Section champion Miners to be honored Monday at Capitol |

Section champion Miners to be honored Monday at Capitol

Nevada Union’s 2009 football team gave plenty of reasons for Nevada Countians to be proud of the Miners last fall, posting a 13-1 record, dominating the Delta Valley Conference and claiming the program’s fourth Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.

On Monday, one of those county residents plans to share his pride with all of California. State Sen. Sam Aanestad, R, Grass Valley, will introduce his hometown Miners to the state Legislature at the state Capitol in recognition of their championship season.

The Miners will have lunch with Aanestad before being introduced during the afternoon session of congress.

“We’re very excited about the trip and we’re just really appreciative of the excitement our community has shown about the section championship we won,” NU coach Dave Humphers said. “It means a lot.”

Humphers noted he and several of his Miners joined former NU star Spencer Havner in Sunday’s Mardi Gras parade in Nevada City. The team was also recognized with resolutions from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and from the city councils in both Grass Valley and Nevada City.

“These things mean a lot to us,” Humphers said. “Our team really wants to represent our community and school in a way they can be proud of.”

After the trip to the state capital, the Miners shift their focus to Aug. 27 – 188 days away – when McQueen High School out of Reno kicks off NU’s 2010 title defense at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium.

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