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Basketball classic set for Oct. 24

Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray
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It’s a little later than usual but the fourth annual Colfax High Boys Basketball Golf Classic is slated for Oct. 24 at The Ridge in Auburn. Ex-Falcon basketball players, alumni and any and all are invited to dust off their clubs and enter the event which will be played — by gosh — the same weekend as the school’s 50th all-class and homecoming celebration.
In a unique format, players can sign-up in flights of two-man best ball, individual handicapped stroke play or the good old four-player scramble. Tee time in the modified shotgun start is set for 10 a.m. with the entry fee of $80 including a box lunch. There will be a putting contest, long drive and closest to the hole competition and plenty of raffle prizes and fun galore.
Early reports have current Colfax High varsity hoops coach Mike O’Connell — who doubles as Colfax’s golf coach — challenging former Falcon hoop mentors Dave Ingram, Ron Pucci and Wade Wolff — to beat his best ball score, combined. Sounds good.
To reserve a spot in the event, contact this writer at (530) 906-4014 or O’Connell (530) 346-2885. All proceeds from the event go to the Falcons’ boys hoops program.
Harrier History
Names like Jim Bissonette, Bill, Frank and Brenda Turner, Ken Rhoades, Pat O’Leary, Trish Richardson, Heidi Suter and Allison Nissen come to mind when I recall some of the top cross country runners that have competed at Colfax High over the years.
Those runners all were able to compete in home meets at Colfax during their high school careers. For Colfax High’s current crop of harriers, they will join the club next Wednesday when the Falcons host what the Pioneer Valley League Meet No. 2 on an on-campus course that has been developed by current Colfax co-coaches Jim Howard and Tom Read.
It is believed to be the first home meet at Colfax since at least the late 1980s-early 1990s. Action begins at 3:30 p.m.
Grid Picks
Last week’s 7-4 slate that included Placer over Casa and Bear River over Woodcreek raises the season mark to 23-9. This Week:
Bear River 21 Colfax 17 — Falcon seniors have never beaten the Bruins.
Placer 37 Mesa Verde 16 — The Joey Montoya For Mayor committee is forming.
Whitney 26 Lincoln 12 — Unbeaten Zebras brought back down to earth.

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Sports Slate
Today
Volleyball
– at Placer, 4-5-6 p.m.
Frosh Football – at Bear River, 5:30 p.m.
Friday
Football
– at Bear River, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Monday
Soccer
– at Whitney, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday
Volleyball
– Whitney, Here, 4-5-6 p.m.
Wednesday
Cross Country
– PVL No. 2 at Colfax