Union Democrat reports

J.W. Dauth scored 29 points and grabbed 24 rebounds Tuesday to help lead the Tioga Timberwolves over their hosts, the Lodi Academy Titans, 67-59 in the Mountain Valley League opener for both teams.

Tioga jumped out to a 19-11 lead after the first period but held a one point lead, 30-29, at halftime. The Timberwolves extended the lead to eight in the third quarter and held the Titans at bay.

“We had a few players out do to sickness, but were able to get the win,” said Tioga head coach Billy Hilton. “There were spurts where we played really well. There were spurts where we played rather poorly. If we can be more consistent, we will have a chance to win a lot of games.”

Jack Pomeroy scored 18 points, hauled in seven rebounds and made four steals, Austin Pruitt netted 13 points and made four steals, Mike Ridgley scored five and Dauth dished three assists.

“With our other big Josh Skelley feeling under the weather, other guys had to step up,” Hilton said. “J.W. cleaned up the glass on both ends, and Jack was a force on the offensive boards.”

Tioga (4-2, 1-0 MVL), next plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Don Pedro.

Baker, Santos combine for 35 points, lead Wildcats over Amador

The Sonora Wildcat girls, the defending Mother Lode League basketball champions, started conference play Tuesday with a 62-24 blowout of the Amador Buffaloes at Bud Castle Gym in Sonora.

Caitlin Baker and Haylie Santos combined for 35 points and seven 3-pointers to lead the Wildcat offense.

Baker netted 19 points and grabbed five steals and Santos scored 16 and hit four 3-pointers.

“They shot the lights out and Caitlin had some hustle plays that turned into points,” said Wildcat head coach Amy Emerald.

Sha’nece Garrett added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Makenna Poole brought down nine rebounds for Sonora (10-2, 1-0 MLL).

The Wildcats next will visit Summerville at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Summerville girls’ hoops runs overall record to 9-2

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball team started MLL play Tuesday night with a 55-20 road win over Linden.

Junior Delaney Rodgers led Summerville with 11 points.

“She was amazing,” said head coach Greg Smith. “She is our Swiss army knife. She played point guard, center and whatever we needed her to do. She’s so smart, so she can run just about anything.”

Emili Rico and Grace Fulkerson each scored 10 points and Herrera added seven.

“It was fun basketball,” Smith said. “They all shared the ball extremely unselfishly. We had a lot of possession where all five players touched the ball. We played terrific defense.”

On Friday, Summerville got a 60-29 win over Johansen Friday night in Tuolumne.

Freshman Serafina Peterson scored 12 points, had 10 rebounds and had eight steals and Karina Herrera scored 13 points, pulled down 10 boards, dished five assists and collected six steals.

The Bears (9-2, 1-0 MLL) will be tested on Friday as they host the Sonora Wildcats.

Wildcat boys get defensive in victory over Buffaloes

After giving up the most points in the Mother Lode League last season, the Sonora Wildcats boys’ basketball team has its attention focused this year on defense.

And that attention to defense paid off Tuesday with a 72-26 shellacking of the Amador Buffaloes in Sutter Creek.

“We’re hanging our hat on defense this year,” said Wildcat head coach Dan Dona.

Sonora scored 48 first half points, including a 20-0 run in the second quarter to lead 48-15 at halftime.

The Wildcats also limited the Buffaloes to just two points in the final period.

Jace Decker scored 15 points to lead all scorers, Nate Patterson added 14 and Damian Kress 11 as the Wildcats won their seventh in a row. Patterson added six assists and Decker dished four. Jacob Storm lead the Wildcats with five rebounds.

Also for Sonora (10-3, 1-0 MLL) Kaden Sparks-Davis had eight points, including a pair of 3s, and Kane Rodgers hit a pair from long distance.

Sonora next will host Summerville at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tuolumne.

Sonora soccer boys tie Amador in muddy mess

The Sonora Wildcat boys soccer team has a whole new appreciation for the remodeled Dunlavy Field.

The Wildcats went on the road Tuesday night to face the Amador Buffaloes and played at Ione Junior High, some 30 minutes away from Sutter Creek, due to field conditions and came away with a scoreless tie.

Amador’s field was essentially destroyed from the football season.

“There’s no grass on it at all,” said Wildcat head coach Qani Berisha. “And the field we played on, never in my life have I seen a field like that much less play on it. The ball wouldn’t travel due to the mud.”

Sonora dominated the first half and had several opportunities to score but the conditions made it tough to finish, Berisha said.

“I appreciate the soccer field at Sonora very much,” he added.

The Wildcats next will host the Summerville Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dunlavy Field.

Bret Harte boys fall behind Argonaut early, can’t catch up

Bret Harte was good in the second and third quarters Tuesday night, but the Bullfrogs were not good in the first and fourth periods resulting in a 55-43 Mother Lode League-opening loss to Argonaut in Jackson.

The Mustangs jumped out to an 18-9 lead after the first eight minutes but the Bullfrogs went on a 32-26 run over the next two periods to make it a three-point deficit, 44-41, heading into the final quarter.

Sophomore Michael Costa lead the Bullfrogs with 17 points. Inderpal Dhaliwal added nine points, Reece Paris six, Colin Preston and Bucky Sewell four each and Jimmy Brechtel hit a 3-pointer. Nolan Brown grabbed 10 rebounds and Wyatt Lawson dished three assists.

The Bullfrogs made just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc, including Costa making four in eight tries.

Bret Harte next will host the Amador Buffaloes at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Angels Camp.

Summerville soccer boys start MLL with loss vs. Linden

The Summerville Bears boys’ soccer team battled the Linden Lions along with the weather Tuesday night and couldn’t conquer either. Summerville dropped the first game of the Mother Lode League season 3-1 in Tuolumne.

