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There was plenty of Sacramento Valley League soccer action last week as all the local high school teams took to the pitch.

The power of a rivalry was on full display last Friday night at Don Bransford Gymnasium in Colusa as the underdog RedHawk boys basketball team gave a talented Pierce squad everything it could handle for four quarters before the Bears found their rhythm in overtime to escape with a 73-63 victory.

Once again brisk temperatures did nothing to hamper the local high school soccer teams as they squared off in tough matches last week.

The final individual acknowledgments for the 2019 volleyball season were made last week with the release of the 2019 CIF All-Northern Section team.

Last week was a light one on the hardwood although the Colusa, Pierce and Maxwell girls each got in a non-conference game, while the RedHawk boys took to the court at the Dennis Burnum Classic in Oroville.

Fresh off their win at Colusa’s Georgia Raczniak Tournament 10 days ago, the Pierce Bears made it two in a row as they topped a highly competitive field at the Dixon Ram Jam to claim their second tournament title of the preseason.

With the 2019 volleyball season now in the books, the Northern Section CIF has released its list of All-League performers as chosen by the coaches from the respective leagues.

Colusa’s Georgia Raczniak Tournament provided the backdrop last week for the Pierce, Colusa and Williams boys basketball teams to participate in more preseason competition.

Last week in county boys basketball Maxwell hosted Williams and Princeton among others at the 67th Irene Wells Memorial Basketball Tournament while Pierce traveled to the Red Brown Tournament in San Anselmo and Colusa ventured to Marysville for the Les Schwab Tournament.

Each of the county’s four girls basketball teams were also involved in tournament play last week as Colusa and Pierce were underway at the Jim Ernst RedHawk Classic in Colusa, Maxwell competed in the Greenville Tournament, while Williams tipped off at the Biggs Tournament.

Sacramento Valley League soccer play commenced last week as the three local boys teams kicked off the season.

Basketball season tipped off last week for both the Colusa RedHawks girls’ and boys’ teams as they traveled to Shasta Lake to face Central Valley although neither came away with a victory.

It wasn’t the ending the Pierce Bear football team had hoped for at Wahl Stadium in Trowbridge last Wednesday night after they succumbed to the East Nicolaus Spartans 61-14 in the Northern Section CIF Division IV title game.

Students at Johnson Junior High School in Arbuckle got into Thanksgiving spirit last Friday as they held their inaugural Turkey Trot fun run.

The last time a Pierce football team made it to the section championship was in 2004, when then high school freshman Anthony Tapia was a JV player watching the game from the sidelines.

Over the past few games the Pierce Bears have been in a self described “funk”, but fortunately were able to break out of it last Friday night just in time to edge the Modoc Braves 14-12 at Gregg LeMaster Field and advance to the second round of the NSCIF Division IV playoffs.

An historic run by the No. 3 seeded Colusa RedHawks in the Nor Cal CIF Division V State Tournament came to end last Saturday in San Mateo as they fell in straight sets to No. 2 The Nueva School 25-27, 23-25, 17-25.

It was a disappointing end to the regular season for the Colusa RedHawks as they could not muster enough offense to offset the visiting Live Oak Lions and as a result dropped their final Sacramento Valley League game 28-7 to finish fourth in the standings with a record of 3-3.

Having come up short twice in their previous appearances in the NSCIF Division V finals, the Colusa RedHawks made the third time the charm as they downed Etna in straight sets 25-6, 25-16, 25-14 to win the school’s first volleyball section title.

Princeton and Williams were the only other county football teams in action last week and came away with opposite results as the Eagles cruised to a win while the Yellowjackets were humbled by one of the section’s best teams.

Yogi Berra’s old adage, “it ain’t over till it’s over” proved an unfortunate reality for the Pierce Bears last Friday night at Gregg LeMaster Field in Arbuckle as despite leading for nearly 47 minutes in the game, they saw the Live Oak Lions stage a late rally to steal a 14-13 victory and cl…

Northern Section volleyball playoff games began in earnest last week with both Colusa and Pierce advancing easily in their respective divisions while Maxwell won a first round match before seeing its season come to an end in the Division VI quarterfinals with a loss to the No. 1 seed.

County cross country runners fared well at the Mid-Valley League Finals in Corning last Wednesday as the Colusa varsity and JV boy’s teams captured their corresponding division titles, while five individuals, representing the RedHawks, Pierce Bears and Williams Yellowjackets, earned all-leag…

Returning home last Friday night after three weeks on the road, the Maxwell Panthers did not have the homecoming they had hoped for.

Last week was a good one for county football teams as Pierce, Colusa, Williams and Princeton all emerged victorious in their respective league games.

Regular season volleyball concluded last week with Pierce and Maxwell collecting two wins, Colusa notching one and Williams dropping a pair.

Also on the gridiron this week, Pierce and Maxwell earned league wins while Colusa and Princeton

Parity among volleyball teams this season made for some exciting volleyball last week as playoff positioning is reaching a critical stage and wins are at a premium.

In football, while much attention is given to the offense and defense, special teams can often be the difference and such was the case last Friday at McCarl Field in Williams as the visiting U-Prep Panthers scored on both a kickoff and punt return to break the game open and put a damper on t…

A blustery north wind did not slow down Mid-Valley League cross country runners as they took to the completely flat course at Durham High School on Oct. 9.

Last week was an important one for local volleyball teams as Maxwell claimed a share of first place in the Mountain Valley League by posting two wins, while Colusa and Pierce ventured south to compete in highly competitive tournaments and Williams continued to play hard but could not break t…

While not a thing of beauty, the Pierce Bears overcame turnovers and penalties to post a resounding 44-7 victory in Willows last Friday night to remain tied with Live Oak atop the Sacramento Valley League standings.

It was a happy homecoming for the Colusa RedHawks as they ended their two game slide with a resounding 48-7 Sacramento Valley League win over the visiting Willows Honkers and gave the hometown crowd much to celebrate.

Maxwell was the only local other football team in action last Friday night, but after making the long trip to Portola on a cold night, came away on the short end of the 54-20 score.

In local volleyball action Maxwell won the week notching two victories in league play while Pierce went 1-1 and Colusa finished 0-1 as did Williams.

While windy conditions increased the difficulty for the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports Team, they still turned in a strong  showing at the second sporting clays series shoot on Oct. 6.