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GALLERY: Shasta College football spring practice

Shasta College opened up its spring football camp this week and got back on the practice field for the first time since promoting offensive coordinator Bryon Hamilton to head coach in March.

West Valley football delivers on promise, presents section championship ring over to late teammate’s family

West Valley High’s football team took on a few different nicknames and identities during the 2018 season.

BREAKING: Thompson steps aside as Shasta College head football coach after 23 years

For the first time since the turn of the century, Shasta College will have a new head football coach.

Nelson-Crowell, Larson come up big for Lions in 49-47 win over Jewish Community in NorCal D-VI semis

PALO CEDRO – A little over a year ago, Drew Nelson-Crowell was cut from the Foothill freshman basketball team. Now, the 6-foot-5 sophomore center is one win away from capturing a CIF Northern California championship.

Late turnovers sink Redding Christian girls in 48-47 NorCal D-VI final loss

Saturday night’s CIF NorCal Region Division VI semifinals saw No. 5 Forest Lake Christian Falcons upset the top-seeded Redding Christian Lions (27-4) in a nail-biter 48-47, sponsored by Redding Rancheria.

Shasta College falls short to Mission College 79-74 in state playoff game

Jerry Brown and the Shasta College women’s basketball team knew
they were up against one of the highest scoring teams in the state, full of
shooters and a team that liked to push the tempo.

Foothill girls pull off ugly 45-40 win over Colfax for program’s first state playoff victory

Leading by two with 19 seconds left, Riley Wallen made both ends of a 1-and-1, walked over to her teammates in the following timeout and jokingly wiped her brow.It was that kind of a game for the Cougars.

Foothill comes up short 43-41 to top-seeded Pleasant Valley in D-III boys title game

Four times Foothill had an opportunity to take a lead in the final 70 seconds. And four times, the Cougars couldn’t connect.

Shoff, Matthews deliver D-III title for Enterprise with 71-50 win over No. 2 Foothill

Abby Shoff almost wasn’t a varsity player three months ago.

Fast forward to Saturday and the Enterprise freshman post was a catalyst for delivering the Hornets a 10th Northern Section banner.

Larson wills No. 1 Redding Christian to 54-50 D-VI championship over American Christian with big fourth quarter

What Austin Larson can do on a basketball court will leave you speechless. And then he’ll find a way to top that yet again.

Clutch shot propels Redding Christian girls to 41-37 overtime win in Division VI finals

Redding Christian’s Aleah Matos scored eight points in the Lions’ 41-37 win over Etna on Saturday in the Northern Section Division VI girls championship game. None were bigger, however, than the game-tying 3-pointer the sophomore drained from the right corner to give RC life and send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Sammie Wunner took over down low and helped Redding Christian win the battle of the Lions and avenge last season’s 46-36 section title loss to Fall River.

Hutt, Foothill gut out 55-50 win over Enterprise in D-III semifinals

It was only a matter of time before Josiah Hutt took over.

And this time he brought his fluid jumper along for the ride to send the Cougars into the finals for the fourth time in five years.

No. 2 Foothill rallies past PV 65-52 to earn first section finals berth since 2005

To reach the Northern Section finals for the first time in 14 years, the Foothill High girls basketball team was going to have to slay its biggest nemesis during that drought.

Defense propels No. 5 West Valley to 46-35 win over No. 12 Anderson in D-IV playoffs

Playing a team four times in one season has its perks.

On one hand, there aren’t many surprises come playoff time. And if one side finds success, there’s no shortage of confidence to propel another win.

Shasta College leans on experience to beat Redwoods 65-59, stay atop GVC standings

Jordan Martinez and the core sophomores that make up Shasta College’s women’s basketball team have been patiently waiting for their time to shine.

Knights come alive in 91-44 pounding of Redwoods

It’s not often everyone on a college basketball team gets playing time when you get into conference play. It’s more even rare when every player scores…in the first half.

U-Prep boys rally late to top West Valley 59-54

U-Prep entered Friday night’s homecoming game in a dire situation, facing the top team in the Northern Athletic League without its leading scorer and last year’s league MVP.

