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 Senior project driving force behind ‘Pink Night’

Not only will Nevada Union vol- leyball fans have a chance to cheer on their Lady Miners in next Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. Sierra Foothill League clash with Woodcreek, they’ll also get an opportunity to support a worthy cause.

NU will host it’s fourth annual “Pink Night” to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Nevada Union’s Marnie McDowell is heading up the evening as part of her senior project.

“I’ve always felt cancer research, in general, was an important issue because it affects to many people,” McDowell said. “Everybody knows someone. For me, it’s a cousin, so it’s important to me.

“But what’s great about this event is that all the money stays in Nevada County.”

Proceeds will be presented to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and to the Barbara Schmidt Millar Scholarship Fund, which provides mammograms for men and women without health insurance.

Players at all three levels of play will be wearing pink T-shirts and ribbons in support of the cause. McDowell asks fans to turn out in big numbers in support, as well, and also encourages all who attend to wear pink.

— The Union staff Photos for The Union by John Hart

The Nevada Union varsity boys race off the starting line at the beginning of Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League cross country meet at Nevada Union. NU’s boys took third place in team scoring.

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ednesday was a good day for Nevada Union cross country runners to notch

personal records. Simon Lambert wasn’t far

behind the top two varsity runners when he finished third in the Miners second Sierra Foothill League meet, at the team’s home course on trails around the school’s wooded area. Lambert clocked in at 16 min-

utes, 31 seconds and, as a team,NU finished third in varsity boys scor- ing.

“I tried to get 16:40 and I did

better than I thought I would because of the good competition,” said Lambert, a senior. “Our entire team did really well.” Woodcreek won the boys’ varsi-

ty meet with Rocklin taking second. Sophomore Lauren Arnett led

the way for the Nevada Union varsi- ty girls, garnering a 14th-place finish and clocking in at 20:12 for a personal record. The Lady Miners finished fifth overall. “I beat my record by two min-

 It’s official: Moss headed back to Minnesota

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Brett Favre finally got his wish. He will be playing with Randy Moss and the Vikings couldn’t be happier about it.

The Super-Bowl-or-bust Vikings got Moss from New England on Wednesday for a 2011 draft pick, another eye-opening acquisition that comes just in time to rejuve- nate a stagnant offense for a challenging stretch of games.

The Patriots gave the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver the exit he expected and sent him back to the team that turned him into a superstar after drafting him in the first round in 1998.

There are still plenty of fond memories around here of Moss’s electrifying performances, along with his colorful comments and contrarian behavior.

 Raiders Henderson sidelined with fracture

ALAMEDA — Oakland defensive tackle John Henderson could be sidelined for more than a month with a stress fracture in his right foot, dealing a blow to the Raiders’ struggling run defense.

Henderson has already missed two games with a sore foot that wasn’t improving. Coach Tom Cable said Wednesday that Henderson had a stress fracture and could miss between two and five additional weeks.

“I think it’s big,” Cable said. “John was playing well and the last time really that he played was St. Louis, but we’ve had good play out of him so obviously that’s a loss. But we’ll overcome it.”

The Raiders are thin at defensive tackle with Henderson out, with only Desmond Bryant available to back up starters Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. Oakland released Jay Alford earlier in the week to make room for line- backer Bruce Davis, who was needed to bolster a banged-up linebacker crew.

— Associated Press

utes,” Arnett said. “I wanted to get below 20 minutes, but it seemed like a long ways away when I started the race.”

Arnett was followed on NU by

freshman Rachel Brink who kicked in, passing a runner on the track straightaway for 19th place. It was the second varsity race

for Brink, who said she simply wanted to continue to improve. The Lady Miners are making

progress, said coach Sara Freitas. In the first SFL race, the team

finished nearly 60 or 70 points behind Rocklin, but after Wednesday’s meet that gap closed


Nevada Union's Simon Lambert runs through the woods near the Nevada Union campus during Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League meet.

Brian Hamilton, sports editor, (530) 477-4240,

One to watch: Playoff baseball Braves at Giants TV: TBS, 6:30 p.m.

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Halladay tosses playoff no-no

BY ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer


spent his whole career waiting for this start, wondering what it would be like to pitch in the playoffs. It was better than he — or anyone else —

Lambert credits tough competition for personal-record run

could have predicted. Halladay threw the second no-hitter in

postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4- 0 in Game 1 of the NL division series on Wednesday. “It’s surreal, it really is,”


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Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason.To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”

Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to

throw a postseason no-hitter. He tossed a per- fect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn.The 54th anniversary of Larsen’s gem is this Friday. Halladay took the Year of the Pitcher into

October. The excitement spread beyond Citizens Bank Park — the last two outs were shown on the video board at Target Field, where the Twins were preparing to play the Yankees, and Minnesota fans cheered. The All-Star right-hander, who threw a

perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his first playoff start. The overmatched Reds never came close to

a hit. Halladay allowed only one runner, walk- ing Jay Bruce on a full count with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight. “To get a no-hitter in this fashion, in your

first postseason game, you’ve got to put it right up there,” Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said.

