The Sonora Wildcat volleyball team won its second straight match to start Valley Oak League play on Monday at Bud Castle Gym.
The Wildcats beat league foe Kimball 3-0 (25-9, 25-6, 25-15) in its last season in the VOL before heading to the Mother Lode League.
“Kimball was an athletic team that still needs some polish in their play,” said Wildcat head coach Kim Evans. “Their setter ran an effective offense, and I feel that they will finish in the top half of the VOL. They fought hard and never gave up.”
Calaveras’ Hannah Hull, Bret Harte’s Tristan Boblet and the Summerville boys left their marks in the rain Saturday at the Frogtown Invitational.
Hull led the way for the varsity girls with a first-place finish at 19:49 in the 31-school, 115-runner field on the 3-mile foothills course. Redskin teammates Denise Carlin crossed the finish line in 66th (25:07) and Madison Colborn was 109th (32:25).
“It was a wet, cool day, and we raced really well,” said Redskin head coach Tammy Lisk. “It was nice to see a Calaveras runner in the front of each race today.”
By TAYLOR LUCKIE
Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Bret Harte running back (33) runs behind the blocking of left tackle Jared Taylor (64) in Friday's loss at Dorroh Field.
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After playing one team that was considered to be in the running for its league title in Ripon, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs found themselves in the same situation as they hosted the Trans Valley League’s Hughson Huskies on Friday at Dorroh Field.
The end result would be the same as the earlier contest but the Bullfrogs provided a much stiffer challenge in a 33-7 loss to the Huskies.
Bret Harte allowed two big plays in the first half, including an interception returned for touchdown and 68-yard touchdown run from Huskies running back Andrew Ocegueda.
Those two plays were the blemishes on an otherwise strong defensive effort.
“Our defense was pretty good,” said Bullfrog senior guard and defensive end Mack McManus. “The first touchdown was an interception return, and our defense pretty much stopped them the rest of the half. There was one long run, but our defense was solid overall.”
With a collective team effort from both sides of the ball, the Summerville Bears captured its first win of the 2013 season on Friday, defeating the visiting Denair Coyotes 40-12 at Thorsted Field.
Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Summerville Bear Brendan Brick (44) runs in the first half of some of his game-high 159 yards on Friday night at Thorsted Field.
Senior running back Brendan Brick celebrated the school’s homecoming in a big way, running for a career-high 159 yards. Brick scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and the Bears jumped out to a quick 20-6 lead that it would never relinquish. Brick added a reception for 31 yards to finish with 190 yards of total offense.
“I couldn’t have done it without my blockers,” Brick said. “I was just hitting the holes hard. It was good to get our first ‘W’ under our belt. Overall, we played well as a team.”
Forget all the talk about a rivalry, what happened on the gridiron Friday night at Frank Meyer Field speaks for itself.
Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Calaveras senior Mike Seawell (34) and Derek Rittenhouse (69) celebrate Seawell's second quarter touchdown on Friday at Frank Meyer Field.
Calaveras beat Sonora.
After the final seconds ticked off the clock in a defensive struggle, the Redskin players celebrated and hugged and their fans cheered wildly. And moments after the teams shook hands, Calaveras head coach Jason Weatherby received a Gatorade shower from his Redskins.
“It felt good. It felt really good,” Weatherby said. “It’s kind of bittersweet though because I always root for them when they play anybody else. But by the same token, I really wanted to beat them.”
|Mountain football will be at its best Friday night when the Calaveras Redskins host the Sonora Wildcats in a battle of foothill superiority.
Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Wildcat offensive lineman Brandon Phelan (left) charges forward in practice Tuesday and looks for his blocking assignment.
It’s not quite a rivalry yet according to both head coaches, but when the Wildcats join the Mother Lode League in 2014, the two schools are going to clash yearly and battle for championships.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry, but it’s headed that way,” said Wildcat head coach Bryan Craig. “They’re well-coached, Jason (Weatherby), Doug (Clark), all those guys do a great job over there. Those kids know us, we go to camp together, we do 7-on-7 together, we don’t live that far apart. It’s gonna be a good game. We wanna beat them as bad as they wanna beat us. It’s kind of like mountain rights right here.”
Summerville Bears senior Erik Wold is expected to miss Friday night’s homecoming football game against Denair.
The inside linebacker and offensive guard was injured, the first of his career, in the second quarter of Week 2’s 49-42 loss to the Bradshaw Christian Pride in Sacramento.
Wold sat out the entire second half and was relegated to the bench for the remainder of the game. Coaches and players said the emotional and fiery team captain will be missed.
“He’s huge,” said Bears linebacker coach Matt Soto. “Our confidence with Erik — he just brings it, he knows who’s who and what to do. He gives confidence to our other linebackers. He’s a leading tackler on defense. Losing him is crucial to the run, dive, passing. I mean he’s all over the place, but losing him this week, we gotta gear up.”
The smash-mouth style football that Bret Harte head coach Jon Byrnes envisioned in the offseason is rounding into form for the Bullfrogs.
In the Bullfrogs’ 27-17 loss to Sir Francis Drake, Bret Harte displayed that tough, hard-nosed and aggressive attack on both sides of the ball that impressed Byrnes.
Bret Harte’s defense wreaked havoc all night for Drake quarterback Kevin Miles, sacking him six times for 37 yards. The Bullfrogs forced two turnovers: an interception by senior defensive back Brandon Kelly and a fumble recovery that they pounced on.
The hard-hitting Bullfrogs defense limited Drake’s air-raid strike to a pedestrian 148 yards passing, below their average, and held their ground game to 130 yards.
“We were playing very aggressive last week,” said middle linebacker Logan Lowe. “We were trying to get to the quarterback, trying to hit the receivers as hard as we could to make them not want to catch the ball.”
The Sonora Wildcat volleyball team made a statement in its Valley Oak League opener Wednesday, dominating Sierra 3-0 (25-7, 25-6, 25-14) at Bud Castle Gym.
The 7-time defending VOL champions were led by Shannon Friend, who held strong in front of the net, smashing eight kills. Savannah Lawrence added seven and Angela Gardella smacked five.
“It was evident early that we were going to overmatch them so the challenge was to keep my girls focused and continue to work on things we need to improve,” said Wildcat head coach Kim Evans. “The third set, however, we let down and our lack of concentration allowed them to stay in the game. Shannon had five kills late in the game and helped us finish strong.”
By RUTH ABREO
For The Union Democrat
(This report covers the scores bowled at Black Oak Lanes from the week of Sept. 3-9.)
Mike Bowers (Young at heart) started the winter league off with the high game(Young at Heart) with a 267 and Dan Isam (Gold Country Youth/Adult) rolled the high series for the men with a 732.
Amanda Klaahsen (Monday Nevada) began the season strong for the women with high game and series — a 238/603.