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Shasta County Sports Report: Jan. 13-19

Here’s a daily recap of prep sports action around Shasta County. We will update the scores and highlights daily (with the newer games on the top). We invites coaches to send in scores and game information at shastacountysports@gmail.com.

Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week: Foothill Cougars

The only thing better than beating your rival during the season is beating both of your rivals.

Midseason boys basketball MVP Watch List

There’s still a ton of basketball still to be played between now and the section finals in late February. But the start of league, it’s time to take a look at those players that have stepped up their game over the preseason and enter league as legitimate MVP candidates.

GALLERY: Foothill girls bury Shasta 71-49

The Foothill High girls basketball team pounded Shasta 71-49 Friday night in Eastern Athletic League play, scoring 20 of its 26 field goals in the paint to move to 11-7 on the year and 1-1 in the EAL.

Inside-out game on point for Foothill girls in 71-49 win over Shasta

When the best of both worlds combine, there’s no stopping the Foothill High girls basketball team.

The Cougars got their shots to fall from the outside early on and it opened up the inside game for senior Jenna Wallace & Co. to take over in a 71-49 dominating home win over Shasta Friday night at The Palace.

Foothill outmuscles Shasta for a 65-53 road league win

There’s a 1954 book called “How to Lie with Statistics.” The premise is that numbers can, at times, be distorted and twisted to tell half-truths and partial stories.

There was no stretching the truth Thursday to the fact that the stat sheet said the Foothill boys basketball team outrebounded Shasta 36-18 in a 65-53 Eastern Athletic League win at Harlan Carter Gym. The other telling stat was that the Cougars made as many free throws as the Wolves had boards.

GALLERY: Foothill tops Enterprise 45-42 in OT

Foothill High’s basketball team survived a scare, beating rival Enterprise 45-42 on Jan. 8, 2019 to open Eastern Athletic League play with a win.

All-Northern Section football team released; Sulzer & Gordon named MVPs

Seven West Valley Eagles were named to the All-Northern Section Football Team, announced Wednesday. Among the honors for the Eagles included Bailey Sulzer earning the Defensive MVP and Greg Grandell earning the Coach of the Year nod.

Foothill escapes with 45-42 OT victory over Enterprise in EAL opener

Foothill might be the favorite in the Eastern Athletic League entering Tuesday’s league-opener with rival Enterprise but the Cougars got a bit of a wake-up call.

Mid-season report: 10 boy basketball players to watch

As league play rolls around this week, Shasta County Sports is taking a look at 10 players who impressed during preseason and who we think hoop heads should keep and eye on.

Mid-season report: 10 girl basketball players to watch

As league play rolls around this week, Shasta County Sports is taking a look at 10 girls players who impressed during preseason and who we think hoop heads should keep and eye on.

Girls Basketball Mid-season Update: Standings & Stats

League play begins this week and that means it’s time to take a look at the standings and top stat leaders (updated on MaxPreps) so far this season for girls basketball.

Boys Basketball Mid-season Update: Standings & Stats

League play begins this week and that means it’s time to take a look at the standings and top stat leaders (updated on MaxPreps) so far this season.

Shasta County Sports Report: Jan. 2-6

Here’s a daily recap of prep sports action around Shasta County. We will update the scores and highlights daily (with the newer games on the top). We invites coaches to send in scores and game information at shastacountysports@gmail.com.

Shasta County Sports Report — Dec. 24-30

Here’s a daily recap of prep sports action around Shasta County. We will update the scores and highlights daily (with the newer games on the top). We invites coaches to send in scores and game information at shastacountysports@gmail.com.

Tri Counties Bank Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Jenna Wallace

It was only a matter of time before Foothill High’s Jenna Wallace hit her groove.

Merry Christmas from Shasta County Sports

We hope you’re enjoying family, friends and the traditions we all hold dear.

As we all pause to celebrate the season, we’d like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Shasta County Sports team – TJ, Aaron, Tracy and Mike.

Enterprise girls overcome early freeze, get hot to down Foothill 63-48

Enterprise girls basketball coach Anthony Williams wasn’t worried when his Hornets were down 9-3 after the first eight minutes of play Saturday against Foothill at the Rally in the Valley at Central Valley High School.

Williams’ Hornets continued to shoot and found their shot in the third period, racing to a 63-48 win.

