Prep Roundup: Armstrong’s 9 goals help bring home win for Bear River
Bear River and Nevada Union squared off in cross-county water polo clashes Tuesday afternoon at the NUHS pool, with mixed results among the varsity squads.
Bear River’s varsity boys beat the Miners 13-9, thanks largely to the offensive prowess of Jake Armstrong, who scored nine goals.
“It was a hard-fought game, tied at 4-4 at the half,” NU coach John Sultan said. “But Bear River had a huge third quarter, outscoring NU 6-2, with Jake Armstrong scoring four goals in the quarter, which was the difference in the game.”
Travis Marks also had a big game for the Bruins, totaling three goals, while Justin Brown added a score.
Nevada Union was led by Tom Kotowski’s five-goal performance and Conner Holland had two scores. Bradley Ellis and Billy Gilfillan each added a goal for the Miners, who slipped to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the Sierra Foothill League.
Varsity Girls Water Polo
Nevada Union 18, Bear River 7
Taylor Bowen led a balanced NU scoring attack with four goals, as the Lady Miner varsity squad scored a home victory. Ariana Dale had three goals and five steals, while Angela Murphy racked up three goals, four assists and five steals.
Natalie Fernandez had three goals and four steals, while Rachael Brindley added two goals on the afternoon.
For the Bruins, Shelby Quist, Kara Dodd, Michelle Pollastrini had two goals each and Cassidy Rogers added one goal. Bear River keeper Britany Tyra had 15 saves in goal.
Bear River’s JV girls beat Nevada Union 10-6.
Andrea Bock had four goals for Bear River, while Cindy Solomon scored two more. Shelby Angus, Nicole Groat, Rebecca Volek and Taylor Sinclair each had one goal.
Patti Southworth had nine saves in goal for Bear River.
Sidney Chambers scored three goals for Nevada Union and Nicole Blaney added two goals for the Miners.
Bear River 3, Del Campo 1
Honoring Bear River football player Justin Butler, who died early Monday morning, the Lady Bruin volleyball team had a moment of silence before Tuesday’s freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches at Del Campo. Many members of the Bear River team had walked in Monday night’s candlelight vigil and wore shirts with “Butler #8” on their sleeves.
“It was probably the most emotional night I have experienced since I began teaching and coaching at Bear River four years ago,” said Bruin coach Matt MacDonald. “As with the entire school, our girls have experienced many difficult emotions over the past 48 hours … but I am certain that they would have never expected to feel a sense of pride as many of them did tonight.
“Playing was not easy for them to do. But the girls did not play to forget the pain of the last two days. They played to remember and honor their friend and community.
The Lady Bruins won in four games by a score of 25-12, 25-19, 17-25, 25-14.
St. Francis 3, Nevada Union 1
The Lady Miners fell to the defending Division II section champion St. Francis Tuesday at Ali Gymnasium 26-24, 24-26, 27-25, 25-16.
Tessa Butterfield had 12 kills and Jenna Britton added 11 more for the Miners, while Jenna Bell served up four aces and Kayla Geary added three more. Bell also had 34 assists at setter, while Madison Heppe had 24 defensive digs and Britton offered four blocks.
NU (14-4) travels to St. Mary’s of Stockton Thursday.
Forest Lake Christian 3, Delta 0
The Lady Falcons had a strong game at the net, with Emily English totaling five blocks and four kills, while Amanda Timmerman finished with three kills and a block in a 25-12, 25-8, 25-23 win over Delta.
Laura Ritchart had two kills and two blocks for FLC, while Molly Huusfeldt added six assists and eight service aces. Stephanie Herron also had six assists and a kill.
FLC (5-6) hosts Woodland Christian Thursday.
Nevada Union 224, Roseville 274
The Miners shot their best round of the season at Alta Sierra Country Club Tuesday to easily handle the visiting Tigers in a Sierra Foothill League match.
Emilie Arnoldi led NU with a 41 to take medalist honors, while Megan Arnett and Chelsey Love each shot 44. Madeline Wagnecht had a 45, Sydney Zink a 49 and Sarah Gilbert a 59.
NU (3-0 SFL) is back on course Thursday, hosting Woodcreek at Alta Sierra.
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