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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.

Shasta shows grit, can’t get over the hump in 63-53 loss to Pleasant Valley

The equalizer. Trailing teams seek it and teams with the lead fight to not give it up.

Tuesday, the Pleasant Valley boys basketball team kept Shasta from grabbing the equalizer en route to a 63-53 Eastern Athletic League win at Harlan Carter Gym.

Midseason girls basketball MVP Watch List

We offer 15 players who’ve shown they can come night in, night out and give their team an opportunity to win. Making the list doesn’t ensure postseason honors (just as not making this list doesn’t exclude from a possible MVP run).

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.

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.

Jackson leads Shasta girls to 56-39 league-opening win over Chico

Before Tuesday’s Eastern Athletic League opening, Shasta coach Alicia Dahl talked about how her young Wolves’ squad was learning to play together as a team.

The group of mainly sophomores and juniors have struggled, at times, to play as a unit in a sub-.500 preseason.

Against Chico on Tuesday, the Wolves (7-8, 1-0 EAL) showed flashes of what their coach wants in a 56-39 over the Panthers (8-10, 0-1).

Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week: JT Beasley

JT Beasley is like a basketball ninja … if you aren’t constantly vigilant, he will strike and it will be painful.

The Shasta junior is 11th in the Northern Section in scoring at 17.1 points per game, but Beasley isn’t a high-profile spot-up shooter in the section or a dominant low-post threat. Instead, the 5-foot-10 guard is a multi-faceted player who helped lead Shasta to a Dennis Burnum Classic title last week and earned the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week honors.

Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week: Shasta Wolves

Trailing by five in the third period of the Dennis Burnum Classic, the Shasta boys basketball team was at a crossroads. A few weeks back, the Wolves might’ve folded after having a lead and surrendering it.

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.

Shasta boys take Dennis Burnum title with 58-54 win over Paradise

The strategy was simple … don’t let Joe Lawrie beat you. The Shasta boys basketball team was clinging to a 56-53 lead over Paradise with 11.9 seconds left in the title game of the Dennis Byrnum title game at Oroville High School. Shasta’s Caden Turner had just connected on both ends of a one-and-one to put Shasta up by three as the Wolves called timeout to finalize their strategy.

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.

Hot-shooting West Valley drops U-Prep 58-43 in Jamie Angley Hornet Classic

West Valley is finding a recipe for success through the first month of the season: get the jump shots going early on and wear teams down by attacking the rim to close it out.

West Valley fends off Shasta for 57-47 win at Jamie Angley Hornet Classic

the Shasta Wolves got within one with just over 5:30 left to play, but couldn’t climb ahead of West Valley and fell 57-47 to the Eagles in the opening round of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic. It was the second time in just over two weeks that the Wolves lost to the Eagles, the first being a 68-54 loss in Cottonwood on Dec. 11.

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.

Anderson boys, Shasta girls win inaugural Toys4Tots games

The Anderson boys basketball team left the Harlan Carter Gym holly and jolly on Thursday after coming away with a 58-55 win over Shasta in the inaugural Toys4Tots game. The Shasta girls earned a win in the evening’s varsity opener with a 47-42 victory over Big Blue.

The night was a benefit for the Marine Corps Toys4Tots campaign as fans were given free entrance to all four games – jv boys and girls played earlier in the afternoon. The bins in the foyer of the gym were overflowing before the start of the boys game.

Shasta’s Alyssa Pope signs National Letter of Intent to play softball at Penn

About 40 people gathered Wednesday in the Shasta High School library to watch Wolves junior Alyssa Pope sign her National Letter of Intent to play softball at the University of Pennsylvania.

Family members, friends, coaches and former teammates joined the Pope family for the short signing ceremony and cake afterward.

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.

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 …

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 …

GALLERY: Shasta girls lose to Eureka in Harlan Carter

Photo gallery of Shasta High’s girls basketball loss to Eureka in the Harlan Carter Invitational.

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.

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.

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.

Shasta advances to Harlan Carter championship game with gritty 62-53 win

In a game of one-upsmanship, the Shasta boys basketball team saw Vallejo’s 10-0 third quarter run and upped the ante with a 20-8 run in the fourth period to pull away with a 62-53 win in the second round of the Harlan Carter Invitational on Friday to advance to Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. championship against host Foothill.

