Tuesday Mar 08 2011
Season's Over For Colfax's Mosier
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
Pioneer Valley League MVP To Have Surgery Wednesday
If the Colfax Falcons boys basketball team is going to make any noise in the CIF Northern California Div. IV Regional Tournament which gets underway today, they’re going to have to do it without scoring leader Chase Mosier. Mosier, a 6-3 senior swing player who averaged 20 points a game and was the Pioneer Valley League’s Most Valuable Player this season, was ruled out of action by doctors on Monday after he sustained a knee injury early in the first quarter of Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Amador at Power Balance Pavilion. Despite Mosier’s absence, the Falcons went on to defeat Amador , 53-44, and grab the section crown. Colfax earned a No. 4 seed into the Regional tournament and earned a first round bye. Colfax, 22-9,will host the winner of tonight’s Santa Cruz-Marin Catholic game on Thursday at 7 p.m. On Monday, Mosier’s injury was diagnosed by doctors as a partial tear of tear of his left knee’s meniscus. “The MRI showed there was no ligament or cartilage damage,” said Clark Mosier, Chase’s father and an assistant on the Colfax High basketball staff. “It was a freak accident. His knee locked up pretty good. I looks like they’ll go in on Wednesday for arthroscopic surgery to repair it.” In Mosier’s absence, Colfax used a balanced offensive output with eight different players scoring four of more points to subdue the Thundering Herd for the crown. “Obviously we’re going to miss Chase but we’ll just have to find ways to get it done,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. One way the Falcons have been getting it done is with their defense. In four CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff games, the Falcons held three of their opponents under 50 points. In their four-game title run, foes are averaging just 44.0 points an outing against the Falcons. In other boys Div. IV first round games tonight, No. 8 Modesto Christian hosts No. 9 Oroville; No. 6 Amador entertains No. 11 St. Patrick’s-St. Vincent of Vallejo and No. 10 Summerville heads to Shasta Lake City to take on No. 7 Central Valley. Other Div. IV byes besides Colfax went to No. 1 Salesian, No. 2 St. Mary’s of Berkeley and No. 3 Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton. Special CIF ticket prices ($9 for adults, $5 for students) will be in effect for Thursday’s game. No passes of any kind will be accepted.