Youth Sports Report 5/25/07 |

Youth Sports Report 5/25/07

NC Gold advances to championship

The Nevada County Gold 17 & Under AAU basketball club team advanced to the championship round of the Pacific District Qualifier Tournament held in Sacramento May 19-20 to earn a qualifying spot for the AAU Nationals tournament held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. July 26-Aug. 1.

In the opening round, the Gold matched up against 707’s Finest and won 66-57. Leaders for the game were Greg Blaney with 19 points and eight rebounds, Mark Kendall with 18 points and four assists, and Nick Cancilla with 11 points and seven rebounds.

In the semifinal round, Gold defeated NorCal Elite 61-47 with a solid team defensive effort, strong rebounding, and 12 of 15 shooting from the free throw line. Scoring in double figures for the Gold were Cancilla with 15 points, Blaney with 13 points, Kendall with 11 points and Marc Hopkinson with 10 points.

In the championship game, Gold matched up with Sierra Express and after a halftime score of 24-24, and 3rd quarter score of 35-38, the Sierra Express pulled away to win 61-53. Leaders for Gold were John Wivholm with 13 points and five assists, Zach Spencer with eight points and nine rebounds, Cancilla with eight points and six rebounds and Kennen Morris with six points and five rebounds.

On May 5-6, the Gold won the Winner Takes All tournament held at Basketball Town in Folsom.

In pool play, Gold defeated Santa Rosa Warriors 50-23 and the Sacramento ThunderBolts, 50-31. In the championship, Gold prevailed against a very strong team from Clovis West, No Town Hurricanes to win 58-54, using balanced team scoring from Wivholm 12 points, Spencer and Blaney with 11 points, Cancilla nine points, Kendall eight points, and Hopkinson seven points.

Miners take top honors at tournament

The NC Miners competed in the Mothers Day Weekend Tournament in Lodi, winning both games they played in Division I for the title.

In the opener, the NC Miners downed the Lodi Flying Tigers 47-31. Mikey Cordova was the high point scorer with 17 points, while Cyle Bush had six points and led the team in rebounds with eight.

In game two, the Miners beat the Stockton Mavericks 65-47. Once again, Cordova was the high point scorer with 24. Bush had nine points and 12 rebounds.

The team, which is in its second season, is headed to the Super Regionals held in Reno, Nev. over Memorial Day weekend.


Gold Mine wrestlers qualify for nationals

Two Gold Mine wrestlers have qualified for the nationals after finishing among the top two in their respective weight divisions at the California State Freestyle Tournament May 12-13.

Luke Manuel took first place in the Junior division, while Jacob Purdy finished second in the Cadet division. Both have earned the right to advance to the nationals, which will be held in July at Fargo, N.D.

Also competing for Gold Mine were Zach Callas, who finished third in Greco Roman; Johnny Callas, who finished seventh in the Novice division and Will Sumner who also earned a seventh place finish in his respective weight class of the Novice division.


NCGA releases Week 6 scores


5/14 Krushers 8, Tomboys 1

5/15 Blazing Angels 9, Diamond girls 8

5/15 Comets 4, Heat 0

5/16 Lightning 1, Minorettes 8

5/19 Krushers 10, Diamond Girls 4

5/19 Comets 2, Blazing Angels 3

5/19 Minorettes 5, Tomboys 2

5/19 Lightning 0, Heat 2


5/16 Flames 5, Tornados 20

5/17 Hot Styx 6, Twisters 13

5/17 Thunder 7, Shockers 11

5/19 Tornados 13, Thunder 10

5/19 Shockers 11, Rockets 9

5/18 Mini-extreme 11, Twisters 2


5/14 Titans 6, Bombers 6

5/14 Mustangs 4, Sluggers 5

5/15 Sliders 11, Sting 12

5/19 Titans 8, Mustangs 4

5/19 Sluggers 5, Sting 10

5/19 Bombers 12, Sliders 10


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