Miners split in the pool
The Nevada Union varsity water polo teams split at home against McClatchy of Sacramento Wednesday.
The boys, on a team-high four goals from junior driver Quincy Van Vleck, won 10-5.
“The boys came out hard right away. I thought they had the game under control in the first half,” head coach Lotty Hellested said.
NU’s Jesse Kirkpatrick hit the back of the net three times.
Mason Edwards, Cody Naylor and Jesse Kirkpatrick scored a goal each in the win.
Claire Thompson and Kayleigh Knight scored twice each, but it wasn’t enough in the Lady Miners’ 7-6 loss.
Samantha Stowe and Heather Serr had a goal each for the hosts.
“I have a young (girls) team. It’s just a lot of juniors and sophomores and they’re just not as experienced as the other teams,” Hellested added.
NU’s Janelle Stephenson scored all of the junior varsity’s goals in a 3-3 tie.
The Lady Miners (1-1 overall, 0-1 Metro Conference) will play in the Sierra Shootout at Sierra College in Rocklin Saturday.
The boys (1-1, 1-0) will play at Jesuit of Carmichael 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Miners clean up on cross country course
The Nevada Union boys cross country team ran off with a pair of victories at the Metro Conference Center Meet at Seymore Park in West Sacramento Wednesday.
The Miner varsity (6-0 Metro Conference), led by Matt Freitas’ winning time of 16 minutes and 42 seconds, totaled 27 points in the win.
Kennedy of Sacramento scored 62 points to take second. Woodland took third with 72 points.
NU’s Patrick Lane (17:12) took third; Trevor Robertson (17:20) came in fourth; Brian Dell (17:44) finished fifth; Michael McClure (18:36) took 12th; Chris Jacobs (18:40) was right behind in 13th and Nathan Jones (18:46) finished in 16th.
The Miner frosh/soph (6-0) finished with 39 points to take the win.
“The boys did a wonderful job. They’re starting to look like a team that wants to go to the state meet this year,” NU head coach Dan King said.
The Lady Miners took second in both the varsity and frosh/soph races.
The varsity girls (5-1) finished with 39 points, eight points behind first place Woodland.
NU’s Caitlin Schultheiss finished fourth overall.
Shannon Lingo took sixth, with Carly Powell in seventh.
The times for the girls varsity event were not available as of press time.
McClatchy scored 33 points to win the frosh/soph race. NU (5-1) finished with 40 points.
The Nevada Union/Asics Invitational will be next up for the Blue and Gold.
Over 1,000 runners from 50 schools will invade NU’s campus Saturday morning. The first race begins at 8:45.
Falcons sweep past Wilton
Leyna Allred tallied a team-high eight kills as the Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team defeated host Wilton Christian 15-2, 15-6, 15-7 Wednesday.
Allred, a senior outside hitter, also had four aces and two blocks.
Brynne Edwards chipped in six kills and a team-high six aces. Megan Paulk had two kills and a team-best 10 assists.
FLC (2-5 overall, 1-0 Centrall Valley Christian League) will host Sacramento Waldorf 6 p.m. Friday.
Two Falcons notch hat tricks
Dane Johnson and Kyle Smith recorded a hat trick each in the Forest Lake Christian boys soccer team’s 7-0 win over host Wilton Christian Wednesday.
The Falcons improved to 4-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Central Valley Christian League.
Johnson scored the eventual match-winner off a David Hicks cross seven minutes into the game.
Ryan McQuerry also scored for the visitors.
Forest Lake goalkeeper Joe Martin had a solid day in the box, posting five saves in his fourth shutout.
The Falcons will host Sacramento Waldorf 4 p.m. Friday.
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