Shasta County Sports Basketball Lunch Pail Gang

Years ago, when I was at the newspaper, I wrote a basketball piece where I highlighted those kids who I loved watching. Not because they would fill up the basket with points, but because they were solid contributors who came to the job daily and just worked. I called them the Lunch Pail Gang.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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