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Spotted bass confirmed as world record


For the Union Democrat

Word out of Glory Hole Sports is that the 10.48-pound spotted bass caught at New Melones Reservoir in February by Keith Bryan, of Novato, has been confirmed as the world record for its species.

Bryan was fishing in a tournament and there was some controversy at first on the weight which had different readings on two scales, but the tournament scale was later confirmed as correct.

Fishing guide John Liechty said, “Records are made to be broken and I expect to see a new record turn up eventually at Melones.”

Golden hopes: Runners head to national JO meet

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Foothill Gold Track and Running Club’s (Clockwise from top left) Cassi Land, 14, of Sonora, Connor Landis, 14, of Arnold, Brendan Dishion, 12, of Murphys, Broen Holman, 8, of Sonora, and Kaela Dishion, 14, of Murphys all qualified for the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to be held July 21-27 at Houston, Texas.
For Cassi Land and Kaela Dishion, running at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships will be familiar territory.

Land, of Sonora, and Kaela Dishion, of Murphys, both qualified and competed last summer at the 2013 Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C., and both are making return trips this year on July 21-27 as members of the Foothill Gold Running and Track Club coached by former Cal Poly and Sonora Wildcat phenom Darren Holman.

“They’re the veterans of the group,” Holman said. “When they’re at the starting line, they’ve been there before. I think some of the anxiety that they had at being a first timer at a national event will ease them. I think they’ll definitely have an advantage.”

Bear grad Roberson ready for starting role

Courtesy Photo/University of Mary. Zach Roberson, a Summerville Bear graduate, drops back to pass.
As a starting quarterback, there is no time off, well, at least for former Summerville Bear football standout Zach Roberson.

Roberson, who has been training in Bismarck, N.D. this entire summer, is penciled in as the heir apparent to record-setting gunslinger Craig Bagnell for the University of Mary football program.

The 2011 Summerville High grad has big shoes to fill as he heads into his redshirt junior season for the Division II Marauders under new head coach Josh Kotelnicki and his staff.

Bent-metal tribute: Roberts remembered before clash of cars

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Teddi Roberts, of Sonora, releases a balloon at the end of the National Anthem on Sunday in tribute to her late husband, Rick Roberts to start the Demolition Derby at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Sonora’s Troy Brown crashes his 2U car into Sebatian Maitz, of Vallecito.
The legacy of longtime demolition derby driver Rick Roberts lived on Sunday in the arena at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

A special tribute and moment of silence was held for the beloved Sonora resident and homicide victim before the engines were started.

A U2 tribute car, and two others, were built specifically to honor Roberts, who raced under the U2 moniker since the mid-1980s.

“We will miss you and we will derby on,” said arena announcer Bogio Ditler. “U2 will live forever.”

Hines figures out skating success

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Roller figure skater Tanner Hines, 13, of Sonora, practices in the loops event on Thursday at High Country Sports Arena. Hines is headed to the National Championships later this month.
After winning three gold medals at the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in Fresno in June, roller figure skater Tanner Hines is headed to the country’s biggest stage.

Tanner, a 13-year-old Sonoran, and incoming eighth grader at Gold Rush Charter School, placed first in the Freshman/Sophomore A level men’s figures, loops and the combined event to punch his ticket to the 2014 Roller Skating National Championships on July 20 to Aug. 2 in Lincoln, Neb.

He beat skaters from California, Arizona and Nevada.

“It was pretty cool,” Tanner said. “I was a little nervous, but it was fun competing against all the other people throughout the state. It was exciting.”

S’ville, Sonora work on air attacks

The Sonora Wildcats football team may have thrown more passes Wednesday in a seven-on-seven scrimmage against the Summerville Bears than it probably will during the 2014 season.

Sonora, who deploys a run-first, triple-option offense, let it fly on Wednesday at Dunlavy Field.

Each team was given 12 plays per rotation, and had three tries to convert a first down 15-yards downfield on a shortened 40-yard gridiron. After three plays, if a team failed to gain a fresh set of downs, it had to start over at the 40.

Quick turnaround! Dillashaw to defend title vs. Barao

UFC bantamweight champion and Angels Camp native TJ Dillashaw will defend his world title next month against No. 1 contender Renan Barao at UFC 177: Dillashaw-Barao 2 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

The Aug. 30 rematch of Dillashaw and Barao will come a little more than three months after the former Bret Harte wrestling standout pummeled Barao and won by technical knockout at UFC 173 in May to claim the world championship. It was the 27-year-old Barao’s first loss in nearly a decade.

“I don’t feel that he really deserved it that much,” Dillashaw said by phone on Wednesday. “I gave him a beating. He should have fought his way back up. I want to prove to everyone that I’m the better fighter and I get to do it in my hometown. That’s awesome. Everyone back home in Angels Camp, Calaveras County and Sacramento can come out.”

Sonora High gym was Bud’s castle

Loyal “Bud” Castle may be remembered best for his coaching success on the basketball court and football field, but it was his ability to influence, teach and mold boys into young men that made a lasting impression on the thousands of students that came his way.

Castle, a longtime Sonora High School basketball, football coach and teacher, passed away Tuesday, July 1 at Avalon Care Center. He was 88.

“He was a father figure to me, in a sense, that he was always there for me,” said Sonora Wildcats athletic director Rick Francis, who was a senior guard on Castle’s Valley Oak League basketball championship team in 1966. “I was right out of college and my father passed away. He took me under his wing and was a great mentor for me, not only as a coach, but teaching.”

Special Olympians compete at Summer Games

Tuolumne County Special Olympics sent eight athletes to the Summer Games at UC Davis in June.

Sinclair Darr, Ashley Dorsett, Nash McVey and Staci Sherbert led Tuolumne County during the three-day event on June 27-29 by bringing home a team-high three medals each. 

“It was a fantastic showing for Tuolumne County,” said area director Dave DeCheney. “They did great. They had a strong showing. They really did. It was a good event for them.”

Jokers Wild Walker rolls blistering 801 series

By Ruth Abreo

For The Union Democrat

This column covers June 17 through June 26.

Even though the temperatures had not yet risen to hot and hotter, Warren Walker of Jokers Wild was burning up the lanes at Black Oak.

Walker bowled a rare 800 series, an 801, his first ever. In his high series for this report, he also rolled the highest men’s score, a 280.

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