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Preps roundup: Walters stars against Bears

Megan Walters was a star against the Summerville Bears.

The Calaveras pitcher tossed a no-hitter to help lead the Redskins softball team past the Bears in a 10-0 victory on Wednesday in San Andreas.

Walters struck out eight Summerville batters and walked two in a five-inning game. 

With Walters standing out in the circle, Calaveras tacked on two runs each in the first and second inning before adding four in the fourth and one in the fifth to close out its victory.

Tennis pro to conduct free clinic

A United States Professional Tennis Association pro will conduct a free tennis clinic on Saturday, May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Angella Woods, along with local high school coaches and other tennis teaching pros, will help direct the 15th annual Youth Tennis Clinic at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp.

“Many youths from local and surrounding counties have participated in past free clinics,” Woods said in a release. “All players, beginners to advanced, are encouraged to participate. This is a great opportunity for junior players to meet with other aspiring tennis players in the community.”

TCAM 75-and-over athletes honored

Rain did not dampen Friday’s day-long celebration held in honor of the Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers over the age of 75.

The deck party held after each workout, featured homemade brunch and lunch items made by the swimmers.

The TCAM team currently has 16 active swimmers ranging in age from 75 to 89. The swimmers in the senior age divisions swim three-to-six times a week during the regularly scheduled workouts. Many swim in lanes with swimmers two, three, four and even five decades younger.

Foothills shooters on target at MLGC

The Mother Lode Gun Club Nuggets won seven of the nine available divisions Saturday at the California Youth Shooting Sports Association’s third meet of the year held in Jamestown.

Summerville Sporting Club, Sonora High Trap Club and the Nuggets took part in the competition held at the Mother Lode Gun Club.

Rookie Nugget Garrett Castonia shot a personal best score 82 out of 100 on his way to placing first in his division.

S’ville’s Olsen fires 4 strong innings in Bears win over Frogs

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville hurler Johnathan Olsen (24) delivers Wednesday against Bret Harte in Tuolumne.
The road back to the baseball diamond has been a long and strenuous journey for Summerville Bear pitcher Johnathan Olsen.

The senior dislocated his throwing shoulder during the middle of football season, cutting short his time on the gridiron and possibly ending his baseball career.

Olsen also tore a few muscles in his shoulder, including his biceps.

With the baseball season more than six months away, the right-hander wasn’t sure if he would be able to return in time for the start of his final year.

“Honestly, I didn’t think so,” Olsen said. “But I wanted to believe I could.”

Preps roundup: Boitano, Redskins bomb Buffaloes

Thomas Boitano hit a home run and the Calaveras Redskins baseball team topped Amador 13-0 on Wednesday in Sutter Creek.

Redskins pitcher Wyatt Durham went the distance and struck out seven as Calaveras had an error-free game. 

The Redskins tacked on three runs in the first, two in the second, three in the sixth and five in the seventh to complete the shutout victory.

Hieb shares experience at Boston Marathon

For one local runner, his inclusion in the Boston Marathon on Monday marked a significant event.

It has been more than a year since the bombing took place near the finish line in 2013, but that attack did not derail the goals of Murphys resident John Hieb.

He ran for himself, but also for the city of Boston in its attempt to heal from that devastating attack.

“It was very inspiring,” Hieb said by phone on Tuesday. “I learned early on when I became a part of the running community that there’s just a lot of great folks that are part of it. It doesn’t matter what political party you’re affiliated with, everybody is focused on running and bettering their times and just being a part of the marathons, especially this one. It was a lot of fun.”

Casteel’s strong effort leads to 10-4 VOL victory

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora pitcher Tyler Casteel (7) winds up for a pitch during the Wildcats 10-4 win over Lathrop in a Valley Oak League game on Tuesday at Bev Barron Field.
Sonora’s Tyler Casteel came into Tuesday’s game against Lathrop not expecting to play.

The Wildcat junior is fighting for playing time on a strong pitching staff and had thrown just 6 2/3 innings in the last month covering four relief appearances.

“I woke up this morning and didn’t expect to play,” Casteel said. “I didn’t even clean my jersey thinking I wasn’t gonna play.”

But late in the day at school, Casteel was asked an important question by his head coach Scott Johnson.

“I got a text around 12:30 asking if I wanted to start,” Casteel said. “And I said, ‘Yeah!’ I couldn’t have been happier.”

Madness in the Mother Lode All-Star hoops

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Bret Harte’s Will Whited (top left) glides to the basket for a layup.
Columbia College head coach Rob Hoyt and the Claim Jumpers men’s basketball program hosted two high school all-star games on Saturday for its annual Madness in the Mother Lode.

In the girls’ game, the home team won 65-40 and the boys’ home squad topped the away team 87-83.

“It went really well,” Hoyt said. “The girls’ game was a little lopsided, but it was huge turnout. The seats were full. There were more people for the girls’ game than the boys’ game. It was great.”

Trout Fest a success; shore fishing slow at Melones


For The Union Democrat

Last Saturday I attended the Moccasin Creek Hatchery’s Trout Fest, along with Bert Kronnick, local collector of vintage fishing tackle.  

It was a great, well attended event that showed all the aspects of trout raising, fishing, fish cleaning and cooking. Youths under 15 had great fun catching trout from well stocked runways. 

I was surprised to find that the hatchery also raised Golden and Cutthroat trout. When large enough the goldens go to high elevation lakes and the cutthroats go to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake. Photo coverage by Union Democrat photographer Jesse Jones appeared in Monday’s paper.   

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