Halladay threw 104 pitches, 79 for strikes.

This was the first no-hitter against the Reds since 1971,when Philadelphia’s Rick Wise beat them by the same 4-0 score. “It’s no fun out there,” Reds slugger Joey Votto said. “It’s like trying to hit nothing.He’s


Opening loss plagues Bruins against Placer

 MOTOR SPORTS REPORT Weaver gets preview of next year before race

THE UNION STAFF Before hitting the track for the sev-

enth round of action at Thunderhill Raceway Park near Willows last week- end,Grass Valley’s C.J.Weaver hopped aboard the 600 GSXR motorcycle to test ride the bike he plans to race next season. Jumping from the 250 Ninja on

which he competes this season, the 17- year-old, 130-pound Weaver had to get a handle on the 130 horsepower bike, which was a big boost up from the 39 hp bike he’s been riding all season. After dropping more than 30 seconds of his best lap time by the end of the practice session, Weaver was excited about the prospects for next year. But still having the current season

ahead of him,Weaver was back in action Sunday. After taking the hole shot into turn

one,Weaver led in the early portion of the six-lap race.On the final lap,Weaver slid off the track but kept the bike upright and returned to the track in time to take third overall and was the first novice to cross the finish line in the 250 production class.Weaver also went on to take fourth place in the 250 Superbike race, which he led twice despite riding against faster bikes throughout. Weaver’s first year of road racing

THE UNION STAFF In a battle between the only two teams still

unbeaten in Pioneer Valley League volleyball, Bear River fell to host Placer Wednesday night in four games. The Hillgals held off the Lady Bruins 28-

26 in a tight opening clash to take control early in a duel that ended 25-12, 19-25, 25-13 in favor of the hosts. “We knew it was crucial for us to take that

first one,” said Bruin coach Matt MacDonald. “If we took that first one, we’d got the momen- tum going for what we wanted to do. “We were up 23-21, but we just couldn’t get

a sideout.” The disappointing defeat in game one left

Submitted photo

Grass Valley’s C.J. Weaver, right, races through a turn during a race at Thunderhill Raceway Park near Willows last weekend. Weaver brought home the Top Novice award for his performance.

was capped by the third-place finish in the 250 Production race, along with fourth in the 250 Superbike race. He took 27th overall in the series and was presented the Top Novice champi- onship. Still ahead for Weaver are two more

rounds of Supermoto racing in October and November.

Silver Dollar Speedway Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt finished 14th

Saturday in the 360 Sprints “A” feature race at Silver Dollar Speedway. Burt competed as part of the Pacific Sprints

Fall Nationals at the Chico race track. Tim Kaeding captured the Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals by winning both “A” feature races

Friday and Saturday. Burt finished third in a heat race Saturday. Colby Wiesz, of Colfax, took sixth in the 360

Sprints “B” feature race. Earlier, he took fifth in a heat race. Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey Jr. finished 15th in

the 360 Sprints “C” feature race. He finished sixth in a heat race. Last Friday, during the first day of the Pacific

Sprints Fall Nationals, Wiesz took 15th in the 360 Sprints “A” feature race. He finished fourth in a heat race. Billy Wallace, of Grass Valley, finished first in

a heat race. Also, Burt and Harvey finished sev- enth and eighth respectively in a heat race.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a racer with local ties or have any weekly updates for the motor sports report please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

the Bruins in a bit of a funk in game two, falling behind two games to none. But Bear River bounced back with a strong third game, which made their coach proud. “Especially with a young group of girls,

that’s good to see,” MacDonald said. “I’m so proud of them.A lot of teams in the past would have folded, but they turned it on to get to that fourth (game).” Game four saw Placer pull ahead 7-0 to put

the Bruins back behind the eight ball early. “You just can’t give a good team like Placer

such a good run to start,”MacDonald said. The Bruins, who slipped to 21-8 overall

and 2-1 in the PVL, were led by Sara Schell’s seven kills and Katie Tomkiewicz’s six. “(Placer) did a good job shutting down our

outsides,”MacDonald said. The Hillgals, who moved to 3-0 in league

play, are back in action Monday at Lincoln.Bear River will also be in action Monday night, host- ing rival Colfax (12-7, 1-1 PVL).

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