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Wildcats volleyers rip Los Banos in 1st round

Read more...The party started early Tuesday inside Sonora High’s Bud Castle Gym. 

Missing was the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies but fans entering the gymnasium were greeted to music courtesy of the Golden Regiment. The band entertained a couple hundred fans and had their heads subconsciously bouncing to their beats before the Wildcats took the floor to start the volleyball playoffs.

Once the top seed Wildcats hit the hardwood, they continued with the beats and beat down the No. 16 Los Banos Tigers in three sets (25-18, 25-7, 25-10) to reach the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships.

Sports briefs: Roller derby signups on; volleyball playoffs begin tonight

Signup now for roller derby season

Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 can signup now for the new roller derby season that kicks off 6:30 p.m. Thursday at High Country Sports Arena.

Wildcat boys, girls polo teams both in final four

The Sonora boys’ water polo team on Friday duplicated the Wildcats girls’ effort from the day before and reached the final four of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships.

Land runs to title at divisionals

Sonora sophomore Cassi Land won her second consecutive divisional title Saturday, besting a field of 176 runners during the Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet at Frogtown in Angels Camp.

Land finished 11 seconds ahead of Bret Harte sophomore Kaela Dishion, the same exact 11-second separation between the two runners as they finished last season.

View from the top: Wildcats top seed in D4; Redskins No. 2 in D5

Sonora senior quarterback Sammy Page fires a pass earlier this season against Bret Harte at Dunlavy Field. FILE PHOTO / UNION DEMOCRAT
The Sonora Wildcats are the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championships in the playoff bracket that was released Saturday.

The Mother Lode League champion Wildcats (9-1, 6-0 MLL) finished the season with nine straight victories after losing to rival Oakdale, the No. 2 ranked team in division III, to open the season. Sonora was the runner up last season in division IV but with its enrollment pretty much the same, the section placed the Wildcats in division V, the largest school in the eight team bracket.

Summerville tries to keep postseason hopes alive vs. Lions

Summerville’s Devin Conklin hauls in a reception this week during practice.
 No athlete or coach wants to look back at the end of a season and wonder, what if. For the Summerville Bears, the thought of “what if” and “if only” is a road that will be traveled for years regarding the 2015 season. A slew of injuries, misfortune and at times, flat out bad luck plagued the Bears from the start of the season.


Bird hunters have 3 seasons approaching

Bird hunters have a number of seasons approaching, one of which might put food on the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Fall wild turkey season opens Nov. 14, as well as pheasant and the second half of dove season.

Meanwhile, the waterfowl season is underway and there is evidence of the “November Slump” showing up as usual.

Last Saturday’s averages at the public shooting grounds are as follows:  North Frietas 2.11 birds per hunter; Gadwall 2.56; Kesterson 1.50; Los Banos 1.25; San Luis 2.00; and Volta .85.


Jumpers win opener over CC at buzzer

Columbia College head basketball coach Roby Hoyt recently said the Claim Jumpers were going to be the most exciting team in the area to watch this year.

His team backed up that statement Thursday in the season opener.

Freshman guard Lewayne Grant went coast-to-coast with just under 9 seconds left and followed his own missed shot at the buzzer to give the Claim Jumpers a 74-73 victory over Contra Costa in the first round of the Las Positas Tournament in Livermore.


Bullfrogs go for playoff eligibility

Regardless of the outcome tonight vs. Argonaut, first-year Bret Harte head coach Casey Kester says this season is a success.

In the last three seasons, the Bullfrogs won one, one and two games, respectively. Tonight, they will attempt to win their fifth — something that hasn’t happened in Angels Camp since the 2011 season.


’Skins play at Amador for 2nd place in MLL

Calaveras senior linebacker Wade McCann lines up Wednesday for the scout defense as the offense was working on facing Amador. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat
 Senior linebacker Wade McCann doesn’t dream about scoring the winning touchdown in the section title game. He doesn’t dream about making a hit that causes all in attendance to say, “OOOOHHHH!” His dream play is much more simple.

“I would like to make a good tackle on third down and help set up the offense to put points on the board,” McCann said.


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