County Sports Recap (11/07/2018)



Colusa falls to University Prep in Northern Section semifinals

After dropping the first two games to the top-seeded Panthers on Thursday, Colusa stormed back to win the third and fourth convincingly, only to lose the final set in heartbreaking fashion. At one point in the final game, the RedHawks led 13-6, but the Panthers closed the game out on an improbable run to advance to the Northern Section D-IV championship game.

U Prep won the match by scores of 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-18, and 16-14. 

Gillian Ayala and Carly Lay led the RedHawks with 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Jessica Hickel and Hannah Taylor each chipped in 10 kills, and Amber Morales added six. In what was a battle between two of the top setters in the Northern Section, Annie Lay facilitated the RedHawks offense with 48 assists, but U Prep’s Madi Friebel kept pace with 42 assists of her own. 

Abby Huskey (23 digs) and Hannah Taylor (7 blocks) led the way for Colusa’s defense. Morales and Hickel added 18 digs and 14 digs, respectively. 

Colusa (36-6) earned the No. 6 seed in the Northern Region of the 2018 CIF State Girls Volleyball Division IV Championship tournament, and hosted No. 11 seed Colfax (24-8) last night. The winner between Colusa and Colfax will play the winner between No. 3 seed Pierce and No. 14 seed The Bay School on Thursday. If both Pierce and Colusa win their respective opening round games, the programs will face each other for the third time this season in Arbuckle. Results from Tuesday’s games were not available at press time. 

Portola 3, Maxwell 0 – The No. 12 seed Panthers fell to the No. 4 seed Tigers in Portola in the Northern Section Division VI quarterfinal on Oct. 30. It was the fourth match between the two teams this season, and the fourth time Portola swept Maxwell. This time around, the Tigers won by scores of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-22.

Sophomore Laynee Haywood had a solid all-around match for the Panthers in the loss, with 10 digs, seven kills, and four blocks. Junior Courtney Wycoff also turned in a good performance, adding 11 digs, three blocks, and four kills. Wycoff also had a solid night in serve reception.

A relatively young squad, Maxwell ended their season with an 11-13 record.


Durham 35, Pierce 0  – Turnovers and negative plays by the Bears’ offense played a big part in their blowout loss to the visiting Trojans on Friday. 

The game got off to a promising start for Pierce: After stopping Durham’s offense on the game’s opening drive, the Bears’ offense marched down the field and into Durham territory. In an instant, the momentum shifted permanently in the Trojans’ favor. Colby Del Carlo returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and it was all Durham from there.

“Offensively, we weren’t that great,” head coach Anthony Tapia said. “We had a lot of negative carries and turnovers.”

Tommy Davis led Pierce’s offense with 12 carries for 49 yards, and Matthew Tapia added 40 yards on 10 carries. The Bears didn’t complete a pass in the game.

In total, Pierce turned the ball over six times to Durham’s one. Durham’s offense ran only 34 plays and amassed just 235 total yards – much of which came on a 90-yard touchdown run by Kyle Sinclear – largely because they were left with a short field after the turnovers.  Sinclear finished with 126 yards and a score on four carries. Del Carlo added a rushing score and Adin Dubose completed 8-of-14 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns to round out the scoring for the Trojans.

Matthew Tapia led the Bears defense with 10 tackles, followed by Davis and Matthew Williams, who had nine tackles apiece.

Pierce (5-4) travels to East Nicolaus (10-0) to play the Spartans in the first round of the Northern Section Division IV playoffs. 

Williams 52, Hamilton 28 – Williams closed out their regular season and league slate with a blowout victory over the Braves in Williams on Friday.

Samuel Navarro had a stellar night for Williams on both sides of the ball. On offense, Navarro had three carries for 22 yards and a rushing touchdown, a team-high five catches for 104 yards and a receiving touchdown. Navarro also led the Yellowjackets’ defense with 13 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Hunter Povlsen completed 12-of-18 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a score on the ground, while Fabian Garcia led the Yellowjackets’ rushing attack with 82 yards and a pair of scores on six carries. Both Povlsen and Garcia added a pair of successful two-point attempts.

Diego Jauregui, Anthony Davalos, and Martin Gomez each registered a sack for Williams’ defense. 

The Yellowjackets (6-4) travel to Winters (9-1) to play the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. 

Maxwell 42, Quincy 12  The Panthers defeated the Trojans in a game played at Feather River College on Friday. Stats were not provided for the Panthers. 

Maxwell (5-5) travels to Chester to play the Volcanoes in the opening round of the Northern Section Division V playoffs on Friday.

Redding Christian 38, Princeton 12 – The last time the Eagles and the Lions met was on Sept. 7 in Redding, a game Princeton won 42-27. This time around, No. 3 seed Redding Christian came to Princeton and upset the No. 2 seed Eagles in the opening round of the Northern Section 8-Man playoffs. Princeton quarterback Joey Wills completed six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown – all to Ivan Espinoza – and carried the ball 22 times for 148 yards and a score, but Princeton’s offense couldn’t keep pace with Redding Christian’s rushing attack. The Lions ran for 401 yards on 37 carries. Senior Isaiah VanDenend accounted for the bulk of that yardage, finishing with 213 yards and a rushing touchdown on 29 carries. He also added 73 yards and a touchdown through the air. Josiah VanDenend had 115 yards and a two rushing touchdowns on just four carries, and Clark Smith added 69 yards and a score on three carries. Clark also had a 30-yard receiving touchdown.

Ulices Gutierrez and Jonathan Silva each had 11 tackles for Princeton, which led the team. Shane Irish had an interception.

Princeton finished its season with an 8-3 record.

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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.