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Tioga ties in soccer opener

The Tioga Timberwolves boys soccer team opened its 2013 season with a 3-3 draw against the Big Valley Christian Lions of Modesto.

Johny Amoruso converted a penalty kick for the Timberwolves in the last minute of regulation with a shot into the left corner of the net to tie the match.


Sonora spikes Escalon, ends preseason strong

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Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Sonora's Kelsie Evans (10, left) hits over Escalon's Cassidy Cataon (12) on Monday at Bud Castle Gym. Drake’s Jabari Watkins (4) is wrapped up by Bret Harte defenders (from left) Logan Lowe, Eric Diep, Levi Rollings (behind) and Colby Westberg (3) on Friday at Dorroh Field.
The Sonora Wildcat volleyers dispatched its second straight Trans Valley League power on Monday night.

After sweeping Ripon 3-0 last week, Sonora drubbed Escalon 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-11) in front of the faithful fans at Bud Castle Gym.

Ripon advanced to the Elite Eight of the Division IV Championships last year and Escalon reached the Final Four, along with the Wildcats. Sonora lost to Ripon last year but defeated Escalon.

“We battled hard for this win,” said Wildcat head coach Kim Evans. “We played extremely scrappy defense and had an aggressively controlled offense. Escalon matched our intensity and was unwilling to give up which made us earn every single point. We had some of the longest rallies in that gym I have ever seen as a head coach. Fortunately, we came out on top of the majority of those rallies. They are a very well-coached and competitive team and the scores do not reflect how close this match was.”



Modesto Christian hands Redskins first loss

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Steve Leontie / Union Democrat. Calaveras quarterback Justyn Thornburg hands off Friday to running back Connor Hamilton who follows the blocking of Duncan Franklin (60) and Emmett Barrett (55).
By GUY DOSSI

For The Union Democrat

MODESTO—As the Calaveras Redskins players were walking off the gridiron Friday night, their thoughts had already begun to shift from their 51-15 loss to the Modesto Christian Crusaders, to their upcoming game against future Mother Lode League rival Sonora. 

It was a night most Redskins will like to forget and use as a learning experience, rather than dwell on Friday’s result. 

“Well, it’s not a rivalry until both teams have won,” said Redskins head coach Jason Weatherby. “And realistically, we haven’t won it in quite a while.” 


Bears score 42 in road loss

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Jason Buck / Union Democrat. Brenden Brick runs for a touchdown on Friday.
SACRAMENTO — Despite a 49-42 road loss to the Bradshaw Christian Pride in Sacramento on Friday, Summerville Bears football coach Ben Watson saw improvement from the previous week.

The Bears offense doubled its point total, and then some, from 20 to 42. By halftime, Summerville had scored more points (21) than it did in four quarters against Mariposa in their season opener at Thorsted Field.

As a team, the Bears ran for 121 yards on 23 carries. That’s up from the 65 yards Summerville gained a week prior. The Bears’ 5.2 yards per pop was much improved from the 2.2 average a week ago.

Quarterback Bryce Farrell looked much more comfortable in the pocket against the Pride and passed for 152 yards and a touchdown. The chemistry with his receivers was better, and the offensive line played well, keeping Farrell off his back and not allowing a single sack.

Four different players scored a touchdown: Brenden Brick, Farrell, Humphrey Quirie and Nate Ulvevadet. 

The Bears kept it clean and cut their turnover ratio 3 to 1.

“It was improved,” Watson said. “There were some things that were improved. One of the things we focused on was not turning the ball over.”


Frogs outrush Pirates but fall 27-17

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Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Drake’s Jabari Watkins (4) is wrapped up by Bret Harte defenders (from left) Logan Lowe, Eric Diep, Levi Rollings (behind) and Colby Westberg (3) on Friday at Dorroh Field.
By Taylor Luckie

The Union Democrat

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs, following a confidence-boosting win over the Gustine Redskins last week, welcomed the Drake Pirates from the Bay Area to their homefield Friday night. 

