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Nevada Union No. 1 volleyball team in Northern California

The Union, Nov. 28, 2007

Do you know the way to San Jose? If not, the Nevada Union Miners do.



With a 3-1 win over Homestead (Cupertino) Tuesday night – in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a volleyball match at Albert Ali Gymnasium – the Miners won their third Northern California Championship in five years.

NU goes on to play Southern California champion Lakewood for the CIF Division I State Championship at San Jose State Saturday.




It’s the 19th straight win for the Miners, who had faced some of their toughest competition on the season, after splitting two matches with the Mustangs earlier this year.

“It’s so exciting,” said setter Caroline Reeves as she coddled the NorCal championship frame. “I’ve never been a part of something like this before.”

The line says it all; 27-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17.

The Mustangs (29-11) came off so tough, they pushed the Miners (44-4) to the edge in the first game, a 27-25 NU win, and stole the second with a deadly mix of strong kills and Miner errors.

“I thought our effort was really good,” said NU coach Bob Rogers, adding that the Miners shouldn’t have dropped the second game. “There were a few errors that were pretty routine plays we should have made (in the second game). We gave up too many points for the other guys.”

– Zuri Berry, sports writer

Dixon medals in both hurdles

events at CIF state meet

The Union, June 2, 2008

In the end, Nevada Union hurdler Chase Dixon was so tired he was falling asleep at the dinner table in Southern California.

He had just run in the CIF Track & Field State Championships at Cerritos College, medaling in both the 110-meter and 300 hurdles, the last of which may have put him over the edge.

“I was really starting to feel the whole weekend before the (300),” Dixon said. “I kept hitting the hurdles. Like the fourth, fifth and sixth ones … maybe the seventh one. I really just tried to push and push.”

Dixon knows all about pushing. In his first meet of the day, the 110-meter hurdles, he pushed himself to the front of the pack before being slowed by hitting two hurdles. He finished in 14.3 seconds for sixth place. It was still good enough to beat fellow Sierra Foothill Leaguer Aaron Burney (14.4 seconds), whom he hadn’t beaten all season long, Nevada Union coach Jim Worthy said.

“(If he wouldn’t have hit those hurdles), I think he probably would’ve gotten second or third in the 110,” Worthy said. “Because he probably would’ve run at, or better, than he did last week.”

– The Union staff

NU’s select few

Nevada Union sends three into state championships

The Union, Feb. 28, 2008

Dial up the cell phone of any one of Nevada Union’s three qualifiers for the California State Wrestling Championships and you’ll be treated to some tunes while you wait for them to pick up.

Give NU sophomore Jake Purdy a ring and Slum Village’s “Call Me” is what you get. Call up senior Jake Cena and you get a taste of Journey’s “Don’t stop believing.” And while you wait for Miner senior Matt Manuel, the vibrant strings of a classical music piece fills your phone’s receiver.

But not only do the three Miners have a wide array in musical tastes, they each also head into this weekend’s state finals with their own success stories.

Manuel is the wily veteran, having qualified for the state meet for the second-straight season. Last year, after recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him for most of his junior campaign, Manuel won two and lost two matches at the state finals.

Cena is the comeback story of this year, getting back on the mat after a serious bout of osteochondritis in his knee, a condition in which fragments of bone or cartilage break loose in the joint, forced him to sit out his entire junior year and threatened to end his senior season before it even got started.

And Purdy? He’s the wide-eyed youngster, enjoying his run through the state tournament while picking up pointers from his senior teammates and gaining experience for the two high school wrestling seasons still ahead for him.

– Brian Hamilton, sports editor

NU swimmers break records at finals

The Union, May 12, 2008

Nevada Union’s swimming team smashed some of its own school records in a strong showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals in Lodi at Tokay high school.

The boys varsity team finished fifth in the finals, totaling 155 points – the highest Nevada Union has ever gotten in the section finals, coach John Sultan said.

Sierra Foothill League rival Granite Bay finished in third place while Jesuit high school, Carmichael, finished in first place.

The boys team finished second in the 200 -meter medley relay, breaking a school record with a 1:38.12 time. The time – honed in by Zack Humphreys, Nicholas Ingersoll, Mike Saturnino and Elitt Golnik – was also an all-american time, Sultan said.

– The Union staff

One Miner moves on

The Union, May 6, 2008

Western Nevada County will have one representative teeing off at next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, after Nevada Union junior Spencer Biersdorff shot a one-under-par 71 to take third place at the Division II Tournament at Wild Horse Gold Club in Davis Monday.

“I had a feeling that might happen,” said NU coach Hank Davidson. “And if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”

Biersdorff was one of three underclassmen to tee off for the Miners in the divisional round Monday, promising more low rounds for Davidson in years to come. Adam Grizzell, a freshman, followed Biersdorff with a 77 while senior Travis Callison shot a 79. Junior Zak Leonard shot an 81, as did seniors Rich Benevento and Tyler Knight.

– The Union staff


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