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Sonora lances East Union to claim title share

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora Wildcats Shannon Friend (11), Ali Pelfrey (4), Savannah Lawrence (right), Bella Bergamaschi (6) and Kiana Pisula (9) celebrate a point on Wednesday at Bud Castle Gym.
Sonora Wildcats Shannon Friend (11), Ali Pelfrey (4), Savannah Lawrence (right), Bella Bergamaschi (6) and Kiana Pisula (9) celebrate a point on Wednesday at Bud Castle Gym. Sonora’s Leah Dambacher (below) receives a serve.

A bouquet of flowers was handed out to the Sonora Wildcat volleyball seniors Ali Pelfrey and Maria Chacon on Wednesday night at Bud Castle Gym. 


As a courtesy and something she does every year, Wildcat head coach Kim Evans handed out flowers to seniors playing for the opposing team, this year East Union.

It’s a nice gesture, and just maybe those flowers given to the Lancers will help soften the blow of the thumping they received.

Malone has Cats on the defensive

Jed Malone is known for his no-nonsense and serious attitude on the football field.

In 2004-05, he was a standout linebacker for the Sonora Wildcats. He was the defensive captain and earned First Team All-Valley Oak League honors while helping lead the Wildcats to the section championship game.

He always came to practice prepared. He came to games prepared. 

Eight years after he graduated from Sonora, nothing has changed.

He’s intense, he’s serious and he’s back on the Sonora sidelines as the Wildcats defensive coordinator.

“He was always prepared as a kid in 2005 and he’s the same as a coach, high intensity, high energy, well-prepared,” said Wildcat head coach Bryan Craig, who was the defensive coordinator when Malone played. “He brings all that energy and is just a go-getter. He does a great job making sure the kids are prepared. A lot of people make fun of the fact that he’s so intense and seems to be angry all the time, but he’s not. He loves the kids, he loves to coach and he’s great to have out here.”

Bears defeat visiting Redskins 3-1

Summerville’s Caitie Egger (4, top left) hits on Tuesday in Tuolumne with Calaveras’ Dakota Butzler (2) defending.
The pressure was on.

But it never got too big for the Summerville Bears and Shiloh Plaster.

In an epic back-and-forth final set that went into extra points, the senior leaped into the air and hammered the match-kill off an assist from Breann Robinson in Set 4 to edge the Calaveras Redskins 3-1 (26-24, 15-25, 25-21, 29-27) on Tuesday in a Mother Lode League battle in Tuolumne.

“That was the most exciting ending of a game that I have ever played in my life,” Robinson said. “Right after I set the ball, I was just hoping Shiloh would get it in. I had confidence in her, so I set her up on purpose. She’s one of our most reliable players.”

Tickets on sale now for Sonora-Oakdale grid clash

Tickets are on sale now for the Valley Oak League football finale between the Sonora Wildcats and Oakdale Mustangs.

The two rivals, who are both battling for postseason berths, will meet for the final time in league play on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Dunlavy Field.

8th Feed the Bears event on Saturday

Once per year, it’s OK to feed the bears, but only the Summerville Bears.

The Summerville High School Foundation will host the 8th annual Feed the Bears fundraiseron Saturday inside the Tuolumne Memorial Hall.

Fishing trip turns into hospital visit

By Len Ackerman


For The Union Democrat

My friend Dick Anderson, of Twain Harte, and I headed down to Vierra’s  Resort on the Sacramento River on Oct. 4 to try to catch a salmon or two.

It’s a trip we’ve made several times since 2001.

The weather forecast indicated a “Delta Breeze” in the Fairfield area which is nearby. And as most anglers know, the “Delta Breeze” means wind.

11 headed into Sonora High Hall of Fame

Eleven former student-athletes will be inducted into the Sonora High School Sports Hall of Fame during a celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Cats shutout Lathrop for third straight win

K.C. Brandsted rushed for 91 yards and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass and Cayden McLaughlin booted a pair of field goals Friday night to lead the Sonora Wildcats to a 28-0 gridiron shutout of their host the Lathrop Spartans.

It was the third straight victory for Sonora, second by shutout, as the Wildcats make a push for postseason after losing its first five games.

While a win is a win in the Valley Oak League, it didn’t thrill Wildcat head coach Bryan Craig.

“Lathrop played really hard, but there were some things we just didn’t do well,” Craig said. “Our defense played outstanding again posting another shutout, but we just weren’t as good as we were hoping to be.”

Calaveras lowers the boom in dominant win over defending MLL champion Argonaut

Diane Fischer / Union Democrat. Calaveras star Mike Seawell runs against Argonaut on Friday at Frank Meyer Field

For The Union Democrat

“Can’t be beat! Won’t be beat!” 

The Calaveras Redskins have lived by those six words all season, and never have the six words meant more than on Friday night.

The Redskins showed their dominance in the Mother Lode League by defeating the defending champion Argonaut Mustangs 41-14 at Frank Meyer Field. 

Amador defeats visiting Bears

SUTTER CREEK — The future is bright for the Summerville Bears, especially on offense.

Wideout Jake Fulkerson, a sophomore, snagged two long touchdown passes from junior quarterback Bryce Farrell, and senior Brendan Brick ran for two more, but the Bears could not overcome Amador’s surging offensive attack and fell 47-27 in a Mother Lode League gameFriday night.

Fulkerson finished with five receptions for 103 yards, the first time a Bears receiver has gone over the century mark this season, and added 9 yards rushing on two carries.

“We have a lot of talent at the younger level, a couple of great sophomores that we have playing for us,” said Farrell, who completed 11 of 21 attempts for 166 yards and two TDs. “They have a lot of heart.”

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