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Nevada Union’s soccer team saw a two-goal lead trimmed to nothing Friday against perennial girls soccer powerhouse Granite Bay, but Miners coach Mike Voss said he felt fortunate to get away with a 3-3 tie.

NU freshman Anne Dunne opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game on a shot from 35 yards out. The Grizzlies (5-5-3 overall, 1-0-1 Sierra Foothill League) answered 10 minutes later with a goal of their own, but Riley Grim put the Miners ahead 2-1 at halftime with her goal – assisted by Jocelyn Rapp – just before the end of the first half.

Assisted by Ariane Turner and Kai Ling Clark, Noelle Adams gave NU (2-4-2 overall, 0-1-1 SFL) a 3-1 lead midway through the second half, but Granite Bay made back-to-back goals late for the tie.



“Granite Bay is the better team,” Nevada Union coach Mike Voss said. “But we played our butts off.”

NU goal keeper Avery Vaughan totaled eight saves.




“Two of them,” Voss said of the saves, “if Pelé were a goalie, they would have been Pelé saves.”

The Miners were outshot 16-8 by the Grizzlies.

Nevada Union will make the short drive Monday to Forest Lake Christian for a 3:45 p.m. nonleague game. NU is scheduled to play its first home game of the season at 3:30 p.m. against River Valley, another non-league opponent. The Miners return to SFL play at 3:30 p.m. Friday when they host Del Oro.

Boys: Nevada Union 131, Yuba City 36; Nevada Union 140, River Valley 24

Kyle Virva and Eric Wurster won two races each Friday in a three-way, nonleague meet at Yuba City.

Virva won the 100-yard breaststroke (one minute, 3.60 seconds) in addition to the 200 individual medley (2:01.15).

Wurster found success in the 200 freestyle (1:58.50) and the 500 freestyle (5:13.04).

Other winners from NU included Zack Humphries (58.73 in the 100 backstroke) and Jason Tilly (53.05 in the 100 freestyle). In the 200 medley relay, a group of freshmen and sophomores captured the win in 1:48.93. They were Humphries, Jeremy Schultheiss, Gabriel Ingersoll and Masom Martinez. Their time is a frosh-soph school record.

“It was pretty much a dominating performance,” Miners coach John Sultan said.

Girls: Nevada Union 133, Yuba City 30; Nevada Union 125, River Valley 26

Sophomore Haley Porter continued her dominating year with a pair of wins.

Porter finished first in the 200 freestyle (2:01.80) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.39).

Fellow NU swimmer Caitlin Lee won the 200 individual medley (2:18.59) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.90), while Colleen Heauser won the 100 breaststroke (1:12.81) and the 100 freestyle (59.60). Paige Herfurth raced to first in the 50 freestyle (28.05).

“I think we have a lot of year-round swimmers,” Sultan said, explaining the Miners’ dominance. “That’s one of the biggest reasons we’re so successful in swimming. To add on to that, we’ve been able to develop a lot of talent that doesn’t necessarily swim year-round.”

Nevada Union’s boys and girls return to the pool for a 4 p.m. meet Thursday, when they host Del Oro in an SFL showdown that Sultan expects to be closer than Friday’s meet.

Highlands 5, Forest Lake Christian 4

With No. 2 boy Rob Magorian and No. 2 boys doubles player Tony Nicosia absent, the Falcons’ fell in a Golden Empire League home match Friday.

The altered rotation did provide a pleasant surprise to FLC coach Steve Robinson: Freshmen Brian Butler and Caitlin Hanson picked up a 10-5 win in the mixed doubles.

“This was really cool, because they are both training-team players,” Robinson said. “We needed them both with the absences of players, so they came in and played extremely well. Brian’s just a beginner and he’s improving extremely well.”

Falcons junior Thomas Coibion won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 boys singles, while the other two wins came from the girls’ side.

The No. 1 girls doubles team of Chelsea Hanson and Torrey Haddad – one of Robinson’s favorite teams – scored a 10-8 win, and at No. 2 girls doubles Ali Robinson and Mia Sasaki won 10-5.

“Those two,” Robinson said of his No. 1 girls doubles team, “now that they’re seniors, they’re nutty, they’re efficient, and they’re powerful.”

Forest Lake’s loss was not expected, Robinson said.

“Highlands is an aggressive, well-disciplined team,” Robinson said. “But had we had our other two players there, it would have been a different story.”

The Falcons (2-2 GEL) play at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Capital Christian.

Granite Bay 11, Nevada Union 1

Nevada Union’s first win remains an elusive one; the Miners dropped to 0-6 overall with Friday’s road loss.

Kelcey Wirick, who started on the mound for NU, led the Miners’ offense with his 2-for-3 performance, which included double. Russell Bracket also had a double in the nonleague game.

The Miners (0-1 Sierra Foothill League) play another nonleague contest at 4 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove in Elk Grove.

Frosh: Granite Bay 13, Nevada Union 4

Alec Giron hit 2-for-3 and scored a run Friday at Nevada Union, while teammate Dillon Jones had a 2-RBI double.

Broughan Jantz also had a hit and scored a run.

Miners starting pitcher Matt Blesio lasted 4 1/2 innings, during which he struck out two batters.

NU (3-3 overall, 1-1 SFL) hosts Pleasant Grove at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Softball (Thursday)

JV: Bear River 5, Rio Linda 3

Maureen Redmond’s hit with two outs and the bases loaded scored the go-ahead run Thursday for the Bruins (5-2).

Mackenzie Billings pitched well for Bear River, according to assistant coach Bob Runne.

Runne also praised the play of outfielders Sierra Pruss, Gabby Stam and Christieanne Thill.

Coaches may submit Local Roundup items by contacting The Union Sports Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at brianh@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m.


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