Local roundup: River golfers eye first league crown
Though they had just wrapped up Pioneer Valley League play with a perfect 8-0 mark, the head coach of Bear River’s varsity girls golf team still isn’t quite ready to crown his Bruins as Pioneer Valley League champions.
Bear River beat Placer 253-265 at Lake of the Pines Thursday, led by Ashlee Andrews’ low round of 42 and a personal best of 46 from Emilie Yonan.
Hannah Brown had a 49, while Kenzie Billings and Sierra Pruss each shot 58. Stephanie Wong rounded out the scoring for the Bruins with a 59.
Maybe Gayne Nakano doesn’t want to jinx the first league title for the Bear River girls golf program. Even though his Bruins made a clean sweep through all PVL opponents, Nakano noted that Bear River still has to compete in Monday’s league tournament at Diamond Oaks.
Yet because the Bruins dominated the way they did in regular season play, they won’t need to do a whole lot to secure the PVL prize.
“We still have a tournament on Monday,” Nakano said. “Something terrible would have to happen – say if we didn’t finish the tournament, something like that – but, you never know.”
Roseville 282, Nevada Union 293
Christina Miller earned medalist honors with a 51 and Hayley Shadburne finished right behind with a 52, but Nevada Union’s varsity girls golf team fell to Roseville, 282-293, at Alta Sierra Thursday.
Shadburne’s score was six strokes better than her career-best, nine-hole round.
“I give her a lot of credit,” NU coach Hank Davidson said of the freshman, “she’s come a long way this year.”
Also scoring for NU were Keri Lozier (61), Victoria McKenzie (63), Tess Ely (66) and Alex Gregory (66).
Nevada Union will compete in the second of two Sierra Foothill League tournaments on Monday at Rio La Paz.
Nevada Union 3,
Granite Bay 0
League-leading Nevada Union appeared to have little trouble in delivering a three-game sweep of host Granite Bay Thursday, as the Miners won 25-13, 25-8, 25-15 to improve to 8-0 in Sierra Foothill League action.
Christian Woodruff had nine kills while Kyle Miraldi and Abbie Miraldi had seven and five kills, respectively. Taylor Japhet had four kills.
“We played really aggressive and always tried to be swinging at the ball,” said NU senior Kristin Dahle. “We came together as a team tonight.”
Dahle was one of three Miners to serve up four aces Thursday, along with Woodruff and Caroline Reeves. Sarah McAtee had nine digs without an error and Alexis Moser had 11 digs for NU.
Nevada Union (27-4) hosts Del Oro on Oct. 18.
JV: Bear River 1, El Dorado 1
Cavan Van Geem gave Bear River’s junior varsity team a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half Thursday, but the Bruins couldn’t keep El Dorado from knotting things at 1-1 by game’s end.
Jon Boone manned the goal for Bear River, which had lost to El Dorado 3-0 in the previous meeting, according to coach Dave Molina.
Van Geem has scored a goal in three of the last four Bear River junior varsity matches.
The Bruins moved to 8-2-4 overall and 4-2-3 in the Pioneer Valley League.
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