Local Roundup: Bruins net first water polo win
Meagan Ballew found the net seven times for goals Thursday to help lift Bear River’s varsity girls’ water polo team to its first victory of the season.
Backing Ballew up was Marie Kneemyer, who scored four goals of her own, and Alyssa Bock, Marie Paquin and Erica Carley, who each also scored a goal for the Bruins.
“It’s really exciting,” said first-year Bear River coach Daryn Glasgow. “We had a real close (match) two weeks ago against Whitney where we almost had (the first win), but we didn’t get it.
“Each week, we seem to be improving and adding skills to what we’re doing. Some hard work paid off today, definitely.”
In addition to the offensive onslaught, Bear River (1-4) also got a strong defensive performance in goal, as Jenna Wermes totaled 11 saves.
JV: Bear River 12, Oakmont 8
Five Bruins broke into the scoring column twice in a 12-8 win over Oakmont Thursday for Bear River’s junior varsity girls water polo team.
Gianna Kaspar, Jaicee Almond, Michelle Pollastrini, Kara Dodd and Shelby Quist each scored two goals in the Bruins’ victory.
Woodcreek 6, Nevada Union 3
Nevada Union took three matches from the Timberwolves and also took three other matches into a third set, but host Woodcreek won out in the end, 6-3 Thursday.
Britannie Miller (6-3, 6-0) and Kayla Allen (6-2, 6-4) won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, for the Miners. April DeMartini and Hayley Croft also brought home a win (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) for NU at the No. 2 doubles spot.
Three other Miners fell in three sets in singles action. Jaimie Miller lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Maddie Messer lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 5 singles and Calynn Stanford lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the No. 6 slot.
“If those matches went the other way, it really could have turned around,” said NU coach Mike Blake.
Nevada Union (2-5) hosts Del Oro Monday and travels to Granite Bay Tuesday.
Bear River 262, Lincoln 284
The Bruins remained unscathed on the season, improving to 6-0 in Pioneer Valley League action with a 262-284 win over Lincoln at Turkey Creek Golf Course Thursday.
Ashlee Andrews earned medalist honors for Bear River, shooting a low round of 39 on the par 36 course.
Emilie Yonan had a 53, Hannah Brown shot a 55 and Lucy Corripo finished with a 57. Kenzie Billings had a 58 and Stephanie Wong a 61 to round out the Bear River scoring.
The Bruins host Whitney Tuesday at Lake of the Pines.
Nevada Union 3, Roseville 0
The Miners mixed up their lineup a bit Thursday, but the end result was the same as their other five Sierra Foothill League matches.
Nevada Union downed the host Tigers 25-23, 25-16, 25-10.
“We were rotating the lineup, putting different people in different positions,” said NU senior Sarah McAtee. “In the first game we had some serving errors, so it kind of took the first game for us to get our wheels going.”
NU (26-4 overall, 6-0 SFL) will look to keep its SFL record clean on Tuesday, traveling to Woodcreek.
JV: Forest Lake Christian 2, Cornerstone Christian 0
Forest Lake Christian’s junior varsity improved to 10-2 overall with a 25-15, 25-22 nonleague victory over Cornerstone Christian Thursday.
The Falcons, who own a 5-0 Central Valley Christian League record, are back in league play today at Vacaville Christian.
Placer 2, Bear River 1
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first half, Bear River fell short of host Placer 2-1 Thursday night.
Bryant Chapman gave the Bruins the early lead off an assist from Eddie Millington. But Placer came back with a goal off a penalty kick in the 63rd minute of the match and then took the lead in the 77th minute off a corner kick.
“In the second half, they played a much better game than we did,” said Bear River coach Sukum Sai-Ngarm. “I think they wanted the win more than we did. They made more plays and were more willing to risk fouls than us. And it paid off for them.”
Placer had nine shots on goal to Bear River’s three, in what Sai-Ngarm described as a battle in the midfield.
Bear River (5-3-3, 2-2-3) hosts Lincoln Tuesday.
Roseville 3, Nevada Union 0
Nevada Union’s varsity soccer team fell to Roseville 3-0 Wednesday, sending the Miners to 1-5 in the Sierra Foothill League.
The Miners were outshot 10-5, with goalkeepers Zach Peach and Nate Magill each recording three saves.
“Christian Grapel was back at full strength at midfield and did a nice job,” said NU coach Mike Voss. “Dan Rodriquez and Garson Graham did a great job holding down the defense for the evening.
“(The) offense needs to get the ball more from the midfield to improve our chances of scoring.”
NU (5-8-1 overall) travels to Woodcreek for a night game today.
JV: Roseville 1, Nevada Union 0
The NU junior varsity allowed a goal with under one minute remaining in Wednesday’s match with the Tigers after controlling the tempo for most of the match. Nick Harris had an outstanding game in goal for NU, Voss said.
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