Travis Smith hadn’t planned to be stalking the sidelines at Forest Lake Christian volleyball matches this fall, but former Ð and current Ð Falcons head coach made the most out of an impromptu return to the bench.
Smith, who coached the Falcons from 1998-2003 and remained on campus as a history and government teacher, was called to duty when the hiring of a new coach fell as fall practices opened.
Picking up right where he left off, Smith led FLC to a 15-7 record and the Central Valley Christian League championship, earning a No. 1 section seed and Smith’s selection by the coaches and athletic directors of the CVCL as their coach of the year.
The Falcons had two first-team All-CVCL honorees in Torrey Haddad and Theresa Reed. Second-team selections included Kim D’Antonio and Rebecca Koopmans. Honorable mention was earned by Bethany Huusfeldt, Kelsey Anderson, Shelby Lowe and Julie Moore.
McAtee: SFL’s MVP
Nevada Union junior Sarah McAtee has been named Most Valuable Player by the Sierra Foothill League for the 2006 season, after helping lead the Miners to SFL tile, Nevada Union’s sixth-straight league championship season.
McAtee, who shares the award with co-MVP Liz Griffin of Woodcreek, is joined by four other Miners on earning first team SFL honors. Kylie Miraldi, Caroline Reeves, Jennifer Sager and Christian Woodruff also were voted to the first team.
Rounding out the first team honors are Sami Gray (Del Oro), Kim Albers (Woodcreek), Ali Hitch (Woodcreek), Caitlyn Murphy (Granite Bay), Farrah Brafford (Granite Bay), Alex Diemer (Rocklin), Kelsey Elston (Rocklin), Emma Burns (Rocklin) and Macie Kukrall (Rocklin).
Nevada Union’s Alexis Moser was one of 14 SFL players to earn honorable mention.
NU’s varsity won the SFL title with an 11-1 record, the same mark posted by the freshmen Miners who also won the league championship. NU’s junior varsity finished 7-5 for fourth place in SFL standings.
Bruin duo named All-PVL
Bear River’s Elsie Bisnett and Lauren Juric were among the 12 players named to the All-Pioneer Valley League volleyball first team.
Joining the Bruins on the first team were Colfax’s Becca Pugh, Monet Filteau and Courtney Harrison, El Dorado’s Marianna Jenkins and Ranell Carpenter, Lincoln’s Tawni Humes and Kirsten Kimbrough, Placer’s Sydney McDowell and Leandra Goff, and Oceana Matsubu of Mesa Verde.
Bear River’s Hayley Loehr was one of 15 Bruins who earned honorable mention All-PVL.
Colfax’s Vicky Satterlee was named the PVL’s coach of the year.
Golf champ crowned
St. Francis captured the NorCal Girls Golf Championships with a 395 team score at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland.
St. Francis, Santa Catalina and Carondelet, which won out over McClatchy in a card off, will represent the North at next week’s State Championships.
Marina Martinez of Beyer was medalist with a 69. She advanced to the state championships along with other SJS golfers Candace Chan (70) of McClatchy and Samantha Saffold (74) of Del Campo.
As readers might have noticed by the Kings tipping off their NBA season, and college basketball programs around the country celebrating “Midnight Madness,” the beginning of basketball season is right around the corner.
Nevada Union’s varsity boys team opens practice Nov. 10 and will host their its annual foundation game against Bear River on Nov. 27.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.