For the first time in nearly two decades, the Calaveras Redskins football team will not be in the playoffs.
Calaveras ball carrier Jason Stokkeland looks for running room on Friday night against Amador at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
A 13-8 defeat to the Amador Buffaloes Friday night at Frank Meyer Field was a loss the Skins could not afford.
Calaveras found itself down 13-0 early in the first quarter following a pick-six and a 1-yard touchdown run by Logan Collins.
With Amador driving on its second possession of the game, the Skins defensive line took control.
Stephen Brookshire, Todd Carter, and freshman John Kelley all made big tackles to stop the Buffaloes momentum.
The Skins had trouble moving the ball on a fast Amador defense. Both Connor Hamilton and Cameron Moore found it difficult running the ball early in the game.
“Their backers filled really well tonight,” Hamilton said. “They are the first team since Sonora that filled that hard with their linebackers. They also tackled really well in open space.”
Marquell Hubbard didn’t think his shot was going to fall.
After Sacramento City missed a free throw with 5.8 seconds remaining in the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament championship game at Las Positas College in Livermore, Hubbard drove down the floor and let the ball fly from about 18 feet with two defenders’ arms drenched in his face.
Hubbard’s shot beat the buzzer, and the ball rattled into the rim as the Columbia College Claim Jumpers men’s basketball team captured the tournament title by beating Sacramento City 60-59 on Saturday in the eight-team bracket.
“It was amazing,” Hubbard said of his game-winning shot. “It was an incredible feeling. I wasn’t sure if it was going to fall because I had someone in my face. I had to go under his arm and make the shot.”
The pressure was on.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville goalie Josh Freedman makes a diving save during the shootout Thursday to help the Bears beat Gustine at Thorsted Field.
After 100 minutes of play, which included two overtime periods, Gustine and Summerville battled to a scoreless game to force a penalty kick shootout.
But the playoff stage never got too big for the Mother Lode League champion Summerville Bears boys’ soccer team.
Summerville goalkeeper Josh Freedman made a key save, and Braden Anderson, Constantin Rust and Jonah Funk converted from the penalty spot to help the No. 2 Bears prevail 3-2 over the No. 7 Gustine Redskins in the first round of the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section Championships on Thursday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.
“We practice penalty shootouts at practice,” Rust said. “So we were prepared, but obviously we really wanted to end the game in regulation.”
Sonora fell behind Dixon early Thursday afternoon and the Wildcat boys’ water polo team could never make up the ground and lost 13-7 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championships.
“We had a slow start and made some really unfortunate errors right out of the gates, including four exclusions in the first 5 minutes, and found ourselves down 6-0 before the end of the first quarter,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Personius.
After the first period, the Wildcats kept pace with the Rams, but couldn’t close the gap.
Spencer Lyons scored four goals and Seth Farwell added three goals to account for the Wildcat scoring.
“We straightened things out defensively and played them even the rest of the game, but never made up the lost ground,” Personius said. “In fact, I never thought we played nearly as well as we are capable of. And although our defense did a good job containing them in the second half, we struggled offensively throughout the game.
The Columbia Claim Jumpers men’s basketball team led for just one minute, but it also happened to be the game’s last.
Despite trailing for 39 minutes in the team’s season opener, Columbia rallied back late to defeat Diablo Valley 57-53 on Thursday at the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament hosted by Las Positas College in Livermore.
“It’s a big win for us to start the season off,” said Columbia assistant coach Rick Francis. “We finished last year on a real sour note in the sense that we got beat really bad by Fresno. We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half, but we kept hanging in there. Any time you keep a team under 60 points is pretty good.”
The Sonora Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Boys’ Soccer Championships, but fell 3-1 to VA Excel on Tuesday in Stockton.
Sonora senior striker Damien Carrabello scored off an assist from Eric Gilliatt in the 50th minute to hand Sonora a one-goal advantage.
“We did well,” Longeway said. “I was really thinking at that point that things were going good for us.”
There was little talk about a championship in the weeks leading up to Friday night. And two weeks ago when a co-title was secured there was no extra post game joy.
But after the Sonora football team beat the Bret Hart Bullfrogs 42-7 at rain-soaked Dorroh Field to secure the Mother Lode League crown outright, the Wildcats were audibly excited in their Angels Camp locker room.
“It’s exciting, it’s good to bring a championship to Sonora,” said Wildcat defensive back Carter Denton, who made his team-high fifth interception this season in the second quarter. “I mean, we expected to, but it’s always fun to celebrate something like this. Winning a league title is always a big deal. No matter who you’re playing, what league you’re in, it’s always gonna be tough.”
The Wildcats finished the regular season on a nine-game win streak after losing their opener to Oakdale, including sweeping all six MLL contests in their first year in the league by an average margin of 50-5.
“Feels good, I mean I think it was expected, but I think we did pretty damn good,” said Wildcat senior co-captain Serge Kiriluk. “A championship is a championship. It doesn’t matter if you win by 2 every game or by 50, it’s always special.”
“I made it a point to tell the kids that championships don’t come along very often, to enjoy this,” said Wildcat head coach Bryan Craig. “We did dominate the league and some people might say it’s not worth, but it’s worth it. These kids played like champions and they deserve to be called champions of this league.”
By GUY DOSSI
For The Union Democrat
LINDEN — The Calaveras Redskins not only had to face the Linden Lions Friday night, but they also had to clash with Mother Nature.
A heavy and consistent rain turned what had the potential to be a high-scoring offensive showcase, into Mud Bowl 2014.
Calaveras was able to hold off Linden and the weather long enough to leave with a 16-7 victory.
“It can be difficult to play in a game like this, but this is also a game that the guys will never forget,” Calaveras head coach Jason Weatherby said. “It is the one time that they got to go out and play in the mud and get totally dirty and slip around out there.”
The Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ cross country team won the Mother Lode League championship on Wednesday, edging the Sonora Wildcats 48-55 in Valley Springs.
After defeating the Wildcats head-to-head last week in Tuolumne to forge a 3-way tie for first place with Amador, freshman Connor Landis and junior Marc Behiel led the Bullfrogs to the crown with second- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Landis completed the 3.1-mile course in 16:58, finishing just over six seconds behind the top runner in a field of 58 competitors. He also was by far the fastest freshman by over one minute and 30 seconds. Behiel finished in 17:14.
The Sonora Wildcat girls’ and boys’ water polo teams split close matches with Ripon on Wednesday on the road.
The girls eeked out a 12-11 victory while the boys fell 15-13.
“Wow, we really made this a very exciting game by allowing Ripon to creep back after leading by as many as five goals in the first half,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Personius. “We did a lot of things really well tonight, with strong play from center by Dawn Thompson (three goals) and another good night for Josie (Personius, six goals).”