Hot start propels Shasta past Placer 79-50 in opening game of Harlan Carter, season

The Shasta High boys basketball team raced out to leads of 18-7, 25-10, 37-16 and 46-20 before cruising to a season-opening 79-50 win Thursday over Placer in the first round of the 49th annual Harlan Carter Invitational.

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.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: No. 1, Caden Turner

Shasta’s Caden Turner lands at No. 1 in Shasta County Sports’ countdown of returning boys basketball players. The senior averaged …

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: No. 5, Isabelle Smith

Shasta County Sports is continuing its countdown to basketball season with its Top 25 Girls Basketball Player Rankings, sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: No. 5, Caden Cushman

Top 5!! After more than a week, Shasta County Sports enters the starting five of returning boys basketball players.

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 6-8

Shasta County Sports is continuing its countdown to basketball season with its Top 25 Girls Basketball Player Rankings, sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 9-11

Shasta County Sports continues climbs to the No. 1 player in its look at the Top 25 returning boys basketball players.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 12-14

The Shasta County Sports Top 25 Boys Basketball Player Rankings continue in countdown format with Nos. 12-14.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 15-17

Shasta County Sports continues its look at the Top 25 returning boys basketball players, with Nos. 15-17.

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 18-20

Fall River’s Marissa Leighton (No. 24) lands at No. 20 in Shasta County Sports’ countdown of returning girls basketball players. …

Girls Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 21-25

Hoops season is practically here. Northern Section teams are able to start playing on Monday but the first scheduled contest isn’t scheduled until Nov. 26 — the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Boys Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 21-25

In the coming weeks, we will break down the Top 25 returning basketball players, those hoopsters that should make an impact as the season progresses from tournament time all the way to playoffs.

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.

Shasta, U-Prep advance in NorCal volleyball playoffs

Shasta’s Britney Blomquist serves during the Wolves sweep of Mt. Madonna on Thursday in the Division IV Northern California volleyball …

Quarterfinal X-Factors: Shasta at Foothill

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

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 …

Northern Section football playoffs brackets release

West Valley High’s Bailey Sulzer holds up Tyson Wacker’s No. 8 jersey on the field. The Eagles earned the No. …

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.

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

VIDEO: Shasta reacts to 47-10 River Bowl XXVI win

Shasta High players Brayden Coon, James Weaver and Alex Beltran react to beating Enterprise 47-10 in River Bowl XXVI in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week on Friday.

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 …

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: James Weaver

Shasta running back James Weaver scores four TDs in the Wolves’ 47-10 River Bowl win over Enterprise and earned Tri …

VIDEO: Shasta downs Enterprise 47-10 in River Bowl XXVI

Shasta High’s football team got four touchdown passes from Brian Kilgore and four total touchdowns from James Weaver in a 47-10 rout of crosstown rival Enterprise in River Bowl XXVI – the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Shasta offense explodes in 47-10 rout of Enterprise in River Bowl XXVI

For the first time in the River Bowl era, the coveted trophy stays on the West side for a fourth straight year.

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.

River Bowl XXVI: Shasta defensive coordinator Kirk Ramage is a River Bowl staple

Perhaps no one has been around the Shasta-Enterprise football rivalry than Kirk Ramage.

Coaching in River Bowl XXVI comes full circle for Enterprise’s Combs

When Chris Combs steps on Thompson Field Friday night to coach Enterprise against crosstown rival Shasta in River Bowl XXVI, he’s in a class all by himself.

River Bowl XXVI: Former Shasta, Enterprise players talk about their favorite River Bowl moments

For Shasta and Enterprise fans, winning the River Bowl is a source of school pride … the feeling that you can hold that victory over them for an entire year.

River Bowl XXVI: Shasta X-Factors

Shasta is on the verge of making history, going for its fourth straight River Bowl victory when it hosts crosstown rival Enterprise Friday night in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

VIDEO: Shasta Wolves talk River Bowl XXVI

Shasta High head coach J.C. Hunsaker and players James Weaver, Blake Blomquist, Tony DeBlasio, Isaiah Pena and Dominic Hicks talk about the upcoming River Bowl XXVI on Friday against crosstown rival Enterprise in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

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.

