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Preps roundup: Sonora girls stay perfect in MLL, top Argonaut

The Sonora girls’ basketball team had three different players score in double-figures, and the Wildcats defeated Argonaut 58-41 on Wednesday night at Bud Castle Gym.

Bailey Henington recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 steals. The senior guard also had five assists and four rebounds. Hannah Garrett finished with 13 points and Michelle Ries added 11.

The Wildcats sprinted to a 17-7 first quarter advantage but led just 25-23 at halftime.

In the second half, Sonora responded and went on a 34-18 run, dropping 12 and 22 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

“We played an inspired second half,” said Wildcats head coach Amy Santos. “We ran the press better. We responded and I couldn’t have been prouder of the way we played in the second half.”

Unblemished: Jumpers grind past Reedley to stay perfect in league play

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Columbia guard Marquell Hubbard (top) blows past Reedley’s Shepherd Brevil on Wednesday during the Claim Jumpers 62-56 victory at Oak Pavilion.
Rosendo AmayaWood scored only two points, but the former Summerville Bear standout made the biggest play of the game for the Columbia College men’s basketball team.

With under 20 seconds left in regulation, Reedley College was in prime position to tie the Central Valley Conference showdown, but AmayaWood, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, leaped in the air near the rim and smacked away the Tigers’ equalizing shot attempt towards the middle of the court.

“I knew he was coming in and was going to try to lay it up,” AmayaWood said of his game-saving block. “And I was right on the side, so I knew I could get a hand on it. I didn’t want to foul and I saw the ball go up and I just ripped at it. I knew it was a big play.”

Show of strength: Calaveras tops Sonora, Linden in 3-way dual

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Calaveras’ Trevor Vath (above, bottom right) defeated Sonora’s Coleton Masters on Tuesday at Bud Castle Gym in Sonora in the Redskins dual victory over both Linden and the Wildcats.
Every season, Calaveras Redskins wrestling coaches Vince Bicocca and Mark Bowe shuffle their lineups with first-year varsity grapplers and a few veterans, but the end results usually stay the same.

The Redskins win and that tradition of success has built the program into a Division V powerhouse.

Calaveras has captured back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section team titles and has owned the Mother Lode League, winning 10 consecutive conference crowns.

And on Tuesday at Bud Castle Gym, the Redskins continued their dominance, beating the host team, the Sonora Wildcats, 43-24, and Linden 69-9.

“We keep our noses to the grindstone,” said Bowe, who has coached together with Bicocca for 34 years. “We keep our kids humble. We aspire to more than just winning the league. The Mother Lode League is a good competitive league, but we have higher goals. We want to get to the state meet. We want to place in the state meet, and this is the lower tier of that, the first qualifier to get to the divisional, and then to the masters and then to the state. It’s always great to win league, but we try to set our sights higher.”

Paris’ 5 treys lead Bullfrogs over Argonaut

Bennett Paris canned five triples to help the Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ basketball team defeat Argonaut 49-46 on Monday in Jackson.

Paris converted 5 of 15 3-pointers and scored a team-high 16 points. The senior also grabbed seven rebounds.

“The kids played extremely hard on defensive end and we were able to out rebound them on the offensive end,” said Bullfrogs head coach Jeff Eltringham. “We moved the ball better against their zone, which allowed us to attack off the dribble.”

Calaveras starts hot, defeats Summerville in Tuolumne, 55-44

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Calaveras’ Jacob Williams (12, above left) shoots a jump shot on Monday against Summerville in Tuolumne.
Jacob Williams had been battling a cold and cough all weekend long, but that didn’t stop the Calaveras senior from suiting up for the Redskins boys’ basketball team on Monday.

Williams came off the bench and drilled four of Calaveras’ nine triples to help the Redskins roll past the Summerville Bears 55-44 in a Mother Lode League game in Tuolumne.

“It felt good,” Williams said. “My shot just felt good. I knew we needed some shots, so I had to put them in.”

Williams shot 57 percent from beyond the arch on 4 of 7 shooting.

“He’s a shooter,” Calaveras head coach Kraig Clifton said of Williams. “He just has a knack of finding that open spot, and the kids know how to find him. That’s really what it boils down too — the kids know how to find him and he’s ready to shoot it as soon as he steps inside the gym.”

