A remarkable run by the Pierce Bears volleyball team came to an end on Nov. 3 in Redding as they fell to No. 2 ranked Shasta in the regional semifinals of the CIF State Tournament in a five set battle by scores of 26-24, 23-25, 12-25, 25-23, 4-15.

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On a cold night with smoke hanging eerily over the field, a fourth quarter goal line stand by the RedHawk defense allowed No. 4 Colusa to emerge with a hard fought 13-7 victory over visiting No. 5 Mt. Shasta and advance to the second round of the NSCIF Division IV playoffs.

This week saw Colusa and Maxwell close out the regular season with wins on the road while Pierce suffered a shutout loss at home and Princeton was knocked out of the Northern Section 8-man tournament. 

Bids to earn a chance at a volleyball section title in their respective divisions came to an end last week for both Colusa and Maxwell as they both incurred losses on the road.

In the last sporting clays event before the state meet, which takes place later this month, the Colusa County Ducks Shooting Sports team had an impressive outing as they claimed six medals in the event held at Raahauge’s Shooting Range in Dunnigan on Nov. 4.

While it wasn't always pretty at McCarl Field in Williams last Friday night, the hometown Yellowjackets closed out the regular season on senior night by downing the visiting Hamilton City Braves 52-28.

Within the heart of a champion lies commitment, courage and sacrifice, precisely the characteristics the Pierce High School volleyball team exhibited as the No. 6 Bears swept No. 1 U-Prep (Redding) to claim the NSCIF Division IV championship by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 25-22.

Anyone who thinks 8-man football isn’t “real football” should make the drive north on Highway 45 to watch the Princeton Eagles, a team small in number, but warriors at heart, who play earnestly from whistle to final horn.

Although it may not seem like it at the time, but in competition, sometimes being defeated in a battle ultimately leads to winning the war.

After suffering two straight Sacramento Valley League losses, the Colusa RedHawks were looking for a bounce back win and got one in a big way as they crushed the visiting Esparto Spartans 54-13 last Friday night to complete their homecoming celebration.

With the Colusa State Park undergoing construction, the Colusa RedHawks’ were forced to relocate their home cross country meet to Sutter High School, although the change in venue did little to deter local athletes from experiencing success.

Raahauge’s Pheasant and Sporting Clays Club in Dunnigan provided the backdrop for the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports Team’s most recent success.

As the regular season concluded last week and the Northern Section CIF volleyball playoff seedings were announced, four local teams will be part of the post-season action.

As the regular season draws near its end and local volleyball teams jockey for a playoff position in their respective divisions – wins and losses become even more critical.

Running on a completely flat course in and around Durham High School last Wednesday, 110 Mid-Valley League cross country harriers posted some of the season’s fastest times.

Over the years football in Maxwell has been characterized by a no quit attitude an attribute that was clearly evident last Friday night at home when, despite a valiant effort, the shorthanded Panthers fell 16-6 to the visiting Chester Volcanoes in a Cascade Valley League contest.

Not even the gusting north wind could slow down the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports team as they sent five to the podium in a sporting clays event held at Quail Point Hunt Club in Woodland on Oct. 7.

Having suffered lopsided road losses in their previous two games, the Pierce Bears came off their bye week with some new offensive twists and trounced the visiting Willows Honkers 42-16 at Le Master Field in a Sacramento Valley League contest.

After a pre-meet rain shower settled the dust, 97 cross country harriers took to the scenic trail at Arbuckle Golf Course on Oct. 3 in a Mid-Valley League meet.

Playing at home on Sept. 25, the Colusa High School girls’ tennis team came away with a 7-2 win over Willows by posting straight set wins in four singles matches before sweeping the Honkers in doubles.

County volleyball teams neared the halfway point of their respective league seasons last week.

Cross Country runners from Colusa and Pierce high schools turned in a strong showing at the Mid-Valley League meet at Black Butte Campground, west of Orland last Friday.

Princeton has yet to be challenged this season. After a win from forfeit over Herlong on Saturday, the Eagles saw their record improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the California 8-man South League.

A 1928 Colusa High School yearbook makes reference to a game played between “Colusa and Pierce High School from College City”, and while the two teams have not met every year since that date, 90 years has been enough time for a healthy rivalry to develop.

One of the county’s most successful teams over the past two years, the Colusa County Ducks, returned to the range last weekend at the first CYSSA Sporting Clays event of the season held at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve in Ione.

Despite putting forth one of its best efforts so far this season, Maxwell High’s football team lost a 26-20 heartbreaker to Biggs last week at home.  The Wolverines scored the go-ahead touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the game to edge the Panthers in a Cascade Valley League contest.

Cross country season continued in Williams last week as the Yellowjackets hosted eight Mid-Valley League teams, including Colusa and Pierce, on a flat 3.1-mile course that meandered through the school and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Pierce Bears marched into McCarl Field in Williams on Friday night intent on keeping the Rice Bowl trophy for a second year in a row. They did just that as they outlasted the host Yellowjackets 35-21 in the 88th battle between the county rivals.

Week three did not end well for two county teams as both Colusa and Maxwell suffered lopsided losses, while Princeton continued to roll and remain unbeaten after a big win on the road.

Cross country season is now underway, as Colusa and Pierce took part in the first Mid-Valley League meet in Palo Cedro at Redding Christian School.

When the Colusa RedHawks and Trinity Wolves met in the first round of the Northern Section Division IV playoffs last season, the RedHawks pulled off a 35-28 upset. 

After blanking Corning 8-0 on Aug. 27, the Colusa High girls tennis team jumped right into league play last week with mixed results as they held off Wheatland 6-3 before falling to Willows 6-3 on the road.

A full slate of matches for local volleyball teams saw the Colusa RedHawks stay red-hot, as they remained unbeaten so far this season, and Williams make a good showing as well by picking up two wins.

Finding themselves down 12-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half in their home opener against Live Oak was not the way the Williams Yellowjackets planned it, but the defense turned the tide by creating three turnovers that led to 23 points and an eventual 42-21 win.