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Soaring to gold: Reno Air Races wrap up 5 days of high speed, high altitude competition

Unlimited Class Champion, Joel Swager of Ione, throttles his modified Hawker Sea Fury "Dreadnought" to victory at 426.896 mph.
By Tim O’Brien

Despite high winds with numerous heat race cancellations on Saturday, the Reno STIHL National Championship Air Races concluded five days of racing on Sunday with the following Gold championships in six of its seven classes.

The Unlimited Class top qualifier, Joel Swager of Ione, captured his Gold championship at 426.896 mph, flying “Dreadnought,” a formidable Hawker Sea Fury ahead of official second place, Sherman Smoot of Templeton and his Sea Fury “Argonaut” at 359.861 mph.

In the original second position mix was Brent Hisey, of Oklahoma City, who pushed hard in his P-51 “Miss America,” forcing Swager to “pour on the coals” to the delight and excitement of fans. Hisey, however, was disqualified for breaking a 250-foot elevation above course rule.

In the AT-6 Class, Chris Rushing of Van Nuys flew his ”Baron’s Revenge” to a howling 234.862 mph victory.
By Tim O’Brien.

In the AT-6 Class, Chris Rushing of Van Nuys flew his ”Baron’s Revenge” to a howling 234.862 mph victory over second place, John Lohmar, of Dallas, in “RadialVelocity” at 228.205 mph.

Jet Class Champion, Pete Stavrides of Virginia Beach, Virginia, took the Gold flying his L-29 “Viper” at 502.362 mph.
By Tim O’Brien

Jet Class winner, Pete Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, took the Gold flying “Viper” at 502.362 mph, upsetting 2019 Champion, Pete Zaccagnino, of Park City, Utah, pushing his L-29 jet “Just Lucky” at 496.99 mph.

Jeff LaVelle, of Kenmore, Washington, captured the Sport Class Gold victory at a screaming 400.834 while flying his Glassair III.
By Tim O’Brien

Jeff LaVelle, of Kenmore, Washington, captured the Sport Class Gold victory at a screaming 400.834, flying his Glassair III “Race 39” ahead of Jim Rust, of El Cajon, in “Race 24″ at 389.290 mph.

Formula One Champion Justin Meaders of Mineral Wells, Texas, sailed his “Limitless” racer to a 237.020 mph victory.
Tim O’Brien

The Formula One Championship went to Justin Meaders, of Mineral Wells, Texas, in “Limitless” at 237.020 mph, ahead of Justine Phillipson, of Vacaville, flying “No Strings Attached” at 225.567 mph.

An in-flight incident occurred near Pylon 4 during Saturday’s Silver race involving Carl Robinson of Longview, Texas. The canopy departed from his Cassutt racer, “Heat Stroke,” subjecting Robinson to sudden 150 mph winds to his face, causing temporary blindness and ripping off his radio headset. Robinson maintained control to make a safe landing.

In the Biplane Class, Sunday’s strong winds with 45 mph gusts led to the cancellation of the Gold race. Jake Stewart, of Hope, Arkansas, achieved his victory of 209.398 mph flying “Bad Mojo,” ahead of second place, Scott Thompson, of North Bend, Washington, flying “Second Hand” at 201.262 mph. Their victories are based on Saturday’s Heat 3A results.

In its inaugural year, The STOL Drag Racing Class proved thrilling and competitive for race fans. However, high winds on Saturday afternoon and Sunday meant cancellation of key races leading to the championship.
By Tim O’Brien

While the new STOL Drag Racing Class proved highly competitive, as well as thrilling for the fans, high winds on Saturday afternoon and Sunday meant cancellation of key races for safety reasons. With great popularity, the event promises to return next year.

The Sport Class of factory-sponsored performance kit planes is comparatively affordable. With 34 entrants and speeds ranging from 150 to over 400 mph, they are separated into categories based on time trials, namely Medallion, Bronze, Silver and Gold for competitive heat races.
By Tim O’Brien

The Reno National Championship Air Races is the fastest motor-sport in the world. Along with top air show performers, flying heritage organizations, and the U.S. military, the event generates an estimated $91.2 million dollars for the Reno economy. For more information and complete racing stats, visit www.airrace.org.

Although Sunday’s strong winds led to cancellation of the Gold race in the Biplane Class, heat races were highly competitive throughout the week.
By Tim O’Brien
In addition to racing, the U.S. military thrilled the fans between heats with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds — a first for the event, as was a demonstration of the F-35 Lightning, America's most sophisticated jet fighter.
By Tim O’Brien

Beat the Experts: Experts bounce back in week of nail biters

After an atrocious showing in week one of The Union’s Beat The Experts football pick ’em contest, the so-called experts shook off a bit of their rust in week two and put forth a much more expert-like effort.

