Local Roundup: Shepard pitches Bear River softball to Jackson Tournament title
Bear River pitcher Kelly Shepard was practically untouchable through 10 innings of work Saturday, as the senior righthander led the Bruins softball squad to the Jackson Tournament championship for the second straight season.
Shepard won a 2-0 pitcher’s duel over Escalon in the title game, allowing one hit while striking out seven and facing just 22 batters in seven innings. The lone hit she surrendered, a seventh-inning single, was the only one she allowed in 10 innings of work that saw her strike out 16 in two games Saturday.
Shepard was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while teammates Katie Mathis and Brooke Mosman were both named to the all-tourney team. The Bruins outscored their tourney opponents 39-4 in the four games played.
“That makes us 5-0,” said Bear River coach Duane Zauner. “The kids are right on track.”
In the championship, Mosman broke open a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI triple. Courtney Ceo later scored in the bottom of the sixth – after singling, stealing second and advancing to third on an out – on an infield single by Jenna Wermes.
Bear River defeated Golden Sierra 6-2 in the semifinals. Shepard struck out seven in three inning of no-hit ball. Kenzie Billings came on in relief, allowing three hits, two runs and four walks in three innings.
Ceo had a 3-for-4 game at the plate in the semifinal, scoring three runs. Mathis had a triple while Shepard had an RBI single and Tori Humbard had a single and 2 RBIs.
NU girls take first, boys second
All four of Nevada Union’s varsity and junior varsity swim teams had big days Saturday at the 26-team Roseville Invitational, which saw NU’s varsity girls take first place and the varsity boys finish second.
NU’s junior varsity boys also took first place, while Nevada Union’s JV girls finished second.
“It was outstanding,” said NU coach John Sultan. “We have one of the better swim teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, in both the boys and the girls.
“And we have a lot of depth, as well”
Nevada Union totaled 620 team points to take the girls title, well ahead of second-place Clayton Valley’s 526. Bella Vista was third with 430 points.
Haley Porter led the way for NU, taking first place in three events and second place in a fourth. She won the 100 freestyle (54.16 seconds), the 50 free (25.03) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.11), while finishing second in the 50 fly (27.64).
Sierra Cleiber finished third in the 50 breaststroke (34.60) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.62), also finishing fifth in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Claire Garcia was sixth in the 50 backstroke and the 100 backstroke, while Maria Giuliani was sixth in the 100 free.
On the varsity boys side, NU’s 407 points edged Ygnacio Valley’s 403, while Clayton Valley claimed first place with 556 points.
Zack Humphries was NU’s top finisher, with two first-place performances, in the 50 backstroke (26.23) and the 100 backstroke (55.37). He also was fourth in the 100 individual medley and sixth in the 50 butterfly.
Nicholas Ingersoll finished second in the 50 breaststroke (29.81), while Mason Martinez finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, seventh in the 50 breaststroke and eighth in the 100 IM.
Leading NU’s JV boys team, Joseph Thompson won the 50 breaststroke (33.52), the 100 freestyle (52.33) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.00). Jake Lin took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.82), while Trey Herbert was first in the 50 free (23.82) and second in the 100 free.
For the JV girls, Taylor Bowen took second place in the 50 backstroke (34.39) and Rosemary Warren was the runner-up in the 100 fly (1:17.90).
Track & Field
NU competes at CAL Invite
Nevada Union junior Cole Stanford won the varsity boys triple jump Saturday, as Nevada Union’s track and field team competed in the CAL Invitational at Bella Vista.
Stanford leaped 41 feet, 4 inches to win the triple jump, while teammate Chase Dixon took third place in the 110 high hurdles (14.78). Wendy Guttierez took third place in the girls shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 5 inches. Asia Dixon rounded out the varsity placing for NU, by taking fifth in the girls triple jump (30’10”).
At the JV level, NU sophomore Austin Harlicker broke a JV meet record with a discus throw of 138 feet, eclipsing the old record by nearly three feet, according to NU coach Jim Worthy. Harlicker also won the shot put (49’8″) at the JV level.
Miner takes fifth at state
Nevada Union’s Marco Maynard took fifth place in the boys giant slalom to lead the Miners in the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state meet last week at Northstar-At-Tahoe.
“The team faired well the first day (giant slalom), with the girls all having solid runs and the boys setting themselves up for a possible podium finish,” said NU coach Samson Smith. “The second day (slalom) had a few problems, Emily Lohmeyer was given a questionable ruling and not allowed a re-run, and Jared Olson had a bad crash and had to be taken off the hill by ski patrol.”
“The North Tahoe boys and Colfax boys ended up tied for third and second, only 12 points ahead of the NU boys. On any other day the NU boys would have taken second, but having Jared Olson able to attend the awards was reward enough for the team.”
Olson finished 11th in the giant slalom, followed by teammates Kolby Olson (55th) and Elitt Golnik (71st). In the girls’ giant slalom, Emily Lohmeyer was NU’s top finisher in 37th place, while Katie Riley was 39th and Erin Chambers 69th.
In the boys’ slalom, Maynard took 10th place, while Travis Castellanos was 18th and Kolby Olson was 27th. On the girls side, Riley was 28th for NU, while Chambers was 67th.
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