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Sonora, BH boys, girls split opening meet

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte’s Brennan Thompson (top, right) shakes hands with Sonora’s Owen Ragland following a race Tuesday in Sonora.
The Sonora Wildcats and Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ and girls’ swim teams splitTuesday in the season opener in Sonora.

The Bullfrog boys defeated the Wildcats 90-77 while the Sonora girls topped Bret Harte 88-79.

“It was great to be back at the pool swimming again,” said Sonora head coach Jon Jay Verhuel. “The kids swam fast!”


3 score for Frogs in win over Wildcats

Bret Harte received goals from three different players and the Bullfrog girls’ soccer team topped the Sonora Wildcats 3-0 in a non-league match on Tuesday at Dunlavy Field.

Bullfrogs Lauren Redding, Sarah Diamanti-Milson and Jennifer Munoz each found the back of the net and goalkeeper Cheyenne McDearmid recorded four saves for the clean sheet.

“They played awesome,” said Bret Harte head coach Miguel Santos. “I think they got an idea of how we should play. We’ve only been practicing for probably a month. I’ve been talking to them about the way to play, the way to triangle (pass). They’ve got to be consistent. The main point for us is having fun, and I think they’re doing it.”


Cat golfers win tourney, beat Lathrop

The Sonora Wildcat boys’ golf team won the Oakdale Tournament on Monday to open its season and a day later, smacked the Lathrop Spartans 222-321 at Mountain Springs to open play in the Valley Oak League.

Wildcat junior Billy Kiriluk fired a 10-over par 82 on Monday to lead Sonora to a team score of 443. He finished as the second best individual in the 10-team tournament.



Bret Harte golfers defeat Summerville

Defending champion Bret Harte opened the Mother Lode League golf schedule on Tuesday with a 241-266 victory over Summerville at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp.

Junior Scott Hatfield earned medalist honors with a 5-over par 41 and senior teammate Nicholas Tribble recorded a 43 to lead the Bullfrogs.

Also for Bret Harte, sophomore Riley Gorman and freshman Mitchell Menzes each shot a 45.

“We are very young this year,” said Bullfrog head coach Rich Cathcart. “But they’re great kids.”


Sonora tennis drubs Weston Ranch, 9-0

The Sonora Wildcat boys’ tennis team started its season, and Valley Oak League,on Tuesday with a dominating performance against Weston Ranch, winning 9-0 at home.

Wildcats singles, from No. 1 through No. 6, Andrew Klatt, Donald Truong, Spencer Lyons, Austin Page, Ian Burkhart and Gardner Davis each won their individual matches.



Henderson’s Hessians win team shoot

Thirty shooters competed in the High Power four-person team match at the Mother Lode Gun Club on a chilly, damp and very windy Sunday in Jamestown.

Henderson’s Hessians was the winning team, shooting a total aggregate score of 1904-39X. John Henderson, of Sonora, was the top shooter on his team, recording a 487-12X. Henderson’s son, Anthony Henderson, shot a 480-14X. Teammate Dirk Stam, of Twain Harte, finished with a score of 477-7X followed by Hollie Swenson, of Mi Wuk, shooting a 470-6X.


Calaveras hoopsters’ season comes to an end in playoffs

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Jason Buck/Union Democrat. Calaveras point guard Mike Seawell (11) drives down the floor during the second round of Friday's Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.
The Calaveras Redskins boys’ basketball season came to an end in the second round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

No. 8 Calaveras fell to top seed Encina Prep 78-55 on Friday in Sacramento.

“It was a tough one,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “It was one of those nights where we needed everything to go right, but it didn’t.”


Area grapplers fall short at Masters

There will be no area high school wrestlers advancing to the State Meet later this week at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Eighteen grapplers from Bret Harte, Calaveras, Sonora and Summerville all came up short for a bid in the state tournament after this weekend’s Masters Meet in Stockton.

“That just goes to show you how tough this tournament is,” said Summerville head coach Jordan DePaoli. “It doesn’t take away that our area isn’t as strong as other areas. That’s how the cards fall sometimes. When you get to this level, anything can happen. That’s the reality of it. It’s that tough of a tournament. It’s unfortunate because we do have some good wrestlers.”


Section hoops playoffs: Switzer, Evans lead BH over Tigers

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte standout guard Kelsey Switzer (3) pulls up for a jump shot in the Bullfrogs 46-35 win over Los Banos on Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Championships in Angels Camp.
Kelsey Switzer took care of the first half. Jessie Evans handled the second.

And near the middle, the duo combined for a sparkling alley-oop that highlighted No. 6 Bret Harte’s 46-35 victory over No. 11 Los Banos Tuesday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Basketball Championships.

Leading 11-6 after the first period, the Bullfrogs quickly added to their lead in spectacular style in front of the home crowd.

Evans took the inbounds pass and dribbled upcourt to the right wing and looked for Switzer.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it would work because they were in a 2-3 zone,” Evans said. “Usually with man (defense) they pull their player out. And then I saw the one player from the bottom post come out, so I knew it was just right.”


Bears girls beaten by Riverbank in 1st round

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball season came to an end Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

In its first trip to the playoffs in more than a decade, No. 12 Summerville fell 67-40 to No. 5 Riverbank.

“I told the girls, ‘I’m very proud of them because they took a big step this year to earn a spot in the playoffs,’ ” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “But they were a better team than us.”


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