Boarders from NU take 2nd |

Boarders from NU take 2nd

For the first time this season, no Nevada Union snowboarder won either the boys or girls Central Division II race, with the Miners taking second place overall behind rival North Tahoe in a slalom race at Squaw Valley.

“The weather was very weird,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said. “It was really warm when we got there, but it made the snow soft and sticky. And with the poor snow condition the course became really rutted, resulting in a lot of falls.”

Smith said that essentially if you got through both runs without a fall, it was an almost certain top five finish.

Nevada Union’s Caitlin Chase and Drew Kremple finished second and third respectively, in 58.08 and 59.00. Chase’s high finish came even with a fall, while Smith complimented Kremple’s runs saying she was the most consistent racer for the team throughout the day.

Lisa Pichitino’s eight-place finish and Tanzi Lampert’s 11th-place finish counted for team points as well with times of 1:01.56 and 1:02.57, respectively.

The Miners’ girls team finished nine points behind North Tahoe.

After first-place finishes in the team’s first two races, Doug Potter came in fourth in 55.08 after taking a fall. Nevada Union’s next top finisher, Marco Maynard, fell in the same exact spot as Potter to finish seventh in 56.49.

Will Maynard, 15th in 59.72, and Jared Olson, 18th in 1:00.60, rounded out Nevada Union’s points for the day. The boys finished tied for second with Colfax, 29 points behind North Tahoe.

After pulling to within 10 points of North Tahoe last week, the Miners are now 48 points behind in the division race.

“I told the kids that I just wanted them to survive,” Smith said. “It was the kind of snow that can grab you, twist you and wreck your knees.

“The kids all have one race they can throw out (points-wise) and I think this may be the one for many of them.”

The Miners hit the slopes for another slalom at 10 a.m. Monday at Alpine Meadows.

Individual Results


2nd – Caitlin Chase, 58.84

3rd – Drew Kremple, 59.00

8th – Lisa Pichitino, 1:01.56

11th – Tanzi Lampert, 1:02.57

14th – Allysa Fennelly, 1:07.64

15th – Chelsea Ulinski, 1:09.11

27th – Katie Riley, 1:20.32

28th – Chloe Smith, 1:20.41


4th – Doug Potter, 55.08

9th – Marco Maynard, 57.53

15th – Will Maillard, 59.72

18th – Jared Olson, 1:00.60

22nd – Justin Stewart, 1:01.37

25th – Austin Baker, 1:02.24

32nd – Evan Peake, 1:05.48

47th – Jordan Golnik, 1:18.75

Bruins take fifth place at Squaw Valley

The Bear River snowboarding team also braved the rutted course with visibility issues Monday afternoon at Squaw Valley, finishing fifth.

Just three Bear River girls finished the course with Dianna Paasch taking 21st in 1:15.17 and Lauren Tostado and Brittnie Shepard leaving in 25th and 31st places, respectively, in 1:19.09 and 1:21.71.

The boys team tied for fourth place with Placer with John Plagmeir leading the team with a time of 56.49, which was good enough for seventh place. Drew Goodrow was 17th in 1:00.45 and Ryan O’Neill 19th in 1:00.83. Rounding out the points was Lars Nielsen with a 24th-place finish with a time of 1:02.19.

The Miners hit the slopes for another slalom at 10 a.m. Monday at Alpine Meadows.

Individual Results


21st – Dianna Paasch, 1:15.17

25th – Lauren Tostado, 1:19.09

31st – Brittnie Shepard, 1:21.71

DNF – Magan Streeter


7th – John Plagmeir

17th – Drew Goodrow

19th – Ryan O’Neill

24th – Lars Nielsen

28th – Aaron Serrano

31st – Curt Tomczak

37th – Mike Dydiw

38th – Robbie Stoddart

Boys Basketball

Forest Lake Christian 76,

Foresthill 33

Sparked by a solid team defensive effort, Forest Lake Christian on track to a Central Valley Christian League victory at home against Foresthill on Monday night.

The Falcons surged to a 27-12 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 44-22 at halftime to improve their league record to 6-3 (11-9 overall).

“We played probably as well as we could,” Forest Lake Christian coach Dave Thomas said. “It was pretty close the first time we played, so we came out ready to play.”

One of the keys was limiting 6-foot-7 Matt Cassell to 17 points, seven below his season average. Cassel scored 32 points in a game Forest Lake Christian won 61-49 on Jan. 10.

“It was pretty much team defense,” Thomas said. “He still scored 17, but they were quiet points. He didn’t get too many post-ups against us this time.”

Meanwhile, the Falcons featured a balanced offense led by Adam Reed with 20 points and four assists, while Andrew Ritchart added 16 points and Austin Maynard had 14 points and three assists. Ben Sparling gave a strong all-around performance that included nine points, seven steals and five assists; Nate Holt scored nine points; Luke Ziegenmeyer had six points and six steals; and Kevin Smith scored two points.

Girls Basketball

Forest Lake Christian 68,

Foresthill 19

Taylor Kilgore scored 17 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter to put Forest Lake Christian on track to its win at home against Foresthill.

Forest Lake Christian led 21-5 at the end of one quarter and never looked back on the way to winning for the eighth time in its last nine games. This was a bit of a break for the Falcons (15-3 overall, 7-2 league), who had seen each of their last four games decided by eight points or less, including a 53-45 win against Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) at the Sacramento Challenge on Saturday.

“This was a good game for us in that everybody played and everybody scored,” FLC coach Steve Kellar said. “It was a good, solid effort on everybody’s part.”

The starters only played in the first and third quarters against the Foresthill Wildfires (8-11, 3-7). Kilgore finished with six 3-pointers, three of which came in the first quarter.

Katie Fletcher, Kylie Miraldi and Tess Reed contributed eight points each, while Bethany Huusfeldt scored a career-high six points coming off the bench.

“Bethany did a good job in a backup role,” Kellar said of the 5-foot-10 sophomore. “She played well in the post, scored some points and had some rebounds.”

The Falcons will face a good test against Wilton Christian tonight at Galt High School.

“We’re looking forward to a good game,” Kellar said. “They’re playing pretty well right now so we’ll need to bring our “A” game.”


Foothill Invitational Tourney

Six Nevada Union wrestlers competed at the Foothill Invitational Tournament Saturday at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, with three placing in their respective weight classes.

Senior Luke Manuel won the 155-pound weight class going undefeated with a 5-0 record, while classmate Zach Callas (163) wrestled to 6-1 and a third-place finish. Matt Manuel finished eighth at 122 pounds.

Of the three other Miner wrestlers, Joey Stickney went 4-2, Jake Cena 3-2 and Cody Griffith finished 1-2.


Coaches may submit game reports for the Local Roundup by calling The Union at 477-4240.

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