West Valley pushes its way to the top with 37-35 win over U-Prep

The Eagles’ Northern Athletic League title hopes are still alive.

Ashlee Lewis banked in a six-footer for the go-ahead bucket with 36 seconds left to lift West Valley High’s girls basketball team to a 37-35 road victory to not only spoil U-Prep’s homecoming night but prevent the Panthers from clinching the NAL title.

West Valley’s Sulzer named Shasta County Sports Heisman winner for 2018 football season

Bailey Sulzer wasn’t satisfied with being a difference-maker. He wanted more.

After a three-year varsity career at West Valley, Sulzer sits second in school history in nearly every rushing stat category behind Eagles’ legend Austin Clark. Sulzer, only five years younger than Clark, once idolized his on-field persona and leadership qualities.

Catching Fire: Enterprise knocks off Foothill 54-51 for fifth straight win

Nearing the end of January and it’s the Hornets who have the rhythm everyone is longing for.

Enterprise pounds Foothill 73-31 for ‘statement win’

If one thing is confirmed after Thursday night, it’s that the Hornets are on a different planet compared to the rest of the Northern Section.

Redding Christian’s Larson nominated for McDonald’s All-American honors

Austin Larson never thought before the season started he’d be in consideration for an All-American honors.

Larson’s versatility leads Redding Christian to 66-34 blowout win over Chester

Double team Austin Larson they say. Make the other guys beat you. Well, that didn’t work so well either.

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 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.

Shasta College goes cold in second half in 65-56 loss to Cabrillo

The night after pounding Gavilan, the Shasta College women’s basketball team couldn’t keep its hot start flowing and dropped a 65-56 contest to Cabrillo College Saturday in the Shasta Crossover.

Knights losing streak reaches eight games after 75-56 loss to Yuba

For more than two decades, Kele Fitzhugh has been pushing the Shasta College men’s basketball team to work hard and the success will come.

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.

Enterprise boys roll Tokay 69-21 after sluggish start in Jamie Angley Hornet Classic

For the first four minutes, the Hornets looked like they were still enjoying Christmas break.

CV girls back to winning ways with 49-40 win over Trinity

“Trust the process” is a popular moniker being thrown around with the resurgent Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. The Central Valley girls basketball team bringing the mentality to the local level.

Enterprise falls to Sac High 73-41 in Girls Harlan Carter final

Enterprise High head coach Anthony Williams (center) addresses his team during a timeout in the 45th annual Girls Harlan Carter …

West Valley can’t hold off Rio Linda in 21-13 D-5AA NorCal championship defeat

All year long West Valley’s defense dominated the first three quarters. But the Eagles couldn’t hang on much longer against one of the top offenses in the state.

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.

VIDEO: No Pressure, No Diamonds – West Valley captures D-III title

Cinematographer and West Valley student Landon Cramer produced a video from West Valley High’s 7-0 win over Sutter in the Northern Section Division III championship and the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

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.

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.

VIDEO: Fall River reacts to winning the D-V section title

Fall River High’s football team completed a perfect 12-0 season with a 45-6 home win over Chester in the Northern Section Division V championship on Saturday in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Fall River crushes Chester 45-6 in D-V championship for perfect season

Fall River’s star-studded senior class capped a perfect season with another dominating performance.

West Valley beats Lassen 17-14 in D-III semis without an offensive touchdown

It was going to take more than West Valley’s suffocating defense and the running ability of Bailey Sulzer to beat Lassen a second time in three weeks.

Youthful Knights come up short to No. 6 Santa Rosa 75-71

One sophomore on a team of all freshman nearly pulled off the upset of the year two weeks into the season.

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.

Redding Christian cruises past Calistoga in NorCal D6 quarterfinal

Redding Christian’s one hiccup came at the worst time of the season — losing the Northern Section Division VI final to snap a 15-match win streak.

Shasta College dropped by No. 24 American River 44-17

The Knights inability to play a complete game with high energy and execution has been a common theme this season.

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.

John, Kody Karpinski living father-son dream playing football for Shasta College

Father and son John and Kody Karpinski have spent the season together playing for the Shasta College Knights. (Photo by …

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.”

