RedHawks fall short in Willows
Last week’s match between Colusa and Willows was effectively for the Sacramento Valley League crown. Having dropped a match to their county rivals Pierce the week before, the RedHawks needed a win on the road – and their second against the Honkers this season – in order to put themselves atop of the Sacramento Valley League standings and in line for a league title – their first in more than a decade.
Willows had other plans. The Honkers triumphed over Colusa 3-1 in their match on Oct. 16 – avenging their Sept. 27 loss to the RedHawks and capturing their tenth straight league title in the process – winning by scores of 25-16,14-25, 25-21, and 25-18.
After splitting the first two games, Willows jumped out to an early lead over Colusa in the third. The RedHawks trailed by as much as five before evening the score at 9-9, with Amber Morales serving a pair of aces on the brief run. After a side-out, Willows went ahead on a 3-0 run and the RedHawks played from behind for most of the rest of that set. Colusa did even the score at 20-20, with Morales once again at the service line, but Willows closed the game out on a 5-1.
The Honkers opened the final game the same way they closed the previous one. Colusa struggled to find an answer for Meghan Weinrich’s hitting from the outside throughout the game, who helped the Honkers jumped ahead on a 5-1 run to open the set. Willows expanded on that lead before Colusa head coach Tina Lyons called a time-out with her team down 14-7. The Honkers led by at least five the rest of the way, and Weinrich finished the game as strongly as she had started it, hammering down kills for the Honkers’ final two points and securing the 25-18 win.
Weinrich finished the match with a team-high 13 kills for the Honkers, and added four blocks. Taylor O’Reilly doled out 25 assists for Willows, and Hanna Parisio had 14 digs – both team-highs.
For Colusa, Hannah Taylor and Gillian Ayala had 8 kills apiece. Taylor also had a team-leading five blocks. Annie Lay dished up 24 assists, and Abby Huskey led Colusa with 15 digs.
Colusa followed up last Tuesday’s loss with a sweep of Winters in Colusa on Thursday in their final regular season match. Colusa won by scores of 25-8, 25-4, and 25-3. Ayala had 11 kills, Lay had 24 assists and 5 aces, and Abby Huskey had 10 digs.
Colusa (35-5) travels to face Willows (23-13) once again tomorrow at 7 PM, in the second round of the Northern Section Division IV playoffs. Both teams had a bye in the opening round.
Pierce 3, Live Oak 0 – The Bears cruised to a 3-0 sweep of the Lions in Arbuckle on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-6, 25-9, and 25-5. Stats were not provided for the Pierce. The Bears (20-10) earned the sixth seed in the Northern Section Division IV playoff bracket, and travel to play Wheatland (30-11) on Tuesday, Oct. 30. at 7 PM.
Maxwell 3, Biggs 0 – The Panthers earned their second win of last week by sweeping rivals Biggs on Thursday. Maxwell won by scores of 25-23, 26-25, and 25-15. No stats were provided by Maxwell.
Durham 3, Williams 0 – Williams’ struggles against their Mid-Valley League competition continued on Thursday, and the Yellowjackets were swept 3-0 on the road against Durham. The Trojans won by scores of 25-14, 25-9, and 25-19. No stats were provided by Williams.
The Yellowjackets head into next year still searching for their first win against a Mid-Valley League opponent. They have gone 0-27 in league play since the league was formed for the 2016-17 season.
Williams did not qualify for the Northern Section Division V playoffs, and ended their season with a 6-17 record overall.
American Christian Academy 3, Princeton 2 – Princeton led two games to one heading into the fourth set, but American Christian Academy stormed back to take the match 3-2, winning by scores of 22-25, 25-19, 9-25, 25-19, and 15-11. Junior Jaqui Reynoso had five kills and a block for Princeton. Freshman Rohelia Gomez and juniors Vanessa Chocotecco and Diana Medina had seven kills apiece for the Eagles.
Princeton (8-18) earned the 15th seed in the Northern Section Division VI playoff bracket, and was on the road against second-seeded Paradise Adventist Academy (30-3) yesterday. Results from the game were not available at press time.
