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COMMUNITY: After 12 years, Michael Bratton II Turkey Trot continues to inspire, inform and bring community together

November 19, 2018 — It's a time to be thankful, a time for awareness and a time to trot. For the past 12 years, rain or shine, the Michael Edward Bratton II Turkey Trot 5K/10K has brought thousands of people together on Thanksgiving morning for a jaunt through the

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Aycee Willis leads Sierra to tourney title, named MVP

November 19, 2018 — Aycee Willis, a 2017 Nevada Union graduate, and the Sierra College women's basketball team put forth a championship performance last week, sweeping all three of their games at the Sasha Brown Memorial Classic to take home the tourney title. Willis, a sophomore guard, was named

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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Miners shine at Sections, punch ticket to state meet

November 18, 2018 — Digging in against the top cross country teams in the region at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, the Miners struck gold and earned multiple medals, a Division III title banner and a trip south for the 2018 CIF State meet. Running on the 5K Willow Hills

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NU’s Aragon to play college hoops at Western Oregon

November 15, 2018 — Nevada Union girls basketball standout Meadow Aragon will be taking her skills on the court north after signing a National Letter of Intent to attend and play at Western Oregon University Tuesday. "It's totally the right fit," said Aragon, noting her affinity for the Western

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lady Falcons wrap up memorable season

November 14, 2018 — Forest Lake Christian's volleyball season came to close Tuesday, ending a successful and inspirational 2018 campaign. "This was maybe my favorite season," longtime FLC head coach Travis Smith said. "I may need some time on the back end to reflect on that, but at the

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STILL STANDING: Two rounds down, two to go in Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs

November 13, 2018 — When the high school football playoffs kicked off two weeks ago, there were 78 teams from all over the Sac-Joaquin Section vying for championships in their respective division. Two Friday's later and were down to just 26 squads chasing seven section championships. Heres a break

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BEAT THE EXPERTS: Another season in the books

November 12, 2018 — The final week of The Union's 2018 Beat the Experts Pick 'em contest was a wacky one with several close games and unpredictable finishes. Self-proclaimed "Experts" Brian O'Brien and myself limped to the finish line with an 8-5 overall record in Week 10. O'Brien went

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Nora Pizzella helps Chico State run down another CCAA title

November 12, 2018 — Nora Pizzella, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, put in an impressive showing at the 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, placing fourth overall and helping the Chico State women's cross country team win its 11th straight CCAA title. Pizzella, a junior, ran the

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OUTPOURING OF LOVE: Forest Lake Christian community lends helping hand to Paradise Adventist Academy during time of need

November 12, 2018 — Even when the stakes are at their highest, sports are often about far more than what happens between the lines. That was never more evident than what took place at Forest Lake Christian on Saturday night. Coping with the ongoing devastation and tragedy from the

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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Miners look to keep season going with strong showing at Section Championships

November 9, 2018 — They're hard working, determined, a little goofy and very fast. They are a tight-knit group of distance runners who make up the Nevada Union Miners cross country team and they have been charging up and down trails all season long. After a stellar showing at

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lady Miners fall in 2nd round of NorCal tourney

November 8, 2018 — The Lady Miners had their season come a close Thursday night, falling in the second round of the CIF NorCal Division III Tournament. Competing on their home court at Albert Ali Gymnasium, No. 2 seed Nevada Union battled No. 10 seed Miramonte closely all night,

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PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River gears up to face familiar foe in 2nd round of playoffs

November 8, 2018 — There is just something special about this time of year. "There's a finality to it," said Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie. "There's no second chances." It's playoff time in the Sac-Joaquin Section, and the defending Division V champion Bruins know each game will be

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Forest Lake Christian soars into NorCal D-VI semifinals (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

November 7, 2018 — It had been more than a decade since a Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team has competed in a CIF NorCal Tournament, and even longer since it won a game in the state's preeminent tourney. That's all ancient history now. After some early match jitters,

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Nevada Union rises above Justin-Siena in 1st round of NorCal D-III tourney

November 6, 2018 — At this point in the season, every team is a contender. That's why the Nevada Union girls volleyball team is focused on building confidence and growing as a cohesive unit as they battle it out with the top division III teams from around Northern California.

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Nevada Union, FLC gear up for NorCal tourneys

November 5, 2018 — After solid runs through the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, the girls volleyball teams from Nevada Union and Forest Lake Christian now turn their attention to the CIF NorCal tourneys. The Lady Miners (32-18) grabbed the No. 2 seed in the Division III bracket and will host

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PREP FOOTBALL: Miners dig up all-league honors

November 5, 2018 — The Foothill Valley League's inaugural season featured stiff competition, thrilling games, budding rivalries and plenty of talented players. The newly formed league released its first ever All-FVL Teams and several Miners made the cut. Earning All-FVL First Team honors for NU was senior running back

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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Nevada Union’s Garrett Gough runs down D-III Subsection championship

November 4, 2018 — Garrett Gough left little doubt who was the fastest on the course Saturday as the Nevada Union senior ran away with the Subsection Division III cross country title. Competing on the 3-mile Frogtown course in Angels Camp, Gough finished in a time of 15 minutes,

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Forest Lake Christian looks to land first section championship since 1998

November 2, 2018 — The Lady Falcons from Forest Lake Christian have been on quite a journey this season. After starting the volleyball season 0-3, the Lady Falcons reeled off 24 wins in their next 26 matches including a pair of Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff victories. Now, they

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PREP FOOTBALL: 12 Bruins earn All-PVL honors

November 2, 2018 — The Bear River football team may be small in numbers, but they boast plenty of talent. Despite having the second smallest roster (24 players) in the Pioneer Valley League, the Bruins went 4-1 against league foes on their way to a second place finish and

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PREP WATER POLO: Miners sink Ripon, advance to D-III semifinals

November 1, 2018 — With a dominant effort on defense and a potent attack on offense, the Nevada Union boys water polo team powered past Ripon, 14-4, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Thursday. "Today we were able to run our defense," said NU head coach

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