Top Sports Stories of 2016

Five Colusa county athletes compete in Lions All Star Game

While the South Squad lost the Lions All Star Game for the eighth straight year, the game was a once in a lifetime opportunity for four Colusa County football players.

Among the Colusa County high school seniors selected to play in the game were Pierce’s Garret Brainard, Maxwell’s Martin Rangel, Colusa’s Jorge Hernandez, and Williams’ Luis Davalos.

Davalos and Hernandez started the game for the South Squad on the offensive and defensive lines, respectively, and Brainard and Rangel made contributions on special teams.

Colusa County Hall of Fame inducts class of 2016

The Colusa County Hall of Fame enshrined five outstanding athletes from the county’s past, eleven graduating high school seniors, section championship-winning teams from the 2015-16 school year, legendary Pierce High School football coach Frederick Grimmer, and a number of team members from the storied Chung Sun softball team.

Among the 2016 inductees into the Colusa County Hall of Fame were Raul Sengo, Ron Dixon, Mike Smith, Jim Marengo, and Brady Myers. The high school seniors enshrined included Jared Huff and Mollie Townzen (Colusa), Renee Orosco and Luis Davalos (Williams), Peyton Schmidt, Devin Lee and Molly Dunlap (Maxwell), Colby Bates, Riley Voorhees and Carissa Cabral (Pierce) and Laura Mitchell (Princeton).

‘jackets swarm Bears in Rice Bowl

For the third year in a row, the Williams Yellowjackets emerged from Colusa County’s oldest rivalry as winners, doing just enough to secure a one-score victory over the Pierce Bears.

It was a hard-hitting, emotional, and gritty game, which saw Williams’ star running back Julius Fisher power through an ankle injury in an explosive fourth quarter, finishing with 22 carries for 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Fabian Davalos emerged as a disruptive force alongside Fisher on the defensive line, notching three sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Yellowjackets.

RedHawks top ‘jackets in defensive battle

The second match-up between two Colusa County squads during the 2016 prep football season — which Colusa won 3-0 over Williams — was one of the lowest-scoring games in the state this year.

A 37-yard field goal by RedHawks place kicker Freddy Casillas proved to be the difference in the contest between the two county squads on Sept. 23, which only managed a combined 269 yards of total offense on the night.

‘Hawks capture county bragging rights with win over Bears

Three weeks after grabbing a victory in a 3-0 barn-burner against the Yellowjackets, Colusa’s defense again came up big for the RedHawks against Pierce, propelling them to a 14-7 victory. With the win, the RedHawks captured county bragging rights among Division IV teams.

Colusa falls to East Nicoluas in Section Semi-final

Prior to East Nicolaus’ loss in the NorCal Bowl Game against McClymonds High School, the Spartans closest two games came against Colusa.

After the Spartans walked all over the RedHawks defense in a 53-28 victory during their first meeting on Sept. 2, Colusa (the last remaining county school in the bracket) largely shut them down in the section semi-final game. Colusa’s offense wasn’t able to make plays when it most needed them, though, and the RedHawks ultimately fell 24-7 after leading 7-0 in the second quarter.

From Maxwell, to Butte, to Boise

After paving the way for the Butte Roadrunners last season, Maxwell graduate and standout offensive lineman Zach Troughton received an offer to visit Boise State. He liked what he saw, and a short time later became the only Colusa County football player in recent memory to sign on with a major FBS program.

Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at