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Sonora senior Grolle setting new Wildcat standards

Steven Grolle has been studying the record times in the 1-mile, 1,500 and 3,000 meters since he was a freshman runner at Sonora High.

And those numbers have always been in the back of his mind.

But after an incredible performance at the 2014 Stanford Invitational this past weekend, Grolle can now erase those marks and etch his name and times next to those events. The senior Wildcat set three new school records in the 1-mile, 1500 and 3000 meter run on Friday and Saturday.

All-Area MVP Gouveia powered Redskins to MLL title, playoffs

If Kyle Gouveia’s basketball career ended at Calaveras High School, he would be remembered by most as a legend.

In a one-point loss to the Sonora Wildcats in late December, Gouveia, a towering 6-foot-7-inch, 240-pound forward, threw down an electrifying jam and shattered a portion of the glass backboard at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.

“I think when something like that happens, it’s a combination of timing, power and freak accident,” said Calaveras 12th-year head coach Kraig Clifton. “But he’s extremely powerful. He caught the rim on his way down. It was pretty impressive. It’s something he can carry with him forever and say that he did it.”

Scoring guards Whited, Collamer highlight All-Area First Team

Bret Harte guard Will Whited, the Mother Lode League’s Most Outstanding Player, headlines The Union Democrat’s 2013-14 All-Area Boys Basketball Team.

Whited led the MLL in scoring this past season, averaging more than 23 points per game as a senior. In a January showdown against Summerville, he scored a season-high 34 points often beating defenders by driving to the glass. The 6-foot-1 combo guard shot 56 percent from the field on 13 of 23 shooting and sank all six free throws in that 76-54 Bret Harte victory.

“We struggled so much with scoring,” said Bullfrog head coach Jeff Eltringham. “I saw so many people try to stop him from scoring this season, and he was still able to do it. He didn’t get a lot of help throughout the year. Teams concentrated on him. It seemed like two or three guys were watching everything he was doing. I don’t think many guys faced that kind of pressure like Will did.”

Redskins Walter, Hukkanen toss back-to-back no-hitters vs. Bears

Calaveras softball player Marissa Hukkanen achieved a pitching milestone.

Hukkanen rifled a no-hitter, the first of her high school career, and the Redskins topped the Summerville Bears 13-0 in five innings on Friday in Tuolumne.

“She threw the ball well,” said Calaveras head coach Mike Koepp. “She located her pitches really well on Friday.”

Robles hurls complete game 3-hitter to lead Bears over Redskins

Danny Robles had a pitching performance worth remembering.

The sophomore right-hander tossed a complete game to lead the Summerville Bears baseball team to a 5-2 Mother Lode League win over Calaveras on Friday in Tuolumne.

“He had an outstanding performance,” said Summerville head coach Larry Gold. “He was well in command. He just kept them off balance. He had good command of his off-speed pitches and was hitting the location with his fastball.”

Roundup: Swim Frogs rip Amador, Argonaut in MLL meet

The Bret Harte boys and girls swim teams both swept Amador and Argonaut in a double-dual meet on Friday in Jackson.

Bret Harte boys topped Amador 102-65 and Argonaut 119-43. The girls beat Amador 91-76 and Argonaut 120-40.

“In our first true cold weather meet of the year, the Bret Harte swimmers were still able to swim well and defeat both Amador and Argonaut,” said Bullfrogs aquatics director Lauren Gerber. “By mid-meet, the scores got very close and the Bret Harte team captains had to huddle their team together and fire up the swimmers to finish strong and go on to win the meet.”

Cats rally to force extra innings, but lose to Buffs

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora Wildcat Tyler Helm (22, above) tags out Manteca’s Brandon Landwehr at second base in Thursday’s 8-7 loss at Bev Barron Field.
Postgame Thursday night at Bev Barron Field, the Sonora Wildcat baseball players were heart broken. It was almost 10 p.m. and they had just battled Valley Oak League rival Manteca for almost four hours and 10 innings, and came out on the losing end of an 8-7 score.

“We played hard, but it was a tough loss, a heartbreaker,” said Wildcat shortstop and relief pitcher Tyler Helm. “But we fought the whole time.”

But compared to where the Wildcats were after five and a half innings, they’ll take the heartbreaker.

Down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Sonora was on life support. Not one Wildcat in the home dugout expected a comeback.

Manteca’s Jacob Corn was on autopilot. The Buffaloes’ left-handed star senior had allowed just one hit while striking out eight.

“Honestly, we were pretty down in there after falling behind 6-0,” said Sonora catcher Carter Denton about the team in the dugout after allowing three unearned runs in the top of the sixth.

Redskins blanked by Buffaloes

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Calaveras defender Marissah Lawrie (20, at left) gets ready to power the ball in the Redskins 2-0 loss to Amador on Tuesday at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
The Calaveras Redskins girls’ soccer team fell to Amador 2-0 in a Mother Lode League match on Tuesday at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.

Amador got on the scoreboard in the opening 40 minutes and added another strike in the second half.

“A lot of teams have great defenses this season,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “Our offense is not clicking so far. We’re just not finishing shots. We had several chances in the second half and just can’t quite finish. That’s been a problem for us all season. Amador is a great team. They have a great defense. They got us tonight.”

Dillashaw gets shot at UFC title


For The Union Democrat

Just three months ago, as he ushered in the new year with a big win over Mike Easton in Atlanta, UFC bantamweight TJ Dillashaw reflected, “2014 brings both long term and short term goals, but I can’t look too forward: I have to focus on each fight and let it keep me in the moment.”

It didn’t take long for the 28-year-old Angels Camp native to make that long-term goal a reality.

A big moment has arrived. 

The Team Alpha Male fighter will face bantamweight champion Renan Barao in a five-round title fight at UFC 173, May 24 in Las Vegas.

“This happened faster than I expected, but it’s worked out perfectly,” Dillashaw said Monday by phone. “I’m on the fast track to where I want to be.”

Summerville beats Bret Harte 2-0 in downpour

The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team scored two second-half goals to defeat Mother Lode League foe Bret Harte 2-0 on Monday night in Angels Camp and also hand the Bullfrogs their first loss of the season.

“It was really significant because Bret Harte isn’t undefeated anymore,” said Bear senior sweeper Camila Richardson. “We stayed positive and really worked to apply what we did in practice, on the field. We all stepped up and we all brought the intensity.”

The game was mostly played in a downpour and was scoreless after the first 40 minutes.

Bear forward Darian Skellenger helped get Summerville on the board in the second half.

“There were a bunch of connected passes and I ran onto a through pass and had to fight off a defender,” Skellenger said. “I saw the near post open and I shot it with my left foot.”

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