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PAGE 6 • THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS • OCTOBER 28, 2009 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Oldest guy out there Editor: First off, Thanks for the coverage (of the BHS vs. CV alumni football game). No other media made the effort and you have done an excellent job. My team appreciates what you did do and it has meant a lot to each of them. I was #75, Mike McMaster, the oldest guy out there, but I had the greatest amount of fun. Thanks again for the outstanding job! -Mike McMaster It’s your choice, all are worthy Editor: After interviewing the four candidates for the Fall River Joint Unified school district’s School Board, the Fall River Teachers Association’s Political Action Committee has decided that rather than endorse three of the four candidates, it wishes to declare that all of the candidates would be excellent School board Trustees and we will help spread the word about the experience, qualifications and points of view of the candidates in an effort to get out the vote on November 3. We believe that the voters in our communities can look at the information and make their own choices. Both incumbents have been dedicated and hard working as board members. Teri Vigil has served on the school board for 10 years and has lived in McArthur for 22 years. She has been actively involved in negotiations, school trainings, visiting and helping in our schools and currently, she is attending the Continuous School Improvement meetings. Teri is a good listener who sincerely values communication and good relationships with school employees. Teri is always willing to talk with people about the issues in the school district and remains open to the ideas of others. Randy Oller, a retired teacher, has been on the school board for four years. Randy lives in Burney and worked at Burney High School for 30 years. He teaches Spanish for Shasta College. He has remained involved in wrestling and speech activities with students and has tried to use his own experience to represent the teachers’ perspective in board discussions. Randy told the interview committee that he is pleased to have the chance to continue to do things for kids. Janelle Howes is a homemaker, former teacher, and parent who lives in Burney. For years, she has been following School Board meetings through the minutes posted on the FRJUSD website every month. She is informed and intelligent about the issues and has some excellent ideas about ways to address the school district’s challenges. She seems genuinely committed to high quality education for students in the district. She serves the community in various groups including the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Board, the Session at the Burney Presbyterian Church and the Overview committee of the Raymond Berry Swimming Pool. Iggy Venegas is a graduate of fall River High School and has lived his whole life in the area. He is also a parent, and through his experience as president of the Pit river Health Board, has gained knowledge about working with policies, budgets and organizational issues. He wants to contribute to the community and make a difference by serving on the school board. He told the interview committee that he is all about supporting families and being fair by following policies consistently. He is also interested in strengthening the relationship between the schools and the Pit Rive Tribe. -Ellen Sugg President Fall River Teachers Association Two steps to save freedom Editor: Our federal government is out of control. Most federal representatives completely ignore our Constitution that they took a solemn oath to uphold. The feds are responsible, but the real blame is that we the people have allowed it to happen. And it will continue to get worse unless we stop it. We can start by contacting our Senators and Congressman and demand that they make no changes to our health care. The current administration wants, over time, to take total control of our heath care. Our dollar is no longer backed by gold or silver. It is fiat money made legal tender by the federal government. Furthermore, the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Bank, a private entity not responsible to anyone, determines how much money should be in circulation. We need to make a first true audit of this organization by urging Congress to pass H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009. If we can get enough people to contact Congress about these two items, we will be well on the way to reining in our runaway federal government. -Edward Milton Ventresca Canyon Country, Calif. Get your Christmas shopping done early... 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THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS • OCTOBER 28, 2009 • PAGE 7 BIG VALLEY HOMECOMING VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN INTERMOUNTAIN FLOORS 37260 Mt View & Hudson, Burney • 335-3880 HIWAY GARAGE 44275 Hwy 299, McArthur • 336-5532 BIG VALLEY HOMECOMING VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN BIG VALLLEY HOMECOMING VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN BURNEY TRANSPORTATION 21703 Cottonwood, Burney • 335-2729 CARPENTER’S TRUCKING/VOLCANO ROCK Box 71, McArthur • 336-5256 BIG VALLEY HOMECOMING VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SPORTS RICHARD ALLAN - SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTO / SiskiyouYouth.com Yoli Castellanos delivers a serve during Big Valley’s Evergreen League match up in Dunsmuir. Castellanos had four aces in the game but the lady Cardinals lost the match 3-1. Lady Cardinals get clipped in Dunsmuir By RAY WOLF SiskiyouYouth.com The Dunsmuir Lady Tigers came back from five down to win the pivotal second game of their match with the visiting Big Valley Lady Cardinals. Jennifer Hope was behind the service line, as Dunsmuir rattled off 11 straight points, including five aces by Hope, to win 25-19. The Cardinals took game three, but Dunsmuir went on to win the match 3-1. After Dunsmuir cruised to a 25-14 game one win, the Lady Cardinals showed that they weren’t going to go quietly in the second game. Trailing 9-6, Lady Cardinal Cheyanne Bricker rotated to server and promptly nailed a pair of aces to make the score 9-8. The score was tied 10-10, when an ace by Yoli Castellanos