Stories for December 2011

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Wednesday, December 28

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California Scouthouse Dedicated/Renamed Richard A. Schroeder Scouthouse

During the December Court of Honor Ceremony held Monday, Dec. 19, longtime scouter and volunteer Richard Schroeder was honored by Troop 120 and the City of California naming the scouthouse in his honor.

Cole County R-1 School Board dismisses head basketball coach

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26. Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented. The Board approved a payroll fund transfer of $189,000.

Area New Year closings

Area New Year closings

Prairie Home Lion's Club to host basketball tourney

Prairie Home Lion's Club to host basketball tourney

California Democrat Community Calender December 28

California Democrat Community Calender December 28

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Drinkard adds to Christmas village collection each year

About 30 years ago, a shopping trip with a friend resulted in the beginning of a Christmas tradition for Helen Drinkard, California.

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Photos of Russellville High School Christmas Concert

Photos of Russellville High School Christmas Concert.

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Photos from the December Prairie Home Page

Photos from the December Prairie Home Page

California Pintos take Spartans out 43-40

California’s varsity boys faced off with the Moberly Spartans Tuesday afternoon at the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse, where the Pintos secured a 43-40 win, thanks to a last-second 3-pointer shot by senior Taron Morris.

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Photos from the December Jamestown School Page

Photos from the December Jamestown School Page

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Leann Curty New Funeral Director/Embalmer at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home

In October, Leann Curty joined the staff of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home as a funeral director/embalmer.

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CHS Choral Department presents Christmas Concert

The auditorium seats were filled for the Christmas Concert 2011 presented by the Choral Department students of the California High School on Sunday, Dec. 18.

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Prairie Home R-V Christmas Program held Dec. 16

Prairie Home R-V Christmas Program held Dec. 16

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Lady Pintos defeat Lady Indians

The California varsity and JV girls basketball teams traveled to Russellville Dec. 19, where the varsity Lady Pintos turned up the heat in the last minutes of the fourth quarter to win a very close contest against the Lady Indians, 58-51.

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Ag director recognizes champion cabbage grower

The winner of the Bonnie Plants Missouri $1,000 scholarship for 2011 is California student fourth grader Amber Trachsel, daughter of Darrell and Amy Trachsel.

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Presentations for California School Board

Two students gave presentations to the California R-I School Board at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 21, and one staff member reported on a school related trip.

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St. Paul's Evangelical Church Presents Children's Christmas Program

St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jamestown, held its Christmas Program Saturday, Dec. 24.

Obituaries Published in December 28 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 28 California Democrat

Area Basketball Results

The Russellville girls hosted California Dec. 19, where the varsity Lady Indians lost a close game to the Lady Pintos, 58-51.

Wessing leaves Central Bank

Wessing leaves Central Bank

First Baby 2011 Contest winner nears first birthday

Birkley George Simon, son of Scott and Manda Simon, Tipton, and winner of the 2011 First Baby of Moniteau County Contest, will celebrate his first birthday Jan. 4 with a doggie-themed party.

California High School art students win in postcard contest

With pride in his students, California High School art teacher Brad Friedrich announced that three California High School students not only placed in the 2011 Missouri Endangered Species Postcard Contest, they took first second and third place in the grade nine through 12 category.

Prairie Home School students Kassen Lock and Hannah Duncan win bikes

Prairie Home School students Kassen Lock and Hannah Duncan win bikes

Fourth grader wins Tipton school Christmas card contest

The Tipton R-VI School Board met Monday, Dec. 12, at the Board of Education Office.

Friday, December 23

Cole County murder suspects caught

The two men wanted in connection with the shooting death of a man in an Apache Flats mobile home park on Sunday night are now in custody.

Thursday, December 22

Bustamante trial to be held in new federal courthouse

Trial delayed 3 more weeks, until Jan. 30, 2012

Wednesday, December 21

Two charged in Cole Co. murder investigation

Two men from California, Missouri have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in an Apache Flats mobile home park on Sunday night.

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Circle of Sharing Program Joins California Elementary Students and Kiwanis in Giving Away $3,000

California Elementary School fifth graders presented Dr. Pete Kurowski, president of the California Kiwanis Club, with checks equaling up to $2,184.50 for the Circle of Sharing Project.

California Democrat Community Calender December 21

California Democrat Community Calender December 21

Tuesday, December 20

Obituaries Published in December 21 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 21 California Democrat.

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Lady Pintos lose to Hillcrest

California's varsity girls traveled to Springfield Friday, where they suffered a 71-52 loss to Hillcrest.