Seven Shasta County players land on All Northern Section Volleyball Team

The 2018 All Northern Section volleyball team was announced today and Shasta County saw eight players land on the three teams, including three first-team selections.

Foothill girls surge past U-Prep 58-44 in Rally in the Valley tourney

Building confidence is a major focus in the preseason. Add in overcoming a little adversity and it could be a recipe for a building a championship caliber team.

Hot shooting paces Foothill girls to 69-44 win over Shasta in Harlan Carter consolation final

Melissa Mitchell, seen last season, led the Foothill Cougars to a 69-44 win over Shasta in the Harlan Carter consolation …

Shasta County Sports report – Dec. 2-8

Here’s a daily recap of prep sports action around Shasta County. We will update the scores and highlights daily (with the newer games on the top). We invites coaches to send in scores and game information at shastacountysports@gmail.com.

Harlan Carter all-tournament team announced

Enterprise High’s Jadyn Matthews averaged 18.3 points per game to be named to the all-tournament team for the 45th annual …

Hornets chop down Loggers 51-39, earn trip to Harlan Carter finals

Enterprises’s Jadyn Matthews paced the Hornets in their 51-39 win over Eureka on Friday to move to Saturday’s Harlan Carter …

Shasta flat in 52-37 loss to Eureka in Harlan Carter opener

The Shasta girls basketball team lost its Harlan Carter opener Thursday, falling 52-37 to Eureka as the young Wolves dug an early hole they couldn’t climb out from.

Football all-league teams announced

Here’s a compilation of the various prep football all-league teams from throughout the Northern Section. The all-league selections are based on league bylaws and coach voting — not media input.

Harlan Carter Invitational girls preview

With a full week or more under our belts, it’s time for the ladies. The 45th annual Harlan Carter basketball tournament tips off Thursday at Shasta High School and runs through the championship game on Saturday. The Enterprise Hornets are defending champions and look to make it two in a row. They open against Willows, while fellow district school Foothill opens with Placer and the host Shasta Wolves have Eureka at 7 p.m. Thursday in the marquee game. Other schools include Chico and Sacramento High.

10 Players to Watch at Girls Harlan Carter Invitational

The girls got next. That’s right, it’s the girls turn to shine as the 45th annual Harlan Carter girls basketball tournament tips off Thursday at Shasta High School. The Shasta Union High School District trio – Shasta, Foothill and Enterprise – are joined by Placer, Chico, Eureka, Willows and Sacramento for this weekend’s action.

Astro Jump Boys basketball Team of the Week: Foothill Cougars

With a 4-0 start and a pair of early season signature wins, including one in the Harlan Carter Invitational title game, the Foothill Cougars have earned the Astro Jump boys basketball Team of the Week honors.

Volleyball all-league teams announced

Here’s a compilation of the various all-league teams from throughout the Northern Section. The all league selections are based on league bylaws and coach voting. The All-Section volleyball teams, voted upon by media members from throughout the north state, will be release soon.

Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Josiah Hutt

The Shasta County Sports boys basketball Player of the Week is the same guy who led Foothill to its first Harlan Carter Invitational title since 1993, earning MVP honors while averaging nearly 19 points per game for the three-night tournament.

GALLERY: Foothill tops Shasta to win Harlan Carter Invitational

Photo gallery from the Harlan Carter Invitational championship game between Shasta and Foothill.

Josiah Hutt named Harlan Carter MVP after Cougars take boys title

It might have been a defining moment in his four-year varsity basketball career. Josiah Hutt, the unquestioned on-court leader of the Foothill Cougars, did not start Saturday’s championship game of the Harlan Carter Invitational. He and a teammate were late and for Cougars’ coach Bill Elliott, rules are rules.

Foothill rallies late to win Harlan Carter 57-52 over Shasta

Not many were sure what to expect from the Cougars in the season-opening tournament.

Foothill bests Enterprise 62-52 in Harlan Carter semis

Hustle one night, high energy the next. Combining those two traits with a growing confidence has translated into wins on back-to-back nights for the Cougars.

GALLERY: Harlan Carter Invitational – Thursday, Nov. 29

Photo gallery from the opening round of the 49th annual Boys Harlan Carter Invitational.

Hustle lifts Foothill to 70-55 Harlan Carter win over Washougal

One thing the Cougars have going for them early on in the season is hustle. With it, anything is possible for a young squad.

