(Jan. 25) The Colusa High School Boys Basketball team spoiled Willows’ Winter Homecoming Jan. 20 in a thrilling 61-53 victory.
Colusa’s senior forward Graeson Bell unleashed a 20-point, 10-rebound barrage on the Honkers team, which trailed consistently by double-digits in the second half.
Even though Willows cut their deficit to ten points with one minute, 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Honkers were no match for the Red Hawks.
Bell’s hard-nosed performance also included five steals, 10-for-12 free-throw shooting, and a late defensive charge that stopped dead in its tracks a promising Willows rally.

(Feb. 22) Jr. High School sports don’t always garner a lot of attention, but Johnson Jr. High’s eighth grade hoopsters’ undefeated season is worthy of mention. Head Coach Merced Corona said his team was special – and he was right. The “once in a generation team” capped their second straight undefeated season and earned a trip to the 49th Annual Jaycees 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament in Crescent City.

(March 15) The Colusa High School softball team took the crown at its own Randy Watt Invitational Tournament, finishing the two-day event with a perfect 5-0 to bring their overall record to 11-0 of the season. In the match-up between Colusa and Corning, Sidney Lay got the start and the win for the RedHawks after going the distance in the circle, and got some serious help from her teammates in a five-run fourth inning that broke a 3-3 tie. Against Colfax, the RedHawks batted around the order twice in the fist two innings, scoring 13 runs in the process. The team also made quick work in the match-up between county rivals, downing the Bears in four innings. Pierce High School finished the tournament 1-4, ultimately falling to Winters.

(April 12) Colusa County Rugby Football Club on April 8 defeated the Reno Zephyrs in the Northern California Rugby Football Union Division 3 quarterfinal by a score of 85-5. With the win, Colusa’s season’s record moved to 7-1, with its only loss coming to Google Rugby in the opening week of the season. (April 19, 2017) In front of a sizable crowd of rugby fans in Colusa on April 15, the CCRFC earned itself a spot in the Northern California Rugby Football Union Division III Championship Game for the third consecutive year. (April 26, 2017) The CCRFC ultimately fell to Chico 35-17, squashing the club’s hope for second championship victory.

(May 10) In a double-header on May 9 between the Maxwell High School Girls Softball and Portola, the Panthers came away with a pair of victories, pulling even with Quincy to capture a share of the Mountain Valley league title. The first round started with a shutout in the first two innings. The Panthers were the first to score with a home plate steal by Mallory Mathis, and finished the ball game 16-8. In round two, the Panthers took a large lead in the first inning, scoring nine runs to open the game. The Tigers fell to the Maxwell Panthers in just five innings, and a final score of 20-2.

(June 7) Looking at the number of medals as the Colusa County Youth Shooting Sports Club has brought home over the course of the California Youth Shooting Sports Association season, it’s easy to forget that the club is only in its infancy. The Ducks inaugural season was fruitful for many of the youth shooters, including Blake Kalfsbeek, who outshot a field of 65 competitors in the Intermediate-entry division of the CYSSA State Trap Shoot, June 3-4. Kalfsbeek hit 190 of 200 targets on day one of the competition, and came out just one target ahead of the second-place competitor Mason Andelin, who is a member of the Auburn Gold Miners Junior Gun Club. The Colusa team, as a whole, finished third place in the running for the High Five Award, determined by totaling the best five scores for a team.

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net