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Wildcats fall in 1st round at VA Excel

The Sonora Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Boys’ Soccer Championships, but fell 3-1 to VA Excel on Tuesday in Stockton.

Sonora senior striker Damien Carrabello scored off an assist from Eric Gilliatt in the 50th minute to hand Sonora a one-goal advantage.

“We did well,” Longeway said. “I was really thinking at that point that things were going good for us.”

Cats claim crown: Sonora tops BH, ends regular season at 9-1

There was little talk about a championship in the weeks leading up to Friday night. And two weeks ago when a co-title was secured there was no extra post game joy.

But after the Sonora football team beat the Bret Hart Bullfrogs 42-7 at rain-soaked Dorroh Field to secure the Mother Lode League crown outright, the Wildcats were audibly excited in their Angels Camp locker room.

“It’s exciting, it’s good to bring a championship to Sonora,” said Wildcat defensive back Carter Denton, who made his team-high fifth interception this season in the second quarter. “I mean, we expected to, but it’s always fun to celebrate something like this. Winning a league title is always a big deal. No matter who you’re playing, what league you’re in, it’s always gonna be tough.”

The Wildcats finished the regular season on a nine-game win streak after losing their opener to Oakdale, including sweeping all six MLL contests in their first year in the league by an average margin of 50-5. 

“Feels good, I mean I think it was expected, but I think we did pretty damn good,” said Wildcat senior co-captain Serge Kiriluk. “A championship is a championship. It doesn’t matter if you win by 2 every game or by 50, it’s always special.”

“I made it a point to tell the kids that championships don’t come along very often, to enjoy this,” said Wildcat head coach Bryan Craig. “We did dominate the league and some people might say it’s not worth, but it’s worth it. These kids played like champions and they deserve to be called champions of this league.”


Calaveras edges Linden 16-7 in Mud Bowl


For The Union Democrat

LINDEN — The Calaveras Redskins not only had to face the Linden Lions Friday night, but they also had to clash with Mother Nature.  

A heavy and consistent rain turned what had the potential to be a high-scoring offensive showcase, into Mud Bowl 2014.  

Calaveras was able to hold off Linden and the weather long enough to leave with a 16-7 victory.

“It can be difficult to play in a game like this, but this is also a game that the guys will never forget,” Calaveras head coach Jason Weatherby said. “It is the one time that they got to go out and play in the mud and get totally dirty and slip around out there.” 


Frog runners win MLL CC title

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ cross country team won the Mother Lode League championship on Wednesday, edging the Sonora Wildcats 48-55 in Valley Springs.

After defeating the Wildcats head-to-head last week in Tuolumne to forge a 3-way tie for first place with Amador, freshman Connor Landis and junior Marc Behiel led the Bullfrogs to the crown with second- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.

Landis completed the 3.1-mile course in 16:58, finishing just over six seconds behind the top runner in a field of 58 competitors. He also was by far the fastest freshman by over one minute and 30 seconds. Behiel finished in 17:14.

Cat water polo boys, girls split with Ripon

The Sonora Wildcat girls’ and boys’ water polo teams split close matches with Ripon on Wednesday on the road.

The girls eeked out a 12-11 victory while the boys fell 15-13.

“Wow, we really made this a very exciting game by allowing Ripon to creep back after leading by as many as five goals in the first half,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Personius. “We did a lot of things really well tonight, with strong play from center by Dawn Thompson (three goals) and another good night for Josie (Personius, six goals).”

Cats beat Frogs, finish perfect season in MLL

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Kiana Pisula (9) sets for Shannon Friend (background) and Savannah Lawrence (2) on Thursday in Angels Camp.
Sonora put the final touches on its perfect volleyball season in the Mother Lode League on Thursday night in Angels Camp.

The Wildcats defeated the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-7) to finish 12-0 in league and as the outright champions.

“The girls played very well tonight,” said Wildcat head coach Kim Evans. “We’ve been working on specific things in practice to finish out the league season and it was good to see them turn that corner.”

Glory Sports hosts Fall Catfish Contest


For The Union Democrat

Glory Hole Sports will hold a Fall Catfish Contest at New Melones Reservoir from Nov. 1-30. There will be a $10 entry fee. Contestants can sign up at the store before heading to the lake from now through November 30. Winners will be announced Dec. 1.

All fish are to be weighed at Glory Hole Sports during business hours. Each contestant may weigh in multiple fish but catch and release is recommended for smaller fish. Top 3 places will be paid to three separate contestants (contestants are only eligible to claim one of the three places). Fishing must be in compliance with local and state regulations.

Prizes: All entry fee money will be paid back to the contestants 100 percent. There will be raffle prizes, ranging from nets, rods, reels, deli lunches, and more. Any tackle or bait purchase over $10 will earn a raffle ticket (tournament contestants only). Awards and prizes must be collected at Glory Hole Sports.   

Soccer Cats shutout Frogs, await playoff seed

For the first time in at least 15 years the Sonora Wildcats boys’s soccer team is headed to the playoffs.

The Wildcats defeated the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 2-0 on Thursday at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp.

“We’re excited to finish our season with a shutout,” said Wildcat head coach Lloyd Longeway. “Bret Harte came out and played really hard and we didn’t play that great.”

MLL Kings: Bears top Skins, finish unbeaten in league

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Summerville’s Pietro Flentjen (20, below) tries to put a header on frame with Calaveras’ Victor Rodriguez. Bear Trey PetersonWood (22, bottom) prepares to pass.
It has been a record-setting year for the Summerville Bears soccer program.

Summerville capped off senior night and its regular season with a commanding 7-1 victory over Calaveras on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne to earn the Bears seventh Mother Lode League title in the program’s 31-year history.

Summerville’s undefeated 10-0-2 mark in MLL action marks the first time under head coach Dave Reel that the Bears have accomplished that remarkable feat.

“It’s the first team that I have that’s done it at the high school level,” said Reel, who took over at Summerville in 2004. “With the high school boys, this is awesome. It’s really about them. I’m so blessed to be a part of this and for them to allow me to be a part of their high school memories. These are special moments. You don’t have them often. When you win, and you can win like they have been, it’s incredible.”

Wildcats could play at home in playoffs

Another delay in Measure J bond construction has likely brought more good fortune for the Sonora Wildcat football team.

Hosting in the playoffs wasn’t going to be an option this season until a lawsuit filed against the Sonora Union High School District in early October stalled construction that was set to begin in early November.

The first hearing is set for Feb. 17. The $23 million bond was approved by voters in 2012.

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