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Summer gridders

Bret Harte senior Logan Lowe runs a route on offense.
Photos by Jesse Jones, The Union Democrat

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs varsity football team hosted Ripon Christian Tuesday night for a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp. “It was a great learning opportunity for us,” said Bullfrog defensive coordinator Eli Dufloth. “They learned a lot and started to make some adjustments. Things could only grow from here.” One Bret Harte player who did stand out was middle linebacker and running back Logan Lowe. The incoming senior was a first-team All-Mother Lode League selection at linebacker in 2013. “He’s a kid that’s been working and welding all summer,” Dufloth said. “He came in tonight, picked it up and did his job really well. And again, it’s because of his physical play.”

Hansten, Slater compete at prestigious Summer Sanders Inv.

Tuolumne County Aquatic swimmers Sam Slater and Dalton Hansten achieved a new level in competitive swimming by competing at the Summer Sanders Invitational on June 13-15 at the Roseville Aquatic Center.   

The junior/senior meet was open only to swimmers who had achieved the qualifying time standards.  

More than 1,400 swimmers competed at the three-day meet, ranging in ages from 11 to 28. 

Cat grad Keefe gearing for senior season at Chico

Kelli Keefe, a 2011 Sonora Wildcat grad, recently completed her junior year as a valuable member of the Division II Chico State softball team.

Keefe, a 5-foot-3 second baseman, set a career-high at the plate with a .303 batting average. The Columbia resident and former Wildcat three-sport star scored 20 runs, recorded 36 hits and generated 10 RBI in 46 appearances that included 45 starts. Her .376 on base percentage was the fourth-best on the team.

The 21-year-old tied for second on the squad with 16 stolen bases and had a .946 fielding percentage.

Chico State went 24-26 overall with a strong 12-6 showing on the Wildcats’ home diamond.

Chico State finished sixth in California Collegiate Athletic Association play with a 17-19 mark.

Keefe, who is back home on summer vacation and is working as a camp coach at Sonora Sports and Fitness, spoke with Union Democrat sports reporter Vongni Yang on Monday about softball and what she has in store for her final year at Chico State.

Hicks leads shooters at state meet


For The Union Democrat

For the third straight year Mother Lode Gun Club Nugget Dylan Hicks claimed first place in the Intermediate Advanced division of the California Youth Shooting Sports Association’s state championship meet on June 13-14 at the Stockton Gun and Bocce Ball Club.

The 15-year old won the title by shooting a 195 out of 200 over the two-day event.

However, it wasn’t easy for the fifth-year shooter. It took a three-round shoot-off between Hicks and two others before he was able to call himself champion.

Summer ball

Arnold 11-year--old Morgan McDermear practices how to safely slide.
Photos by Jesse Jones, The Union Democrat

Bret Harte High School’s Rich Juarez hosted a softball clinic at the Bullfrogs varsity softball field on Wednesday in Angels Camp. The three-day camp stressed pitching, catching, defensive positioning and offensive skills.

Claim Jumpers

Angels Camp 9-year-old Carson Cooper (at left, with ball) was one of more than 30 children taking part in the Columbia Claim Jumpers men’s basketball camp on Wednesday at Oak Pavilion.
Photos by Maggie Beck, The Union Democrat

Columbia College head coach Rob Hoyt and the Claim Jumpers men’s basketball program is hosting a four-day hoops clinic this week at Oak Pavilion. The camp began Monday and concludes today. Hoyt will be instructing another session in July. “It was great,” Hoyt said. “It’s going really well. We have really good numbers. They’re up from last year. We have 12 girls, which is great. The kids are having fun. We had rehearsals for the dunk contest today, and the kids really enjoyed that.”

S’ville grad Dunlap to lead volley squad at CConn St.

Rachel Dunlap, a 2011 Summerville graduate, wrapped up her junior year at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., this spring.

In 2013, the 6-foot middle blocker enjoyed a breakout volleyball season. Dunlap earned second-team All-Northeast Conference honors after leading the league in blocks. Her 1.54 blocks per set was the fourth best in the nation for all of Division I.

Dunlap also broke the single-season school record for most blocks with 163, and was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week five times. She helped the Blue Devils reach the NEC Championship match, but the team fell short to LIU Brooklyn.

Central Connecticut finished its season with a 21-9 record.

The 21-year-old, back home for a month vacation, assisted with on-court instruction during last week’s Sonora Wildcat youth volleyball camp at Bud Castle Gym.

Dunlap spoke with Union Democrat sports reporter Vongni Yang after the camp last Thursday to share her volleyball experience, and what her goals are for her final season at Central Connecticut, where she will serve as a senior team captain in 2014.

6 from Sonora headed to volleyball nationals

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Six Sonora Wildcats (above, from left), freshman Riley Patterson, seniors Leah Dambacher, Bailey Henington, Shannon Friend and juniors Kiana Pisula and Kelsie Evans will compete later this month at the 35th annual USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Minneapolis.
Six Sonora Wildcats will compete with their respective club teams at the 35th annual USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships on June 24 to July 3 in Minneapolis.

“It’s pretty uncommon for a school of our size to have this many of its volleyball players attending the national championships,” said Sonora Wildcat head coach Kim Evans.  “It’s something that the program has never had before. It puts us at a very high level of play, which is exciting for Sonora High and Tuolumne County, and makes our fall look very inviting.”

Former NFL top boss speaks in Angels

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat. Super Bowl winning coach Mike Holmgren was the Grace Hills Covenant Church's guest speaker Saturday during a men's breakfast at Bret Harte in Angels Camp.
When Mike Holmgren was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the 1970 NFL draft out of USC, he thought he was going to have a long and storied career.

But that dream was unfortunately cut short.

Holmgren was let go by the Cardinals and then picked up by the New York Jets.

A knee injury ended his time with the Jets, and it was at that moment that the then 22-year-old rookie quarterback was at a cross road.

“I hurt my knee and that was it,” said Holmgren, who was the guest speakerSaturday at a men’s breakfast sponsored by Grace Hills Covenant Church at Bret Harte High School’s multiple-purpose room in Angels Camp. “Here I was at 22-years-old, what I thought I was going to be able to be doing was over. I thought I was going to be a professional football player, play 10 years, make a lot of money and it ended. What do I do now?”

Holmgren enjoys time in Calaveras County, talks football

Former Calaveras head football coach and Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Bob Bach, 74, invited Super Bowl winning head coach Mike Holmgren to share his life experiences at a men’s breakfast sponsored by Grace Hills Covenant Church on Saturday at Bret Harte High School’s multi-purpose room in Angels Camp. Holmgren spoke with Union Democrat sports reporter Vongni Yang after the breakfast about life and football.

UD: Did you enjoy your time here in Angels Camp and Calaveras County?

MH: It’s been great. First of all, it’s a beautiful place and it was good to see Bob and Marlene (Bach). We’ve known them forever. The turnout today and being able to talk to these fellas that have lived here, a lot of them their whole lives, was great. It’s a privilege.

UD: How’s life out of football?

MH: I’m busy. I’m doing a radio show up in Seattle. I have the freedom to do a lot of things. We’re more involved in our church. We’re involved with a group called Medical Teams International. We get to spend a lot of time with our grandkids. It’s good.

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