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Local roundup: Volley 'Cats open MLL with victory

The Sonora Wildcats opened defense of its Mother Lode League volleyball championship Monday with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-13) sweep over the Amador Buffaloes in Sutter Creek.

The Wildcats outscored the Buffaloes 75-35.

Preps roundup: Summerville volleyball opens MLL with victory

The Summerville Bears volleyball team started Mother Lode League play in the win column with a 3-0 sweep on the road Thursday night over Argonaut. In three sets, the Bears beat Argonaut 25-13, 25-22 and 25-21.
Allie Eveleth led the Bears with eight kills, followed by Grace Fulkerson with six and Julian Craddock with five. Craddock and Fulkerson had 14 and 11 assists respectively. Sarah Boyer was 21 of 22 serving with three aces. Fulkerson was 13 for 15 with three aces. Boyer had 11 digs, while Craddock had eight.

'Frogs seek 1st win at Rocklin

Bret Harte hadn’t practiced in a week.
Due to the Butte Fire and scheduling complications that came as a result, the Bullfrogs resumed practice on Wednesday — a week after the team’s last one.

Wildcats look for 3rd straight win at Ripon

Sonora Wildcat junior Nate Gookin runs hard Thursday during practice at Dunlavy Field. Gookin had two explosive touchdown runs against Hilmar last Friday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
 It was sticker day for the Sonora Wildcats Thursday on Dunlavy Field, a place that hasn’t hosted a varsity football game yet this year.
But none of the Wildcats were much worried about going on the road for today’s game in Ripon, their fourth straight to start the season. They just finished, “Their best week of practice this season,” and were grouped together in the north end zone waiting to receive two games worth of helmet stickers, awards for individual and team achievements.

'Skins host Diamondbacks tonight

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Calaveras Redskins wide receiver Trevor Ramirez follows the block of junior guard Nick Quinday during practice Thursday at Frank Meyer Field. The Redskins will host The Union Mine Diamondbacks tonight at 7:30.
 Though it is only the fourth game of the season, tonight’s game at Frank Meyer Field against the Union Mine Diamondbacks is the biggest game of the year. 
Not because the Calaveras Redskins are looking to get its second win of the season and head into Mother Lode League play with a two-game winning streak. It is the biggest game of the season because of the tragic events as a result of the Butte fire, and a community looking for something to lift their spirits. 

Bears’ Noonan returns to football

Summerville kicker Jake Noonan kicks a PAT after practice Wednesday at Thorsted Field with teammate TJ McCready holding. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat
 In the final game of the 2013 season, then a sophomore, Jake Noonan started his night playing against the Linden Lions at Thorsted Field, and ended his night in the emergency room. 
Noonan suffered two devastating blows to the head while serving as a backup quarterback and was diagnosed with a severe concussion. 
He was told that there was a good chance that his football career would be finished.

Wildcats win thriller

Guy Dossi / Union Democrat Sonora Wildcat players Makenna Poole and Maddison Stevens (22) jump for a block Wednesday night against the Lincoln Trojans at Bud Castle Gym.
Sonora volleyball head coach Kim Evans huddled her Wildcats together before the fourth set Wednesday night at Bud Castle Gym and asked each of her players to raise their hands if they want to fight for “it.”
Sonora had just been outplayed in sets two and three by Lincoln of Stockton and trailed 2-1 after dominating the opening game. The Wildcats looked like anything but the reigning CIF State and two-time division IV Sac-Joaquin Section champs they are.


Bears volleyball sweeps at Waterford

The Summerville Bears volleyball team had a clean sweep on the road Tuesday night in Waterford. The Bears won in three sets 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.
Claire Caldera led the way with six kills, followed by Sarah Boyer and Grace Fulkerson with five kills.
Julian Craddock had 10 assists, and Fulkerson finished with nine.
“Tonight was our first program sweep, which is always exciting,” said Bears head coach Jennifer Osterhout. “We played like a team from start to finish. Tonight’s game was the first time we truly played our game and did not play at the other teams level. We went at our own pace, tried some new things offensively and kept swinging and communicated effectively through the whole match. This was a great way to end our pre-season before heading into our league opener at Argonaut.”

Cat golfers drop Lions

Sonora's Megan Popovich putts from the fringe on the second hole. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
The Sonora Wildcat girls’ golf team shot its lowest score of the season Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Linden Lions 200-221 at Mountain Springs Golf Club to earn a Valley Foothill League victory. Wildcats Megan Popovich and Amanda Mena tied for low score, each shot a 47, to earn medalist honors. Also scoring for Sonora were Emma Peller and Shelby Frame, each shot 53. The Wildcats are 3-1 in league play.

Wildcat volleyers defeat St. Mary's

Riley Patterson and Kelsie Evans had 16 and 10 kills, respectively, and the Sonora Wildcats volleyball team chopped down Division I private school St. Mary’s Tuesday night at Bud Castle Gym.

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