Gill wins 1st High Power match of 2015 at MLGC

Thirty-one competitors braved cold weather on Jan. 3 to compete in the first High Power match of the year at Mother Lode Gun Club.

Bob Gill, of Visalia, won the match shooting a 496-32X out of 500 possible.

Forrest Greenwood, of Ceres, won first High Master with a score of 489-10X.

First Master was Morgan Owen, of Sonora, shooting 486-15X, followed by Lane Ichord, of Waterford with 484-11X.

Preps roundup: Sanguinetti leads Wildcat wrestlers at Watsonville

The Sonora Wildcats wrestling team placed third and fourth at the Apple Cider Individual and Team Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Watsonville.

Sonora came in third as a team in the individual tourney and fourth in the dual meet event.

On Friday in the 16-team dual meet tournament, Sonora defeated Pioneer, of San Jose, 39-24 and knocked off Madera 42-38. The Wildcats fell to Alisal 37-33 in the semifinal match and capped of the event with a 42-38 loss to Aptos.

“All of our wrestlers, no matter how experienced, gave it all they had and competed in every match,” said Wildcats head coach Jon Abernathy. “We were very pleased with the effort and the outcome.”

In the individual tournament on Saturday, senior Bryce Sanguinetti led the Wildcats with a perfect 4-0 record to capture the 152-pound championship, his second consecutive title at the Apple Cider Invitational. 

“He showed outstanding technique, dominating all opponents,” Abernathy said of Sanguinetti.

Henington, Cats start MLL strong; beat Frogs

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Bailey Henington (right) makes a layup Tuesday evening against Bret Harte at Bud Castle Gym. The senior scored a school record 38 points, breaking her record of 37 she set last year against the Bullfrogs.
Bailey Henington made the Sonora Wildcats girls’ basketball team’s debut in the Mother Lode League one worth remembering.

Henington set a school record, scoring an astounding 38 points to help lift Sonora to a decisive 69-33 win over Bret Harte on Tuesday at Bud Castle Gym.

Henington shot an incredible 18 of 23 (78 percent) from the floor. The versatile senior also sank two triples and made 12 steals to complete a double-double.

“It’s pretty cool, but it’s not something I think about,” said Henington, who established the previous mark as a junior when she dropped 37, which also came against Bret Harte. “Having this whole team effort was very good for this game. We got back into things and it was a really good way to start off league.”

Preps Roundup: Redskins plow past Argonaut

The Calaveras Redskins defeated the Argonaut Mustangs 52-45 on Tuesday at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas in a battle of two teams expected to vie for a boys’ Mother Lode League basketball championship.

The Mustangs and Redskins were ranked second and third, respectively, in a preseason coaches poll.

Jake Land scored 10 points and seven rebounds to lead the Redskins balanced-scoring attack.

Also for Calaveras, Taylor Manning scored nine points, Nick Elliott tallied eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, Jacob Williams netted six points and Dylan Byrd and Terelle Williams each scored five points.

“We played a little tight in the first half, (then) relaxed and got going a little better in the second half,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “Great team effort again with balanced scoring. We are sick, injured and that is why we depend on our bench and they came through for us tonight. Again!”

The Redskins (12-1, 1-0 MLL) next will play Summerville (9-5, 0-0 MLL) on Monday in Tuolumne. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Quirie wins at Bulldog Classic

Humphrey Quirie is starting to regain his form on the wrestling mat.

Coming off an impressive seventh-place finish at the 88-team California Coast Classic in Santa Cruz last week, Quirie followed that strong performance with a first-place showing at the Bulldog Classic on Saturday in Turlock.

The 160-pound senior won his first two matches by pin and then topped Livingston’s John Aguilar, 9-2, in the semifinals.

In the championship showdown against Turlock’s Andy Orozco, Quirie trailed 3-2 heading into the third period. 

Orozco was penalized a point for an illegal hold, which forced overtime.

With 25 seconds left in the extra session, Quirie secured a double takedown to win 5-3 for a perfect 4-0 record.

“Bottom line, I’m extremely proud of how he wrestled all tournament,” said Summerville head coach Jordan DePaoli. “He’s really stepped it up. He needs to learn how to win those close matches. We’ve been on the short end of those close matches in his career, and by him doing that, he proved that he can do it and win close matches with great wrestlers.”

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