I, along with my fellow expert Brian O’Brien, fared much better than our sub .500 showing in week one, going 9-3 across the week two slate of games. Two weeks into the 10-week season and we carry a 14-10 overall mark.

Taking home the top spot in week two is Justin Morgan, who went 10-2. For Morgan’s efforts he earned a $25 gift card to Port of Subs in Grass Valley. Second place went to David Rouf (9-3, tiebreaker 63), and he will be receiving a $15 gift card to Beam “Easy Living” Center.

This week’s games feature top-25 college bouts, a PAC-12 showdown, conference clashes and a primetime contest between the 49ers and Packers.


Notre Dame at Wisconsin: We’re going to find out if the Irish are for real. Experts pick (Ford): Notre Dame.

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas: Razorbacks upset over Texas was huge, but Aggies hold on in this one. Experts pick (O’Brien): Texas A&M.

UCLA at Stanford: I really don’t know what to make of either of these teams. They both notched big wins to open the season, then both come back to Earth a bit in week two. Complete toss up. Experts pick (Ford): Stanford.

Tennessee at Florida: The rivalry won’t be enough to overcome Florida. Experts pick (O’Brien): Florida

Packers at 49ers: In week one, the 49ers offense was unstoppable. In week two it was the defensive that stepped up. They put it all together Sunday in primetime. Experts pick (Ford): 49ers.

Dolphins at Raiders: Miami has weapons but its offensive line can’t block the sun. Expert’s pick (O’Brien): Raiders.

Colts at Titans: I expect this bout between AFC South contenders to be a tight one. Derrick Henry keeps rolling. Experts pick (Ford): Titans.

Saints at Patriots: Home field pushes this one over the edge for Patriots in a battle of teams being remade. Experts pick (O’Brien): Patriots.

Bengals at Steelers: The Bengals will be a lot of fun to watch this season. Not sure how many wins that translates into. Experts pick (Ford): Steelers.

Falcons at Giants: Giants showed some signs of life at Washington. Atlanta has not, give Giants the edge at home. Experts pick (O’Brien): Giants.

Bears at Browns: The Browns haven’t been this good since the Bernie Kosar years. Experts pick (Ford): Browns

Buccaneers at Rams: Have to pick them until you don’t. Not sure when that will be. Experts pick (O’Brien): Buccaneers.

Tiebreaker is combined score of Seahawks at Vikings game. Experts pick: 58.

Week two game results and the week three pick ’em games are listed below. Players can jump in and try to Beat the Experts at anytime throughout the 10-week season. Just go to TheUnion.com and click on the Beat the Experts tile on the home page, or visit TheUnion.com/bte2021. It’s fun, free and you might win a big TV.


Week 2 results

1. California beat Sacramento State, 42-30

2. Michigan State beat Miami, 38-17

3. Notre Dame beat Purdue, 27-13

4. Penn State beat Auburn, 28-20

5. 49ers beat Eagles, 17-11

6. Raiders beat Steelers, 26-17

7. Broncos beat Jaguars, 23-13

8. Bears beat Bengals, 20-17

9. Bills beat Dolphins, 35-0

10. Cardinals beat Vikings, 34-33

11. Titans beat Seahawks, 33-30

12. Cowboys beat Chargers, 20-17

Tiebreaker: Combined scored of Chiefs at Ravens game: 71

Experts record: 9-3, tiebreaker 41

Week 3 games

1. Notre Dame at Wisconsin

2. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

3. UCLA at Stanford

4. Tennessee at Florida

5. Packers at 49ers

6. Dolphins at Raiders

7. Colts at Titans

8. Saints at Patriots

9. Bengals at Steelers

10. Falcons at Giants

11. Bears at Browns

12. Buccaneers at Rams

Tiebreaker: Combined score of Seahawks at Vikings game:

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com


Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi spins out early at Laguna Seca

Nevada City native Alexander Rossi waves to fans prior to the start of the penultimate race of the IndyCar season Sunday at Laguna Seca. Rossi started the day in second place, but quickly fell to the back of the pack after a spin out during the second lap while trying to challenge race leader, and ultimate winner of the race, Colton Herta.
Photo: Elias Funez
Spectators watch as Alexander Rossi, in second place, chases behind the first place Colton Herta at the beginning of the second lap Sunday at Laguna Seca. His challenge of teammate Herta would be short-lived as he would spin out later in the second lap, putting him behind a lap in the race for a 25th place finish.
Photo: Elias Funez
Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi, bottom, makes his way through the Corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca in his 27 NAPA AutoCare car after falling to the back of the pack of racers Sunday in Monterey.
Photo Elias Funez
Pieter Rossi embraces his son Alexander Rossi before the start of Sunday’s penultimate IndyCar race of the 2021 season at Laguna Seca. While Rossi is not in the points lead for the season, he did qualify well enough to start in second place.
Photo: Elias Funez
Spectators watch Sunday’s IndyCar race near the famous Corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca.
Photo: Elias Funez
Andretti Motorsports teammates Alexander Rossi, left, and Colton Herta exchange words before the start of Sunday’s IndyCar race at Laguna Seca. Herta began the race in the pole position while Rossi started in second place before falling behind a lap early in the race.
Photo: Elias Funez
Alexander Rossi’s 27 NAPA AutoCare IndyCar is wheeled from the garage onto the track Sunday at Laguna Seca, where Rossi was hailed as the local racer.
Photo: Elias Funez
Nevada City native Alexander Rossi makes his way around the track Sunday at Laguna Seca. Rossi had the fastest lap time during the morning track session, but spun out in the second lap to put him at the back of the pack for the the rest of the race.
Photo: Elias Funez

