Youth Sports Report: Magnolia stays undefeated
The Nevada County Junior High League capped off its season with a small school tournament at Bear River and a large school tournament at Nevada Union High School this past weekend.
Large School Tournament
In the large school tournament, the Magnolia eighth grade team came away with the championship, beating rival Weimar 48-37. It was the fourth time this season the two teams have faced each other, with Magnolia winning each time.
Magnolia’s Michael Jensen scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Jordan Beskeen scored all 10 of his points in the second half, along with grabbing a team-high six rebounds. Brandon Parker and Cameron Van Burkleo each scored six points, with Chris Ross chipping in with five. Zach Welz had five assists.
The Magnolia Rattlers earned their second consecutive NCAL Championship going 44-0 against school teams with just two AAU losses during the two seasons.
In the seventh grade bracket, Seven Hills came out the winner beating Lyman Gilmore 50-31.
Seven Hills used a full court trap in the second quarter to pull away, outscoring Lyman Gilmore 20-7 in that quarter to take a 24-16 lead into halftime. Brock Kraus led all scorers with 17 points. Colin Lee and Chris Porter added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Seven Hills.
“Jake Tilly had tremendous floor leadership and defensive effort with Nick Casey and Dallas Carnaham each contributing a strong defensive effort in the second half,” said Seven Hills coach Steve Belch.
The Seven Hills seventh grade team finished the season 23-2, winning the league championship, the seventh grade Gilmore Invitational and the Franklin Shootout.
Small School Tournament
The Chicago Park eighth grade team was the winner of the small school tournament held at Bear River High School, beating Ready Springs by a score of 45-36.
Kenneth Wright led Chicago Park with 13 points, in addition to Shane McCarthy’s 12 and Rolly Brodka’s 11.
In the third-place game, Grass Valley Charter won 38-28 against Clear Creek with CVC’s Anders Price-Tison scoring a game-high 22 points. Teammate Christian Grapel scored 14 points, while Clear Creek’s Tom Bartol finished with eight points.
The consolation championship went to the Chicago Park seventh grade team, which squeaked out a 36-29 win against Cornerstone 36-29. Cornerstone’s Jake Coburn scored 21 of his team’s 29 points. Chicago Park’s Matthew Jacobson and Cody Lemarche had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Tournament most valuable player honors went to Chicago Park’s Wright. Joining him on the all-tournament team were Jacobson, Coburn, Bartol, Price-Tison, Brodka, McCarthy, Kevin Beard (Ready Springs) and Thomas Horton (Ready Springs).
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