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Trout Fest a success; shore fishing slow at Melones


For The Union Democrat

Last Saturday I attended the Moccasin Creek Hatchery’s Trout Fest, along with Bert Kronnick, local collector of vintage fishing tackle.  

It was a great, well attended event that showed all the aspects of trout raising, fishing, fish cleaning and cooking. Youths under 15 had great fun catching trout from well stocked runways. 

I was surprised to find that the hatchery also raised Golden and Cutthroat trout. When large enough the goldens go to high elevation lakes and the cutthroats go to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake. Photo coverage by Union Democrat photographer Jesse Jones appeared in Monday’s paper.   

Preps roundup: Sonora golf knocks off rival Oakdale

With a 208-223 win over Oakdale on Thursday at Oakdale Golf and Country Club, the Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team has won 13 straight Valley Oak League matches.

Serge Kiriluk shot an even par 36 to gain medalist honors for the Wildcats. Sam Mays and Brandon Phelan both carded 41s and Spencer Morse and Zach Atwood both finished with 43s.

“It’s a great day when you have a victory,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee. “We’re keeping it within a reasonable score. Anything under 210 is a good score. We did what we came to do.”

2014 Girls Hoops All-Area Co-MVP: Cat star Henington began hot year on fire

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Bret Harte's Kelsey Switzer (3) and Sonora Wildcat Bailey Henington are The Union Democrat 2014 Girls Hoops All-Area Co-MVPs.
t didn’t take long this season for Bailey Henington to show how talented she is on the basketball court.

In her third game, and first as a starter, Henington caught fire in the team’s 56-45 victory over Bret Harte at the 40th annual Sonora Girls Basketball Tournament in December.

Although Henington missed a big chunk of preseason practices while still playing for Sonora’s record-setting volleyball team, the versatile 5-foot-3 point guard scored a jaw-dropping, and career-high, 37 points at Bud Castle Gym. 

“She was beating them no matter how they guarded her,” said Sonora head coach Amy Santos. “It was just one of those nights where she was on, and nobody could stop her.”

2014 Girls Hoops All-Area Co-MVP: Switzer led BH to playoffs, MLL title

If there was one word to describe Kelsey Switzer’s value to the Bret Harte Bullfrogs girls’ basketball team, it would be indispensable.

The senior guard was worth the price of admission, but more importantly, her leadership and playmaking abilities helped navigate the Bullfrogs through a brutal Mother Lode League schedule.

With Switzer leading the charge, Bret Harte dethroned defending MLL champions Argonaut twice and swept cross-county rival Calaveras in a three-game series en route to a 14-1 record in 2013-14.

“When you have a player that is scoring nearly 19 points a game, it’s hard to not have that player,” said Bullfrogs head coach Ronnie Davis. “If we didn’t have Kelsey Switzer, would we have the same success? I’m not sure, but at the same time, it would have been a different road. I think there’s no doubt that it could have been a different road. I think our team this year — we had so much success — because our team bought into a team philosophy.”

2014 All-Area Girls Hoops: Bullfrog guard Evans anchors First Team

Bret Harte’s one-two punch would not have been possible without Jessie Evans.

If opposing team’s tried shutting down Bullfrog star Kelsey Switzer, Evans was more than capable of knocking down shots.

And in her senior year, she proved she was a big time threat.

Evans scored a season-high 22 points against Summerville in February on 9 of 13 shooting (69 percent) and finished the year averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game. She tallied in double figures 16 times as a senior.

For her effort and reliability, Evans anchors The Union Democrat’s 2013-14 All-Area Girls Basketball Team.

“It was rough when she was out,” Switzer said of Evans, who missed eight games in the preseason. “We tried to do some different things without her, but it was hard. When she came back, we got a lot better as a team. It was nice to have a player like her at my level to be on the court with me. She can shoot from outside and also on the free throw line.”

Preps Roundup: Cat golfers grow VOL lead

No Valley Oak League golf team will have a better record this season than the Sonora Wildcats.

The Wildcats defeated second-place East Union 210-223 on Wednesday at Mountain Springs to take a three-game lead over the Lancers with just two to play.

Serge Kiriluk backed up his 3-under par effort Tuesday, with a 1-over par 37 to win medalist honors as the lowest score.

“What can you say about Serge, once again he came through under a lot of pressure,” said Wildcat head coach Steve Lee. “Heck, the whole team came through under pressure today.”

Kiriluk shoots 3-under, leads Cats over Buffs

Serge Kiriluk shot a career low 3-under par 33 Tuesday at Mountain Springs to lead the Sonora Wildcats over the Manteca Buffaloes 202-254 at Mountain Springs Golf Club.

Kiriluk chipped in for an eagle at hole six, a 500-yard par 5, and birdied holes five and eight. That was after starting with three straight pars and a bogey.

“That’s definitely the lowest score I’ve seen in my 12 years that I’ve been here,” said Wildcat head coach Steve Lee. “I haven’t seen any high school kid throw up that kind of score. I had a kid awhile back, Kevin Rei, throw up a 34 and I never thought I’d see lower than that. You just shake your head at that. For a high school student, that’s a pretty rare phenomena in our neck of the woods.”

Redskin defender McIntosh helps preserve tie with Frogs

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Bret Harte’s Lauren Redding (above, at right) dribbles upfield with Calaveras Redskin Maryanne Linneman trailing behind in the first half of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp.
Savannah McIntosh often doesn’t get the credit she deserves for her consistent play as a defender.

The Calaveras Redskin senior’s efforts usually goes unnoticed because her name doesn’t show up on a score sheet. 

But on Tuesday in Angels Camp, her sharp play out of the defensive backline led to numerous passes being cut off. She also provided constant pressure against the Bret Harte forwards in a Mother Lode League showdown.

And it was McIntosh’s game-saving clearance in front of the goal line that helped the Redskins girls’ soccer team battle to a 0-0 draw against the Bullfrogs at Dorroh Field.

“That’s not the first time she’s done that this year,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “She’s such a smart defender and she knows where to position herself. Thank goodness for Savannah, she’s definitely the leader of our defense every game.”

Frogs swim past Linden

The Bret Harte boys’ and girls’ swim team both knocked off Linden on Friday in a Mother Lode League meet in Angels Camp.

Bret Harte boys won 103-65 and the girls claimed a 93-77 victory.

“Another great meet for the Bret Harte swim team,” said Bullfrogs head coach Lauren Gerber. “The athletes continue to look towards the league championship meet, which is only three weeks away.”

Tryouts to be held for new fastpitch softball team

Tryouts will be held for a new 10-and-under fastpitch softball team on Sunday, May 4at the Bret Harte High School softball field in Angels Camp.

Cal Elite, operated out of Calaveras County, is looking for players in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties to form its new team. Tryouts for all positions start at 2 p.m.

The cost for uniforms is $50 and includes a jersey, pants and socks. Liability insurance is $12. Each player will pay a tournament fee of $30 to $40 per event, depending on location. That fee is on a tournament-to-tournament basis.

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