Falcons, Bruins spikers win PVL openers

Prep Roundup
By: Mike Ray and Nick Pecoraro
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Colfax and Bear River tuned up for their first pivotal Pioneer ValleyLeague volleyball match of the season by both posting easy wins Monday evening.

The Falcons, playing at home, turned back Center in a 3-0 sweep, 25-9, 25-12, 25-20.         

Bear River, meanwhile, also played at home and defeated Marysville in a three-game sweep, 25-12, 25-12, 25-20.  The two PVL rivals were slated to meet last night at Bear River with the winner having the inside track to the early league lead.

Both teams competed at last weekend’s Battle of the Buttes Classic, hosted at Sutter High School.

Colfax , 9-7 overall on the season, went 4-2 at the Buttes Classic with wins over Gridley, Marysville, Durham and Paradise while falling to Colusa and Yuba City.

Bear River, meanwhile, was 3-2 at the tourney with wins over Dixon, Marysville and Las Plumas and had setbacks to Pierce and Sutter.

In Colfax’s PVL win over Center on Monday, the Falcons followed the offensive charge of Halle Neumann with seven kills and Jacy Dean with four.

Neumann was also credited with seven assists while Nelly Balk added six. Grace Bliss contributed six serving aces while Hailee Mulic recorded seven digs.

Forest Lake Christian 3, Delta 0

The Falcons improved their Central Valley California League record to 3-1 with a road sweep last week over the Saints in Clarksburg. Katie Lowry’s five kills and 12 assists from Ellie Wood sparked FLC.

The Falcons also posted a 3-0 sweep over Victory Christian with Lily Sween recording seven kills and Breezy Adams adding three. Forest Lake, 4-4 overall, hosts Sacramento Waldorf tonight at Lake of the Pines.  



Bruins set school mark

Bear River’s girls golf team, playing on its par-35 Lake of the Pines home course, set a school scoring record last week in a 197-310 PVL victory over Marysville.

“The girls played pretty well,” understated Bruins coach Gayne Nakano. “That’s the best girls score in school history.”

Leading Bear River was senior Hannah Prosser, who shot a 37. She was followed in by Kalei Owen with a 38, Corina Shaw and Julia Picente both with 40s and Dominique Peter with a 42.

Bear River is now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.



Placer girls drop first league match

The Placer girls tennis team fell to Nevada Union, 6-3, in the first FVL match of the season. Picking up wins for the Placer singles were Cassandra Rhoades (6-1, 6-3), Cayenne Gularte (6-1, 6-2) and Talia Heath (6-1, 6-4).

“Overall, I thought we played pretty well,” said Placer coach Randy Havens. “The match could have gone either way ‒ just a few points away from winning the first set in three of our matches.”  

Placer, now 4-1 on the season, plays Rio Linda Thursday.