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Sonora’s Henington placed on VOL 1st team

Sonora Wildcat Bailey Henington is a star.

And Valley Oak League girls’ basketball coaches took note of the guard’s sparkling play in 2014.

After a spectacular junior season, Henington was voted by conference coaches to the All-VOL First Team.


Bullfrogs Switzer, Evans earn top MLL honors

After capturing an outright Mother Lode League championship in 2014, the Bret Harte girls’ basketball team swept the post-season awards.

Kelsey Switzer, a star Bullfrog guard, was selected as the MLL’s Most Outstanding Player. She led Bret Harte in scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game. In 28 contests, she drained 42 percent of her shots (188 of 446), including 32 3-point baskets. She closed out her senior season netting 529 points, 278 more than the next best player.

Switzer will play for the University of Saint Mary, an NAIA program in Leavenworth, Kansas next fall. She committed to the college after head coach Bruce Erickson and an assistant flew out to California to see her play in February. The senior earned a partial scholarship.

“I was working really hard the whole season,” Switzer said. “I would go to open gym and practice. I worked on my shooting to try to improve things. I couldn’t been more happier with the way the season went.”


Rago, Rossi stage scoring duel on lanes

By Ruth Abreo

For The Union Democrat

The annual Association Tournament is over for this year and some new records were set — at least I saw a couple. 

Brian Basacker rolled the high game on Saturday with a 279 and I think he hoped that it would be just that. 

However, during the last squad on Sunday of singles and doubles, John Rago in the last singles game, rolled 11-in-a-row for a 290, and at the same time in his second game, Dave Rossi rolled a perfect 300 with at least one shot that did not look like it would carry the pins, but did. 


Bears axe Vikings: PetersonWood nets hat trick, Skellenger scores twice in rout

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Jesse Jones/Union Democrat. Summerville striker Mali PetersonWood (13) heads the ball in a non-league game on Wednesday at Dunlavy Field.
Summerville Bear forward Mali PetersonWood made it look easy against Johansen.

PetersonWood, a three-year varsity player, recorded her first career hat trick Wednesday and the Summerville girls’ soccer team blasted the Johansen Vikings 7-0 in a non-league match at Sonora High’s Dunlavy Field.

“I’m expecting Mali to really step up this season,” said Bears head coach Brad Schultz. “Mali really loves to be a team player. I told her at halftime, ‘Mali, you have to be a little selfish sometimes.’ She’s got the ability to dribble and take the shot. She ended up doing that tonight for us. Great effort from Mali.”


Gouveia, Seawell, Whited net top MLL honors

Bret Harte senior Will Whited was voted by Mother Lode League basketball coaches as the Most Outstanding Player after a stellar 2014 season.

Calaveras seniors Kyle Gouveia and Mike Seawell both garnered the Co-Most Valuable Player award after helping lead the Redskins to the MLL Championship with a remarkable 14-1 record.


Sonora’s Collamer, Warring on VOL 2nd team

Sonora Wildcat basketball players Will Collamer and Kahale Warring were named to the All-Valley Oak League Second Team for their outstanding effort in 2014.

Collamer, a senior point guard, led the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 15 points, three rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.3 assists per game. The senior recorded  375 points and shot 42 percent from the field (125 of 300). He drained a team-high 33 shots from beyond the arc and was the top free throw shooter on the team with 92.


Dodge Ridge Race Team clinches 4th straight Silver Cup

With one stop still remaining in the Far West Central Series, Dodge Ridge Race Team clinched the Silver Cup for the fourth straight year on March 1-2 at China Peak.

DRRT bested teams from China Peak, Badger Pass and Bear Valley to secure the overall series team championship. 


Sonora, BH boys, girls split opening meet

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte’s Brennan Thompson (top, right) shakes hands with Sonora’s Owen Ragland following a race Tuesday in Sonora.
The Sonora Wildcats and Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ and girls’ swim teams splitTuesday in the season opener in Sonora.

The Bullfrog boys defeated the Wildcats 90-77 while the Sonora girls topped Bret Harte 88-79.

“It was great to be back at the pool swimming again,” said Sonora head coach Jon Jay Verhuel. “The kids swam fast!”


3 score for Frogs in win over Wildcats

Bret Harte received goals from three different players and the Bullfrog girls’ soccer team topped the Sonora Wildcats 3-0 in a non-league match on Tuesday at Dunlavy Field.

Bullfrogs Lauren Redding, Sarah Diamanti-Milson and Jennifer Munoz each found the back of the net and goalkeeper Cheyenne McDearmid recorded four saves for the clean sheet.

“They played awesome,” said Bret Harte head coach Miguel Santos. “I think they got an idea of how we should play. We’ve only been practicing for probably a month. I’ve been talking to them about the way to play, the way to triangle (pass). They’ve got to be consistent. The main point for us is having fun, and I think they’re doing it.”


Cat golfers win tourney, beat Lathrop

The Sonora Wildcat boys’ golf team won the Oakdale Tournament on Monday to open its season and a day later, smacked the Lathrop Spartans 222-321 at Mountain Springs to open play in the Valley Oak League.

Wildcat junior Billy Kiriluk fired a 10-over par 82 on Monday to lead Sonora to a team score of 443. He finished as the second best individual in the 10-team tournament.



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