The Logger boys basketball team performed at a high level, as the squad made it to the Northern Section Division 7 title game in February.

Below are some of the top sports stories in the South County that took place in 2019. The first part ran in the Jan. 1 edition. Part three will publish in the paper next week.

McCloud boys basketball make section title contest

McCloud High School had sports teams for the first time in 16 years during the 2018-2019 season. The Logger boys basketball team performed at a high level, as the squad made it to the Northern Section Division 7 title game in February.

The boy's hoops team placed third in the Evergreen League and went 8-4 in the league. McCloud earned the No. 2 seed in the NSCIF D7 playoffs and cruised to an 84-44 first-round victory at home against Ipakanni Early College Charter, the No. 7 seed, on Feb. 12. In the semifinals on Feb. 14,  the Loggers took down No. 3 seed Hayfork 80-64 at home to earn a  trip to the tile contest Feb. 23 at Shasta College in Redding.

McCloud faced top seed Butte Valley, which placed first in the  Evergreen League with a perfect 12-0 record.

The Loggers played tough and trailed the Bulldogs 33-29 at the half.

In the third quarter, Butte Valley hung on to a 39-37 advantage with 3:46 left. Two 3-pointers by the Bulldogs helped Butte take a  53-45 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

McCloud would not leave the court without a fight. A jumper by Mawolin Summers reduced the Butte Valley advantage to 56-52 with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter. Korbin Woolery put in a layup for the Loggers to get them within two at 56-54 with 4:34 remaining, Butte Valley pulled away to earn the 72-64 win. McCloud ended the year11-9 overall.

Woolery received a Sportsmanship award, which is traditionally awarded to one player on each team in each Section championship game.

Mount Shasta soccer has another strong season

After winning the Northern Section Fall Soccer League Championship the previous season, the Mount Shasta Bears soccer team had another terrific season in 2019.

The Bears dominated the regular season this past fall and went  8-0, outscoring their opponents 49-5.

Mount Shasta earned the top seed in the playoffs and opened the postseason at home on  Oct. 29 against Paradise Adventist Academy, winning 4-0.

On Oct. 31, the Bears defeated CORE Butte 4-0 in a home semifinal match to earn a berth in the title game on Nov. 2 versus No. 2 seed Tulelake.

Playing at home, Mount Shasta had quite a battle versus Tulelake.

The score was tied 2-2 at the end of the regulation. The game went four overtimes, as the contest was decided by a shootout, with Tulelake outscoring the Bears 4-2 to win the contest and the section crown. Mount Shasta ended the year 10-1 overall.

As tough as the loss was, this squad lost only three players to graduation and brings back its top five scorers next season.

 Mount Shasta Bears soccer players Will Winters, Ian Anderson, and Kekai Ferguson were named to the Northern Section Fall Soccer all-league team. Landon Turner received honorable mention, and Ahja Dennis-Florence was chosen as MVP of the girl's all-league team.

COS XC runners earn state berths

College of the Siskiyous cross country runner Ryan Hering ran well on short notice at the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 23. at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Hering, a Mount Shasta High School graduate, finished with a time of 22:27.7 to place 110th overall. He was the first men’s runner from the Golden Valley Conference to place after finishing fourth overall at the GVC Championships.

Hering did not know until four days before State he would be racing that Saturday. Teammate Blake Chitwood, a Yreka High grad, who qualified for State at the California Community College NorCal cross country championships on Nov. 8, suffered a potential stress fracture in his right foot, as it was decided it was best for him to rest and not risk further injury.

It just so happened that Hering was the 11th qualifier at Norcals, which meant he would take Chitwood’s place.

At Norcals, Hering was 49th. At the event, it was first announced that he was the 8th individual qualifier out of 10 that had earned a State berth. Later at Norcals,  COS head coach Katie Woodward said they were told that a mistake had been made in the scoring and that Hering was 10th but still qualified for State. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Woodward received an email that another athlete had been missed and Hering was actually 11th, which meant he was the final cut.

“I was so thankful he had the opportunity to run,” Woodward said about Hering at the time. “I’m quite proud of his performance after the emotional rollercoaster he had to endure the past couple of weeks. He stayed very collected and focused through the whole thing.“

Mount Shasta pro snowboarder Robbie Burns

Professional alpine snowboarder Robby Burns earned his best finishes in five years as a pro snowboarder in 2019.

In April, he placed first in both the giant slalom and slalom events at the USASA National Snowboard Championships at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. He was 15th at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Championships in February in Park City Mountain, Utah.

Burns was raised in Mount Shasta, graduated from MSHS, and still lives a portion of the year in town

Burns was a candidate for the 2018 U.S Snowboard team but did not earn one of the two spots that were open for male alpine snowboarders. His goal is to earn a berth on the 2022 U.S. Olympic Snowboard team and compete in Beijing, China.

He believes that his hard work is paying off and that his dreams of competing in the Olympics will become a reality in 2022.

“I am motivated and believe in myself,” he said back in October.  “I want to work as hard as I can and make it happen.”

In October, a fundraiser was held to help Burns with his Olympic dreams.

 Funds from the event, which was held at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, will help Burns travel and train around the country and world, as he gets ready for the upcoming season in his quest to move up in the world and U.S rankings and get another step closer to his Olympic dreams.

“It means a lot to have such wonderful support from my hometown,” Burns said in October. “I’ve just been taken aback by the overflowing of support from the community in helping continue my dream.“