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Jamestown School Presents Christmas Program

Jamestown School Presents Christmas Program

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Russellville Elementary Presents Christmas Program

Russellville Elementary Presents Christmas Program.

Financial issues dominate Mid-Mo Ambulance meeting

The Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors was informed at the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, of an underpayment of sales tax revenues to the district.

Christmas and New Year closings

With Christmas and New Year's Day soon upon us, holidays observed by government offices and private businesses may need to be noted.

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Photos from the December Russellville School Page

Photos from the December Russellville School Page.

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Photos from the December High Point Page

Photos from the December High Point Page.

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Russellville Indians lose close contest to Tigers

The Russellville Indians hosted Versailles Thursday, where the varsity lost a close contest to the Tigers, 51-50.

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Pilot Grove Baptist Church Presents Children's Christmas Program

Pilot Grove Baptist Church, Latham, held its Christmas Program Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for December 16

California Elementary School Students of the Week for December 16.

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Russellville United Methodist Church Presents Christmas Cantata

Russellville United Methodist Church presented its Christmas Cantata "Celebrate the Season" Sunday, Dec. 18.

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California Elementary School first grade Christmas program

The California R-I Elementary School first graders Christmas program, "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane," was held Thursday, Dec. 15, in the California High School auditorium.

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Roll Funeral Home New Business With Director Familiar With Area

Bobby D. Roll, owner, funeral director and embalmer for Roll Funeral Home, may have recently purchased the funeral home previously called Weber Funeral Home, located at 211 South Oak Street, but has long ties to both Mid-Missouri and California.

MRED board updated on EEZ status

At the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Burgher Haus, Executive Director Ken Parrett presented an update on the Enhanced Enterprize Zone (EEZ) application.

Area Basketball Results

The Prairie Home varsity boys played at Otterville Dec. 12, where the Panthers suffered a 76-55 loss.

Emergency 911 Board meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, Dec. 15, at the 911 office.

Freshman Pintos snag win in overtime

California's freshman boys basketball team traveled to Osage Dec. 12, where the Pintos ended up snagging a 65-58 win in overtime.

Russellville wins championship at Versailles Tourney

The Russellville High School varsity girls basketball team participated in the Versailles Tournament Dec. 12-16, where the Lady Indians ultimately won the championship. Russellville defeated Waynesville 58-46 in the opening round of the tourney Dec. 12.

Eighth grade Lady Pintos finish Jefferson City Tourney in second place

The California Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team participated in the Jefferson City Eighth Grade Tournament Dec. 12-14 at Thomas Jefferson School, where the Lady Pintos ultimately lost the championship game 42-27 to West Jr., to finish in second place.

Freshman Lady Pintos pocket two wins

California's freshman girls basketball team traveled to Camdenton Thursday night, where the Lady Pintos captured a 33-17 win.

Monday, December 19

Lady Pintos pocket win at Russellville

California's varsity girls basketball team traveled to Russellville Monday night, where the Lady Pintos captured a 58-51 win.

Pintos defeat Stoutland Tigers

California's varsity boys basketball team hosted Stoutland Monday night, where the Pintos defeated the Tigers 68-57.

Sunday, December 18

California Pintos lose to Grain Valley

California's varsity boys' basketball team traveled to Grain Valley Saturday, where the Pintos suffered a 48-35 loss.

Saturday, December 17

California Lady Pintos lose to Hillcrest

California's varsity girls traveled to Springfield Friday night, where they suffered a 71-52 loss to Hillcrest.

Cole County deputies apprehend wounded suspect after chase

A police pursuit ended in Cole County early Saturday with officers taking a wounded male suspect into custody.

Wednesday, December 14

Pintos lose to Hermann

The California Pintos traveled to Hermann Tuesday night, where they lost a close contest, 38-35.

At Mid-Year Seniors Reflect and Anticipate

With only five and a half months left of the school year, seniors are getting anxious for graduation.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

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Greater Lake Area Chorale Presents Concert at St. Michael's Catholic Church

The Greater Lake Area Chorale presented "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" a free concert as part of their 2011 Holiday Concert Series at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Russellville, on Sunday, Dec. 11.

JV Pintos Pluck the Bluebirds

Tuesday, Dec 6, California JV played Cole Camp. The JV performed very well, and overall as a team it was a very good effort.

Spring Play Cast Announced

Many students gathered in the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 7 to see if they have what it takes to make the cut for the Spring Play, Harvey.

California Democrat Community Calender for December 14

California Democrat Community Calender for December 14

Number of Early Graduates Increases

This year the number of applicants to graduate after first semester is significantly higher than past years.

