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Sonora golfers take 1st at MLL tourney

Serge Kiriluk shot an 11-over par 83 to lead the Sonora Wildcats to a first-place finish on Tuesday in the Mother Lode League Midseason golf tournament held at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp.

Kiriluk finished four shots ahead of teammate Hank Kolpack, who fired an 87. 

The Wildcats finished the day with a total score of 452, 55 strokes ahead of the Bret Harte Bullfrogs (507) and 69 shots in front of the Calaveras Redskins (521). Rounding out the scores, Argonaut was fourth at 555, followed by Summerville at 561, Linden at 580 and Amador with a 683.

Calaveras holds off Summerville rally

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Calaveras’ Breanna Brumet (22, above) drives upfield on Tuesday night with Summerville’s Gabby Chipponeri defending at Thorsted Field.
The Calaveras Redskins girls’ soccer team held off a late, second-half Summerville rally to defeat the Bears 3-2 on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.

Calaveras received first-half goals from Pookie Deckman, Maddie DeAngelis and Shelby Mason.

“It was exciting,” Calaveras coach Rob Leetham said. “We had a couple of players score goals tonight that aren’t normally our top goal scorers, but Maddie DeAngelis on defense knocked one in and Shelby Mason also scored. It’s nice to see other players contributing.”

Streaking Summerville off to hot start in MLL

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Darren Warnock swings at a high fastball earlier this season against Ripon in Tuolumne.
Through four games, the Summerville High baseball team is off to its best start at 4-0 since the 2011 and 2013 seasons, the last times the Bears were truly in the hunt for a Mother Lode League championship.

In 2011, Summerville cruised through league play with a 13-2 record. The Bears dropped its first contest, 11-1, to Calaveras before hitting their stride and reeling off 12 straight victories to capture the league crown.

Then in 2013, Summerville opened league competition with a 3-1 record en route to a 9-5 mark and a second-place finish.

With that in mind, how does this year’s squad, although the season is still relatively young, rank among head coach Larry Gold’s teams in his seven years at the helm?

“Skill-wise, they’re just as good as that championship team that we had in 2011,” Gold said. “I think we just have a good group of kids that’s coming through that have played baseball since they were very young. They’ve been playing together for a long time and I think that’s just all coming together.”

Kish pitches Sonora past Linden

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Carter Denton (6, above) is congratulated by teammate Eric Gilliatt (4) on Friday after scoring a run in the Wildcats 3-0 victory over the Linden Lions at Bev Barron Field.
Joseph Kish fired a one-hit complete game to lead the Sonora Wildcats baseball team to a 3-0 victory versus Linden on Friday at Bev Barron Field.

Kish, a left-handed senior pitcher, recorded a game-high nine strikeouts in his second outing of the season to help the Wildcats improve to a perfect 4-0 in Mother Lode League play.

Sonora took control of the match in the bottom of the second when the Wildcats scored the game’s opening two runs. The team added an insurance run in the fifth and Kish’s production on the mound and the Wildcats’ defense held the Lions at bay.

Bears rally to defeat Buffs

The Summerville Bears baseball team and its late-game heroics is becoming a trend.

After topping Calaveras 13-12 on Thursday on a walkoff single by Bradley Tyler, Summerville recreated that same magic.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Case Dailey smacked a two-run single to right field to help lift Summerville to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Amador Buffaloes on Friday in Sutter Creek.

Preps Roundup: Softball Bears thump Amador

The Summerville Bears softball team blasted 14 hits en route to an 11-5 road Mother Lode League win over the Amador Buffaloes on Friday in Sutter Creek.

Claire Caldera threw six solid innings and struck out four in her winning performance. Shelby Conklin relieved Caldera in the seventh and retired all three batters on just six pitches.

Chelsea Caperton, who registered a team-best three hits, led the Bears with three RBI. Taylor Higginbotham had two and Conklin added one. 

Hukkanen, ’Skins beat Bears

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Calaveras Redskin hurler Marissa Hukkanen (4) rocks and fires on Thursday against the Summerville Bears in Tuolumne. Hukkanen struck out a season-high 14 batters in the Redskins’ victory.
Despite advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game last season, the Calaveras Redskins softball team didn’t accomplish one of the team’s key goals: Win a Mother Lode League title.

But with a decisive 6-0 victory over the Summerville Bears on Thursday in Tuolumne, Calaveras, with a perfect 4-0 league record, is an early contender for its first MLL crown since 2013.

“Our goal is to compete all the time,” Redskins coach Mike Koepp said. “Compete for a league title. Compete for the section title. That’s what we talk about with our girls, and we feel like we have a team year in and year out to do so.”

Preps Roundup: Tyler’s single leads S’ville over Calaveras

When the pressure was on, Bradley Tyler delivered.

With two outs and Darren Warnock on third base, Tyler smacked a walkoff single up the middle and the Summerville Bears came from behind to defeat the Calaveras Redskins 13-12 on Thursday in Tuolumne.

“Each player did their part,” said Summerville coach Larry Gold. “I can’t stress enough how every player, every at bat and every throw, you have to make something happen. The team bought into that. We could have been down and out, but we stayed positive and good things happened.”

’Cats tops Amador, Argo in 3-way meet

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ and girls’ swim teams swept Amador and Argonaut on Wednesday in a Mother Lode League three-way home meet.

The Sonora boys, who won every contest except the 200 freestyle, dominated Amador 123-27 and routed Argonaut 123-15. The girls bested Amador 95-62 and defeated Argonaut 109-57.

Trevor Mills posted a strong day for the boys with wins in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 butterfly. Coulter Bassi won the 100 free and got second in the 200 IM. 

“Coulter has been working very hard in practice,” said Sonora head coach John-Jay Verhuel. “I can’t wait to see how fast he goes in the rest of our meets. He is really motivated this season. It’s great.”

Jumper duo to play in Vegas

Former Columbia College Claim Jumpers basketball standouts Rosendo AmayaWood and Ian Merzwinski have been invited to play in The Las Vegas Shootout on Saturday, April 11, hosted by the scouting service Mullen Sports.

The hoops showcase, an NCAA certified event, is invite only and gives unsigned junior college sophomores an opportunity to play in front of possible coaches from four-year programs.

“It’s a really big event,” Columbia coach Rob Hoyt said. “It’s a Jerry Mullen event. Any event with his name attached to it is a really big deal.”

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