put Big Valley in the lead for the first time, 11-10. A kill by Shelbe Hunsaker made it 12-10, and another Castellanos ace upped the lead to 13-10. The Lady Cardinals had their biggest lead of five points, when kills by Katie Gunnerson and Hunsaker put them up 19-14. A side out made it 19-15 and gave the serve to Hope and Dunsmuir. Hope ripped a pair of aces to cut the deficit to two points, 19-17. Kills by Katie McIntyre, Jamie Kirch, and Hope put Dunsmuir up 20-19. Three of the final five points would come via Hope aces, including the game-winner, as the Lady Tigers rallied for the 25-19 win. Big Valley extended the match by winning game three. The Lady Cardinals were leading11-8, when Castellanos stepped behind the line and hammered four aces in a row to extend the advantage to 15-8. Big Valley enjoyed its biggest lead of the night, when kills by Kelsey Hawkins, Gunnerson and Hailey Becket pushed the lead to eight points, 21-13. Dunsmuir battled back to within two points at 23-21. However, a kill by Catellanos made it game point, 24-21, and a Bricker ace gave Big Valley the 25-21 win. Dunsmuir responded by controlling game four from start to finish, only trailing once at 1-0. Dunsmuir won the match 3-1. Jennifer Hope led the Lady Tigers with 15 kills and 7 aces. Katie McIntyre had 8 kills and an ace. Breanna Wallace notched 8 kills. Rose Spagnolo registered 5 kills and an ace. Jamie Kirch, favoring a shoulder injury, had two kills and two aces. The Lady Cardinals were led by Kelsey Hawkins with 9 kills and a pair of aces. Katie Gunnerson had 5 kills and 3 aces. Yoli Castellanos ripped 6 aces and had a kill. Cheyanne Bricker picked up 4 aces and a kill. Shelbe Hunsaker had 3 kills. All stats are unofficial With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 4-2 in the Evergreen league and 7-6 overall. Dunsmuir is in second place, trailing Butte Valley (8-0, 14-5-2). The loss drops Big Valley to 2-5 in league and 2-13-4 overall. The Lady Cardinals are in fifth place. The Burney lady Raiders battled the visiting Mt. Shasta lady Bears Thursday for sole possession of third place in the Shasta Cascade League standings. Mt. Shasta took the first two games and looked poised remain two games behind the SCL leading Etna Lions heading down the backstretch of league play. But Burney wants that spot as well and responded to take the next three games and win the competition in five 28-26, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25 and 4-16. Neither team wanted to yield and four of the five games were decided by two points, with three of them needing extended play to determine the winner. Game one set the tone of the contest. The Raiders (6-3 SCL, 15-5-4) trailed 15-7 before going on a 15-4 run to take the late. Megan Calzia had five service points and two kills in the run for a 22-19 advantage. The Bears (5-4 SCL, 10-7-1) battled back to tie the game at 22, 23, 24 and 25-25 before inching ahead for the win. Burney’s Kayla Jones and Mt. Shasta’s Jeana Michels had a fierce battle at the net as they exchanged kills to finish the game. Michels put the Bears up 27-26 and rotated to serve with Amanda Amesbury nailing down the final point after a long volley for a 28-26 victory. The Bears trailed the second game and erased deficits of 5-10 and 12-18 and took a 21-20 lead on a Kayla Spini kill. Burney looked to even the match after going up 22-24 when Jenna Watson dove for a dig that went over the net into the soft spot of the Bears defense. But the Bears got the side out and Christina Kane went to serve with down by a point. Mt. Shasta reached game point on two Burney hitting errors and Spini powered down the final point for a 26-24 win 2-0 advantage in the match. Burney led the third game from start to finish by stringing points together in short runs behind. Shakay Clair and Hannah Rogers dealt aces in the game, which finished on a Calzia Kill. Amesbury had a pair of aces to get the Bears within a point a 16-17. But the Raiders surged behind the hitting of Haley Ashe and went on to win 19-25. Burney had the Bears playing catch up in game four with each team limiting runs of just a couple points, with the Raiders doing just a bit better. However, the Bears were able to erase an 18-23 deficit NEWS PHOTO / Richard Allan Haley Ashe hits between two Mt. Shasta defenders as the Burney lady Raiders erased a 2-0 deficit to beat the Bears in five games 28-26, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25 and 4-16 Thursday. Lady Raiders tame Bears for sole possession of third place in SCL and tie the game behind the play of Amesbury. Amesbury dealt an ace, had a kill and a diving dig to set up a Michels kill to even the score. But Burney got the side out for game point and the Bears couldn’t return Rogers serve for a 23-25 Burney win to set up the race to 15. Rogers and Clair dealt aces to help Burney get to a 9-6 lead. But Mt. Shasta reeled off four straight points for a 10-9 lead with a kill and an ace by Christina Kane. The teams traded points to 14-14 when Watson came up with back-to-back kills to take the match with a 14-16 game-five win. Ashe led the Burney attack with eight kills and two blocks and Calzia finished the game with four kills, a block and an ace. Jones tallied four kills, two blocks and a pair of aces in the contest and Watson chipped in five kills and a block. Early rankings have Bulldogs in top spots The first rankings of the Northern Section came out Sunday with Fall River sitting at the top spot in football and volleyball. In Division V football the Bulldogs (6-2) are ranked and will likely stay there with victories over No. 2 Maxwell (6-3) and fourth ranked Burney. Tulelake (3-4) is currently holding the three seed with Chester (4-4) looming at 5. Expect the Burney Raiders (5-3) to move to the three spot before the playoffs start. In Division IV the Modoc Braves (7-0) and at No. 2 behind the Portola Tigers (8-0). In Division VI volleyball the lady Bulldogs (16-4) are ranked No. 1 and the Burney lady Raiders (14-5) are sitting in the No. 5 spot tied with Butte Valley and Providence. Burney has defeated Butte Valley twice this season but will have a problem overtaking them in the rankings as Butte Valley will like win the Evergreen League title unscathed in league play. In Division V Etna is currently at the No. 6 spot with Hamilton in the top spot.