County Sports Recap (09/12/2018)

Abby Mendoza goes up for a kill against West Valley during last Tuesday's game in Arbuckle. Mendoza was Pierce's top offensive player, ending the match with 11 kills and a block.

Volleyball: Pierce picks up a pair of division wins

It was a good week for Kim Travis’ Lady Bears, who swept Sutter and West Valley – two of the perennial volleyball powers in the Northern Section’s Division IV – in a two-game home-stand.

They opened their week against West Valley at home on Sept. 5, and won by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 27-25.

Abby Mendoza led the way for Pierce on offense, scoring 11 kills and a block. Libero Betsy Myers returned to the floor after a week-long absence due to injury and didn’t miss a beat, finishing with 10 digs and 17 serve receptions.

“Coming off a tough loss to Pioneer, it was good to get a win in our division,” Travis said.
Sutter came to town for a match on Thursday night, and fell to the Pierce by scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-18. Halle Charter had 11 kills and three blocks, followed by Callie Muniz with 10 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Sierra Murphy dished out a team-high 19 assists, followed by Emily Ehrke’s 17. Ehrke added seven kills and two aces from the service line.

“Our girls are beginning to find their confidence as a group and it’s exciting to watch,” Travis said of the win against the Huskies.

Pierce (7-3) traveled to Gridley last night to play the Bulldogs (2-4), and hosts Hamilton (8-3) in Arbuckle tomorrow at 5 PM, before heading to Sutter to compete in the Battle of the Buttes Tournament this weekend.

Colusa 3, Orland 0 – As of press time this week, the RedHawks were nearly a month into the volleyball season, and they had yet to lose a match. Colusa kept their record perfect on Thursday, sweeping the visiting Trojans by scores of 25-14, 25-17, and 25-10. Colusa (17-0) traveled to Woodland last night to take on a solid Pioneer (9-6) squad. They will make the trek to Trowbridge on Thursday to play East Nicolaus (5-1) before heading to the Battle of the Buttes Tournament on Saturday.

Williams 3, Esparto 1 – The Yellowjackets were riding a four-match winning streak coming into Thursday’s game against the Spartans, and they extended it to five – beating Esparto by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 13-25, and 25-20. Crystal Garcia served up a team-high seven aces and scored three kills – tied with Maritza Pineda for most on the team.

Williams (6-2) looked to keep their winning streak alive on the road against rivals Maxwell (2-4) last night, and travel to Los Molinos on Thursday to play in the Beth Pilger Invitational Tournament.

Pioneer 3, Pierce 0 – Every game was tight, but the Bears couldn’t avoid a sweep against the Patriots on Thursday in Woodland. Pioneer won by scores of 25-19, 25-23, and 25-18. Halle Despite the loss, Charter had a solid night at the net with seven kills and six blocks. Emily Ehrke had 12 digs and 6 assists to lead Pierce.

Maxwell 3, Providence 0 – The Panthers beat the Lions on the road in Orland on Thursday by scores of 25-7, 25-12, and 25-11. Sophomore Laynee Haywood was Maxwell’s top overall performer with eight kills, seven digs, and four aces, and two assists. Junior Courtney Wycoff was the Panthers’ top defensive player with eight digs and six serve receptions. Rosalyn Wilson was nails from the service line, scoring 12 aces on 19 serve attempts, to go along six digs. Morgan Dennis dished up a team-high 11 assists, and Natalie Wilson led the Panthers with four blocks.

East Nicolaus 3, Maxwell 0 – The Spartans swept the Panthers by scores of 25-16, 27-25, and 25-12. Courtney Wycoff and Laynee Haywood were the top performers for the Panthers in the loss. Wycoff finished with a team-high eight kills, along with three aces, a block, 15 digs and 10 serve receptions. Haywood had five kills, 15 digs, and eight serve receptions. Rosalyn Wilson also had a strong outing with 16 digs. Natalie Wilson had four aces and two blocks – both tops on the team.

Colusa 3, Wheatland 2 – The RedHawks were tested –down 2-1 through three games – but won two straight sets to kept their winning streak alive, extending it to 16 matches in Wheatland last Tuesday, Sept. 4. The RedHawks beat the Pirates by scores of 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, and 15-8. Annie Lay dished up 30 assists, Gillian Ayala led the RedHawks with 11 kills and 17 service points, followed by Jessica Hickel’s 7 kills, 16 service points, and three aces. Amber Morales and Hannah Taylor each had five blocks, and Taylor added five kills. Abby Husky had 20 digs.

