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Bears fall to Central Valley in low-scoring battle

The Summerville Bears baseball team fell 2-1 against Central Valley on Friday in Tuolumne.

Central Valley’s Andrew Brekke smashed a two-run single in the top of the first and the Hawks  held on the rest of the way.

Summerville senior Darren Warnock sliced the Hawks’ lead in half when he drove in Trey PetersonWood in the third inning, but that was the only run the Bears generated on eight hits.

“It was a good game,” said Summerville coach Larry Gold. “It was a tough one to lose. It’s kind of a game you want to win and play, but you just want to come out on the winning side.”

Summerville soccer wins tourney by shutout

The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team scored 14 combined goals and posted four shutouts to capture the Golden Sierra Tournament this past weekend in Garden Valley.

Summerville opened the tourney on Friday with identical 4-0 wins over Victory Christian of Carmichael and Bear River of Grass Valley. On Saturday, the Bears defeated the host team, the Golden Sierra Grizzlies, 4-0 to punch their ticket to the championship game.

In the finale, Summerville topped Union Mine 2-0 to close the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and improve its preseason mark to an undefeated 5-0.

In the four wins, junior striker Darian Skellenger scored seven goals and Mali PetersonWood had three.

“Any time you can go through a tournament and record four shutouts is a great accomplishment,” said Bears coach Brad Schultz. “This whole team is working hard and they really deserve all the credit for this victory. We have a long season in front us, and some very tough league opponents and this is great way to start the season.”

Skins Kirk, Torre win State matches

Calaveras Redskins Jarred Kirk and Shane Torre each won a match this past weekend at the CIF State Boys’ Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Kirk, wrestling in the 285-pound heavyweight division as a senior, beat University’s John Farah by a 6-5 decision in his opening contest, and Torre, a 220-pound junior, defeated Noe Garcia of Gilroy 6-5.

“They were excited about it,” said Calaveras coach Vince Bicocca. “They were hoping they could have won more matches, but that’s the way it goes. It’s a really, really tough tournament. There’s more than 100 schools in the state of California that is represented. This is some of the best wrestling that you will see in the nation at this tournament, so it was very exciting for the kids.”

Land sets 2 meet records at Pitman

Cassi Land may only be a freshman, but she is already leaving an impression as a member of the Sonora Wildcats track and field team.

Land placed first out of 72 runners in the 800 meters on Friday at the Pitman Distance Wars in Turlock. She clocked in at 2 minutes and 24.48 seconds to set a new meet record. That time is also now the second best mark in Sonora program history. She also placed first in the 1600 meters at 5:26.06, which is also a new meet record.

Land anchored the distance medley relay team, along with Kaarina Thompson, Victoria French and Natalie Hawks, to a first-place finish at 13:40.11. Land was handed the baton and trailed in fourth place before running down the pack to pull away and seal the victory.

“Cassi set two meet records and ran an outstanding anchor leg in the distance medley relay,” said Sonora coach Frank Garcia.

Preps roundup: Cat golfers start strong in new league

The defending Valley Oak League champion Sonora Wildcats golf team started play in its new conference on Thursday with a victory and an eye towards a shot at another title.

Senior Serge Kiriluk shot a 2-over par 38 on Thursday to help the Sonora Wildcats beat the Amador Buffaloes 214-345 at Castle Oaks Golf Course in both teams Mother Lode League opener.

Kiriluk, the reigning VOL most valuable player, earned medallist honors as the low scorer of the match.

“Serge is starting up right where he left off,” said Wildcat head coach Steve Lee. “His handicap according to the Northern California Golf Association is zero. We’ve got him as our anchor.”

Soccer Bears open season with rout of Bear Creek

Darian Skellenger recorded a hat trick and Mali PetersonWood added a pair of goals to lead the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team to a 7-2 victory on Tuesday over Bear Creek, of Stockton, at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.

The Bears got their season started fast. Just three minutes into the match, PetersonWood booted a well-placed through ball to Skellenger, who finished with a shot to the left post on the ground.  

Skellenger added her second goal 20 minutes in on a penalty kick. Libby DustinRimmer earned the foul in the penalty box.

Butler paces Bears past Knights in home opener

Billy Butler hurled five scoreless innings and also had two hits and two RBIs on Tuesday to lead the Summerville Bears over the visiting Ripon Christian Knights 8-2 in Tuolumne.

“It was a real good outing from Billy Butler,” said Summerville head coach Larry Gold. “And it was nice to get a win in our home opener.”

The Bears are just five days into the season but boast a 3-1 record. After a 7-4 season-opening loss to Kimball, Summerville swept Riverbank in a double-header on Saturday.

Wildcats pull away late from Indians

The Sonora Wildcats baseball team made it two straight wins to start its season on Tuesday with a 7-3 road victory over the Ripon Indians.

The Wildcats scored five runs in the sixth inning to break open a close contest.

Leading 2-1, sophomore Joe Montelongo smacked a two-run single after Bradley Canepa was hit by a pitch and Eric Gilliatt and Johnathan Gillespie both walked. Nate Gookin followed with a fielder’s choice run batted in and Carter Denton added a run-scoring single.

“It was their first game and they started their No. 1 and he was dealing,” said Wildcat head coach Scott Johnson. “But after he left in the fourth, we got on their relievers a little bit. But they’re a good team. I think we caught them early. In a couple of weeks, they’re going to be a lot stronger.”

Warring, Manning, Clifton net awards

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora High senior Kahale Warring (23) rises for a layup against Union Mine on Feb. 25 during the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Boys’ Basketball Championships at Bud Castle Gym. Warring was named by coaches as the Mother Lode League’s 2015 Most Outstanding Player.
Sonora Wildcat senior Kahale Warring was named by Mother Lode League boys’ basketball coaches as the Most Outstanding Player during the 2015 season.

In 12 league games, Warring, a senior 6-foot-5 forward, scored 252 points for an average of 21 an appearance. He also pulled down more than 10 rebounds and averaged a double-double in MLL play.

For the season, he shot better than 42 percent from the field and had one of his best overall performances in a 68-58 road win over Summerville in mid-February.

Warring dropped 30 points against Sonora’s Tuolumne County rival and shot 58 percent on 11 of 19 shooting. He also drained all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with four steals and a block.

“He’s a force,” Summerville coach Ben Watson said of Warring. “He can stretch out there because he can shoot an outside shot. He can put the ball on the ground and go towards the hoop. He goes to the basket hard. He gives you problems when you’re trying to defend him.”

Calaveras places 9th at Masters, advances 3 to state

The Calaveras Redskins wrestling team placed ninth on Saturday at the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Masters Tournament at Stockton Arena.

Calaveras finished with a combined 76 points and advances three grapplers — Ayden Garcia, Jarred Kirk and Shane Torre — to the CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships that will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. 

The Redskins, who sent a school-record nine wrestlers, had two fourth-place medalists, a fifth-place medalist and two eighth-place finishers, which set a Mother Lode League record for most placers at The Masters according to Calaveras co-coach Vince Bicocca. 

“It was incredible,” Bicocca said. “The kids just wrestled. They were outstanding. I must have had half a dozen coaches who came up to me and said, ‘Boy, your kids don’t want to lose.’ It was amazing. Coach (Mark) Bowe and I, we were on Cloud 9. We were pinching ourselves on the ride home from the tournament thinking, ‘Oh gosh, these kids really did this.’ It was amazing. It was a banner day for Calaveras wrestling. I was so pleased and so proud of those kids. They did an outstanding job.”

For the complete story, see the March 2, 2015, edition of The Union Democrat. 

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