Prep Roundup: NU boys score first SFL water polo win |

Prep Roundup: NU boys score first SFL water polo win

Firing home the final goal with 10 seconds to go Thursday night, Phil Thompson sealed the deal and delivered Nevada Union’s varsity boys water polo team to the win column for the first time this season in Sierra Foothill League play.

Thompson, a senior captain, made sure he and his classmates went out with a win in their final home meet of the season with a 14-12 victory over Roseville.

The Miners trailed 6-5 at half, but took a 10-9 lead after three periods and outscored the Tigers 4-3 in the fourth.

“It was a breakthrough game for us,” said NU coach John Sultan, whose Miners improved to 7-10 overall and 1-6 in the SFL. “Hopefully this will give us momentum into the second half of the season.”

Thompson and senior co-captain Tom Kotowski each scored three goals in the win, while junior Conner Holland had the big scoring night, finding net on five shots for goals. Bradley Ellis had two goals and Kendall Pawlowki also added a score.

Harley Koch had a strong night in goal, racking up 15 saves.

JV Boys: Nevada Union 13, Roseville 10

Simon DeMartini scored four goals, Gabe Saturnino added three more and Greg Rousseau stopped 10 saves in goal, as NU’s junior varsity boys improved to 5-2 in SFL play.

Chase Milhous led the team with three steals, while John Wales and Kenny Gilfillan also turned in solid performances, coach Tarryn Knight said.

Girls: Nevada Union 10, Roseville 7

Also pulling out a win on senior night, NU’s Lady Miners were led by three goals from both Ariana Dale and Natalie Fernandez.

Angela Murphy scored twice, while Taylor Bowen and Stacia Mack each added another goal.

Fernandez offered a pair of key goals, putting the Miners up 8-7 with a goal at the end of the third quarter and opening the margin to 9-7 with an early fourth-quarter score.

JV Girls: Nevada Union 11, Roseville 8

Nicole Blaney scored five goals, Quin Grim added three more and Sam Anderson and Ellie DeMartini each added a score, as NU’s junior varsity girls emerged with a win over the Tigers in JV action.

Boys: Woodcreek 9, Bear River 8

Despite leading 7-3 at halftime, Bear River could not hold off the Timberwolves down the stretch.

Woodcreek knotted the matchup at 8-8 with 51 seconds remaining and moved ahead with the game-winner with just 20 seconds showing on the clock.

Josh Brown had seven saves as keeper for the Bruins.

Justin Brown led Bear River in scoring with three goals, while Jake Armstrong added two sores. Sam Aquilar, Josh Cutter and Garrat Johnson each scored one goal for the Bruins.


JV Boys: Woodcreek 10, Bear River 9 (2-OT)

In a match that took two overtime sessions to settle, Woodcreek’s junior varsity escaped Bear River with a 10-9 sudden-death victory.

Ricky Gray led the Bruin junior varsity with four goals, while Brent Wenger added three goals. Ryan Anderson and Andy Schaefer each score one goal in the match.

Abram Bennet had eight saves at keeper for the Bruins.


Girls: Woodcreek 7, Bear River 2

Brittany Tyra had nine saves in goal, while Cassidy Rogers and Shelby Quist each had one goal for the Lady Bruins, but it wasn’t enough for the SFL win over Woodcreek in varsity girls action.

JV Girls: Bear River 18 Woodcreek 2

Cindy Solomon scored five goals for Bear River, while Beth Nelson had four scores. Andrea Bock and Rebecca Volek each had three goals in the win, while Nicole Groat added two scores and Shelby Angus also scored in the win.

Patty Southworth had three saves in goal for the Bruins.

Nevada Union 220, Roseville 242

Emilie Arnoldi and Chelsey Love each shot 42 to share medalist honors and lead the Miners over Roseville to remain unbeaten in SFL action.

Sydney Zink shot a personal best 43, as the Miners won by more than 20 strokes at Sierra View Country Club to improved to 8-0.

Madeline Wagnecht shot 46 and Megan Arnett had a 47, while Carly Keogh had a season-best, although non-scoring, round of 54.

NU travels to Woodcreek Tuesday.

Lincoln 243, Bear River 252

Lady Bruin senior Emilie Yonan earned medalist honors with a low-round 42 on the par-34 Lake of the Pines course Thursday, but Bear River fell to 0-5 in Pioneer Valley League action with a loss to Lincoln.

Carly Corippo shot 48, Liz Runne 49 and Grace Magni 56. Casey Brown finished with a 57 and Cassie Smith shot a 59.

Bear River returns to action Wednesday, hosting Center at LOP.

Nevada Union 3, Roseville 1

The Miners took control by winning a pair of tight games to open play at Roseville, as Nevada Union downed the host Tigers 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22.

“Both teams hustled and played pretty well,” NU coach Bob Rogers said. “I’m really happy with the effort from our girls. There were quite a few digs for a four-game match. There were a lot of rallies, as both teams played really good defense.”

The Miners totaled 78 digs on the night, led by Madison Heppe’s 30 digs, along with 37 serve-receive attempts.

Marnie McDowell led the hitting attack with 16 kills, while Tessa Butterfield added 14 kills and six aces. McDowell and Hannah Bryant each had three blocks.

NU, which improved to 2-1 in SFL action and 17-8 overall, hosts Woodcreek Tuesday.

Coaches may submit game reports by contacting The Union via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline is 10 p.m. daily.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User