Local Roundup: Victory moves Bruins closer to playoff berth
When the Sac-Joaquin Section’s power ratings were released earlier this month, at the halfway point of the volleyball season, Bear River’s Bruins were sitting at the No. 20 spot among teams vying for one of 16 Division IV playoff berths.
But that was before the Bruins won three of their last four Pioneer Valley League matches, which has improved their PVL record to 6-5 and moved their overall mark to 7-10.
The latest win in that run came Monday, when Bear River blasted Whitney in three games (27-25, 25-12, 25-15).
“We’re on the border right now,” said Bessie Gordon, Bear River’s head coach. “It all depends on (Thursday’s regular season finale at) Colfax.
“If we win, we possibly could slide in under the radar. But if we lose against Colfax, we won’t get it done.”
A handful of Bruins got the job done Monday, including senior Hannah Morehouse who led the way with five kills, nine blocks and six aces. Katie Heemstra, a junior, had five blocks and three kills, while Brooke Grebe, also a junior, had three kills in the win for the Bruins.
Junior Melanie Fry and April Faulkner, a senior, served up seven and six aces, respectively.
Bear River is back on the court at Colfax Thursday.
Miners fifth in SFL title meet
Nevada Union finished 5th in the SFL Championships held at William Jessup University Thursday.
Leading NU was senior captain Chris Greiner in 29th place with a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds. He was followed by Thomas McAtee in 35th at 19:28, Travis Randall 36th in 19:29, Brian Bach 38th in 19:40 and Scott Valentine 41st in 19:47.
Also placing for the Miners were Craig Donohoe (50th), Tyler Welden (51st), Elias Mote (60th), Ben Menzies (64th), Nicholas Primrose (66th), Chris Humphries (68th), Ben Wood (71st), Elliot Gunnison (76th) and Alex Stauts (81st).
NU’s varsity girls finished seventh behind winning Woodcreek. Leading NU was Emma Ussat in 28th place in 22:07. Sara Marshall took 32nd and Kendra Green 35th.
Other placing for NU were Erinn Ramirez (38th), Laura Rodrigues (46th), Peggy McBride-Henslee (53rd), Anina Lawrence (54th) and Anne Creasey (63rd).
The Frosh/Soph boys also finished fifth behind winning Rocklin. They were led by Sean McGee’s 22nd place finish in 12:56. Alec Donahue (30th), Sam Asher (35th), Ryan Kalb (37th), Joey Rodrigues (39th), Brett Boger (51st), DeGrey Christensen (52nd), Michael Habeeb (54th) Ethan Stauts (57th) also competed for Nevada Union.
NU’s next races will be at the Sac-Joaquin Section subsections at Angels Camp on Saturday.
Frosh: Bear River 12, Lincoln 7
The Lincoln Zebras struck first on their opening drive with an 82-yard touchdown pass Thursday, but Bear River answered on the following drive in a 12-7 win over Lincoln.
Sam Houston scored on a 16-yard run off the left side to get Bear River on the board. Bear River failed on their PAT attempt to remain behind as they went to the locker room at the half.
Bear River’s offense seemed to move the ball at will but failed to find the end zone until three minutes remained in the third quarter, as Sam Houston once again found pay dirt.
The Bruin defense continued to hold the Zebras down the rest of the night as Houston intercepted the last gasp pass on the final play of the night giving Bear River the win.
Bear River held Lincoln to six first downs and only allowed 102 yards after Lincoln first 82-yard TD strike.
The Bruins compiled 259 yard of total offense on the night with 15 first downs. As Houston had most of the highlights on the night, the Bruins rushing attack of Houston (13 rushes for 97 yards), Sean O’Brien (15-80), and Cory Pierce (9-52) seemed to keep the Zebra’s chasing all night. Pierce also led the team on defense with nine solo tackles on the evening.
Bear River (5-2-1) heads to Placerville to face El Dorado Thursday night.
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