It’s not every day that players who end up on the short end of the scoreboard close a contest by lining up and embracing the opposing coach.
But that was the case Thursday night at Nevada Union, where members of the Bear River varsity girls water polo team didn’t seem to hold a grudge against their former coach, who had just led the host, the Miners, to a 10-5 win over the Bruins.
“I really like that team,” NU coach Jeff Kirkpatrick said of the Bruins squad, which he led just last year before returning to his alma mater. “I like that they continued the program and that they got a good coach to lead it. It would have been the worst thing if I left and nobody covered (the position).
“Wherever I am (coaching) is where my heart is, but it is cool being from the school where I’m coaching at now.”
Kirkpatrick’s Miners found themselves deadlocked in a 1-1 match with the Bruins after one quarter of play Thursday. But NU pulled away by outscoring the Bruins 8-1 over the next two quarters, giving the Miners enough cushion to withstand a late Bear River push.
The Bruins capped the contest by winning the fourth and final period of play by a 3-1 count.
“I think we let it get away from us,” said Daryn Glasgow, Bear River’s first-year coach who had previously coached for the swim program at the University of the Pacific. “We’re a very capable team. Coming in, we knew it was going to be close. But we just seem to always have one or two periods like that.
“Somehow we have to get past that, being tough in the beginning and having it get away from us. We finished up really strong. It’s just a matter of carrying it through the whole game.”
Bear River was led by senior Meagan Ballew and Chloe Lyon, who each scored twice in the match. Collyn McCarty, a sophomore, also scored a goal for Bear River.
Nevada Union had a pair of players pounding the net Thursday, as senior Jocelyn Rapp and junior Chloe Sherry each scored three goals. Senior Aubrey Costa scored two goals for the Miners while senior Kaylie Huff and junior Jessica Breining each also found the scoring column.
NU, which currently holds sixth place in the Sierra Foothill League, is hoping to snag the league’s fourth and final playoff berth over the next two weeks of the SFL championship tournament at Whitney High School.
The Miners have a tough draw, Kirkpatrick said, with Granite Bay and Oakmont on the slate next week.
To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4240.
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