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Sonora pulls away from Summerville in third quarter

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat Sonora’s Kadi Patterson (20) drives to the basket with Summerville Bear Cassidy Weathers attempting to block her path.
The Sonora Wildcats girls’ basketball team beat cross-county rival, the Summerville Bears, 47-22 on Tuesday in Tuolumne.

Although the Wildcats won by 25 points, the game was a lot closer than the score indicated.

Sonora junior Sandra Renda put up a prayer from distance as the buzzer sounded to lead the Wildcats into the break with a 24-19 advantage.

That shot was the needle in the arm that Sonora needed to boost its confidence.

“Sandra hit a deep three pointer to end the half to build some momentum,” said Wildcats head coach Amy Santos. “We just kind of got on a streak and rode it all the way to the end.”

Henington scores 37, Wildcats beat Bullfrogs

Bailey Henington’s big day on the basketball court was too much for Bret Harte.

Behind Henington’s jaw-dropping 37 points, the Wildcats outlasted the Bullfrogs 56-45 to take third place on Saturday at the 40th Annual Sonora Girls’ Basketball Tournament.

Despite joining the team less than a week ago because Henington was a member of the Wildcats Division IV CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship volleyball squad, who also made a run at the State title, the standout junior had one of the best performances in Sonora head coach Amy Santos’ career.

“She was on fire,” Santos said. “She played a great game. It was a really good game for her. I mean 37 points — I don’t think I have had a player score that many before.”

Snow doesn’t slow shooters Saturday at ML Gun Club

Twenty-four competitors braved the snow Saturday to compete in the last high power match of 2013 at Mother Lode Gun Club.  

Shooters traveled from the Bay Area, Southern California, Davis, Chowchilla, Modesto, Twain Harte and Mi Wuk. Another two dozen came to enjoy the show and participated in the barbeque following the match.

Match winner was Hugh ‘Conar’ Braly, of Copperopolis, shooting a 488-23X out of 500.

Sonora tops Edison, falls to Tracy, Chavez in Stockton

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ basketball team went 1-2 at the 56th Annual Stagg Tournament in Stockton.

Sonora opened tournament play with a 63-59 win over Edison on Thursday.

The Wildcats led 30-22 at the break and scored 33 combined points in the final two quarters to seal the team’s victory.

Sonora beats S’ville on the mat

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Jack Wivell (right, above) attempts to bring down Sonora senior Kyle Mantzouranis during Wednesday’s wrestling match in Tuolumne.
The Sonora Wildcats opened their 2013-14 wrestling season by outlasting their Tuolumne County rival, the Summerville Bears, on the mat on Wednesday.

With nine total wins, including four by forfeit, Sonora won 50-22 over host Summerville.

“I was pretty pleased with it,” said Wildcat head coach Jon Abernathy. “I’m really happy with my numbers. It’s really created a lot of competition in the room. It’s always nice to come off of a win. It’s good to have a full team. We’re looking forward to having a pretty good season.”

Wildcats fall in NorCal final

Sonora's magical volleyball season came to an end on Tuesday night in Atherton.

The Wildcats battled tough in the CIF State Division IV Girls Volleyball Championships, forcing a fifth set but came up short 15-7.

Check Wednesday's paper for the full story. 

Wildcats finish season as NorCal runner-up

Bill Rozak / Union Democrat The Sonora Wildcats pose with their NorCal runnerup plaque they received Tuesday night at Menlo School. Forming the Wildcats greatest team ever (from left) Angela Gardella, Ali Pelfrey, Leah Dambacher, Shannon Friend, Bailey Henington, Kiana Pisula, Bella Bergamaschi, Savannah Lawrence, Kelsie Evans, Makenzee Hope and Maria Chacon.
ATHERTON — The words “Sonora volleyball” and “lose” don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence.

The Wildcats didn’t lose a head-to-head battle this season, other than short, abbreviated matches in tournaments.

And the season started over four months ago — that’s a lot of winning. It was an historic amount that included a Valley Oak League title and the school’s first Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

But on Tuesday, the Wildcats’ greatest volleyball season came to an end in the NorCal Finals of the 2013 CIF State Girls Division IV Championships.

Columbia hoopsters stun Yuba

The Columbia Claim Jumpers mens’ basketball team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history.

Columbia knocked off Yuba City, ranked No. 4 in the state’s Top 20 ranking, 83-82 in overtime at the 76th Modesto JC Basketball Tourney. 

Columbia fell behind early, but clawed right back with some outstanding 3-point shooting from Rafe King, Marcus Junior, Robert Orantes and Daniel Radford.

“Played well together,” said Columbia head coach Rob Hoyt. “It was a great effort. We held on with them. We went punch for punch.”

4 TCAM swimmers in top 10 at Open Water Awards

Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters placed four swimmers in the Top 10 standings in November at the Pacific Masters 2013 Open Water Awards.  

With six TCAM teammates contributing points, the team was 11th in the small-team rankings.

Beginning in May and ending in September, masters swimmers had the opportunity to compete in 17 different open-water races. The swims were held in lakes and the Pacific Ocean.  

Wildcat Grolle medals at State cross country meet

Sonora’s Steven Grolle (1384, left) runs with the lead pack at the half-mile mark on Saturday at the CIF State Cross County Meet in Fresno. Courtesy photo.
Sonora Wildcat Steven Grolle saved his best for last.

Grolle, a senior, ran to an eighth-place finish to earn a medal in Division IV at the 5K CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Fresno. He was the first runner in the Sac-Joaquin Section to cross the finish line.

Grolle’s time of 15:51 is the third fastest time in Wildcats cross country program history behind only Darren Holman and Jason Hart. He ran 5 seconds faster at Woodward Park this year. 

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