Climbing to 2nd
Led by Kyle Wright’s first-place finish in the 18-and-under division in a 21-mile race, Nevada Union’s mountain bike team took second place in the NorCal division of the 12th annual Iron Angels Mountain Bike Race Sunday at Angels Camp.
Redwood High edged NU 1119 to 1065 for first place in the division.
Sara Ely won the leader’s jersey for the 16-and-under girls division, a 14-mile race in which NU also took third place thanks to Thea Mertens.
Melissa Waters took fifth place despite taking a tough spill in the 18-and-under girls division.
Six other NU racers placed in the 18-and-under boys division, including an eighth-place finish from Travis Mills and 10th-place performance from Kurt Schimmel. Luke Berliner (15th), Samir Burston (17th), Jason Boutte (35th) and Geoff Hughes (39th) also placed.
Matt Wittler took fifth place in the 21-mile race in the expert boys division.
In the 16-and-under boys division, Dan Freitas finished eighth, followed by Shane Lingo (19th), Ty Zwick (20th), Tyler Green (27th), Sean Lane (31st), Andy Reed (35th) Corey Andreas (36th), Eric Marlow (37th) and Justin Boutte (40th).
NU’s next race is set for March 14 at the TBF Racing MTB Challenge #3 in Granite Bay.
Parrott hat trick
lifts NU soccer
Ali Parrott scored three times, including two second-half goals to propel Nevada Union’s varsity soccer team to a 5-2 win over host Marysville Monday.
Parrott, fresh off her senior season on the basketball floor, opened the scoring with a goal off an assist from Sayla Ross and then returned the favor by dishing off an assist to Ross for a score and a 2-1 NU lead at the half.
Parrott added two more goals, including one off a corner kick, after the half.
“I think she thought she was having a 30-point night for (NU girls basketball) Coach (Craig) Strohm,” said NU head coach Mike Voss said.
The Miners got another score from Erica Good, after she was set up on an assist by Diana Rubio.
Katy Storck, a senior who had played forward the past three seasons, was stellar in goal, Voss said in describing three of her six saves as “awesome.”
NU (1-2) opens Metro Conference play at Grant today.
The Miner junior varsity improved to 2-1 on the year, thanks to a 3-0 win over Marysville. Ginny Harris, Rika Burk and Hannah Harrison each scored for the Miners.
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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.