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IN A BLINK OF AN EYE: A look at The Union’s best sports photos of 2019 (GALLERY)

Championship runs, historic wins and incredible feats of strength highlighted the 2019 sports scene in Nevada County.

Driver Alexander Rossi greets fans and gives autographs before an IndyCar auto race at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 22. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)
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Flames leap from the exhaust of destruction derby driver Clarence Oliveira’s 67 Dodge Monarch while smashing through his competition at the Nevada County Fair arena for the annual end of fair spectacle Sunday night.
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Nevada County native Kirby DeLaunay broke her previous world record
for bricks broken when she smashed 280 bricks in under 3 minutes
Tuesday afternoon at the California State Fair in Sacramento.

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Alexander Rossi navigates the corkscrew turn of WeatherTech Raceway
at Laguna Seca during the IndyCar finale Sept. 22 in Monterey.

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Bear River High School baserunner Emma Gawley is called safe under the tag of Nevada Union first base Emree Nau as Gawley rushed to get back to base at Bear River.
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Bear River quarterback Tre Maronic (4) makes a pass for a completion
while under pressure from the Yellowjackets defense in Hilmar.

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Nevada Union High School junior Colby Quiggle puts one past the Golden Valley defense during their Sac-Joaquin Section D-II semifinal win at home.
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For the first time in 25 years, Vintage Duels racing returned
to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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A Nevada City Classic bicycle racer is forced to walk his bike across the finish line following a late race crash that decided the fate for many in the men’s pro race June 2.
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Nevada Union senior guard Ryan Werner (4) elevates the basket during a fast break, scoring two points with the layup and drawing the foul to complete a three point play. Werner scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter.
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Faith Menary spikes the ball past a pair of Hilmar defenders for a point
during a semi-final playoff win over the Yellowjackets.

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Nevada Union senior wrestler Liam Ferguson tries to shake his
Ponderosa High School opponent during a matchup.

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Bear River power forward Brad Smith (23) banks in two points for the Bruins during
their win over the Colfax Falcons Friday night at home.

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The Union sports editor Walter Ford dodges a flag pull from Team Brooke members and moves the ball toward the end zone for team Tecmo during their 21-20 win over Team Brooke during the Nevada County Adult Sports Association flag football championship game.
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Nevada Union quarterback Gabriel Baker straight arms a
Harbor defender during a 73-0 win in Santa Cruz.
Bear River Bruins’ varsity quarterback Tre Maronic fires a deep touchdown pass against the Pershing County Mustangs during Friday’s blowout win.
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Vintage Duels racer Kevin Bender watches for the result of the race to see who he will be challenging in the king of the hill style double elimination 1 on 1 racing at the fairgrounds.
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Nevada County native Alexander Rossi gets strapped in to his
#27 Napa Auto Parts IndyCar at Laguna Seca.

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Semper Fi hand bike rider Jeremy McGhee begins his roll down one of the many TDS Enduro rides Saturday on Osborne Hill in Grass Valley.
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Team Semper Fi riders and amputees Christopher Fesmire (right) and Pete Way strap into their hand bikes as they prepare to take on the extreme trails of TDS Enduro, an invitation-only mountain biking competition in Grass Valley held over the weekend. Fesmire and Way, along with other team riders, used the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business including Mark Weir and Marco Osborne in the days following the event.
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Bear River junior Brad Smith looks to defend a hit from Golden Sierra’s Dylan Spencer during Thursday’s home playoff win over the Grizzlies.
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Nevada Union baserunner Noah Sims (8) dives in an effort to get back to first base before the tag on an attempted pick by the Yuba City pitcher. The Miners will host Rio Americano in the first round of the Division III playoffs Tuesday.
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Nevada Union High School seniors Carter Depue (6) and Preston Nowak (18) team up for a block during the Miners’ Norcal volleyball playoff matchup against the Carmel Padres.
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Bear River outfielder Logan Jenkins just misses a diving catch during Monday’s second game against the Colfax Falcons. The Bruins won the first game against the Falcons forcing a double elimination game to ensue.
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The varsity Miners volleyball home fans cheer on the section title champs as they take on the Carmel Padres in the Norcal playoffs Tuesday at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
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Nevada Union coaches and players ready to take the field
for the opening game of the 2019 football season.

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The women triathletes trudge up Lake Lane with their bicycles after finishing the swimming portion of the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon and 5k.
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The Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon begins for these women taking part in the memorial event Sunday at Cascade Shores.
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Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi holds off Team Penske opponent Will Power coming out of turn 4 at Laguna Seca Sunday during the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
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The advanced group of mountain bike racers take off at the sound of the start Tuesday afternoon on Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley where the first ever Union Hill Invitational Mountain Bike Race took place.
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