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Bear hoopsters bounce Buffs

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Braden Anderson (32) attempts a layup on Wednesday against Amador at Tuolumne.
The Summerville Bears boys’ basketball team slowed the pace and earned their first Mother Lode League win on Wednesday, a 43-35 victory over Amador in Tuolumne.

“The last couple of games we figured we better slow down things,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson. “And it’s been good for us.”

Eli Mclaurin scored a game-high 13 points for the Bears and Bryce Farrell added six points and a season-best 13 rebounds.

“That was Bryce’s best rebounding effort of the season,” Watson said.


Claim Jumpers fall at Reedley

The Columbia Claim Jumpers suffered a 58-54 Central Valley Conference setbackWednesday night against host Reedley.

The Claim Jumpers (8-10, 1-2 CVC) were tied with the Cougars 27-27 at halftime.

“We played very good defnese, but probably our weakest area was they got too many second and third chances,” said Claim Jumper asisstant coach Rick Francis. “And down the stretch we had a couple of shots that didn’t go and they had a couple that did.”


Bears grapplers defeat Bullfrogs in MLL showdown

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Bret Harte junior Lyford Morris (top)wraps his arm around Summerville’s Humphrey Quirie during Tuesday’s Mother Lode League match in Tuolumne.
With a 35-22 victory over Bret Harte, the Summerville Bears wrestling team has won back-to-back Mother Lode League matches to start the 2014 season.

Summerville recorded six wins — three by pin, two by forfeit and one by technical fall — on Tuesday in Tuolumne.

“I’m real excited about this victory,” said Bears head coach Jordan DePaoli. “It puts us in the hunt to possibly go into the playoff series. They take the top two teams in league. Going into the rest of league, one more victory is going to put us in that. This is a big victory. Bret Harte has always kind of been one of our big rivals. To get the win tonight against them, it’s a good feeling for the team.”


Defending VOL champ Sierra tops Cats

Sonora might have played a home basketball game on Tuesday, but the friendly confines of Bud Castle Gym were anything but nice to the Wildcats.

A poor shooting night combined with playing the defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves, resulted in a 50-34 loss.

“For being our gym, it didn’t feel like we shot well in our gym,” said Wildcat head coach Dan Dona. “We just didn’t shoot the ball well. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Sierra is a great defensive team, the best we’ve seen all year, but we didn’t shoot the ball well. We would have done a better job of scoring if we were a little more aggressive, but if a shot or two would have fallen, I think that would have played big for us.”


Second-half surge lifts Calaveras over S’ville

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Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Calaveras' Martinez (above left) defends against Summerville’s Jillana Rodighiero.
Calaveras senior center Taylor Martinez dropped a game-high 20 points and the Redskins girls’ basketball team surged in the second half to defeat the Summerville Bears 50-37 on Monday in Tuolumne.

Tied 21-21 at halftime, Calaveras outscored Summerville 29-16 in the last two quarters to secure its third Mother Lode League victory in four tries.

“We played much better defense,” said Calaveras head coach Mike Lewis. “And we made a few more shots. In the first half, we missed a lot of dink shots inside, but we didn’t really play good defense.”


Bowling report: Isam rolls 1st perfect game of new year

By RUTH ABREO

For The Union Democrat

What a way to start the new year. Jokers Wild league bowler Dan Isam fired 2014’s first perfect game on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Black Oak Lanes.

Isam’s first two games of his series were below his league average. But after ending the second game with a strike, they just kept coming in the third game.

Also starting the new year on positive notes were Family Affair leaguemates Art Jones and Fred Persson.


Claim Jumpers fall to West Hills

If the Columbia College mens’ basketball team is going to contend for a Central Valley Conference title, the Claim Jumpers need to play better in the second half.

After taking a four-point lead into the break Saturday night, the Claim Jumpers stumbled in the final 20 minutes, losing 63-46 to West Hills College at Oak Pavilion.

“I need to fix it,” said Columbia first-year head coach Rob Hoyt. “We’re not having the same focus and mentality to start the second half. It’s just unacceptable and the group knows it right now. They are very well aware of it. But we’re not going to talk about it again. ... At Reedley, we’re going to go in and fix what we need to fix and go out there and play.”


Seawell, Gouveia lead Redskins over Bullfrogs

By GUY DOSSI

For The Union Democrat

At times the Calaveras Redskins boys’ basketball team did not look like they would be able to put away their cross-county rival, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs. 

But an outstanding third quarter defensive effort by the Redskins, along with game-high 25 points from Mike Seawell helped Calaveras defeat Bret Harte 64-48 Fridaynight at Mike Flock Gym.

“Mike took control of the game tonight,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “He stepped up to the plate, played like a man, and made a lot of plays for us. He went to the basket aggressively, split their trap, shot well and played good defense. There is nothing I can fault him on tonight. He was pretty darn good.”


Preps roundup: Sanguinetti leads Wildcat wrestlers at Apple Cider Inv.

The Sonora Wildcats wrestling team won three of four dual matches on Friday andSaturday at the 16-team Apple Cider Invitational Tournament in Watsonville.

Sonora opened the event with a 42-36 loss to Coalinga in the first round, but bounced back and won three in a row.

The Wildcats pummeled North Monterey County 66-18, North Salinas 54-18 and Monte Vista Christian 60-21.

“We wrestled well as a team this weekend and showed a great deal of toughness in our matches,” said Sonora head coach Jon Abernathy.


S’ville grapplers submit Argonaut

The Summerville Bears wrestling team opened its Mother Lode League season in style.

Summerville beat Argonaut 58-15 on Wednesday in Jackson.

“We wanted to start league on the right note,” said Bears head coach Jordan DePaoli. “There was no better way to start it than tonight. It’s a great way to start league play with a dominating victory like this.”


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