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PREP BASKETBALL: Defense, dominance in the paint spur Lady Falcons past Valley Christian and into title game

February 22, 2018 — So often in sports to be the champ, you need to beat the champ. Well, the girls basketball team from Forest Lake Christian just beat the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI champs and are now one win away from being the champs. Behind solid play

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PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Bruins, Lady Falcons ready for challenging playoff bouts

February 21, 2018 — The Bear River Lady Bruins roared to victory in the first round of the playoffs, putting on a scoring display for the home crowd at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium Tuesday night. Just a couple miles away, the Forest Lake Christian Lady Falcons soared past their

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PREP BASKETBALL: Forest Lake Christian cruises past El Dorado Adventist and into D6 semifinals

February 20, 2018 — With a blowout victory over El Dorado Adventist Tuesday night, the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team is now just one win away from reaching the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game. Facing the No. 8 seed Lady Eagles (15-9) in the second round of

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Baseball, softball season in full swing for area alumni

February 19, 2018 — Matt Lopez, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Sierra College Wolverines baseball team won two out of three games last week, topping Laney College and Contra Costa College and falling to Butte College. Lopez, a freshman first baseman, started all three games and was

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Area grads help college hoops teams earn conference championships

February 19, 2018 — Community college basketball in California wrapped up its regular season last week and several area alumni stepped up to help their respective squads earn conference titles. Aycee Willis, a 2017 Nevada Union graduate, and Alyssa Pulkinghorn, a 2017 Bear River graduate, played their part in

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Top-seed Lady Falcons lead western Nevada County teams into postseason

February 15, 2018 — The Lady Falcons from Forest Lake Christian soared through the regular season and have now landed the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff bracket. The section released its girls and boys basketball playoff brackets Thursday, and now the top teams from

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Willis, Sierra start new win streak as postseason nears

February 12, 2018 — The women's basketball team at Sierra College has begun a new win streak after having their 23-game streak snapped. Since dropping their first game of the season Jan. 30, the Wolverines have now won two straight with two games left in the regular season. Aycee

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PREP ALPINE SKIING: Miners blend competitiveness, fun to find success

February 7, 2018 — For the Nevada Union alpine ski team the 2018 season has been about carving down the slopes (when there's enough snow), being competitive, being supportive of each other and above all else — having fun. "Every year it's different and this year's team is super,

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union graduate David Menary on the rise at Redlands

February 5, 2018 — David Menary, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, is in the midst of a breakout season for the University of Redlands men's basketball team. The 6-foot, 5-inch forward has shown his versatility this season, stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis and leading the Bulldogs

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FASTPITCH SOFTBALL: Local teen lands spot on Team USA roster

February 2, 2018 — Baseball has been a constant in Dustin Thompson's life ever since he can remember. "My whole family is a bunch of baseball heads," Thompson said. "I was born into it and played it most my life." The 16-year-old Nevada City resident grew up playing in

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Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame announces class of 2018

February 1, 2018 — It was good to be a Miner in the 90s. The girls basketball team was dominant as it earned multiple section championships. The football team rose to new levels and won a pair of section titles. Nevada Union athletics in general thrived. "This was really

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FORD: A look back at the best statistical performances in 49ers, Raiders Super Bowl history

January 31, 2018 — As the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles prepare for the biggest football game of the year, Northern California football fans are once again left to watch a Super Bowl void of their favorite teams and wonder when will the Lombardi Trophy once again head

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FORD: A look at the best moments from 49ers and Raiders Super Bowl history

January 29, 2018 — At the beginning of the season the Oakland Raiders were considered a Super Bowl contender. And, it wasn't that long ago the San Francisco 49ers were among the NFL's elite. Things can change in a hurry, and after both franchises went 6-10 this past season,

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River grad O’Brien, Shasta on a roll

January 29, 2018 — David O'Brien, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Shasta College Knights continued their success in conference play with a pair of blowout victories over College of the Redwoods and College of the Siskiyous last week. O'Brien came off the bench and scored 10 points

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EIGHT IS ENOUGH: FLC boys basketball is small in numbers, big on talent

January 25, 2018 — High school varsity basketball teams come in various shapes and sizes. Rosters differ from school to school, but most feature 10-15 players with an array of seniors and juniors, sometimes a sophomore or two and the occasional freshman phenom. But, very few are built like

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PREP BASKETBALL: Forest Lake Christian girls have won 10-straight, eye league title

January 24, 2018 — With strong senior leadership, dominant post players, tenacious defenders and a plethora of young talent the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team has all the makings of a great team. The rest of the squads in the Central Valley California League are finding that out

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THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: The Union claims rec-league flag football championship (VIDEO)

January 23, 2018 — Editor's note: Let me first say, I already know how self indulgent this is and, no, I didn't think twice about writing it. I run stories on Nevada County Adult Sports Association championship teams regularly and across multiple sports. The difference this time is I

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union, Bear River grads help Sierra improve to 21-0

January 22, 2018 — The wins just keep piling up for the women's basketball team at Sierra College as the Wolverines crushed two more opponents last week and remain undefeated. With conference wins over Cosumnes River College, 86-54, and Folsom Lake College, 83-65, the Wolverines have now won 21-straight

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PREP BASKETBALL: A look at NU, FLC and Bear River as they battle through league play

January 19, 2018 — So often in sports it's not how a team starts a season, but how it finishes it that defines them. After strong runs through non-league and tourney play, local high school hoops teams are currently battling their way through their respective league slates with varying

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HARD WORK, NO EXCUSES: Miners find success with new coach, new mantra

January 18, 2018 — The team mantra is simple and straight to the point. "Hard work, no excuses." That's the mindset first year head coach George Woodward wants his athletes to have as he builds a new foundation for the Nevada Union wrestling program. "Just get out there and

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