Harlan Carter Invitational boys preview

Basketball in the North State officially began Monday, but the Harlan Carter is the first real taste of action for hoop heads. The fundraiser for the Shasta Union High School District programs, this year’s Harlan Carter is back to an 8-team bracket after experimenting with a 6-team, round-robin format last year.

10 Players to Watch at Boys Harlan Carter Invitational

With this being the largest basketball tournament in Shasta County, we thought we’d bring you the Top 10 Players to Watch for the weekend.

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: No. 2, Jenna Wallace

We are down to the Top 2 in the Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball Player Rankings, sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company.

Locals compete at CIF State Cross-Country championships

Eight Northern Section teams and several individuals competed in the CIF State Cross-Country Championships in Fresno on Saturday

Top-seeded Chico downs Foothill 42-22 in D-II semis

Wildfires unfortunately served as bookends for the Foothill High football season. 

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: No. 4, Josiah Hutt

The Shasta County Sports Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings is inside its “starting five.”

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: No. 4, Melissa Mitchell

Mitchell put up numbers across the board last year for Stephanie Ahluwalia’s Cougars.

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 12-14

The Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball preseason player rankings sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company are climbing closer to the Top 10 and today we hit the players at 12, 13  and 14 in our countdown.

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 15-17

The Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball preseason player rankings sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company are inside the top 20 and reaching the top 15 now with the next crop of players.

UPDATED: Football playoffs time changes, Lassen-WV moved to Saturday

The Redding Rancheria Game of the Week between No. 1 West Valley and No. 4 Lassen has been rescheduled for Sat., Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

Northern California sports juggle venues, create contingencies after Camp Fire tragedy

The Chico-Foothill playoff game, originally scheduled to be played in Chico on Friday, was moved to Enterprise High School because …

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Jayden Gordon

This has turned into the norm for Foothill High quarterback Jayden Gordon.

No. 4 Foothill downs No. 5 Shasta 42-21 in D-II quarterfinal

That’s more like the offensive machine the Cougars have been known for this season.

Tri Counties Bank Scoreboard: Quarterfinal edition

Follow the high school football scores and action from the opening week of the Northern Section playoffs, highlighted by No. 4 Foothill (5-5) hosting No. 5 Shasta 3-7) in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Quarterfinal X-Factors: Shasta at Foothill

It was only two weeks ago these two squared off and Foothill proved it was the better team.

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Ty Thomas

Foothill High’s Jayden Gordon is used to grabbing all of the headlines for quarterbacks in Shasta County. He’s got wheels and has proven he can fire it into tight windows.

Shasta volleyball earns three-peat with four-set win over Foothill

The Shasta volleyball team poses with the section title plaque after its four-set win over Foothill on Saturday. (Photo by …

GALLERY: Chico buries Foothill 42-7

Foothill High’s football team lost 42-7 to Chico at home on senior night Friday night at Bill Johnson Community Stadium in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Foothill falls flat in 42-7 loss to Chico

Foothill High’s Jayden Gordon entered the final week of the regular season as arguably the most electrifying quarterback in the Northern Section. But it was Chico’s Ty Thomas who stole the show.

Tri Counties Bank Scoreboard: Week 10

Follow the high school football scores and action from Week 10, highlighted by Foothill (5-4) hosting Chico (8-1) in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week, which could be for the 3-seed in the NSCIF D-II playoffs.

X-Factors: Chico at Foothill

At stake in the final regular season game is a whole lot of playoff positioning.

Final Northern Section football Media Poll

West Valley, along with Paradise, East Nicolaus and Fall River are unanimous No. 1 choices in the season’s final media …

Weaver Lumber Player of the Week: Jayden Gordon

At the start of the third quarter with Foothill leading Shasta 28-6 in a contest that decided a home playoff game, Cougars quarterback Jayden Gordon told offensive coordinator Sam Diskin through a smile, “you’re calling a pretty good game tonight.”

Chico girls, Shasta boys win Masters Swimming titles

 Shasta’s Skyler Royse swims Saturday in the Northern Section Masters at Shasta College. Royse won three events and earned Male …

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Jayden Gordon

Foothill High quarterback Jayden Gordon has more than just speed.

