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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four times Foothill had an opportunity to take a lead in the final 70 seconds. And four times, the Cougars couldn’t connect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For nearly 15 minutes, Kayla Bonomini couldn’t miss.
Nearing the end of January and it’s the Hornets who have the rhythm everyone is longing for.
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.
Austin Larson never thought before the season started he’d be in consideration for an All-American honors.
Double team Austin Larson they say. Make the other guys beat you. Well, that didn’t work so well either.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first four minutes, the Hornets looked like they were still enjoying Christmas break.
“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 High head coach Anthony Williams (center) addresses his team during a timeout in the 45th annual Girls Harlan Carter …
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.
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.
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.
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.
One thing the Cougars have going for them early on in the season is hustle. With it, anything is possible for a young squad.
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’s star-studded senior class capped a perfect season with another dominating performance.
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.
One sophomore on a team of all freshman nearly pulled off the upset of the year two weeks into the season.
That’s more like the offensive machine the Cougars have been known for this season.
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.
The Knights inability to play a complete game with high energy and execution has been a common theme this season.
Father and son John and Kody Karpinski have spent the season together playing for the Shasta College Knights. (Photo by …
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
Shasta running back James Weaver scores four TDs in the Wolves’ 47-10 River Bowl win over Enterprise and earned Tri …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defense isn’t used to getting a ton of recognition. Everyone is obsessed with statistics and high-scoring affairs.
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.
One month into the season and the Knights are still trying to find their identity. And what a rough month it has been.
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.
Three weeks felt like an eternity for Parker Phillips.
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.
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.