Prep football: Miners upended by Union Mine (PHOTO GALLERY)

Nevada Union’s Andrew Webster hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Maddox Graves to score the Miners’ only touchdown of the game during Friday’s 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.
Photo: Elias Funez

EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

“We’re close in so many ways, but we still need to fix the little things,” said Nevada Union head coach Brad Sparks.

Playing on the road for the third time in four games, the Miners (2-2) ran up against a red-hot Diamondbacks team that has yet to lose this season.

Nevada Union wide receiver Brenner Krogh squares up with a Union Mine defender during Friday’s matchup in El Dorado.
Photo: Elias Funez

Union Mine’s senior quarterback Calvin Owens got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 26-yard scramble for a touchdown. He would also score rushing touchdowns of 58 yards and 1 yard as the Diamondbacks rattled off 41 straight points. Owens finished the night with more than 150 yards rushing and the three ground scores. He was also solid through the air, throwing for 127 yards and a touchdown.

The Miners didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when junior quarterback Maddox Graves connected with junior receiver Andrew Webster, who broke several tackles and fought his way into the end zone.

Nevada Union starting quarterback Gabe Baker protects the ball after keeping it on the option Friday night against the Union Mine Diamondbacks.
Photo: Elias Funez

A bright spot for NU came from senior linebacker Jedi Vculek, who wrapped up 20 tackles in the game. Fellow senior linebacker Gabe Baker followed with 11 tackles, including a sack. Bodey Eelkema added nine tackles and recovered a fumble. And, senior defensive tackle Justin Lopez chipped in with nine tackles.

The season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Miners so far. They opened with a convincing win over Bella Vista (44-33), but were blown out by Woodcreek (43-0) in their next game. NU then won a thriller over Colfax (56-42), but were no match for Union Mine Friday night.

Nevada Union quarterback Dustin Philpott tosses a pass during Friday’s matchup against the Union Mine Diamondbacks.
Photo: Elias Funez

“We’re inconsistent,” said Sparks. “We played a good game against Bella Vista, but gave up big plays. The next week we played Woodcreek and laid an egg. Then we play a good game last week, and then tonight we laid another egg.”

Union Mine has had no such inconsistency issues. The Diamondbacks are now 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 144-43 this season.

Nevada Union wide receiver Clay Renner secures the ball while a pair of Union Mine defenders close in on him during Friday’s 41-7 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Photo: Elias Funez


The junior varsity game had a similar outcome as the varsity game, with the JV Miners falling 42-0.

Next up for NU is a road game at Napa (0-3). The Miners and Grizzlies have faced off four times since 2016, with Nevada Union winning three of the four. The game in Napa is the final non-league contest for the Miners.

Nevada Union’s Cameron Cormack looks to evade the Union Mine defense during a carry Friday in El Dorado.
Photo: Elias Funez

Nevada Union kicks off Foothill Valley League play Oct. 1 at Hooper Stadium against Rio Linda.

“I believe in these guys, and I know we got one more game to get some stuff cleaned up before we start league,” said Sparks. “And, I know they’re going to get it done. Because I’m the guy who will be kicking them in the rear until they do. I’m here for the long haul. I’m here to bring back the winning tradition at Nevada Union, and I will fight tooth and nail until we get there.”

Nevada Union quarterback Maddox Graves looks for the gap and runs the ball during Friday’s matchup against the Union Mine Diamondbacks.
Photo: Elias Funez


UM: Calvin Owens 26-yard run. Joe Repass kick. (5:38)


UM: Nick Conant 7-yard pass from Owens. Kick no good. (10:28)

UM: Owens 1-yard run. Repass kick good. (:59)


UM: Owens 58-yard run. Repass kick good. (8:30)

UM: Scott Smith 1-yard run. Repass kick good. (1:56)

UM: Parker Mallott 30-yard run. Repass kick good. (:09)


NU: Andrew Webster 24-yard pass from Maddox Graves. Justin Lopez kick. (6:38)

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com


Prep football: Bear River falls to Justin-Siena in home opener

Bear River’s Ryder Kiggins looks for running room during Friday night’s contest against Justin-Siena.
By Brian O’Brien

Football roared back into the foothills Friday night at J. David Ramsey Stadium.

