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+ FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2016 THE GRIDLEY HERALD Question or comments? Contact Editor Lisa Van De Hey at I!11 By David Vantress Sports/News Reporter -{ So far, things could not have gone much better for first-year Biggs High School head football coach Tyler Rutledge. The new coach, in his first assignment running his own program, led the Wolverines to a Mountain Valley League championship and 8-2 regular season record. And he and his team aren't done yet. Not by a long shot. The Wolverines earned the top seed in the CIF Northern Section Division 5 playoffs. As a result, they had the week offlast week as they had a bye. Biggs faces a familiar foe this week in the section semifinals, as MTVL foe Chester comes to Del Kal- bach Stadium to meet the Wolverines for the second time this season. The first meeting didn't end so well for Biggs, as Chester handed the Wolverines a 56-22 loss on the road. "We didn't get offthe bus,' Rutledge said. The Wolverines are fired-up and ready for their rematch with the Volcanoes, Rutledge said. Rutledge said it's been a magical first season so far. "I didn't really know what to expect, Rutledge said. "But everyone, from the kids to the staff, has been very supportive. Rutledge has made a number of changes to the program, including revamping the offense, switching from the wishbone to the wing-T. "The kids bought in to what we've been trying to do and we've been very successful,' Rutledge said. A key part of Rutledge's approach has been get- Biggs High School head football coach Tyler Rutledge addresses his team after a game earlier this season. Rut- ledge has led the Wolverines to an 8-2 record and MTVL championship in his first season as a head coach. (Photo by David Vantress) ring the Wolverines to take things one game at a time. who under their steady, even-keeled head coach, are "Every week, when we win, we're 1-0" Rutledge focused like a laser beam on Chester. said. "And then we wipe the record clean and move on "One ame at a time; Rutledge said. to the next game: Rutledge said he has been very grateful for the It's an approach that's worked pretty well so far support of his assistants, including Brian Roles, J.V. this season, head coach; Paul Roles and Mike Shatter; Cameron If the Wolverines defeat Chester tonight, they Knipe, varsity assistant and defensive coordinator; would move on to next Wednesday night's section K.C. Berry, varsity assistant, quarterbacks and defen- championship game, which would also be at Biggs. sive backs; Chris Bennett, varsity assistant, lineback- But that's way down the road for the Wolverines, ers and running backs. Gridley FFA mem- bers competed in the North Valley Section Opening/Closing Con- test in Cohasa Wednesday with Cooperative Mar- keting Tests and Best In- formed Greenhand Tests. These students competed 1st Place Novice Team: Colby Norton, against 13 other High 1st Place Advanced Team: Gina Lockhart, Max Nicholson, Daniel Perez, Ammon Pi- Schools in the area and Randy Miller, Jarred Kopp, Morgen Mat- etz, Emily Martinez, Gage Woolbert. With came out on top. Con- ney, Riley Dunning, Emma Sannar Outstanding Officers Recognized: Max Nicholson-Vice President, Ammon Pietz- gratulations! Treasurer )jr Doing the RightThing Since 1952 ~; ~] 1742 HWY 99, GRIDLEY J 11 3rd High Team Cooperative Marketing: ~~eii?~3nrl~d~ (~~1 Emma Sannar, Gegdi Orozco, Riley Dun- ning 3rd High Individual-Emma S.annar Tl~e Butte County r :s Inw riga ion Unit is conducting an | Sheriff's InVestigation | I Unit is nducting an ongoing investigation re- | garding the body that was , located on Middle Hon- | cut Road on November 10, 2016. The body has been identified as that of | Travis Gunnells, age 44, I I \ AREA CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE from Texas. Next of kin has been notified. Detectives are inves- tigating this incident as a suspicious death, no suspects have been iden- tified. Anyone with infor- mation is encouraged to contact Detective Beller at (530) 538-7322.