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Cat volleyers to host Oakdale in home opener

Fans can get their first look at the Division IV defending champion Sonora volleyball team this week when the Wildcats host their longtime rival, the Oakdale Mustangs.

Fresh off its historic second-place finish at the prestigious High Sierra Tournament in Reno this past weekend, Sonora returns to play their home opener on the freshly-painted hardwood floors at Bud Castle Gym.


Cat cross country takes first in Nevada

The Sonora Wildcats boys cross country team opened the season in fine style finishing first at the seven-team Twilight Classic on Friday and Saturday in Sparks, Nev.


Summerville runners open season strong at Flame Invite

The Summerville Bears cross country team set ablaze the season Friday at the Lodi Flame Invitational. 

Despite hot, sticky weather, the Bears ran with dedication, heart, endurance and talent.


Bear gridders bash Denair

DENAIR — The Summerville football team opened its 2014 campaign on the road without the signature “S” decal on the Bears black helmet.

After a 2-8 season, head coach Ben Watson told his players they had to earn the right to wear the Summerville logo.

And after a dominant 32-6 dismantling of Denair on Friday night at Jack W. Lytton Stadium, the Bears may have proved enough to Watson that they are worthy of wearing the bright orange emblem.


Dillashaw delivers knockout blow

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Purchase these photos at www.uniondemocrat.com. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat TJ Dillashaw retained his bantemweight title in front of a hometown crowd on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO — It takes a true champion like TJ Dillashaw to accomplish the astounding feat he did on Saturday night.

UFC 177 originally featured a highly-anticipated rematch between Dillashaw and Renan Barao, but after a dramatic turn of events led to Barao’s late scratch from the main card Friday, the fight schedule was changed.

UFC newcomer Joe Soto, a former Bellator champ, fought in place of Barao and got his shot at the bantamweight title against Dillashaw at Sleep Train Arena.

Soto entered the championship tilt riding a six-fight win streak.

“It was a tough one, man,” Dillashaw said. “To switch my opponent at the last minute like that, it was a real stressful situation that I just had to man up and do. I think that’s the positive I took out of it, you know. It could have been a negative-negative, but for me to start my legacy as a champ, I’ll take fights on one-days notice.”


Wildcats find pass attack in loss at Oakdale

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Sonora junior slotback Wyatt Faughnan avoids a pair of Oakdale defenders in the Wildcat endzone on his way to a 40-yard gain Friday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
OAKDALE — After the first half of Friday night’s season-opening football game, Sonora trailed Oakdale 21-0 and head coach Bryan Craig told his Wildcats at intermission they would discover a lot about themselves in the next two quarters.

What the Wildcat players figured out, was that they don’t quit, their combined heart was the size of their hometown, they were tougher than they thought and they could throw the football — and throw it well.

Sonora, long known for its smash mouth, physical ground attack, went to the air again and again Friday night for the majority of their yards.


Ziehlke scores 5 TDs in Frogs win over Sierra Ridge

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Bret Harte gets fired up before taking the field to play Sierra Ridge on Friday night in Angels Camp. JESSE JONES / UNION DEMOCRAT
Led by first-year junior quarterback Michael Ziehlke, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs used their feet to defeat the Sierra Ridge Rams 47-30 Friday night at Dorroh Field.

This may of been his first start but Ziehlke played like an established veteran, made good decisions and then let his legs and athleticism take his team to paydirt.


Calaveras scores 48 in loss at McNair

STOCKTON — The Calaveras Redskins and McNair Eagles were like two heavyweight boxers, matching each other blow-for-blow. 

It was McNair, however, who landed the knockout punch and defeated the Skins 55-48.  

Despite a career-high six rushing touchdowns by senior Connor Hamilton, Calaveras could not produce any last second heroics.


Wildcat Kiriluk a leader before being a captain

Sonora senior fullback/linebacker Serge Kiriluk wanted to become a better football player in 2013. He wanted his team to get better. 

The only way to do that he figured was to step up and take matters into his own hands.


BH grad Miller a step away from Majors

Trevor Miller is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of pitching in the majors.

Miller was promoted from Double-A Jackson Generals to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday night after the Generals fell 8-2 to the Chattanooga Lookouts in Tennessee.


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