Unfortunately for Bear River and the Bruination faithful at its home opener, all the roaring came from the visiting Justin-Siena Braves, who powered to a 25-0 shutout victory.

“Last week was hard, this week was finally a week to get in the rhythm,” said co-head coach Tanner Mathias, whose defense had its hands full with a Braves offense that amassed 469 yards of total offense, featuring a pair of 100-plus yard rushing performances. “We definitely cleaned up a lot of mistakes, but obviously we have more to clean up, so we’ll just work towards fixing those next week and have a better game next week.”

Bear River’s Ben Christmon wraps up Braves ball carrier during Friday night’s loss to Justin-Siena.
By Brian O’Brien

Justin-Siena didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as they went 69 yards in seven plays on their opening drive and capped it with a 3-yard plunge into the end zone by junior Roman Williams. He would add a second touchdown in the third quarter to finish the night with a pair of scores.

Offensively the Bruins struggled to get much going, finding themselves inside the Braves’ 20 yard line on a couple of occasions, but came away empty both times. As a team, the Bruins rushed for 85 yards on 29 carries, managed only one passing completion for positive yardage and also yielded two interceptions.

“We just got to work and get better,” said co-head coach Mike Profumo after the tough loss. “We’re just not, simple, we’re not executing. We’re missing assignments on every play. It’s football. It doesn’t work if you don’t do your job. It’s that simple.”

Bear River’s Anders Torgerson drags down Justin Siena's Zach Zurowski during Friday night’s contest against Justin-Siena.
By Brian O’Brien

Senior quarterback Zachary Zurowski led the Braves passing, going 7-for-14 for 151 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown completion and an interception. He also sliced up the field for 67 yards on eight carries and added a 14-yard rushing touchdown to put the Braves ahead 13-0 at the half.

Bear River did take a crack at a 51-yard field goal late in the first half, but a high snap led to a broken play and turnover on downs.

Senior running back Caden Parlett moved the chains early and often for Justin-Siena, banging his way for 136 yards on 19 touches. In the second half it was junior Emerys Davies sharing the load, racking up 104 yards on just 11 attempts.

Bear River’s Joey Knox follows the blocking of Kaiya Hart during Friday night’s game against Justin-Siena.
By Brian O’Brien

Justin-Siena ended the game first-and-goal at the Bruins 4-yard line.

Defensively for Bear River, junior Anders Torgerson led the team with 14 tackles, followed by Ryder Holcomb with seven and Micah Patton and Tyler Brenes with five each. Sophomore Tyler Heuseveldt snatched an interception and wrapped up four tackles.

Bear River (0-2) will be back under its lights again next week for Homecoming when it hosts Burbank (Sacramento).

Bear River's Tyler Heuseveldt is brought down after a second quarter interception during Friday night’s contest against Justin-Siena.
By Brian O’Brien


In the early evening showdown, the Bear River and Justin-Siena junior varsity teams put on a thriller with the Bruins coming out on top with a late goal line stand.

Austin Mertens broke up a would-be touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal with 15 seconds to seal the victory for Bear River (3-0).

In a classic seesaw battle, the Braves took a 26-21 lead after capping off a scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

Blake Simning and the Bruins bounced back with a score of their own to take a narrow 27-26 lead, which they would not relinquish. Simning tallied three touchdowns and Kaden Cavolt added one as well.



JS: Roman Williams 3-yard run (PAT no good) 8:59


JS: Zachary Zurowski 14-yard run (Cesar Evina kick) 3:02


JS: Robert Sangiacomo 41-yard pass from Zurowski (PAT no good) 7:18

JS: Williams 6-yard run (PAT no good) :14

Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to The Union

Youth football: Junior Miners shine in conference openers

The Nevada Union Junior Miners Football and Cheer teams traveled to Roseville to take on the Oakmont Junior Vikings in Sacramento Youth Football League action last Saturday.

The 8U, 12U and 14U teams defeated the Junior Vikings and improved to 1-0 in the Foothill Valley Conference. The 8U won 26-13. The 12U won 18-13, and the 14U won 30-14. The 10U team fought hard but lost a tough game 18-0.


Junior Miners’ Caleb McCallum breaks a tackle attempt before taking off for one of his four touchdowns in the 8U game.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper

The Nevada Union Jr. Miners 8U team won their league opener against Oakmont thanks to strong performances on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Jaxon Sullivan spent the game working through the tough Vikings defense using both his legs and as well as playing receiver on crucial two-point plays after touchdown scores.

Fullback Stephen Tipton was able to run through massive holes on offense thanks to his offensive lineman consisting of center Zander Burton, guards Tyler Hicks and Bentley Dana, and tackles Brody Bringolf and Spencer Murray.

