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Miners tee off Metro schedule

Nevada Union’s varsity golf team teed off its Metro Conference season Monday at Peach Tree Country Club in Marysville, but the Miners didn’t get the league-opening performance for which they had hoped.

NU finished fourth in the five-team, 18-hole Metro meet, shooting a team score of 430, which left the Miners well back of first place Yuba City’s 385. Granite Bay shot a 389 for second place, while Kennedy finished fourth with a 419. McClatchy rounded out the Metro teams competing with a 442.

The top two teams from each league earn a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet. The Metro Conference has three more tournaments scheduled to decide which of those two teams will earn a spot in the subsections, but NU head coach Hank Davidson said Monday’s performance means the Miners will have an uphill climb.

“It would be awful hard for us to qualify, but anything is possible,” Davidson said. “We’ve got to turn it around in a hurry. I think that was our worst match we played today, so now we’ve just got to fight, claw and kick to get back into it.”

NU was led by Erik Flores’ round of 4-over-par 76, which placed him in fourth place in the Metro’s individual standings. Yuba City’s Nick Podesta earned medalist honors Monday with a one-under-par 71.

Nevada Union is back in action Wednesday, when the Miners host Golden Sierra in a non-league matchup at Alta Sierra Country Club.


Rocklin 9, Nevada Union 0

A short-handed Nevada Union varsity tennis team suffered a 9-0 setback to host Rocklin Monday.

The Miners, without two of their singles players due to injury and one of their doubles players because of another commitment, just didn’t seem to be in the swing of things for the match (rescheduled for Monday due to a rain-out), NU head coach Mike Blake said.

“We were kind of sleepwalking today,” Blake said. “Now I know why we don’t (normally) play on Mondays. We just didn’t have it today.”

In the day’s closest contest, NU’s Will Harvey lost a three-set thriller 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.

NU (1-6 overall, 0-4 Metro Conference) travel to El Dorado for a non-league match today.


The Bear River baseball team held off Division I Folsom by a score of 9-5 to end the Woodland-El Camino Preseason Tournament on a high note.

Sophomore pitcher Ryan Polisso earned the win going three innings while giving up three runs on three hits with six walks and one strikeout. Matt Miraldi and Tyler French came in to pitch 2 1/3 and 1 2/3 relief innings, respectively.

No Bruin had multiple hits, but Polisso, Matt Hilton, Robby Alcombrack, Ryan Giacomini and Brian Cibis all had one hit. Cibis also scored two runs. Anthony Welz was hit by pitches three times and scored one run.

“Folsom is a D-I power so this win is kind of a feather in our cap,” Bear River coach Mike Viola said. “We scored all nine runs in the first inning and then battled to hold them off the rest of the game.”

Bear River (3-2) plays at Oakmont Wednesday.

Boys Volleyball

The Bear River boys volleyball team gained some game experience this past weekend at the 19th annual University of California, Davis Volleyball Tournament, eventually being eliminated by Lincoln. The Bruins went 0-4 in tournament play.

Setter Corey Tofte totaled 30 assists, 13 kills, five aces and eight blocks with quite a few of his sets going to Steve White who hammered down a team-high 22 kills. Senior Justin Thorne added 14 kills while James Dumont had 15 kills and six blocks and Garrett Cross notched 11 kills and five blocks. Defensively, Travis Lyon, Greg Boone and Justin White turned in strong tournament performances.

The Bruins host Davis on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.


Miners place fifth at state

The Nevada Union snowboarding team ended its season with a fifth-place finish at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships March 7-8.

“It was a great season, but we didn’t get the icing on the cake,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said. “The kids know what kind of team they are and that on any other two days of racing we would have walked home with the blue banner, but that’s racing.”

Taking home the team championship was Mount Shasta with 1,259 points, while the Miners’ division rival North Tahoe took home second-place with 1,191 points. The Miners finished with 1,143 points.

“It was bittersweet to see North Tahoe take second in the state,” Smith said. “On one side we always support those in our division and we’re proud to see them do so well, but knowing that we beat them in the division – it’s a tough pill to swallow knowing what could have been. I’m very proud of the kids, but sometimes bad things can happen on the most inopportune days.”

Senior Alison Martin was the team’s highest point scorer and took 12th in state overall, while fellow senior Erin Clancy earned 188 points and finished 17th overall.

For the boys, freshman Evan Peake scored 93 points for the Miners.

Individual results for giant slalom:

Douglas Potter, third-place; Drew Kemple, 10th fastest overall time in first run, but had a DQ on second run; Kristen Glaze, 16th place; Caitlin Chase, 18th place; Marco Maynard, 40th place; Lisa Pichitino, 57th place

Individual results for slalom:

Allison Chambers, 10th place; Chris Potter, second-fastest overall time in first run, but fell on second run; Drew Kemple, 16th place; Caitlin Chase, 23rd place; Allyssa Fennelly, 60th (with fall on first run); Andrew Metroka, 79th (with fall on second run)

Nordic Skiing

Two Nevada Union High School students, Sara Violett and Danny Rodriques, competed in the Junior Olympics for nordic skiing last week.

In the 1-kilometer sprint, Violett finished 54th with a time of 2:32.82, just a little over eight seconds from the highest qualifying time to get into the elimination rounds where the top 24 compete and the top 10 receive medals.

She fared better in the 10K freestyle, finishing in 33.01.4 (less than five minutes behind the winner and a little more than three minutes from the medals) and taking 58th place. In the 5K classic she finished less than three minutes behind the winner and less than two minutes from the medals, finishing with a time of 18.47.5.

Rodriques finished 87th in the 1K sprint with a time of 2:31.70. He finished 61st in the 15K freestyle, just over three minutes from the medals with a time of 34.15.2. In the 10K classic he finished 44th and five minutes behind the winner and less than three minutes from the medals with a time of 34.15.2.

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