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New Beardsley boat ramp may not touch lake this year

By Len Ackerman

For The Union Democrat

 I made a scouting trip to Beardsley Lake last week to view the water level and the new extended launch ramp. 

And it sure is a beautiful ramp and floating dock but, unfortunately, the water level is extremely low and may not reach the ramp this year. There will be some rise in level as the snow melt adds some water, but as summer approaches, more releases will be made.

For information on Beardsley, go to www.tridamproject.com, which is updated periodically and also has road access information, or call the Summit Ranger Station at 965-3434.


Strolling to victory

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora’s Nick Waelty (50, above) pushes his kids Charlie, 4, (left) and Mack, 1, across the finish line in first place Saturday during the Jamestown Run’s 10k race.
Sonora native Nick Waelty has always wanted to do something competitive and fun with his two children.

And in the 25th annual Sonora Sunrise Rotary Jamestown Run on Saturday, Nick captured a special moment that he will cherish forever.

The 32-year-old finished first in the 10k race at 44:17 despite pushing his two children, Charlie Waelty, 4, and Mack Waelty, 1, in a baby stroller throughout the hilly 6.2-mile course.

“It definitely was more of a struggle to be with a stroller than to be without it,” said Nick, who estimates he was pushing over 65 pounds of extra weight. “It was fun. It’s cool to include my kids in stuff like that. Hopefully, they will be into that when they get older. It’s kind of like a family thing to do.”


Redskins are 1st MLL team in over 6 years to beat Bullfrogs

The epic win streak is over.

It took over 6 1/2 years, but the Bret Harte boys’ golf team was finally defeated by a Mother Lode League foe, by the slimmest of margins.

Calaveras edged six-time defending MLL champion Bret Harte 229-230 on Tuesdayat Greenhorn Creek, snapping the Bullfrogs’ 101-match win streak.

“(It was) about as close as you can get,” said Bret Harte head coach Rich Cathcart. “Good match.”


Wildcats rally for 4 in 7th to beat Bullfrogs

The Sonora baseball team scored four runs in the top of the ninth and the Wildcats earned a come-from-behind 7-5 non-league victory over Bret Harte on Tuesday in Angels Camp.

Sonora had only four hits, but knocked in five runs. Both Evan Estes and Tyler Casteel recorded a hit and each drove in two runs. Garrett Bozzo and Eric Gilliatt had the other Wildcat hits.


Bears roundup: Bears softball rally falls short in 7th

The Summerville Bears softball team made a late rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came up short, losing 8-7 to Golden Valley in a non-league game on Friday in Tuolumne.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Summerville slugger Sydney Owens hit a line drive to right center, but Golden Valley came up with the big play.

“The centerfielder made a great catch to end the game,” said Bears head coach Ben  Watson. “Otherwise, it was a tie or maybe the game-winning hit. The girl made a great catch.”


Calaveras sweeps competition at MLL/ TVL track Challenge

The Calaveras Redskins track and field squad swept the team competition on Thursday at the Mother Lode League and Trans Valley League Challenge in San Andreas.

The Calaveras boys scored a combined 88.33 for first and Bret Harte followed with an 87. Summerville finished 10th.

For the girls, the Redskins dominated the field with 127.5 points, 54.5 more than second-place Riverbank. Bret Harte was third and Summerville was 11th.

In the individual events, Bret Harte had seven first-place finishes, Calaveras five and Summerville one.


Frogs roundup: Bret Harte swimmers split with Linden; Baseball falls at McNair

The Bret Harte boys and girls swim team split two meets against Linden in its Mother Lode League Opener on Friday in Angels Camp.

The boys topped Linden 103-66 and the girls fell 88-82.

“Bret Harte swam extremely well, and as always, Linden had a number of outstanding swimmers that pushed our athletes to swim their personal bests all day,” said Bullfrogs head coach Lauren Gerber.


Dodge Ridge closes, cites lack of snow

Dodge Ridge closed for the season at the end of business Sunday due to lack of snow, according to a press release.

The Dodge Ridge Mountain Operations determined Sunday morning that additional snowfall would be required to continue with normal operations.

“Though this decision is a difficult one to make with the great conditions still available on the upper mountain, ultimately with the forecast of unseasonably warm weather and no chance of significant snowfall in the near future, we felt it was best to close,” said Dodge Ridge marketing director Jeff Hauff in a press release.


Kish, Cats beat Skins in non-league clash

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Tyler Helm tags out Calaveras baserunner Mason Viera who was trying to steal second base on Friday at Bev Barron Field.
Sonora pitcher Joseph Kish tossed a complete game and helped the Wildcats top the Calaveras Redskins 6-2 Friday in a non-league game at Bev Barron Field.

Kish, the winning pitcher, struck out six Redskins and walked just two.

“He pitched really well,” said Sonora head coach Scott Johnson of Kish. “He mixed up his fastball and changeup really well. He kept them off balance.”



Conklin stars on mound, at plate for S’ville in victory over Sonora

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville starting pitcher Shelby Conklin (left) rocks and gets ready to fire on Thursday against Sonora in Tuolumne.
Summerville Bear Shelby Conklin is just a sophomore, but on Thursday afternoon she looked like a varsity veteran.

Conklin threw a limited amount of pitches and faced 17 batters in four innings. Her control, fastball and changeup kept the Sonora Wildcats off balance at the plate.

Conklin struck out seven, gave up two hits and drove in two runs to help lift the Summerville softball team past cross-county rival Sonora, 15-4, in a non-league game in Tuolumne.

“I thought I did well,” Conklin said. “I could have done better, probably a little more less balls, but overall, I thought I did OK. I think our team has been coming together a lot more. We were having some difficulty in the past games, but we worked well together today.”


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