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Lawrence, Seawell ready for Lions All-Star grid game


For The Union Democrat

STOCKTON — In week three of the 2013 football season, the Sonora Wildcats and the Calaveras Redskins faced each other in a tough defensive battle.  

Sonora linebacker Steve Lawrence and the Wildcat defense did their best to contain speedy Calaveras running back Mike Seawell.

However, it was Seawell’s Redskins who had the upper hand over the Lawrence-led Wildcats as they won 13-7.  

Now, nearly nine months later, Lawrence and Seawell are teammates. They both play for the North squad in the 2014 Lions All-Star football game Saturday in Tracy.

Lawrence and Seawell were no strangers to each other before joining forces. They had faced each other plenty of times over the past eight years, although they do not discuss their last meeting at Frank Meyer Field.

“Mike is really a good guy and I’m glad I’ve got to know him, but we don’t talk about the Sonora-Calaveras game,” Lawrence said after practice Wednesday night. “I think he knows I’m a little sensitive to it, so we want to continue to be friends. So yeah, we don’t talk about it.”

Martial arts camp

Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat Mountain Storm Jiu Jitsu’s Jose Ortiz (above, at right) instructs Kaedan Schrader, 6, of Tuolumne, how to do a head stand on Wednesday.
The Tuolumne County Recreation Department is holding its annual martial arts camp this week at Mountain Storm Jiu Jitsu.

Hunter safety class set for June 29

A one-day course in hunter safety is scheduled for Sunday, June 29 at the Senior Center on Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The class follows at 8 and runs to 4:30 p.m.

Interested participants must register in advance, at least five days before the class, and a $16 donation is asked to cover cost of materials and includes lunch. Minors will need a guardian’s signature to enroll in the class. Others are welcome to attend, but there is a $6 charge to cover lunch.

New device uses scent to attract fish


For The Union Democrat

 Glory Hole Sports has announced a new device to use scent to attract trout or kokanee while trolling. 

Called a scent chamber, it will serve two purposes. It will replace a bead chain swivel or can be used in tandem with other swivels. 

As most anglers know, swivels are important in preventing line twist.  The device will hold scent for a long period of time. Simply fill the scent chamber with scent gel, and it will slowly leak the gel and create a slick to attract fish. 

The best location for the device is above the dodger with a short leader between them.  

Radford headed to NAIA Cal Maritime

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Former Columbia College Claim Jumper Danny Radford (center) signs his Letter of Acknowledgement to play for Cal Maritime in front of head coach Rob Hoyt (left) and assistant Rick Francis on Tuesday at Oak Pavilion.
Danny Radford has invested countless hours in the gym to improve his game.

And for his commitment and dedication to basketball, the former Bret Harte Bullfrog and Columbia College Claim Jumper standout is being rewarded.

Radford will be extending his college career with NAIA Cal Maritime and head coach Bryan Rooney in Vallejo on a mixture of an academic, athletic and financial aid agreement.

“It’s an elite school not only athletically, but academically,” Radford said. “It’s still close to home and my family can still come watch me play.”

4 Skins make All-MLL 1st team for softball

Four Calaveras Redskins received recognition for their outstanding play during the 2014 softball season by Mother Lode League coaches.

Grace Carr, Marissa Hukkanen, Jennifer Scantlen and Megan Walters were all first-team All-MLL selections.

Calaveras finished second in the MLL with a 13-2 record behind league champion Linden, who went 14-1.

Strong-willed: Wilson faced tough path to graduation

Russel Wilson’s journey to graduation this Thursday was unlike any other in the 2014 Sonora Wildcat class.

On Nov. 29, 2012, as a junior, he suffered a concussion during a basketball tournament in Stockton when he took a charge, was elbowed in the head and dropped to the floor.

Russel laid motionless and blacked out for a brief period of time.

“I was out for about six, seven seconds,” Russel said. “I didn’t remember anything. When I woke back up, I remembered walking off the court thinking, ‘This is not good.’ ”

Cats’ senior Grolle records school record in 3200-meter

Sonora long distance coach and former Wildcat star Darren Holman called Steven Grolle’s performance at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters on Friday in Elk Grove “tactically perfect.”

Grolle established a new school record in the 3200-meter at 9:13.97, which he set at 9:14.94 at the Arcadia Invitational in April, to finish second behind Granite Bay’s Paul Zeiss, who came in at 9:11.62.

“He raced a perfect race,” Holman said. “From when the gun sounded, every lap when he ran, he thought about it. He tactically ran perfect.”

Skins’ Hull races to new Calaveras mark in 1600 at Masters

After placing eighth at last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters, Calaveras distance runner Hannah Hull knew she needed to increase her training to finish higher.

Hull started training year round and came into her junior season running nearly 45 miles per week.

But after an injury sidelined Hull for two weeks in April, and she was forced to run in a pool, her training dipped to a weekly average of 25 miles.

However, she kept fighting and continued to train despite some lingering ankle issues. 

And for her commitment, dedication and non-stop motor, Hull’s training regiment came through at the 2014 SJS Track and Field Masters on Friday in Elk Grove. She came in third in the 1600-meter finals, and secured her spot in the State Meet later this week at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

“It feels really good,” Hull said. “I been trying to do it the past two years. I got eighth in Masters last year, and I was just really hoping I could do it. I started running year round, and I’m glad my hard work paid off finally.”

Roundup win kickstarts season for S’ville grad Scharton

Photos by Cheyenne Deitrich Photography The Billy Scharton Team of rider Ryan Nuckols (left), mugger Billy Scharton (middle) and shankman Serafin Robles attempt to tame a horse in Xtreme Bronc Riding at the 2014 Mother Lode Round-Up Rodeo in early May.
Billy Scharton stumbled into the world of Xtreme Bronc Riding by accident.

Three years ago, when the Randy Stewart Team’s mugger was a no-show at the 2011 Mother Lode Round-Up, a team member approached Scharton and asked if he be interested in filling in.

Scharton, who grew up watching his father compete in the event, took a chance and from there, the 2000 Summerville High graduate’s career took off.

As a mugger, Scharton’s job was to hold the horse’s halter and stop any forward movement to allow the rider to successfully saddle, mount and ride the horse to the finish line in under two minutes.

And in Scharton’s first official appearance, he and his team succeeded.

“I volunteered and we took first, and won the rodeo,” Scharton said. “I was very, very lucky.”

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