Bruins open with SFL win
Lindsey Berkowitz struck out seven and went 2-for-2 at the plate as the Bear River softball team notched a 3-1 home-field win over Placer of Auburn in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League opener.
“This is the first time in the six years we’ve been in the league we’ve won the league opener,” Lady Bruin head coach Duane Zauner said.
Berkowitz moved to 2-1 with the complete game win.
Bear River took control on a two-run, two-out first inning rally. Kristen Exline, who went 3-for-3, led of the first with a walk, then advanced to second on a Tiffany Klopfer sacrifice fly.
Two batters later, Michelle Mathis drove Exline in with a double in the alley in left center. Sara Lauer returned the favor with an RBI double three pitches later.
Mathis went 2-for-4.
Zauner also credited the defensive play of Christina Guerland and Candice Wermes in the win.
Bear River will play defending league champ Del Oro in Loomis 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Bruins blank Roseville on courts
The Bear River boys tennis team broke into the win column in style with a 9-0 homecourt win over Woodcreek of Roseville Tuesday.
The Bruins, who dropped their Sierra Foothill League opener to perennial power Placer of Auburn, then a 5-4 heartbreaker to Del Oro in Loomis, improved to 1-2 in the SFL.
Bear River’s No.1 and No.2 singles, Dan Moglen and Chris Stafford, set the tone with come-from-behind wins.
“They both lost their first set and I think it shows a lot of fortitude the way they were able to come back and win the match,” Bear River co-coach Jeff Carrow said.
The Bruins’ No.3 Matt Travers, No.4 Marc Moglen, No.5 Mike Lake and No.6 Jacob Ells each tallied straight set singles victories.
In doubles, Bear River’s No. 1 team of Kevin Davis/Andrew Tintle, No.2 team of Nic Paolini/Benton White and it’s No.3 team of twins Tim and Anthony Green also won in straight sets.
The Bruins will play at Rocklin 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
FLC golfers sink Sac Day
Jason Farnum and David Hicks tied for medalist honors with a three-over-par 39 to lead the Forest Lake Christian boys golf team to a 215-269 win over Sacramento Country Day at the Lighthouse G.C. in West Sacramento Tuesday.
The Falcons moved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Central Valley Christian League.
Brian Zard took third for FLC with a 40. Ryan Rosene (48) finished fourth. Nick Brown took fifth with a 49.
FLC will host Sacramento Lutheran at the Lake of the Pines 3 p.m. Thursday.
BR downs Woodcreek
Bear River’s golf team defeated Woodcreek Tuesday at Lake in the Pines, 195-211.
The Bruins, now 3-2, were led by senior Ryan Hueseveldt, who shot a par round of 35. Tom Eisenhower and Travis Wright carded 39s, while Steve Chan and Ben Honey added 41s to the team total.
Bear River will travel to Sunset Whitney to face Rocklin on Thursday.
FLC match stopped for darkness
The Forest Lake Christian tennis team’s chances for a first-ever win in league play was called on account of darkness Tuesday.
FLC, which kicked off its tennis program three weeks ago, led host San Juan 4-3 before the match was postponed.
The match will be resumed May 2 when San Juan plays at FLC.
In boys singles, FLC’s No.1 Nick Skibinski defeated Hojin Beak 6-3, 6-3.
“He played really well. The match really wasn’t as close as the score indicates. He was in control the entire time,” said FLC head coach Steve Robinson.
Chris Kerston dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to in the No.2 singles to Moon Hon.
In girls singles, Malia Rose won the first match of her high school career with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Denisa Latu. The No.2 match between FLC’s Kathleen Donovan and Christine Stodomingo was spilt at 6-4, 5-7, 1-1 when it was stopped.
In girls doubles, FLC’s No.1 team of Amy Lenhar and Molly Cooper were defeated by Patricia Young and Tamika Joyce, 10-2 in the pro scoring format. Halley Booker and Jessica Lee defeated San Juan’s Jessica Maderas and Olga Momon 10-8 in No. 2 doubles.
