Mormon building project one of biggest in city's history

By: From the files of the Colfax Record
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March 13, 2003 – Minutes after suffering the worst playoff defeat in the high school’s storied girls basketball history last Saturday afternoon, the Colfax Lady Falcons bounced to mid-court at Arco Arena for their Sac-Joaquin Section “runners-up” team photo. While most 88-47 defeats in a championship game would elicit enough tears from players on the short end of the scoreboard to do water damage to the gym floor, these Lady Falcons were full of miles and hugs. All season long the Lady Falcons had made it a goal to return to Arco Arena to defend their Div. IV section championship – mission accomplished. The nationally ranked St. Mary’s of Stockton team’s full-court pressure tactics forced the Lady Falcons into a season-high 39 turnovers, not to mention the many rushed or hurried shots that Colfax misfired. For Colfax, last Saturday’s loss was only the second time a Colfax girls team had ever lost a Sac-Joaquin Sections final game. Colfax, 26-5, was seeded fifth in the NorCal pairings.

Colfax High junior Christopher Schopfer grabbed a spot on the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation all-state alpine ski team by finished in the top 10 at last week’s state competition at Mammoth Mountain. He finished seventh overall thanks to a third-place finish in the slalom and an 18th in the giant slalom.


March 17, 1993 – Construction of the new Mormon church in Colfax is progressing quickly between rain storms. The $1.5 million building, located off South Auburn Street, is expected to be completed in May. Workers are putting the last touches on the roof, after which the outside walls will be enclosed. The project is one of the biggest in the city’s history and has helped keep building permit action in the city from falling well behind previous years.

The Colfax Elementary School boys seventh grade team finished the recent season with a 12-6 overall record and placed third in the Sierra Foothills League. Players included Bryan Fontana, Jeff Scott, Kevin Fontana, Garret Smith, Tony Albright, Pat Payette, Greg Fox, Morgan Chadd, Chris Tillman, Patrick Thompson and Danny Muramoto. Craig McShane is the coach.

The new Artful Visions salon in Colfax includes a wide variety of services offered by associates Mary Walker-Inslell, Connie Marson, Mary Paoli, Judy Roth and Tina Steele.

Winners of the Colfax Garden Club Arbor Day Essay Contest were Jennifer Limbaugh, Vanessa Forwood and Levi Miller. The Colfax Elementary School students read their essays or poems to the club during a luncheon held last week. They also planted a spruce pine in front of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce office.


March 14, 1963 – Bruce Lombardi was the winner Wednesday in the Lions Zone speaking contest that was held in Auburn. He won over the Foresthill and Auburn contestants and now will go to the Donner Regional contest. Bruce won the right to compete at the zone level when he was one of three contestants who entered the Colfax Lions Club speaking contest. The students – including Lombardi, Mihelle Norment and Marita Harklerode – presented their talks at a Colfax High assembly before doing the same for the Colfax Lions.

Iowa Hill News by Emma Jacobsen: Our two-gun man Don Johnson – one of our river rats – after one of his faster draws dropped his gun and had the misfortune to shoot himself in the shin, breaking his leg. The 26-year-old is in the county hospital recuperating.

Eden Valley News by Myrtle C. Boodt: Colfax High had their first baseball game of the season, and this is a busy time for Jack Moore, the Industrial Arts teacher there. He is the coach for the baseball team and his class is making the dugouts and bleachers for the field.

Serving as Colfax High student cabinet officers for the spring semester are Diane Winschell, Gloria Finch, Ron Fawcett, Steve Poulson and Clara Hammock Craig.