County Sports Recap (09/05/2018)


Volleyball – Williams takes down Maxwell 3-1

It might have only gone four sets, but the match between the Panthers and the Yellowjackets in Williams on Aug. 28 couldn’t have much tighter.

Williams emerged with a 3-1 win over Maxwell, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, and 25-21.

“It was a great game,” said Williams coach Kristi Hill. “It was just rally after rally, and it was good volleyball.”

Maritza Pineda turned in an outstanding effort with a team-high six kills, in addition to six blocks. Estafania Bermudez added five kills, and Lizet Hernandez, Lizbeth Aceves, Aracely Reyes, and Cassie Tortoledo had a kill apiece. Brianna Mercado had four aces, followed by Crystal Garcia’s three.

Sophomore Laynee Haywood led way for the Panthers with eight kills, three aces, three blocks, and 13 digs. Courtney Wycoff added seven kills, two aces, two blocks and 11 digs, and Morgan Dennis had 26 assists along with six digs. Natalie Wilson’s four aces were a team-high for the Panthers. She also had five kills and a pair of blocks.

Williams 3, Esparto 0 – The Yellowjacket’s followed their win against Maxwell with a sweep of the Spartans on Thursday evening. Lisbeth Aceves dished out 10 assists, Estafania Bermudez led the team with eight kills and added two aces, and Crystal Garcia had a team-leading four aces of her own.

Pierce 3, University Prep 2 – The Bears clawed their way past the Panthers in five sets on Tuesday, Aug. 28, by scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 14-25, and 18-16. Callie Muniz led the Bears with a solid all-around effort, with 14 kills, four aces, four blocks and 13 digs. Halle Charter added nine kills, Emily Ehrke had eight along with an ace, and nine digs and 12 assists. Noemi Martinez led the team in digs with 15, followed by Sierra Murphy’s 14. Murphy’s 14 assists were tops for the Bears.

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.

Hamilton 3, Maxwell 0 – The Braves beat the Panthers in Hamilton last Wednesday by scores of 25-18, 25-16, and 25-9. Sophomore Laynee Haywood was Maxwell’s top performer with six kills, four aces and eight digs in the loss. Morgan Dennis added four aces and five assists, while Courtney Wycoff had nine digs. Wycoff and Natalie Wilson each had two blocks for the Panthers. Maxwell (1-3) hosts East Nicolaus (3-1) tonight at 7 PM, and travels to Orland to play Providence on Thursday.

Hamilton 3, Princeton 0 – Hamilton swept Princeton 3-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 28 by scores of 25-3, 25-13, and 25-19.

Princeton 3, CORE Butte 1 – The Eagles snapped a six-match losing streak against CORE Butte on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 27-29, and 25-20. Junior Diana Medina had six kills, an ace, and four digs for Princeton. Jaqui Reynoso added four kills, and Fiorella Perez, Karissa Lutz, and Michell Cervantes each had three apiece. Cervantes added a team-high six digs, a block, and an ace. Princeton (2-7) travels to Hamilton on Thursday for the Lady Brave Invitational Tournament, with games scheduled against Mercy (2-2), Hamilton (5-1), and Corning (2-2). They hit the road to play Mercy again on Friday.


Maxwell 44, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy 0 – The Panthers scored 24 points in the first quarter of their home opener and never looked back, scoring 14 more before halftime en route to a 44-0 steamrolling of the Wolves. After relying heavily on the arm of senior quarterback Ulises Rolon in last week’s win over Woodland Christian, head coach Russ Jones gave Rolon’s arm a break against WSCA (1-2). Rolon only threw the ball four times, but he made the most the limited opportunities, completing 3-of-4 for 83 yards and a score – that on a 44-yarder to senior Tony Ambriz. This week, Panthers pounded the Wolves on the ground, rushing for 253 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries. Nearly half of those carries went to running back Rudy Gutierrez, who rushed for 91 yards and 3 TD on his 14 carries. Cody Pearson added 72 yards and a score on three carries, while Rolon had 67 yards and a TD rushing to add to his passing totals. On defense, Ambriz, fellow senior Greg Rangel, sophomore Carlos Guerrero, and freshman Ignacio Velazquez each had an interception. Senior Tim Kromis led the team with 10 tackles and a sack.
Maxwell (2-0) is on the road against Fall River (1-0) on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM. The Bulldogs defeated their rivals Burney 48-0 last week.