Junior Miners quarterback Jaxon Sullivan (17) heads up field after getting a good block from Stephen Tipton (44) during the 8U game.
Submitted by Lori Dana

Receivers Noah Burkhart and Rhedyn Scott set the edges on the outside sweep runs that were ran by halfbacks Kayden Mayen and Caleb McCallum, who scored all four of the Miners touchdowns. McCallum was also successful on multiple two-point conversion throws and runs to ice the game late in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side of the ball the Miners were able to fight back from a slow start in the first quarter due to the relentless pursuit and tackling ability by defenders Caleb Hutchison, Harvey Kahler, Colby Stanley, Westin Green and Logan Warner. After allowing Oakmont an opening drive touchdown, the Miners would go on to outscore the Vikings 27-7 behind their “bend but not break” mentality they have developed in a short time by the hard work that they have put into the summer practices.

“This team has really impressed me a lot in the last couple of months,” said head coach Kyle Klauer. “We only have a total of 16 players this year, so by necessity every one of our guys and girls have to play pretty much the entire game with not a lot of rest. They never seem to complain and always come out to practice everyday, work hard, and are all around a very coachable group of kids. Credit goes out to our entire coaching staff, which consists of David Hicks, Amber Sullivan, R.J. Green, and Team Mom Jamie McCallum.

Nevada Union’s 8U cheer team puts on their halftime show.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper


The 10U Nevada Union team faced a gritty Oakmont Junior Vikings opponent.

Nevada Union’s Uriah Painter led the offense with the support of his front five linemen, Nick Leach, Braylen Link, Connor Hall, Daniel Hoppis and Chad Traverso.

In the backfield was Parker Van Matre, who had a reception and multiple touches on the day with his longest carry being 8 yards.

A Junior Miner (10U) ball carrier looks for open space during a game against Oakmont Saturday.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper

The receiving crew consisted of Luke Conway, Ryan Schlacter, Anthony Lang, Kevin Mohr and Traven Huntington.

The Junior Miners defense played well early on, holding the Junior Vikings scoreless until the final drive of the half. Defensive linemen Noah Rangel and Link put lots of pressure on the Junior Vikings quarterback. Connor Hall, Landon Youngman, and Chad Traverson rotated in at defensive end with Painter and Schlacter, holding down the middle of the field at the linebacker spot. Ryland Flynn and Van Matre controlled the outside edge at the outside linebacker positions. The defensive backfield consisted of Conway at free safety, with Hunter Lampe and Dylan Grossmann at the cornerback spots. Trailing by one score at halftime, the Miners were still in striking distance, but never got going offensively.

Through the remainder of the game, the Junior Miners fought well with pressure on the defensive side from Kai Barber, Dominic Gray, Mason Betruccio, Aiden Maier and Carl Cookson. Aiden Rureup, David Hicks, Grant Gidlund, Lucas Gethings, Chris Collins and Jayce Ahmadi also assisted.


A Nevada Union ball carrier tries to break free during the 12U Junior Miners’ 30-14 win over Oakmont.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper

The 12U game was hard fought from the opening kickoff.

The Junior Miners started out strong and jumped ahead in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 44-yard pass from J.C. Harris to Ayden King. The scoring drive was capped off with a 3-yard run from T.J. Cook.

The rest of the first half was a defensive battle, and the Miners took a 6-0 edge into halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Harris extended the lead by completing a 30-yard touchdown pass to King.

Oakmont battled back and grabbed a 13-12 lead in the fourth quarter, and was threatening to extend the lead, but the Junior Miners halted the Junior Vikings at the 7-yard line.

With 20 seconds left in the game, Nevada Union snapped the ball from inside their own 10-yard line. The ball flew over the head of Harris, who picked the ball up in the very back of the end zone. As time expired, Harris ran 109 yards from the back of his end zone all the way for the game winning score.

The defense was strong with great play from Amadeus Sharp, Leeland Huntington and Jarrett Sleeth.


Nevada Union’s Brandon McCallum throws during the 14U Junior Miners’ 30-14 win over Oakmont.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper

The Nevada Union 14U offensive line consisting of Kevin Davis, Caleb Souza, Tristan Rohde, Ethan Allen and Brogen Lyden did an outstanding job protecting Brandon McCallum, who threw three touchdown passes to Austin Putnam. Putnam also scampered for a touchdown run.

Aonghas Wright made three of his four extra-point kicks, which are worth two-points each in youth football.

Offensively, Nathaniel Pritchett, aka “Ziggy,” Anakin Steen and Jared Sanzone also had several key receptions and runs offensively.

Defensively, lineman Tristan Rohde, Isaiah Strasser and Aiden Smith had excellent games. Lucas Liller and Gary Chicarelli played tough on the edges, shutting down Oakmont’s jet sweeps. Pritchett, Rhyder Eelkema, Zade White, Joseph Wiseman and Putnam shut down the run up the middle.

