PREP ROUNDUP: Colusa upsets Etna to advance to championship
Colusa High’s volleyball made the long 230-mile trek up to Siskiyou County on Thursday night and came away with its biggest win of the season.
Now, the RedHawks are moving on to the championship.
Junior Gillian Ayala recorded a team-high 14 kills, and sophomore Amber Morales finished with 12 kills, two blocks, 17 digs and 12 service points as Colusa rallied back from two sets down to knock off No. 2-seeded Etna and earn a berth in the Northern Section Division V title match.
The host Lions won the first two games by scores of 25-25 and 25-23 before the RedHawks roared to life to take the final three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 15-8.
“I just think we wanted it more. We struggled the first game and made a lot of personal errors, and minimized that for the rest of the match,” said Colusa coach Tina Lyons, who guided the RedHawks to the title match in her first season at Colusa in 2014. “Etna is a good program. We were overjoyed and it was a great way to end the day. We are pretty excited.”
The RedHawks also received great play from two more sophomores in Annie Lay and Cynthia Velasquez. Lay handed out 43 assists, and Velasquez recorded 24 digs and 13 service points in only her second varsity match.
Senior Estefania Orozco chipped in with 11 kills and seven digs, and junior libero Abby Huskey made 28 digs to round out the leaders for Colusa.
Up next for the No. 3-seeded RedHawks (28-10) is the championship against top-seeded Durham at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Red Bluff High. It is a rematch of the 2014 title game, which Durham won in four sets.
Even if the RedHawks lose, they will qualify for the CIF state tournament.
Durham 3, East Nicolaus 1
In Durham – The No. 4-seeded Spartans saw their title hopes dashed with a loss to the top-seeded Trojans in the Northern Section Division V semifinals.
Ashley Almond tallied eight kills, three blocks, 18 assists, 11 digs and an ace, and Tiara Ceasar added six kills and three blocks for East Nicolaus, which lost by game scores of 25-20, 25-16, 16-25 and 25-16.
Makenzee Goyet helped out with six kills, 14 digs and a block, Preslie Hewitt had four kills, two digs and a block, Isabella Castillo made 14 digs and served for three aces, and Natalie Butler made 12 digs to round out the leaders.
Despite the loss, the Spartans (19-11) will advance to the CIF state tournament after reaching the semis. They will open the NorCal tourney on the road on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
West Valley 3, Pierce 1
In Cottonwood – The No. 4 Bears fell short of reaching the title match with a loss to the defending champion Eagles in the Northern Section Division IV semifinals.
Top-seeded West Valley won the match by scores of 25-20, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-22.
No information was provided by Pierce (25-11), which will also qualify for the state tournament.
Duncan, Ashby win BVL titles
In Orland – Wheatland’s CJ Duncan and Sutter’s Mia Ashby capped off impressive league performances by taking first at the Butte View League Championships.
Duncan won every varsity boys BVL race this season and was crowned league champion on Thursday by completing the 3.1-mile course in a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds. Ashby was crowned league champion besting a field of 21 runners in the varsity girls race in a time of 19:20.
Sutter’s girls team won the BVL title for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six years by sweeping the top eight places. Marisa Mckenzie (2nd, 20:48), Megan Matteoli (3rd, 20:49), Savannah Bailey (4th, 21:22), Kaylynne Turner (5th, 21:25), Grace Keough (6th, 21:41), Lilli Patrick (7th, 21:44) and Reagan Ford (8th, 21:47) all finished in succession behind Ashby.
Talia Moore (9th, 21:50) was the top placer for Wheatland.
The Huskies’ varsity boys team finished second to Orland. Bailey Rockholt (4th, 17:21), Braedyn Hick (5th, 17:24), Stuart Simpson (9th, 17:48) and Johnathan Zubia (10th, 17:51) were the top runners for Sutter in the 28-man race.
Gridley was paced by Damian Mendoza (14th, 19:01).
The top 10 in each race earned all-league honors.
Sutter 35, Wheatland 20
In Sutter – Alec Bell scored four times on the ground and intercepted a pass on defense as the Huskies beat the Pirates in a season finale that decided the BVL title.
Bell scored on runs of 25, 36, 45 and 65 yards, and Landon Cooper threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Watson for Sutter, which won the BVL for the fourth straight year.
Raiden Toche and Justin Matsui also had interceptions for the Huskies (9-1, 4-0).
Manny Galvan rushed for two touchdowns and DJ Jamanilla ran for another to lead the way for Wheatland (6-3, 3-1).
Tracy 21, Yuba City 12
In Tracy – The Honkers concluded a strong season with a nonconference loss to the Bulldogs.
Isaac Price had nine carries for 96 yards and scored a touchdown, and Brigham Lessard rushed for 73 yards on only four carries to lead the way offensively. Armando Ramirez also kicked two field goals, including 40-yarder.
Coach Matt Lynch praised the defensive play of Chase Welty, Marcus Mitchell and Chris Wade for Yuba City, which ended the year 8-2 overall while winning the Tri-County Conference title.