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In 2006, just one year after graduating from Maxwell High School, Sonny Badaluco took on his first real coaching job as the manager of the Colusa County Channel Cats, an American Legion summer ball team in its second year in existence.

With the 2019 softball season in the books, the Northern Section CIF has released its list of All-League teams, acknowledging top performances in the corresponding leagues which included 10 from Colusa County.

After a four year absence, the Colusa RedHawks made a return to the NSCIF Division title game, however they did not achieve the desired result falling 11-1 to No. 1 seed and defending champion Warriors.

It was an inauspicious beginning for the Colusa RedHawk baseball team in their NSCIF Division III playoff game with U-Prep on May 14, as they yielded an unearned run even before getting the game’s first out.

Despite the inclement weather last Saturday at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Club in Sloughouse, the Colusa County Ducks persevered to claim two first place and two second place medals in the final regular season event before the state tournament next month.

A bid by the Colusa RedHawks softball team to reach the NSCIF Division IV championship game ended last Thursday in Yreka as the No. 6 Miners staged a late inning rally to overtake the No. 7 RedHawks in a 6-4 heartbreaker.

Three local track athletes punched their tickets to the Northern Section CIF Track Finals after winning events at the NSCIF Division III Championships last Friday at Yuba College.

Last week was a quiet one around the county for baseball and softball teams with only the Colusa RedHawks’ softball team getting in some pre-playoff action as they faced off at home against Division IV rivals Orland and Sutter coming away with a 12-5 win over the Trojans before falling to th…

As respective league play concluded last week for the four local baseball teams, Colusa finished strong collecting two wins over Willows while Maxwell, Williams and Pierce struggled to keep their opponents off the board and all went down to defeat.

With the state trap competition less than a month away, the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports Team continued its preparation at the Coon Creek Trap and Skeet Club in Rio Oso last Saturday, and at the conclusion of the fifth series event, five Ducks had reached the podium.

As track season draws to a close, local athletes convened at Yuba College last Friday for the Sacramento Valley League Championships and when the dust finally settled the Pierce varsity girls had claimed the league title in dominating fashion, while the Colusa varsity boys settled for third …

Last week was a difficult one for the county softball teams in their final week of league play as only Pierce picked up a win after splitting the series with Winters, while Colusa, Maxwell and Williams each suffered two setbacks. 

Last week was a busy yet successful one for the Colusa County Ducks as they participated in a trap series event at the Yolo Sportsman’s Club on April 27 before finishing the skeet season at the state tournament in Stockton on April 28 from which they returned with a truckload of hardware for…

While rain has limited opportunities for local track teams to compete, near 100 degree temperatures did not as both Colusa and Pierce headed to Winters on April 23 for a Sacramento Valley League meet.

Colusa’s boys’ tennis team concluded its season last Thursday at the Yuba City Racquet Club after coming up short against powerful teams from Sutter and Orland in the Butte View League championships.

Things did not go as planned for the Colusa RedHawks, the only county baseball team in action last week, as they fell to the Winters Warriors twice by decisive margins, and as a result dropped two games behind in the Sacramento Valley League standings with just a two games remaining in the r…

While spring break limited the amount of baseball action, both Colusa and Pierce got in a full slate of games at the Sutter Spring Classic, however while the RedHawks fell just one game shy of reaching the championship, the Bears went winless. Williams, the only other local baseball team to …

Dry weather last week allowed for a full slate of softball games in which Colusa continued to roll, picking up two wins at the expense of county rival Pierce, while Maxwell dropped a doubleheader and Williams fell twice to Durham.

In varsity baseball last week, Colusa extended its win streak to five games and remained perfect in league while Maxwell split a double-header at home and both Pierce and Williams went down to defeat.

Colusa County baseball teams have mixed results to show for their work last week as the Maxwell Panthers and Colusa RedHawks rebounded from losses to post wins while the Williams Yellowjackets continued to suffer growing pains.

Over the past two years, one of the county’s most successful teams has been the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports team and the trend continued last Saturday and Sunday in Stockton at the California State Youth Shooting Sports Association’s third series event as they sent six to the m…

In two Butte View League matches at home last week, Colusa’s boy’s tennis team finished 1-1 as they downed Live Oak 7-2 on April 2, before being swept by Orland on April 4.

