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Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Sparks’ Ericka High, 7, of Copperopolis, takes instruction from coach Chris Nolen, of Sonora.
The Sierra Sparks junior roller derby team practiced Thursday night at High Country Sports Arena. The co-ed team is made up of players 8 to 17-years-old and in September will begin the regular season. 

Major waters still get plants

Though some smaller stream plants have been suspended, like Herring Creek, the Moccasin Creek Hatchery will continue to stock trout in all major forks of the Stanislaus and Tuolumne river systems.

Dillashaw-Barao weigh-ins live on Fox Sports 1

TJ Dillashaw’s weigh-in today will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
The Angels Camp native will put his bantamweight world championship on the line Saturday against Brazil’s Renan Barao, the same fighter who he beat to claim the title.

Nugget team wins in final match of season

Courtesy photo The Nugget intermediate advanced team (from left) Darius O’Neal, 13, David Cazeres, 13, Jack Morey, 12, Colby Ponder, 14, and Craig Amos, 14, prepare to shoot last weekend in Las Vegas.
The final shoot of the California Youth Shooting Sports Association took place last weekend in Las Vegas. Teams from California, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho made the trip to compete in the desert and, fortunately for those participating, the area had uncharacteristic temperatures in the mid-70’s. 

Girlz at play

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Taylor Leslie, of Sonora turns a double play for BOC/PE.
 The Black Oak Casino/Peterson Excavation women’s slowpitch softball team took on The Girlz team Wednesday evening at Standard Park. The Girlz out-slugged Black Oak Casino/Peterson 13-5 for the win.

TCAM swim trio fast at National Senior Games

Over 10,000 senior athletes, including three Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers, converged on the Minneapolis area for the biannual National Senior Games. 

The champ is here

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Anthony Howard is the Hoplite Fight Production Flyweight Champion.
Sonora resident Anthony Howard defeated Jose Navarro Saturday night in Merced to become the Hoplite Fight Production Flyweight Champion. Howard, 19, won in a split decision after three, three-minute rounds.
“It was definitely a feeling of joy and relief because I know I worked hard for it,” Howard said.
Howard has been training in mixed martial arts for the past six years, and had his first cage fight in Oct. 2013. He trains at Sonora MMA Academy, as well as Oakdale MMA. Howard soon will begin a full-time career in MMA, and hopes to one day be a UFC bantamweight fighter.  Howard will defend his Flyweight Championship in October at the Fairgrounds in Merced.

Mountain Misery camp: Wildcats get better vs. Central, Calaveras

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Sonora junior linebacker Bradley Canepa (above left) fends off a block from Ripon Christian.
 MODESTO — Seven months ago, the Sonora Wildcats walked off the Lincoln High School football field heartbroken after being defeated by the Central Catholic Raiders 42-35 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship game. The Raiders went on to win their third consecutive CIF State title. 

Mountain Misery camp: Redskins put last year in rearview mirror

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Calaveras ball carrier Cesar Vazquez (left) looks for running room with Elijah Stockdale looking to clear a path Saturday in Modesto.
 MODESTO — Life is back to normal for the Calaveras Redskins football team. The 2014 ’Skins went 5-5 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.
That is in the rearview mirror. 

Dillashaw looks to again dominate Barao

Angels Camp native TJ Dillashaw trains Friday in a Sacramento gym. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 Just over a year ago, Angels Camp native TJ Dillashaw punched, elbowed, kneed, kicked and pummeled his way past one of the best fighters in the world to win the UFC Bantamweight title in dominating style.


Fourteen months later, the trash-talking former champion Renan Barao will get his chance to win back the belt, or take another beating, which is what Dillashaw is fully expecting to happen, at FOX UFC Fight Night on Saturday, July 25, at the United Center in Chicago.


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