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New Bret Harte LL accepting registration

The Ebbetts Pass Little League and Calaveras American Little League have merged into one league for the 2014 season.

Registration is now open for the newly formed Bret Harte Little League, and can be completed online, by mail or in person.

To sign up a child, registration can be completed online at the league’s new website www.bhlittleleague.com.

S’ville JV hoopsters win Sonora Tournament

The Summerville Bears junior varsity boys’ basketball team swept the competition at the Sonora Wildcats’ preseason tournament this past weekend.

On Friday, Summerville edged Sonora 58-55. 

The Wildcats led 43-37 after three quarters, but that advantage was trimmed by Summerville’s Chad Sweitzer, who hit two crucial 3-pointers in the final period to lead a late Bears’ rally.

Jake Noonan led the Bears with 11 points and Cole Brewster finished with nine.

4 Cats earn All-VOL honors

Four Sonora senior gridders were recognized Monday by Valley Oak League coaches for their standout performances this season.

Wildcats K.C. Brandsted, Steve Lawrence, Tait Mele and Will Collamer each earned All-VOL First Team honors.

Brandsted was the lone First Team offensive player for Sonora. The fullback was easily the Wildcats leading rusher with over 1,000 yards.

Seawell is top gridder in MLL

Calaveras Redskin Mike Seawell is the Mother Lode League’s top football player.

Seawell garnered the league’s MVP award as a senior. The shifty running back enjoyed a spectacular season, rushing for 1,252 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading receiver with 429 yards and six touchdown receptions.

Sonora pulls away from Summerville in third quarter

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat Sonora’s Kadi Patterson (20) drives to the basket with Summerville Bear Cassidy Weathers attempting to block her path.
The Sonora Wildcats girls’ basketball team beat cross-county rival, the Summerville Bears, 47-22 on Tuesday in Tuolumne.

Although the Wildcats won by 25 points, the game was a lot closer than the score indicated.

Sonora junior Sandra Renda put up a prayer from distance as the buzzer sounded to lead the Wildcats into the break with a 24-19 advantage.

That shot was the needle in the arm that Sonora needed to boost its confidence.

“Sandra hit a deep three pointer to end the half to build some momentum,” said Wildcats head coach Amy Santos. “We just kind of got on a streak and rode it all the way to the end.”

Henington scores 37, Wildcats beat Bullfrogs

Bailey Henington’s big day on the basketball court was too much for Bret Harte.

Behind Henington’s jaw-dropping 37 points, the Wildcats outlasted the Bullfrogs 56-45 to take third place on Saturday at the 40th Annual Sonora Girls’ Basketball Tournament.

Despite joining the team less than a week ago because Henington was a member of the Wildcats Division IV CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship volleyball squad, who also made a run at the State title, the standout junior had one of the best performances in Sonora head coach Amy Santos’ career.

“She was on fire,” Santos said. “She played a great game. It was a really good game for her. I mean 37 points — I don’t think I have had a player score that many before.”

Snow doesn’t slow shooters Saturday at ML Gun Club

Twenty-four competitors braved the snow Saturday to compete in the last high power match of 2013 at Mother Lode Gun Club.  

Shooters traveled from the Bay Area, Southern California, Davis, Chowchilla, Modesto, Twain Harte and Mi Wuk. Another two dozen came to enjoy the show and participated in the barbeque following the match.

Match winner was Hugh ‘Conar’ Braly, of Copperopolis, shooting a 488-23X out of 500.

Sonora tops Edison, falls to Tracy, Chavez in Stockton

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ basketball team went 1-2 at the 56th Annual Stagg Tournament in Stockton.

Sonora opened tournament play with a 63-59 win over Edison on Thursday.

The Wildcats led 30-22 at the break and scored 33 combined points in the final two quarters to seal the team’s victory.

Sonora beats S’ville on the mat

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Jack Wivell (right, above) attempts to bring down Sonora senior Kyle Mantzouranis during Wednesday’s wrestling match in Tuolumne.
The Sonora Wildcats opened their 2013-14 wrestling season by outlasting their Tuolumne County rival, the Summerville Bears, on the mat on Wednesday.

With nine total wins, including four by forfeit, Sonora won 50-22 over host Summerville.

“I was pretty pleased with it,” said Wildcat head coach Jon Abernathy. “I’m really happy with my numbers. It’s really created a lot of competition in the room. It’s always nice to come off of a win. It’s good to have a full team. We’re looking forward to having a pretty good season.”

Wildcats fall in NorCal final

Sonora's magical volleyball season came to an end on Tuesday night in Atherton.

The Wildcats battled tough in the CIF State Division IV Girls Volleyball Championships, forcing a fifth set but came up short 15-7.

Check Wednesday's paper for the full story. 

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