VIDEO: Shasta College loses to Siskiyous 49-21

Shasta College gave up 35 straight points in the second half to fall 49-21 to Siskiyous Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week and the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

VIDEO: Tyson Wacker honored at Shasta-Foothill game

Shasta and Foothill High’s varsity football teams honored Tyson Wacker, a 16-year-old varsity football player at West Valley who died Monday after being injured while crashing his car into a tree driving on Ronda Road in Cottonwood.

‘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.”

Teammates, coaches vow to ‘Play for 8’ to honor Tyson Wacker’s memory

“Live for Tyson” – that was the message West Valley head football coach Greg Grandell said a neurosurgeon gave him and the father of Eagles football player Tyson Wacker shortly before the family had to make the choice to pull the 16-year-old off life support.

VIDEO: Shasta College rallies past Feather River 44-37

The Shasta College football team rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Feather River College 44-37 in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week on Saturday.

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.

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.

VIDEO: Enterprise Hornets talk River Bowl XXVI

Enterprise High head coach Chris Combs and seniors Jayden Campbell, Keenan Mai and Justin Kelly talk about the upcoming River Bowl XXVI on Friday against crosstown rival Shasta 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.

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.

VIDEO: Sierra College downs Shasta College 42-29

Shasta College’s football team lost Saturday to Sierra College 42-29 at Memorial Stadium in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week and the NorCal Conference opener.

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.

VIDEO: West Valley blanks rival Anderson 26-0

West Valley High’s football team shut out rival Anderson 26-0 Friday night in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week, winning the annual South County Collision.

Weaver Lumber Player of the Week: Parker Phillips

Is it hyperbole if it’s true? How else could you begin describe the type of season Anderson’s Parker Phillips is having?

Tri Counties Player of the Game: West Valley defense

Defense isn’t used to getting a ton of recognition. Everyone is obsessed with statistics and high-scoring affairs.

VIDEO: West Valley pounds Orland 55-7 on homecoming

Bailey Sulzer ran 22 times for 232 yards and scored four touchdowns as West Valley pounded Orland 55-7 Friday night in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week. 

Shasta College falters on road, loses 40-27 to Sac City

One month into the season and the Knights are still trying to find their identity. And what a rough month it has been.

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.

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.

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.

VIDEO: Shasta College falls to West Hills 40-20

Shasta College’s football team lost Saturday for the second time this season in as many games, falling to West Hills Coalinga 40-20 at Yuba College in Marysville.

U-Prep shuts out Clear Lake 15-0 in Game of the Week

The building of program is a slow process. Only three weeks into the season, the Panthers are showing they’re advancing a little bit quicker than usual.

VIDEO: U-Prep talks about getting first win

U-Prep Panthers players Dylan Cabral and Riley Seay talk about beating Live Oak 28-21 last week and looking ahead to the Redding Rancheria  Game of the Week against Clear Lake on Friday, Sept. 7.

VIDEO: Enterprise downs West Valley 35-14

Enterprise scored four first-half touchdowns to pick up early momentum and carry it to a 35-14 home victory over West Valley in the  Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

VIDEO: Shasta College season outlook

Shasta College’s football team is coming off its second CCCAA American Division championship in three years. With most of the coaching staff returning and some players at key positions.

Weaver Lumber Player of the Week: Bailey Sulzer

What a season-opener for Bailey Sulzer. The West Valley High two-way senior standout left no doubt who was the best player on the field in Friday night’s 16-0 home victory over Foothill in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

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.

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.

VIDEO: West Valley season outlook

West Valley High junior Cade Lambert and senior sBailey Sulzer and Devin Low talk about the 2018 season.

VIDEO: Enterprise season outlook

Enterprise High senior quarterback Leslie Cummings stopped by to talk about the Big 3 scrimmage from Friday at Foothill High School along with a season preview for the Hornets.

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: Shasta Wolves scrimmage recap

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

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.

Knights finally back on the field

Shasta College head coach Craig Thompson talks about the Knights practicing for the third time after their season was pushed …