NU ‘boarders shine after return to slopes
After two races were canceled because of too much snow, the Nevada Union snowboarding team was finally able to hit the slopes for its first race of the year. The Miners finished second in the Central 2 Division GS race, finishing six points behind North Tahoe with 321 total points.
Nevada Union’s boys team finished with 174 of the total team points, good enough for first place, and the girls team tallied 147 points to finish in third place.
Junior Douglas Potter finished in a tie for first with Colfax’s Jon Winslow, with a time of one minute, 15.41 seconds. Potter’s brother Chris, a senior, finished fourth overall with a time of 1:19.67. The two other boy racers whose points counted toward the final team score were seniors Erinn Clancy and Griffin Morey who finished with times of 1:25.22 and 1:25.94, respectively. Clancy finished the race in sixth place.
“I’m really confident in our boys team and I would be surprised if they didn’t win every race,” Nevada Union coach Samson Smith said.
Leading the way for the girls was senior Allison Martin who finished in 1:23.69, good enough for ninth place. Also contributing points to the team score were junior Allyssa Fennelly (1:26.15), senior Kristen Glaze (1:31.25) and junior Chloe Smith (1:38.27).
The Miners compete again Jan. 24 at Homewood in a Slalom event.
Nevada Union Alpine Ski Team
The Nevada Union Alpine Ski Team finished second behind Davis in a Giant Slalom race at Alpine Meadows Sunday. Senior Nick Meyer finished in fourth place in the boys division and senior Alise Lockart finished in fifth place in the girls division.
Other top finishers for the Miners included sophomore Dan Freitas, junior Nick Herback, junior Jeanenne Rickart and freshman Alli Chapple.
“We have a strong team this year and we are going to be highly competitive with Davis,” Nevada Union coach Ken Ramierz said. “Davis has some great depth this season.”
The Miners hit the slopes again Monday at Northstar in Slalom event.
Forest Lake Christian 76, Wilton Christian 25
The Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team cruised to a Central Valley Christian League win against Wilton Christian 76-25. The team also received exciting news earlier in the day that senior Brooke Hodges has been put on the watch list for the prestigious McDonald’s all-American team for high school girls basketball players. Hodges is one of 100 players on the watch list.
“She is just having a phenomenal year,” Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Kellar said. “She’s rebounding, she’s passing, she’s scoring – she’s doing it all.”
Olympia Jacobs led the team with 24 points, despite playing just half of the game, scoring 18 of her 24 points in the first quarter. Hodges finished with 10 points while sophomore Jessie Clough totaled nine points. Also scoring for the Falcons were Kylie Miraldi (8 points), Jessica Pearce (5), Taylor Kilgore (5) and Katie Fletcher (5).
Junior point guard Brittany Allen was forced to sit out a game after a questionable ejection during the Falcon’s previous game against Sacramento Waldorf.
The Falcons (11-4 overall, 5-0 CVCL) play again Friday at home against Faith Christian.
Nevada Union 58, McClatchy 62
The Nevada Union boys basketball team surrendered a double-digit lead to lose its second straight Metro Conference game, falling to McClatchy 62-58.
To open the game, both teams played pretty evenly, but the Miners took control in the second quarter, allowing McClatchy to score just three points in the period. Nevada Union went into halftime with a 30-17 lead.
McClatchy, however, came out of the locker room to score seven points in the first 35 seconds of the third quarter. The Miners calmed down and got the lead back up to double-digits again, but McClatchy went another run to take the lead at 55-54.
With McClatchy leading 60-58 the Miners turned the ball, and essentially the win, over.
“We had two big problems tonight,” Nevada Union coach Jeff Dellis said. “We got pounded on the boards and we got beat in transition.”
Junior guard Tyler Smith paced the team with 27 points while senior post Brennan McFadden scored 13. Dellis praised the play of senior point guard Carter Latimer who did a nice job on both ends of the court.
The loss drops the Miners to 2-2 in the Metro Conference and 7-12 overall.
“We need to become more fluid on offense and work on our transition defense,” Dellis said. “Teams have a hard time scoring against us when we can establish our half court defense, but they’re scoring points off of us in transition and off the offensive glass.”
Nevada Union travels to Kennedy on Thursday.
Forest Lake Christian 53, Wilton Christian 41
The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team beat a struggling Wilton Christian team 53-41 with an impressive effort from senior forward Sam Metteer who scored 17 points and pulled down 17 rebounds as well.
Senior center Nate Holt scored 16 points and tallied seven rebounds in the win.
“It was a fun game, but it wasn’t what I would call artistic,” Forest Lake Christian coach David Thomas said. “We got a little sloppy, but were never in danger of losing the game.”
The Falcons (7-9, 3-2) host Faith Christian on Friday, a team in which the Falcons had two highly competitive games against last season.
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