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Sonora Wildcats stifle Timberwolves

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora Wildcat guard Bailey Henington (3) penetrates the lane against a Sierra defender in the team’s Valley Oak League win on Thursday at Bud Castle Gym.
After a disappointing loss to Weston Ranch earlier in the week, the Sonora Wildcats girls’ basketball team rebounded in a big way.

With great defensive pressure by Sonora, the Wildcats sealed a 56-43 victory over the Sierra Timberwolves on Thursday at Bud Castle Gym.

“It was a tough loss on Tuesday,” said Sonora head coach Amy Santos. “I’m really happy with the way that we prepared, came out and played this game.” 

Wildcat Klatt signs with Cal Poly

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Sonora senior Andrew Klatt signs his National Letter of Intent Wednesday in Bud Castle Gym. Klatt, surrounded by Wildcat head soccer coach Lloyd Longeway, dad Scott Klatt, and mom Cheryl Klatt, will attend Cal Poly next year on a partial scholarship.
There was only one college that Sonora Wildcat goalkeeper Andrew Klatt wanted to play for — Cal Poly.

With nearly a dozen programs offering some sort of scholarship aid and a roster spot, Klatt was determined to suit up for the Big West Conference university in San Luis Obispo.

“I had many offers to play at other schools,” Klatt said. “But Cal Poly was always my No. 1 choice. I just never thought that might happen.”

Bullfrog lineman Taylor chooses to attend UMary

Ever since Jared Taylor stepped on the Bret Harte High School campus as a freshman in 2010, he always knew he wanted to play college football.

And after four years of extensive dedication and hard work, including three seasons as a varsity starter, Taylor has earned a partial scholarship and will continue his football career in the fall at the University of Mary in North Dakota.

“I could not describe how happy I was,” Taylor said. “There was so much relief that all my hard work paid off and I was going to play college football. My dream came true.”

Skins finish MLL undefeated with win over Frogs


For The Union Democrat

For the eighth consecutive year, the Calaveras Redskins wrestling team is the Mother Lode League champions. 

With a 66-9 victory over the Bret Harte Bullfrogs on Wednesday during senior night at Mike Flock Gym, the Skins captured another title.

“I have been a part of Calaveras wrestling for the past four years, so to come out here on senior night and to walk away with the league title is just a great feeling,” said Redskin grappler Logan Sullivan. “Calaveras has won the league title 13 of the past 14 years, and I’m proud to be a part of that tradition.”

Columbia edged by West Hills in final seconds

The Columbia College Claim Jumpers men’s basketball team missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw attempt late and the West Hills Falcons capitalized, scoring the other way to beat the Claim Jumpers 65-64 on Wednesday in Coalinga.

Up until that basket, Columbia held the lead for nearly the entire game until there was just 1.3 seconds left on the game clock.

“It was just a real heartbreaker,” said Claim Jumper assistant coach Rick Francis. “That was the shot that put them ahead.”

Leers sinks 1st hole in one at SC

With just more than two years of golf experience, Sonora resident Ed Leers accomplished a feat of which all golfers dream.

The 52-year old Leers walked up to Saddle Creek’s Hole 11, a 115-yard par 3, and let it fly with a pitching wedge.

Leers’ brother-in-law, Kevin Otto, 53, of Clovis, thought the ball had no chance and said it was too far.

Within seconds Leers proved Otto wrong and he sank the first hole-in-one in his short career.

“It pretty much cleared it,” Leers said. “It went way up in the air and it landed about a foot and a half in front of the hole. It took a little hop right and the spin stopped the ball and rolled left and disappeared. It was cool. It’s pretty much a rarity.”

Section-champ Cats featured on milk cartons

The Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section champion Sonora Wildcat volleyball team is being featured on Crystal Creamery milk cartons at local retailers.

The Wildcats won their first section title in early December in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Hilmar in five games.

29th Orient Express set for Saturday

The 29th Orient Express Run is set for Saturday, Feb. 1 in Chinese Camp.

The 1-mile family fun run begins at 9 a.m., and the 4-mile run follows at 10. 

The cost for adults is $40 for one race and includes a long sleeved poly tech shirt, if available. For both races, it’s $50. Children under 13, one race is $20 and $30 to race in two events. For Special Olympians, it’s $10 for two.

Sonora MMA fighters win two, lose one

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Mike Thurman (left), of Sonora MMA Academy’s Last Stand Fight Team, defends his title against Tanner Marlow.

For The Union Democrat 

Sonora MMA Academy’s competitive fight team entered the cage on Saturday at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown.


Local fighter Luke “The Nuke” Nunes took on tough boxer James Mulder in a back-and-forth bout. Nunes was able to take control in the second round, finishing the fight by Technical Knockout with punches from the mounted position. 

Even after his victory, Nunes saw room for improvement. 

“Honestly, I felt sloppy,” Nunes said. “I really did. I mean, I worked hard and I think I let the adrenaline get to me. But, a win’s a win.”  

Sonora hoopsters fall to WR

Sonora Wildcats Will Collamer and Kahale Warring both dropped 15 points each, but it wasn’t enough as Sonora fell 57-56 to Weston Ranch on Saturday at Bud Castle Gym.

The Wildcats and Cougars were tied at 14 after the first quarter, but then Sonora, who defeated Weston Ranch 68-62 earlier this year, settled down.

Sonora’s defensive pressure held Weston Ranch to just three points in the second period, and the Wildcats took a 21-17 lead into the break.

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