Girls water polo

The Sonora varsity girls water polo team defeated Amador 20-1 on Tuesday at Sonora High School and the Wildcats improved to 9-4 overall, and 1-0 in Mother Lode League play.

Top scorers so far this season are junior attacker Megan Slater and senior center Emily Van Noord, Wildcats coach Matt Personius said Wednesday. Top defensive players so far for Sonora include seniors Taetum Arnett, Kayla Landman, and Van Noord.

The Sonora varsity girls are seeking a third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.

On Saturday at Sonora High School, the Wildcats took on Davis High School, the top-ranked varsity girls water polo team in the Sac-Joaquin Section, and one of the best teams in Northern California, Personius said.

“They’re number one, they’re legit,” Personius said. “We played them very well three of the four quarters. It was 2-1 after the first, 6-5 after two, then Davis opened up a wide differential 5-0 to lead 11-5 after three, and it was 14-6 at the end. I was pretty happy with how we played against them overall. We’re making progress.”

Sonora played Thursday night against Calaveras at Sonora High School. Davis and Sonora are both taking part in the Grizzly Invitational at American River College in Sacramento County this Friday and Saturday. Personius said 18 teams will be at the Grizzly Invitational, and Sonora will play Sanger, Drake, Encinal, and Oak Ridge.


The Summerville varsity volleyball team lost to Calaveras, 3-2, at Calaveras on Tuesday. The Bears also defeated Argonaut at Argonaut 3-0 on Sept. 26, and they beat Bret Harte 3-0 at Summerville on Sept. 24.

The Bears played Thursday night against Amador at Summerville, and will play next Tuesday against Sonora at Sonora. Summerville is 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Mother Lode League play so far this year.

The Sonora Wildcats varsity volleyball team beat Amador 3-0 on Tuesday in Sutter Creek, and lost 3-0 to Calaveras on Sept. 26 in San Andreas. It was Sonora’s first Mother Lode League loss of the year.

The Wildcats are now 12-5 overall and 7-1 in league play so far this season. They played Thursday night against Bret Harte at Sonora High School, and will play Tuesday against Summerville at Sonora.

Cross country

Sonora Wildcats runners Adin Dibble and Clayton Franco again placed well in another 5,000 meters event Saturday at the Capital Cross Challenge staged at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.

Dibble, a sophomore, finished second out of 353 runners in the unseeded varsity boys race, in 15 minutes 45.6 seconds.

Franco, a junior, finished fifth in the same event, in 16 minutes 15.3 seconds.

Wildcats juniors Kyle Smith and Adam Aldrich finished 118th and 167th, respectively.

Upcoming competition for Sonora cross country runners include Saturday at the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational and Oct. 12 at the Asics Clovis XC Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno.

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