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Woodcreek ends Granite Bay’s SFL water polo streak

Oakmont sweeps Rio Linda in volleyball
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Granite Bay High School dominated Sierra Foothill League boys water polo since returning to the league in 2006 — to the point that the Grizzlies didn’t lose a game during that span.

The Grizzlies’ impressive five-year run ended Tuesday with a 10-9 loss to Woodcreek at the Roseville Aquatics Center. The Timberwolves last beat Granite Bay in a nonleague game in 2005, according to coach Grant Guensler.

“It was outstanding,” he said.

Not lost on the Timberwolves was that their victory was needed for their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff push, especially after they lost to Bear River by one in their previous game. Granite Bay is now 8-1 in the SFL. Woodcreek and Bear River are 7-2. Granite Bay and Bear River will meet one more time.

“We’ve been behind Granite Bay for five years, and we’ve come close a couple of times,” Guensler said. “Our boys are always fired up for Granite Bay. The first time we played them, they handled us pretty easily. The second time, we always played them better.”

The back-and-forth game finally tipped toward Woodcreek when Evan Larsen scored with about a minute left to make it 10-9.

Guensler said the Timberwolves planned their defense specifically to stop Max Vigeant and Andrew Murch on Granite Bay’s final possession. Woodcreek stole a pass with 29 seconds left and played keep-away until the final buzzer.

“It was pretty exciting,” Guensler said. “They had two opportunities, but (goalie) Blake Bass just had an outstanding game.”

Zach Schlaht led the balanced Timberwolves with three goals. Larsen, Adam McKinnon and Travis Haury scored two apiece, and freshman Christian Emerson scored one.

Vigeant and Nathan Pinkney led Granite Bay with four goals each, and Alek Dendall scored one.

Girls water polo

Granite Bay 7, Woodcreek 1 — Grace Reego scored three of her four goals in the fourth quarter, and Juliana Rowe scored her second as the Grizzlies (5-4 SFL) pulled away from the Timberwolves on Tuesday at the Roseville Aquatics Center. Senior Jolie Rogers scored Granite Bay’s first goal.

“Juliana has really been tough on defense,” Grizzlies coach Genna Masters said. “She had five steals, which saved us at least three possible shots within two meters of the net.”

Junior Sara Northam made 11 stops in the cage, and Megan Klingler and Hayley McAvoy each had one assist.

Volleyball

Dig Pink at Roseville — Roseville will be host to Woodcreek in a Dig Pink match Tuesday night to support breast cancer awareness. Donations will be accepted, there will be a bake sale with proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer, and City Councilwoman Carol Garcia will speak about her experience fighting the disease. Tigers co-captains Kali Lauhon and Kendall Harrison are organizing the event.

The Tigers lost to visiting Granite Bay 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 on Tuesday. Kirsten Merlino and Kelsey Starr had five kills each for Roseville, and Leslie Pease had six blocks. Harrison led Roseville with 15 digs.

Oakmont 3, Rio Linda 0 — Kyra Rogers had 12 digs, Emily Larson had 11 kills, and Brennah Gladwill served five aces as the Vikings swept the Knights 25-19, 25-15, 25-13. Oakmont also won the JV and freshman matches.

Girls golf

Granite Bay 230, Roseville 252 — Junior Paige Lee shot a 1-over-par 36 to lead the Grizzlies over the Tigers (4-6 SFL) on Thursday at Granite Bay Country Club. Virgie Velazquez led Roseville with a 39.

Roseville 239, Del Oro 264 — Medalist Virgie Velazquez shot a 4-over 41 at Sierra View Country Club to lift the Tigers over the Golden Eagles on Tuesday. Natalie Farahani and Bailey McMillin each shot 47 for Roseville.