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On the girl’s basketball courts, the Colusa RedHawks extended their win streak to five straight, while Pierce and Maxwell each picked up one win, and Williams dropped a pair of games.

In the wake of the death of Pierce alumna and Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona, last week’s basketball games were bittersweet as the county’s support and respect for her family was on full display throughout.

As professional sports become more akin to high dollar entertainment, the purer aspects of athletic competition such as pride, personal growth and playing for the love of the game can still be seen at the high school level.

Basketball wrapped up its final games before taking a short break for the Christmas holidays as both the Colusa and Pierce varsity boys teams captured two non-league victories last week.

On the girl’s hardwood, while Pierce and Colusa both saw action in preseason tournaments, Williams hosted Maxwell in a contest between county rivals.

Colusa High senior Abby Huskey represented the North squad at the 35th Annual Optimist Small School Girl’s All-Star Volleyball Game held at El Camino High School in Sacramento on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Clear skies and crisp temperatures provided the perfect backdrop for the First Annual Williams High School Soccer Tournament.

Despite the rain, soccer kicked off last week with the most anticipated matches occurring between county rivals Colusa and Williams at McCarl Field on Nov. 27.

On the other side of the county, girl’s basketball tipped off at Colusa’s Jim Ernst Tournament with the host RedHawks and Pierce squaring off against some tough competition.

Like other county sports teams, the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports squad saw their final event of the season postponed due to air quality, however, the layoff had little effect as they sent three to the top of the podium and saw five others medal at the CYSSA Sporting Clay Champio…

One harbinger that basketball season is underway in Colusa County is the Pierce Invitational Tournament, and after the conclusion of its 52nd rendition, fans now know there is some exciting play ahead this year

After a two week delay, the Colusa RedHawk football team finally got back on the field to face top–seeded Durham in the second round of the NSCIF Division IV playoffs, however the outcome was not what they’d hoped for as they fell 18-7 last Saturday in Durham, ending their bid to reach the s…

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.

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.