Davis was named Offensive Lineman of the Week. Rohde was Defensive Lineman of the Week. Eelkema and Rohde received the “Hit of the Week” honors.

Nevada Union’s 14U cheer team puts on their halftime show.
Submitted by Sarah Hooper

The Nevada Union Junior Miners will travel to Casa Roble High School in Orangeville to take on the Casa Roble Junior Rams on Saturday. The 8U team plays at 10 a.m., 10U at noon, 12U at 2 p.m. and 14U at 4 p.m. Visit jrminers.org Junior Miners for information on the Nevada Union Junior Miners Football and Cheer organization.

Source: NUJM coaches Kyle Klauer (8U write up) and Troy Fry (10U, 12U, 14U write up)

Tahoe National Forest reopens, fire restrictions revised

From a release:

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has rescinded the Regional Closure Order affecting all National Forests in California including the Tahoe National Forest as of Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

To protect natural resources and provide for public safety, the Tahoe National Forest has revised fire restrictions and implemented a new, temporary closure order on dispersed camping and target shooting effective Thursday, Sept., 16, 2021, through Nov. 1, 2021.

This Forest Order prohibits the following activities across the Tahoe National Forest:

No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.

The use of a portable lantern or stove using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel within a Developed Recreation Site (such as an official campground listed below) is allowed. A valid California Campfire Permit is required.

While popular activities such as hunting, hiking, boating, and other types of general recreation are now allowed across the Tahoe National Forest, Dispersed camping and Target Shooting prohibitions have been extended through Nov. 1, 2021. These prohibitions include:

No camping outside of developed campgrounds. A list of open, developed campgrounds is provided below. There is one exception to this prohibition:

Dispersed camping within 300 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

No target shooting. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, and federal law and regulations, is prohibited.

Developed Recreation Sites

The following campgrounds are open and available to use stoves with a California Campfire Permit.



1. Berger Campground

2. Big Bend Campground

3. Cal Ida Campground

4. Camp Chrystalis

5. Canyon Creek Campground

6. Carlton Flat Campground

7. Carr/Feeley Lake Campground

8. China Flat Cabins

9. Convict Flat Day Use Area

10. Dark Day Campground/Day Use Area

11. Diablo Campground

12. High Sierra Schaffer Camp

13. Hornswoggle Campground

14. Fiddle Creek Campground

15. Fuller Lake Day Use Area

16. Hampshire Rocks Campground

17. Indian Springs Campground

18. Indian Valley Campground

19. Indian Valley Outpost

20. Jackson Creek Campground

21. Kokanee Cabins

22. Liahona Camp

23. Lindsey Lake Campground

24. Loganville Campground

25. Pack Saddle Campground

26. Packer Lake Day Use Area

27. Packer Lake Road Boy Scout Camp

28. Packer Lake Road Girl Scout Camp

29. Packer Lake Resort

30. Petra Spring Camp

31. Rocky Rest Campground

32. Rucker Lake Campground

33. San Francisco Field Campus

34. Sardine Campground

35. Sardine Lake Resort

36. Sand Pond Day Use Area

37. Salmon Creek Campground

38. Salmon Lake Resort

39. School House Campground

40. Skillman Campground

41. Sterling Lake Boy Scout Camp

42. Sterling Lake Campground

43. Union Flat Campground

44. White Cloud Campground

45. Wild Plum Campground



1. Boca Campground

2. Boca Rest Campground

3. Boca Springs Campground

4. Boyington Mill Campground

5. Emigrant Group Campground

6. Goose Meadows Campground

7. Granite Flat Campground

8. Lakeside Campground

9. Logger Campground

10. Prosser Campground

11. Prosser Ranch Group Campground

12. Silver Creek Campground



1. Ahart Campground

2. Big Reservoir Campground

3. Brimstone OHV Staging Area

4. Coyote Group Campground

5. Forbes Creek Group Campground

6. French Meadows Campground

7. Gates Group Campground

8. Giant Gap Campground

9. Lewis Campground

10. Manzanita Day Use Picnic Area

11. Morning Star Campground

12. Parker Flat Staging Area

13. Shirttail Creek Campground

14. Sugar Pine Staging Area.



1. Aspen Group Campground

2. Cold Creek Campground

3. Cottonwood Campground

4. East Meadows Campground

5. Findley Campground

6. Fir Top Campground

7. Lower Little Truckee Campground

8. Meadow Lake Campground

9. Meadow Lake Group Campground

10. Meadow Lake Shore Shoreline Sites

11. Pass Creek Campground

12. Pass Creek Overflow Campground

13. Silver Tip Group Campground

14. Upper Little Truckee Campground

15. Woodcamp Campground

16. Wheeler Sheep Camp

Source: Tahoe National Forest

Air Races take off in Reno

Although not the fastest planes on the course, the class of World War II vintage AT-6 Texan trainers are often the most competitive. Pilot finesse and getting the edge in close quarters determines the winner at speeds ranging between 220 and 250 mph.
Tim O’Brien

Following a one-year hiatus, the STIHL National Championship Air Races and Show is now underway at Reno-Stead Airport.

