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Sports Chatter: Cheering from the Internet

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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Sitting in a rented house some 400 miles away on the North Coast of California last Saturday afternoon, I almost was overcome in amazement when I found out that I would be able to watch the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section boys Div. IV basketball championship game via a live video stream on a computer over the internet. Heading up through the Redwoods on Thursday, the best I had anticipated of picking up Saturday’s Colfax-Amador title game was listening to Dave Rosenthal bringing us the play-by-play from KAHI radio’s Internet feed. That, I sufficed, would be good enough for this Falcon fan. But like the Falcons boys team, this story gets better. With some ingenuity by one of my Weimar Hills basketball players and for a $5 pay-for-view fee, the video stream from the computer was transferred to a big screen TV. Hey, who needs Power Balance Pavilion and its $17 ticket price and $12 parking rates. Has guardian of the Weimar Hills boys basketball program, I’ve always taken the chance of missing Colfax play in a CIF championship game because the prestigious Crescent City Tournament of Champions always falls on the same date of the CIF title games. For example, in 2003, the Falcons reached Arco and has the times were then, we gathered in a Crescent City hotel room around a cell phone on speaker mode listening to a radio station’s “on hold” feed has Colfax defeated Lincoln for its first SJS boys section title. As fate would have it, four years later, many of those same faces that were huddled around that cell phone that day in Crescent City went on to earn a CIF title banner of their own in 2007. Getting back to last Saturday, things didn’t start well for us Falcon followers in Crescent City. The video stream was lost as the game tipped off and by the time that my computer literate players rebooted the system we had learned the Colfax star Chase Mosier had been carted off with a leg injury. Moans went through the house louder than the barking of the sea lions on the beach below. But as the game started to unfold, and as we lived and died on every Colfax turnover, every missed free throw and every missed shot, it became apparent that regardless of Mosier receiving medical attention in the locker room, this Colfax team wasn’t going to go away easy. Call it moxie, poise or whatever you want, but the Falcons, who just two weeks ago had a hard time defeating the winless, last place team in the Pioneer Valley League, decided to put its nose to the grindstone at the most opportune of times. Getting a bevy of performances from seemingly every one who was on the floor, the Falcons were being rooted on by Colfax fans at the northwest most tip of the state. Hoo-ray for the champs. And for my Weimar Hills players, after playing just awful in a semi-final game earlier in the afternoon, they were perhaps inspired by Colfax’s win by pulling out a thrilling one-point win over the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the tournament’s third place game. Who would have thunk it? Trivia corner Last week’s question asked who holds the Colfax High girls basketball scoring record for most points in a playoff game? We had several responses that thought Rose Calvert’s 28-point playoff effort in 1998 was the high-water mark. We also had other entries that thought either Kellie and Katie Kuelper or Heather Baker held the record. However, the correct answer is Sue Mead. Mead, a 6-4 center who played on Colfax’s back-to-back 1983-84 CIF state championship teams and later played at UCLA on scholarship actually scored 33 points in three different playoff games. The first came in her junior season of 1983 when she dropped 33 on Justin-Siena in a 64-53 Sac-Joaquin Section semi-final win at Tokay High in Lodi. One week later, in the CIF Regionals at Yuba College, Mead equaled her 33-point outburst in a 49-28 win over Trinity. In Mead’s senior season of 1984, she opened the section playoffs with a 31-point spree against Justin-Siena before following that up with another 33-point spree in a 54-38 semi-final win over Linden.