| The Sean Leveroos era was less than than three minutes old when the Summerville Bears gave the Thorsted Field fans something to cheer about.
Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Summerville senior linebacker Nathaniel Ulvevadet ( 33), has a firm grasp of Denair running back Juan Barrera Friday night at Thorsted Field.
Lou Gonzales, of Sonora, recently returned from a salmon fishing trip to the Kenai River in Alaska, near Soldotna. Due to low return numbers, the Kenai River had been closed to the taking of king (chinook) salmon for the past few years.
Gonzales was amazed at how good the fishing was since the closure was lifted.
It is going to be tough for the Calaveras Redskins and the McNair Eagles to top the excitement of their high-scoring, seesaw battle from last season. Both teams combined for 103 points and 14 touchdowns.
But McNair finished with the win, 55-48.
Summerville’s Sean Leveroos is entering his first season as the Bears head football coach. Leveroos is a Bear graduate and bleeds orange and black. He will coach tonight against Denair in front of the home crowd at Thorsted Field. Leveroos was kind enough to spend a few minutes with Union Democrat reporter Guy Dossi before Thursday’s practice. —Editor’s note
| Sonora Wildcat senior Sammy Page was Oakdale’s starting quarterback this week in practice at Dunlavy Field.
Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora senior quarterback Sammy Page runs the scout team offense in practice last week at Dunlavy Field.
And he wasn’t going to put up with anything less than his scout team giving a Mustang-type effort.
|By GUY DOSSI
Summerville senior JT McCready runs during practice last week at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.
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In 2013, the Summerville Bears football program was planning for the future. 11 sophomores were brought up to play varsity, and all of them saw significant playing time. They won two games.
In 2014, those 11 players helped lead the Bears to the first round of the Division V Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Now, those 11 players are seniors and look to use their experience to bring the Mother Lode League Championship back to Tuolumne for the first time since 2009.
| Slow and steady may not always win the race, but it keeps the finish line as an obtainable goal. The Columbia College Claim Jumper volleyball team is working slowly, and steadily, to become a difference maker in the Central Valley Conference.
Columbia College sophomore Caitie Egger hits Tuesday during the Claim Jumpers practice at Oak Pavilion. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
| Bret Harte has a new leader at the helm for the third time in four years. Casey Kester, the Bullfrogs’ 2014 offensive coordinator, inherits a program that has not made the playoffs since 1988, nor won more than five games in a season since 2011. In the three seasons since going 5-5 in 2011, the ‘Frogs have won four games.
Bret Harte defensive linemen Colin Preston is a key returner to the Bullfrogs defensive line. Preston will also line up at tight end.
Kester wants to change that.
| For the past two decades, the Calaveras Redskins have been the most dominating team in the Mother Lode League. The ‘Skins took a step back in 2014, but are poised and ready to reaffirm to the rest of the MLL, and themselves, that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Calaveras quarterback Dylan Byrd looks for a receiver in practice last week at Frank Meyer Field.
| For the first time in four years, there will be a new champion in Division IV.
Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora senior slotback/safety Wyatt Faughnan runs during practice Thursday afternoon at Dunlavy field. Faughnan will be one of four team captains this year for the Wildcats.
The door is wide open after Central Catholic won its third straight Sac-Joaquin Section title, and third consecutive CIF State crown, and were bumped up a division. And with how close Sonora came to beating the Raiders last year (42-35 loss), the 2015 Wildcats are eager to be first to step through that door and claim the crown.
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