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’Frogs look to improve passing vs. Escalon

Bret Harte head coach Casey Kester believes his team is just 90 yards away from unlocking limitless potential on offense.
He just need a little bit of help from his quarterback.
Due to the lack of effectiveness via the passing game last week — 2-for-10 for 30 yards — the offense became one-dimensional, contributing to a 45-6 defeat vs. Orestimba.

Butte Fire moves ’Cats from grid to gym

Read more... “C’mon guys, just because we’re in the gym, doesn’t mean you can take it easy, let’s go,” said Sonora co-offensive coordinator Kirk Clifton sternly to the Wildcats Thursday afternoon.
The team responded with more energy. The rumble of sneakers on the hardwood floor and pads cracking echoed through the rafters inside Bud Castle Gymnasium.

‘Team Beef’ leads way for Bears

Summerville linemen (from left) Sean Hyder, Kole Elkins and Kenney Warnock practice Wednesday at Thorsted Field. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
 At the end of practice Thursday afternoon, the Summerville Bears took a knee at the 50-yard line and ash from the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties fell from the sky and began to stick to Thorsted Field like a December snowstorm. 
Line coach Ryan Wynne held two T-shirts in his hands and showed them to the team. The shirts read, “Linemen Win Championships.”

Redskins seek 1st victory at Modesto Christian

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Calaveras Redskins junior running back/safety Anthony Giangregorio runs Tuesday at practice.
 Anthony Giangregorio is a man of few words. However, the junior running back/safety lets his play on the field do his talking.
In the season’s first two games, Giangregorio has been the workhorse for the Calaveras Redskins offense, and had 15 tackles last week against Escalon. 
Though he has only accumulated eight quarters of varsity football, Giangregorio is playing like a seasoned veteran.

Wildcat defense raising the bar

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Sonora senior defensive tackle Shane Petrey drives around a blocker Wednesday at practice at dry and dusty Bev Barron Field, the school’s baseball field.
 Sonora defensive coordinator Jed Malone made one of his biggest, most impressive calls last season when the Wildcats played the Hilmar Yellowjackets.
Sonora was down 24-19 with 1:30 remaining and Hilmar had the ball at their own 5.
Malone recognized what play was coming and called out to his defensive end, James Mitchell, to blitz. Soon after the snap, Mitchell was in the backfield and crushed a Yellowjacket ball carrier as he took the handoff in the endzone for a safety.

Sonora, Lathrop soccer canceled

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ soccer team match Wednesday night against the Lathrop Spartans was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The Spartans called off the match earlier in the day, but not quite early enough to quell the fans from showing up to watch the Wildcats.
Sonora plays its last preseason game today at 6:30 p.m. against Oakdale at Dunlavy Field.

Preps roundup: Polo ’Cats sweep Pride

The Sonora High boys’ and girls’ water polo teams began their seasons Tuesday against the Pitman Pride and both teams got in the win column. The boys won 10-7 and the girls prevailed 12-9.

Water Warriors: TCAM swimmers compete at Pinecrest

Celebrating their Pinecrest swim is (left to right) Jim Comazzi, Carey Burke, Nancy Malgesini, Linda Taneberg, Judy Wilson, Joan Turner, and Judi Wilson.
As the sun rose over the Sierra peaks and shined on Pinecrest Lake Sunday, Aug. 30, the beach was crowded with swimmers, volunteers, and spectators for the annual Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters Pinecrest Swim.

Preps roundup: Volley Cats topple Ripon

The Sonora Wildcats volleyball got tested Tuesday night by the Ripon Indians at Bud Castle Gym but prevailed in four close sets.
The Wildcats defeated their fellow division IV foe 25-20, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-22.
Kelsie Evans and Riley Patterson provided the firepower with 11 kills apiece and Kiana Pisula had 30 assists. 
Evans was also strong at the net and the service line. She served for eight of the Wildcats’ 16 aces and made three solo blocks and assisted on three others.

Bullfrogs too much for Mariposa, win in 4 sets

Amber Pappé / Union Democrat Bret Harte’s Katie Juarez goes for a point Tuesday with teammate Addison Stafford (6) watching.
 High on the wall above the entrance from the foyer to the Bret Harte gymnasium are banners for every sport. Imprinted on the banners are the years a Mother Lode League championship was captured for that specific sport. 
The volleyball banner has not had any alterations since 2011. Six times the Bullfrogs have been crowned MLL champs, and the 2015 ‘Frogs hope to be the team to put their stamp on history. 

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