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Sports Chatter: Soggy start to spring

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Editor
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The wet weather that has hit the foothills area this month is playing havoc as expected with the spring sports schedules at Colfax High.
Take for instance Colfax High’s baseball team. The Falcons, off to a 3-1 start, has been reduced in recent days to hitting tennis balls in the gym after four straight games were rained out following their win on March 12 over Vacaville Christian.
Making things even tougher is the fact that three of the four rainouts have been Pioneer Valley League games. With the PVL going to a 15-game triple round robin schedule this season, it could put a premium on pitching when the sun does finally come out.
“I think when we finally get going we’re going to need five or six different guys to throw,” said Colfax coach Mike McCabe. “The triple round robin is really going to put some pressure on team’s pitching staffs.”
While the four straight rainouts this season have been tough on the Falcons, they have a way to go to top the school record of rainouts set in 1967.
Ten straight games were washed out by rain or wet, muddy fields. Finally, on April 27 (the season was set to begin March 10) of that season, Colfax finally played a game. Hit by more poor weather, Pioneer League officials made the Falcons play Saturday doubleheaders, all on the road, to complete their schedule. It has to be the only time in CHS baseball history that the Falcons never played a home baseball game.
If you’re keeping count
Rumors are swirling that the state CIF is mulling the possibility of adding an “open” division to the state basketball playoff format. It might be a good idea when you consider that in this weekend’s 10 CIF state championship hoop games being contested at Power Balance Pavilion, of the 20 teams that have qualified for the state finals, 17 of the squads come from the private sector.
Save the date
The first Olivia Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 28 at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. The tournament, being sponsored by the Colfax Recreation Association, is being played in remembrance of Ellis, a former softball standout at Colfax High and Redlands University, who passed away unexpectedly last November.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of a scoreboard for the new girls softball diamond at CHS and for scholarships that will be awarded in Ellis’ name. To RSVP your foursome or to play as a single or two-some, e-mail info@
foothillpreps.com or contact this writer at (530) 906-4014.
SFLL opener snowed out
Like just about every other outside activity scheduled for last weekend, the Sierra Foothills Little League’s Community and Opening Day ceremonies which were slated for last Saturday at Living War Memorial Park in Colfax were snowed out. The SFLL has put together a new website for this season (www.sierrafoothillsllb.com) that is very informative with league schedules and division standings. Check it out to see when the opening day event is rescheduled.