Woodcreek girls race to Stanford Invite victory
Woodcreek High School’s girls cross country team won the Division II championship at the Stanford Invite on Sept. 24, and the boys team placed second to Bella Vista.
Led by junior Karina Nunes’ fourth-place finish in 18 minutes, 22 seconds, the Timberwolves’ five scoring runners finished 44th and better in a field of 223.
Woodcreek’s 127 points easily beat Bella Vista’s 182 in the 32-team competition.
Senior Samantha Gomez was 16th (19:09), sophomore Rosemarie Dipentino 30th (19:45), senior McCall Habermehl 33rd (19:50) and junior Brooke O’Brien 44th (20:06).
Senior Hunter Tyler placed second individually at 15:37, but the Woodcreek boys’ 115 points came up short against Bella Vista’s 101. Bella Vista had four runners in the top 20.
Woodcreek senior Brandon Biando was 13th (16:04), junior Sam Devereax 22nd (16:20), sophomore Taylor Guinnip 36th (16:32) and junior Jon Horvath 42nd (16:37).
Top-10 performances by junior Karlie Garcia and sophomore Marisa Carino fueled Oakmont to a fifth-place finish in Division III. Garcia placed second out of 192 runners at 17:09, 10 seconds behind senior Carrie Verdon of champion Campolindo. Carino was eighth at 18:31.
Other Oakmont scorers were freshman Kylie Michaels in 49th (20:04), senior Nyralee Chhotu in 75th (28:38) and senior Grace Cambra in 77th (20:40).
Granite Bay’s girls finished 13th out of 32 schools in Division II. Sophomore Katie Mersereau finished 17th (19:10) and senior Natalie Hassna 21st (19:27).
The Grizzlies’ boys were 18th out of 36 schools. Junior Trent Brendel was fourth at 15:43.
Roseville 3, Woodcreek 0 — The Tigers turned back a threat by the host Timberwolves in the second game, and Cameron Bones came in to serve six points in a row in the third game to boost Roseville to a 25-20, 26-24, 25-20 victory in an SFL opener.
Bones’ serving gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead, and she added a nice dig to help Roseville take control. Big kills by Molly Lanoie helped the Tigers seal the match.
Four-year varsity player Kali Lauhon had what Roseville coach Ron Grove said was the “best match of her career” with 33 assists, nine digs, four blocks and an ace.
Libero Amanda Susbilla again led Roseville with 11 digs. Kelsey Starr had a team-high eight kills, Jennifer Simon seven kills and Kirsten Merlino six kills.
Rocklin 3, Roseville 1 — The Tigers (1-1 SFL) controlled the visiting Thunder in the first game but couldn’t close game two and couldn’t hold a lead in game four in a 17-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 setback.
Four-year varsity player Kali Lauhon had 48 assists, five digs and a block. Kirsten Merlino led Roseville with 14 kills. Kelsey Starr, having moved to a different position in the front row, had nine kills and two blocks. Amanda Susbilla had 15 digs and an ace, and Marrisa Dumford had 12 digs and played well in the front row in the fourth game.
“We played much better, a little more consistently, and we feel we may have a good lineup for league,” coach Ron Grove said.
Granite Bay 3, Woodcreek 0 — The Grizzlies followed a five-game win over Nevada Union on Tuesday by sweeping the Timberwolves 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 on Thursday. In Tuesday’s 25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8 victory over Nevada Union, Maddy Deters had 25 kills and 14 digs.
Oakmont 3, Casa Roble 1 — Setter Brennah Gladwill had 30 assists as the Vikings beat the Rams 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 29-27 in a CVC opener. Outside hitter Katie Carte had 13 kills and 18 digs, and outside hitter Emily Larson had 12 kills. Oakmont won the JV match 25-10, 25-17 and the freshman match 25-5, 25-11.
Roseville 5, Nevada Union 4 — The Tigers (10-3, 2-1 SFL) overcame the absence of two singles players to edge the Miners on Tuesday. Emma Carlson came back in each set to win 6-4, 6-4, and Bianca Luna won her 11th match of the season.
The No. 2 doubles duo of Nicole Trezza and Alison Busch came back to win 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the deciding match.
Roseville lost to Rocklin 7-2 on Sept. 22. Ada Ukaegbu and Bianca Luna easily won singles matches, but Rocklin won the other four, all in three sets.
Granite Bay rolling in SFL — Reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Granite Bay ran its SFL record to 4-0 with an 8-1 victory over Rocklin on Thursday. That followed 9-0 wins over Nevada Union and Woodcreek and a 6-3 victory over Del Oro on Tuesday.
Oakmont 9, Del Campo 0 — The No. 1 doubles team of Maria Mikhaylishin and Anoli Kothari remained undefeated as the Vikings blanked the Cougars in a CVC match.
Bella Vista 8, Oakmont 1 — Lauren Griffin won a tough match for the Vikings (4-4 overall) in their loss to the Broncos.
CVC Tournament No. 1 — Maddie Gedeon of Oakmont shot a 1-over-par 73 for the medalist honor, but the Vikings finished a distant second to Christian Brothers at Sunset Whitney.
Roseville resident Clare Sorensen and Christian Brothers teammate Sadie Strain each shot 74, and Nichole Cruz’s 80 helped the Falcons to a 421 total, 107 strokes better than Oakmont. Del Campo (607), Casa Roble (629) and Rio Linda (683) were third, fourth and fifth.
Nicki Holm shot an 86 for Oakmont.
On Thursday, Gedeon shot an even-par 36 and Holm a 41 as Oakmont defeated Casa Roble 267-298 at Diamond Oaks.
Also, Sorensen shot a 35 to help Christian Brothers break the school record with a 183 team score in a victory over Bella Vista at Bartley Cavanaugh.
Roseville splits — The Tigers (3-3 SFL) lost to Granite Bay 206-241 on Tuesday at Sierra View and defeated Woodcreek 237-249 on Thursday at Diamond Oaks behind a 2-over 38 by Virgie Velasquez. Michaela Gobron shot a 44 against Granite Bay and a 45 against Woodcreek. Velasquez shot a 41 against Granite Bay.
Woodcreek 250, Del Oro 275 — Lexi Robinson shot a 43 to lift the Timberwolves over the Golden Eagles at Sierra Pines. Sophomores Brianna Areia and Elyn DuShane shot 45 and 50 for Woodcreek.
Girls water polo
Oakmont 20, Del Campo 6 — Hannah Woster scored six goals, Molly Swart five and Amanda Haack three as the Vikings improved to 3-0 in the CVC with a rout of the Cougars (1-2). Hannah Quitugua scored two goals for Oakmont.
Granite Bay 12, Roseville 0 — Goalie Sara Northam stopped seven shots by the host Tigers, and sophomore Grace Reego scored on all four of her attempts to lift the Grizzlies (3-2 SFL). Juliana Rowe and Hayley McAvoy each had three goals and Jolie Rogers and Megan Klinger scored one apiece.
Oakmont 1, Del Campo 0 — Steve Carlisle scored in the first half, and the Vikings (6-3 overall, 2-1 CVC) went on to blank the Cougars.