Girls Hot Shots
Bear River’s Candice Wermes has played beyond her years on the volleyball court this season.
In her first year on the varsity, the sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker has led the Lady Bruins (6-1 overall, 3-0 Pioneer Valley League) in kills in two straight matches.
Wermes, who tallied nine kills in Bear River’s PVL opening win at Lincoln Sept. 23, posted team-highs against Sacramento’s Mira Loma (11) and Johnson West (8).
“She’s going to be the next Sheena Atwood. She’s that good,” Lady Bruin head coach Keith Hart said referring to Bear River’s 2001 Sierra Foothill League’s co-most valuable player.
It was just another day at the office for Nevada Union junior Elena Schmidt. Schmidt had six kills Tuesday and had another nine kills last Thursday to help the Miners stay unbeaten in Metro Conference action.
Schmidt, who also was an important part of the front line last year, has consistently been among the Miners’ big hitters again this season.
“She has been playing very well for us,” NU coach Bob Rogers said. “She is athletic and fit, and she’s spent a lot of time improving her skills. That is a great combination.”
Forest Lake Christian’s Micah Violet has made life tough for opposing middle and outside hitters this season.
The 5-foot-9 freshman middle blocker has averaged a team-high four blocks a match for the 18-time defending Central Valley Christian League champions.
Violet had a game-high four kills against Sac Country Day Monday.
“We have to keep reminding ourselves she’s just a freshman. But she’s got a real nose for where the ball’s gong to be and that’s definitely an advantage,” FLC assistant coach Willard Schoellerman said.
Our School Hotshots feature appears every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The boys hotshots profiled run in Tuesday’s edition of The Union, while the girls run on Wednesday.
If you know a boy or girl athlete whose recent accomplishments you think should be profiled, we encourage you to call the sports department at 477-4240 after 3 p.m., or e-mail Vince Vosti at
Please include your name, the athlete’s name, and your telephone number with the message.
We also seek adults from the community for our adult hot shots profile section, which runs in Friday’s paper.
If you know of an adult in the community who would be ideal for this section of our sports department, please contact us after 3 p.m. at 477-4240.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14.