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Lawrence, Seawell help North tie in Lions All-Star Game


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TRACY — There were looks of dissatisfaction on the faces of former Sonora linebacker Steve Lawrence and Calaveras receiver Mike Seawell as they walked off Wayne Schneider Stadium Field following a 21-21 tie in the 41st annual Lions High School Central California All-Star football game Saturday night.  

It is only the second time in the games’ history, and the first time since 1982, that it ended in a tie.  

Not having a distinct winner or loser was not exactly the way North players Lawrence and Seawell wanted to end their high school football careers.  

“Ending in a tie sucks, but I guess it’s better than losing,” Seawell said. “You want to win, that’s why you play any game, but at least we didn’t lose.”  

Cats forced to embrace home on road

The Sonora Wildcats football and soccer teams will be more like the Sonora Stray Cats when the fall high school sports season begins in August.

Due to delays in construction on the $23 million Measure J bond multi-phase project, that voters passed in Nov., 2012, the Cat football team will be without a home in 2014. The soccer Cats won’t be complete strays and have found limited shelter at Standard Park.

“We wrapped everything into one bundle and it’s a four-to-six month application process which puts us right in the middle of June,” said Sonora High School Superintendent Mike McCoy. “What slowed everything down was the age of the buildings. These are old buildings and there were a lot of engineering and architectural concerns.”

Lawrence, Seawell ready for Lions All-Star grid game


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STOCKTON — In week three of the 2013 football season, the Sonora Wildcats and the Calaveras Redskins faced each other in a tough defensive battle.  

Sonora linebacker Steve Lawrence and the Wildcat defense did their best to contain speedy Calaveras running back Mike Seawell.

However, it was Seawell’s Redskins who had the upper hand over the Lawrence-led Wildcats as they won 13-7.  

Now, nearly nine months later, Lawrence and Seawell are teammates. They both play for the North squad in the 2014 Lions All-Star football game Saturday in Tracy.

Lawrence and Seawell were no strangers to each other before joining forces. They had faced each other plenty of times over the past eight years, although they do not discuss their last meeting at Frank Meyer Field.

“Mike is really a good guy and I’m glad I’ve got to know him, but we don’t talk about the Sonora-Calaveras game,” Lawrence said after practice Wednesday night. “I think he knows I’m a little sensitive to it, so we want to continue to be friends. So yeah, we don’t talk about it.”

Martial arts camp

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat Mountain Storm Jiu Jitsu’s Jose Ortiz (above, at right) instructs Kaedan Schrader, 6, of Tuolumne, how to do a head stand on Wednesday.
The Tuolumne County Recreation Department is holding its annual martial arts camp this week at Mountain Storm Jiu Jitsu.

Hunter safety class set for June 29

A one-day course in hunter safety is scheduled for Sunday, June 29 at the Senior Center on Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The class follows at 8 and runs to 4:30 p.m.

Interested participants must register in advance, at least five days before the class, and a $16 donation is asked to cover cost of materials and includes lunch. Minors will need a guardian’s signature to enroll in the class. Others are welcome to attend, but there is a $6 charge to cover lunch.

New device uses scent to attract fish


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 Glory Hole Sports has announced a new device to use scent to attract trout or kokanee while trolling. 

Called a scent chamber, it will serve two purposes. It will replace a bead chain swivel or can be used in tandem with other swivels. 

As most anglers know, swivels are important in preventing line twist.  The device will hold scent for a long period of time. Simply fill the scent chamber with scent gel, and it will slowly leak the gel and create a slick to attract fish. 

The best location for the device is above the dodger with a short leader between them.  

Radford headed to NAIA Cal Maritime

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Former Columbia College Claim Jumper Danny Radford (center) signs his Letter of Acknowledgement to play for Cal Maritime in front of head coach Rob Hoyt (left) and assistant Rick Francis on Tuesday at Oak Pavilion.
Danny Radford has invested countless hours in the gym to improve his game.

And for his commitment and dedication to basketball, the former Bret Harte Bullfrog and Columbia College Claim Jumper standout is being rewarded.

Radford will be extending his college career with NAIA Cal Maritime and head coach Bryan Rooney in Vallejo on a mixture of an academic, athletic and financial aid agreement.

“It’s an elite school not only athletically, but academically,” Radford said. “It’s still close to home and my family can still come watch me play.”

4 Skins make All-MLL 1st team for softball

Four Calaveras Redskins received recognition for their outstanding play during the 2014 softball season by Mother Lode League coaches.

Grace Carr, Marissa Hukkanen, Jennifer Scantlen and Megan Walters were all first-team All-MLL selections.

Calaveras finished second in the MLL with a 13-2 record behind league champion Linden, who went 14-1.

Strong-willed: Wilson faced tough path to graduation

Russel Wilson’s journey to graduation this Thursday was unlike any other in the 2014 Sonora Wildcat class.

On Nov. 29, 2012, as a junior, he suffered a concussion during a basketball tournament in Stockton when he took a charge, was elbowed in the head and dropped to the floor.

Russel laid motionless and blacked out for a brief period of time.

“I was out for about six, seven seconds,” Russel said. “I didn’t remember anything. When I woke back up, I remembered walking off the court thinking, ‘This is not good.’ ”

Cats’ senior Grolle records school record in 3200-meter

Sonora long distance coach and former Wildcat star Darren Holman called Steven Grolle’s performance at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters on Friday in Elk Grove “tactically perfect.”

Grolle established a new school record in the 3200-meter at 9:13.97, which he set at 9:14.94 at the Arcadia Invitational in April, to finish second behind Granite Bay’s Paul Zeiss, who came in at 9:11.62.

“He raced a perfect race,” Holman said. “From when the gun sounded, every lap when he ran, he thought about it. He tactically ran perfect.”

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