The Summerville Bear girls hoopsters earned a spot in the consolation championship on Saturday with a 37-18 pasting of Amador at the 37th annual Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High School.
The Bears play Bella Vista today at 5 p.m. in the consolation bracket to close the three-day event.
Summerville gave Amador a glimpse of what to expect when Mother Lode League play begins early next year.
The Bears jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one period and were ahead 20-6 at halftime. Summerville led 25-8 heading into the final eight minutes.
“We pressured them and got up by 20 points,” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “We took off the pressure and everybody got to play starting in the first half. They cut the lead to 11 but we turned up the pressure again and pulled away.”
The Sonora Wildcats finished 2013 Saturday with a victory and earned third place in Columbia College’s High School Holiday Classic hoops tournament.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora guard Will Collamer (22, above) shoots on Saturday against Escalon at Columbia College’s Oak Pavilion. Collamer averaged 16 points in three games and was named All-Tournament.
Sonora jumped on Escalon early and then hung on to defeat the Cougars 55-47 at Oak Pavilion.
By LEN ACKERMAN
For The Union Democrat
With 2014 just around the corner, let’s take a look back at the year that was.
January—The waterfowl season was winding down and the final days produced some fairly good shooting.
Danny Layne and Bob McMahon, of Sonora, along with Ron Wilson, of Modesto had a good shoot, bagging five ducks and four Canada Geese at Modesto Reservoir.
February—The special Junior Hunt for youths under 16 and private clubs and state refuges hosted many happy young hunters.
The Hollister Club near Gustine also hosted five wounded Marines and Navy men from Camp Pendleton and they enjoyed bagging duck limits.
By Ruth Abreo
For The Union Democrat
Jim LeMaster, of Umchu Full House, bowled 30 straight frames with a strike or spare to earn a Clean Series on Dec. 19 at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne.
LeMaster’s leaguemate Kevin Flanagan missed that remarkable feat by just one frame, rolling a 607.
Dave Rossi (SIRS) rolled the high men’s series and was also the only 700 for this report, a 715.
The men’s high game went to Umchu Full House’s Warren Walker with a 279.
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.
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.”
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.
Calaveras Redskins senior Kyle Gouveia broke his career-high in scoring with 31 points against the Sonora Wildcats.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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