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Summerville girls fall to Argonaut

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball team dropped its Mother Lode League opener, losing 49-24 against Argonaut on Friday in Tuolumne.

Argonaut, the defending MLL champions, got out to an early lead, scoring in double digits in the first three quarters and coasted the rest of the way.

“They’re a good team,” said Summerville head coach Dave Woods. “They’re senior loaded, pretty much the same group that went 15-0 last year. We competed OK. We just didn’t shoot the ball well enough. Part of it was their defense.”

Claim Jumpers drub Gavilan to start new year

Columbia College head coach Rob Hoyt and the Claim Jumpers basketball team started the new year on a winning note.

Freshman forward Rafe King scored a game-high 22 points and the Claim Jumpers blasted Gavilan College 67-45 on Saturday in Gilroy.

Summerville graduate Rosendo AmayaWood broke out with 14 points.

“We played a very good game,” said Columbia assistant coach Rick Francis. “AmayaWood probably had his best game and King shot the ball well.” 

Skins smother Lions to open MLL

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Calaveras junior lets off a shot in Friday's win in San Andreas.
The Calaveras Redskins boys’ basketball team tipped off the new year in style.

Calaveras opened Mother Lode League play with a convincing 65-29 rout of Linden on Friday in San Andreas.

“I was really pleased with the way we played,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “We were the stronger team, but we also executed the game plan really well.”


Cat hoopsters defeat Skins in overtime to end preseason

Maggie Beck/Union Democrat. Calaveras’ Kelly Airola (5, left) dribbles upcourt with Sonora’s Brooke Canepa applying backcourt pressure Monday at Bud Castle Gym.
Sonora outscored Calaveras 10-2 in overtime Monday to survive and defeat the Redskins 51-43 at Bud Castle Gym.

Sonora led throughout the contest until Redskin Sheridan Loverin sank a desperation 3-pointer off the backboard from well beyond the top of the key with 3 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

“As the girls were walking off the court, they had their heads hanging,” said Wildcat head coach Amy Santos. “It was definitely a blow. But we got the girls together and told them, ‘Hey, this is still our place. This is our game.’ And we came out with a lot of energy.”

Preps Roundup: Gouveia leads Skins over Ceres

Kyle Gouveia scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Calaveras Redskins basketball team over the Ceres Bulldogs 56-43 Monday night at Mike Flock Gym.

Calaveras broke open a close game at halftime with a 15-7 third-quarter run.

“I was real happy with our bench play,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “We got 15 points from the bench and we handled their press with minimal turnovers. We still had problems and need to improve on our decision making. It has cost us games this season and will continue to if we don’t improve.”

Top Sports Stories of 2013: Sonora volleyball, Summerville hoops highlight the year’s best

Wildcats win Section, reach State semifinals

It’s still fresh in our memories, but “Sonora’s Sweethearts” captured the community’s attention and re-wrote history for Wildcat volleyball.

Spurred on by record-sized crowds for volleyball at Bud Castle Gym, the Wildcats won the Valley Oak League and the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section title. Reaching that title game against Hilmar and winning it in five thrilling games, after being down 2-0, were both firsts for Sonora High School.

The historic ride didn’t end there.

Frog Barnes, Skin Kirk place at Sierra Nevada Classic

Bret Harte’s Justin Barnes and Calaveras’ Jared Kirk each placed at the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Reno Livestock Convention Center.

Eighty-five teams reprensenting six states (Washington, New Mexico, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada) competed.

Bears’ grappler Brennan wins No Guts, No Glory tourney

Summerville’s Andrew Brennan wrestled his way to the championship Friday and Saturday at the No Guts, No Glory tournament at Natomas High School.

Over 50 teams competed.

The 132-pound senior entered the event as the top seed, then promptly backed it up.

S’ville girls split 2 at El Dorado, go for conso title today

The Summerville Bear girls hoopsters earned a spot in the consolation championship on Saturday with a 37-18 pasting of Amador at the 37th annual Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High School.

The Bears play Bella Vista today at 5 p.m. in the consolation bracket to close the three-day event.

Summerville gave Amador a glimpse of what to expect when Mother Lode League play begins early next year.

The Bears jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one period and were ahead 20-6 at halftime. Summerville led 25-8 heading into the final eight minutes.

“We pressured them and got up by 20 points,” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “We took off the pressure and everybody got to play starting in the first half. They cut the lead to 11 but we turned up the pressure again and pulled away.”

Sonora dumps Escalon for 3rd place

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora guard Will Collamer (22, above) shoots on Saturday against Escalon at Columbia College’s Oak Pavilion. Collamer averaged 16 points in three games and was named All-Tournament.
The Sonora Wildcats finished 2013 Saturday with a victory and earned third place in Columbia College’s High School Holiday Classic hoops tournament.

Sonora jumped on Escalon early and then hung on to defeat the Cougars 55-47 at Oak Pavilion.

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