PREP ROUNDUP: Bear River boys fall to Center, Lady Bruins beat Center
The Bear River boys basketball team couldn’t hold onto a halftime lead against Center Thursday, falling to the Cougars, 66-57, in Pioneer Valley League play.
After the Bruins took a 27-26 lead into halftime, Center snatched the lead away in the third and held off the Bruins down the stretch.
Leading Bear River was senior guard David O’Brien with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Solomon Branch added 14 points, hit three 3-pointers and nabbed four steals.
Center was led by sophomore T.J. Caldwell’s 15 points. Freshmen Tyjean Burrell and Louie DeLeon-Bonds each chipped in 12 points for the Cougars.
Next up for the Bruins (11-10, 2-5 PVL) is a league bout on the road against Lincoln Tuesday.
JV: Bear River 54, Center 50
The JV Bruins made an incredible comeback Thursday night, rallying from a 19-point third quarter deficit to top the Cougars.
Bear River was led by freshmen center Garrett Pratt with 16 points and nine rebounds. Stephen Taylor added 14 points and four steals.
Sparking the comeback was Kaden Ahlberg and Jake Friedrichs connecting on several fast break plays as well as tenacious defense by Clay Corippo, Luke Baggett, Daniel Zenor and Taylor.
With a two point lead and the game on the line, Friedrichs drained a 3-pointer to give the Bruins a five-point cushion with less than a minute to play. Taylor nailed two free throws to ice the game in the final seconds. Taylor was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.
The JV Bruins improved to 5-2 in Pioneer Valley League play.
Bear River 51, Center 38
The Lady Bruins earned their 15th win of the season, and fourth in PVL play by beating the Lady Cougars Wednesday.
Leading Bear River (15-7, 4-2 PVL) was senior Kaely Rath with 17 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks. Senior guard Savannah Wirth added 13 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Ashley Albee pitched in nine points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Katelyn Meylor scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
JV: Folsom 38, Nevada Union 32
Another late game comeback was not in the cards for the JV Lady Miners as they fell to first place Folsom on the road Thursday evening.
Trailing by 13 entering the fourth quarter the Lady Miners staged a valiant comeback to cut the lead to three late in the game but could not quite get over the hump.
Mixtli Cortez paced NU with 15 points and seven rebounds. Savanna Moore added seven points and five rebounds.
The Lady Miners are now 13-12 overall and 3-7 in Sierra Foothill League play.
Miners carve up Boreal, Northstar
The Nevada Union snowboarding team got to carve up the mountain twice this week, competing in a giant slalom event at Northstar Monday, and racing slalom at Boreal Wednesday.
On Monday the NU boys team took third overall and the girls earned fourth place as a team.
Leading the boys was Simon Nielson with a ninth place finish, followed by teammates Benny Gemetti in 12th, Logan Smith in 13th, Cyrus Malin in 14th, Roman Telles in 18th and Kevin Mathieson in 19th.
For the NU girls, Sophie Smith led the way with a 13th place finish. Teammate Elle Horwath took 15th and Rachel Peach placed 19th.
In Wednesday’s slalom race at Boreal the boys team placed fourth and the girls took sixth.
Leading the boys was Nielson in ninth place, Mathieson in 12th, Gemetti in 14th, Logan Smith in 19th and Malin in 21st.
For the girls, Horwath led the way Wednesday, placing 15th for NU. Sophie Smith placed 16th, Peach took 22nd, and Bethany Sumner came in 23rd.
Next up for the Miners snowboarders is a slalom event Monday at Alpine Meadows.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at email@example.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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