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Preps roundup: Tioga, Sonora ‘Cats start league play


The Sonora High School girls varsity team is off to a strong start in Mother Lode League action after cruising to a win this week against Amador, 64-46.

Caitlin Baker led all scorers with 17 points. She also had six rebounds and six steals, said head coach Amy Emerald. Shanece Garrett had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Haylie Santos had 13 points, eight steals and four assists. Riley Hessler added 12 points and six rebounds.

The team was on the road for the Pitman Holiday Classic tournament last week where they earned their way into the championship game

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The Sonora High School girls varsity team is off to a strong start in Mother Lode League action after cruising to a win this week against Amador, 64-46.

Caitlin Baker led all scorers with 17 points. She also had six rebounds and six steals, said head coach Amy Emerald. Shanece Garrett had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Haylie Santos had 13 points, eight steals and four assists. Riley Hessler added 12 points and six rebounds.

The team was on the road for the Pitman Holiday Classic tournament last week where they earned their way into the championship game against Lodi. They lost 69-47 and finished second in the annual event.

Junior Shanece Garrett led the team with 16 points, and added eight rebounds. Senior Haylie Santos had 14 points and four assists. Freshman Jessica Berry had 13 points and led the team with her 12 rebounds.

Santos and Berry were both named to the all-tournament team.

The Wildcats will take on cross-town rival Summerville tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bud Castle Gym.

Sonora girls junior varsity basketball

The girls junior varsity team had an impressive night defensively as they rolled to a win over Amador, 57-22.

“We have had an excellent pre-season this year,” said head coach Jim Stead. “The girls have worked hard and are playing as a team.”

Jacey Hawkins had her first league double-double. She also had seven assists and four steals. Shekinah Calindas had 19 points and six steals. Karissa Watkins had 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and a block.

The junior varsity team will play tonight at 6 p.m. ahead of the varsity game at Bud Castle Gym.

Sonora boys varsity basketball

The boys varsity team also won their league game against Amador this week, 66-53.

The win moved them to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in league.

The leading scorer was Jace Decker with 21. Damian Kress had 12 and Mitchell Camacho and Austin Patterson each had seven.

Next up for the ‘Cats is their rivalry game against Summerville. The Bears will host the game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Sonora girls varsity soccer

In soccer action, the Sonora girls varsity team beat section champions Amador High School, 4-3. And they did it on the road in their MLL opener.

“Sonora went up first with a quick goal from Mikaela Patterson, set up by a beautiful cross from Reese Parkan,” said coach Kurt Wolken. “Amador answered with two goals of their own, and Brenna Canepa tied it back up late in the first half.”

Patterson gave the ‘Cats the go-ahead goal early in the second half. Amador came back with a successful penalty kick, evening the score at 3-3.

“With 12 minutes left, junior Bella Patterson put the ‘Cat’s back on top for good,” Wolken said.

Junior goalkeeper Mariaa Montano had nine saves, the Wildcats’ defense backed her up, smothering the Amador attack.

Sonora boys varsity soccer

The Wildcat boys won 3-1 over Amador in league play.

Scoring for Sonora were Jordan Youngblood, Ryan Bowman and Riley Keaster. Keeper Cole Parish had 17 saves. The boys junior varsity team lost to Amador 4-2.

Tioga girls varsity basketball

The Tioga High School girls varsity basketball team crushed Delta Charter in their first Mountain Valley League game of the season, 56-25. Sophomore Raeanna Bertram improved her points per game stat to 12.7 with her 33-point game.

Bertram also had an impressive nine three-pointers which is a single game record for Tioga, said head coach Jesse Bertram.

She broke her own record of eight set two weeks ago.

This season she has 47 three-pointers, which is also a single season record, said Bertram.

The previous record was 40.

Also contributing on offense was senior Ada Pollock, with 11 points, 10 steals, four rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Monika Medina had eight points, three steals and four rebounds.

Senior Hailei Belvail had four points, five steals and 14 rebounds.

Senior Summer Avery had 11 rebounds and four assists.

“It was a great game all around we pressured the ball on defense and was patient on offense,” said Bertram. “We only had 10 total turnovers for the game when we normally average twice that.”

The Timberwolves next play at home on Friday, Jan. 12 against Turlock Christian at 5 p.m.

Tioga boys varsity basketball

Tioga’s varsity boys team also beat fellow league team Delta Charter this week, 49-45.

Senior Cole Seal lead the team with 17 points.

He had two-three-pointers, went 1-2 from the line and had five steals.

Senior Colten Lessley had 16 points, was 4-6 from the line and had two steals.

Lessley is averaging more than 18 points per game, a team high.

The boys varsity team is on the road until they play a league game against Humphreys Able Charter at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at home.