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Strong-willed: Wilson faced tough path to graduation

Russel Wilson’s journey to graduation this Thursday was unlike any other in the 2014 Sonora Wildcat class.

On Nov. 29, 2012, as a junior, he suffered a concussion during a basketball tournament in Stockton when he took a charge, was elbowed in the head and dropped to the floor.

Russel laid motionless and blacked out for a brief period of time.

“I was out for about six, seven seconds,” Russel said. “I didn’t remember anything. When I woke back up, I remembered walking off the court thinking, ‘This is not good.’ ”

Cats’ senior Grolle records school record in 3200-meter

Sonora long distance coach and former Wildcat star Darren Holman called Steven Grolle’s performance at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters on Friday in Elk Grove “tactically perfect.”

Grolle established a new school record in the 3200-meter at 9:13.97, which he set at 9:14.94 at the Arcadia Invitational in April, to finish second behind Granite Bay’s Paul Zeiss, who came in at 9:11.62.

“He raced a perfect race,” Holman said. “From when the gun sounded, every lap when he ran, he thought about it. He tactically ran perfect.”

Skins’ Hull races to new Calaveras mark in 1600 at Masters

After placing eighth at last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters, Calaveras distance runner Hannah Hull knew she needed to increase her training to finish higher.

Hull started training year round and came into her junior season running nearly 45 miles per week.

But after an injury sidelined Hull for two weeks in April, and she was forced to run in a pool, her training dipped to a weekly average of 25 miles.

However, she kept fighting and continued to train despite some lingering ankle issues. 

And for her commitment, dedication and non-stop motor, Hull’s training regiment came through at the 2014 SJS Track and Field Masters on Friday in Elk Grove. She came in third in the 1600-meter finals, and secured her spot in the State Meet later this week at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

“It feels really good,” Hull said. “I been trying to do it the past two years. I got eighth in Masters last year, and I was just really hoping I could do it. I started running year round, and I’m glad my hard work paid off finally.”

Roundup win kickstarts season for S’ville grad Scharton

Photos by Cheyenne Deitrich Photography The Billy Scharton Team of rider Ryan Nuckols (left), mugger Billy Scharton (middle) and shankman Serafin Robles attempt to tame a horse in Xtreme Bronc Riding at the 2014 Mother Lode Round-Up Rodeo in early May.
Billy Scharton stumbled into the world of Xtreme Bronc Riding by accident.

Three years ago, when the Randy Stewart Team’s mugger was a no-show at the 2011 Mother Lode Round-Up, a team member approached Scharton and asked if he be interested in filling in.

Scharton, who grew up watching his father compete in the event, took a chance and from there, the 2000 Summerville High graduate’s career took off.

As a mugger, Scharton’s job was to hold the horse’s halter and stop any forward movement to allow the rider to successfully saddle, mount and ride the horse to the finish line in under two minutes.

And in Scharton’s first official appearance, he and his team succeeded.

“I volunteered and we took first, and won the rodeo,” Scharton said. “I was very, very lucky.”

Registration on for youth tennis clinics

Registrations are being accepted for a series of Youth Tennis Clinics in Calaveras County beginning June 9.

Organized by Angella Woods, a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 2003, the program is open to all junior players, ages 6-17, with a special emphasis on current and aspiring high school athletes. 

The sessions will be held at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp and at the Wintercreek Tennis Facility in Murphys.

3 Skins, a Bear on baseball MLL 1st team

Three Calaveras Redskins and one Summerville Bear were named to the 2014 first-team All-Mother Lode League baseball squad.

Calaveras’ Thomas Boitano, Mike Seawell and Wyatt Durham, and Summerville’s Bryce Farrell were all selected by MLL coaches to the first-team after standout performances this season.

Grolle heads Cat foursome in effort to reach State

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora junior star pole vaulter Bryce Sanguinetti practices Tuesday with Wildcat head coach Frank Garcia watching at Dunlavy Field.
For Sonora Wildcats Angela Gardella, Thomas Kruetzfeldt and Bryce Sanguinetti, Thursday’s trip to the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters will mark the first time the trio will compete at that meet.

Gardella, Kruetzfeldt, Sanguinetti, along with Wildcat veteran Steven Grolle, advanced to Masters after finishing in the top five or better at last week’s Division IV-V Finals at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock. That included three overall first place finishes from Grolle, who won two, and Sanguinetti.

“They all performed well,” said Sonora head coach Frank Garcia. “They did what they were supposed to do. The goal was to qualify and move on, and they did.”

Hull, Boblet, Piel lead Skins, Frogs into Elk Grove

Seven track and field athletes from Calaveras County will get an opportunity to compete against the Sac-Joaquin Section’s finest on Thursday at Elk Grove High School.

Calaveras Redskins Kelly Airola, Kyle Gouveia, Hannah Hull, Dante Piantineda and Alexander Robie, and Bret Harte’s Tristan Boblet and Jake Piel all qualified for Masters after posting top five or better finishes at the Division IV-V Finals last week.

“We have a good group going up there,” said Calaveras head coach Doug Avrit. “If we can go up there and compete well, we would be feeling good. That’s all you can ask.”

Dillashaw thumps Barao for bantamweight title

Amber Pappé / Union Democrat UFC bantamweight TJ Dillashaw controls Brazil’s Renan Barao (above) Saturday during their championship bout at UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw. A fighter with a powerful wrestling background, the former Bret Harte and Cal State Fullerton wrestling standout, used a sharp striking game to defeat Barao and claim the UFC bantamweight title in Las Vegas.

For The Union Democrat

LAS VEGAS—TJ Dillashaw’s dream came true Saturday night here in the Octagon at the MGM Grand.

The bantamweight became the newest UFC champion, dominating Brazil’s Renan Barao from start to TKO finish. 

Almost a 9-1 underdog coming into the bout, Dillashaw, who fights out of Sacramento with Team Alpha Male, took on the heavily-favored Barao with confidence in his preparation and a clear understanding of what he was facing in Barao’s unmatched decade-long streak of 34 consecutive wins.

“I didn’t feel any pressure. He’s the champion and he’s the one who has a huge winning streak,” Dillashaw said pre-fight. “He’s supposedly unbeatable. I think all the pressure is on him. Nobody has expectations for me which make me free to fight my fight.”


11 from foothills reach Masters

Sonora Wildcats Steven Grolle won two events Thursday and Bryce Sanguinetti won the pole vault to lead a large foothills contingent that qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships Masters track and field meet later this week in Elk Grove. 

Overall, 11 athletes, five from Calaveras, four from Sonora and two from Bret Harte, finished in the top five or better in their respective events at Thursday’s Divional IV/V meet at Modesto Junior College.

A combined 39 schools in the two divisions participated.

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