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California Progress, Inc. Holds Annual Christmas Dinner

The annual Christmas dinner and meeting of California Progress, Inc. (CPI) was Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Annunciation Catholic Church.

CHS library adds new books

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers, wrote Dr. Charles W. Eliot, former president of Harvard University.

Tuesday, December 13

Obituaries Published in December 14 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 14 California Democrat

Seventh Grade Lady Pintos clench back-to-back wins

The California Middle School seventh grade girls basketball team recently claimed back-to-back wins with a 39-4 victory at Warsaw Dec. 1, following a 40-27 win at home against Blair Oaks Nov. 29.

Eighth Grade Lady Pintos defeat Sedalia

The California Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team hosted Sedalia Thursday night at California High School, wehre the Lady Pintos captured a 47-8 win.

Lady Pintos capture wins on the road

California's varsity girls basketball team was on the road last week, where the Lady Pintos captured wins against Eugene and Southwest.

Freshman Lady Pintos capture back-to-back wins

California's freshman girls basketball team recently captured back-to-back wins on the road. The Lady Pintos traveled to Tipton Saturday, where they snagged a 31-24 win, followed by a win at Osage Monday night.

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Area Basketball Results

Russellville's varsity and JV girls basketball teams were on the road Dec. 5 for games against South Callaway, where both teams captured a win.

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Pintos claim wins at home

California's varsity and JV boys basketball teams hosted Cole Camp and Eugene last week, where the Pintos claimed wins against both.

Speech Team Takes Thrid at Cole Camp

On Saturday, Dec. 3 the California speech team competed at the Cole Camp Speech Tournament.

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Brian Hufendiek Sees Dream Fulfilled With Windmill Ridge Funeral Service

Brian Hufendiek said it has been a longtime dream of his to own and operate a funeral home.

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Corticelli Baptist Church Presents Christmas Variety Show

Children of all ages sang songs, carols, presented skits and performed puppetry to bring the Christmas story to life at the Christmas Variety Show held at Corticelli Baptist Church, Russellville, Sunday, Dec. 11.

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Prairie Home Christmas Parade Held December 10

Prairie Home Christmas Parade Held December 10

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Russellville Christmas Parade Held December 10

Russellville Christmas Parade Held December 10

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City park employees busy with improvements

The departments of the City of California are busy most of the year.

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High Point Presents "Simply Christmas"

High Point Presents "Simply Christmas"

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Prairie Home Christmas Festival held Saturday

The annual Prairie Home Christmas Festival was held Saturday, which included the annual parade and a visit from Santa and one of his elves, as well as numerous activities at Prairie Home School.

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Friendship Baptist Church Presents Christmas Programs

Children and the adults, along with youth, presented programs at the Christmas program service held at Friendship Baptist Church, California, Sunday, Dec. 11.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for December 9

California Elementary School Students of the Week for December 9

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California Middle School Bands Christmas Concert

Attendance was very good at the Christmas Concert of the California Middle School Bands held Sunday, Dec. 11, at the High School auditorium which was decorated for Christmas.

Grants received for patrol car video systems

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, the City of California Board of Aldermen was informed of the receipt of a grant of $8,991 for patrol car video systems by grant writer Beth Jungmeyer.

Annual Dinner Plans Discussed at California Area Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting

Shelly Hampton, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, Dec. 8.

Lupus Residents to Run Marathon in Haiti for Education

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps."

Monday, December 12

California Lady Pintos defeat Eugene

The California varsity girls basketball team traveled to Bolivar Saturday, where the Lady Pintos captured a 56-39 victory against Southwest.

California Pintos defeat Eugene Eagles 56-40

The California Pintos hosted Eugene Friday, Dec. 9, where they defeated the Eagles 56-40.

Saturday, December 10

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Murder suspect shot in hotel lobby

An alleged murder suspect was shot in the lobby of the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Saturday night in Jefferson City.

Friday, December 9

Judges replace new state Senate districts with newer map

The six-judge panel charged with drawing new House and Senate district boundaries for the Missouri Legislature on Friday filed a revised Senate plan with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, replacing the map released Nov. 30.

Thursday, December 8

Lawmakers’ new congressional districts hold up in legal challenge

The lawyers who filed two lawsuits challenging the Legislature’s plan for redrawing Missouri’s congressional map, based on the 2010 U.S. Census, said they plan to appeal quickly to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Pujols to the Angels

Pujols to the Angles

Wednesday, December 7

California Pintos clip Cole Camp Bluebirds

The California Pintos hosted Cole Camp Tuesday night, where both the varsity and JV captured wins against the Bluebirds.

Obituaries Published in December 7 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 7 California Democrat.