‘Redding’ belongs to Foothill after 49-20 rout of Shasta

The ‘Big 3’ schools in the Shasta Union High School District have an extra element of bragging rights when they face off every year in the “Battle for Redding.”

West Valley remains No. 1 in D-III in latest Media Poll

West Valley will #Playfor8 this week against Lassen less than a week after teammate Tyson Wacker died from injuries sustained …

X-Factors: Shasta at Foothill

Playoffs are still two weeks away but Friday night’s Redding Rancheria Game of the Week winner between Shasta and Foothill in Palo Cedro determines which team will earn a home playoff game. 

Team of the Week: Shasta Wolves

The Shasta Wolves, this week’s Team of the Week, celebrate their 47-10 River Bowl XXVI win over Enterprise. (Photo by …

Northern Section releases football playoff points

The West Valley Eagles are the Division III top seed in playoff points released Monday by the Northern Section. (Photo …

PV pulls away from Foothill in 34-7 win

Had a holding penalty not wiped out Foothill’s game-tying touchdown in the third quarter, Pleasant Valley could’ve easily seen a different result in Friday’s home game.

Game of the Week: Bragging rights on the line in River Bowl XXVI

The coveted River Bowl trophy is starting to get comfortable on the west side. And that’s a problem for those in Black and Gold who have yet to experience holding the cup.

Media Poll: Unanimous No. 1s in Division III, IV, V

The latest Northern Section Media Poll is out and there are some interesting takes when you look at the rankings.

Player of the Week: Jayden Gordon

Foothill QB Jayden Gordon led the Cougars to a 42-28 win over Enterprise, scoring six TDs and earning Player of …

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Jayden Gordon

Jayden Gordon is more than just a running quarterback. It’s well overdue to start respecting his arm.

VIDEO: Foothill downs rival Enterprise 42-28

Foothill High’s football team went up 21-0 at halftime and hung on to its lead for a 42-28 victory over rival Enterprise Friday night in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Gordon’s 6 TDs lifts Foothill to 42-28 win over Enterprise

The game is starting to slow down for Jayden Gordon. And that’s a dangerous thing for Eastern Athletic League defenses.

Game of the Week: Dynamic QBs on display in Foothill-Enterprise

Not every rivalry has a trophy or a title attached to it. Foothill has played the third-wheel to historic Shasta and Enterprise’s annual River Bowl despite being better than both squads some years.

X-Factors: Foothill at Enterprise

For the next three weeks, the ‘Big 3’ square off in every way, starting with Foothill going to Enterprise for the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week. 

Paradise jumps into Division II top spot in latest Media Poll

Paradise jumps into the top spot in Division II after its 28-24 win over previously unbeaten Chico last Friday. (Photo …

Helmet Stickers: Week Five

It’s time to hand out our weekly Shasta County Sports Helmet Stickers for those players who turned in Prime Time performances this past weekend.

Helmet Stickers: Week Four

Central Valley’s Will Flowers scored three times and had an interception to earn a Shasta County Sports Helmet Sticker. (Photo …

Only one new No. 1 in latest media poll as Los Molinos takes D-VI top spot

Fall River remained atop the Northern Section Division V standings in the latest Media Poll (File photo courtesy of Craig …

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Jayden Gordon

Taking a loss is always tough. When you account for five touchdowns in that defeat, it’s downright brutal.

VIDEO: Foothill comes up short to Paradise 43-40

Foothill High’s football team set itself up for a second straight comeback victory but couldn’t hang on to the lead and allowed a last-minute touchdown from Paradise in a 43-40 homecoming defeat Friday night in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

X-Factors: Paradise at Foothill

The Eastern Athletic League gauntlet begins for the Big Schools, including Foothill, which hosts Paradise in the Redding Rancheia Game of the Week Friday at 7:30 p.m.

West Valley moves into Division III top spot in latest media poll

Bailey Sulzer and the West Valley Eagles jump into the top spot in Division III in the latest media poll. …

Team of the Week: Foothill Cougars

Is there a team that is emulating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde more than the Foothill Cougars?

Helmet Stickers: Week Three

Anderson’s Parker Phillips had a night on Friday , rushing for a school record 375 yards and six touchdowns in …

VIDEO: Foothill reacts to comeback win

Foothill High players Chris Jacobsen, Jayden Gordon and Chris Ostergren talk about the Cougars’ 31-28 victory over Lassen Friday night.

