an error
and Stevenson getting the RBI.
In the fourth, BV picked up two more tallies,
with a triple by Courtney James, Lacey Stevenson reaching on an
error to score James and Amanda Bricker singling to drive in
On Thursday the Lady Cards at Westwood was
rained out and rescheduled for Friday at Lassen College here.
The Westwood gals won the semi-final game, 14-1
to end Big Valley’s season.
Bricker was tagged for the loss, striking out
“We struggled at the plate with our bats,”
summed up coach Cheryl Bruce.
BV had just three hits, Nika Johnson a double,
Lacy Stevenson and Kayla McCrary a single each.
The split in the playoff tournament put the
Lady Cards at 10-6 on the year, after taking second place in the
FR Over Portola, 6-3
McARTHUR - The FR baseball team earned a berth
in the championship with a 6-3 win over Portola here last Tuesday.
Klay Worthan was the winning pitcher, hurling
five innings with five strikeouts, with Sterling Humphry getting a
save in tossing the final two with five K’s and one hit.
Brad Williams, Izzy Velasquez, Clay Pasqual and
Jesse Lee each had two hit, while Tyler Kramer had a single.
Lee stole three bases and finished the year
with 30 thefts.
“Portola was no slouch,” summed up FR coach Leo
Estes, “we had to play well to win.”
Greenville Stops Cards in Baseball
GREENVILLE - The Big Valley Cardinal baseball
season came to an end in the D-6 semifinals, losing to host
Greenville, 10-5. The loss put the Cards record at 8-7. No other
information was provided to Mt. Echo.
Bulldogs Come up Short in Extra Inning Thriller
Fall River catcher Clay Pasqual poised to nail Portola runner at
the plate in last Tuesday’s
6-3 semi-final playoff win over the Tigers in McArthur.
REDDING - The Fall River Bulldogs gave their
fans a thrilling championship game against Hamilton City here
Saturday, coming from four runs down to tie the game and push it
into an extra inning, but came up one-run short in losing to the
Braves, 6-5, for second place in the Division IV northern section
The Bulldogs, defending NSCIF Division V
champs in 2012, fell just short in watching Hamilton win their
second D-4 title in a row.
The title tilt opened with Sterling Humphry
fanning three Hamilton batters with a runner reaching on an error
sandwiched in the middle, but a scoreless start for the Braves.
For Fall River in the first, Jesse Lee
sliced a leadoff single stole second and scored on a Klay Worthan
ball hit to third for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
It remained 1-0 with Fall River dodging a
bullet in the fourth as Hamilton put a runner at third with one
out, but Humphry muscled up and struck out the next two batters to
end the threat.
In the top of the fifth, however, Fall River
couldn’t dodge the bullet as Hamilton racked up five runs to take
a 5-1 lead.
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BHS Lift-A-Thon a Big Financial Success
BURNEY - Burney Raider football players - along
with those who will be playing as freshmen next year - grunted,
groaned and muscled their way through the Burney Raider
Lift-A-Thon held at the school gym last Wednesday.
The event, sponsored by soon-to-be-senior
Michael Gallagher as his senior project, was a fund raiser for the
Raider football program. Gallagher reports that once all pledges
are collected the event will have raised $4,200.
Dylan Spooner (pictured above) set a new school
record in the Power Lift when he lifted 250-pounds.
Besides the Power Lift competition, both boys
and girls competed in the Bench Press lifting.
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Step Back in time Saturday - Car Show & More
BURNEY - You’ll have the opportunity to step
back in time this Saturday, when the Mountain Cruisers Car Club
presents it’s annual Show ‘n Shine at the Rex Club on main street
starting at 10am and continuing until 2 o’clock.
There will be a raffle with plenty of great
prizes, and your chance to vote on your favorite car. The club
announced they are well on their way to seeing a large number of
Mountain Cruisers will donate the money raised
to charitable causes in Burney, Fall River Valley and the
Montgomery Creek- Round Mountain areas.
The Burney Rotary Club will also be presenting
a fine arts and craft show adjacent to the Show ‘n Shine.
Saturday evening you can dance your way back in
time at the Burney Chamber of Commerce Sock Hop at the VFW Hall
starting at 7pm.
Money raised at the Sock Hop will go toward
financing this summer’s Burney Basin Days celebration, and is open
to all those 21-years old and older.
PR’s Set as Locals Earn Trip to NSCIF Track and Field Finals
COTTONWOOD - Michael Peters and John Westlund
of Fall River, along with T.J. Arendt (pictured above) of Burney
and Magen Fairchild of Big Valley extended their track and field
seasons yet another week, after winning at the NSCIF Division IV
championships here last Friday. All four earned berths
in the Northern Section CIF track and
field finals set for this Friday beginning at 4 o’clock.
Peters qualified for two events, after
placing first in both the 200m and 400m races. He set a new
Personal Record (PR) in the 400 with a time of 52.48 and tied his
PR in the 200 at 23.17.
Westlund captured Gold in the 100m race in a
time of 11.84 to qualify to move on.
Arendt set a PR in the pole vault at a
height of 11-00, a full foot above his previous best. Arendt
became the first Intermountain Area pole vaulter to reach the
NSCIF finals since Fall River’s Bobby Main a decade ago.
Fairchild, a senior at Big Valley
a new PR in the 100m hurdles at 17.51 to
earn a shot in the prestigious section meet.
Only the first place
finisher's qualified to move on.
Others taking fifth place
or better finishes at the D-4 finals last week were:
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Vols End Raider Baseball Season
CHESTER -The Burney Raiders spotted host
Chester seven runs after two innings, and valiantly tried to pull
out of the hole only to fall just short in losing the semi-final
The Raiders came close enough to have the tying
run come to the plate in the final inning.
“It was a tough game,” summed up coach Dustin
Fortenberry, “we battle back, but sometimes we put ourselves too
far in the hole.”
Senior Barry Wyrick had a great game
offensively to wrap up his four-year high school baseball career,
going 3- for-4 with a home run and a double. He drove in three
runs, scored two and stole four bases. Wyrick’s home run came on
his final high school at-bat.
Freshman Ray Guerrero also had a 3- for-4 game,
with Caleb Frazier slicing a pair of doubles with three stolen
Duane White was 1- for-3 with an RBI while
Brian Hickman added a single. The Raiders finished the season with
a 11-17 mark, but there was a lot more to the year than just wins
and losses. It was a year of the longest road trip in school
history - to Anaheim and the Anaheim Lions Tournament. A lot of
team bonding on that trip, as well as bonding on a weekend getaway
to Redding for the Anderson Tournament.
“I firmly believe the foundation for this
program has been laid,” stated Fortenberry - in his first year at
the helm of the Raiders.
The coach finished up the interview saying he
can’t wait to return next year to keep the momentum going in 2014.