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Renowned speaker will teach character-based athletics

The Summerville High Softball Boosters will present the 2nd “Character Based Athletics” seminar on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the school’s Connections Visual Academy Theater. 

Rob Miller, of Liberal, MO., is a nationally-renown motivational speaker and will conduct three one-hour presentations: For parents of student athletes, 2-3 p.m.; student-athletes 3:30-4:30 p.m. and coaches 5-6 p.m.

The event is geared towards high school athletes, parents and coaches. 

TCAM swimmers McIlroy, Welsh race to 10 team records

Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers over the age of 60 dominated at their team mini meet on Aug. 10 at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center. 16 of the 24 racing competitors ranged in age from 60-73.

The swimmers had the option to race the 50-yard sprints or try the longer 200-yard events or even the grueling 400 individual medley.

Between Mary Welsh, 60, and Paul McIlroy, 47, the two set 10 new team records.

Mother Lode shooters on target in Ohio

Fifty shooters from California, including 11 juniors and several adults from the Mother Lode Gun Club, represented California at the National Trophy Rifle Matches and Small Arms Firing Schools in Port Clinton, Ohio at Camp Perry Military Base in late July and early August.

They are annual National events established by Congress and President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 that continue to be authorized by Federal Law.  

The junior team won all five junior matches and also one High Civilian Award, while setting two new national records.

Sonora’s King strikes silver in Little Sue River


For The Union Democrat 

Sonora resident Bob King recently returned from his annual fishing trip to the Little Sue River in Alaska. His timing was good as there was a great run of silver (coho) salmon.

King and his brother Greg, who resides in Wasilla, Alaska, along with nephews, spent seven days on the river and caught numerous salmon, all on Blue Fox No. 4 spinners. The fish would not bite on salmon roe which is usually a good producer.

After a few days, rain and cold weather moved in which actually improved the bite. King was glad to return to California to thaw out. Most of the salmon caught ranged from 8-to-10 pounds with the biggest at 12 pounds with a 17-inch girth. 

TCAM swimmer Todd earns five medals at Long Course Nationals

Competing at the national level in any sport can be daunting for even the best athlete. Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmer, 71-year old Dick Todd, proved that being over 70 does not prevent a swimmer from excelling against the nation’s best.

Over 1,500 masters swimmers between the ages of 19 and 96 competed on Aug. 8-11 at the annual US Masters Long Course Nationals in Mission Viejo at the Marquerite Aquatic Center in its 50-meter pool. Swimmers represented teams from across the nation and several international athletes also competed.

Todd swam in five events in the first two days of the four-day meet and placed in the top four in all of them.

San Jose St. practices inside Bud Castle Gym

Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat. Hanah Blume, a 2010 Sonora High graduate, attempts to spike the ball during a San Jose State practice inside Bud Castle Gym.
The San Jose State Spartans volleyball team made a pit stop at Bud Castle Gym Wednesday for a practice session as part of their preseason team retreat and training schedule.

For one player, Hanah Blume, it was quite a homecoming.

“It’s kind of special for Hanah to be able to play in her high school gym again,” said Hanah’s father, Dave Blume.

Arnold resident to test fitness limit at new race

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Dave Edney, 53, of Arnold, stretches with a plastic PVC pipe at Murphys CrossFit during warmups.
hen Arnold resident and triathlon athlete Dave Edney first heard about the Endeavor Team Challenge back in February, he knew immediately that he wanted to partake in the grueling fitness challenge in Bear Valley.

The only obstacle was finding a committed partner for the September event.

But after some convincing and counter arguments with his brother Jack, 50, of Pleasanton in June, Edney, 53, was able to persuade his younger brother to compete in the two-person team challenge.

“I know there’s no quit in him,” Edney said of Jack. “I have no worries in him about bailing last second, or that it’s too hard; I can’t do it. He’s as tough as they come mentally and physically.”

Mission Possible: Relei again walks on at Brigham Young

Jaren Wilkey/BYU photo. Former Sonora Wildcat standout Matt Relei (above, left) participates in linebacker drills with the BYU football team. The walk-on is hoping to earn playing time on special teams as a redshirt freshman.
It’s not everyday that a person can put their life on hold. But that’s exactly what Matthew Relei did.

The 2009 Sonora High graduate hit the pause button on his college education and football career at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Relei was honoring the code set forth and encouraged by BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall who says a player should structure his life with importance and focus in five areas: Faith, Family, Knowledge, Friends and Football.

Pilchard has Cats focused on conditioning

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora Wildcat trainer and Bones Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine co-owner T.J. Pilchard demonstrates exercise moves to the Sonora High School football team at a recent practice.
With the high school fall sports season just a few days away, the Sonora Wildcat football team is a lean, mean, muscle machine ready to get started.

With a new training regiment designed by Wildcat longtime trainer and Bones Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine co-owner T.J. Pilchard, the Wildcats have developed muscles they never knew they had.

“The goal was to develop a training regimen that would simulate football activities to help give players improved conditioning and help them avoid injuries,” said Pilchard, a 1994 Sonora graduate. “We want to improve our conditioning to be strong late in games like the third and fourth quarters. And it’s been good. They’re a good group of kids that like to work hard.”

Two tie for top score in No-Tap

An unusual thing happened at Black Oak Lanes recently. 

The top two bowlers in the Senior No-Tap Tournament rolled identical scores — 856 — including handicap. 

Janet Kirkland and Billy Oliver accomplished that feat and were the top dogs this month.

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