The Nevada Union dive team had a record-setting weekend at the Clovis Invitational Friday and again at the Jesuit High School Invitational Saturday.
Mikaela Lujan, a sophomore, continued her undefeated diving season at the Clovis West Invitational, diving against a number of well coached and talented divers from as far south as Bakersfield. She turned in a stellar performance, beating last year’s champion with an All- American qualifying score of 397 points.
Lujan dived consistently and impressed the judges to set a new school record and personal best.
Jenny Jones, a junior, also dove well, making the top 20.
For the boys, junior diver Austin Foote dived very consistently to finish in third place. Senior diver Adam Seifert was close behind in sixth place as he over twisted on a reverse summersault. Lloyd Tom also had a respectable performance to make the top 20.
In Saturday’s competition at the Jesuit High School Invitational, Lujan fell just three points short of defeating last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section champion as she posted another All-American qualifying score with a personal best and school record of 422 points.
The Miners dive into the Sierra Foothill League championships Thursday.
Forest Lake Christian 9, Foresthill 8
The Falcons got a walkoff win Monday, topping Foresthill to stay in second place in the Central Valley California League.
Forest Lake Christian’s Hunter Phillips was the hero of the day with the game-winning base hit. Hunter finished the day 3-for-5 and pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for the Falcons, striking out six along the way.
FLC sophomore Kyle Soria added a pair of hits, including a double and two RBIs. Jacob Yarborough also had two hits, including a double. Jared Hankins, a freshman, ripped a double, and Daniel Cuneo helped out with a hit and two RBIs.
The Falcons (9-4, 5-2 CVCL) are back at it Thursday when they host Delta.
JV: Granite Bay 4,
Nevada Union 2
In a Sierra Foothill League matchup Saturday, Granite Bay topped Nevada Union by two.
The Grizzlies jumped out in front, scoring two runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. NU clawed back into the game when Christian Straub reached on an error and then stole second and third base. Jordan Jiannino hit a hard ground ball that was too tough for Granite Bay to handle, which allowed Straub to score.
NU threatened again in the fifth inning with a long double by Jonathan Finau. Andrew West pinch ran for Finau and scored on a double by Clint Bielen to pull the Miners within one run, but the rally fizzled from there.
Jiannino started on the mound for NU and threw 1 1/3 innings in his first SFL action of the year. Chris Sardo came in as relief for the last 3 innings, striking out five of the nine Grizzly batters he faced. Dalton Maxwell anchored the Miners defensively at short stop and provided many pivotal plays during the three-game series. Nolan Fillman also contributed defensively at catcher, throwing out three Granite Bay base runners attempting to steal.
NU (8-9-1, 2-4 SFL) plays at Del Oro today.
Nevada Union takes third at SFL tourney
In the first, Sierra Foothill League golf tourney of the season, the Miners finished third out of six teams.
Del Oro won the tourney with a team score of 369, and Granite Bay was next with 383, which was just two strokes better than NU’s 385. Rocklin was fourth at 392, and Roseville and Woodcreek pulled up the rear.
Leading the Miners was Derek Frank with a one-under-par 71. Frank’s finish was good enough for second overall in the tournament.
Andrew Puleo finished in a tie for third with an even-par 72. Logan Lowe finished the day with a 76, Bert Heinzelman and Bradley Carrion rounded things out each scoring 83.
The Miners currently sit in third place in the SFL and have back-to-back home contests against Roseville and Woodcreek Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
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