Gordon spearheads Foothill’s 31-28 comeback win over Lassen

Foothill has been waiting for a signature win to propel it for the rest of its season.

VIDEO: Foothill rallies past Lassen 31-28

Foothill High’s football team erased an 18-point halftime deficit by scoring on four of its five second half possessions en route to a 31-28 home win over Lassen Friday night.

Helmet Stickers: Week Two

The U-Prep defense earned a Shasta County Sports Helmet Sticker for its 15-0 shutout of Clear Lake on Friday. (Photo …

Foothill can’t strike gold vs. Eureka, falls 62-14 to Loggers

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Foothill Cougars. Friday night was down as 4-0 Eureka handled Foothill on the …

GOTW: U-Prep building momentum heading into matchup against Clear Lake

The past few years, U-Prep has been a program on the rise. A new head coach with a winning pedigree in Darren Trueblood and his former staff from Enterprise is inserted to lead the way and the players have followed.

Helmet Stickers: Week One

Leslie Cummings led Enterprise to a 35-14 win over West Valley on Friday and is one of four Hornets earning …

What We Know (Or Think We Know) after two weeks of football action

Burney’s Ricardo Jiminez tries to bring down Fall River’s Bailey Small during the Bulldogs’ 40-0 win Wednesday in the annual …

Foothill bounces back after Week Zero loss with 41-7 thumping of Carson

Foothill quarterback Jayden Gordon (seen in an Aug. 17 scrimmage) had a big night in the Cougars’ 41-7 win over …

Week 1 Scoreboard: Aug. 31

Follow the high school football scores and action in the second week of the season in Shasta County. In the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week, West Valley (1-0) travels north to Redding to face off with Enterprise (0-1).

Shasta drops, West Valley climbs to top spot in Media Poll

One week is in the books for the Northern Section high school football season. Even with only that one game played, there is quite a bit of shakeup in the weekly Media Poll.

VIDEO: West Valley beats Foothill 16-0

The West Valley High football team shut down Foothill on the opening night of the 2018 season, coming away with a 16-0 victory.

West Valley blanks Foothill 16-0 in opener

When West Valley head coach Greg Grandell flipped offensive and defense coordinators in the offseason, he knew the transformation from Ross Griffith to Jim Vert would work out.

GOTW: Offenses on display for Foothill, West Valley

Two-hundred, eighty days. That’s how long its been since both Foothill and West Valley took the field, losing in the Northern Section semifinals in their respected divisions.

X-Factors: Foothill at West Valley

Kick off is finally here. Well, almost. The Shasta County Sports crew heads to The Pasture in Cottonwood on Friday for the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week between Foothill and West Valley.

Football Player Rankings: No. 4, Jayden Gordon

Photos by Mike Daly Photography Jayden Gordon is not Trent Banner. Not many are. Gordon’s not going to throw for …

Team Preview: Foothill Cougars

The Foothill Cougars are entering the 2018 season with one of the top players in not only Shasta County but all of the Northern Section. 

VIDEO: Foothill Cougars scrimmage recap

Foothill High head coach Joey Brown and dual-threat quarterback Jayden Gordon talk about the Big 3 scrimmage from Friday and looking ahead at the 2018 season.

VIDEO: Big 3 Scrimmage highlights

The Big 3 Shasta County high school football teams converged at Bill Johnson Community Stadium Friday for a three-way scrimmage.

GALLERY: Big 3 Scrimmage

ake a look at some of the photos from the Big 3 scrimmage between Enterprise, Shasta and Foothill on Friday night at Bill Johnson Community Stadium. 

Football Player Rankings: Nos. 16-20

Today was the last Friday without a football game until the day after Thanksgiving. Let that sink in. The season starts next week and the North State celebrated it by heading out to see some scrimmages.

Football Player Rankings: Nos. 26-35

Photo by Mike Daly Photography Taking a look at the next group of players in the Football Player Rankings, which …

Schedule Breakdown: Foothill Cougars

Photo by Mike Daly Photography Foothill is coming off a 6-6 season where it lost to Shasta in the Northern …

By the Numbers: Foothill Cougars

Optimism swirls around Bill Johnson Community Stadium as Foothill High head coach Joey Brown returns his standout quarterback Jayden Gordon …