Bruins take 3rd place |

Bruins take 3rd place

Colfax wrapped up its Pioneer Valley League boys golf championship with a dominating performance Monday at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville.

The defending league champion Falcons shot even-par 360 as a team to win the tournament by a 38-stroke margin over Mira Loma, while Bear River edged Oakmont by a 401-402 score to take third-place on a warm and sunny day.

For Bear River, the good news came with a solid team performance on the back nine that lifted the Bruins past Oakmont in the team standings. At the same time, the scores from those final nine holes were used to determine a makeup regular season match between Bear River and Oakmont – with the Bruins coming out with a narrow 188-192 triumph.

That outcome was significant because it gave Bear River the points it needed to get past Mira Loma to secure second place in the overall league standings – in the regular season and two league tournaments – and to advance to the sub-section tournament May 9 at Paradise Valley in Fairfield.

“If we hadn’t beaten Oakmont, we might have ended up in a playoff, or even ended up third or fourth,” Bear River coach Gayne Nakano said.

Nick Honey led the charge by shooting 2-under par 34 over the back nine, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 10th hole. Freshman Taylor Daniels also shot a career-best 39 over the final nine holes.

For the day, Niall Conn and Honey shot 3-over 75, Tyler Chicourrat 80, Greg Remillard 85, while Eric Brown and Daniels finished at 86.

Trevor Blair of Colfax shot 6-under par 66 to earn medalist honors in the tournament and teammate Patrick Bauer was one shot behind at 67.

FLC takes third

Christina Stockton shot 79 as Forest Lake Christian finished third at the Capital Valley Christian League Tournament at Rio La Paz.

Woodland Christian shot 429 to win, followed closely by Faith Christian at 431 and Forest Lake Christian at 434. The Falcons still wrapped up the league’s overall championship and a berth in the sub-section tournament next Monday in Angels Camp.

Ryan Stockton also shot 81, Matt Koch 85, Austin Rosene 94 and Maxx Mamula 95 for the Falcons.


Wagner shines for NU

Eli Waggoner closed out his senior season for Nevada Union by beating a seeded opponent in his first-round match at the Metro Conference Singles Tournament in Roseville.

Waggoner rallied to defeat the No. 3 seed from Granite Bay 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, then lost in the second round to McClatchy’s Anton Sudrajat 6-1, 6-1 during play in the championship bracket at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

“That first round was a great win for Eli. That was a great win to have at the end of his senior year,” coach Mike Blake said of the Miners’ No. 1 player. “Unfortunately, he only had about a 20-minute break before his next match; it was a hot day and he kind of ran out of gas.”

Jasper Fredrickson lost his opening round match in the championship bracket. Also for the Miners, Jordan Stratigakes (in three sets), Will Harvey, Caleb Goodman and Chris Greiner lost their first round matches.

The Metro Doubles Tournament will be played Wednesday starting at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.


Bear River 3, Colfax 0

The Bear River soccer team snagged an emotional victory against Colfax, winning 3-0. Senior Genevieve Speas scored all three goals, one in the first half and two in the second half.

Bear River travels Thursday to Colfax for a re-match.

Victory Christian 4,

Forest Lake Christian 1

The Forest Lake Christian soccer team suffered a slight setback in its journey toward a playoff berth this season, losing to Victory Christian 4-1.

Senior Jillian Witzke scored the Falcons’ only goal.

The Falcons, now in third place in the Central Valley Christian League, host Country Day at 4 p.m. today.

Swimming and diving

Bruins second at PVL Championship

Bear River used its depth to capture second-place behind Mira Loma in both the girls and boys divisions at the Pioneer Valley League Championships on Friday and Saturday at Whitney High School.

“It was a team effort,” coach Taryn Loehr said, pointing out that the numerous place finishes helped the Bruins score enough points to pull out second place. “I was proud of the whole team.

“It’s been a tough season because of the weather. We only had four meets. Five others were canceled because of weather. I just feel bad for the kids that we weren’t able to get more meets in.”

There were some individual victories, too. On the girls side, Allison Dayton won the 200-yard individual medley (2:31.33), plus she combined with Stephanie Ursiny, Elana Faria and Shannon Dayton to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Ursiny also placed second in the 50 freestyle (26.14). Jessica Agnew, Erica Scopelli, Shannon Dayton and Ursiny also placed second in the 200 medley relay.

On the boys side, Chase Rogers won the 50 freestyle with a 24.2 dash, plus he anchored Bear River’s first-place 200 freestyle relay team. In the relay, junior Kris Morehouse swam leadoff and gave the Bruins a lead they never relinquished – Rhett Angold, Bryan Agnew and Rogers then closed out the race.

The Bruins compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships on May 11-13 in Lodi.


NU gets forfeit win

The Nevada Union baseball team picked up a forfeit win at home when Hiram Johnson was unable to field a team. The Miners are scheduled to play Wednesday at Johnson.

Meanwhile, Nevada Union’s freshman team split a doubleheader Saturday against Oakmont. The Miners (7-3 league, 9-4 overall) won the opener behind the two-hit pitching of Rob Porter and clutch hitting of Jared Ralph. Oakmont had 12 hits en route to a 10-2 win in game two.

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