Bruins stay perfect, top San Juan |

Bruins stay perfect, top San Juan

Bear River's Justin Beskeen looks for an outlet pass Tuesday night against San Juan. Bear River won 51-47 to move to 4-0 this season.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

The Bear River boys basketball team improved to 4-0 this season by outlasting San Juan, 51-47, Tuesday night at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium.

The Bruins held on for the victory despite having their star post player, Justin Beskeen, in foul trouble for much of the second half.

Beskeen led the Bruins with 22 points, but picked up his fourth foul with more than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Beskeen would sit until halfway through the fourth, but fouled out just minutes after re-entering the game.

With Beskeen on the bench, Bear River got a lift from Tyler Hajewski. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior came off the bench to score 10 points, all in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Travis Anderson added seven points for Bear River, and Nick Bachus pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

“I’m really proud of how the kids stepped up tonight,” Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie said.

The Bruins take the court again Tuesday when they travel to face El Camino.

JV: Bear River 69,

San Juan 20.

The Bruins had four players score in double figures as they cruised to a 49 point victory over San Juan.

Dave Maestrella led all Bruin scorers with 12 points. Tommy Herider, Brandon Murphy and David O’Brien all scored in double figures as well. Travis Whitehead led the Bruins in rebounding with seven. The win moves Bear River to 3-2 on the season.

Chico 79, Nevada Union 62

The Miners got off to a good start Tuesday grabbing a 17-8 first quarter lead, but the Panthers roared back with a 15-0 run to take the lead for good.

Nevada Union chipped away at Chico’s lead heading to halftime trailing, 34-27.

The Panthers put the game way in the second half, opening the third quarter with a 12-0 run.

“Our defense is good in waves, but we need to be more consistent,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said.

The Miners are 1-3 to start the season and will face St. John’s of New Zealand at 1 p.m. Thursday at Albert Ali Gymnasium.

JV: Nevada Union 52,

Chico 45

The Miners caged the Panthers of Chico, topping them by seven points Tuesday night.

Leading the Miner charge was point guard Owen Smith with 17 points. Shooting guard Daniel Carter
added 16 points and Lucas
Sweigart chipped in 11 points in the win.

The Miners play again Thursday against Yuba City in the Rocklin Tournament.

Girls basketball

Kennedy 58, Nevada Union 47

The Lady Miners had the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section champ all tied up in the fourth quarter, but a late push from Kennedy denied NU the win.

The Lady Miners were led by Erin Selleck with 16 points, Sammy DeHart added 10, Melanie O’Brien added eight and Kaylin Martin accounted for six in the loss.

The Lady Miners are 3-2 on the season and will face El Dorado Thursday at the Oakridge Tournament.

JV: Kennedy 53,

Nevada Union 45

Foul trouble and turnovers did the Lady Miners in Tuesday night as they lost to Kennedy by eight points.

NU had four players foul out and committed 39 turnovers in the game.

Leading the offensive charge for the Lady Miners was Sarah Lundmark with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kallie Kraus and Madison Lee each added five points in the loss.

Frosh: Kennedy 52,

Nevada Union 37

The Lady Miners couldn’t keep up with the Cougars of Kennedy, falling by 15 points Tuesday.

Leading NU was Audrey Jacus with nine points and five rebounds. Rachel McKnight and Chelsea Rodriguez each added six points for the Lady Miners.

NU takes the court again Thursday at the Del Campo Tournament.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at (530) 477-4232. Deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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