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Dodge Ridge closes, cites lack of snow

Dodge Ridge closed for the season at the end of business Sunday due to lack of snow, according to a press release.

The Dodge Ridge Mountain Operations determined Sunday morning that additional snowfall would be required to continue with normal operations.

“Though this decision is a difficult one to make with the great conditions still available on the upper mountain, ultimately with the forecast of unseasonably warm weather and no chance of significant snowfall in the near future, we felt it was best to close,” said Dodge Ridge marketing director Jeff Hauff in a press release.


Kish, Cats beat Skins in non-league clash

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Tyler Helm tags out Calaveras baserunner Mason Viera who was trying to steal second base on Friday at Bev Barron Field.
Sonora pitcher Joseph Kish tossed a complete game and helped the Wildcats top the Calaveras Redskins 6-2 Friday in a non-league game at Bev Barron Field.

Kish, the winning pitcher, struck out six Redskins and walked just two.

“He pitched really well,” said Sonora head coach Scott Johnson of Kish. “He mixed up his fastball and changeup really well. He kept them off balance.”



Conklin stars on mound, at plate for S’ville in victory over Sonora

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville starting pitcher Shelby Conklin (left) rocks and gets ready to fire on Thursday against Sonora in Tuolumne.
Summerville Bear Shelby Conklin is just a sophomore, but on Thursday afternoon she looked like a varsity veteran.

Conklin threw a limited amount of pitches and faced 17 batters in four innings. Her control, fastball and changeup kept the Sonora Wildcats off balance at the plate.

Conklin struck out seven, gave up two hits and drove in two runs to help lift the Summerville softball team past cross-county rival Sonora, 15-4, in a non-league game in Tuolumne.

“I thought I did well,” Conklin said. “I could have done better, probably a little more less balls, but overall, I thought I did OK. I think our team has been coming together a lot more. We were having some difficulty in the past games, but we worked well together today.”


New bill would extend youth hunting license

By Len Ackerman

For The Union Democrat

Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) has introduced Assembly Bill 1709 which would extend the age eligibility of a junior hunting license from 16 years of age to 18.

The legislation is sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association (CWA). At present, once an individual reaches 16 and wishes to continue hunting, he or she must apply for an adult hunting license which can be over $40.

The increased license cost, along with additional fees for stamps and tags, can often prove overly expensive for some families. Extending the eligibility age for the junior hunting license by two years will help provide an incentive for young people to continue hunting.

 


Preps roundup: Kiriluk, Morse lead Wildcat golfers over Lancers

Billy Kiriluk shot a 1-under par 36 and Spencer Morse shot a 37 Thursday to lead the Sonora Wildcat golf team to a 205-230 victory over East Union at Manteca Municipal.

Normally the Manteca course is a hall of horrors for the Wildcats, but Thursday’s effort is the best ever score for Sonora.

“That 205 by far is the lowest score we’ve ever had there,” said Wildcat head coach Steve Lee. “The kids knew that normally this is a tough place for us, but it’s amazing what a win can do. The excitement, you could feel it, the kids were real excited.”


Bowling: Papapetrou sets historic mark at Black Oak Lanes

By Ruth Abreo

For The Union Democrat

Bobby Papapetrou made history on Feb. 26 at Black Oak Lanes, and the mark he set is going to be pretty tough to beat.

Papapetrou rolled the highest series ever locally with an 858, which included a perfect 300 game.

His “Clean Series” had games of 289 and 269, including an amazing 32 strikes.

He said when he rolled the second game, he was certain he would have an 800 series and could have bowled a 290 except for the seventh frame where he made a mistake, but converted the 5-pin for a spare. 

The game and series are only 83/207 pins over his massive 217 average.  

 


Biagi scores twice in 1st half to lead BH over S’ville

Bret Harte defenders Diana Munoz and Lauren Redding’s efforts may not show up on a stat sheet, but their contribution to the Bullfrogs’ 2-1 win over Summerville was obvious in the Mother Lode League opener on Wednesday at Dunlavy Field.

The duo, along with defensive backline mates Jessica Rapetti and Hailey Smoot, shut down numerous Summerville attacks and won many 50-50 balls.

In doing so, the Bullfrogs netted two early goals and held on to open league with a victory.

“Winning our first league game is very exciting because every game counts from here on out,” Redding said. “It’s like a championship game and these points count. It’ll be great to win league this year. That’s our goal.”


Wildcat Estes tosses no-hitter vs. S’ville

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora hurler Evan Estes (left) delivers Tuesday against Summerville in Tuolumne. Estes fired a 6-inning no-hitter.
Sonora’s Evan Estes ran off the mound after six innings Tuesday ready for the Wildcats to chase more runs.

But there were no more innings to play, nor were there more runs to chase, the Wildcats had defeated the Summerville Bears 13-1 in six innings in Tuolumne.

“I kinda had a feeling it was over, but I was way into it and was like, ‘yeah, let’s go get more hits,’ ” Estes said.


Gold taking Bears back to batting cages

The dust had barely settled from Summerville’s 13-1 no-hit loss Tuesday to Sonora when Bears head coach Larry Gold had his players moving the batting cage from foul territory down the left field line to home plate.

“We knew it was gonna be tough,” Gold said. “We were limited on pitching. We’ve got guys nursing injuries and the lack of field time is showing. We knew they were a real good team coming in, but I was not pleased with our hitting. 

“So, as you can see, we’ve already got our cage set up and we are hitting tomorrow. I want to be able to put the ball in play more than zero times, or two times or three times or whatever we had.”



Deckman, Skins rally past Wildcats in 2nd half

Calaveras Redskin central midfielder Pookie Deckman let her powerful right foot do the talking on Tuesday against the Sonora Wildcats.

Deckman fired a curving shot from outside the box and added another rifling score in the second half to rally the Calaveras girls’ soccer team to a 3-1 non-league win over Sonora at Dunlavy Field.

“I like it when she puts in a big shot like that,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “We tell her that she needs to shoot more because she has a great shot. She’s a team player and she often passes one or too many times. We tell her, ‘We love to pass, but you have to shoot, shoot, shoot.’ She’s an outstanding player. An all-around player that can play any position on the field. We’re lucky she’s our center midfielder. She does a great job.”


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