Mo. lottery director targeted by apparent scam

The organizers of an apparent lottery scam committed a major blunder.

Mo. hunter gets shot of white deer

A Missouri hunter recently found an albino deer while hunting near Lake of the Ozarks.

California Democrat Community Calender Dec. 7

California Democrat Community Calender for Dec. 7

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California Middle School War Dogs recognized

The California Middle School War Dogs, an exclusive fraternal group of linemen (guards, tackles and centers) from the CMS football teams, was originally formed to recognize linemen who often don't get the credit they deserve.

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Hazardous driving in first snow of year

The first snow of the year, forecast as flurries, but ending up more substantial, was on the ground for the morning commuters on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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Kiwanis helps decorate for Christmas

Members of the California Kiwanis Club assembled Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, to help light up the city for the Christmas season.

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Ground broken a year after fire destroys school

In Latham, the official groundbreaking for the new R-V school facility took place Monday, Dec. 5, just under a year after the old school was destroyed by fire.

Tuesday, December 6

California girls defeat Dixon

The California varsity and JV girls basketball teams hosted Dixon Monday night, where both Lady Pinto teams came away with a win.

Lady Cardinals place fourth in Tipton Tourney

The Tipton Basketball Tournament was held last week (Nov. 28-Dec. 3), where Tipton's varsity girls finished in fourth place.

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Area Basketball results

The Russellville varsity boys played Eldon in the first round of the Eugene Invitational Nov. 28, where the Indians suffered a 49-29 loss to the #2 seeded Mustangs.

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Lady Pintos place second at Eugene Invitational

After defeating Boonville and Blair Oaks at the Eugene Basketball Invitational last week, California's varsity girls faced top-seeded Eugene in the championship game Saturday, where the #2 seeded Lady Pintos lost to host by just four points, 43-39, to finish the tourney in second place.

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California Pintos end Eugene Tourney with loss to Eldon

The California Pintos opened the 2011-12 basketball season with a 55-42 win against St. Elizabeth Nov. 29 in first-round action of the Eugene Invitational.

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Porters win California Christmas House Lighting/Decorating Contest

Porters win California Christmas House Lighting/Decorating Contest

Freshman Lady Pintos lose close contest to Lady Jays

California's freshman girls basketball team opened the season with participation in the Lady Jays Freshman Tournament Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

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War memorial mural dedicated

In spite of a steady cold rain, dedication of the war memorial mural on the east side of the facilties of VFW Post 4345 went on mostly as planned.

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Scenes from Christmas California Style

Scenes from Christmas California Style

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Christmas California Style Parade Held

Christmas California Style Parade Held

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Sam Lucas Plays Hinners Organ 110 Years After it is installed at Grace United Methodist

Sam Lucas, director of music at Clinton United Methodist Church, visited Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, and played during morning worship and a winter program on the Hinners Organ Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Santa Visits Children After Jamestown Parade

Santa Visits Children After Jamestown Parade

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Rich and Pam Green Host Open House/Home Tours at Home

Rich and Pam Green opened their home (formerly known as the Eitzen Mansion) to host an open house and home tours as part of the Christmas California Style celebration held Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Jamestown Christmas Parade Held

Jamestown Christmas Parade Held

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Mainstreet Bank Serves Prairie Home and Bunceton

Ashley Benny, Mainstreet Bank assistant vice president for Cooper County and manager for the Prairie Home and Bunceton branches, started at the Bunceton branch as a teller her junior year in high school.

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California Middle School Choir Holds Christmas Concert

California Middle School Choir Holds Christmas Concert

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for Dec. 2

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Dec. 2

Pool issue addressed at council meeting

The City of California Board of Aldermen took up the old business of the leaky municipal swimming pool at its regular monthly meeting, Monday, Dec. 5.

Sunday, December 4

Lady Pintos lose tourney championship to Eugene

The California Lady Pintos faced top-seeded Eugene Saturday in the championship game of the Eugene Invitational, where they suffered a 43-39 loss to the Lady Eagles to finish the tourney in second place.

California Pintos lose to Mustangs

The California Pintos faced Eldon in the contest for third place Saturday at the Eugene Invitational, where the Pintos suffered a 59-55 loss.

Friday, December 2

Pintos lose to Eugene

California's varsity boys played Eugene Thursday in the semifinal round of the Eugene Invitational, where the top-seeded Pintos lost to the #4 seeded host, 67-52.

California advances to Eugene Tourney championship

California's varsity girls faced Blair Oaks Thursday in the semifinal round of the Eugene Invitational, where the #2 seeded Lady Pintos defeated #3 seeded Blair Oaks in a close contest, 45-44.

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