NU girls win; wrestlers place six at tourney |

NU girls win; wrestlers place six at tourney

The Nevada Union girls basketball team rolled to a 68-38 Metro League victory over Hiram Johnson Saturday at Nevada Union High School.

The victory improved the Lady Miners league record to 2-1, and their overall record to 16-2.

Mae Valdes led NU with 16 points, while Emma Kite added 14 off the bench. Eleven different Miners scored during the contest.

“(Emma) is an intense player,” NU coach Craig Strohm said. “She can shoot the trey, but is also one of the best penetrating jump shot shooters we have.”

Kite spread her scoring around Saturday, with two two-point field goals, two three-point field goals, and a 4-for-4 performance from the line.

The rest of the Lady Miners went 0-for-8 from the charity stripe.

“Our free throw shooting is a major concern as we go into a tough stretch in the Metro,” Strohm said.

NU will go on the road to face the top two teams in the Sacramento area this week. Tuesday, they will face St. Francis, followed by a Thursday game at Kennedy.

“We could make an important statement by knocking off one of those teams on the road,” Strohm said.

Six wrestlers place at Laguna Creek

NU’s wrestlers placed six wrestlers at the 16-team invitational in Laguna Creek on Saturday.

Placing for the Miners were Robert McDaniel (fifth at 112 pounds), Pat Cronan (fifth at 103), John Bird (fourth at 135), Jamie Pusich (sixth at 145), Melvin Bird (sixth at 152), and Michael Bock (fifth at heavyweight).

“We let it all out on Thursday against El Camino (a 40-29 win),” NU wrestling coach Steve Pilcher said. “It was a good experience for our kids, but it wasn’t our best effort (Saturday), and they knew it.”

Also coming away with wins on Saturday were Dan Jakobs (119), Drew Maraglia (125), Michael Halby (130), Matt Erdmann (140), Dan Skeen (160), Adam Kopp and Marty Kirchner (both at 215), and Nic Murray (152).

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