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Youth Sports Report

Nevada County’s 12-and-under softball team, the Sierra Stars, played in a tournament during Labor Day weekend and took second place out of 19 teams from throughout Northern California.

The Stars are currently in first place in the 12-Under National Division of the NorCal Winter League. The team will play the Cordova Crashers on Sunday in a doubleheader.

PV flag football off to 3-0 start

On Tuesday, the Pleasant Valley flag football team downed host Magnolia 26-6, remaining undefeated on the season through three games.

The scoring started on the second play of the game on a long pass from Tyler Lyckberg to Jan Casarez. Pleasant Valley scored 26 unanswered points until Magnolia scored on the final play of the game.

Scoring for Pleasant Valley were Tyler Ashbaugh, with one rushing touchdown; Conner Schmidt, one rushing TD; Zach Fouse, one receiving TD; Jan Casarez, one receiving TD. Lyckberg threw for two touchdown passes.

Trevor Gandell anchored the defense with eight stops, three passes defended and several quarterback hurries.

Last week, Pleasant Valley’s Vikings defeated Union Hill 28-6 and Ready Springs 44-30.

Tyler Ashbaugh leads the team in scoring with seven touchdowns.

Weimar, Magnolia split in girls hoops

Magnolia’s eighth grade Lady Rattlers fell to Weimar Hills 45-28 this week.

Top scorers for Magnolia were Kyanne Hagar with 10 points and Lindsey Harter with seven points.

The seventh grade Lady Rattlers defeated Weimar Hills 28-25.

Leading the way was Kamron Math-Quintal with 10 points, while Jennifer Meylor and Sage Bonelli each added 4 points.

Brenna Klauer had eight rebounds and the team got tough defensive play from Sam Betcher, Keleigh Casey and Janelle Jensen to help the Lady Rattlers victory.

Stellar competes in first meet

The Stellar Gymnastics team competed in its first meet of the season Sept. 17 at the High-Tech Invitational in Sacramento.

Level 4 gymnast Rebecca Bowman placed fourth in the all-around for the older age group with a score of 33.850 in her first-ever meet. Also competing in her first meet was Jennifer Alberts, who placed 11th in the middle division all-around with a score of 31.775.

In the Level 5, older age group, Carly Davenport took sixth place on the vault and ninth place in the all-around. Jessica Alberts placed ninth on bars. In the younger division, Mikaela Lujan and Peyton White, placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in the all-around.

At Level 6, Kristina Cena received a 10th place medal in the younger age group with a 32.350 in the all-around. In the Level 6, older age group, Vivian Miller earned second place on vault with a 9.075 and fourth place on the floor with a 9.0. She also took seventh place in the all-around.

Camille Lake, Abby Hendeland and Annika Brown placed 11th, 12th and 13th respectively in the all-around division.

Junior Bruins teams fall to T’wolves

The Bear River Jr. Bruins Midgets suffered their third loss of the season last week, a 22-8 defeat at the hands of Woodcreek’s Jr. Timberwolves.

Bear River’s defense allowed one touchdown, while the other two Woodcreek touchdowns came by a kickoff return and an interception. Bear River was led offensively by quarterback Joe Lavelle, and their eight points were earned after a 65-yard drive with Sam Houston punching over the goal line and Chris Fox adding the PAT kick.

Chris Talbot led the team with four tackles, two sacks, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery. Other standouts on defense were Fox with six tackles, Houston and Joey Reina with five tackles each.

Mighty Mites

The BRJB Mighty Mites lost 40-0 to the Timberwolves.

Led by quarterback Quinn Dwyer, the team accomplished its initial first down of the season. Harry Zea and Christopher Slade led the team in rushing and Kaden Ahlberg led the team in tackles.

The Jr. Bruins are back in action Saturday, traveling to Rocklin High School for games against the Jr. Thunder. Game times are 9 a.m. for the Mighty Mites, 11 a.m. for the Jr. Peewee, 1 p.m. for the Peewee, 3 p.m. for Jr. Midget and 5 p.m. for the Midget teams.

Jr. Miners meet Oakmont

The Oakmont Jr. Viking Jr. Midget team has not allowed a single point to be scored against it this season. The Jr. Miners were not able to change that fact on Sunday.

Running backs Kyler Malarae, Greg Callison, Robin Callas, and Jay Smedley along with quarterbacks Jake Hofheinz and Gabe Humphers were not able to gain much ground against the defense of the Vikings.

Malarae had three different tackles to save touchdowns for the Jr. Miners defense. Brandon Fabela sacked the quarterback. Scott Quinday had nine tackles. Drew Walker and Jacob Korpella also made several key stops on the day.

Mighty Mites

The Mighty Mite contest between the Nevada Union Jr. Miners and the Oakmont Jr. Vikings was won by the Vikings 13-6.

It was a game filled with lots of effort from both sides and a combined 11 turnovers.

Oakmont scored two touchdowns after Jr. Miner miscues, but the play of the day was made by Miner Bo Perkins who scooped up a Viking fumble and returned it 58 yards for the lone touchdown.

The Miners outgained the Vikings 198 yards of offense to 65 for the Vikings.

The defensive line of the Miners anchored by Tyler West, and his 12 solo tackles, along with Emilio Lozada, Sterling Meyer, Drew Daniels, Chance Brown, and Perkins. The Vikings were held to four first downs in the game.

Jr. Peewees

Although the Miners lost the game Sunday against the Vikings, they were able to make their presence felt, especially on the defensive side of the ball where Josh Belendez, Benito Lozada, and Aaron Smith racked up five quarterback sacks on the Vikings.

Gareth Noxon had 10 tackles and Michael Tipton added nine solo tackles. Devon Bossi made the play of the day with a huge touchdown saving tackle, drawing praise from both sidelines.


The game of the day was definitely the contest between the Midget teams. The Miners ended up on top 30-26.

The Vikings scored first and the Miners responded with a 68-yard kickoff return from Jake Tilly. Fullback Brad Spangler pounded in another score. Spangler also was successful on both extra point attempts to give the Miners a 16-14 lead.

Tilly scored on a 15-yard touchdown for the Miners, but the Vikings scored twice to take a 26-22 lead late into the fourth quarter. With the Miners facing a fourth-and-15 from the Viking 25-yard line, Brock Kraus hit Tilly with a perfect pass for a first down at the 3-yard line. Two plays later Spangler punched it across for the winning points.

On defense, lineman Cody Long racked up 16 tackles and Josh Cena had 11 tackles to go along with two interceptions.

The Jr. Miners are back in action this week against the host Woodcreek Jr. Timberwolves. Game times are 11 a.m. for the Mighty Mites, 1 p.m. for the Midgets, 3 p.m. for the Jr. Peewee, 5 p.m. for the Peewee and 7 p.m. for the Jr. Midgets.


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