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Dillashaw gets shot at UFC title

By AMBER PAPPé

For The Union Democrat

Just three months ago, as he ushered in the new year with a big win over Mike Easton in Atlanta, UFC bantamweight TJ Dillashaw reflected, “2014 brings both long term and short term goals, but I can’t look too forward: I have to focus on each fight and let it keep me in the moment.”

It didn’t take long for the 28-year-old Angels Camp native to make that long-term goal a reality.

A big moment has arrived. 

The Team Alpha Male fighter will face bantamweight champion Renan Barao in a five-round title fight at UFC 173, May 24 in Las Vegas.

“This happened faster than I expected, but it’s worked out perfectly,” Dillashaw said Monday by phone. “I’m on the fast track to where I want to be.”


Summerville beats Bret Harte 2-0 in downpour

The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team scored two second-half goals to defeat Mother Lode League foe Bret Harte 2-0 on Monday night in Angels Camp and also hand the Bullfrogs their first loss of the season.

“It was really significant because Bret Harte isn’t undefeated anymore,” said Bear senior sweeper Camila Richardson. “We stayed positive and really worked to apply what we did in practice, on the field. We all stepped up and we all brought the intensity.”

The game was mostly played in a downpour and was scoreless after the first 40 minutes.

Bear forward Darian Skellenger helped get Summerville on the board in the second half.

“There were a bunch of connected passes and I ran onto a through pass and had to fight off a defender,” Skellenger said. “I saw the near post open and I shot it with my left foot.”


Basacker returns to perfect, 19 years later

By RUTH ABREO

For The Union Democrat

It took Brian Basacker 19 years to repeat a bowling goal.

The Jokers Wild league member rolled his first 300 game on March 19 since 1995. 

His perfect game was 105 pins over his average.  

 


Summerville drops first MLL game

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville Bear hurler Bryce Farrell (above) fires a pitch in Friday’s 9-8 Mother Lode League loss to Argonaut in Tuolumne.
Elisha Flores went 2 for 3 hitting and drove in three runs, but it wasn’t enough, and the Summerville Bears baseball team fell 9-8 against Argonaut on Friday in Tuolumne.

Summerville scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead; however, Argonaut tied the game at four in the third and grabbed the advantage by tacking on three runs in the fourth.

The Bears knotted the score at seven in the fifth.

In the sixth, Summerville stranded two runners on base, and Argonaut was able to pull away with a two-run rally in the final inning.

The Bears added a run to cut the deficit to one, but could not find that game-tying run.

“We just have to have that killer instinct to be able to finish it off, especially when we have guys in scoring position,” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “We have to be able to come through with some clutch hitting. We didn’t do it. We just got to be able to finish games off.”


Cats golf win 11 straight, top Kimball

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team won its 11th match in a row by beating Kimball 187-207 on Thursday at Old River in Tracy.

That 187 combined score may be the best ever for the Wildcats.

“As far as I know, that’s an all-time low,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee, who has been at the helm for 12 years. “I know we’ve been in the 180s before, but that’s pretty rare. If it’s not, I don’t remember. It’s darn close.”


Summerville ties Linden, 0-0

After a five-goal loss earlier in the week, the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team was not going to have a repeat of that performance.

Summerville came out pressuring up top and the Bears defended as a unit to force a 0-0 draw against Linden in a rain-soaking Mother Lode League match on Wednesdayat Sonora High’s Dunlavy Field.

“Our effort tonight was a lot better,” said Summerville head coach  Brad Schultz. “The girls really played hard. I mean, all the girls really played hard. They went out there with a purpose tonight.”


Bullfrog grad climbs ranks with Seattle

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Courtesy photo. Trevor Miller pitches in a game for the Jackson Generals during the 2013 season.
Minor league pitcher Trevor Miller is entering his third full year as a professional baseball player.

And his goal remains the same — to play in the Major Leagues.

“I’m trying to get up there as fast as I can,” said Miller, a former Bret Harte standout. “That’s basically it. I’ve got to keep throwing strikes.”


New Beardsley boat ramp may not touch lake this year

By Len Ackerman

For The Union Democrat

 I made a scouting trip to Beardsley Lake last week to view the water level and the new extended launch ramp. 

And it sure is a beautiful ramp and floating dock but, unfortunately, the water level is extremely low and may not reach the ramp this year. There will be some rise in level as the snow melt adds some water, but as summer approaches, more releases will be made.

For information on Beardsley, go to www.tridamproject.com, which is updated periodically and also has road access information, or call the Summit Ranger Station at 965-3434.


Strolling to victory

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora’s Nick Waelty (50, above) pushes his kids Charlie, 4, (left) and Mack, 1, across the finish line in first place Saturday during the Jamestown Run’s 10k race.
Sonora native Nick Waelty has always wanted to do something competitive and fun with his two children.

And in the 25th annual Sonora Sunrise Rotary Jamestown Run on Saturday, Nick captured a special moment that he will cherish forever.

The 32-year-old finished first in the 10k race at 44:17 despite pushing his two children, Charlie Waelty, 4, and Mack Waelty, 1, in a baby stroller throughout the hilly 6.2-mile course.

“It definitely was more of a struggle to be with a stroller than to be without it,” said Nick, who estimates he was pushing over 65 pounds of extra weight. “It was fun. It’s cool to include my kids in stuff like that. Hopefully, they will be into that when they get older. It’s kind of like a family thing to do.”


Redskins are 1st MLL team in over 6 years to beat Bullfrogs

The epic win streak is over.

It took over 6 1/2 years, but the Bret Harte boys’ golf team was finally defeated by a Mother Lode League foe, by the slimmest of margins.

Calaveras edged six-time defending MLL champion Bret Harte 229-230 on Tuesdayat Greenhorn Creek, snapping the Bullfrogs’ 101-match win streak.

“(It was) about as close as you can get,” said Bret Harte head coach Rich Cathcart. “Good match.”


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