Swimming

Josh Martin, Sonora High School swimming coach for the past four years, said his team went undefeated in league this year — the fourth consecutive undefeated season for boys and third consecutive undefeated season for girls.

The Mother Lode League swimming championships were held on Friday at the Sonora High School Aquatic Center, which could affect the final results, Martin said Wednesday, but Sonora would likely be crowned Mother Lode League champions again.

“We’ve already won league with an undefeated record and we hope to bring home first place at the league championships as well,” he said.

Three girls have already qualified for individual events at sections by hitting qualifying times in their events.

Martin identified Emily VanNoord, a junior, who swims the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke; Megan Slater, a sophomore, who swims the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke; and Brielle Estwin, a junior, who swims the 100 breaststroke.

“Our main goal is constant improvement in their times, but obviously we take pride in winning all of our meets,” Martin said. “We define our season on how many kids can we send to sections and how many kids can we see a big time improvement from day one to the last day.”

Bret Harte High School swimming coach Katlyn Rugo, in her second season as coach, said her team had also qualified for sections in multiple relays.

Olivia Lily, a junior, also beat an 200 individual medley at the Southern Section Meet on March 30 with a time of 2:29.25, Rugo said.

Lily beat the record she had set already last year.

“It’s kind of exciting for her because she beat her record from the year before,” Rugo said. “I kind of see her only getting better.”

Summerville High School does not have a swim team.

The Calaveras High School athletic department did not respond to request for comment.

Softball

Summerville High School softball coach Justin Whitney, in his first season as coach, said rainy weather and game cancellations caused the season to be “unpredictable.”

During their game on Tuesday, he said Summerville eked out a 3-2 victory against Sonora High School, one of their main competitors, bringing their record to 2-3.

“The attitudes seem to be positive all the time no matter how the game is going,” he said. “There's a lot of work that needs to be done and the girls are working so we are getting there.”

Whitney said his standout players were Kaci Elkins, a junior third baseman, Blanca Nieves, a senior left fielder and a sophomore pitcher Savanah Egger.

The team had a game against Sonora High School at home on Friday.

“We hope to make it to the playoffs,” he said. “If we can go .500, I’ll be happy.”

Coaches for Calaveras High School, Bret Harte High School and Sonora High School could not be reached for comment.

Sonora High School junior varsity coach Mike Suess said his team has acted as a feeder system to varsity program in the past years, allowing the program to grow both in academics and on-field success.

According to standings on MaxPreps.com Friday morning, Calaveras High School leads the Mother Lode League with a 7-0 record.


Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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