Miners claim another SFL crown
Keeping their Sierra Foothill League record clean, Nevada Union nailed down another Sierra Foothill League championship Thursday by sweeping second-place Rocklin in three games Thursday.
The Miners, who improved to 11-0 in the SFL, scored a 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 victory on the road to earn the SFL title for the second-straight season. Rocklin, which NU downed 3-1 on Oct. 2, slipped to 9-2 in the SFL.
“We felt pretty much in control in all three games,” said NU senior Kylie Miraldi, who finished the match with six kills, three blocks and one service ace.
Sarah McAtee had eight kills, seven digs and four blocks, while Taylor Japhet had five kills and five blocks. Christian Woodruff totaled six kills, 10 digs and four aces; and Kristin Dahle had three kills and six digs.
Alexis Moser finished the match with 13 digs and Caroline Reeves racked up 40 assists and five aces at the setter position.
NU (37-4-1), the five-time defending Division I section champion, wraps up regular season action against Roseville on Tuesday before beginning its quest for a record sixth-straight section championship.
Bear River 2, Colfax 0
Bear River’s soccer season came to an end Thursday afternoon, but not before the Bruins were able to finish up on a high note by beating Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax on its home turf.
Powered by goals from Justin Schuler and David Sai-Ngarm and backed up by another strong showing in goal from Ryan Bock, the Bruins beat the Falcons 2-0. Bear River closed the season with a 7-5-5 overall record and a 5-3-4 mark in the PVL.
“I’m disappointed we’re not going to the playoffs,” said Bear River coach Sukum Sai-Ngarm. “I think we just had two too many ties. If one or two of those (four ties) is a win, I think it would have gotten us in.
“But I’m glad we finished strong.”
Schuler opened the scoring by converting a corner kick from David Sai-Ngarm in the 22nd minute of the match. The knee-high corner kick landed right in front of the goal, where Schuler powered it into the net. At the 70th minute, David Sai-Ngarm scored on an assist from Danny Delaveaga.
Colfax actually outshot the Bruins 20-6, but Bock totaled 11 saves on the day to keep the Falcons out of the scoring column.
“I think the ball was in our half about 55 to 60 percent of the time,” Sukum Sai-Ngarm said. “But they had 11 shots on goal and Ryan had 11 saves. Ryan was just all over the place.”
On the season, Bock helped the Bruins post the lowest number of goals allowed by a PVL team this fall. Bear River gave up just 17 goals on the year, which was 10 less than any other team in the league.
JV: Colfax 1, Bear River 0
Bear River’s junior varsity soccer squad finished the season with a 1-0 loss to rival Colfax Thursday.
“It was a good year, a really strong season. We just came up short (Thursday),” said Bear River coach Dave Molina. “Jon Boone had a very strong season as our goalkeeper. We had nine shutouts, and he had a lot of them. He was really playing at a varsity level.
“We also had solid midfield play by Cody Lamarche and solid defense from Ryan Jensen and Aaron Richardson.”
The Bruins, who outscored their opponents 44-15 on the season, finished with a 9-4-4 overall record and 5-4-3 in the PVL.
Nevada Union 5, Roseville 3
The Miners put together back-to-back wins to close out its Sierra Foothill League by following up on a victory over Oakmont on Wednesday with a 5-3 win over Roseville Thursday.
For the second time in little more than 24 hours, NU’s top two singles players, sisters Brittanie and Jaimie Miller, won in straight sets. Brittanie blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at the top spot, while Jaimie won by the same score at No. 2 singles.
Kayla Allen earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
“Obviously, Brittanie, Jaimie and Kayla all played solid today, which is good with the league tournament coming up,” said NU coach Mike Blake. “But our No. 2 doubles team was in a pivotal match that gave us the five (victories).”
Had April DeMartini and Hayley Croft not emerged with their 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2 doubles, the Miners would have closed the match in a tie. Maddie Messer and her No. 5 singles opponent ended their match in a two-set tie due to darkness, which left only eight complete matches for team scoring.
Also earning a win for the Miners was the No. 3 doubles team of Brittany Blake and Dana Bowen, scoring a 6-1, 6-0 victory in what their coach deemed to be “their best match of the year.”
Nevada Union finished Sierra Foothill League play with a 4-8 record. The Miners will be represented by Brittanie Miller, Jaimie Miller, Kayla Allen and Maddie Messer in the SFL singles tournament on Tuesday. Play begins at 11 a.m. at Johnson Ranch in Roseville.
Bruins finish third in PVL
Bear River’s varsity girls’ cross country team placed third in the Pioneer Valley League, behind Placer and Colfax.
Competing in the league’s final meet on Wednesday at Lincoln were Denise Julian, Jennifer Marso, Seaera and Harla Moe, Casey Visenor, Taylore Kimble and Ellie Pringle.
Abby Grebe came in fourth in the girls’ frosh/soph race, and Jessica Marso came in ninth.
The varsity boys’ team of David Giroux, Josiah Georgeson, Joey Lawson, Calvin VanBurg, and Chad Fong also ran well at the PVL League meet. Josh Brown competed in the Frosh/Soph division.
The Bruins cross country team will have its next competition at Angel’s Camp for the subsection meet on Nov. 3.
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