MINERS SNAP LOSING SKID: A look back at this week in Nevada County sports history – 1970 | TheUnion.com

MINERS SNAP LOSING SKID: A look back at this week in Nevada County sports history – 1970

The Union staff

With local sports on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Union has decided to look back at some of the highlights from years past. Here’s a glimpse into what The Union sports pages offered from May 1-8 in 1970.


The Nevada Union Miners sparkled in Auburn, bringing to an end one of the longest baseball losing streaks in the school’s history.

Noel White pitched a two-hit dandy and was backed up with errorless defensive play as the Miners defeated the Placer Hillmen, 3-0. The win for the Nevada Union ended a nine-game Sierra Foothill League losing streak. The Miners’ record now stands at 1-9.

Nevada Union had lost its previous two outings via the shutout route. The first run in a long time crossed the plate for the Miners when Jim Rothenberger did the honors after singling in the third inning.


The Nevada Union track team breezed through Colfax in a non-league meet at the Miners Stadium sports complex.

Mike Sinnock paced the varsity to a 77-58 win. Sinnock was a triple winner, taking the 100-meters (10.3 seconds), the 220 (23.2) and the long jump (17.3 feet).

In the sophomore division, Nevada Union took 14 of 15 first places to down the visiting Falcons, 114-16. The frosh rolled to an 116-8 victory. With the exception of the 880, the Nevada Union freshmen squad took every first place.


The Nevada Union tennis team continued its drive for a Sierra Foothill League co-championship with a 6-1 victory over Placer. The win gave the Miners a 9-1 SFL record, identical to Yuba City. Overall Nevada Union is 13-1.

Losing one match, Robert Ingram, the number one spot, was defeated by Brent Stranthan, 6-3, 6-1. Bruce Rowe defeated Jeff Moore, 6-2, 6-1; Mert Austin defeated Bob Weinholt, 10-8, 6-2; Stuart Paine defeated Mike Prewitt, 6-3, 6-4, and Phile Ervine defeated Bill Muther, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, Rowe and Austin defeated Stranthan and Moore, 8-4. Ingram and Paine defeated Weinholt and Prewitt, 8-0.

Content in this article was compiled by Debra Craig in 1995 as part The Union’s “Sports Memories” series.

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