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3 Wildcats earn trip to Masters

A week made almost all the difference for Sonora wrestler Bryce Sanguinetti.

The 152-pound junior and teammates Lucas Pallante and Jack Trent led the Wildcats Saturday at the Division IV tournament at Vista Del Lago High School and all qualified for the prestigious Masters meet next Friday and Saturday in Stockton.

Sanguinetti lost by fall to Kimball’s Trent Nicholson in the Valley Oak League championship on Feb. 15, and on Saturday, the two faced off for the Division title.

Winter deer herd count numbers released for D-6 zone


For The Union Democrat

A recent report was received from local area Wildlife Biologist Nathan Graveline on the annual winter deer herd count for the 2013-14 season. 

The D-6 zone is divided into four herds where counts are made. 

1. The Mother Lode herd turned up 30 bucks,  89 does,  and 48 fawns;  2.  The Stanislaus herd:  21 bucks,  33 does,  and 12 fawns;  3.  The Yosemite herd: 43 bucks,  74 does,  and 34 fawns;  4. The Tuolumne herd: 42 bucks,  130 does,  and 51 fawns.  

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.”

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