Sauer keeps rolling
Nevada Union senior heavyweight Wade Sauer continued to make a name for himself in statewide competition Friday, advancing into the quarterfinal round of the 80-team Five Counties Wrestling Invitational in Orange County’s Fountain Valley.
Sauer (27-1), who is ranked No. 1 in the state by The California Wrestler Newsletter, defeated Andrew Foster of Rancho Buena Vista by technical fall, 16-0, in his first match. Sauer, the No. 1 seed in the 275-pound weight class, then pinned Romney Fuga of Edison in one minute, 30 seconds to become one of eight finalists among 49 wrestlers in his bracket.
Sauer, who earned All-America status by finishing third at the Reno Tournament of Champions earlier this year, will face eighth-seeded Aaron Shiosaki of Peninsula in the quarterfinals. The winner will square off against either No. 5 seed Preston Wiley of Clovis West or 13th-seeded Richie Arriqive of Brawley.
In team scoring, Nevada Union currently stands in 59th place with 17.5 points. Poway leads Great Bridge (Virginia) 102-97.5 for first place. Ponderosa, who NU will host in a dual match on Jan. 29, finished Friday’s action in fourth place with 66 team points.
Nevada Union’s Drew Maraglia also reached the round of 16 in the 135-pound weight class. The unseeded Maraglia defeated John Williams of Clovis West 6-1 in the first round, followed by a 17-5 victory over Valhalla’s Charles Tonnear.
In the round of 16, Maraglia fell to No. 4-seed Junior Pearman of Great Bridge (Va.) by pin in 3:04. He and NU’s Luke Manuel (119) remain in the hunt for third place, as both will compete in the consolation bracket when action resumes today.
Falcon girls 4-0 in league
Forest Lake Christian’s varsity girls basketball team improved to 4-0 in Central Valley Christian League play Friday, downing visiting Wilton Christian 66-32.
The Falcons (13-2) overall were led by Brooke Hodges’ 11-point night, while Lora Courtney added nine. Jessica Clough, Olympia Jacobs and Lauren Jackson each scored seven points in the win.
With the loss, Wilton Christian dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in CVCL action.
FLC hosts Faith Christian (2-9, 0-3) on Jan. 20.
Bear River-Kennedy clash cancelled
Friday night’s scheduled varsity girls basketball game between Bear River and Kennedy was cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
According to Bruin head coach Duwaine Ganskie, Kennedy’s regular-season schedule included too many games to comply with CIF rules. Therefore, the Cougars dropped the non-league matchup from their slate.
Kennedy girls top Miners
Nevada Union’s varsity girls basketball team dropped its second straight Metro Conference matchup Thursday, falling to host Kennedy by a 63-33 count.
The Cougars (16-3, 4-0 Metro) held NU to a five-point first quarter, followed by a six-point second quarter, as the hosts rolled to a 31-11 lead at the half.
The Miners (11-5, 1-2) lost to McClatchy 61-53 on their home floor Tuesday. NU returns to Metro play Jan. 20, as the Miners host Woodland (1-13, 0-3).
Nevada Union’s junior varsity (12-4 overall) improved to 3-0 in Metro Conference action, defeating Kennedy 39-19 Thursday. The Miners were led by Tracey Hart’s 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Mackey Purkey added nine points and four boards.
Bruin girls all alone atop PVL
Bear River’s varsity girls remained the lone unbeaten Pioneer Valley League team Thursday, defeating host Mesa Verde 56-35.
The Bruins led 24-11 at the half, en route to handing the Mavericks (8-8, 2-1) their first PVL loss of the season.
Bear River (14-2, 4-0) hosts rival Colfax (8-9, 2-1) Jan. 22.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14.