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FLC, NU earn all-league honors

The Central Valley Christian League announced its 2004-05 All-CVCL boys and girls basketball honorees Monday night, with Forest Lake Christian senior Brooke Hodges being named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

In addition to Hodges, juniors Olympia Jacobs and Taylor Kilgore were each named to the CVCL’s first team, while junior Brittany Allen and sophomore Jessie Clough received second-team honors. Jessica Pearce, an FLC senior, earned honorable mention.

On the boys side, Falcon senior Sam Metteer was named to the CVCL’s first team. Sophomore Adam Reed earned second team honors, while Nate Holt, a junior, earned honorable mention.

Miner girls named All-Metro

Nevada Union’s varsity girls basketball team had three of its players honored by the Metro Conference Monday as all-league selections.

Senior Tracy Malone, junior Heather Gore and freshman Caroline Reeves were named to the All-Metro team, a list that includes 10 players from the Metro Conference. The team was selected by the league’s head coaches.

Pair earn spotson U.S. ski team

Two Nevada Union students, Danny Rodriquez and Sara Violett, have qualified for the U.S. Junior Nationals for Nordic Skiing.

The opening ceremonies begin March 6 in downtown Truckee and competition begins the next day at the Training Center at Boreal Ridge and will last throughout the entire week.

Attending the event will be 450 athletes with 42 representing the Far West Division. Rodriquez and Violett will be part of the Far West team, hailing from the Auburn Ski Club Competitive Team. Both are high school juniors and will be competing in the Junior One age group for 16-17 year olds.

This is the first time since 1971 that the competition will be held in the Truckee area. The Auburn Ski Club is hosting the event.

Two weeks ago at the California Nevada Interscholastic Skiing Federation meet, Violett took third-place overall for Nevada Union and Rodriquez finished in the top 10.

Bikes Belong awards $7,500 to bike league

Bikes Belong, a bicycle industry advocacy group, has announced that it will award $7,500 to the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League for a program expansion effort.

The grassroots group, which has established mountain biking as a school-sanctioned sport in Northern California, hopes to double the number of participating high schools by the end of the 2005 season, with a focus on schools in lower-income communities.

Though they are not sanctioned as a sport by Nevada Union High School, a local team of NUHS students do compete in the series, having won three of the past four California state championships.

The NorCal league, which was formed in 2001, currently has programs in place in 12 high schools in Northern California, enabling more than 200 young people to participate in mountain biking events.

There has been a 75 percent increase in female participation since the program’s inception and a 55 percent overall growth in ridership, according to league officials. For more information, visit norcalmtb.org on the Web.

Bikes Belong Coalition is dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often, linking bicycle manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers with broad-based and grassroots efforts to make bicycling safe, convenient, and fun in communities across the country.

Bikes Belong has funded close to 100 grant proposals totaling $823,460 and leveraging more than $431 million dollars in federal, state, and private funding.

The facilities projects alone have helped finance nearly 700 miles of bike paths and trails and linked more than 4,000 miles of trail facilities. For more information about Bikes Belong Coalition, visit bikesbelong.org on the Web.

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