Bruins fall short against Falcons
Despite winning four of five doubles matches, the Bear River co-ed tennis team wound up on the short end of a 5-4 score in its season opener Monday against Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax.
Regardless of the score, coach Jeff Carrow was pleased with what he saw on the court during the makeup of a match that was postponed last Thursday due to adverse weather.
“Overall, I’m pretty pleased,” Carrow said. “Colfax is a perennial power, but we hung in there. Those were some competitive matches, so I’m pretty optimistic about our chances (the rest of the season).”
Bear River swept both the girls doubles matches, as the No. 1 team of Marie Paquin-Ashley Lowe defeated Katy Lichti-Megan Spears 10-5 and the No. 2 team of Aleah Madsen-Jeanne McAteer defeated Mari Katsura-Kayla Garrett 10-7.
Bear River’s mixed doubles team of Neil Erickson-Tori Masucci defeated Vojta Nemec-Rachel Fritz 10-3 in the final match of the afternoon.
The Bruins also won the No. 2 boys doubles match, as Alex Fischer-Andrew Thorpe defeated J.T. Evans-Brendan Armstrong 10-7.
Earlier, Colfax won a close battle in the No. 1 boys match when Kyle Graves outlasted Garrett Gregory 6-3, 7-6 (7-2 tie-breaker). Colfax also picked up a win in the No. 2 boys singles, where Ken Jones defeated Cameron Lewis 6-0, 6-1.
In the No. 1 girls singles match, Kari Zajac of Colfax posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Miki Kono, a Japanese exchange student at Bear River. Heidi Graves of Colfax also won the No. 2 girls singles match against Katherine Erickson 7-5, 6-1.
Colfax won the No. 1 boys doubles match, as Charles Luke-Barry Rose defeated Rick Fowler-Pat Miller 10-7.
Weather permitting, Bear River is scheduled to play Oakmont in a 3 p.m. league match today in Roseville. The Bruins are scheduled to host Lincoln at 3 p.m. Thursday.
McClatchy 8, Nevada Union 4
McClatchy scored six runs in the second inning to rally for the Metro League victory at home against the Miners.
Nevada Union took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, aided by run-scoring grounders from Nic Gauldin and Dan Stith. However, the Miners were unable to recover after giving up the big second inning.
“We had runners on all day. We just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” Nevada Union coach Ted White said.
Daniel Graning hit 3-for-4 and Josh Noxon 2-for-3 to lead the Miners offensively. Stith also picked up another fielder’s choice RBI in the seventh inning.
For the second game in a row, the Miners started a sophomore on the mound. Zander Zeisler worked five strong innings Friday in an 11-7 win against Laguna Creek. And even though Kelcey Wirick absorbed the loss Monday, the right-hander gave a respectable performance in his five innings.
“He threw well. He just had that one bad inning,” White said.
Nevada Union (2-2 overall, 0-1 league) is scheduled to play another league game Wednesday at Yuba City. Nic Gauldin, who pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh inning to earn credit for the save Friday against Laguna Creek is scheduled to start on the mound for Nevada Union.
JV: Nevada Union 12, McClatchy 0
Freshman Greg Heauser pitched a five-inning no-hitter and the Miners broke open a close game when they erupted to score nine runs in the top of the fifth in a league game played at McClatchy.
Heauser registered five strikeouts as he improved his season record to 2-0. The right-hander has allowed one earned run in 11 innings of work so far.
Tucker Colmb and Kyler Caldwell connected for back-to-back doubles, which drove in two runs each, to ignite the game-breaking fifth inning rally.
Track and field
Bob King/Don Gilbert Invitational
Kemp Stanford and Chase Dixon won their respective events to provide highlights Saturday for Nevada Union during the Bob King/Don Gilbert Invitational track and field meet held at Granite Bay.
Stanford cleared 6-feet to secure first place in the frosh-soph boys high jump and Dixon ran to first place in the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 43.8 seconds. Both marks were personal bests, according to Nevada Union coach Gene Meyers.
Stanford had cleared 5-10 in two earlier practice meets. This time, he achieved the 6-foot barrier.
“That’s a darn good jump for Kemp,” Meyers said. “That was the same height as the winning varsity jump.”
Likewise, Dixon turned a fast early season mark in the hurdles.
“Chase looks so smooth,” Meyers said. “He’s going to have a good season.”
Among the other highlights for Nevada Union, senior Andrew Primrose ran 4:54 in the 1,600 meters and Nancy Gutierrez got off a throw of 100-6 in the discus.
The Miners compete again Saturday at Placer’s LeFebvre Relays.
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