On the softball diamond Maxwell went unbeaten last week claiming three victories while Pierce ended with a split and Williams dropped two games. Colusa had a bye week and did not play.

Last week was a tough one for the RedHawk tennis team as although they showed improved play, they were defeated at home by the Butte View League’s top two teams.

As it has so often this season, rain interfered with last week’s softball schedule and while Colusa played three games, thanks to a double-header last Friday, Maxwell and Williams both got in one game, and Pierce was kept off the field altogether.

There was plenty of baseball for teams in Colusa County last week although the resulting scores were decidedly disproportionate, with Colusa pummeling Live Oak while Pierce and Williams suffered run rule shutouts. Maxwell had the most competitive games finishing with a win and a loss.

Twenty-six track and field teams that included nearly 900 participants converged on Durham High School last Friday for the ninth annual Vern Regier Invitational, an event hosted by the Colusa RedHawks in honor of their long-time former educator and coach.

Colusa’s boys tennis team took to the road to meet Live Oak last Thursday and claimed a league victory after winning six of the nine matches.

Both the Pierce and Colusa track teams traveled to Yuba College on March 21 to compete amongst the 17 team field at the John “O” Invite and came away with some impressive performances as the Bears registered 10 top 10 placings, while the RedHawks recorded five.

Dark clouds, rain and an occasional lightning strike did nothing to deter the Colusa County Ducks last weekend as they split time between a trap competition at Coon Creek Trap Club in Rio Oso on March 23 and a skeet shoot in Stockton on March 24.

Rainy weather subsided enough last week to allow local teams to get in some preseason action on the baseball diamond. As such, Williams hosted three nonleague contests while Colusa and Maxwell both participated in the American Christian Tournament.

Perfect weather allowed the golf teams from Colusa and Pierce high schools to get in a nine-hole practice round at the Colusa Golf and Country Club on March 18, but unfortunately rain postponed the league match scheduled for March 20.

Orland Raceway hosted a successful practice day for the racers Saturday afternoon under sunny skies. The previous attempt two weeks earlier was rained out, and over 30 racers took advantage of the opportunity to make practice laps on the 1/5 mile dirt oval.

Playing on the road in just their second match of the season, a shorthanded RedHawk team was edged by the Cardinals in Corning 5-4 last Friday.

An investigation continues after several altercations – physical and verbal – erupted following a high school basketball game Tuesday night. Two Colusa County Sheriff’s Department deputies were at the Pierce Joint Union High School gymnasium in Arbuckle when it happened. 

Although they have yet to have one full team practice, the Colusa boys tennis team opened the season at home in a non-league match with Oroville on Feb. 28, with a loss 7-2.

The only local softball team to get in a game last week was the Maxwell Panthers, who traveled to Durham on Friday where they came up just short against the Trojans, falling 10-9 in a back and forth affair that wasn’t decided until the bottom of the seventh inning.

A bid by the No. 8 Pierce Bears to reach the regional semifinals of the Division V CIF State Boys Basketball Tournament came to an end last Thursday night on the road as they were unable to slow down No. 1 Mt. Shasta in the second half and suffered a 69-55 loss.

While rain washed out most local high school baseball games last week, the Colusa RedHawks took advantage of a break in the weather last Friday to squeeze in their home opener, needing just five innings to shutout visiting Kelseyville 10-0 in a run rule shortened contest.

After winning the NSCIF Division III boys soccer championship last season and returning this year with virtually the same squad, the Williams Yellowjackets had their sights set on another section title, but what they didn’t foresee was the Winters Warriors interfering with their goal.

A long awaited return to NSCIF Division III girls soccer championship game ended in disappointment for the Colusa RedHawks on Feb. 23 in Winters, as they fell 2-0 to the No. 1 seeded Warriors in their first appearance in the finals since 2012.

A standard basketball rim is 18 inches in diameter, although last Wednesday night in Arbuckle at times the opening seemed more akin to a smaller arcade hoop, as the Bears struggled mightily to get their shots to drop and as a result saw their hopes for a section title fall by the wayside aft…

As the first and second rounds of the NSCIF boys basketball playoffs concluded last week Pierce and Williams advanced to the semifinals of their respective divisions while Colusa and Maxwell fell in quarterfinal games.