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Bear JV hoopsters claim 2nd at Hilmar

The Summerville Bears junior varsity boys’ basketball team claimed second place at the Hilmar Tournament on Dec. 19-21.

Summerville opened tournament play with a 49-39 win over Los Banos.

Cameron Saunders led the Bears in scoring with 16 points and Sam Burns chipped in 12.

Summerville out rebounded Los Banos 48 to 21 with Jacob Branscum-Higuera pulling down a team-high 11 to go with his eight points. Saunders and Cole Brewster each grabbed six rebounds.

Sonora tops Summerville in Columbia’s Holiday Classic

The senior leadership Sonora head basketball coach Dan Dona envisioned from Will Collamer is coming to fruition.

In Thursday’s game against Summerville at Columbia College’s High School Holiday Classic, the point guard was outstanding, scoring 22 points to propel the Wildcats to a 59-48 win at Oak Pavilion.

“The really neat thing is that Will is embracing the leadership role,” Dona said. “As well as our other players respecting him and letting him lead. He’s making really good decisions. ... I’m really pleased with how he can control the game. He’s a real confident young man. I’m really proud of him.”

“I like to think of myself as a pit bull,” said Collamer, who also dished three assists and made a block. “I just go out there and I get it. I just work hard and I take what’s given to me.”


16 compete at TCAM’s Holiday Kick-Off

Fast kicking led to outstanding performances at the Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters 2nd annual Holiday Kick-Off at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center.

Sixteen swimmers challenged themselves on Dec. 13 to kick as fast as they could for 400 yards, which is 16 laps.

The swimmers had the option of using each of the four kicks, including free, back, breast and fly. Keeping their hands on the kick board was required except at the turns.

Gym-shattering win: Wildcats defeat Gouveia, Redskins

Maggie Beck/Union Democrat. Kyle Gouveia (45, above) goes up for two points with Sonora’s Russel Wilson defending. Gouveia was unstoppable in the first half with 23 points and scored 31 overall.
Calaveras Redskins senior Kyle Gouveia broke his career-high in scoring with 31 points against the Sonora Wildcats.

And in second half on Monday, on a fast break, the 6-foot, 7-inch, 240-pound center threw down a powerful dunk that shattered the bottom of the backboard glass.

But that powerful jam did not derail Sonora’s confidence. 

The Wildcats erased a four-point lead in the final period to win 64-63 in San Andreas.

“Our coach definitely said after that, for us to keep our composure,” said Wildcat post player Kahale Warring. “Tune out whatever we had to do to ignore it. We just fought, we wanted it more than they did.”

Sonora grapplers win 4 of 5 duals

The Sonora Wildcats wrestling team won four of five dual meet matches at the Healdsburg Tournament on Friday and Saturday to earn second place.

Sonora went a perfect 3-0 in its bracket, submitting San Ramon Valley 42-37, Petaluma 54-16 and Rodriguez 68-3.

The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals where they beat Mission San Jose 51-24 to lock a spot in the championship match.

“We feel like we are on schedule and developing into a strong team,” said Sonora head coach Jon Abernathy. “With some improvement and experience, we might give some of the elite teams a good match. We are focusing on working hard as a team and earning it every time we take the mat.”

S’ville claims Hilmar crown

The Summerville Bears boys’ basketball team won the Hilmar Tournament Championship, but not the way it wanted.

The Bears won their first two games on Thursday and Friday in the Round-Robin style event, but fell to the tourney host on Saturday and backed into the championship.

On Thursday, Summerville opened the tourney using a strong second quarter surge to beat Los Banos 70-61.

“It was up and down,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson. “We were ahead by 12 at the half, but we came out a little flat and got outscored in the third. We kind of pushed away from the free throw line in the fourth. It was close.”

Preps Roundup: Bullfrogs 0-2 at Union Mine D4 Challenge

Despite missing two of their top senior shooters and playing with only seven hoopsters, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ basketball team hanged around at the Union Mine Tournament.

It its first game, Bret Harte lost to host Union Mine 57-51 on Saturday. 

Starting guards Brandon Kelly and Will Whited both did not make the trip. Kelly was busy taking the SATs and Whited attended a family event.

“We were missing some guys,” said Bullfrogs head coach Jeff Eltringham. “So a lot of guys that didn’t get a lot of minutes had to step up. I’m thinking that will get us up in scoring. We got a lot of guys with little game experience, so that’s why we’re struggling. But they got those jitters out of the way this weekend.”

Cats rally in 4th falls short at Riverbank

A furious fourth-quarter rally by the Sonora Wildcat hoopsters Friday came up short against their hosts, the Riverbank Bruins.

Sonora outscored Riverbank 21-10 in the final period, but could not dig itself out of a 14-point hole and fell 65-62.

Bears defeat Grizzlies, fall to hosts at Hilmar

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball team finished third at the round-robin Hilmar Tournament this past weekend.

Summerville sophomore guard Sarah Boyer scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Bears past the Mariposa Grizzlies 52-47 on Friday.

“That was a really good game for her,” said Summerville head coach Dave Woods.

Cold weather helps hunters bag waterfowl


For The Union Democrat 

Last week’s cold weather blast brought new waterfowl into the central valley and improved shooting results in private clubs and State and Federal Wildlife areas.

During cold temperatures, ducks and geese tend to be on the move in search of food. This week, the weather became a bit more mild and waterfowl will spend more time resting in closed zones and feeding more at night. Early morning shoots are usually best during mild weather.

Results from public refuges dropped somewhat last weekend in the Los Banos Complex with North Freitas Unit the best at 2.48 birds per hunter; San Luis was at 2.06; Los Banos had 1.65 and Gadwall Unit was at 1.44.

Local fishing guide Danny Layne puts that on the back burner to get in some duck hunting on Dec. 7. He hunted at the Hollister Club near Gustine with Dr. Bill Nakaki and they had a good shoot, bagging two limits of mixed species of ducks.

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