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Calaveras places 9th at Masters, advances 3 to state

The Calaveras Redskins wrestling team placed ninth on Saturday at the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Masters Tournament at Stockton Arena.

Calaveras finished with a combined 76 points and advances three grapplers — Ayden Garcia, Jarred Kirk and Shane Torre — to the CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships that will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. 

The Redskins, who sent a school-record nine wrestlers, had two fourth-place medalists, a fifth-place medalist and two eighth-place finishers, which set a Mother Lode League record for most placers at The Masters according to Calaveras co-coach Vince Bicocca. 

“It was incredible,” Bicocca said. “The kids just wrestled. They were outstanding. I must have had half a dozen coaches who came up to me and said, ‘Boy, your kids don’t want to lose.’ It was amazing. Coach (Mark) Bowe and I, we were on Cloud 9. We were pinching ourselves on the ride home from the tournament thinking, ‘Oh gosh, these kids really did this.’ It was amazing. It was a banner day for Calaveras wrestling. I was so pleased and so proud of those kids. They did an outstanding job.”

For the complete story, see the March 2, 2015, edition of The Union Democrat. 

Preps roundup: Bears sweep Bruins on road

The Summerville Bears baseball team swept Riverbank in a road doubleheader on Saturday.

Summerville beat Riverbank 10-0 in the first match and closed the series with an 11-5 win.

Summerville led 4-0 in the opening inning of the first match and went on to score in five of the seven innings. The Bears had nine hits. 

In the finale, the Bears, who combined for eight hits, clawed to an 6-0 lead after two innings and added two more in the second and three in the fifth.

S’ville’s PetersonWood commits to Colorado Mesa

When Mali PetersonWood entered Summerville High School as a freshman in 2011, she never envisioned a soccer career past the high school level.

PetersonWood, who was adopted by Eric Peterson and Karen Wood from Ethiopia at 10 months, developed into a college recruit thanks to the commitment and support of her adoptive parents and her club and high school coaches.

After catching on with Modesto Ajax, a club soccer team, PetersonWood soon realized that competing in college was a possibility.

Her club coaches told her she had the talent to play at a four-year program if she was willing to dedicate her time as a year-round player. Soon, PetersonWood bought in and invested the hours needed to be a top-flight player.

Flash forward three years later and PetersonWood, 17, has in fact evolved into a college-caliber recruit.

PetersonWood signed her Letter of Intent earlier this month and will extend her playing career for the Colorado Mesa Mavericks, a Division II program, in Grand Junction.

“I fell in love with the school,” PetersonWood said of her August 2014 visit. “It was just the best fit. Also, there’s an ambassador program that I want to be in and that’s for my major, so I lucked out.”

Frey, Degough win bass tourney


For The Union Democrat

The Big Bass Bash tournament by Glory Hole Sports took place last Saturday at New Melones. 

With a 6:30 a.m. start time, a thick fog moved in and the boats had to be launched with ample space between for safety reasons. 21 boats with two-man teams took place and the format called for a two-fish entry (one spotted bass and one largemouth bass.)  

Eleven teams brought in one of each species to the scales. The tournament had a 100 percent payback, so there was plenty of cash to split among the winners. 

Top results are as follows:  1st place was won by Jace Degough and Eli Frey with a 13.8-pound total — good for $1,533. They also took big fish honors with a 9.23-pound largemouth;  2nd place went to Alex Niapas and Jerry Harvey with 12.3 pounds for $735;  3rd place was Aaron Cole and Colin Degough with 9.36 pounds for $588;  4th place — Dan Perkins and John Leichty with 9.35 pounds for $ 294;   5th place — Kyle Rasmussen and Jody Menzes with 8.93 pounds for $210. They also had the Big Fish spotted bass at 6.65 pounds.  

Cats rattle Diamondbacks: Warring helps lead Sonora to 1st-round win over Union Mine

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat The Sonora Wildcats boys’ basketball team (above) celebrates its victory in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships on Wednesday at Bud Castle Gym.
When the light bulb came on for Kahale Warring in the second quarter, there was no denying the Sonora High senior from providing the fireworks at Bud Castle Gym.

Warring scored 13 of his points in that period alone en route to a game-high 31 to help the No. 8 Sonora Wildcats boys’ basketball team knock off the No. 9 Union Mine Diamondbacks 73-57 on Wednesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

“This senior group has been a special group for me since their sophomore years,” said Sonora coach Dan Dona, who took over the Wildcats program last season after serving as the longtime junior varsity boss. “You always have a good connection with your team, but other years, you have that really special connection with the team and that’s one that I’m all in for with these guys. It felt really good for them to win tonight.”

