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Swim Cat trio reaches sections

The Sonora Wildcats swim program had three athletes qualify for individual events in the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Trials that will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 15-16, at Tokay High School in Lodi.

At the Valley Oak League Championships on Saturday in Lathrop, Wildcats Sammie Slater, Seth Farwell and Dalton Hansten posted qualifying times to advance to the section meet.

Slater, a freshman, qualified for two girls’ events.

Farwell advanced in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Hansten will move on in the 100 breaststroke.

“He dropped almost three seconds to qualify,” said Wildcat head coach John-Jay Verhuel of Hansten. “He has been working so hard all year. It was really great to see.”


Conley headed to D2 Warriors

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Calaveras Redskin volleyball star Rebecca Conley (center) signs her National Letter of Intent to play for the Cal State Stanislaus program in front of her parents (front row, left to right) Randy and Lori Conley, and former Calaveras coach Mikki Koepp (back row, at left) and Redskins Athletic Director Mike Koepp on Tuesday, April 29 at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.
Rebecca Conley’s volleyball career is about to take off.

The Calavera Redskin senior signed her National Letter of Intent last Tuesday to suit up for the Cal State Stanislaus volleyball program after securing a scholarship from head coach Christina Lore.

“I’m really excited,” Conley said. “It’s really unreal to me. It’s always been one of my dreams to play in college. It still hasn’t set in yet. I have been working so hard to get it. I’m very excited for next year.”


Kiriluk, Menzes surge to Masters

Sonora Wildcat Serge Kiriluk and Bret Harte Bullfrog Mitchell Menzes are both headed to The Masters Golf Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park after impressive performances on Monday.

Kiriluk placed seventh while shooting a 77 at the Division IV Tournament at Manteca Golf Course.

“He played well enough to advance, which is a great feat,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee of Kiriluk. “If you ask him how he played, he will shrug his shoulders and say not very good. But out of 67 golfers, who were some of the better golfers around, he came in seventh.” 


Frog golfer Hatfield wins MLL MVP

Bret Harte’s Scott Hatfield is the top Mother Lode League golfer this season.

Hatfield, a junior, earned the award after collecting the most points and capped off his outstanding year by placing first with a 76 at the MLL’s End of Season Golf Tournament on Thursday at Mountain Springs.

It was the second time this season that the Bullfrog standout won the league tournament.

“He’s a really good player, and he’s getting better every year,” said Bret Harte head coach Rich Cathcart on Sunday. “I think that he will do well at the divisionals tomorrow."


Skins' Durham shuts out Bears

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Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Calaveras pitcher Wyatt Durham fires a pitch against Summerville in San Andreas.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, the Summerville Bears baseball team had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead.

But Calaveras left-handed pitcher Wyatt Durham forced Preston Leslie to flyout to right field to help lift the Redskins to a 1-0 Mother Lode League victory over Summerville on Wednesday at The Ball Park in San Andreas.

“We definitely had a good scoring chance there, and just didn’t get it done,” said Summerville head coach Larry Gold. “It was a pitcher’s duel.”


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

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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.”



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