OROVILLE — When it comes to pressure-packed situations, there are players who have a knack for coming up clutch and others who wither in the spotlight when the chips are down.
Sutter High senior Colton Minton is one who rises to the occasion.
This past fall, Minton clinched the section title for the Huskies' football team b
Power was never the strong suit of the Colusa High baseball team throughout the season, but the RedHawks mashed four extra base hits deep into the left-field gap and won the second Northern Section championship in school history.
The top-seeded RedHawks responded to a terrible top half of the first inning with four runs in the bottom hal
SACRAMENTO — Chandler Eden's reputation as one of the top high school pitchers in the nation continues to grow.
Ranked No. 72 on Baseball America's top 100 prospect list for the upcoming MLB Draft, Eden will certainly have suitors from the Major Leagues calling in June, although he does already have a scholarship to Oregon State on
With an average of more than 10 runs per game, Sutter High's baseball team has been known for the way it has swung the bats this season. In the playoffs, however, it's been the Huskies' starting pitching that has taken center stage.
In a first-round win over Orland on Friday, it was junior Trenton McDaniel who pitched the Huskies to vict
Kyle Cervantes and Estevan Frias broke open a tie game in the bottom of the fifth inning with RBI singles and the Colusa High baseball team earned a berth in the Northern Section Division III championship game with an 8-3 victory against Pierce on Tuesday in Colusa.
The top-seeded RedHawks (25-5) advanced to the Division III championship
The Falcons had chance after chance, but in the end, they came up short.
The River Valley High baseball team fell 2-0 to Placer in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs at home on Monday — despite outstanding performances from Rickey Ramirez and Stuart Bradley on the hill.
"We had runners at thi
Just five months ago, Trenton McDaniel was playing in the biggest game of his life. Of course, that situation was quite different than his game on Friday.
In December, he was wearing a helmet and shoulder pads as Sutter High's starting cornerback, fighting through the biting cold in Oroville as his Huskies competed in the CIF Northern Ca
By his own admission, Michael Woods didn't have his best stuff working for him on Friday.
His location was off and his pitches lacked their usual pop, making every inning he threw a bit of struggle.
He battled through it though, and thanks to one big swing of his bat, Wheatland High's baseball team is moving on to the section sem
Oscar Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and the Pierce High baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to beat Willows 10-8 in the first round of the Northern Section Division III playoffs in Willows on Friday.
No. 5 Pierce (14-9) advanced to the second round where they hit the road to face No. 1 Colus
The Northern Section held its baseball playoff seeding meeting on Wednesday and six local programs punched their tickets to the playoffs.
Additionally, the Sac-Joaquin Section wraps up the regular season this week, as four Mid-Valley teams prepare to open postseason play.
Here's where the local teams stand.
The Faith Christian High baseball team was in do-or-die mode on Wednesday afternoon.
After finishing Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League play tied with Buckingham Charter for third place, the two teams were forced to play a tiebreaker game at the Dan McAuliffe Ballpark in Sacramento.
The winner would earn the SMAL's No. 3 pla
The Marysville High softball team closed the regular season with a whimper on Tuesday.
While Tressa Arostegui allowed just three hits from the circle, Dixon made the most of its opportunities and knocked off the Indians 4-1 to wrap up Golden Empire League play.
Coming into the day, the Indians had won 43 straight league games.
Entering Friday night, Yuba City High and River Valley had met 20 times on the baseball diamond since the new school in town began playing varsity ball in 2007.
The 21st meeting will go down as a classic.
With the Falcons clinging to 3-2 lead and just one out away from beating their rivals for the first time, Yuba City senior Mat
The Marysville High baseball team thought its playoff hopes rested on Friday's game against rival Lindhurst.
That was before athletic director David Chiono received an email notifying him that the Indians were already eliminated from postseason contention due to the Blazers already having won two of the three games in the Golden Empire L
The East Nicolaus High softball team earned a share of the Sacramento Valley League championship as they topped Pierce 13-1 on Thursday in Arbuckle. The game was cut short to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Amanda Taylor struck out seven and allowed four hits to earn the win in the circle. She was also 2 for 4 with a double and an RB
The Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs aren't scheduled to begin until May 13 — try telling that to the Lindhurst and Marysville High baseball teams.
With the amount of pride these schools have in their baseball programs, there didn't need to be anything on the line for this final Golden Empire League series to carry the atmos
There is something about playing against River Valley that seems to bring out the best in Yuba City High's Damon Bugarin.
Last year, Bugarin belted a grand slam to help lift the Honkers past the Falcons in the regular season finale. On Monday night, he followed it up by hitting a pair of doubles to propel Yuba City past River Valley in t
The Lindhurst and Marysville High girls soccer teams were both looking for their first Golden Empire League win of the season on Wednesday in the regular season finale for both teams.
For the second time this season, the two programs had to settle for a draw.
After tying 1-1 on April 12, the Blazers and Indians played to a 2-2 st
As the calendar turns to May and the regular season winds down in spring sports, several Mid-Valley programs are in position to earn spots for the postseason.
Here's a look at where the local squads stand.
The Northern Section released its latest baseball playoff points on M
It was a banner day for the Wheatland High softball program on Tuesday.
The Pirates earned their third straight Butte View League championship with a doubleheader sweep of Winters in Wheatland on senior day and set a school record with their 28th win of the season.
Wheatland (28-2-1 overall) won by game scores of 18-0 and 21-1 to
League championships didn't always come in bunches like this for the Yuba City High baseball program.
The Honkers didn't win their first league championship until 1958, just the second varsity boys championship in any sport since the school opened in 1923.
Yuba City picked up three more league titles in 1967, 1970 and 1978 &mdash
The River Valley High girls soccer team ended their regular season with a 2-0 win over Yuba City at Falcon Stadium on Monday.
The Falcons (12-5-2 overall, 6-2-2 in the Tri-County Conference) will await Saturday's section meeting for playoff scheduling.
Karinna Recendez and Morgan McIntyre each scored a goal and Ellie Tamez record
The Wheatland High softball team finished 4-1 at the two-day Lassen Tournament in Susanville on Friday and Saturday.
The Pirates concluded tournament play on Saturday with a 10-3 victory over Enterprise.
Mikayla McLanahan, Tah-Nee Rios and Kirstin Johnson each went 2 for 4, with McLanahan adding in a home run. Tara McIntyre and H
The mantra for River Valley High's baseball this year has been to "compete," but as the season nears its end, first-year coach Brandon Asher has changed his tune.
Now, he wants his team to finish — something they needed to do against Woodland on Friday afternoon.
After jumping ahead 9-1 after four innings of play, the Falco
The Yuba City High baseball team completed its three-game, Tri-County Conference sweep of Natomas with a 5-0 victory over the Nighthawks in Sacramento on Friday afternoon.
That win wasn't the only good news for Yuba City.
Pioneer lost 7-4 to Inderkum on Friday to fall to 9-3 in the TCC. Yuba City (11-1 in TCC play) needs just one