Lady Bulldogs “ace” bigger schools to start volleyball season

MCARTHUR, Calif., — With a lull in area sports over the Labor Day Weekend, it’s time to catch up on high school volleyball.  

The Lady Bulldogs of Fall River returned to the court under direction of coach Laura Lakey in her third season as head coach, and immediately started the season against much larger schools in facing Central Valley, Enterprise and Lassen.  The larger schools didn’t intimidate the Bulldogs, as they came away against all three unscathed with three wins.

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They opened the season at home in hosting the Central Valley Lady Falcons and win the match, 3-1, scoring aa 25-15 win to start the match, hiccupped to an 18-25 loss but returned to wrap it up with wins of 25-22 and 25-19. Mercedes Humprey dominated the net with 10 kills, while Ellie Jacobsonj added eight.

Kalihah Wolfin-Terrer served up five aces to go with 10 digs on defense.  Giselle Rodriguez led the team with 27 digs, while Sydney Cassity dished up 20 assists in the win.

The very next night (Wednesday) the Lady Bulldogs blanked the Enterprise Hornets on the road, 3-0 (25-18, 25-9 and 25-21). Jacobson nailed eight kills with Rodriguez adding six kills to go with four blocks and three aces. Wolfin-Teller had five aces while Cassity put up 18 assists.

The Lady Bulldogs completed their three-match sweep on Friday with a 3-1 victory over Lassen on the road – an impressive three victories in four days to start the new season. Jacobson and Rodriguez each nailed seven kills with Rodriguez also grabbing three blocks. Kiera Britton had six kills, while Humphrey added five aces and Cassity 27 assists.  

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With the Fall River Emblem F Tournament that was supposed to start today (Thursday) cancelled, Fall River’s next match is in Etna on September 14 to begin Shasta-Cascade League competition.

Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders of Burney opened their season at home last week with a 3-0 loss to visiting Trinity (12-25, 5-25 and 17-25).  The Raiders head to Los Molinos for the annual Beth Pilger Classic Tournament starting Thursday, Sept. 16.  Burney sports a new head varsity coach in Johanna Crabtree, while Amanda Tate heads up the JV squad.

The Big Valley Cardinals have a former player and graduate beginning her coaching career when the Cards head to Cedarville on Tuesday, September 14 to take on the Surprise Valley Hornets. Rachel Rodgers (Oney) takes the helm for her alma mater.

Stay tuned for next week’s scores, game highlights and updates!  


About Ron, from the man himself:

Ron Mosher

I began doing sports coverage since the days of Dennis Smith at the Intermountain News in Burney in the mid 1960s through the mid 1970s. I took a long break after moving to the Bay Area, where I had an eight year stint with the San Francisco Giants front office as accounting and data processing manager – so my life has pretty much revolved around balls – footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, softballs, baseballs and the kids who toss ’em, catch ’em and excel in sports.

I returned to the Intermountain area in the 1990s and restarted my sports life in the area by working for Donna and Walt Caldwell and their Mountain Echo newspaper, retiring a few years ago after 20-plus years chasing kids all over northern California covering their antics in playing games. 

I have a love for all three of the Intermountain area schools, having attended Big Valley elementary through fourth grade, graduating from Burney elementary and then becoming a 4-year Fall River Bulldog, graduating in 1961… yep, I’m an old guy.

But, I’m an old guy who’s glad to be returning to the keyboard in following Intermountain Area sports and the kids who play ’em… remember: Find something round… you’ll have a ball!


Contact the editor: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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