Youth sports report |

Youth sports report

The Gold Country Stampede boys lacrosse team opened its season Saturday with a 7-3 loss at Chico.

“We were tied 1-1 at the half, but were done in by their ability to keep fresh players on the field throughout the second half,” Stampede coach Andrew Shoop said.

Patrick Konttinen scored all three goals for the Stampede. Ryan Shoop had a great game in goal, making a dozen or so saves.

The team’s home opener is 1 p.m. Saturday at Bear River High School.



In the final meet before the state competition, the Rising Starz Gymnastics’ boys performed Saturday in the Winter Classic in Fremont and the girls were at the Mardi Gras in Vallejo.

Joey Cressa took fourth place in Fremont in the level-four 6-7-year-old division high-bar event with a score of 8.35. Cressa also posted a 9.05 in the vault. Teammate Justin Alberts scored 8.5 on the vault.

In the 8-9-year-old division, Kehan Wenger won the high bar, took second on parallel bars and third in the pommel horse as well as the rings.

Wenger finished second overall in his age group.

Justin Rickel, who finished second in the all-around, took first in the 10-and-over division in the rings and the vault, as well as second on the parallel bars and high bars.

In the floor competition, Ben Kaput finished first. He also took third all-around as well as on the pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.

Katherine Magill led the girls in Vallejo in level seven, taking first on the floor and sixth all-around.

Alayna Grapel had her strongest meet of the year, taking fourth on floor. Her 9.025 score on the beam helped her achieve her best total of the year, 35.875.

Jenna Jeffrey placed third on the bars and fourth on the floor.

The level-seven girls compete March 25 and 26 in San Mateo in the state meet.


The Stellar Gymnastics Girls closed out their season Saturday at the Mardi Gras Meet in Vallejo.

Camille Lake led the Stellar girls with a first-place performance in Level 6 (all ages) vault with a score of 9.075 and an all around score of 30.800. Also in Level 6, Annika Brown (all ages) scored 8.200 on floor and 29.200 in the all-around.

In the Level 5 competition, Keliegh Casey tied for fifth-place in the older division on the floor with a score of 8.200 and an all-around score of 30.225

In Level 4, Breeanna Jewell (older division) scored 9.000 on vault to place fourth and she tied for sixth on floor with a score of 8.450. Her all-around score was 33.825

Rachel Greenwood scored 8.820 on beam, which was good enough for fourth place. Her all-around score was 33.450. Jessica Lang scored 8.675 on beam for sixth place and an all-around of 33.325. Laine Ebert placed fourth on floor with a score of 8.625 and an all-around score of 32.175

Candice Marich, in the Level 4 (middle B division), placed fifth on the vault with a score of 8.825 and she finished with an all-around score of 34.400. Also in the middle B division competition, Dalas Albano scored an 8.675 on the beam for seventh place and she finished with an all-around score of 33.500.


Julian Purdy became the second Magnolia Intermediate School wrestler to qualify for the Northern California Tournament of Champions when he captured fourth-place in his 76-pound weight class at the regional tournament this past weekend.

Jacob Purdy, an 83-pounder, qualified for the TOC at an earlier tournament this season.

The Magnolia wrestling program, which returned to the mat after a five-year hiatus, placed seventh out of 13 teams at the league championships.

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