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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.


Shootout win: Bears outlast Bruins in 1st round

Jake Noonan / Union Democrat Summerville’s Braden Anderson (17) wrestles the ball away from Riverbank’s Adrian Benitez (10) Thursday night in Tuolumne in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championships.
 For Summerville Bears head soccer coach Dave Reel, round one of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships felt like Déjà vu. He stood on the Bears sideline Thursday night after his team had battled Riverbank for 100-minutes and was tied 2-2. 

He had been in the same situation one year ago when the future section champions beat Gustine in a PK shootout at Thorsted Field. Summerville won 3-2.


Volley ’Cats earn top seed in D-4

For the third consecutive year, the Sonora Wildcats girls’ volleyball team earned the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships.

The Wildcats have taken that No. 1 seed the last two years and turned it into section titles, and also claimed the school’s first ever CIF State championship last season.

The Wildcats (27-4) lead the way with four Mother Lode League schools making their way into the 16-team bracket that was releasedWednesday by the section. 


Sonora rips Livingston in 1st round

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora’s Seth Farwell applies defensive pressure Wednesday during the Wildcats’ dominant 19-6 win over the Livingsotn Wolves at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center.
 The first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships could not have started any better for the Sonora Wildcats boys’ water polo team. The ’Cats easily beat the Livingston Wolves 19-6 Wednesday afternoon at Sonora Sport and Fitness Center. The win sets up a much anticipated rematch with Benicia.

In mid September, Sonora fell to Benicia 12-6, and head coach Matt Personius has not forgotten about the loss.


Preps roundup: Wildcat volleyers fall in 5 to D-1 Pitman

The Mother Lode League Champion Sonora Wildcats took 2014 Division I state finalist Pitman to the limit Tuesday evening. 

The ’Cats fell on the road to the Pride in five sets. 

Sonora took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-23 before losing the final three 14-25, 12-25 and 13-15.


Mike Cook wins NCPGA tourney

Pine Mountain Lake professional and Tuolumne resident Mike Cook captured first place Tuesday in the first Northern California Professional Golf Association’s Pro-Series tournament at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

Cook shot a 3-under par 68 to win the event by two strokes.


The tournament is the first in a series of point events played by PGA Professionals to earn the title of 2016 Northern California PGA Player of the Year. 

Wildcats thump Tigers in 1st round

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora’s Josie Personius winds up for a shot Tuesday against Los Banos at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center.
 A 45-minute lightning delay didn’t prevent the Sonora Wildcats girls’ water polo team from beating Los Banos 19-8 Tuesday at Sonora Sport and Fitness to advance to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships. 


CC gearing to make run at CVC title

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Columbia College guard DeAndre Stallings (24, above) is guarded by teammate Donte Brown during practice last week at the Oak Pavilion.
 Nobody knows more about the machine than the man who made it. 

The 2015 Columbia Claim Jumpers basketball team is a machine that head coach Rob Hoyt has meticulously assembled. Countless spring and summer hours on the phone, hundreds of text messages, and many late nights culminated with Hoyt getting the players he desired to make a run at the Central Valley Conference championship. 


Soccer Bears receive home tilt

The Mother Lode League co-champion Summerville Bears boy’s soccer team is looking for its second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section championship when the playoffs begin Thursday

The No. 3. Bears (11-2-1, 10-1-1 MLL) open the first round of the division V championships at Thorsted Field against No. 6. Riverbank at6:30 p.m. The Bears enter the playoffs riding a five game winning-streak. In that span, Summerville has outscored its opponents 16-2. 


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