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Shasta County Sports Team of the Week: West Valley Eagles

Josh Aguilar has been a key component to West Valley completing its first 10-0 regular season in school history. The Eagles are this week's Shasta County Sports Team of the Week. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

The West Valley Eagles football team has been a force on the Northern Section scene for quite a long time.

Still, Greg Grandell’s bunch did something this season that’s never been done at The Pasture – go undefeated in the regular season.

The Eagles capped a 10-0 season last week with a 13-7 win over Northern Athletic League foe Lassen, securing the No. 1 seed in a loaded Division III bracket and earning the Shasta County Sports Team of the Week honors to boot.

West Valley opened the season with a Week Sub-Zero win over Shasta and followed that up with wins over the other two of Redding’s Big Three – Foothill and Enterprise – before dispatching Red Bluff, Central Valley, Orland, Anderson, Corning and the Grizzlies. Along the way, West Valley also earned a forfeit victory over Yreka.

“I’ve coached for 35 years…never been 10-0,” West Valley head coach Greg Grandell told Shasta County Sports. “It’s obviously cool for me, but I’m more happy for the school and the kids, it’s more of them than me.”

And unlike last year when MVP Bailey Sulzer was a dominant force in leading the Eagles to a Section title and NorCal Bowl game, the Eagles have a multi-pronged attack led by Cade Lambert, but complemented offensively by Josh Aguilar, Kitt McCloughan, Wyatt Reginato, Hayden Boyes and a stout offensive line. Defensively, Lambert is the leader of a group including Garrett Thibodeau, Jacob Johnston and others allow 12 points per game.

The Eagles continue their quest for perfection as the No. 1 seed when playoffs start on Nov. 15. Until then, the Eagles can savor perfection – 10-0.

Team of the Week

Week ZeroBurney Raiders
Week 1Foothill Cougars
Week 2Fall River Bulldogs
Week 3U-Prep Panthers
Week 4Anderson Cubs
Week 5Shasta Wolves
Week 6Redding Christian Lions
Week 7Fall River Bulldogs
Week 8 — Shasta Wolves
Week 9 — West Valley Eagles

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.


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