[UPDATE 7:44 p.m.] Injured Bull Rider at the Laytonville Rodeo

A bull rider was injured at the Laytonville Rodeo, according to reports over the scanner. Information is scant as the moment, but scanner traffic indicates a medical helicopter is responding to Laytonville. Laytonville Fire Department Chief Sue Carberry confirmed personnel from her agency are currently responding to the situation. We...
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Willits HS grad advances to NCAA discus championships

Will Smith, a grad of Willits High School now competing at the Division I college level at Cal Poly on the Central Coast, has advanced to the Preliminary NCAA Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M. Smith will compete in the Men’s Discus First Round on Friday, May 28. The...
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Willits Otters jump back into competition

The Willits Otters Swim Club, after being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic for over one-year, competed in a tri-meet with the Mendocino Sea Dragons and the Ukiah Dolphins on Saturday, May 15. The Ukiah Dolphins hosted the meet with all the precautionary COVID-19 guidelines in place. The Willits coaches were very pleased with the performance of the Otters as for many of them this was their very first taste of competition. Those swimmers representing Willits were Macy Davidson, Gracie McIvor, Sophie Chavez, Claire McIvor, Emelia Owsiany, Mia Chavez, Alexa Williams, Eva Semisch, Leah Blakely, Olivia McCartney, Serenity McCartney, Annalee Gonzalez, Graham Olson, Kingston Casey, Archer Casey, Aedan Lockwood-Chenelle, Nikolai Ritchley, Timothy Southwick, Logan Devine, and Ahanu Casey. Every Otter that had competed in previous meets improved their time. Alexa Williams, Mia Chavez, and Nikolai Ritchley improved their time by more than twenty seconds in one or more events. Those swimmers achieving marks in The National Age Group Motivational Times were Sophie Chavez with three BB times, Mia Chavez with two BB times, Alexa Williams with three BB times and one B time, Eva Semisch with a B time, Leah Blakely with two B times, Aedan Lockwood-Chenelle with a BB time, Nikolai Ritchley with a BB time and a B time, Ahanu Casey with a BB time, and standout Emelia Owsiany with two A times and a B time. Way to go Otters!
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Lower Lake offense comes alive in 11-1 win

WILLITS — McKenzie Smith went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs as the Lower Lake Trojans pounded out 15 hits while beating the Willits Wolverines 11-1 in a North Central League I softball game Tuesday afternoon at Willits. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy...
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Velasco strike out 15 in final high school game

LAYTONVILLE — Talk about finishing your high school career on a high note. Upper Lake senior Diego Velasco pitched a two-hitter and struck out 15, including the side four times, as the Cougars scored nine runs in the final two innings to beat the Laytonville Warriors 11-0 in North Central League II varsity baseball action Tuesday in Laytonville.
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Mendocino County Soccer Academy keeps kids engaged and active

Summer opportunities exist for local children to learn the beautiful game of soccer. “We consistently create safe situations for kids to try new things and become master artists of the soccer ball – without the fear of failure,” explains Mendocino County Soccer Academy (MCSA) Director and Coach Ian Fitzpatrick. “When we put young players in safe environments with caring, educated coaches, children rise to the level of our expectations. The result is kids develop the confidence to take chances and end up doing amazing things on and off the field.”
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Willits Area Cyclists build kiosk at Par Course in Brooktrails

Non-profit group, the Willits Area Cyclists (WAC) have constructed a beautiful kiosk on the Nutmeg Trail in Brooktrails, more commonly referred to by locals as the Par Course. Now that the stunning structure itself is complete, a trail map and signage will be added in the coming weeks. The group is trying to encourage community members to utilize the many trails that run throughout the Brooktrails Township.
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Lady Cards sweep doubleheader, move into second

WILLITS — It was a nice day to play two and win two for the Clear Lake High School softball team after sweeping a North Central League I doubleheader from the Wolverines in Willits. Clear Lake improved to 6-2 in the league standings and 7-3 overall with a 20-0 five-inning...
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Willits Youth Soccer kicks off biggest Spring Session yet

After missing one fall and two indoor soccer seasons due to the COVID pandemic, Willits Youth Soccer (WYS) kicked off its biggest ever spring soccer season. Organizer Saprina Rodriguez said there are 194 children ages 4-18 years old playing soccer on 16 teams. Rodriguez said the league received an overwhelming...
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Garrity top girls runner, second overall at Willits

WILLITS — Clear Lake High School freshman Hannah Garrity was the fastest girl in the field and the second-quickest runner overall Wednesday during a four-team Coastal Mountain Conference cross country meet on the 2.87-mile Willits course. A single race was held combining boys and girls. Credo runners also participated in...
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Aden, Crudo homer in M’town win; K’ville loses in seventh

WILLITS — Tyler Crudo homered in his third straight North Central League I game and Will Aden smashed his sixth homer of the season Friday afternoon as the Middletown Mustangs beat Willits 13-0 in varsity baseball action at Willits. Crudo, who now has four homers on the year, hit a...
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Martin’s grand slam, 6 RBIs power M’town

WILLITS — While the COVID-19 pandemic cost Middletown High School’s Lily Martin a good portion of a normal senior year, she’s making up for lost time. Martin smacked a grand slam and added a two-run single during an 11-run top of the second inning Friday afternoon as the Mustangs hammered the Willits Wolverines 16-4 in North Central League I softball action at Willits. She finished the game 3-for-5 with six RBIs.
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Willits High School plays first home sporting game in a year

Willits Wolverines lost 22-0 in a five-inning league game against the Fort Bragg Timberwolves. Last Friday Willits High School competed in their first softball game of the year against their rivals and were ready to finally be out of the field. It was a very windy day on the field...
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Mostly Local Sports: Tess Pasternak Mattern-Athlete down under

New Zealand Prime Minister Lucinda Ardern (40) “imposed science driven hard-line policies with a deft human hand (” as the country prohibited visitors to the island as well as enforced two strict lockdowns between March and October before opening up for good. In New Zealand, Ukiahan Tess Pasternak Mattern relates:...
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Mendocino County Soccer Academy gets kids back on the field

UKIAH — New state guidelines allow for a return to soccer, and The Mendocino County Soccer Academy is gearing up!. Mendocino County needs to be at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, and the county is currently at 16.8. Expectations are that we’ll be under the new threshold soon. Mendocino...
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Mendocino County Soccer Academy gets kids back on the field

New state guidelines allow for a return to soccer! Mendocino County needs to be at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100k residents (adjusted for population). The county is currently at 16.8, and all expectations are we’ll be under the new threshold soon. Mendocino County Soccer Academy (MCSA) will implement the required...
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Mostly Local Sports: Beth Norman – Folksy path to great fitness

Beth Norman didn’t stray far from Willits, California in her life, because early snowboarding, golf, and swimming satisfied her and her family. Mom, Virginia Norman was a school nurse and a very competitive golfer (“she was scrappy-a little fireball,” says Beth) and club champion at the Brooktrails course. Dad cruised the highways as a CHP officer, had a great sense of humor, but wasn’t very good at golf. They travelled, and played golf.