The 2018-19 high school sports season has come and gone.
The year began on July 23, 2018, as the Bret Harte High School football team held a midnight practice at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp. The year came to an end on May 25, 2019, with the Calaveras High School softball team falling in the section championship game.
In 10 months of sporting events, there were plenty of moments, individual performances and memories that were created. Here are some of those moments from that time.
Calaveras volleyball vs. Sonora, Aug 30, 2018
Since the Sonora Wildcats entered the Mother Lode League in the fall of 2014, its volleyball team had not lost a league match. That’s four years of undefeated play. In fact, in those four years, Sonora only lost one league set. That’s no longer the case.
On the opening night of league play, Calaveras not only handed Sonora its first ever MLL loss, but it swept the four-time defending champions. Calaveras knocked off Sonora 25-19, 25-16 and 26-24 at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.
Sophomore Jenna Brotherton led the way offensively with five kills, one assist and 14 digs. Cameron Peterson was 11 for 12 serving with two aces. She also had a team-high six kills. Sierra Reusche had three kills and five blocks. Junior Keelie Koepp was 9 for 11 serving with one ace and she recorded 17 digs. Muriel Strange had four blocks and two kills. And sophomore Ava Saiers was 11 for 11 serving with one kill and a team-high 17 assists.
Calaveras football vs. Amador, Sept. 28, 2018
On a night that featured a total of 608 yards, it’s only fitting that the game would be decided by the three yards that weren’t picked up. The Amador Buffaloes had scored with one minute to play and cut Calaveras’ lead to 29-27. Amador had to go for two.
With the ball resting on Calaveras’ 3-yard line, the outcome of the game came down to one 2-point conversion attempt. Three yards stood between Calaveras winning its third game in a row and handing Amador its first loss of the season.
Amador could not convert the 2-point conversion as quarterback Gunner Drake’s pass sailed out of the back of the end zone. Calaveras held on for the 29-27 win at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
Calaveras led 15-0 after a touchdown pass from Kade Overley to Nolan Dart and then an 18-yard touchdown run by John Arbuckle. Amador cut the lead to 15-14, but Calaveras got a 2-yard score from Arbuckle and then a 13-yard touchdown from Clayton Moore. Moore rushed for 130 yards. As a team, Calaveras rushed for 295 yards and held Amador to only 52 on the ground.
Bret Harte boys’ basketball vs. Big Valley Christian, Dec. 29, 2018
Heading into the 14th annual Big Valley Christian Holiday Classic, Bret Harte was sitting with an overall record of 3-9 and was in desperate need of anything that would give a slight boost heading into the beginning of Mother Lode League play. Bret Harte got exactly what it needed.
For the second year in a row, the Bullfrogs left the Big Valley Christian Holiday Classic as champions. For the first time all year, Bret Harte won three games in a row, but had to come back from a 16-point deficit in the championship game in order to win it all. The Bullfrogs beat Big Valley Christian 51-49 in the final game.
Senior Michael Costa had a monster night, scoring 28 points with five rebounds, three assists and going 9 for 12 from the free-throw line. Junior Jaden Bitner scored 12, with four boards and was a perfect 4 for 4 in free throws. Karson Kirk and Ryan Kraft each scored four points, while Cameron Silva added three with eight rebounds.
Costa was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Calaveras boys’ basketball at Sonora, Jan. 8, 2019
It’s safe to say that the Calaveras boys’ basketball team stunned the Sonora Wildcats. Calaveras entered Mother Lode League play on a three-game losing streak and had to face Sonora, which had won three in a row and had 14 total victories.
With 41 seconds to play and Sonora leading Calaveras by two, sophomore Connor Arnold grabbed a defensive rebound and passed the ball up the floor to Tevin Azavedo, who then made a pass from the corner to senior John Millsaps, who was resting at the wing. With time about to expire, Millsaps drained a 3-point basket at the buzzer to beat the Wildcats 52-51 at Bud Castle Gym in Sonora.
Junior Shawn Mantz led Calaveras with 13 points, followed by Tyler Adams with 12, Arnold had 11 and Millsaps had 8, including the game-winner.
Bret Harte girls’ soccer vs. Calaveras, Jan. 17, 2019
Calaveras had the game in the bag. After battling the Bret Harte Bullfrogs for nearly 80 minutes in a constant downpour, all Calaveras had to do was let the final seconds run off the clock for a 1-0 road victory.
With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, the Bullfrogs tried one final time to tie things up. And for the first time all night, Bret Harte was able to sneak one past Calaveras’ goalkeeper off of a header from Emily Trent to tie at 1-1. That was the final big play of the night as Bret Harte and Calaveras played to a 1-1 tie in the rain at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp.
Calaveras got its only goal with 18 minutes to play in the game. Bret Harte goalkeeper Mini Avila made a jumping save and then dived to make another quick save. As a result of her diving save, the ball rolled right to Calaveras senior Alyssa Davis, who poked the ball into the back of the net for the first score of the night.
Avila later supplied the assist to Trent for the tying goal.