County Sports Recap (10/03/2018)


Volleyball: Pierce dominant in sweep of Winters

After being swept by Willows on Sept. 25, the Bears bounced back in a big way by sweeping Winters on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-7, 25-4, and 25-7.

Callie Muniz and Emily Ehrke paced the Bears offensively, with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Pierce’s strong serving never allowed the Warriors to get close: the Bears had just one serving error in 74 total serves. Betsy Myers (eight aces), Sierra Murphy (four aces) and Halle Charter (three aces) served particularly well for the Bears. Murphy led the Bears with 28 assists.

Pierce (13-6, 1-2 Sacramento Valley League) traveled to Live Oak to play the Lions (7-14, 1-2 SVL) last night after press time, and will make the long trek to San Diego for the Southern California Invitational Volleyball Tournament this weekend.

Paradise Adventist Academy 3, Princeton 0 – The Cougars defeated the Eagles in a league match in Paradise on Monday by scores of 25-12, 25-9, and 25-19, just six days after they fell 3-0 to the Cougars at home. Stats were not available for Princeton at press time.

Princeton (5-16, 2-3 Pioneer-Valley League) traveled to Herlong for a non-league match against the Vikings (0-4, 0-3 Pioneer-Mountain League) last night, and hosts Greenville (8-7, 2-0 Pioneer-Mountain League) in a non-league tilt tomorrow night at 5:30 PM.

East Nicolaus 3, Williams 1 – The Lady ‘Jackets won a game for the first time since their Sept. 11 match against Maxwell and played the Spartans tight in the first two sets, but East Nicolaus prevailed by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, and 25-12. Williams did not provide stats for the game.

Williams (6-11, 0-3 Mid-Valley League) opened a three-match league road-stand against Durham (11-12, 2-1 MVL) last night, and travel to Hamilton (18-5, 3-0 MVL) on Thursday. The varsity game starts at 7 PM.

Maxwell 3, CORE Butte 2 – No stats or game scores were provided by Maxwell for their Mountain Valley League match against CORE Butte. The Panthers (6-10, 2-2 Mountain Valley League), hosted Biggs last night, and are on the road against Portola (16-11, 2-1 Mountain Valley League) tomorrow. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 5 PM.

American Christian Academy 3, Princeton 1 – Princeton played four close games on the road in a Pioneer-Valley League match against American Christian Academy (Anderson) and came out on top of one, but the latter won Thursday’s match by scores of 25-23, 30-28, 25-19, and 25-23. Michell Cervantes, Fiorella Perez, and Vanessa Chocotecco each had three kills for Princeton in the match. Diana Medina served a team-high five aces, followed by Cervantes’ four. Chocotecco also led Princeton with six digs.

Willows 3, Pierce 0 – The Bears kept it tight in all three sets, but couldn’t avoid being swept by the Honkers in the match-up between two Sacramento Valley League teams in Willows on Sept. 25. Halle Charter had seven kills in the match, followed by Alexis Dorantes with five, and Emily Ehrke and Callie Muniz with four apiece. Betsy Myers had 12 digs and 16 serve receptions – both team highs for the Bears. Sierra Murphy led Pierce with nine assists, followed by Ehrke’s five.

Maxwell 3, Esparto 0 – Maxwell swept Esparto on Sept. 25, winning their first Mountain Valley League match of the season. No stats or game scores were provided by Maxwell.
Paradise Adventist Academy 3, Princeton 0 – Princeton hosted Paradise Adventist Academy on Sept. 25, and fell in three sets. The Cougars won by scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-8. Jaqui Reynoso led the Eagles with two kills, while Rohelia Gomez and Fiorella Perez each served a pair of aces. Reynoso’s six digs were also a team-high for Princeton.


Maxwell 42, Portola 7 – Absent starting senior quarterback Ulisses Rolon, the Panthers won big on their Homecoming Night, trouncing the visiting Tigers to snap a three-game skid and earn their first Cascade Valley League win of the season. They did so behind the arm of Rolon’s replacement, junior Trent Hendrix. Hendrix was stellar in his first start for the Panthers, completing 12-of-14 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns. Cody Pearson and Tony Amrbriz were his preferred targets, hauling in seven catches for 312 yards between them. Pearson had 168 yards on three catches, each of which went for touchdowns. Ambriz added 144 yards and a score on four catches. Rudy Gutierrez led Maxwell’s rushing attack with 79 yards and a score on 13 carries, and added an eight-yard touchdown catch on his lone reception.

Junior Christian Cabrera led the Panthers defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, followed by Tim Kromis and Gutierrez, who had seven tackles apiece. Hendrix and Rangel each snagged an interception on defense, while Pearson, Kromis, Nick Azevedo and Wyatt Hendrix each registered a sack.

Maxwell (3-3, 1-3 Cascade Valley League) hosts Modoc (2-3, 2-1 Cascade Valley League) on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Princeton 34, Greenville 24 – It was the closest game yet for the undefeated Eagles, but the result was the same as their past five games: another mark in the ‘W’ column thanks to a solid showing from quarterback Joey Wills. Wills toted the ball 21 times for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and added 132 yards and a touchdown through the air. All of the Wills’ yardage and his touchdown came via three completions to Shane Irish. Nick Ramirez led the Eagles with 13 tackles, and Josue Sullivan added eight tackles and a fumble recovery. It’s Homecoming for Princeton (6-0, 3-0 California South 8-Man League) this week, who look to keep their perfect record intact against Los Molinos (6-0, 2-0 California South 8-Man League) in a battle of unbeaten teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:20 PM.

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.