Local Roundup: 2nd place in SFL sends NU golf to playoffs
In order to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament, Nevada Union’s varsity girls golf team had to place first or second in Monday’s final Sierra Foothill League Tournament.
And considering the Miners entered the day ranking fourth among the same teams teeing off at Diamond Oaks, NU head coach Hank Davidson admitted to having his doubts.
“But the miracle happened,” Davidson said.
The Miners shot a round of 306 to earn second place behind league champion Oakmont’s 294 in a rain-shortened round of 12 holes. Granite Bay was third with a 306, which created a tie for third place in the final league standings between the Grizzlies and Miners.
With the top three teams qualifying for the divisional tournament, Granite Bay and Nevada Union then headed for a one-hole tiebreaker that included all six players from each team.
NU’s Chelsey Love and Christina Miller tied Granite Bay’s top two, with both pairs shooting a 10. But Emilie Arnoldi and Sydney Zink gave NU a two-stroke edge by shooting nine, while Granite Bay’s second group totaled 11.
“They were the turning point,” Davidson said.
And when Granite Bay won the final pairing by one stroke, Nevada Union still had its one-stroke margin of victory, 25-26.
“The whole season comes down to one stroke,” Davidson said. “Amazing. Just absolutely amazing.”
Granite Bay’s Paige Lee earned meet medalist honors with a 47 over the 12 holes played. Maddie Gideon of Oakland was second with a 52, while Oakmont’s Blake Peterson was third with a 53.
Nevada Union had three Miners among the top 10, with Love (57) taking fourth, Miller (58) fifth and Arnoldi (59) seventh. Zink and Madeline Wagnecht each shot 65, while Megan Arnett shot a 67.
The Miners will compete the Division II Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course in Lodi on Oct. 27.
Bruins fourth in PVL tourney
Bear River’s varsity golfers shot a 491 team score for fourth place in the 18-hole Pioneer Valley League Tournament at Bartley Cavanaugh Monday.
El Dorado took first lace with a 457, while Whitney was second with 473 and Placer third with a 487. Lincoln rounded out the scoring with a 535 for fifth place.
Whitney junior Samantha Stockton shot a one-under-par 71 for medalist honors.
Bear River was led by Emilie Yonan’s career-best 81, while Hannah Brown had a 94. Stephanie Wong shot a 100, Lucy Corippo a 103, Bre Rogers a 113 and Casey Brown a 122.
Whitney and El Dorado will advance as the top two PVL teams and Hannah Brown will represent the Bear River team at next Monday’s Division IV Tournament at Oakdale Country Club.
The front nine scores of Bear River and Lincoln were recorded as each team’s final league match of the season. Bear River shot a 253, while Lincoln finished at 270, giving the Bruins their lone league win on the year.
Yonan earned medalist honors with a 41, while Brown shot a 47, Corippo a 51, Wong a 52 , Rogers a 62 and Brown a 64.
Nevada Union 3, Woodcreek 0
Nevada Union’s varsity volleyball team defeated host Woodcreek in three games Monday, 25-10, 25-13 and 25-6.
The Miners, who moved to 23-7 overall with the win and 6-2 in Sierra Foothill League play, travel to Granite Bay Wednesday.
Frosh: Woodreek 2, Nevada Union 1
Woodcreek’s freshman squad downed Nevada Union 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 Monday at Woodcreek.
Morgan Shade had five kills for the Miners, while Tessa Devere and Kayla Geary each had four kills. Devere totaled four blocks, while Rachel Hadley added two more.
“Cassie Burns did a great job serving (8-of-9) tying up the game in game 3,” NU coach Kelly Rhoden said. “We were behind 4-10, and she brought us back 12-12.
“We had some incredibly long rallies that just didn’t fall our way in game three.”
Bear River JV takes league tourney
Bear River’s junior varsity boys took first place in the Sierra Foothill League Tournament hosted at their own home pool over the weekend, wrapping things up with wins over Woodcreek and Del Oro on Saturday.
Bear River and Woodcreek ended regulation tied 6-6, moving the match to two 3-minute overtime sessions, which ended with an 8-8 tie to force sudden death.
As the clock ticked down to the final seconds, Bruin goalie Nate Mansuetti passed the ball to freshman Cameron Kelly who passed the ball to sophomore Justin Duffy who did a backhand shot towards the goal, hitting the top bar causing the shot to be deflected. As the Woodcreek goalie raced to gain control of the loose ball, Bear Rive freshman Josh Cutter came out of nowhere to push the ball into the goal, winning the game.
The second game went pretty much the same way against Del Oro in the final match, as the Bruins needed an overtime goal for the win.
Mansuetti passed the ball to freshman Ricky Gray, who then passed to sophomore Sam Aguilar who passed the ball to sophomore Travis Marks who had beaten his man to a position in front of the goal with six seconds left in the game, he grabbed the ball and backhanded it into the goal for the 9-8 win.
Top scorers for the tournament were Justin Duffy with 13 goals, Justin Brown with nine goals, Cutter with seven goals and Marks with six goals.
“This is so exciting for Bear River Boys Water Polo, playing in the such a tough league, and able to win the JV championship in our second year of the boys water polo program makes me very proud,” Bear River varsity boys coach Alan Eggers said.
Bear River’s varsity boys start their SFL tournament at 7:30 p.m. today against Whitney at the Summer Sanders Pool next to Woodcreek High School.
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