Three-sport athletes lift Union Hill to new level |

Three-sport athletes lift Union Hill to new level

Just when you thought youth sports had become so specialized that all kids were concentrating on their game of choice year-round, Union Hill School rolls out a group of athletes who put on two -year, three-sport run that is unprecedented in school history – or at the very least, recent school history.

Union Hill’s eighth-grade boys basketball team recently capped its season with the Nevada County Tournament championship, a title many of the team members also won at the seventh-grade level.

In fact, six members of the team – Marc Hopkinson, Stewart Millar, Tyler Salcedo, Garrett Smittle, Cole Stanford and John Wivholm – have had a hand in a total of six league championships in three sports over their two-year junior high career.

In addition to basketball titles, the Bearcats also won consecutive league crowns in flag football and volleyball, at both the seventh and eighth grade levels.

“In the past, Union Hill was fortunate to win a single game in the county tourney,” said coach Dallas Wivholm, who has coached basketball at Union Hill for eight years. “We had never had a basketball banner, but this group earned a banner from each sport.

“These players brought a mix of leadership, confidence and commitment to team practices and games, and set the focus for a competitive environment.”

With the end of their eighth-grade hoops campaign, the group produced a two-year record of 64-4, including 28-0 on their home court in the “Bearcat Den.” Their 34-0 record as seventh graders was their undefeated season in Union Hill history and their back to back county titles were also firsts for the school.


Lyman Gilmore sends 6 to TOC

Six Lyman Gilmore Middle School wrestlers will be among those competing this weekend at the Northern California Tournament of Champions in Loomis.

Lyman Gilmore’s contingent includes Tyler Szura (70 pounds), Jake Purdy (70), Robin Callas (83), Josh Cena (89), Drew Hoskin (89) and Kasey Rideout (205).

The top eight wrestlers from each weight class at the NorCal TOC and the top eight from Southern California will advance to the Middle School State meet next weekend in Selma.


Spring season closes for Stellar team

The girls team from Stellar Gymnastics and Youth Fitness Center recently competed in its last meet for the spring season in Reno.

The level 5 girls were led by Vivian Miller, who took the gold in the all-around division. Annika Brown finished fourth and fellow teammates, BreeAnna Rath and Elizabeth Jewell helped contribute to the team’s third-place finish.

The level 4 girls consisted of Tomi Lockhart, Lauren Plantenga, Rachel Greenwood, Breeanna Jewell, Gabrielle Roberts and Carrigan Clapper.

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