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TCAM swimmers busy on open water circuit

Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers have plunged into the open water circuit by competing in both Hawaii and Northern California races during May and early June.

Softball shootout

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Larry Scotten, Selida, takes a mighty swing for the Stanislaus County Animals against the Lincoln Hills Coyotes.
Standard Park hosted the Northern California Senior Softball Association’s Tuolumne Shootout on Saturday and Sunday, a senior slowpitch event. Teams from the Bay Area, Stanislaus and Fresno counties participated. 

Coke again a free agent

Phil Coke’s stint with the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t last very long.
Less than a month after signing a minor league contract with Toronto, Coke is back on the free agent market.
The Sonora High graduate was signed May 31 by the Blue Jays and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons. Ten days later he was called up to the big club and made his debut a short time after — two scoreless innings, two walks, two strikeouts.
The veteran in his eighth season got called to the mound seven days later, on Sunday, and pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered a home run to slugger Chris Davis.
Following the game, Toronto optioned Coke back to Buffalo but the lefty reliever refused the assignment and is back on the free agent market.
Coke, 32, started the season with the Chicago Cubs and was released May 18 after 16 appearances and a 6.30 earned run average. 
After reportedly being courted by up to 12 teams, Coke signed with Toronto and their work relationship lasted just 23 days.

2oth anniversary: ’95 ’Cats finished season perfect

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The Sonora Wildcats celebrate their 1995 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship after defeating Del Oro 24-3 on Dec. 2, 1995 at the University of Pacific in Stockton. File photo / Union Democrat
Editor’s note — With the high school sports season around the corner, the Union Democrat is recognizing the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Sonora Wildcats, the team that won the school’s only Sac-Joaquin Section football championship.

Twenty years ago, the Sonora Wildcats enjoyed the most successful football season the school has ever produced.
The ’Cats were perfect.
Lead by a future NFL player, Sonora finished the 1995 season 13-0 and captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship, beating the three-time defending champs, the Del Oro Golden Eagles.

Pinecrest stocked; Fish faire Saturday

Pinecrest Lake is well stocked with trout as are the main forks of the Stanislaus River. And it seems it would be would be wise to fish away from the main crowded areas in the campgrounds and in the Kennedy Meadows area along the Highway 108 corridor as I’ve heard serious anglers have found good results by going further upriver.


Rosendo to Menlo

 

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Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Columbia’s Rosendo AmayaWood (left), with Claim Jumper head coach Rob Hoyt, signs his National Letter of Intent Thursday to play basketball for Menlo College.
During the summer between his freshman and sophomore year at Summerville High School, Rosendo AmayaWood made the decision that he wanted to play basketball at a four-year university. That dream is almost a reality.AmayaWood on Thursday signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Menlo College in Atherton, after playing for two seasons at Columbia College.



High school soccer to be played in winter

The 2015-16 high school year will be the final time boys’ and girls’ soccer is played in the fall and spring, respectively. Beginning in 2016-17, both boys’ and girls’ soccer will be played in the winter.

Just kickin' it

Jaxon Ludwig, 9, of Coulterville (left) and Devin Carkins, 8, of Jamestown (right), dribble the ball downfield. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
About 30 kids took part in the morning session of Tuolumne County Recreation Department’s Youth Soccer Camp at Standard Park, which runs through Friday. Sonora boys head coach Lloyd Longeway is the instructor.


Bullfrogs build towards strong season

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Bullfrog senior Brock Rizzo (right, at top right) covers senior Dawson Terry Tuesday during practice at Dorroh Field. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat
On the day the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA championship in 40-years, first-year Bret Harte football coach Casey Kester tried to turn his players into warriors. Kester had his players running sprints, doing pushups, and trying to get them mentally tough in the 96-degree Angels Camp heat Tuesday evening.


Martial arts camp

Mountain Storm Jujitsu in Sonora is hosting a pair of Tuolumne County Recreation Martial Arts Camps this summer. The first ends Friday and the second begins July 6. Janet Colombani, 11, of Tuolumne (right), works with Ella Schmidt, 9, of Sonora on Monday.

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