The West Valley track team opened the Northern Athletic League schedule last Wednesday, March 28, with a dual meet against arch rival Yreka.
Last year Yreka was the overall section boys’ champions while West Valley was the overall girls’ champions. However, this year, it could be all West Valley on the varsity level.
In team scoring, West Valley won the varsity boys’ dual meet 86-48, the varsity girls’ 87-48 and the junior varsity girls’ 84-51. The JV boys were beaten 80-56.
According to Coach Scott Fairley, there were several no-shows in the JV boys division and that helped lead to the team’s demise.
Despite unfavorable weather conditions, several notable marks were achieved. Marleigh Ostrom ran a very quick time in her season 300-meter hurdle debut, and Julieanna Weiler had a personal record of 16-03 in long jump to win the event for the varsity girls.
In the varsity boys division, Luke Wright and Nick Putman showed why they are leading the section in their events by placing 1-2 in the 110 high hurdles and 300 individual hurdles. Josh Clark extended his section lead in the pole vault to 12-06 with a new personal best.
Several personal records were attained by the JV girls, but the most impressive was Alexis Lobsinger’s 30-1/4 throw in the shot put, said Coach Fairley. Alexa Flagg, Delaney Faggard, and Teagan Perry dominated the middle distances, with Hailey McDaniel and Kristina Freitas doing the same in the hurdles.
For the JV boys, Marcus Simmons was a triple winner – high jump, long jump and triple jump - Austin Steele set a personal record to win the pole vault, Tristan Young had great throws in the shot and discus, and freshman Chace Savage had the fastest time of the entire day in the 100-meter, said Fairley.
It was also announced that seven West Valley athletes have been accepted into the Stanford Invitational this weekend.
Luke Wright and Nick Putman will run the 110HH and 400IH respectively. Jenna Hinkle (400), Hannah Dorman (3,000), and Kayla Vasquez (pole vault) will compete in individual events with the 3,200 team of Jenna Hinkle, Jenna Storms, Dorman, and Corinne Hinkle attempting to break the West Valley school record.
Top Coaches Clash in Busch Classic
Two of northeastern California’s most successful prep baseball coaches have been chosen to face-off against each other in the 2012 Chico Breakfast Lions Club Bob Busch Classic in Chico on Sunday, June 3, at noon.
Coaches from their respective geographical areas voted for Central Valley High School’s Bob Anderson to coach the North and Eric Lay of Maxwell, the South, in the high school all-star baseball game named in memory of Busch, a former California State University, Chico professor, Breakfast Lions club president and longtime Chico youth baseball leader.
The nine-inning game matches the best 18 graduating seniors from schools located from Red Bluff to the Oregon border against a like number from south of Red Bluff to the Marysville-Yuba City area.
The North leads the series 5-3.
In tandem with the boys’ game, the Breakfast Lions will have their annual high school all-star softball game on Saturday, June 2, at 6 p.m.
The South holds a 4-1 edge. The girls’ game is also nine innings with 18-member rosters.
Softball head coaches are Joe Spini of Mt. Shasta High School (North) and Randi Salado of Chico High School (South).
All-star player selections will be made by the coaches in mid-May. Both games will be in Chico’s Hooker Oak complex.
A portion of both games’ proceeds will be donated to the Lions District 4C1 program of providing camp experiences (Camp McCumber) in eastern Shasta County for diabetic children.
Tickets are $6 for each game. For information call Bob Pentzer in Chico at 893-0507.