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Bears’ Fulkerson returns, to play QB

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Summerville’s Eli McLaurin makes a recpetion Wednesday during practice in Tuolumne. McLaurin has caught more passes than any receiver in the area.
Jake Fulkerson has led the Summerville Bears onto the field the last four Friday nights. While his teammates were dressed in their battle gear, Fulkerson wore a No. 16 jersey, a Summerville hat and shorts.

An injury to his surgically repaired knee put him on the sidelines and put a major question mark around the remainder of his football career. 

But tonight, in what will be the final time Fulkerson will lead his team onto Thorsted Field in his high school career, he will not only be dressed in full gear, but as of Tuesday has been medically cleared to play.


’Cats go for 2nd straight MLL title vs. Buffs

The Sonora Wildcats had fun Wednesday at football practice. There were smiles, jokes and laughter.

There were also hard hits, spirited play and lots of hustle. 

There was a comment from one the coaches in between plays that the kids were having fun this week, but still taking care of business.

The players even seemed to enjoy conditioning to end practice.

And why wouldn’t the Wildcats being having fun?


Sarkisian takes over Wildcat baseball

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora High teacher Will Sarkisian stands in the Wildcats dugout, a dugout he will patrol in the spring as the school’s new baseball coach.
 Sonora High’s Will Sarkisian was sitting in an afterschool meeting recently, being trained through teleconference by somebody from Australia when he was asked by a pair of administrators to step outside.

The teacher followed principal Ben Howell and athletic director Karen Sells outside, curious to what was happening.

The two administrators stood before him with long, serious faces and Howell began talking about an application Sarkisian submitted to be the Wildcats new baseball coach.


No lie, Pinocchio is new Bears boss

Former Sonora High star athlete and 2001 graduate Ricky Pinocchio is the new coach for the defending Mother Lode League champion Summerville Bears. Maggie Beck/Union Democrat
 Ricky Pinocchio walked behind the batter’s box at the Summerville High School baseball field and looked out towards center field. With his arms resting across his chest, he scanned from center to right field, and looked at the infield diamond. 

The field has more brown and dead grass than green, and it looks more like an abandoned lot than a field of dreams. But for Pinocchio, he smiled and saw nothing but possibility. For the new head coach of the defending Mother Lode League champion Summerville Bears baseball team, Pinocchio saw a home.


Wildcat volleyers move one step closer to MLL title

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Sonora’s Riley Carpenter (7) goes on the attack Tuesday against Summerville at Bud Castle Gym.
The Sonora Wildcats stayed perfect in the Mother Lode League Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-4, 25-8) volley victory over Tuolumne County neighbor Summerville in Bud Castle Gym.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats lead the MLL by two games over Bret Harte.

Summerville shuts out Sonra

Summerville’s Ethan McLaurin heads away a Sonora corner kick Tuesday in the second half at Dunlavy Field.
Any time the Sonora Wildcats and the Summerville Bears play each other, team records are meaningless. Stats are meaningless. Individual achievements are meaningless. The only thing that matters is the score after 80 minutes. With that, the Bears could smile following the final whistle Tuesday night, shutting out their cross county rivals 3-0 at Dunlavy Field.

New bocce courts in Murphys open to public

New bocce courts are available free to the public thanks to a strong effort from local organizations, contractors, donors, and government agencies.

Preps roundup 10/19: Ellsworth gets 1st, is MVP of VFL

Bret Harte’s Hannah Ellsworth shot an 85 Monday to lead all Valley Foothill League competitors at the end of season golf tournament at Micke Grove in Lodi.
Ellsworth earned Most Valuable Player of the league and helped the Bullfrogs finish in second place, behind Ripon and ahead of Sonora.
Those three teams qualified for the divisional tournament which takes place Oct. 27, also at Micke Grove.

Jr. Cats prevail

The Sonora Jr. Cats varsity youth football team celebrated Saturday after defeating the Tuolumne Bears 40-16 at Thorsted Field. The Jr. Cats (4-1) finished tied for first in the Motherlode division of the Motherlode Valley Football League while the Bears (2-3) placed fourth.

Summerville fends off Argonaut

JACKSON — Summerville fullback Nathaniel Ulvevadet slowly walked off the field Friday night after the Bears were able to hold off Argonaut 14-7.

His white No. 33 jersey was covered in dirt and grass stains. His shoulder pads were splattered with green from the Argonaut jerseys. His young face looked tired as he wiped off 48 minutes worth of dirt and sweat from his forehead.

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