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Youth Sports Report

The Sierra Stars, Nevada County’s 12-and-under fast pitch softball team, won the Northern California Girls’ Softball Association Championship last weekend.

The team finished ahead of 19 other teams.

After finishing second to Rancho Cordova’s Crasherz in the final game of the single elimination tournament, and after ending the regular season in first place with a 9-1 record, the Stars entered the season-ending Northern California Championship tournament.



The Sierra Stars breezed through the first two games on Saturday by defeating their opponents 11-0 and 7-0.

In Sunday’s opening game, Cambria Holcomb stole home to spark a rally that led to a 7-1 victory over the rival Rancho Cordova Crasherz. In doing so, she severely injured her ankle. While Holcomb was treated at the emergency room, the Sierra Stars suffered its first loss in the double elimination tournament, 9-8, to the Crasherz.




That set up the final championship game between these two rivals.

With her ankle taped and braced, Holcomb trotted up to the field just minutes before game time to the cheers of teammates and parents alike. As it turned out, teammate Jade Won-Golder had twisted her ankle prior to the second game against the Crasherz and was going to sit out the last game, too.

But both girls played in the final, combining for 5-for-6 hitting and with two walks.

In a back-and-forth battle, the Sierra Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Crasherz came back to tie it in the bottom of the second and took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the third. The top of the fourth saw the Sierra Stars tie it up at 5. In the fifth inning, the Sierra Stars took the lead for good when they scored four runs.

The Stars scored two more runs in the sixth to make it 11-5, as the pitching settled down and the defense tightened.

Courtney Hoskin, pitching in relief of staff ace Tessa Butterfield, retired the side in order and the game ended with a 1-2 change-up that was a called third strike.

The Stars team roster also includes Tessa Butterfield, Taryn Salcedo, Akasha Dykes, Brittney Brown, Amanda Timmerman, Sierra Payne, Briahna Bouchard, Danni Szura, Melissa Irvin, Erin Nichols and Dana Dickens.

The team is coached by Dave Butterfield, Bob Hoskin, and Marco Salcedo.

Gymnastics

Stellar takes third at Zones

The Stellar Gymnastics girls team competed in the Zone 1 championship Sunday in the team’s first postseason meet of the year.

The Level 6 team brought home third place, led by Vivian Miller’s second places in the balance beam (9.275), the uneven bars (8.6), the floor exercise (9.275) and the all-around (36.225).

Camille Lake placed third on beam (8.8) and fifth in the all-around (33.500). Kristina Cena placed sixth in the children’s division all-around (34.200). Annika Brown placed fourth on beam (8.375). Abby Hedenland placed fourth on bars (8.225).

Miller, Lake and Cena have qualified for the state competition to be held in Oroville this weekend.

In Level 5, Mikaela Lujan placed seventh in the all-around (33.300). Carly Davenport scored a 32.500 all-around, earning eighth place. Jessica Alberts took ninth place with a 33.025 all-around score. Peyton White was 11th in the all-around (30.875).

At Level 4, Rebecca Bowman placed second on beam (9.00) and sixth in the all-around (35.200). Haley See finished second on vault (9.050), after a spill in vault warm-ups. Kayleigh Davis placed third on beam (8.750). Macee Babcock earned fifth on bars (8.4). Kayla Jones took seventh in the all-around (35.00). Alyssa Garrett was 11th in the all-around (31.900) and Jennifer Alberts was 12th (32.600).

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