The Sonora Wildcats boys’ and girls’ swim teams swept Amador and Argonaut on Wednesday in a Mother Lode League three-way home meet.
The Sonora boys, who won every contest except the 200 freestyle, dominated Amador 123-27 and routed Argonaut 123-15. The girls bested Amador 95-62 and defeated Argonaut 109-57.
Trevor Mills posted a strong day for the boys with wins in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 butterfly. Coulter Bassi won the 100 free and got second in the 200 IM.
“Coulter has been working very hard in practice,” said Sonora head coach John-Jay Verhuel. “I can’t wait to see how fast he goes in the rest of our meets. He is really motivated this season. It’s great.”
Former Columbia College Claim Jumpers basketball standouts Rosendo AmayaWood and Ian Merzwinski have been invited to play in The Las Vegas Shootout on Saturday, April 11, hosted by the scouting service Mullen Sports.
The hoops showcase, an NCAA certified event, is invite only and gives unsigned junior college sophomores an opportunity to play in front of possible coaches from four-year programs.
“It’s a really big event,” Columbia coach Rob Hoyt said. “It’s a Jerry Mullen event. Any event with his name attached to it is a really big deal.”
Teska Hapig-Ward scored the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team’s opening goal from a tough angle.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Mali PetersonWood (13, above) and Sonora’s Brooke Canepa struggle for possession on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Sonora’s Kennedy Bruce (6, below) dribbles upfield with Summerville’s Min Kerr-Shifrin chasing.
Darian Skellenger sent a soft pass into the left flank towards Hapig-Ward, who took a few touches inside the 18-yard box and ripped a shot towards goal with her left foot.
Her curled strike beat what little space was left between the near post and Sonora High goalkeeper Claire McDonald, and found the back of the net in the 42nd minute to help propel the Bears to a 2-0 Mother Lode League win over the Wildcats on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.
“I was trying to shoot it in between the goalie’s hand and her waist because that’s where they have a weak spot,” Hapig-Ward said. “So I just tried to shoot it right there. I was aiming there and it just went in.”
Dustin Bailey hurled a no-hitter and the Calaveras Redskins scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Amador Buffaloes 1-0 at San Andreas.
Bailey struck out eight and walked four in his first complete game of the season. It was his third win in four decisions. The junior owns a 3.21 earned run average in 24 innings pitched.
“Bailey showed a glimpse of what was to come last Friday in a relief appearance against Sonora (3 ip, 2 h, 3 k),” said Redskins head coach Thomas DeLappe. “He came out on fire today, setting down the first batter of the game on three pitches.”
Eric Gilliatt smacked a two-run triple and Johnathan Gillespie put down a perfect squeeze bunt that went for a single on Tuesday in the seventh inning to lift the Sonora Wildcats over the Argonaut Mustangs 8-4 in Jackson.
The Wildcats trailed 4-2 entering the final inning but put up six runs on four hits and three walks.
Bradley Canepa singled to lead off the seventh. Joe Montelongo followed with a single and both came home on Gilliatt’s triple to tie the game.
With one out, Nate Gookin walked. Gillespie laid down his bunt single to plate Gilliatt with the go-ahead run and Garrett Bozzo added a two-run single to cap the rally.
“Down 4-2 heading into the final inning, those kids could have quit,” said Wildcat head coach Scott Johnson. “They hadn’t been playing well, but they came back.”
Three Sonora Wildcat track and field athletes have qualified for the prestigious Stanford Invitational.
Angela Gardella, Cassi Land and Bryce Sanguinetti hit qualifying marks on Saturday at the Dublin Distance Fiesta and Jaguar Invitational and will move on to the April 3-4 meet in Palo Alto.
“I’ll be able to compete with the best in the state to see where I am compared to them,” said Gardella, who has verbally committed to Washington State. “To be able to go to Stanford is pretty prestigious. Just to be able to get on a bigger stage than the MLL (Mother Lode League) or the VOL (Valley Oak League) is pretty cool.”
By TAYLOR LUCKIE
For The Union Democrat
The 2015 California Youth Shooting Sports Association season kicked off Saturday at the Mother Lode Gun Club in Jamestown.
The event drew over 100 competitors ranging from children ages 9-18, including shooters from Sonora and Summerville high schools, as well as the Mother Lode Gun Club’s own youth team.
In the Rookie division, the MLGC Nuggets swept the top three spots.
Tyler Keith shot a 67 out of 100 to take third, with Cooper Hildebrand just ahead of him with a 71. Dean Taylor took the top spot, shooting an even 80.
It was a big weekend for the Sonora Wildcats baseball team.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora Widcat senior Joseph Kish (above) made his first apperance of the season in the team’s 6-2 win over Calaveras on Friday in San Andreas.
Sonora picked up two victories, a 6-2 Mother Lode League win over Calaveras on Friday in San Andreas and a 18-4 road rout of Hilmar on Saturday. In all, the Wildcats won all three of their games last week, which also included a 6-0 home shutout of the Amador Buffaloes last Wednesday.
“I thought we played well against Calaveras at times,” Sonora coach Scott Johnson said. “They were a tough team and we took advantage of a couple of their mistakes. Their starter (Travis Moore) was real strong. I was happy to get out of there with a win.
“We have a team that really is truly a team. They play together and they support each other. We’re looking for big things this year.”
Bradley Tyler is emerging into a solid dual-threat for the Summerville Bears baseball team.
Tyler threw a complete game, striking out six and also drove in three runs to lift Summerville to a 10-0 Mother Lode League victory against Bret Harte on Friday in Angels Camp.
Hanging onto a 4-0 lead after the fifth, Tyler smashed a three-run double to help the Bears pull away with a big six-run sixth frame.
“Bradley Tyler, he was the player of the game,” Summerville coach Larry Gold said. “He just had a great presence on the mound and was able to do his job. He had a good defense behind him. It was great to see him have a great game.”
The Calaveras and Summerville boys golf team shot identical scores, a 241, after tallying each squad’s top five scores, but the Bears were credited with the victory on Thursday in a Mother Lode League match at Mountain Springs.
Summerville Bear freshman Vince Boyack (top) and senior Max Wulf concentrate during a hole on Thursday at Mountain Springs Golf Course. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat
Summerville won 296-317 after the tiebreaker, which counts each team’s sixth and final score.
Calaveras Redskin Austin Williams earned medalist honors with a match-low 38. Jake Grant added a 43, Kendall Clemens a 49, Hunter Gore a 53, Jacob Peters a 58 and Carson Cancruen a 76.
Max Wulf led the Bears with a 40, followed by Vince Boyack’s 43, Jonah Funk’s 51, Grant Bruchacek’s 53, Kaleb Clark’s 54 and Vance Flores’ 55 proved to be the difference in the tiebreaker.
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