Youth sports report |

Youth sports report

The Nevada County Blazers ran their winning streak to 22 straight games with a first-place finish in the eighth grade division of the Sac Area Sports March Madness Tournament.

The Blazers overcame a 10-point second half deficit to outlast the Stockton Blazers 60-59 in double overtime in the championship game. Chris Ross hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining in the first overtime to extend the game to a second overtime.

Josh Ritchart led the Blazers with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Johnny Jewett had 16 points and nine rebounds.

In the tournament opener, the Blazers hit 13-of-27 shots from 3-point range and played outstanding defense in a 70-18 route of Granite Bay. Cameron Van Burkleo, Colin Lee, Zach Welz and Ross shouldered the load for outside scoring, while Jordan Beskeen and Will Gray put up points in the paint.

The Blazers then edged the Marin Freedom 35-32 in a tight defensive struggle. Ross, with 10 points and Beskeen, with eight points, led the team in scoring.

In the semifinal game, the Blazers beat the Roseville Hoops 43-23 behind another strong defensive effort. Jewett led the way with 10 points while Lee, Ross and Beskeen each had eight. Welz added five assists, while Beskeen and Gray each pulled down six rebounds.

The Blazers are an AAU team that consists of eight players from Nevada County, many of them have played together since third grade.

Jenna Jeffrey of Rising Starz Gymnastics won a gold medal in the floor exercise last weekend at the Nor Cal Level 7 State Gymnastics Championships in San Mateo.

Jeffrey scored a 9.625 to win the floor exercise in her 11-year-old division during competition held at Peninsula Gymnastics. Her 9.3 on bars was good for bronze in that event and he finished tied for eighth in the all-around with a 36.3 score.

Katherine Magill earned silver medals in both the bars and floor, with scores of 9.475 and 9.375 respectively.

Emily Baker was the all-around silver winner in her best performance of the season. She earned silver on vault with a 9.175, placed fourth in floor exercise with a 9.05 and finished with a 35.0750 in the all-around of the 16-and-over division.

With a 9.0 on the beam Alayna Grapel took home bronze.

The Alta Sierra Country Club hosted 113 particpants from the ages of 12-18 at the annual SAY Golf Junior Tournament March 26. Winning the Boys Championship was John Catlin, who shot a 67 in the 14-15 year old division. The Girls Champion was Tiffany Dong, who carded a 76 in the 12-14 year old division – she also won the overall girls championship last year with a 79.

Members of the Goldmine Wrestling Club had a busy weekend as the club hosted a freestyle tournament Saturday at Nevada Union high School.

Medal winners:

Pee wee (under 6 years old) – 1st, Matthew Corkery (55 pounds.); 1st, Ethan Garrity (70); 2nd, Dominic Garrity (70); 3rd, Josh Smith (70)

Bantam (7-8) – 3rd, Joey Cena (43); 3rd, Teven Painter (55)

Novice ( 11-12) – 3rd, Johnny Callas ( 71-75); 3rd, Julian Purdy (75-81); 2nd, Roam Ramirez (54-61); 3rd, Dennis Hogan (54-61)

Schoolboy (13-14) – 1st, Robin Callas (86-92); 3rd, Jamie Carnall (86-92): 2nd, Josh Cena ( 107-109); 2nd, Rafael Iriarte (157-169); 1st, Clayton Giles (180-193)

Cadet (15-16) – 2nd, Joey Stickney (112); 1st, Matt Manuel (130); 3rd, Todd Hayden (130)

Junior ( 17-18) – 2nd, Matt Manuel (130); 3rd, Cody Griffith (140); 3rd, Grant Brady (140); 3rd, Brett Schauffler (152); 2nd, Pat Beauchamp (160)

Open (adult) division – were 2 former standout N.U. wrestlers: 1st, Paul Gross (150); 1st, Drew Maraglia (166)

• Will Sumner, of the Goldmine Wrestling Club, also took fourth place at the Kids Folkstyle Western States Wrestling tournament March 25 in Clovis in the Midget (age 9-10), 80 pounds division.

The Bruin Freestyle Club also had a successful day at the Goldmine tournament, bringing home a season best 15 medals.

Medal winners:

Pee wee – 2nd, Thomas Thornton (45)

Bantam – 1st, Phil Thornton (50); 3rd. Logan Cook (50)

Midget – 2nd, Will Thornton (95); 3rd, Nick Rutherford (60), Trevor Bisagno (65), Cade Mathews (85)

Schoolboy – 1st, Jory Gemignani (85); 2nd, Isaac Marez (185); 3rd, Body Winegar (110)

Novice – 2nd, Jordan Halleib (135); 3rd, Stone Sanders (90), Bobby Pennington (115)

Cadet – 1st, C.J. Argento (160); 2nd, Alez Loza (105)

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