A Shasta Cascade volleyball league that is expected to have many title contenders started with a series of close matches this week.
The Weed Cougars fell behind Modoc 2 games to 1 Tuesday in Alturas, then rallied to win game four, 25-21, and game five, 15-10.
At the same time Mount Shasta was defeating Trinity in five games in Weaverville, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 15-6.
The Bears then needed only four games to defeat Modoc Thursday night in Mount Shasta, but they were four long games, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21.
Mount Shasta coach Greta Jones said the Bears weren't at their best against Modoc, but they served well and kept many rallies going long enough to win the point.
"We were fighting to stay ahead," Jones said. "Our team is scrappy. All 12 of them serve, and they're all good passers."
Dunsmuir volleyball wins third in a row
Dunsmuir's volleyball team won a third consecutive match without a loss, defeating Providence in Orland Tuesday night, 25-7, 25-17, 25-18.
The Tigers also opened league by winning a double match at Happy Camp Sept. 14, both by 3-0 scores.
Cougars roll to soccer wins
The Weed High School soccer team won big twice on Sept. 18 and 20, outscoring two league opponents on the road by a combined 15-1 score.
Weed won at Modoc in Alturas Tuesday, 8-0, then won at Butte Valley in Dorris Thursday, 7-1.
Cougar senior Chris Vancil scored 3 goals in each of this week's games, giving him 10 in three games.
Carlos Sanchez played all 80 minutes at keeper in both games.
Bears blank Modoc in soccer
Mount Shasta opened its soccer league season with a 1-1 tie at Trinity in Weaverville Tuesday, Sept. 18, then blanked Modoc two days later on their own Shastice Park field, 6-0.
In the win over Modoc, Lauren Frost, Tanner Lujan, Weston Stroud, Chet Bolstridge, Colin Paisley, and Jarrod Althaus-Cressman all scored one goal apiece.
Stroud had 2 assists, while Mariah Althaus-Cressman, Alyssa Ramirez, and Spencer Posl had 1 each.
Chet Bolstridge and Morgan Owens each played 40 minutes at goalie. Bolstridge had 2 saves.
The Bears took 16 shots on goal at Trinity, but only one by Carlos Lopez resulted in a point.