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SIRS duo splendid at Modesto Tournament

(This report covers the scores from Oct. 29-Nov. 7 as bowled at Black Oak Lanes.)

Some of the local SIRS went to Modesto this past week for a club tournament. And two of our local bowlers, Mike Bowers and Bob Thomas, were headed toward perfection but their 10th balls failed to hit the pocket.

Bowling a step ladder (three consecutive games one pin higher than the last) is difficult, but bowling a 215-213-214 is just as difficult. Dave Rossi recorded those scores with three games of very consistent rolling.

The Sour Apple (5-7-10 split) is alive and well, yuck, at least it was for Kay Hunter in Young At Heart.

Cats eye section crown: Sonora’s Grolle going for 3-peat

File photos / Union Democrat Sonora’s Steven Grolle leads the pack last year on his way to defending his section championship in Folsom.
Steven Grolle and the Sonora Wildcats cross country team have been waiting for this moment.

A chance to compete for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship.

With Grolle, a two-time section champ as a sophomore and junior leading the charge, Sonora is in prime position to capture its first section title since 2010 at Saturday’s section meet in Folsom.

And it starts with Grolle, Sonora’s ace runner.

“He has natural ability,” said Wildcats head coach Glenn Bass, who has won two section crowns in 10 years. “He has a great work ethic. He is a competitor. He’s very mature. He’s a hard worker and he goes out there and gives it everything he’s got.”

Polo Cats lose to Rio Americano in Division 2 semis

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ water polo team made history this season.

Although the Wildcats were knocked out of the semifinals in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championships Wednesday in Rocklin, they accomplished more than any other Wildcat team.

Sonora captured just its second Valley Oak League title this year, and followed that with back-to-back playoff wins for the first time in program history.

“This is the best we have ever done in the postseason,” said Wildcats head coach Matt Personius. “The highest we have ever finished. They came a long way this year and had a really respectable season.”

Sonora swats Whitney in Round 1

The Sonora Wildcats water polo team crushed Whitney High School 17-1 in first round of the Division II Sac-Joaquin playoffs on Saturday in Rocklin.

Sonora clawed out to a 5-0 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back.

“They just couldn’t match up with us anywhere,” said Wildcats head coach Matt Personius. “We were a faster, quicker team. We were forcing the steals in the first court. Scoring goals off our counter attack in the first quarter.”

Subsections: Bears, Cats, Skins, Wolves advance

With four Top 10 finishes, the Sonora Wildcats, Calaveras Redskins, Summerville Bears and Tioga Timberwolves qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Folsom.

Columbia netters sweep West Hills on road

Columbia College topped West Hills 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-19) on Friday night in Coalinga.

Claim Jumpers win 2 at Las Positas tourney


After a 75-65 loss at the Las Positas Tip-Off Classic on Thursday, the Columbia College Claim Jumpers rebounded in the next two games to win the consolation championship at Livermore.

Columbia beat Gavilan College, of Gilroy, 76-73 and knocked off Richmond’s Contra Costa College 70-58.


Redskins beat Frogs, claim outright MLL title

Maggie Beck/Union Democrat. Bret Harte running back Eric Diep is tackled Friday night by Calaveras’ Malachi Stockdale (24) and Emmett Barrett (behind).

For The Union Democrat

The Calaveras Redskins are the undefeated, undisputed champions of the Mother Lode League. 

Calaveras clinched the title Friday night at Frank Meyer Field beating crosstown rival Bret Harte 26-7. 

“The kids really deserve to be champions,” said Redskins head coach Jason Weatherby, who is enjoying his first outright title. “They have worked since January with this as their primary goal, and I am happy for them.”


Summerville falls to Linden to end season

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat. Summerville’s Daniel Kristofic (76), Sam Suggs (middle) and Austin McCready (hidden) tackle Linden’s Eddie Murarik Friday.
Win or lose, Friday night’s football game against Linden was going to be bittersweet for the Summerville Bears.  

The 17-7 outcome at Thorsted Field was not the preferred score for the Bears, but that did not stop Summerville from celebrating all the hard work it put in this season.

Afterwards, for nearly 20 minutes, coaches congratulated players, and Summerville players met with friends, family and teammates as tears slowly dropped down on a few Bears’ faces.

“It was a rough senior night,” said Summerville co-captain Daniel Kristofic. “It’s a gut-wrenching feeling. You dedicate three whole years to this sport, to the team, to your brothers on the field, and there’s never going to be anything like it ever again. I’ll always remember my time here.”

Cats falls to rival Mustangs in final VOL clash

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat. Sonora’s James Mitchell (above left) and Colton Fredrickson take down Oakdale’s Darus Nelson on Friday at Dunlavy Field.
There was much emotion following Sonora’s season-ending loss to Oakdale on Friday night.  

There was a lot of sadness. But there was also a sense of, “We could have won that football game.”

Sonora out-rushed Oakdale 220-210.

The Wildcat defense intercepted two passes while the offense committed just one turnover. 

Sonora did not let the ball hit the turf the entire game for the first time this season while forcing four Mustang fumbles. But, like the score, none of those fumbles bounced the Wildcat way.

Sonora fell 28-21 to Oakdale in the final Valley Oak League clash between the two rivals in front of a packed house at Dunlavy Field.

“We played our hearts out,” said Wildcat senior defensive back Andrew Nessi. “It just didn’t fall our way. This team deserved to win I think. I love everybody on this team, they’re my brothers, and I didn’t want it to end like this.”

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