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Cold weather helps hunters bag waterfowl

By LEN ACKERMAN

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.


Holman earns All-American at JO in Texas

Foothill Gold Running and Track Club’s Broen Holman ran to All-American status on Dec. 14 at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Holman, a 7-year old, led a contingent of six club runners with a 20th-place finish out of 205 runners in the 7-8 division. His time was of 8:05.10 on the 2,000-meter course.


Balanced scoring helps Bears beat Tigers

Summerville used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Los Banos Tigers 70-61 Thursday in the first round of the Hilmar Basketball Tournament.

Four Bears scored in double digits including Braden Anderson with 12, Kenny Phillips with 11 and Bryce Farrell and Jake Fulkerson each with 10 points.


S’ville girls edged by Los Banos at Hilmar

The Summerville Bears girls suffered a narrow 55-51 defeat to Los Banos on Thursday in the first round of the Hilmar Basketball Tournament.

Jillana Rodighiero scored a game-high 26 points for the Bears, including four from beyond the arc.

The game was close throughout with both teams enjoying the lead.

It was tied at 13 after one period. Los Banos led 24-23 at halftime but the Bears rallied to take a 36-33 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

“We played a lot better than we had been playing,” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “We led off and on throughout the game. We started making some shots tonight and I hope we continue that.”


Superior Spartan: Hanah Blume

One of the best volleyball players in Sonora High School history recently became one of the all-time greats for the San Jose State Spartans.

Hanah Blume, a 2010 Wildcat graduate, completed her senior season on Nov. 29 and became the first Spartan to be named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team since the school joined the league this year.


700s make return; Sparks spark Starks

By RUTH ABREO

For The Union Democrat 

This report covers local scores from Dec. 2-9 at Black Oak Lanes.

At last, a few 700 series were bowled. The highest was rolled by Bobby Papapetrou, of the Monday Nevada league, with a 726.

He also had the high game for this report, a 278, which could have been higher except for that bleeping 10 pin in the third frame. He did pick up the spare for a “Clean” game.

Mary Feola (Jokers Wild) had both the high game and series for women with a 258/656. Her game was 78 pins over her average.


Sonora JV girls rip Turlock

The Sonora Wildcat junior varsity girls’ basketball team thumped Turlock 44-13 Tuesday on the road.

Sonora wasted no time in grabbing control, jumping out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter. The Cats led 28-9 at halftime, didn’t allow a third-quarter point and took a 34-9 lead into the final frame.


Warring, Collamer help Sonora pull away from S'ville

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Summerville’s Bryce Farrell dribbles with Sonora’s Kahale Warring defending Tuesday night at Bud Castle Gym. JESSE JONES/UNION DEMOCRAT
Kahale Warring scored a career-high 26 points and Will Collamer added 17 Tuesday to lead the Sonora Wildcats over the Summerville Bears at Bud Castle Gym.


Bears pin 5 Bulldogs in victory

The Summerville Bears wrestlers took down their hosts, the Ceres Bulldogs, 48-27 Tuesday night.


Henington, Renda lead Cats in rout of Turlock

Bailey Henington scored 28 points and Sandra Renda added 13 Tuesday night to lift the Sonora Wildcat girls hoopsters over host Turlock 55-29.


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