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Falcons fill 2012 schedule

SPORTS CHATTER
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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In this space last week we mentioned that the Colfax Falcons football team was needing to fill some voids in their 2012 schedule after the Green and White were informed by Davis, Wheatland and El Camino that they would not be renewing contracts for next season. However, Colfax coach Tony Martello has reported that since last week, it appears that the Falcons now have their 2012 slate all set and ready to go. First, El Camino rescinded its original decision not to play Colfax. However, instead of playing in zero week, Colfax and the Eagles will now play week one at El Camino. So, the Falcons’ slate in 2012 will feature four home games and six away. It will go like this: Aug. 24 – at Argonaut Aug. 31 – at El Camino Sept. 7 – at Union Mine Sept. 14 – WOODLAND Sept. 21 – Bye Sept. 28 – at Mesa Verde Oct. 5 – CENTER Oct. 12 – at Foothill Oct. 19 – PLACER Oct. 26 – at Lincoln Nov. 2 – BEAR RIVER Colfax and Argonaut, which played in the second round of the 2010 Div. IV playoffs, will play in Jackson next season. It will mark the first time that Colfax has ventured to Amador County for a football game since the 1970s. That was before Jackson and Ione high schools combined to form what is now Argonaut. Meanwhile, the game against Woodland will be the first-ever pairing between the Falcons and Wolves. COLFAX GRADS STEPPING UP AT JUNIOR COLLEGES A pair of former Colfax High boys basketball standouts are making big early season waves at the junior college level for their respective teams. At Cosumnes River in Sacramento, 2010 CHS graduate Ryan Salmonson is playing a big role in the Chiefs’ 5-4 season start. The 6-foot-9-inch Salmonson scored 39 points last Saturday in helping Cosumnes River top Chabot, 93-77, in the third-place game of the Chiefs’ own James Clark Classic. Salmonson hit on 16 of 19 field goal attempts in the effort. Meanwhile, at Sierra College, 2011 Colfax graduate Chase Mosier is off to a good season start as he is averaging 11 points a game for the Wolverines who are off to a 5-3 start. In last weekend’s Monterey Peninsula Tournament, Mosier tallied 16 points in a 75-74 win over Los Medanos. In case you wondering, Cosumnes River plays at Sierra on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. FAREWELL, PAT HILL In December of 1999, Pat Hill sat in our front room and told the Ray clan about the virtues of No. 2-son going to Fresno State to play football. And, surprisingly, Hill’s pitch that evening wasn’t just about football. It was more about academics. It was about accountability. It was about preparing young men for life after football. For the most part, everything Hill said that night came true. So, it was with a twinge of sadness when I heard that Hill had been relieved of his duties after 15 seasons as Fresno State’s head football coach last weekend. His farewell press conference on Monday became emotional at times. Watching it online, it was vintage Pat Hill. "I wanted to bring big-time football to Fresno State," Hill said. "No matter who we played, where we played, when we played, how we got there or how we did anything, we always showed up for the fight." Hill’s teams had winning seasons in 13 of his 15 years. He directed his team to 11 bowl games, including bowl wins over Georgia Tech, UCLA and Virginia that No. 2 son was able to partake in. "We entered the ring," Hill said. "We gave it our best shot. Didn't finish it. But I would have much rather have had the fight, then never fought a bout and just talked about it. Thank you, Pat Hill.