Linden scored the only goal off the first half with a major assist from Summerville. Within 30 seconds of the opening kickoff, the Bears tried to clear the ball from its own territory and, as a result of the wet conditions, shanked the ball into their own net.

Summerville tied the game in the second half with help from Linden. The Bears attempted a corner kick and the ball deflected off a Linden player and hit the back of the Lions’ net to bring the score to 1-1.

The tie didn’t last as another Summerville slip while trying to clear the ball resulted in Linden’s second goal. The Lions added a late goal to put the game away.

“Overall, forget the weather, we played really well,” said Summerville head coach Dave Reel. “We actually dominated them for quite some time. We got eight corner kicks to their two. We were playing some good ball. Some decent soccer was getting played and I was impressed with what the boys were doing.”

Reel also had high praise for the defensive play of Hunter Kronholm, Jesse Hart-Mcneal and the goalkeeping of Paul Bruce. Offensively, Reel thought he got great work out of Hunter Anderson and Justin Noonan.

“Even though we didn’t get the win, it was a good measuring stick for us,” Reel said. “Overall, our whole team played well.”

JV — The Summerville Bears junior varsity team lost to Linden 6-0.

Bears boys hoopsters defeat Linden in Tuolumne

The Summerville Bears boys’ basketball team held the Linden Lions to zero points in the third quarter, which helped lock up a 50-34 win Tuesday night in Tuolumne.

Summerville led 12-11 after the first quarter and took a 22-16 lead into halftime. The Bears outscored Linden 11-0 in the third quarter for a 33-16 lead. The Lions scored 18 in the final quarter, but it was too little, too late.

Junior Kyle Norton finished the night with a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Luke Fulkerson led Summerville with 13 points and Dawson Robles added 10.

Summerville (4-9, 1-0 MLL) returns to the hardwood today to face Franklin on the road and plays Friday against the Wildcats in Sonora.

Summerville JV girls win 2 of 3 to finish preseason

The Summerville Bears junior varsity girls’ basketball team ended preseason Dec. 30 with a 6-3 record.

They won two of their last three, beating Delhi 55-11 on DEc. 20, Riverbank 57-21 on Dec. 28 before losing 32-30 to Johansen, of Modesto.

Against Delhi, Kaci Elkins scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Delaney O’Shea scored seven and hauled in seven boards and Blanca Nieves netted nine points.

Against Riverbank, Vanessa Anderson scored 13 points and brought down a whopping 18 rebounds, Nieves scored 12 and had eight rebounds, Abigail Clark had 10 rebounds and Elkins added 13 boards.

In the Bears loss, MacKenzie Skinner scored seven and grabbed eight rebounds, O’Shea netted seven, Elkins had 12 boards and Joelle Ortmann had seven rebounds.

“Too much height for us to contend with resulting in poor shooting, but the girls battled back in the 4th quarter to make it a very exciting game,” said Bears head coach Darcy Wingo.

The Bears begin Mother Lode League play Friday against Sonora. Linden dropped its JV team so the Bears will play 10 league games this season.

“We finished 6-3 but the MLL teams will be very tough, especially Sonora, Calaveras, and Amador,” Wingo said. “Argonaut and Bret Harte will also be very difficult for us to match up with, but we are looking forward to all the games.”

Summerville soccer girls earn 5-4 win over Linden

The rain and couldn’t stop the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team as they defeated Linden 5-4 Tuesday night in Linden.

The Bears got two goals from Kennedy Brockett, and one from Grace Davis, Candace Olson and Mikayle Gourley.

The Bears (5-3-1, 1-0-0 MLL) host Sonora at 7 p.m. Thursday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.

S’ville JV soccer tops Linden

The Summerville Bears girls’ junior varsity soccer team battled through the rain and mud to defeat Linden 3-1 Tuesday night in Linden.

Summerville jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead and added one more goal in the final 40 minutes for the win.

The Bears got goals from Bella Houston, Rachel Tyler and Madison Mitchell. The defense was led by goalkeeper Lorena Martinez and back Joselyn Gregston, Jazmine Ramos, Katie Reel and Ashley Reel.

JV Bears hoops picks up win

A strong fourth quarter, where the Summerville Bears junior varsity team outscored the Linden Lions 32-16, was enough to pick up a 76-61 win Tuesday night in Tuolumne.

The Bears jumped out to a 24-18 first quarter lead, but trailed 34-31 at halftime. Each team scored 11 points in the third and the Bears were lown 45-42 heading into the final eight minutes.

Mitchell Prevost led Summerville with 20 points. Octavian Hernandez scored 15, Adam Sweitzer added 13, Colby West tallied 11 and Marcus Warnock scored 10.

Summerville faces Franklin today and Sonora Friday. Both games are on the road.

Calaveras JV girls hoopsters wallop Future High

The Calaveras junior varsity girls hoopsters got 16 points from Lindsey Gaspers and 15 from Kylie Alurcon and crushed Future High 69-7 at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.

Also for Calaveras, Marley Morehouse scored eight points, Skyler Cooper six, Muriel Strange six, Avery Cooper four, Jaedyn Silve had four points and five rebounds, Gabriela Malamed scored four, Mariana Airola had four and Rebecca Butler dished three assists.

Wildcat JV boys bury Buffaloes in Sutter Creek

The Sonora Wildcat junior varsity boys cruised past the Amador Buffaloes 64-28 Tuesday in Sutter Creek.

The Wildcats pulled away after leading 25-12 at halftime.

Austen Patterson and Evan Bearden each scored 12 points and Gus Marinovich added eight for the Wildcats (11-1, 1-0 MLL).