Whitney’s cross country team running strong

The sports week in review
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney High cross-country team competed in the Capital Athletic League’s first meet of the season at Rio Americano High School, Sept. 14. Ryan Hodgens placed first for the Wildcats as the boy’s squad captured the meet with 41 total points. Jacob Zufelt and Nate Wellington finished second and third, respectively. Rio Americano finished in second-place with 56 points. The girl’s team finished in second place; Rio Americano won the meet with 59 points. Third was El Camino with 80 points. Jenica Dodge placed fourth overall, Megan Hall was fifth, and Taelor Hatch came in ninth. The Rocklin High cross-country team raced at Folsom High’s Willow Hill’s course, Sept. 14, in the Sierra Foothill League’s first meet of the season. This race was also a qualifier for the Woodbridge Invite. The Thunder varsity boys finished second with 64 points; Woodcreek won the meet with 31 points. Rocklin’s top three varsity boys were Ryan Jones (sixth, 17:20), Alex Macchietto (14th, 18:10), and Ty Medd (15th, 18:14). Woodcreek won the varsity girls race with 33 points, Granite Bay finished in second with 73 and Rocklin finished third with 80 points. The best varsity girl’s times came from Mikaela Yerkes (10th, 21:45), Heidi Greenwood (11th, 21:51) and Lindsey Romeri (14th, 22:00). Rocklin’s JV girls finished second with 51 points; Del Oro won with 48 points. Rocklin’s top individual scores for frosh/soph girls were Maddy Lent (fourth, 14:35), and Juliette Sherrill (fifth, 14:55). For frosh/soph boys, Woodcreek was first with 26 points, second was Granite Bay (63), and Rocklin totaled 102. The top three Thunder runners were Ethan Flake (sixth, 12:45), John Montoya (12th, 13:18), and Jeremiah Grande (20th, 14:39). Golf Rocklin’s girls golf defeated Roseville 230-242, Diamond Oaks Golf Course, on Sept. 15. Camille Wagg shot a 3-over 39, and Devyn Peterson carded a 44. Natalie Pinna turned in a 48. The Thunder defeated Del Oro 247-301, Whitney Oaks Golf Course, Sept 13. Wagg had a 39, and Peterson turned in a 46. Tennis The Rocklin varsity girls tennis team finished this week a perfect 3-0 (6-1). Playing the favorites in the Capital Valley Conference and CAL the Thunder beat Christian Brothers 6-3, Mira Loma 5-4 and Whitney 7-2. Senior Shannon Peifer and Junior Shelby Kubota got things started on Sept. 12 versus Christian Brothers with three-set victories. The victory put Peifer’s season record at 6-0 with four of the victories coming in three sets. Rounding out the singles victories were Molly Garcia-Kaer (6-4, 6-2) and Jessica Miller (6-2, 6-1). Finishing up the match was Rachel Buxton and her partner Valerie Todd who won 6-3, 7-5. Rocklin substituted some junior varsity players into their Sept. 13 match to help give the varsity a break. Beth Knight had her first varsity win. Rocklin defeated Mira Loma 5-4 on Sept. 15. Stefanie Studen had a come from behind 18-16 third set tie-break win. Rocklin plays Del Oro and Roseville this week. Volleyball Rocklin girls volleyball improved to 9-1 after winning the Harbor Varsity Invitational, Sept. 17. The Thunder defeated Vista Del Lego 3-1, Sept. 13. Senior Katelyn Ivy led the team with 49 attacks and 15 kills. Sierra Ueltzen recorded three assists and Kelsey Garvella had 11 points in the win. After losing at Ponderosa 3-2, Sept. 15, the Thunder won their next six games, including the Harbor Varsity tournament. Ivy leads the Thunder with 315 attacks and 17 aces; Ueltzen has 124 blocks. The Thunder was scheduled to start Sierra Foothill League play against Del Oro this week. Whitney varsity volleyball team went 1-2 this week. They lost Rio Americano, 3-2, Monday, defeated Mira Loma, 3-0, Sept. 14, and fell 3-0 to Franklin 3-0, Sept. 12. The Wildcats, 8-5 overall, and 1-1 in the Capital Athletic League were scheduled to play at El Camino (15-1, 2-0), Wednesday. Kaylin Squyres leads the team in attacks with 317, 32 digs, eight blocks and six aces.