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Sonora’s Henington named Most Outstanding

Bailey Henington had a winter season to remember.

Henington, a Sonora High senior, was recognized by the Mother Lode League girls’ basketball coaches as the Most Outstanding Player of the Year after leading the Wildcats to an 11-1 record and a share of the conference title.

“I was very proud of her,” Sonora coach Amy Santos said. “It’s nice because I can’t vote for my own players, so it’s a pretty big honor for her to be recognized by all the coaches in league. To recognize her in that way is a big deal.”


Court triumph: Sonora netters top Calaveras

The Sonora Wildcats co-ed tennis team’s Mother Lode League home opener played out almost flawlessly.

Sonora topped the Calaveras Redskins 7-2 on Tuesday in a match played at their home away from home Columbia College.

Singles players Spencer Lyons, Augustin Gayar and Hannah Smith each registered a win, and the doubles team of Louis Bouchet and Sammy Page, Ross Irwin and Duncan Ragland, Celia Cotrone and Bailey Johnson, and Zach Whitmer and Leah Dambacher also all combined for victories.

Lyons, the Wildcats’ No. 1 boys’ singles player, swept Calaveras’ Chance Tanner by identical 6-0 scores.

“Spencer, he just outmatched his guy from the start,” said Sonora coach Sam Segerstrom. “He’s the leader of our team up top.”


Preps roundup: Kiriluk, Wildcats topple Linden

Serge Kiriluk saved his best performance for the final hole.

Kiriluk sank his only birdie of the match on the par 5, 537-yard No. 9 hole, the toughest hole on the course, and finished with a match-low 39 for medalist honors to help the Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team pull off a 215-265 victory against the Linden Lions on Tuesday at Mountain Springs.

Bradley Fulkerson, who birdied on the par 3, 177-yard fifth hole, shot a 42. Sam Mays, the Wildcats No. 2 player, registered a 43 followed by Damien Carrabello’s 44. Hank Kolpack finished with a 47.


Preps roundup: Wildcat duo wins MLL net tourney

Sonora’s Spencer Lyons and Augustin Gayar won the Mother Lode League preseason doubles tennis tournament on Saturday in Angels Camp.

The Wildcat duo won four matches without a loss to claim the title.

“They beat everyone with their consistency,” said Wildcat head coach Sam Segerstrom. “They’re really good athletes too. The Amador pair they beat in the final could serve well and were really solid, but I thought we were more athletic.”


Wildcats win 1, lose 2 at Turlock

The Sonora Wildcats won their baseball opener on Thursday at the 31st annual Pedretti Tournament in Turlock but lost their last two on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, Bradley Canepa, Joseph Montelongo and Eric Gilliatt each had three hits to lead the Wildcats over Gregori 8-6 in nine innings. Canepa added three runs scored and two runs batted in.

Sonora carried a 6-2 lead into the seventh inning but Gregori rallied to force extra frames. The Wildcats scored two in the ninth for the win.

Tyler Casteel earned the victory with three innings of scoreless relief.


Soccer Bears mash Escalon

The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team remains undefeated through six games after defeating its host, the Escalon Cougars, 6-1 on Friday.

After Escalon scored first in the opening 10 minutes, Summerville reeled off six straight goals to improve their record to 5-0-1.

Mali PetersonWood recorded a hat trick, Darian Skellenger scored twice to lead the Bears goal-scoring effort.


Moore hurls Skins past Union Mine

Calaveras held a hitting clinic Saturday morning at its San Andreas ballpark, hosted an alumni barbecue for lunch and then the Redskins went out and showed off their refined bat skills in the afternoon, beating the Union Mine Diamondbacks 7-4.

The Redskins scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and one in the third and held off a late rally in their final preseason tuneup before Mother Lode League play begins this week.

Senior Travis Moore set the tone for the Redskins, throwing five shutout innings before the Diamondbacks put up four unearned runs in the sixth. Moore (2-0) finished off the 3-hit complete game with five strikeouts and one walk.

“Moore was in control the whole game except for a stumble in the sixth which was caused by some sloppy defense,” said Redskins head coach Thomas DeLappe. “He maintained his composure and finished out the game.”


BH loses struggle vs. D1 McNair

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte’s Blayne Nelson (6) scores the tying run in the sixth inning on Friday against McNair in Angels Camp. Bullfrog Joey Kraft (below) lays down a bunt.
The Bret Harte Bullfrogs stayed even with Division I McNair for six innings on Friday but the Eagles broke through with two runs in the seventh to earn a 3-1 victory in Angels Camp.

Bullfrog starting pitcher Blayne Nelson worked through five innings allowing seven hits and no earned runs while striking out four to help keep his team even.

Kyle Olsen relieved Nelson in the sixth and put up a zero, but was touched for two runs in the seventh and suffered the loss.


Cats, Skins suffer defeat; Frogs win in 8

The Sonora Wildcats baseball team suffered its first loss of the season in a 6-3 road defeat to El Capitan on Tuesday in Merced.

Sonora grabbed a 1-0 lead after the top of the first frame, but El Capitan proved to be too much, scoring all six of its runs in the first four innings to grab a 6-1 edge heading into the fifth.

The Wildcats made a late rally in the seventh, recording two runs, but that was all the team could generate.

Raymond Albanez, Ryan Dies and Eric Gilliatt had a hit each for Sonora. Gilliatt recorded the team’s only RBI.


Cat golfers beat old VOL rival Oakdale

The Sonora Wildcats golf team won its second straight match of the week, defeating former Valley Oak League rival Oakdale 219-227 on Wednesday at Mountain Springs.

Senior Serge Kiriluk fielded a 1-over par 36 and earned medalist honors for shooting the lowest score of the match. Sam Mays carded a 43 followed by Tyler Hammond with a 45, Hank Kolpack a 46, and Bradley Fulkerson a 48.

Oakdale was led by Nathan Lute and Logan Schultz’s 43s.


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