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Tickets still available for Debbie Collier benefit

Dinner, dance is Friday
By: Sports Chatter Mike Ray
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If you’re going to Friday night’s Debbie Collier Benefit fundraiser at the Sierra Vista Community Center, please remember to bring a few extra pesos or your checkbook to place bids on some top-flight silent auction and raffle items that will be up for grabs. According to one of the event’s organizers, Vicky Satterlee, some of the items that will be available to bid on include 49ers-Raiders tickets with an Embassy Suites stay package; golf foursomes at Winchester Country Club; stay and play package with lodging and show at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe; guided rafting trips; hand sewn quilts; pro athletic tickets; and much, much more. Friday’s benefit, which is being held to help Collier defray expenses from breast cancer treatments, will start at 6 p.m. with a gourmet pasta dinner and dessert bar. Live dinner music will be provided by local musician Tim Aukerman. A no-host bar will be provided by the Colfax Lions Club. Dancing will follow from 8:30 to 11 p.m. with music being provided by Erin and The Project. Tickets are $25 general and $15 for seniors. Tickets will be available at the door of by contacting Satterlee at 305-1508, Rhonda Ballenger at 913-5629 or Teresa Ysunza at 320-5351. Persons wishing to offer silent auction or raffle items can also do so by contacting Satterlee. Girls hoop golf tourney Another date to circle on your calendar is Sunday, Sept. 11. That’s when the annual Colfax High Girls Basketball Golf Classic is set for Black Oak Golf Course. According to tournament director Dave Campbell, golf, green fees, and a barbecue lunch following the event can be had for $85. The $20 raffle package that goes with it makes it a $105 day. Not bad for a fun day of golf with friends and for a good cause. To reserve a foursome or sign-up as a single contact Campbell at 681-6704. Falcon update Everyone’s heard the old adage about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. That could be the storyline this year for the Colfax High varsity football coaching staff because when practice opens next week, for the first time in recent memory, coach Tony Martello’s staff will be intact from last season. Coming back for the 2011 campaign to join Martello are assistants Jeff Baggett, Mondo Alonzo, Joe Palfano, Grant Fowler and Chris Briasco. The only missing link will be Jeff Divine who coached receivers last season but has resumed his playing career at Sierra College. However, what would the new season be without a few surprises. Without giving out any definite information, Martello noted that the Falcons have added some subtle changes to their new uniforms they will break out this year. Blast from the past Aug 5, 1982 – Sparked by the efforts of Colfax’s Mike Ingram, Mike Pitz, Allan Claxton, Bill Ellis and Eric Holm, the District 54 Big League American All-Star team went a perfect 3-0 to win the Section 5 championship and advance to Divisional play. Ingram was 2-0 on the mound including gaining the win in the title cinching 7-2 victory over the District 54 Nationals … Holiday-Erlanger of Chico defeated the Watsonville Shakers, 2-1, Sunday night before a large crowd at Living War Memorial Park to win the 1982 ASA-Budweiser State Class “A” Division championship. The Toms Sierra Fireballs opened play with a 4-2 win over Next of Skin of Marin County but then fell 5-2 to Killian’s Irish Reds of Petaluma and 7-6 to 1st Shasta of Redding. Hitting home runs for the Fireballs in the tourney were Frank Paoli, Bill Penaluna and John Humphrey.