With renewed enthusiasm and energy, 140 planes are entered in seven racing classes and began speed qualifications on Monday as pilots prepare to challenge the defending 2019 champions around the pylons through the weekend.

The sporty Biplane Class of mostly stock or modified Pitts Special and Mong Racers provide early day excitement ahead of afternoon gusts on a tight 3.12-mile course, reaching speeds between 180 and 220 mph.
Tim O’Brien

The Sport Class comprised of factory sponsored performance kit planes has 34 entrants this year, with speeds ranging from 250 mph to over 400 mph. Through this week’s time trials, they will be separated into categories, namely Medallion, Bronze, Silver and Gold for competitive heat races, with the quickest set to challenge 2019 Gold Champion — Andrew Findlay of McCall, Idaho — who thrust his Lancair racer to a howling 390.744 mph average lap speed victory.

The agile Formula One Class has 16 entrants with expected speeds close to 250 mph.

Powered by a Continental O-200 engine (the same 100 hp engine used in a Cessna 150), the faster Formula 1 can reach 250 mph on the 3.12-mile race course in Reno. Many Formula 1 aircraft are built by the pilots that race them and are a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of air racing.
Tim O’Brien

The Biplane Class numbers 18 qualifiers with seasoned pilots dueling in tight formations at around 220 mph.

The AT-6 Class of stock World War II trainers with 13 entered contenders promises intense competition, often resulting in a photo finish at speeds approaching 250 mph.

Nineteen Jet Class entries include 1960s vintage L-29, L-39 and Jet Provost trainers with Gold race speeds exceeding the 500 mph mark.

The Jet Class began in 2002 and features mostly Provost, Iskra, L-29, L-39 and DeHavilland Vampires. This class truly stands for the “Fastest Motor Sport” with speeds exceeding 500 miles per hour on a 7.91-mile course. Photo
Tim O’Brien

The historic Unlimited Class is fielding 14 entrants comprised of stock and modified World War II fighters, including vintage P-51D Mustangs, Hawker Sea Furys and a rare Bell P-63 King Cobra.

Following a successful Short Field Drag Racing Demonstration of 2019, the STOL (Short Takeoff or Landing) Class will make its official debut this year.

“It’s like when car drag racing meets aviation, and it’s going to bring a whole new energy to the races,” said Kevin Quinn, president and founder of STOL Drag. Twenty-five entries are set to compete in front of the grandstands.

Along with racing, the Reno-Stead Airport will host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey demonstration, aerobatics of Jim Peitz Aerosports and barnstorming with Tucker’s Air Patrol. Additionally, the National Aviation Heritage Invitational returns to the Nevada high desert with some of the finest examples of aircraft restorations in the country and a “flying museum” to be located on the east end of the airport ramp.

Scores of interactive displays, vendors and activities on the ground will round out the daily events.

The STIHL National Championship Air Races and Show is in its 57th year, and will be held through Sunday at the Reno-Stead Airport, 4895 Texas Ave., north of Reno. General and reserved seating tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. For official qualifying times, race results and more information, visit www.airrace.org.

Tim O’Brien is a freelancer for The Union

Racing roundup: Rossi finishes on podium in Portland

Alex Palou, center, celebrates his third IndyCar win of the season on Sunday at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore. Alexander Rossi, left, finished second and Scott Dixon finished third. Photo
Associated Press

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi posted his best finish of the season Sunday, placing second at the Grand Prix of Portland.

It was the first podium finish of the season for the Nevada City native, who now has three top-five finishes in his last five races.

Competing at Portland International Raceway, Rossi started in second place, but was sent to the back of the pack for missing the Turn 1/2 chicane on the opening lap. The sixth-year IndyCar veteran rallied though, weaving his way back to the front and finishing just 1.5 seconds behind race winner Alex Palou.

“P2 to P8 to P20 to who knows to P2. Confirmed…Portland IS weird,” Rossi said in a social media post.

Rossi’s previous best this season was a fourth place finish Aug. 14 at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Rossi, who drives the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport, is currently ranked 10th in the overall season points standings.

There are just two races left on the IndyCar schedule, both of which are on California tracks. The series heads to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey this upcoming Sunday, and closes out the 2021 season Sept. 26 at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.


The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made its way to California for the first time in two years last week.

Racing at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday and Saturday, Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet was among those battling for the checkered flag both nights, but settled for a pair of third place finishes.

“I think both nights we were just one corner away from winning,” Sweet said after the race. “That’s on me. I need to step up and make some better moves. That was good, hard racing, though, and I’m sure the fans were excited. I hated giving up second on the last lap, so that’s a bit disappointing. One of these years I’ll get a Gold Cup.”

