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Water levels are falling but fishing is good

The water level is beginning to drop at Beardsley Lake but it’s still high enough to launch boats from the lower launch ramp. 
Last week, to my surprise, I noticed that the new dock that had been sitting high and dry at the top of the ramp, was gone.
A Tri-Dam spokesman said that the dock somehow broke loose and ran down the ramp into rocks, causing damage. The dock has been taken out for repairs. 

National champ: Volley star Patterson collecting top trophies

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora’s Riley Patterson holds her medal for helping her club volleyball team win the USA Girls’ Junior National Championship earlier this month in New Orleans.
 Riley Patterson has accomplished more on the volleyball court then most can imagine. 
And she’s just 14 years old.
Last season as a starting freshman for Sonora High School, Patterson won a Mother Lode League crown, followed by a Sac-Joaquin Section title and then capped off the sensational season by helping the Wildcats win their first team CIF State championship.

Passing the time: Bears, Bullfrogs battle through air

Bill Rozak / Union Democrat Summerville senior Jake Fulkerson (above, right) fires a pass to Bears receiver Jeremy Ortmann Tuesday during a seven on seven scrimmage at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp.
“There has never been a championship won in a passing league contest.” That was the message that Summerville head coach Sean Leveroos delivered to his team Wednesday following a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Bret Harte. 

Lady Reds host basketball clinic

The Calaveras High School Lady Reds will a youth girls basketball clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at Mike Flock Gym.
The clinic is for girls in grades 4 through 8 and will be run by Calaveras High coaches, as well as past and present players.
The cost is $25 which includes a T-shirt. 
To sign-up, or for more information, call 217-4563 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Registration is also available at 12:30 p.m. the day of the clinic. 

Mountain Springs Kids club

Maggie Beck / Mountain Springs Golf Professional Ray Claveran (top) instructs kids (from left) Levi Flores, 14, Titus Shirley, 13, Jackson Pierce, 13, and Dawson Adams, 16, all of Sonora, Tuesday morning
 Mountain Springs Golf Professional Ray Claveran is directing a youth golf clinic this month as part of a Tuolumne County Recreation Department summer program.


Smashing and crashing


Photos by Maggie Beck, The Union Democrat Car No. 747 driven by Taylor Mossa, of Pine Grove (left), and car No. 192C driven by Danielle Guerrero, of Jackson, smash into each other.
Danicourt Racing of Sonora hosted the Demolition Derby Sunday to close out the 2015 Mother Lode Fair. Joe Reyes took first place, while Brian Holt, Jose Guzman and Josh Holt finished second, third and fourth.

Volley kids

Clinic instructor, and former Bret Harte Bullfrog standout, Lauren Lane, of Sonora, (top, at left) directs Payton Walker, 9, of Sonora (front) and Leslie McIntosh, 8, of Oakdale, in serving technique. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
Sonora Sports and Fitness Center is hosting a four-week youth volleyball clinic in July that continues until the end of the month.

TCA churns out 84 best times at mini meet

Tuolumne County Aquatics Sailfish swimming fast at the mini meet were (back row, from left): Jaxie Johnson, 7, Ben Billiet, 7, Jacob Tangenberg, 6, Austin Paris, 7, Lauren Tangenberg, 8, Nate Trujillo, 6, Owen Shepherd, 7, Erik Arnett, 6, (front row, from left) Maddie Utterback, 9, Cocofia Kirk, 6, Aaron Romeo, 7, Mateo Camacho, 11, and Blane Fulkerson, 12.
The water was churning Tuesday at the Sonora Sport and Fitness Center pool as over 80 swimmers from Tuolumne County Aquatics and the Bret Harte summer teams raced together.

Wildcat camp

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Josie Poole, 13, of Sonora, uses teammate's screen to drive around her defender.
Sonora varsity head coach Amy Santos directed the Wildcat Girls’ Basketball Camp this week at Columbia College’s Oak Pavilion. The camp ended Thursday.

Avid anglers still hooking fish at shrinking Melones

The water level dropped another 3-feet last week at New Melones Reservoir, but avid fishermen were not discouraged as they launched off the gravel area of Glory Hole Point where 4-wheel drive is recommended. 

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