 

It was a physical, tough Bullfrogs’ team against the athletic, fast-paced Pirates.

In the end, athleticism came out on top 27-17. In a closely contested matchup, the Kevin Miles-led Pirates put up just 278 total yards on the Bullfrog defense, including 148 passing yards, but was just enough to beat Bret Harte.

Despite this, the Bullfrogs nearly matched the Pirates stat-for-stat. While only gaining 80 passing yards, the Frogs outran the Pirates 169 yards to 130, with only three less third downs. The Frogs also had six sacks for 37 yards lost and only lost the turnover battle 3-2. 

One of the Pirate turnovers was an interception by senior defensive back Brandon Kelly. 

“I just tried to play the ball as best I could,” Kelly said. “I kept an eye on the quarterback and my man at the same time and just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”


Hoffman-Brady leads Bear runners

The Summerville Bears traveled to Modesto’s Legion Park for the Sierra Invitational cross country meet on Saturday and raced well. 

Junior Christopher Hoffman-Brady led the Bears with a fifth place finish in the varsity boys 5K race, clocking in at 17:42. Morgan Owen was 77th and Jake Kulik 85th with times of 22:58 and 23:29, respectively.

In the girl’s varsity race, Joslyn Robles came in 81st at 31:52 and Candi Whitehead 85th at 34:52.


Wildcats race to 12th-place finish

The Sonora Wildcat cross country team raced to a 12th place finish at the 3.1-mile, 21-team Hornet Jamboree in Granite Park, Sacramento.

Senior Steven Grolle led the Wildcats with a sixth place finish in the 171-runner field in 15:50.7.

Four runners set new personal record times: Shaan French Jr. (17:31), Paul Mika (17:56.9), Thomas Kruetzfeld (18:03.3) and Sean Brennan (18:18.4).

French finished in 82nd place, Mika in 96th, Kruetzfeld in 98th and Brennan in 103rd.

Patrick McConnell came in 127th at 19:00.2.

The Wildcats will race next at the Valley Oak League Meet No. 1 on Wednesday at Frogtown.


Cat gridders beaten by Paradise

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Eddie Saltzman / Courtesy photo. Sonora senior slotback Ryan Puou espaces a tackle and runs for a 46-yard gain on Friday at Paradise.
PARADISE — The Sonora football team traveled to Paradise Friday and didn’t find happiness.

The Wildcats rallied to take a second-half lead but the host Bobcats fought back and scored the game’s final 21 points en route to a 28-13 non-league victory.

“We had the skill and heart to beat this team, but we keep killing ourselves,” said Wildcat senior K.C. Brandsted. “We played a good game, we were physical and we wanted it — I know everybody out there wants to win bad.”


Sonora volleyers defeat visiting Calaveras

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Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Sonora's Savannah Lawerence rises in the air to spike a ball as Calavera's Jordyn Leetham leaps in the air to attempt a block.
The Sonora girls varsity volleyball team has played three teams from the Mother Lode League this season, and after a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-14) win over Calaveras at Bud Castle Gym, Wildcat head coach Kim Evans considers the Redskins the team to beat.

“They have all the pieces in place to make a run for the title,” Evans said.


Water level at Melones dropping

Len Ackerman

For The Union Democrat 

At New Melones, the water level is still dropping and the surface temperatures are between 76 and 81 degrees. This keeps the trout down deeper in cooler water but there are signs that the trolling is picking up as persistent anglers are finding rainbows with ExCel lures, Needlefish, and Speedy Shiners. 

Night anglers are still doing well with submersible lights. Big Fish winner (trout division) last week was Bob Trambley of Twain Harte with a 2-pound, 5-ounce rainbow caught while night fishing. 

Big catfish winner was Matt Repko of Angel’s Camp with a 7-pound, 6-ounce cat caught near Tuttletown with an anchovy bait.


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