David Gravel won Friday night’s race, and Logan Schuchart took home the victory Saturday.

Sweet, who drives the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts sprint car for Kasey Kahne Racing, still sits atop the overall season point standings with 9,008. Gravel is in second place with 8,868. Sweet also has the most wins of any driver this season, scoring 16 victories. The next closest driver is Gravel with nine.

Next up for Sweet and the rest of the World of Outlaws drivers is Saturday’s Tom Tarlton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. After the race in Hanford, the series heads back east for the final 11 races of 2021.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com

Beat the Experts: Tough week for the experts

Week one of Beat The Experts is in the books, and it was a rough one for the self-described experts.

I, along with my fellow expert Brian O’Brien, went a combined 5-7 this week. Bad for us, but good for those who played. Remember, all you have to do is beat us on any given week and you get an entry into the end of the season grand prize drawing for the 55-inch 4K UHD Smart Television with HDR and Wi-Fi, provided by Beam “Easy Living” Center in Grass Valley. The more you beat us, the more entries you get into the drawing.

The week one winner was David Rouff, who went 7-5 overall. For Rouff’s efforts we will be sending him a $25 gift card to Port of Subs in Grass Valley. Second place went to Keith Badger (6-6, tiebreaker: 48), and he will be receiving a $15 gift card to Beam “Easy Living” Center.

Any chance at a successful week one showing for the experts went off the rails quickly with an 1-3 mark when picking college game winners. We were better on Sunday, going 4-4, but it’s clear we need to step our game up.


Sacramento State at California: Cal has the better team on paper, but the Sacramento State program has been trending up in recent years. Experts pick (O’Brien): California

Michigan State at Miami: The Spartans are off to a 2-0 start, but will face a tough test when they face a Miami team coming off its first win of the season. Experts pick (Ford): Michigan State.

Purdue at Notre Dame: Irish performances so far do not make this easy. Experts pick (O’Brien): Notre Dame

Auburn at Penn State: An early season non-conference bout between historically good schools both ranked in the top-25 is always a tough pick. Experts pick (Ford): Penn State.

49ers at Eagles: Is the NFC East really back? This game will tell. Experts pick (O’Brien): 49ers.

Raiders at Steelers: The Raiders and Steelers rivalry is a storied one, and always a good watch. Experts pick (Ford): Steelers.

Broncos at Jaguars: You think Trevor Lawrence had a few nerves against the Texans? Now the poor kid has to go against the Broncos D. Experts pick (O’Brien): Broncos.

Bengals at Bears: With Joe Burrow slinging the ball around to several talented receivers, the Bengals are far from the 4-11-1 team they were in 2020. Experts pick (Ford): Bengals.

Bills at Dolphins: Miami’s offensive line isn’t there yet. Experts pick (O’Brien): Bills.

Vikings at Cardinals: The Cardinals are loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball, and have one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the NFL. Experts pick (Ford): Cardinals.

Titans at Seahawks: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks looked strong in their week one win over the Colts. The Titans were exposed a bit by the Cardinals. Experts pick (O’Brien): Seahawks.

Cowboys at Chargers: Cowboys are much improved with Dak Prescott back at quarterback. The Chargers have a rising star in Justin Herbert. Experts pick (Ford): Cowboys

Combined scored of Chiefs at Ravens game (tiebreaker): 41.

Week one game results and the week two pick ’em games are listed below. Players can jump in and try to Beat the Experts at anytime throughout the 10-week season. A new set of games is released every Tuesday. Just go to TheUnion.com and click on the Beat the Experts tile on the home page, or visit TheUnion.com/bte2021. Picks must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday. It’s fun, free and you might win a big TV.



1. TCU beat California, 34-32

2. Stanford beat USC, 42-28

3. Iowa beat Iowa State, 27-17

4. Oregon beat Ohio State, 35-28

5. 49ers beat Lions, 41-33

6. Broncos beat Giants, 27-13

7. Steelers beat Bills, 23-16

8. Texans beat Jaguars, 37-21

9. Dolphins beat Patriots, 17-16

10. Saints beat Packers, 38-3

11. Seahawks beat Colts, 28-16

12. Eagles beat Falcons, 32-6

Tiebreaker: Combined scored of Bears at Rams game: 48

Experts record: 5-7 (ouch!)


1. Sacramento State at California

2. Michigan State at Miami

3. Purdue at Notre Dame

4. Auburn at Penn State

5. 49ers at Eagles

6. Raiders at Steelers

7. Broncos at Jaguars

8. Bengals at Bears

9. Bills at Dolphins

10. Vikings at Cardinals

11. Cowboys at Chargers

12. Titans at Seahawks

Tiebreaker: Combined score of Chiefs at Ravens game:

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com