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Bruins recount memorable sports moments

Varsity soccer player Paxton Waters practices drills during soccer practice on March 26th. Photo by Maya Bussinger

Over the years, Bear River Athletics have accomplished many notable highlights; Bruin athletes have made some unforgettable plays and achieved many different awards. 

Coaches and sports players looked back to some of these achievements.

When asked about some of the memorable moments of his long coaching history of football at Bear River, Varsity Football Coach Scott Savoie named several notable occasions. 

“Wow…. lots of great memories and over achieving players and teams!” said Savoie. “Here are some that come to mind: The “snow bowl” in 1994 against Ripon at Bear River; We got it all- rain, wind, snow, sleat and COLD! Beating Del Oro for the first time in the Sierra Foothill League in 1997 and 98, (broke their SFL streak of over 6 years without an SFL loss). 2015- What should have been possibly the best BR team ever got “snake bit by injuries”. [We] still found a way to make it to the section championship against Sonora.”

Sophomore Football Player Anders Torgerson mentions a few of the highlights he’s experienced in his sports career.

“A major highlight was playing in a playoff game as a freshman. I started on special teams and played a little offense and defense,” Torgerson said.

Senior Baseball player Colby Lunsford explained moments from baseball that stood out to him.

“My major highlight from baseball at Bear River was our playoff run my sophomore year when we made it to sections,” he said. “I think a memorial moment for me was hitting my first home run freshman year in our last game of the year.”

Track coach Dan Buxton conveyed a few important events that track athletes have succeeded in over the years.

“In the last 10 years we have had 26 boys and 20 girls represent Bear River at the Sections track meet and out of those 46 individuals, 29 of them went onto the Masters meet and competed against the best in the CIF Sac- Joaquin section,” said Buxton.

Junior track athlete Timothy Rice expressed a moment pole vaulting where he beat his personal record.

“When I did well is when I had to run a 100 and a 200 meter race and then pole vault [right after and] I beat my PR [in pole vaulting],” he said.

Junior Baseball player Kenny Baltz adds that the career he has had as a Bruin athlete so far has not given him any particularly eventful occasions. 

“I do not have any major highlights so far, I’ve only played a season and a half of baseball so far in highschool,” said Baltz.

Senior Soccer player Tobin Ham recalls the success and highlights he’s experienced in his Bruin career. 

“My sophomore year, JV won the league and went undefeated, so that was pretty fun,” he said.

Torgerson added a moment from soccer that he found especially unforgettable.

“The most memorable [moment] is when Kai [Anderson] scored a goal.. . Kai scored on a free kick in the box,” said Torgerson.

Bear River athletes have had some crazy ups and downs but Bruins have been able create some pretty great high school sports moments and accomplish many unique achievements.

-Maya Bussinger contributed to this report

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