Brian Hamilton: Throwing coverage into high gear |

Brian Hamilton: Throwing coverage into high gear

Football fans across western Nevada County now have less than one week before getting a sneak peek at what the Bear River Bruins and Nevada Union Miners have in store for 2008.

The Bruins and Miners will meet at Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Stadium next Friday for their annual preseason scrimmage. But for those who can’t make it to south county that night ” or just can’t wait till that evening to get their prep football fix ” The Union is here to help.

Also on Friday, we will publish our 24-page Football ’08 special section, which will be inserted in that morning’s edition of The Union.

And, in addition to season previews on Bear River and Nevada Union, area fans can also catch up on a slew of former Bruins and Miners who have taken their talents onto the college and professional playing fields.

Nine area alums shared their thoughts with The Union on their upcoming seasons, from former Bruin Kevin Grimes, playing at the University of Nevada, to former Miner Rich Brooks, coaching the Kentucky Wildcats.

But that is not all that’s on tap for next week, as early September is fast becoming one of the busiest stretches in the area sports scene.

Along with the 2008 football season, area prep athletes in all fall sports are primed for their own season openers.

Perhaps the most anticipated debut of the fall season is that of the Nevada Union varsity volleyball team, the six-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions. Chrys Dudek, who has the task of following in the footsteps of former coaches Bob Rogers and Larry Peterson, will officially begin his tenure on Tuesday night as the Miners travel to Davis.

On Thursday, though, NU fans will get their first look at the Miners at Ali Gymnasium. Nevada Union hosts Yuba City in its Foundation Game, which serves as a fundraiser for the Sac-Joaquin Section’s student scholarships.

The Miners won’t be the only area team in action that night, however, as Forest Lake Christian will host Capital Christian and Bear River will entertain Oakmont.

First serve in all three matches is set for 7 p.m.

And for all of our gearheads out there, another highly anticipated event also gets rolling early next week.

The International Motorcycle Speed Trials is set to start Tuesday at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The event, sponsored for the fifth year by Grass Valley’s BUB Enterprises, whose team owns the current international record speed at just over 350 miles per hour.

Rocky Robinson of Grass Valley, whose Ack Attack team was the first to break a 16-year-old record in 2006 ” before being surpassed by the BUB team, will attempt to regain the title of world’s fastest motorcycle. Robinson drove the Ack Attack bike to 349 miles per hour in the record-breaking ride.

Speaking of bikes, another annual event ” and one of my favorite to cover each year ” is also right around the corner.

The Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon will celebrate its 14th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Scotts Flat Lake near Nevada City.

This women-only triathlon, which raises funds for the Breast Imaging Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and for the Barbara Schmidt Millar Memorial Fund, is truly an inspirational sporting event not to be missed.

For more on the triathlon, check out the new web site (

Stay tuned to The Union for upcoming coverage of all the above over the next few weeks.

Brian Hamilton is sports editor at The Union. His column is published Saturdays. Contact him via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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