The week ahead |

The week ahead

As 2002 winds to a close, area high school teams continue to kick their winter sports seasons into gear through non-league, multi-team tournaments.

And though that’s also the case for the Nevada Union wrestlers, who host Saturday’s six-team dual tournament, the Miners are also already in the thick of Metro Conference competition.

NU opened its Metro schedule last week with a 65-17 win over Kennedy. And the Miners are back on the league mat Thursday, as rival Yuba City makes the trip across Highway 20 for a Metro match.

“We have all kinds of tournaments this time of year. We’ve had as many as 28 teams here before but (Saturday’s) is just a little one,” said NU coach Steve Pilcher. “Probably, though, the bigger event is the Yuba City match. Thursday night will actually be more important to us.”

This season is the first for the Miners in the Metro Conference. To see how they stack up against a traditionally tough team, check out NU’s home match against the Honkers at 6 p.m. Thursday in the West gym.

Among other area events this week, Forest Lake Christian School hosts its annual Christmas Classic Friday and Saturday. The Falcons tip off the tourney against Sierra Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) and Golden Sierra (Garden Valley) square off in the other bracket.

Also, Nevada Union’s varsity boys have two non-league home games this week – Ceres High at 7 p.m. Thursday and Richmond-Kennedy at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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