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Putting out their best, from left, Chester’s Devon Dye, Portola’s Keegan Folchi, and Chester’s Adam Branch and Billy Ryan.

Portola Tigers roar against Volcanoes

The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak. Back row, from left: Makaylah Villareal, Lauryn Gissibi, Maddie Boyd, Emilie Stewart, Emily Sheridan, Maddie Wilson and Natalie Rodriquez. Front row, from left: Perla Mungia; official ball girl, number 45, Clara Klemensrud; and Mya Wilson. Photos by Mari Erin Roth

The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Chester and Portola faced off on the PHS home court Jan. 9. The Tigers were victorious over the Volcanoes on both accounts with the boys winning the game by a score of 63-39.

Senior Tony Bautista was really on his game sinking a total of 21 points for the Tigers, including a nice 3-pointer. Bautista scored on all four of his free throw shots as did junior Austin Griffin with his two opportunities. Senior Eric Jacobson was full of energy on the court scoring 12 points. Junior Ricky Johnston fired off 10 points.

Keeping Portola in control of the boards, Johnston was a force to be reckoned with as he picked up 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Bautista snagged eight more for Portola.

Lady Tigers beat Chester

For the ladies, the 49-15 win against the Vols cemented a big four-game streak for the Tigers. Spearheading PHS scoring was Emily Sheridan with 13 points on the Tiger scoreboard including a nice 3-pointer. By her side were Maddie Boyd and Mya Wilson, who each scored 12 points.

Boyd picked up seven offensive rebounds plus three on defense. Wilson, Sheridan and Emilie Stewart each scooped up five defensive rebounds.

The ladies played Loyalton yesterday and will play the Maxwell Bulldogs this Friday in Portola at 5:30 p.m.

Home games for the Tigers fire up with a battle against their rivals, the Quincy Trojans, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m. That lively match will be followed by a challenge from the Biggs Wolverines on Friday, Feb. 2; the Coral Academy Falcons on Monday, Feb. 5; and lastly for the boys, the Esparto Spartans on Friday, Feb. 16.

Away games for the Tigers include a Saturday game starting at 2 p.m. in Loyalton on Jan. 20 and another match against the Chester Volcanoes on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.

The last regularly scheduled away game of the season for the Tigers is sure to be spectacular, as it is again against the Trojans in Quincy on Tuesday, Feb. 13, beginning at 6 p.m.

Regardless of the league standings at the end of the season, the rivals always bring a heightened energy to the court that has yet to fail in urging fans to their feet cheering from start to finish.

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