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Columbia ends two-game skid against Merced

After back-to-back Central Valley Conference losses, first-year Columbia College men’s basketball coach Rob Hoyt knew he had to make some changes, especially on the offensive side.

Instead of trotting out his usual starting lineup, Hoyt inserted Robert Orantes and Mike Williams into the rotation in place of Marcus Junior and Jordan Gomez to provide a spark.

And it paid off.

Columbia defeated Merced College 63-50 on Saturday night in Merced.

“It was good,” said Columbia forward Tige Wingo. “I think we would have liked to score a little more points, but we held them under 60, which was our goal. We went in expecting to win and we’re able to get a win.”


Roundup: Cat girls hoopsters defeat Manteca

If the Sonora girls’ basketball team is going to contend for a Valley Oak League Championship, the Wildcats need to take care of business away from Bud Castle Gym.

With a 50-44 road win over Manteca on Wednesday, they did exactly just that.

“It was a great game and a huge win,” said Sonora head coach Amy Santos. “To go on the road, with their band playing and to take away a win was big.”


Dillashaw beats Easton by unanimous decision

By AMBER PAPPE

For The Union Democrat

ATLANTA — UFC bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw kicked off the new year with a huge unanimous win over Mike Easton at UFC Fight Night 35 Wednesday night at Gwinnett Center.

The 27-year-old mixed martial artist, a member of Team Alpha Male, dominated Easton with a complete game, landing 117 strikes to Easton’s 46 and nailing two takedowns to win all three rounds 30-27. 

“I came in with respect for Mike; he’s tough. I expected it would be a tough fight, and I knew it would go the full three rounds,” Dillashaw said. “He’s ranked in the Top 10 for a reason, but I was the better athlete tonight.”


Bear hoopsters bounce Buffs

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Braden Anderson (32) attempts a layup on Wednesday against Amador at Tuolumne.
The Summerville Bears boys’ basketball team slowed the pace and earned their first Mother Lode League win on Wednesday, a 43-35 victory over Amador in Tuolumne.

“The last couple of games we figured we better slow down things,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson. “And it’s been good for us.”

Eli Mclaurin scored a game-high 13 points for the Bears and Bryce Farrell added six points and a season-best 13 rebounds.

“That was Bryce’s best rebounding effort of the season,” Watson said.


Claim Jumpers fall at Reedley

The Columbia Claim Jumpers suffered a 58-54 Central Valley Conference setbackWednesday night against host Reedley.

The Claim Jumpers (8-10, 1-2 CVC) were tied with the Cougars 27-27 at halftime.

“We played very good defnese, but probably our weakest area was they got too many second and third chances,” said Claim Jumper asisstant coach Rick Francis. “And down the stretch we had a couple of shots that didn’t go and they had a couple that did.”


Bears grapplers defeat Bullfrogs in MLL showdown

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Bret Harte junior Lyford Morris (top)wraps his arm around Summerville’s Humphrey Quirie during Tuesday’s Mother Lode League match in Tuolumne.
With a 35-22 victory over Bret Harte, the Summerville Bears wrestling team has won back-to-back Mother Lode League matches to start the 2014 season.

Summerville recorded six wins — three by pin, two by forfeit and one by technical fall — on Tuesday in Tuolumne.

“I’m real excited about this victory,” said Bears head coach Jordan DePaoli. “It puts us in the hunt to possibly go into the playoff series. They take the top two teams in league. Going into the rest of league, one more victory is going to put us in that. This is a big victory. Bret Harte has always kind of been one of our big rivals. To get the win tonight against them, it’s a good feeling for the team.”


Defending VOL champ Sierra tops Cats

Sonora might have played a home basketball game on Tuesday, but the friendly confines of Bud Castle Gym were anything but nice to the Wildcats.

A poor shooting night combined with playing the defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves, resulted in a 50-34 loss.

“For being our gym, it didn’t feel like we shot well in our gym,” said Wildcat head coach Dan Dona. “We just didn’t shoot the ball well. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Sierra is a great defensive team, the best we’ve seen all year, but we didn’t shoot the ball well. We would have done a better job of scoring if we were a little more aggressive, but if a shot or two would have fallen, I think that would have played big for us.”


Second-half surge lifts Calaveras over S’ville

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Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Calaveras' Martinez (above left) defends against Summerville’s Jillana Rodighiero.
Calaveras senior center Taylor Martinez dropped a game-high 20 points and the Redskins girls’ basketball team surged in the second half to defeat the Summerville Bears 50-37 on Monday in Tuolumne.

Tied 21-21 at halftime, Calaveras outscored Summerville 29-16 in the last two quarters to secure its third Mother Lode League victory in four tries.

“We played much better defense,” said Calaveras head coach Mike Lewis. “And we made a few more shots. In the first half, we missed a lot of dink shots inside, but we didn’t really play good defense.”


Bowling report: Isam rolls 1st perfect game of new year

By RUTH ABREO

For The Union Democrat

What a way to start the new year. Jokers Wild league bowler Dan Isam fired 2014’s first perfect game on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Black Oak Lanes.

Isam’s first two games of his series were below his league average. But after ending the second game with a strike, they just kept coming in the third game.

Also starting the new year on positive notes were Family Affair leaguemates Art Jones and Fred Persson.


Claim Jumpers fall to West Hills

If the Columbia College mens’ basketball team is going to contend for a Central Valley Conference title, the Claim Jumpers need to play better in the second half.

After taking a four-point lead into the break Saturday night, the Claim Jumpers stumbled in the final 20 minutes, losing 63-46 to West Hills College at Oak Pavilion.

“I need to fix it,” said Columbia first-year head coach Rob Hoyt. “We’re not having the same focus and mentality to start the second half. It’s just unacceptable and the group knows it right now. They are very well aware of it. But we’re not going to talk about it again. ... At Reedley, we’re going to go in and fix what we need to fix and go out there and play.”


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