MLL SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT

archive_import

By DAN GOLDMAN

After watching other leagues around the Sac-Joaquin Section begin conference play two weeks ago, the Summerville High School boys' and girls' basketball teams will finally get a chance to see how they stack up against their own when the Mother Lode League portion of their schedules begins tonight

Because the MLL is down to six teams from last year's seven after Brookside Christian of Stockton's switch to the Southern League, teams from around the MLL will be playing their first conference games of the season tonight while a majority of teams from surrounding leagues will be into the fourth game of their league schedules.

Making the late start all the more frustrating for Summerville is the fact that both the boys' and girls' teams are coming off of strong preseasons and have legitimate shots of repeating their dual successes of 1991, when both teams won MLL titles with records of 10-0 and 9-1, respectively.

Although Summerville's boys are off to a 12-5 start, including quality wins over Sonora and Hilmar and a strong performance in a loss to defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Encina of Sacramento, they may have a tougher row to hoe than the girls because of the league's overall strength.

"Overall, this might be the strongest the league has ever been since I've been here," said Marlen Ronten, who has coached the Summerville boys' team since 1975. "Usually, there are a couple of teams that are down, but this year, everybody looks really good."

Perennial contenders like Summerville, defending champion Amador (9-5) and Bret Harte (8-9) have all fared well playing bigger schools during the preseason. But they expect to be pushed by up-and-coming Linden (9-6), Argonaut (6-11), and, more than any other, Calaveras (11-4).

"Calaveras looks like it could be the surprise team," Ronten said of the Redskins, who won the Linden Tournament and finished second in their own. "They used to have a great basketball tradition, and now I think they're starting to turn the tide again and becoming pretty competitive."

11704172
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Monday August 29, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Calaveras High School moving on without a mascot

08/23/2016

Some of the most iconic figures go by only one name. Prince. ... more

Sonora dominates Oakdale for 1st time in a decade

08/27/2016

The scene was almost surreal. Sonora celebrating after playing Oakdale. Wildcat players ... more

Bears rally to beat Coyotes in Denair

08/27/2016

DENAIR — The first time the Summerville Bears touched the ball and ... more

Wildcats try to break losing streak against Mustangs

08/25/2016

Maximillian Walker has been around Sonora football for as long as anyone ... more

Traditional powerhouse wants to get back MLL title

08/23/2016

The last time Calaveras High School played two consecutive seasons without winning ... more