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Record setters: Several swimmers set new standards

Courtesy photos Tuolumne County Aqautics swimmer Erilynn Howell, 7 (top), dropped 16 seconds in her 50-yard freestyle.
 Fast paces helped 47 Tuolumne County Aquatics swimmers set 134 personal bests at their summers end mini meets on July 28 and Aug. 11 in their home pool at Sonora Sport and Fitness Center.

Youth soccer kickoff


Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Alexis Denson, 7, of Groveland, dribbles the ball away from the defense
The Tuolumne County Youth Soccer season kicked off Saturday at Standard Park. Players ranged in ages between 4 and 16 years old. 

Football jamboree

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Tuolumne running back Jarrett McFarland, 10, of Tuolumne, fights for extra yardage.
The Motherlode Valley Football League held a jamboree Saturday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Teams from Hughson, Salida, Angels Camp, and the host Tuolumne Bears fielded Jr. Novice, Novice, Jr. Varsity and Varsity squads that battled head-to-head against each other. The jamboree was the final action before the season kicks off on Saturday.

Hot Shots

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Calvary Chapel center fielder Eric O’Connor, of Sonora, tries to rob a home run.
The Black Oak Casino Hot Shots 2 and Calvary Chapel men’s softball teams took to the diamond Friday night at Standard Park. The Hot Shots 2 were able to hold off a late inning Calvary Chapel rally to secure a 10-7 win.

Rago finds mark; rolls high series

This column covers July 28 through Aug. 6.

I recently heard John Rago, of the High Rollers league, speaking about his poor bowling performances of late.
Well, now he doesn’t have much to complain about on the lanes.

Sac River salmon season off to slow start

Courtesy photo Danny Layne, of Twain Harte, holds a 30-plus pound salmon he caught recently in Sitka, Alaska.
The Sacramento River salmon season, which opened below Red Bluff July 16, got off to a very slow start.
Most fish may still be near the ocean and those that entered the river found warm water, which sends them upriver at high speed.

Goals in mind

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Missael Vasquez (left) and Ross Irwin (right) fight for possession duringThursday morning’s practice at Dunlavy Field.
The Sonora Wildcats boys’ soccer team earned a playoff berth last season for the first time in at least 11 years and the first in Lloyd Longeway’s eight years as head coach.

Ready for contact

Sonora senior slotback Wyatt Faughnan (above) on Wednesday night runs through a gauntlet of Wildcats trying to knock him off balance and jar the ball loose. BILL ROZAK / UNION DEMOCRAT
After two days of Sac-Joaquin Section mandated conditioning, the Sonora Wildcats football team on Wednesday night was in full pads at Dunlavy Field. The Wildcats play a scrimmage vs. Ripon Aug. 22 and open the season Aug. 28 at Oakdale.

Lakeside run

Steven Grolle, a 2014 Sonora High graduate,  beat his former cross country and track teammate, Clancy McConnell, Sunday at the 39th annual Pinecrest Run. Grolle raced to victory in 26 minutes, 59.41 seconds. Pictures are the runners beginning the 5-mile race.

Fall practice begins

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat The Sonora High Wildcats stretch at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning at Dunlavy Field.
 High school football practice officially began Monday and players took part in drills and conditioning before wearing full pads later this week. 

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