Granite Bay runners hit tape first in SFL cross country meet

Woodcreek wins varsity boys team title; Oakmont claims another volleyball tournament
By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Granite Bay High School runners were individual winners in the first Sierra Foothill League cross country meet of the season, and Woodcreek captured the varsity boys team title at Willow Hill in Folsom.

The Timberwolves placed five runners in the top 12 to win handily with 43 points. Rocklin was second with 68, followed by Granite Bay with 77, Del Oro with 97, Roseville with 110 and Nevada Union with 127.

Justin Clark of Woodcreek finished fourth individually in a time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds. He was followed by teammates Taylor Guinnip (17:23), Jon Horvath (17:24) and Luis Romo (17:45) in eighth, ninth and 10th and Adam Clarke (17:48) in 12th.

Granite Bay senior Trent Brendel won the event in 16:31 with Roseville sophomore Neilson Powless second in 16:38. It was a repeat 1-2 finish of the Del Oro Invite on Aug. 30. Paul Zeiss of Granite Bay was seventh in 17:21.

Freshman Maggie Bell of Granite Bay won the varsity girls race in 19:44, 31 seconds quicker than runner-up Karina Nunes of Woodcreek.

Katie Mersereau (20:38) and Rylee McKeon (21:12) finished fourth and seventh to lead Granite Bay’s varsity girls to a runner-up spot with 65 points. Del Oro had four runners in the top nine and five in the top 12 and won the team crown with 37 points. Rocklin was third with 78 points and Woodcreek fourth with 83. Nevada Union had 91 points and Roseville 155.

Woodcreek’s Brooke O’Brien was 10th in 21:44.

The Timberwolves won the JV boys title by nine points over Del Oro, led by a 1-2 finish by Ben Wilburn (12:39) and Daniel Goold (12:43).

Del Oro rolled to the JV girls crown with 18 points. Woodcreek, led by Avery Morin’s fourth-place finish in 15:02, was next with 57.


Oakmont wins again — Oakmont last weekend won its second tournament of the season and captured the Red Bluff Invitational for the second year in a row.

The Vikings (19-1), after losing to Bear River on Saturday morning, beat the Bruins 25-14, 25-20 in the championship match as Emily Larson had 11 kills and Kyra Rogers had 10 digs. Brennah Gladwill had six kills, six digs and three aces, and Maura Uebner had four blocks as Oakmont beat Bear River for the second time in three days.

Oakmont defeated Sutter 25-9, 25-23 in the quarterfinals and Foothill 20-25, 25-15, 16-14 in the semifinals. Rogers had eight kills and five aces against Foothill, Allison Haack had six digs, and Ally Wubben had 22 assists.

Roseville 3, Monterey Trail 1 — The Tigers made lineup changes after dropping the first set and bounced back to beat the visiting Mustangs 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 on Thursday.

Lindsay Anderson came off the bench and contributed passing, and setter Jessica Yaranon set up the hitters. Kirsten Merlino entered at outside hitter and had seven kills to go with 11 kills by Abby Jensen and seven kills by Jen Simon.

“When we do pass, our offense can be pretty effective,” Tigers coach Ron Grove said. “It was a good match against a very athletic and experienced Monterey Trail team.”

Boys water polo

Granite Bay is seventh — Granite Bay split four games and finished in seventh place in the Clovis Tournament last weekend.

The Grizzlies lost to Fresno-Buchanan 13-9 and beat Bella Vista 15-6 on Friday, then lost to Clovis 11-8 and beat Clovis West 15-7 on Saturday.

Max Vigeant led Granite Bay in scoring in each game and totaled 15 goals. Nathan Pinkney scored nine goals, and Chase Cooper and Alek Dendall scored five apiece.

Granite Bay was coming off a 19-10 victory at Del Oro in its Sierra Foothill League opener. Jack Ellinthorpe had six goals and two assists for the Grizzlies, and Pinkney had four goals and two assists. Dendall had three goals and three assists, Vigeant scored three goals, Chase Cooper had two goals, and Tyler Kenney had 11 steals.

Nevada Union 8, Roseville 5 — Evan Attica had four goals and two steals for the Tigers in their SFL loss to the Miners. Goalie Chance Owen made 26 saves for Roseville.

Girls water polo

Grizzlies win consolation — Granite Bay went 4-1 and won the consolation bracket in the 64-team Sierra Shootout last weekend at Sierra College in Rocklin.

The Grizzlies reeled off four victories after losing to Foothill 13-10 in their opener. Granite Bay then beat Antelope 9-2, Sonora 6-5 in sudden death, Rocklin 8-6 and Los Gatos 5-4.

Junior Grace Reego scored six of her 20 goals in the win over Antelope, and senior goalie Sara Northam blocked six shots. Reego scored four goals against Rocklin, and Northam blocked four shots against Sonora.

Sophomore Lia Patrinellis scored the winning goal against Sonora and had two goals against Los Gatos.

“The girls’ hard work is starting to pay off,” Granite Bay coach Mike Saldana said. “We are seeing improvement across the board with more solid defense, stronger shooting and improved ball handling.”