In boys doubles, Josh Lehmer and Mark Koch lost 10-2 to San Juan’s No.1 team of Helio Melo and Zon Zuna, 10-2. FLC’s No.2 team of Andrew Hawkinson and Scott Tracy defeated Jon Lup and Adam Gordy 10-4.
The mixed doubles match between FLC’s James Ketchum and Kristie Donovan and San Juan’s Adrian Opris and Alina Sandoval was stopped at 4-2.
FLC will host Mesa Verde 3 p.m. Thursday.
Miners open with swimming win
In the season-opening swim meet, Nevada Union’s boys and girls teams came away with victories over host Bella Vista Tuesday.
NU’s girls team won 105-80, while the boys team won 103-73.
For the Lady Miners, Samantha Stowe won the 200 freestyle (1:59.49) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.4). Stephanie Hastert won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:21.74, and 100 breaststroke (1:09.99). Julie Heaton won the 100 freestyle, and Elise Tuttle won the 100 backstroke for the Lady Miners.
For the boys team, Evan Feickert won the 200 freestyle (1:59.19) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.06). Francis Guiliani won the 500 freestyle, and JD Ellingson won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.
NU will swim next against El Camino next Tuesday.
BR nabs four-game volleyball win
Jon Good tallied a team-high 19 kills and Josh Bollen had 42 assists as the host Bear River boys volleyball team beat Placer of Auburn 13-15, 15-5, 15-12, 15-9 in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League opener.
Bear River, which improved to 4-3 overall, led 4-0 in the first game, but fell victim to mental mistakes to lose by two points.
Bruin head coach Gary Wiberg said his squad shook off the tough start to win three straight.
“We just stopped beating ourselves after the first game. We started playing a little more conservatively and it paid off,” he said.
Tim Waechter finished with 10 kills and a team-high 14 blocks.
Jeff Duran totaled 11 kills. Corey Pagano chipped in 10 assists and eight kills.
Bear River will play at Del Oro of Loomis 6:30 p.m.Thursday.
Gilfillan knocks in four goals for FLC
Katelyn Gilfillan scored four goals and Emily Boddorf chipped in three more to lead the Forest Lake Christian girls soccer team to a 10-0 win over host Victory Christian of Carmichael Tuesday.
“Everybody played really well. Even the players who didn’t score,” FLC head coach Colleen Winans said.
Boddorf put the Lady Falcons (5-0 overall, 1-0 Central Valley Christian League) on top to stay in the 11th minute of the first half on a pass from Brynne Edwards.
Renee Ginney doubled the lead on a solo goal four minutes later.
Gilfillan, a senior, then followed a pair of Boddorf scores with four straight goals midway through the second half.
Samantha Van Winkle, who tallied three first half saves, rounded out the scoring with a solo goal in the 36th minute and on a pass from Lauren Clough at the 39 minute mark.
Amber Harmen had two saves in relief of Van Winkle.
FLC will play at Vacaville Christian 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
NU golf loses to DC
Del Campo defeated Nevada Union 192-199 in the league golf opener for both teams Tuesday at Mather Air Force base.
NU was led by Spencer Westcott, who shot a two-over-par 38. Alan Tourtillott (39), Eric Flores (39) and Pat Jorgenson (41) also scored well for the Miners.
volleyball wins big
Nevada Union’s volleyball team defeated host Burbank, 15-5, 15-1, 15-8 on Tuesday.
Miles Holland had 13 kills, 3 assists and two aces to lead the Miners.
Teammates Justin Jensen had three aces, three kills, while Travis Toll had two kills, two block and two aces. Mike Feagans added 34 assists and three kills.
NU will host Jesuit in a big Metro league showdown at Nevada Union High School Thursday.
NU softball shutout
Nevada Union’s softball team lost to El Camino Tuesday, 9-0 in the CAL season-opener.
NU (2-1 overall, 0-1 league) was held to four hits by Darcy Hanson, Megan Hopkins, Wendy Thomas and Amanda Poteet had hits. Carly Dallago had three walks.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.