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Section hoops playoffs: Switzer, Evans lead BH over Tigers

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte standout guard Kelsey Switzer (3) pulls up for a jump shot in the Bullfrogs 46-35 win over Los Banos on Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Championships in Angels Camp.
Kelsey Switzer took care of the first half. Jessie Evans handled the second.

And near the middle, the duo combined for a sparkling alley-oop that highlighted No. 6 Bret Harte’s 46-35 victory over No. 11 Los Banos Tuesday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Basketball Championships.

Leading 11-6 after the first period, the Bullfrogs quickly added to their lead in spectacular style in front of the home crowd.

Evans took the inbounds pass and dribbled upcourt to the right wing and looked for Switzer.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it would work because they were in a 2-3 zone,” Evans said. “Usually with man (defense) they pull their player out. And then I saw the one player from the bottom post come out, so I knew it was just right.”


Bears girls beaten by Riverbank in 1st round

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball season came to an end Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

In its first trip to the playoffs in more than a decade, No. 12 Summerville fell 67-40 to No. 5 Riverbank.

“I told the girls, ‘I’m very proud of them because they took a big step this year to earn a spot in the playoffs,’ ” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “But they were a better team than us.”


Awards claim: Wingo is voted CVC’s top freshman

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File Photo. Tige Wingo (44) penetrates to the glass in a Central Valley Conference game at Oak Pavilion this season. The freshman 6-foot-5 forward was voted by conference coaches as Co-Freshmen of the Year.
Two Columbia College basketball players were recognized by Central Valley Conference coaches Sunday for their outstanding play in 2013-14.

Freshman forward Tige Wingo, who overcame nagging injuries all season, was one of 10 players selected by conference coaches to the All-CVC first team. Wingo was also named the Co-Freshmen of the Year along with Chris Ross from College of the Sequoias.

“It’s always a great accomplishment to be voted on by the other coaches in conference,” said Columbia first-year head coach Rob Hoyt. “Obviously, they think highly of Tige. Being voted as the top freshman in the whole conference is a pretty great accomplishment for him, especially considering his (injury) background.”


Solid seven pin stops Gaspardi’s perfect game

By RUTH ABREO

For The Union Democrat

Frank Gaspardi, of Umchu Full House, came close to his first 300 game. 

Gaspardi rolled seven strikes in a row before a very noisy, ringing 7-pin stopped perfection. He continued after to roll strikes and he finished the game with a 279.  

Bobby Papapetrou continued to bowl well and ended with a 772, which is the highest men’s series of the week.   

This week, Monday Nevada’s Lynn Porovich, again subbing for one of the teams, rolled the high game for the women with a 234, and Mary Feola (High Rollers) had the women’s high series with a 629.


2 Bears, 2 Skins, 1 Frog win Division V grappling titles

Summerville’s Andrew Brennan and Humphrey Quirie, Bret Harte’s Justin Barnes and Calaveras’ Tylor Gonsalves and Jacob Abeyta won individual championships Saturday at the Division V wrestling tournament at Delhi High School.

In all, Calaveras qualified nine for the Masters meet on Friday and Saturday, Summerville four and Bret Harte two.

Brennan, a 126-pound senior and a 2013 State qualifier, dispatched all four of his opponents on his way to the title.

“Andrew took care of business like we expected him to do,” said Bears head coach Jordan DePaoli. “He wasn’t completely pleased with how he wrestled, he thought he could do better, which is a good thing. He’s got his eye on that State berth.”


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

By LEN ACKERMAN

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

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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.”


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