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Art of shooting

The Sonora High School boys’ basketball program hosted the 2015 Wildcat Shooting Camp this week at Columbia College’s Oak Pavilion. 70 players from 6th to 12th grade took part in the five-day camp. The camp was designed to help develop shooting skills through drills, contests, all with a focus on shooting. Boys’ varsity head coach Dan Dona was the camp director. The camp motto was, “It’s more fun when you are a good shooter!” Dona gives direction Thursday during the shooting camp.

Wildcat baseball All-Stars

Sonora High baseball players Tyler Casteel, Joey Kish, Carter Denton, and Joe Montelongo played June 13 in the North vs South All-Star game at Merced Junior College. Casteel pitched two innings and struck out two, Denton played second base, Kish played outfield and Montelongo played first and helped the North defeat the South 8-4. Casteel was also one of the 16 players selected from both teams to play for Stanislaus County against Merced County in an All-Star game Saturday at Merced Junior College. Merced knocked off Stanislaus 3-2 on a walk-off base hit.

Redskins look forward to new season

Read more...The 2014 Calaveras Redskins football season was one that players and coaches would rather forget. The ‘Skins finished the year 5-5 and missed the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. 
As the 2015 season draws near, the ‘Skins are looking forward rather than back.

U-Mary's Roberson is preseason All-American

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Courtesy photos University of Mary quarterback Zach Roberson looks for a receiver against Northern State University last fall.
Summerville High graduate and University of Mary quarterback Zach Roberson was named to the 26th annual USA College Football Division II Preseason All-American second team. 

4th Pride Stride set for Aug. 1

The Sonora Lions Club 4th annual Pride Stride will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at Columbia College’s Carkeet Park.
The fundraising run raises money for the Sonora Wildcat cross country team and the non-profit club.

Smith takes over Summerville girlsl hoops

Read more...Coaching is in Greg Smith’s blood. Smith, the grandson of the legendary late Bud Castle, is the new head coach of the Summerville High School girls’ varsity basketball team. Smith not only learned the game from his grandfather, but he played and later coached with Rick Francis and coached alongside Columbia Claim Jumpers head coach Rob Hoyt.

TCAM swimmers busy on open water circuit

Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers have plunged into the open water circuit by competing in both Hawaii and Northern California races during May and early June.

Softball shootout

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Larry Scotten, Selida, takes a mighty swing for the Stanislaus County Animals against the Lincoln Hills Coyotes.
Standard Park hosted the Northern California Senior Softball Association’s Tuolumne Shootout on Saturday and Sunday, a senior slowpitch event. Teams from the Bay Area, Stanislaus and Fresno counties participated. 

Coke again a free agent

Phil Coke’s stint with the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t last very long.
Less than a month after signing a minor league contract with Toronto, Coke is back on the free agent market.
The Sonora High graduate was signed May 31 by the Blue Jays and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons. Ten days later he was called up to the big club and made his debut a short time after — two scoreless innings, two walks, two strikeouts.
The veteran in his eighth season got called to the mound seven days later, on Sunday, and pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered a home run to slugger Chris Davis.
Following the game, Toronto optioned Coke back to Buffalo but the lefty reliever refused the assignment and is back on the free agent market.
Coke, 32, started the season with the Chicago Cubs and was released May 18 after 16 appearances and a 6.30 earned run average. 
After reportedly being courted by up to 12 teams, Coke signed with Toronto and their work relationship lasted just 23 days.

2oth anniversary: ’95 ’Cats finished season perfect

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The Sonora Wildcats celebrate their 1995 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship after defeating Del Oro 24-3 on Dec. 2, 1995 at the University of Pacific in Stockton. File photo / Union Democrat
Editor’s note — With the high school sports season around the corner, the Union Democrat is recognizing the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Sonora Wildcats, the team that won the school’s only Sac-Joaquin Section football championship.

Twenty years ago, the Sonora Wildcats enjoyed the most successful football season the school has ever produced.
The ’Cats were perfect.
Lead by a future NFL player, Sonora finished the 1995 season 13-0 and captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship, beating the three-time defending champs, the Del Oro Golden Eagles.

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