Miners top Thunder with tidal-wave force
Nevada Union’s varsity boys and girls swim teams wasted little time in putting some distance between themselves and the visiting Rocklin Thunder Friday night, as the Miners moved to 2-0 in the Sierra Foothill League.
NU’s girls were 129-51 winners and the Miner boys beat Rocklin 127-56, after last season’s dual meet ended in a tie between the teams.
Nevada Union sisters Kayla and Sierra Kleiber dominated the freestyle events Friday, with Sierra, a junior, winning the 50-yard freestyle (25.48 seconds) and the 100 free (55.88), while Kayla, a freshman, took first in the 200 free (2:00.96) and the 500 free (5:37.20).
Hayley Chase won the 100 breaststroke (1;14.52) and the 200 individual medley (2:24.20), while Taylor Bowen was the winner in the 100 backstroke (1:13.76).
NU also swept all three relay races.
On the boys side, Trey Herbert took first place in both the 100 free (48.60) and the 200 free (1:58.45). Dillon Virva won the 100 butterfly (56.45), Gabriel Saturnino the 100 backstroke (1:05.29), Anders Price-Tison the 100 breaststroke (1:12.10). Conner Schmidt finished first in the 50 free (24.28).
The Miners (3-0 overall) travel to Vallejo today to compete in the 14-team Jaguar Invite hosted by Jesse Bethel. NU is back in its home pool against SFL foe Woodcreek on Wednesday and then hits the road Thursday at Del Oro.
River Valley 5, Bear River 4 (9)
Host River Valley needed extra innings to down Bear River Friday night, after the Bruins knotted the game up in the seventh inning at 4-4.
Cole White scored on a fielder’s choice by Brandon Fry to force the extra frames. Along with Fry’s RBI, White was 1-for-3 and Jordan Beskeen belted out three singles on a 3-for-4 day.
River Valley won the game on a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the ninth.
Morgan Juric drew the start, striking out four and allowing four runs in six innings, while Michael Lucas threw the last two innings and recorded one strikeout.
The Bruins (4-3), a Division IV team, opened the week at 4-0, but coach Dahrol Ennis knew it was going to be a tough stretch against Division II Galt (11-2 loss), Division II Oakmont (11-10 loss) and Division III River Valley.
“I knew it was our toughest week,” Ennis said. “But I still feel we’re taking steps forward. This will make us better.”Bear River is back in action Wednesday, hosting Pioneer Valley League foe Whitney.
Miners split double dip
Nevada Union defeated Foothill 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday, before falling 5-3 in the nightcap.
Karly Harris pitched both games, striking out seven and scattering seven hits in the opener and allowing 10 hits in game two.
Brianna Nicholson led NU with a 2-for-3 game with an RBI in the opener and also went 2 for 3 with a run scored in game two. Kendal Butterfield also was 2 for 3 with a run in the second game, while Bernadette Boren had a single and a run scored.
NU travels to Rocklin Monday.
Forest Lake Christian 7, Encina 2
Encina forfeited three doubles matches and the visiting Falcons took three of four singles pairings for the victory Friday.
Caitlin Hanson won her 19th straight regular-season match with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win at No. 1 singles. Jen Menary was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 2, while No. 1 boys singles Nathan Burnett won 6-1, 6-3.
FLC took the No. 2 boys doubles match after Jamie Parrott and Ryan Thompson battled back from a 7-3 deficit to win 10-8 in the pro set.
FLC (4-1 in the Golden Empire League) travels to league-leading Lindhurst on Monday.
Nevada Union 3, Woodcreek 0
The Miners took care of SFL foe Woodcreek in a sweep Thursday at Ali Gymnasium, winning 25-14, 25-23 and 25-20.
John Sekerak led NU’s hitting attack with 12 kills, while Pete MacDonald had eight kills and D.T. Grininger added six more. Sekerak, MacDonald and Austin Ramey each had six defensive digs on the night, while Jeff Baldock totaled 38 assists at setter.
NU also had five aces from behind the service line from Sekerak and two more from Baldock.
The Miners (7-2) host Bear River at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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