Calaveras falls to Mesa Verde in 1st round


For The Union Democrat 

The Mother Lode League champion Calaveras Redskins saw their season come to a close Wednesday night, as they were defeated 57-43 by the Mesa Verde Mavericks at Mike Flock Gym.  

The loss will leave a bitter taste to an otherwise sweet season.

“There is never a good time for the season to end, whether it is this round, the second round, the third round, whatever,” Calaveras head coach Kraig Clifton said. “Once the sting wears off a little bit, my wish for them is that they could look back on the season and realize how much success they did have, and how many good things they really did do. Right now at this moment, it is hard to see that and it almost feels like everything is a wash right now. But in the long run, it’s not easy to win 21 games and we accomplished a lot. I just wish we played better tonight.”

Cats tip Bruins: Sonora advances after narrow victory

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora forward Michelle Ries (12) makes a shot and is fouled in the process against Riverbank at Bud Castle Gym.
The Sonora High girls’ basketball team may not be the most imposing squad as far as height and length, but its endurance, finesse and speed proved to be too much for the Riverbank Bruins.

No. 7 Sonora trailed by two early in the third quarter, but was able to grind out a tough 58-50 playoff win over No. 10 Riverbank on Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Bud Castle Gym.

“They’re a good team,” Riverbank coach Lupe Galindo said of Sonora. “They sub in and they don’t miss a beat. I think they just wore us out quite honestly. They had more legs at the end of the game than we did.”

Wildcats girls tip-off playoffs tonight at home

Tuolumne and Calaveras counties hoops fans will get an opportunity to watch high school playoff basketball starting tonight.

The No. 7 seeded Sonora Wildcats girls’ basketball team, the co-champions of the Mother Lode League, tips off hosting the No. 10 Riverbank Bruins at 7 p.m. at Bud Castle Gym.

Riverbank (15-11, 9-1) captured the Trans Valley League title, but has lost two of its last three. The Bruins also lost to Bret Harte, 36-25, and Calaveras, 48-22, in the preseason.

Sonora (18-6, 11-1) is making its first appearance in the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships since 2013. The Wildcats have won 11 of its past 13 games. Their only losses came to MLL foe Argonaut (19-7, 11-1), who is the No. 2 seed in Division V, and Clovis West (22-4, 10-0), the defending Central Section champions in Division I.

“We’re super excited,” Sonora coach Amy Santos said. “We have the band coming and we’re all excited about that. Getting a home game is pretty special. We’ve had a good week of practice and we’re ready as we’re ever going to be.”

CC’s Hoyt, Hubbard earn CVC recognition

Rob Hoyt has worked hard to turn around the Columbia College men’s basketball program and the second-year boss, along with a few of his players, has caught the attention of his peers.

Hoyt was named by Central Valley Conference coaches as the co-coach of the year with Fresno City’s Ed Madec on Sunday in a meeting in Fresno.

“It’s really humbling to be honest with you,” Hoyt said. “It’s a tribute to surrounding yourself with good people and showing up to work.”

Skins are DV champs

Jesse Jones/Union Democrat Redskin Jason Stokkeland (left) wrestles Waterford’s Matt Profeta in the 132-pound championship on Saturday at Sonora High's Bud Castle Gym.
The Calaveras Redskins reigned supreme on Friday and Saturday at the 2015 Division V Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Championships at Bud Castle Gym.

Calaveras captured first overall as a team with three first-place champions — tied for the most in the tournament — three second-place medals, two third-place medals, one fourth-place medal and two fifth-place finishers. The Redskins earned 232.50 points.

In all, Calaveras tied a school record and will be sending nine wrestlers — Tyler Chavez (106), Jason Stokkeland (132), Anthony Giangregorio (138), Alex Rajewski (145), Trevor Vath (152), Ayden Garcia (170), John Kelley (195), Shane Torre (220) and Jarred Kirk (285) — to the section’s Masters Tournament that will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28 at Stockton Arena.

“The kids wrestled great,” Calaveras coach Vince Bicocca said. “This team does not have one outstanding superstar. This team is just very solid. We have a lot of good individuals. The level of the whole team has improved over the course of the season.”

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