Annual hoops tourney crowns county champs |

Annual hoops tourney crowns county champs

In a tournament featuring Nevada County’s future hoop stars, eighth-graders from Union Hill can take pride in winning the large-school tournament beating Magnolia 45-35 this past Saturday night at the Nevada County Junior High Tournament hosted by Bear River High School.

Union Hill came out to score 17 points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 21-13 lead. Cole Stanford scored 14 points and John Wivholm scored 13 points for Union Hill with Marc Hopkinson and Cameron Ryan adding eight points each.

Magnolia did not go away empty-handed as its seventh-grade team won the large-school tournament for its age level, beating Weimar 35-31. With less than a minute remaining, Magnolia’s Steel Sylte hit a three-pointer to seal the win. Weimar was only able to score four points in the final quarter.

Sylte led his team with 13 points and Michael Jensen scored 11 points. Weimar’s Justin Witt and Kyle Greer each scored 12 points.

Ready Springs defeated Mount Saint Mary’s for the eighth-grade small school title with Mount Saint Mary’s seventh-grade team beating Chicago Park for the small school title.

Ready Springs (seventh grade) and Grass Valley Charter (eight grade) won consolation championships in the small school tournaments while Union Hill (seventh grade) and Lyman Gilmore (eighth grade) won consolation championships in their respective large-school tournaments.

Area gymnastics meet is big draw

More than 150 gymnasts, boys and girls, from all over California and Nevada competed in the first annual Best of the West gymnastics meet Feb. 12 at Nevada Union High School.

Spectators taking in the competition were estimated to be more than 500 during the course of the day.

“The meet was a great success for STARS Booster Club,” said Pamela Magill, tournament organizer. “This was its first meet of this magnitude and it ran very smoothly.

“The meet featured all top of the line equipment rented from Poway Gymnastics, gymnastics vendors from GK Elite Sportswear and Gym Monkeys, and a wonderful cafe prepared by the Seghezzi family, which was run by parent volunteers.”

Organizers hope to expand the tournament to two days next year.

The Rising Starz girls took home a second-place team award and posted the following individual honors:

Stellar girls shine in Sparks

The Stellar Gymnastics and Youth Fitness Center girls team recently competed in Sparks, Nev., with the Level 4 girls pacing sixth among the field and Breeanna Jewell leading the way with a fourth place performance in the all-around. Also contributing were Lauren Plantenga, Tomi Lockhart, Rachel Greenwood, Gabrielle Roberts and Carrigan Clapper.

Stellar’s Level 5 girls also placed sixth, led by Vivian Miller’s second place score in the all-around. She was joined by Annika Brown BreeAnna Rath and Elizabeth Jewell in the competition.


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