Brian Hamilton: Want more local sports? Here’s how |

Brian Hamilton: Want more local sports? Here’s how

Here’s hoping our spring sports athletes are looking much sharper than yours truly did this week while throwing batting practice for our 9-year-old daughter’s first softball season.

Too low. Too high. Just a bit outside. Just a bit … “Owww!”

While I continue to work out the kinks in my windup, a couple of dozen area teams are already in full swing of the spring sports season – at the high school varsity level alone.

And in the season ahead, hope does spring eternal.

Following up on their first section crown will be the Bear River softball team, and the Bruins baseball squad is looking to build on its first appearance in a section championship game. Forest Lake Christian’s young and talented soccer squad suddenly is a seasoned Ð albeit still-young — veteran team.

Nevada Union’s hard-hitting boys volleyball team no doubt has already turned some heads, sprinting off to a 7-0 start. And don’t forget Chase Dixon, Nevada Union’s senior hurdler, who finished seventh in the section meet last spring.

And there’s more.

The Gold Country Stampede is playing his first varsity season of competition in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association. Nevada Union’s mountain bikers are back as a club sport, already having brought back top finishes in the season’s first race. And, by the way, did you know western Nevada County has its own team of high school rodeo riders?

Then there’s the boys (and girls) of summer. Prospects for Gold Country Senior Softball are trying out every Saturday morning this month at Western Gateway Park, while Little Leaguers and softball players are having a spring training of their own at ball diamonds across the county.

So many teams. So many games. So many stories to share.

As we unveil our sharp new look of The Union, we once again invite and encourage our readers to help fill these pages with your own news, views and images. Through reader-generated content, our local report grows only more comprehensive.

Folks who have been appointed – or decided to volunteer – as a sort of “media liaison” for their teams, have helped The Union provide more coverage than our staff size affords. Diane Cross kept readers informed on Nevada Union’s cross country ski season, submitting stories and photos throughout the winter. Pat Winegar and Wendy Cena did the same for the Miners wrestling team, while Leslie Pitts served as a correspondent on the mountain bike scene.

We also welcome guest columnists, letters to the sports editor and sports kudos letters, along with any images you might want to submit. We just posted our first reader-submitted sports video this week at

Got a good idea for a story? That’s typically where we find the most-compelling reads, from folks in the know who see an inspiring story or an issue that needs addressed. Though not all suggestions end up in print, we’re always looking for a good story.

Or maybe you just want to toss in your two cents. Take a second and share your thoughts on a story through our “comments” feature accompanying online content. Cast your vote in our weekly sports poll – of course, go ahead and give your take with a comment while you’re there.

More than ever, our sports section is wide open to the wants of our western Nevada County community. With opportunities aplenty for interaction, we hope to help bring more fresh faces and viewpoints to these pages. To lend your voice to The Union, just give us a call, shoot us an e-mail or fax us a message.

We’d love to hear from you.

Brian Hamilton is sports editor at The Union. His column appears Saturdays. Contact him via e-mail at, by phone at 477-4240 or by fax at 477-4292.

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