Bear River wins fifth straight |

Bear River wins fifth straight

Bear River’s softball team remained on a tear, winning its fifth straight game, second straight conference tilt and 11th of 12 so far this season with an 8-1 victory Friday over Lincoln.

The Bruins (2-0 in the Pioneer Valley League, 11-1 overall) scored four in the second for an early lead, added one each in the third and fifth and topped it off with two in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Brittany Ceo followed her no-hitter in the conference-opening 3-0 win over Placer on Wednesday by carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Ceo gave up two hits and one run in the inning, meaning conference opponents have managed just two hits and a run in 14 innings against Ceo so far.

Kelly Shepard, Kathryn Rabak, Jasmine McGown and Jenna Wermes were all 2-for-3 from the plate, including Wermes’ 3 RBIs. Tori Humbard added a triple and 2 RBIs and Georgia Perkins hit a double.

Bear River now hosts Pioneer Valley League foe El Dorado at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Track and field

Bear River duo shines at Rocklin Invite

Bear River’s Rachel Welz and Nicole Jackson saw some success during the Rocklin Thunder Invitational Track Meet.

Welz led the way with a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.1 seconds. Then she went back to competing in the high jump.

There were only two girls left after 5-feet, 4 inches, and Welz cleared 5-6 on her second attempt. After the other did not clear at all, Welz won her second event.

In the 300 hurdles, Jackson and Welz were neck and neck coming out of the curve when Jackson surged forward, finishing first with a time of 48.2. Welz’ time of 49.1 was good enough for second.

Welz was sitting in first place in the long jump with a leap of 16-7, but another girl jumped 16-8 on her last jump and Welz ended up in second.

Jackson, who is new to long jumping, took fifth with a leap of 15-2.


Bear River girls 97, Placer 72

Placer boys 91, Bear River 71

The Bear River girls swim team christened its home pool with its first league win of the season Friday. The Bruins qualified five for Norcal Sections.

The girls medley relay team of Elana Faria, Allison Dayton, Emmalyn Kirby, and Stephanie Ursiny swam to first place with a section-qualifying time of two minutes, 5.8 seconds.

Dayton, a sophomore, took first in the 200 individual medley with a qualifying time of 2:32.43. Dayton later qualified in the 50 freestyle with a leadoff relay leg of 26.4.

Ursiny, a junior, captured first in the 50 freestyle with a qualifying time of 26.30 and later swam to first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.93.

The Bruins’ 200 freestyle relay team of Dayton, Haley Loehr, Faria, and Ursiny swam to first place, qualifying with a time of 1:49.02.

For the boys, despite the loss, they chalked up six section-qualifying performances in five separate events.

Junior Chase Rogers swam to first place in both the 50 freestyle (23.51) and the 100 freestyle (52.65), both qualifying times. The 200 freestyle relay team of Brian Agnew, Rhett Angold, Joey Thompson, and Rogers took first place (1:36.69), easily qualifying for sections.

The 200 medley relay team of Ryan Bock, Kyler Leventin, Robby Stoddart, and Rogers took second and qualified in 1:54.58. Freshman Joey Thompson and Tony Scopelli swam qualifying times in the 200 individual medley of 2:20.81 and 2:24.50, capturing second and third, respectively.

The 400 freestyle relay combo of Thompson, Angold, Bock, and Agnew took second with a qualifying time of 3:48.78.

The Bear River boys and girls face off against Whitney High School on Monday at Bear River.


JV: Nevada Union wins Rocklin Tournament

The Miners never lost a match, going 6-0 to win Saturday’s 16-team Rocklin Tournament.

Nevada Union was 3-0 in pool play, then went on to win the quarterfinals, beat Woodcreek in the semifinals and down Ponderosa in the finals. Woodcreek was one of just two losses the Miners had suffered earlier this season.

“The entire team had to step up,” coach Ben Mills said. “There were a lot of games, so everyone had to play quite a bit, and everyone played very well.”

Anthony Ruggiero tallied 29 blocks and 22 kills on the day while Justin Carrol had 28 kills and served up three aces. Setter Pat McTighe had 55 assists and four aces while Brian Johnson and Kevin Trapani each had 24 digs. Mills said Steven Tovar played well all around.

The six wins gave the Miners a 10-2 overall record.


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