The Union Democrat Sports Department

Volleyball Bears beat Argo to move into first place alone

The Summerville Bears volleyball team moved into first place all alone in the Mother Lode League on Tuesday with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 15-25, 26-24) home victory over Argonaut.

"We played really well in the first two sets and let up in the next two," said Bears head coach Kristy Dwyer. "The girls played fairly error free in games 1 and 2 and really struggled with hitting, communicating, and passing in Game 3. We picked up our play at the beginning of Game 4 and jumped out to a 8-2 lead and then started making unforced errors and let them right back into the match. Argonaut (5-2 MLL) went on a 12-3 run in Game 4, but the team pulled through and won.

"We struggled with not putting teams away when we had them down last year and we started to fall back into that habit tonight, but we are certainly happy with the win."

For Summerville (6-1 MLL), Caitie Egger smacked 12 kills and had a block, Bella Bachtelle had eight kills and a block, Courtney Robinson had seven kills, Breann Robinson served 15 for 15 with an ace and also had 21 assists and two blocks, Taylor Leslie had 19 digs, Nikki Christie served 15 for 15 with nine points and had 13 digs and Ashley Gamber served for eight points.

The Bears next will host Calaveras on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Bullfrog volleyers topple Amador

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs volleyball squad earned a 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 14-25, 25-18) victory over host Amador on Tuesday.

"It was probably the cleanest game we've played there since I've been coaching," said Bullfrog head coach Richard Juarez. "We played a real solid game, like we should play."

For Bret Harte (4-3 MLL), Kylie Kester served 21 for 22 with three aces and also had 10 kills and 14 digs, Kelsey Switzer smacked nine kills, Erika Rasmussen had six kills and three blocks, Jessica Rapetti had 18 digs and Brittany Schulte set 109 for 109 with 30 assists.

The Bullfrogs next will host Argonaut on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Bears get soccerwin over Argonaut

Gabe Zubek scored twice and was a whistle away from a hat trick to help lead the Summerville Bears soccer team to a 2-0 road victory on Tuesday over the Argonaut Mustangs.

After Braden Anderson earned a penalty kick in the 15th minute of the first half, Zubek converted for a quick lead.

Shortly after, Zubek got a nice through pass from his brother Garrison Zubek and put in his second goal.

Late in the game, Gabe Zubek stole the ball and faced a one-on-one breakaway situation with the goalie but the referee blew the game-ending whistle with Zubek gearing up for a shot.

"I'm really proud of our guys tonight," said Bears head coach Dave Reel. "Gabe played great and Braden Anderson ... he's just a freshman and he's working heavily up top and creating opportunities. He's working real hard to get that ball and giving us a lot of chances. Overall, we played well and our defense was led by Kai Bannister. It was a solid game throughout."

The Bears (3-4-1 MLL) next will host Calaveras on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cat soccer fallsat rival Oakdale

The Sonora Wildcats lost a 6-1 soccer decision on Tuesday to host Oakdale.

The Wildcats (1-3-2 Valley Oak League) trailed 2-0 at halftime and 3-0 before Kasey Carajan scored off a free kick from Shane Hopper.

"The game really felt closer the the score," said Wildcat head coach Lloyd Longeway. "The kids played hard but we just didn't get any breaks and they are a good team."

Sonora next will play at Weston Ranch on Friday.

Tioga volleyers sweep Stockton Chr.

The Tioga Timberwolves volleyball team ran it's Mountain Valley League-leading record to 9-1 on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-22) road victory over Stockton Christian.

"It wasn't a thing of beauty, but as we move into the second half of our season, we'll take any win," said Tioga head coach Tim Donovan. "We just continue to make too many unforced errors and will look to gain focus and eliminate that phase of our game. We'll again emphasize those problems in practice and hopefully will get them to a tolerable level."

Tioga was led by the serving of seniors Taylor Powell and Brianna Deckard with 15 and nine points, respectively, and sophomore Sabrina Deckard with seven service points. Junior Brittany Williams contributed seven kills, while Sabrina Deckard added five kills.

Tioga next plays at Ben Holt Academy in Stockton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Timberwolves soccer tops Mountain Oaks

The Tioga Timberwolves soccer team defeated visiting Mountain Oaks 5-3 on Monday.

In the seventh minute, Tioga received a free kick that Katelyn Dauth lofted in to Layne McCoy who shot it past the Eagle keeper.

Mountain Oaks was the recipient of an inadvertent own goal in the 19th minute to tie the game.The Eagles went ahead 2-1 in the 31st minute.

The T-Wolves tied the game eight minutes later when Luis Alecio crossed a ball to McCoy at the far post.

Just one minute into the second half, Tioga went up 3-2 when Alecio beat the Eagle keeper to a 50-50 ball.

Mountain Oaks tied the game in the 51st minute.

McCoy got his first ever hat trick in the 68th minute after receiving a through pass from Alecio. McCoy wasn't done scoring. In the seventh minute he volleyed in a cross from Matt Spring for goal No. 4.

"On defense, Justin Brown stepped up his game with the help of Brett Woods and Nick Eslick," said Tioga head coach Doug West. "Dauth had four steals and keeper Johny Amoruso made seven saves. Our midfielders Spring, Scott Pomeroy and Josh Pollock took control of the game in the second half."

Wildcat JV gridders rip Lathrop 47-0

The Sonora Wildcat junior varsity football team demolished Lathrop 47-0 on Friday at Dunlavy Field.

The Cats had 10 different ball carriers contribute 319 rushing yards.

The top ball rushers were: Lane Mierop 74 yards with three touchdowns, Zack Atwood had 61 yards and two TDs, Billy Kiriluk had 65 yards and Josiah Lopez and Mayson Boyd each scored.

"The defense was led by linebackers Kiriluk, Brandon Phelan, and defensive tackle Zerek Saldivar, forced three turnovers and held Lathrop to only three first downs," said head coach Jeremy MacDonald. "Defensive ends Jason Sergent and Aaron Norstrom had great games as well.

"What was great about this game was every player on the team got to contribute a lot to this win. Our focus going into this game all week was discipline. We made a lot of mistakes against Weston Ranch and these guys really worked hard to make sure we didn't get sloppy against Lathrop. We only had three negative plays and zero turnovers."

Freshmen Cats defeated by Lancers

The Sonora freshmen volleyball team lost 2-1 (25-14, 22-25, 13-15) to East Union on Monday at Bud Castle Gym.

For Sonora (4-2 VOL),team captain Kailie Fredricksonserved15 for 15 with an aceand also had 39 assists, Kristin Chormicle served 6 for 8 with an ace, Erika Ramage served 5 for 6 with two aces, Erin Smith served 4 for 4 with two aces, Michele Parsons had 10 hits with four kills, Chelsea Carter had sixhits with two kills and a block, Maddison Stevens had two kills and two blocks, Gabby Stewart had seven hits with two kills, Keeley Benton served 3 for 4 and had two kills, Lindsey Moore served 6 for 6 with an ace and Haley Rusth hadfour serve receives.