Williams 3, Winters 2 – The Lady Yellowjackets battled their way through five tight games on the road to emerge victorious, defeating Winters by scores of 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 26-24, and 15-13. Estafania Bermudez and Maritza Pineda led the Williams attack with eight and five kills, respectively. Brianna Mercado had a team-best four aces, followed by Lizbeth Aceves and Andrea Sandoval, who had three apiece. Lizet Hernandez added five blocks.


Fall River 43, Maxwell 12 – The Panthers fell to the Bulldogs in a league tilt in what was the Cascade Valley League opener for both schools. No information was provided by Maxwell for the game. Maxwell (2-1, 0-1 CVL) faces rivals Biggs (1-2, 1-0 CVL) at home on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Colfax 44, Colusa 6 – Their defense was stout against the run, RedHawks had no answers for senior quarterback Alex Weir, who was nearly perfect on the night while leading Colfax – Max Preps’ top-ranked team in Division VI of the Sac-Joaquin Section – past Colusa. Weir shredded the RedHawks defense, completing 11-of-14 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. He did the majority of his damage by getting the ball to senior receiver Jake Green, who finished with six receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Colusa’s lone score came from quarterback Conner Saso, who scrambled in from 12 yards out to cap a 12-play, 65-yard drive that open the second half. The score cut Colfax’s lead to 15, but the Falcons scored 23 unanswered points to close out the game. Saso led the RedHawks with 59 yards on eight carries. Colusa (2-1) looks to rebound on the road this week in Redding, where they will take on University Prep (2-1) in their final non-league contest.

Princeton 42, Redding Christian 27 – The Eagles stayed unbeaten with a road victory against Redding Christian, thanks in large part to the efforts of Joey Wills. Willis rushed for 395 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries, adding a 15-yard scoring strike. He hooked up with Shane Irish for a total of 75 yards through the air. Irish also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score. Wills also led the Eagles on defense with eight tackles, followed by Angel Carreon’s seven and Ulices Gutierrez’s six.

Princeton (3-0) looks to continue their winning streak at home against Mercy (0-2) on Friday at 6 PM.

Girl’s Tennis

Live Oak 8, Colusa 1 – The RedHawks fell to the Lions 8-1 at home on Tuesday, Sept. 4. In singles, Colusa No. 1 Chaena Laux fell to Lizzy Allan (6-3, 6-2), Chloe Ferraiuolo lost Jessie Patrick (6-2, 6-4), and Bailey McCarty lost to Gaby Ramirez (6-2, 6-3). Olivia Jarrett’s match at the No. 4 spot was a bright spot for the ReHawks. She defeated Idalis Vallejo (7-5, 2-6, 10-6) to remain unbeaten on the season with a 4-0 record. Darleny Juarez lost to Erica Valadez (6-1, 6-3) and Emily Cerney lost to Roxy Lopez (6-2, 6-2). In doubles, Laux/Ferraiuolo lost to Allan/Patrick (8-4), McCarty/Jarrett lost to Ramirez/Vallejo (8-5), and Juarez/Cerney fell to Valadez/Lopez (8-2).

Colusa’s (2-3, 1-3 Sacramento Valley League) was set to play Orland at home on Tuesday.
Sutter 9, Colusa 0 – The RedHawks lost to Sutter 9-0 at the Yuba City Racquet Club on Tuesday. In singles, Colusa No. 1 Chaena Laux fell to Hannah Riley (6-4, 6-2) in what coach Jim Imhoff described as the best match of the season, which featured spirited rallies and excellent play from both girls.

“Hannah prevailed using her athleticism to combat Chaena’s powerful forehand,” Imhoff said.

Chloe Ferraiuolo lost Brianna Cooper (6-2, 6-0), Bailey McCarty lost to Sarah Short (6-3, 6-1), Olivia Jarrett lost to Jade Davis (6-0, 6-2), Ariah Giffin was defeated by Lexi Cummings (6-2, 6-1) and Aiyana Garcia fell to Mateya Gualco (6-1, 6-1). In doubles, Cerney played up from her normal No. 6 position to accompany Bailey McCarty. Imhoff said the teams were evenly matched, but Sutter used accurate volleys to secure the win (8-5). Aiyana Garcia and Ariah Giffin nearly pulled off an upset at in the No. 3 doubles match.

Garcia moved up two spots on the ladder to join Giffin. The were one point away from a 7-7 tie before falling short and losing the match. (8-6). Laux/Ferraiuolo fell to Riley/Cooper (8-5). n

Brian Pearson is the former 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 included reporting local government and the sports page.