Pierce 3, Winters 0 – The Bears opened last week with a 3-0 sweep of the Warriors in Winters on Oct. 16, winning by scores of 25-11, 25-15, and 25-21.
Halle Charter had 11 kills for Pierce. Sierra Murphy led the Bears with 10 aces and 20 assists, and also had seven digs – tied with Betsy Myers for the team-high.
Maxwell 3, CORE Butte 0 – The Panthers swept CORE Butte in Chico on Oct. 16. No stats or game scores were provided by Maxwell.
East Nicolaus 3, Williams 0 – The Spartans swept the Yellowjackets in Williams on Oct. 16, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-16, 25-14. No stats were provided by Williams.
Princeton 3, Providence 0 – The Eagles won their match against the visiting Lions 3-0, by scores of 25-6, 25-6, and 25-17. Diana Medina and Fiorella Perez each had three kills and a pair of digs for Princeton, both tied for the team-high. Medina added eight aces.
Colusa 54, Esparto 13 – The RedHawks bounced back from last week’s blowout loss to Winters in a big way, throttling an injury-riddled Esparto team on what was Colusa’s homecoming night.
Colusa led 34-7 at the half, and was dominant throughout: their offense churned out 386 total yards – 305 of which were on the ground – and their defense allowed just 144 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Conner Saso opened the game’s scoring with a 3-yard rushing touchdown, and Christian Lyss added a pair of rushing scores of 2 and 10 yards in the first quarter. Freshman Damien Rodriguez added a 5-yard rushing touchdown, and Saso hauled in a 41-yard pass from Lyss in the second quarter. Riley Stice and Manuel Morales each scored in the second half for Colusa.
Lyss finished the game with 78 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and completed 2-of-4 passes for 57 yards and a score. Fernando Castillo had a team-high 86 yards rushing on just six carries. Saso completed 2-of-3 passes for 24 yards, caught one pass for 41 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on three carries. On defense, Lyss, Xavier Lopez, and Gabe Salazar each had a sack.
Colusa (6-3, 3-2 Sacramento Valley League) is on bye this week, and close out their regular season against Live Oak on Nov. 2.
Williams 38, Trinity 0 – Despite a pair of Trinity backs racking up nearly 200 yards on the ground, Williams blew out the Wolves on the road last week, using a balanced offensive attack and four turnovers on defense to cruise to the 38-0 victory. As a whole, the Yellowjackets’ offense amassed 225 yards through the air and 241 on the ground.
Aldo Ambriz had 165 yards from scrimmage for the Yellowjackets’ offense (87 yards and a touchdown receiving, 78 yards rushing) and Samuel Navarro was close behind him with 132 yards from scrimmage (76 yards receiving, 56 yards rushing). Quarterback Hunter Povlsen completed 9-of-21 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns to one interception, connecting with Ambriz and Diego Jauregui for his two scores.
Defensively, Alexis Pineda and Navarro led Williams with six tackles apiece. Navarro and Erik Ruiz each had an interception, Martin Gomez added five tackles and three sacks, and Nathony Davalos and Hilario Rivera each forced and recovered a fumble.
Williams (5-3, 2-1 MVL) travels to Trowbridge on Friday to face off with the undefeated East Nicolaus Spartans (8-0, 3-0 MVL) in a Mid-Valley League tilt. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.
Maxwell 52, Burney 6 – The Panthers blew out the Raiders in a Cascade Valley League match-up in Burney on Friday. Stats were not provided by Maxwell.
The Panthers (4-5, 2-5 CVL) are on bye this week, and wrap up their regular season against Quincy on Nov. 2.
Princeton 52, Loyalton 14 – Joey Wills led the Eagles’ offensive attack, racking up 278 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in Princeton’s win over the Grizzlies in Loyalton on Friday. Ivan Espinosa added 146 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries.
Jonathan Silva and Ulices Gutierrez each had 12 tackles on defense, and Shane Irish returned an interception for a touchdown.
Princeton (8-1, 5-1 California 8-Man South League) wraps up their regular season with a non-league game at home against McCloud (6-1) on Friday at 7 PM. ■
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