Our favorite River Bowl memories: Shasta County Sports remembers back on the Shasta-Enterprise rivalry

The Shasta team hoists the River Bowl trophy in 2016, one of our Top 10 River Bowl memories (Photo by …

VIDEO: Shasta College coaches talk about River Bowl experiences

Shasta College coaches Craig Thompson, Bryon Hamilton, Anthony Cavalli and Nate Stephens talk about playing in the River Bowl and what it means to them and the city.

Shasta-Enterprise rivalry

The football rivalry between Enterprise and Shasta high schools dates back to 1956, well before Mike Mangas, David Little, Clay …

A history of the River Bowl

As River Bowl XXVI approaches, here’s a look back at the scores from the previous 25 Shasta-Enterprise games. 1993 – …

Late field goal lifts Paradise over Shasta 10-7 in defensive slugfest

The Shasta Wolves fell 10-7 to Paradise at Om Wraith Field on Friday. (Photo by Shasta County Sports) For the …

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.

Helmet Stickers: Week Six

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.

Volleyball Playoff Points

Redding Christian sits in first in Division VI after the initial round of volleyball playoff points were released Wednesday by …

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 …

Shasta gets back on winning track with 49-26 win over Red Bluff

Shasta broke its four-game losing skid with a 49-26 win over Red Bluff on Friday. (File photo / Shasta County …

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.

PV handles Shasta volleyball in straight sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-14

Shasta’s Courtney Oilar goes up for a kill Tuesday in the Wolves’ straight sets loss to Pleasant Valley. (Photo by …

Shasta falls 37-0 to Chico in first home shutout since 2014

For the first time since 2014, the cannon was silent at Thompson Field. The Chico Panthers (5-0, 1-0 Eastern Athletic …

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. …

Northern Section Volleyball stat leaders

The volleyball season is in full swing as league battles are heating up and the finals are a mere six …

Helmet Stickers: Week Three

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

Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game: Alec Meek, Shasta

Alec Meek, taking the ball from Shasta quarterback Brian Kilgore, rushed for 64 yards and caught a TD pass in …

Shasta falls 35-14 to Eureka, losing to Loggers for first time since 2011

Shasta coach JC Hunsaker told his team in the post-game huddle, he knew the final score of the game the Wolves had just played but wasn’t sure if a 5-0 Eureka team had beat them or the 1-2 Wolves had beat themselves.

X-Factors: Eureka at Shasta

The season is heading into the fourth week and Shasta High is finally playing at home and is going to be featured in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week this week against an unbeaten Eureka squad that is coming off a 64-point outburst against Foothill.

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 …

Shasta falls 46-7 on the road to Elk Grove

Elk Grove’s Carter Harris scored four times and the Shasta Wolves again gave up multiple big-play touchdowns in a 46-7 …

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.

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.

Helmet Stickers: Week Zero

The season is young, but there were some mid-season performances Friday in Week Zero action, led by Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game and Weaver Lumber Player of the Week Bailey Sulzer of West Valley.

Shasta holds on to beat Corning 28-24

The Wolves got the defensive stop when they needed it most – in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, stopping the Cardinals on 4th-and-20 with under a minute to play to preserve a 28-24 road win Friday night.

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.

Team Preview: Shasta Wolves

The last time the Shasta High football team was on Thompson Field, the Wolves were celebrating their 40-27 NorCal Regional Bowl win over Marin Catholic.

Football Player Rankings: Nos. 6-10

The top 10. Can you believe it’s here and you can count down the days of the season-opening kickoff using both hands.

VIDEO: Shasta Wolves scrimmage recap

PALO CEDRO — Shasta High’s football team was at the Big 3 scrimmage Friday night, tussling with Enterprise and Foothill.

Football Player Rankings: Nos. 11-15

Another day closer to the season means another group of player released for the 2018 Football Player Rankings. Basically, this group is considered the darkhorses to earn an MVP by seasons end.

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: Shasta Wolves

The good news for the Wolves is that they had a historic season culminating with a state title game appearance. The bad news for the Wolves is that now everyone will be looking to knock the big dogs down a peg. Shasta revamped its non-league schedule – can’t call it preseason since the Wolves play Lassen in Week 10. And while the 2018 team will have a few holdovers from the 2017 squad, no one is going to take it easy on the Wolves or feel sorry for them at any point in the year.

By the Numbers: Shasta Wolves

Coach J.C. Hunsaker took Shasta to the state title game last season in his third year at the helm. Heading …