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Six high school basketball teams earn trip to playoffs

Six high school basketball teams from Calaveras and Tuolumne counties have locked up a spot in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

In the girls bracket, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs received the area’s highest seed at No. 6 followed by Calaveras at No. 9 and Summerville at No. 12 in Division IV. Tioga earned a No. 8 seed, and is the only public school still competing in Division VI.

For the boys, Calaveras, the Mother Lode League champions, was given just a No. 8 seed and Summerville earned the 14th in Division IV.

“I’m fine with that,” said Summerville boys head coach Ben Watson. “Happy to have made the show.”

Sonora rally falls short, lose to East Union

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat It doesn’t look promising, but Sonora sophomore Michelle Ries (12, right) goes up and over East Union freshman Loretta Kakala for two of her Wildcat-high 16 points on Tuesday at Bud Castle Gym.
Don’t tell the Sonora Wildcat girls that Tuesday’s basketball game against the East Union Lancers didn’t matter.

A day after Sonora found out that a Weston Ranch coaching error on Saturday led to a forfeit that had extinguished its playoff hopes, the Wildcats showed nothing but fight in a 55-51 loss at Bud Castle Gym.

“No matter what, we were gonna play hard and fight to the end,” said Wildcat senior Shea Stead. “No matter what, we were going for the win, playoffs or not.”

Gouveia buzzer- beater lifts Skins over Argonaut

Calaveras star Kyle Gouveia grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback at the buzzer to lift the Redskins over the Argonaut Mustangs 54-54 in a Mother Lode League battle in Jackson.

With just under a minute, TJ Crenshaw canned a trey to put the Redskins up by one point. 

Argonaut tied the game with 10.9 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds, Argonaut knocked the ball out of bounds under the Calaveras hoop.

With 4.9 ticks remaining, Calaveras got the ball upcourt quick and Kyle Funk let fly a 3-point attempt that was rebounded by Gouveia.

“Argonaut really came to play tonight,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “They are ready for playoffs that is for sure.”

Bear girls headed to postseason

The Summerville Bear girls’ basketball team is headed to postseason after holding off Amador 34-32 on Tuesday night in Sutter Creek.

Bear girls and postseason have not been in the same sentence for at least 10 years.

“There’s not a whole lot of history of the Summerville girls making playoffs,” said Bears head coach Dave Woods, “so it’s pretty special for us.”

Falcons soar in Tuolumne: Soulsbyville 7th, 8th graders win titles

Cut: Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Falcon 8th grader Ethan Milbourn (top right) glides to the basket for two points.
The Soulsbyville seventh and eighth-grade Falcons won the championship Saturday at Summerville Elementary’s Bob Rundle Postseason Boys’ Basketball tournament.

Summerville’s sixth grade kept at least one trophy at the school, taking first place.

Soulsbyville’s fearsome foursome of Jeff Allen, Ethan Milbourn, Dawson Robles and Connor Tipton were named All-Tournament and led the eighth grade team to a narrow 53-49 victory over Summerville.

Jumpers lose big lead, fall to Pirates

At one point, the Columbia College men’s basketball team held a 21-point lead, but it evaporated, and the Claim Jumpers fell 64-61 to Porterville College on Saturday.

“I’m really proud of them for how hard they played,” said Columbia first-year head coach Rob Hoyt.

Brennan, Marquez, Barnes earn titles at league meet

Eight Summerville Bears and seven Bret Harte Bullfrogs advanced to the Divisional wrestling meet on Saturday at the Mother Lode League Championships in Angels Camp.

“We had seven guys in the final which is a testament to how hard these kids have worked,” said Bears head coach Jordan DePaoli. “We have eight of nine wrestlers heading to Divisionals, which is great.”

2013 All-Area Volleyball: Cat Co-MVPs Bergamaschi, Friend a dominant duo

File Photo. Bella Bergamaschi (6) and Shannon Friend are The Union Democrat's 2013 Co-Most Valuable Players.
y the end of the 2013 volleyball season, Sonora Wildcat juniors Bella Bergamaschi and Shannon Friend were a well-oiled, setting-spiking machine.

Bergamaschi would set it up and Friend would spike it down.

When the deadly duo would connect, and it was frequent throughout Sonora’s historic season, the outcome usually resulted in a point for the Wildcats.

“Bella’s sets were amazing,” Friend said. “Almost every time it was a perfect set. I was just ready to get a kill and celebrate with the team.”

Ex-MVP Bear Robinson highlights First Team

It’s difficult not just naming the entire Sonora Wildcat volleyball roster as the 2013 Union Democrat All-Area First Team due to the squad’s historic run to a section title and nearly a state championship.

But considering our area collected two league titles, had a league Most Oustanding Player and a league Most Valuable Player, there’s room to be made.

Making the 2013 All-Area Volleyball Team are Sonora Wildcats Bailey Henington, Savannah Lawrence, Leah Dambacher, Angela Gardella, Summerville Bear Breann Robinson and Calaveras Redskin Sam Baseman.

Stead, Wildcats get big win over rival

Sonora basketball head coach Amy Santos watched as Shea Stead stood Wednesday at practice and addressed the team.

“She gave a speech about she only gets to lace up her shoes four or five more times at practice and we need to finish strong,” Santos said. “It was a tough lossTuesday. So she stood up and said some really good things as a senior, and, as a leader. That’s her role and she’s really shining.”

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