Colusa 60, Trinity 0 – Senior Conner Saso put the RedHawks on the board first when he returned a punt 38 yards for a touchdown with just over 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The RedHawks scored twice more before the quarter was over, and the outcome was never in doubt as Colusa breezed by Trinity at home. Friday’s win marked the second consecutive shutout to open the season – this one even more impressive than the first. The RedHawks allowed a single first down, had three takeaways – including fumble recoveries by Christian Reyna and Cameron Telford, and an interception by Rafael Manjarrez – and held the Wolves to 47 yards of total offense.

The RedHawks offense, which never had to punt, was equally impressive. They churned out 330 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground, with senior running back Christian Lyss leading the charge. Lyss rushed for 97 yards and 2 TD on 13 carries. Sophomore Anthony Berry also had 2 TD rushing, and Saso, junior Riley Stice, and senior Francisco Castillo each found the end-zone running the ball. Saso only threw the ball twice, but connected on both of his passes for 45 yards, including 30-yard touchdown strike to senior Leo Guzman.
Colusa (2-0) faces their toughest test of the season yet this week against Colfax (2-0) this week – a Sac-Joaquin Section school with nearly double Colusa’s enrollment, which blew out Golden Sierra and Woodland to start the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM on Friday.
Pierce 26, Clear Lake 0 – No information was provided for the Bears’ home win over the Cardinals last week. Pierce (2-0) faces off with cross-county rivals Williams on Friday for the 88th Annual Rice Bowl.

Princeton 80, Butte Valley 0 – No information was provided for the Eagles’ home win over the Bulldogs last week. Princeton (2-0) faces Redding Christian (1-1) on the road on Friday at 7 PM.

Girl’s Tennis

Colusa 9, Corning 0 – The RedHawks opened their season with a 9-0 win on the road against the Cardinals – who were shorthanded with only five players due to an illness – on Aug. 27. In singles, Colusa No. 1 Chaena Laux beat Ashton Walton (6-1, 6-3), Chloe Ferraiuolo defeated Zuri Morrow (6-0, 7-5), Olivia Jarrett defeated Evelyn Padilla (6-2, 6-2), and Yisel Miramontes won by default. Coach Jim Imhoff credited Colusa No. 5 Emily Cerney with giving the best overall effort. Cerney split sets with her opponent 2-6 and 6-3, before prevailing 14-12 in a “super tiebreaker,” Imhoff said. In doubles, Laux/Ferraiuolo defeated Walton/Padilla (8-2), Jarrett/Juarez beat Morrow/Martinez (8-3), and Cerney/Miramontes won by default.

Colusa 6, Wheatland 3 – In their first match of the season, the RedHawks defeated Whatland at home, 6-3. Chaena Laux defeated Wheatland’s top player, Luren Steiger (6-4, 6-4). Ashley Warimu defeated Chloe Ferraiuolo (7-5, 6-4), Annette Rangel beat Bailey McCarty (6-1, 6-3), Olivia Jarrett defeated Ashley Howard (6-2, 6-0), Darleny Juarez defeated Ashley Kautz (6-0, 6-0), and Emily Cerney beat Morgan Goode (6-2, 6-1). In doubles, Steiger/Warimu beat Laux/Ferraiuolo in a tight 9-7 match. McCarty/Jarrett beat Rangel/Howard 8-1, while Juarez/Cerney beat Kautz/Goode 8-0.

Willows 6, Colusa 3 – In a match that was even at 3-3 after singles play, the Honkers proved to be the better doubles team, sweeping the RedHawks. In singles, Chaena Laux, Choloe Ferraiuolo and Olivia Jarrett won their matches. Laux defeated Liniana Jauregui (6-1, 6-1), Ferraiuolo defeated Daisy Moreno (7-6 [9-7], 6-0) and Jarrett beat Nina Juarez (6-3, 6-1). Willows’ Gina Lor beat Bailey McCarty (6-4, 6-4), Olga Cano defeated Emily Cerney (6-1, 6-3), and Rebeka Mercado defeated Ariah Giffin (6-3, 6-1). In doubles, Jauregui/Moreno came out on top of Laux/Ferraiuolo (8-6), Juarez/Lor defeated McCarty/Jarrett (8-4), and Cano/Mercado beat Giffin/Yisel Miramontes (9-7). 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.