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Papapetrou nearly perfect; sets summer high scores

This column covers May 19 through May 28.
The Summer Trios league has completed two weeks of the season in high fashion as 
Bobby Papapetrou bowled a 280 and 783, both of which are high scores for not only the men, but for the summer as well.

Bite is good

Gary Burns, with Take it to the Limit fishing guide service of Angels Camp (top, center), stands with Jim Alley, of Coronado (left), and Lance Withee, of San Diego (right), with the bags of cleaned kokanee.
Anglers were out on New Melones Reservoir Thursday looking for limits.

Kokanee derby draws good weather, bite

Last Saturday’s Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Power Derby, at Lake Don Pedro, drew over 100 participants who enjoyed good weather and a good kokanee bite with fish averaging 12 to 13 inches. 

Nugget’s finish regular season with a bang

The California Youth Shooting Sports Association continued Saturday, with the second trip of the season to the Los Banos Sportsmen’s Club. Shooters had to deal with temperatures over 95 degrees throughout the day.

Ajax United Sonora earns second

The Ajax United Sonora, under 10 girls’ youth soccer team finished in second place in the silver division of the Norcal Premier Soccer League with a 6-0-2 record. The league provides year-round development for players who desire to pursue their full soccer potential. “We are very proud of our girls representing this community at the highest level,” said Ajax head coach Diego Velazquez. “The ability to play in the NorCal Premier Soccer League has truly provided us the opportunity to compete with top teams around this area. This definitely gets us a step closer to removing the term ‘travel’ from competitive soccer.”

Sonora staying put: Wildcats in MLL until at least 2018

File photo / Union Democrat The Sonora Wildcat football team charged into the Mother Lode League this season and were not challenged, cruising to an undefeated record and an appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section title game.
Sonora High School, and its football team, are staying in the Mother Lode League.
The Sac-Joaquin Section realignment committee met May 21 to review the 2014-15 sports year and decided the Wildcats will remain a member of the MLL at least until the next possible shuffling of the leagues in 2018.

Lions football roster released

The 42nd annual Central California Lions All-Star football game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Tracy High School’s Wayne Schneider Stadium. 
The finals rosters were released Wednesday and still have four players from Calaveras and Sonora participating.
Playing for the North team will be Calaveras running back Connor Hamilton, and Sonora’s Serge Kiriluk, Zerek Saldivar and Kahale Warring. 
Hamilton rushed for 1,440 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Saldivar was a cornerstone on the ‘Cats offensive line, and helped pave the way for Kiriluk who rushed for 684 yards. Kiriluk also averaged nearly 10 tackles per game. Warring hauled in 548 yards receiving.
The North players report to camp Monday at Stagg High School  in Stockton.

Kickin' class

Women hone their skills and get a solid workout Tuesday afternoon at a kickboxing cardio class at Sonora Mixed Martial Arts. Sonora MMA instructor Rolando Velasco works with Kelly McGill, of Modesto.

Francis lets game clock run out after 44 years

Read more...  There is only so much time on a the game clock. There are ways to save time and make the game last longer, but for longtime legendary coach, teacher and athletic director Rick Francis, he will not call any timeouts. He will let the clock run out when the school year ends and retire from Sonora High after 44 years.

Mother Lode Maniacs finish 2nd in league

The Mother Lode Maniacs 11-and-under travelling baseball team finished runner-up in its league. The Maniacs played their games at Rainbow Fields in Modesto, and also play in tournaments throughout Northern California. “Normally I wouldn’t draw too much attention to a second-place finish but this was an accomplishment for us to go down to the valley and compete with the more skilled teams,” said Maniacs head coach Jeff Scott.

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