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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.”

Jumpers rip Gavilan, CVC play starts Wednesday

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Columbia’s Marquell Hubbard scores on a layup on Saturday in the Claim Jumpers’ win over Gavilan at Oak Pavilion.
After being held scoreless in a 67-59 loss to San Joaquin Delta College last Tuesday, Rafe King was not going to let that happen again.

King rattled in eight triples, including all six of his attempts from that distance in the second half, and scored a game- and career-high 31 points en route to helping the Columbia College men’s basketball team dominate Gavilan 93-63 on Saturday in a non-conference clash at Oak Pavilion.

“It was just a lot more fun because there wasn’t anyone face guarding me the whole entire time,” King said. “Gavilan mostly played zone and they went to man a couple of times, but whenever they played zone, it seemed like I was open the entire time. The team did an awesome job of finding the open man. It just felt perfect shooting the ball. No matter what I did, the form was perfect every single time. It was the exact same.”

Redskin boys suffer 1st loss; girls rip Riverbank

The Calaveras Redskins boys’ basketball team had its 11-game winning streak snapped on Friday.

Calaveras fell to Liberty Ranch 70-62 in a non-league game in Galt.

“A really good game played by both teams,” said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. “It had a playoff feel to it, which is perfect right before the start of league. We trailed the entire game and closed it to two points with just over 2 minutes to go, but couldn’t get over the hump.”

Cashman to represent USA in France

Keely Cashman has trained much of her entire life to be one of the top alpine skiers in the country.

And after years of commitment and dedication, that time invested on the slopes has paid off.

Keely will represent the United States at the Longines Future Ski Champions race on Saturday in Val d’Isere, France. The 15-year-old Tuolumne County resident, who is a member of the United States National Training Group, earned a coveted spot on the 14-person Giant Slalom competition after outstanding recent performances.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Keely said. “It’s crazy and I never expected this, this early in my career, but it’s pretty awesome. Ever since I started skiing, it’s always been a goal. I was pretty excited. I didn’t really believe it because I didn’t expect it anytime soon. I’m just so happy. I’m a little nervous, but I’m excited to have this opportunity.”

Bears jump on Delhi early for win

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Bryce Farrell (above, left) drives to the basket on Tuesday against Delhi in the Bears dominant victory in Tuolumne.
Summerville boys’ basketball coach Ben Watson has an unselfish, team-first philosophy and his Bears, almost all of them, put on an offensive clinic Tuesday night against Delhi.

Twelve different players scored for Summerville and the Bears dominated the Hawks 54-35 in a non-league game in Tuolumne.

Ethan McLaurin recorded a team-high 10 points and Bryce Farrell added eight. Benjamin Richardson racked seven. Summerville shot 54 percent from the field, converting 24 of 44 baskets. The Bears also dished 17 assists and the bench scored 25.

“Team basketball is the focus of what we do,” Watson said. “That’s the plan. They’re great kids. They’re fun to coach. They’ve been great for years. Our philosophy is, ‘The easiest thing in the world to do is to shoot it. It’s to move, screen, cut, get open and deliver the ball that’s a lot tougher.’ We don’t really care who does that easy stuff at the end. It’s all about who does that stuff in the middle that’s important, and that’s what our kids have bought into.”

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