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Tryouts to be held for new fastpitch softball team

Tryouts will be held for a new 10-and-under fastpitch softball team on Sunday, May 4at the Bret Harte High School softball field in Angels Camp.

Cal Elite, operated out of Calaveras County, is looking for players in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties to form its new team. Tryouts for all positions start at 2 p.m.

The cost for uniforms is $50 and includes a jersey, pants and socks. Liability insurance is $12. Each player will pay a tournament fee of $30 to $40 per event, depending on location. That fee is on a tournament-to-tournament basis.


Preps roundup: Bears fall in final inning vs. Buffs

The Summerville Bears baseball team suffered a 5-4 setback Friday against Amador in Sutter Creek.

The Bears led 4-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, but the Buffaloes rallied for four runs.

“I’m just disappointed,” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “We shouldn’t have lost. We should’ve came away with a win and we should’ve had more hits. We had four and only one made it to the outfield. Our hitting let us down and we fell apart in the last inning.”


Bears’ Fish shoots 1-under, but Frogs get win

Summerville’s Jordan Fish recorded an eagle and shot one-under par, but the Bears boys’ golf team was defeated by Bret Harte 223-258 on Thursday at Greenhorn Creek. 

Fish eagled the par 5, 480-yard No. 7 hole and also sank a birdie at No. 9 and shot a 1-under par 35 for medalist honors.


Seawell, Lawrence are Lions All-Stars

Two high school football players from the Mother Lode have been selected to play in this year’s 41st annual Lions All-Star Football game.

Calaveras Redskin star Mike Seawell and Sonora Wildcat standout Steve Lawrence were both named to the north roster.


Robles goes distance, Farrell goes yard, Summerville tops MLL foe Amador

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esse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Bryce Farrell (8, above) is congratulated by teammates Billy Butler (3) and Danny Robles (6) after his fifth inning home run Wednesday against Amador in Tuolumne.
In Bryce Farrell’s at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Summerville Bear junior chased a low and outside ball that he swung and missed for a strike.

But on his second pitch, the 6-foot-3 righthander squared up on an inside fastball, and powered a solo shot over the left field fence.

Farrell’s home run helped lift the Summerville Bears baseball team to a 6-3 Mother Lode League win over Amador on Wednesday in Tuolumne.

“It felt great,” Farrell said of his first round-tripper of the season. “I knew it was going to be at least a double because I saw the left fielder turn and run. Honestly, I didn’t think it had the height because it was kind of a liner. I was pleasantly surprised when it went out.”


Conklin pitches complete game, S’ville thumps Amador

The Summerville Bears softball team topped Amador 10-0 in six innings on Wednesday afternoon in Tuolumne.

Summerville scored three runs each in the third and fourth innings, and closed out the game, adding two apiece in the fifth and sixth.

“We had some pretty good at-bats,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson. “But they walked six and we scattered a couple of hits. Plus, we started hitting the ball more consistently.”


Frog swimmers sweep Skins

The Bret Harte boys’ and girls’ swim teams both beat Calaveras on Wednesday in Angels Camp.

The boys won 104-66 and the girls came on top 116-54.

“Today was a stellar day for the Bret Harte swim team,” said Bret Harte coach Lauren Gerber. “Coming off of three away meets in the last two weeks, being back in our home pool, the team swam numerous personal bests and were able to place extremely well against Calaveras.”


Tioga grad a natural with javelin

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Courtesy Photo. Billy Hilton, a former Tioga High Standout, gets ready to throw the javelin earlier this year.
The first time Billy Hilton picked up a javelin in a competitive meet, it was on March 1 at the 2014 Cal State Stanislaus Kim Duyst Invitational in Turlock.

That meet also happened to mark Hilton’s first season with the Cal State Stanislaus outdoor track and field team.

And in his first official attempt, the javelin traveled 202 feet and 4 inches. It was the second best throw of the day and qualified Hilton for Provisionals.

With that throw, the former Tioga High three-sport standout set a new Cal State Stanislaus Warriors school record.

“My thought process was, ‘Let’s get a good one,’ ” Hilton said. “I wanted to get a good throw and work off that. Then I saw it was still going. It ended up being 61 meters — 202 feet. That was the farthest throw I ever had.”


Sonora senior Grolle setting new Wildcat standards

Steven Grolle has been studying the record times in the 1-mile, 1,500 and 3,000 meters since he was a freshman runner at Sonora High.

And those numbers have always been in the back of his mind.

But after an incredible performance at the 2014 Stanford Invitational this past weekend, Grolle can now erase those marks and etch his name and times next to those events. The senior Wildcat set three new school records in the 1-mile, 1500 and 3000 meter run on Friday and Saturday.


All-Area MVP Gouveia powered Redskins to MLL title, playoffs

If Kyle Gouveia’s basketball career ended at Calaveras High School, he would be remembered by most as a legend.

In a one-point loss to the Sonora Wildcats in late December, Gouveia, a towering 6-foot-7-inch, 240-pound forward, threw down an electrifying jam and shattered a portion of the glass backboard at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.

“I think when something like that happens, it’s a combination of timing, power and freak accident,” said Calaveras 12th-year head coach Kraig Clifton. “But he’s extremely powerful. He caught the rim on his way down. It was pretty impressive. It’s something he can carry with him forever and say that he did it.”


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