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Calaveras County Sports Year in Review
A bitter defeat

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

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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 at Colfax, Oct. 25, 2018

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

The Calaveras High School volleyball team had won five matches in a row, which included a 3-2 victory over the Liberty Ranch Hawks in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball playoffs. After its first playoff victory, the No. 7 seeded Calaveras took the long drive to Colfax to take on the No. 2 Falcons.

Calaveras’ season came to an end in a 3-0 defeat.

By the way Calaveras started the evening, it didn’t feel as if it would be putting a bow on the season. With the opening set tied 6-6, Calaveras went on a 4-0 run, which included two kills from Sierra Reusche and Cameron Peterson. After a Colfax point, Calaveras extended its lead to 12-7 with a hit out of bounds and another kill from Peterson.

After a kill from sophomore Ava Saiers and an ace from junior Keelie Koepp, Calaveras led 15-10 and Colfax called a timeout to regroup. That timeout was the turning point of the night. When the teams returned to the floor, Colfax went on a 5-0 run to tie things up at 15-15.

The momentum was on Colfax’s side and even though Calaveras was able to get a few points, it wasn’t enough. Colfax ended the first set by outscoring Calaveras 8-1 for the 25-19 win.

After the tough first set, Calaveras was unable to regroup and Colfax took the final two sets for the win.

Calaveras girls’ basketball vs. Sonora, Jan. 8, 2019 

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

The Sonora High School girls’ basketball team has been a thorn in the side of Calaveras High School since the Wildcats joined the Mother Lode League in 2014. In that time, Calaveras has only two victories over Sonora.

In the opening game of the Mother Lode League season, Calaveras looked to buck its trend of losing to the Wildcats. Calaveras entered the night on a five-game winning streak and after the first quarter, led 13-10. Sonora outscored Calaveras 14-4 in the second quarter and led 24-17 at halftime. Calaveras got hot in the third quarter and after outscoring the Wildcats 13-8, entered the fourth quarter trailing 32-30.

In the fourth quarter, Calaveras went on an 8-0 run and led 38-32 with five minutes to play. Sonora fought back and tied the game 45-45, and neither team could score again before time expired. Junior Gabriella Malamed drained a 3-point basket to begin the overtime period and with 2:31 to play, Calaveras led 51-50. Sonora took the lead with two free throws and Calaveras couldn’t hit the game-winning shot and lost to the Wildcats 52-51 in overtime.

Bret Harte boys’ golf, May 2 and 6, 2019

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

Close, but no cigar, has not hurt any more than it hurt the Bret Harte High School golf team. In both the final Mother Lode League meet of the year, as well as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament, Bret Harte missed a first-place finish by a tiebreaker.

On May 2 at the Mother Lode League tournament at Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp, Bret Harte and Sonora battled down to the final stroke and each team finished with an overall score of 518. However, the Wildcats won the tiebreaker with the score of its sixth player. Bret Harte senior Kallen Dente earned medalist honors by shooting a 92, which was one stroke better than Sonora’s Hunter Hanson. The win gave Sonora the Mother Lode League championship and Bret Harte finished in second place.

On May 6 at the divisional tournament, Bret Harte again finished in a tie for first, and again lost via tiebreaker, this time to the Ripon Indians.

Bret Harte baseball vs. Calaveras, May 7, 2019 

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

All that the Bret Harte High School baseball team needed to do was win one game. One game separated the Bullfrogs from reaching the playoffs and that game came down to the final day of the regular season.

Bret Harte needed to knock off Calaveras, which it had previously defeated twice, and Amador needed to lose to Argonaut. Amador lost 8-6 and the Bullfrogs were three outs away from beating Calaveras, but couldn’t put their county rivals away as Calaveras won 7-5 in Angels Camp.

Bret Harte had a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning; that’s when Calaveras mounted its comeback. Calaveras senior Tyler Smith doubled and Logan Weatherby was hit by a pitch for the third time and Logan Lamborn walked to load the bases. After Marco Marcellino drove in one, sophomore Karson Cook smacked a double to give Calaveras a 7-5 lead.

Bret Harte loaded the bases with one away in the bottom of the frame, but Calaveras ended the game with a strikeout and a fly to center field.

Calaveras softball vs. Ripon, May 24, 2019

Year in Review: Toughest Losses

For the third year in a row, the Calaveras High School softball team reached the section title game, only to walk off the field without the ultimate prize.

No. 2 Calaveras lost to No. 1 Ripon 7-3 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship. Although Calaveras lost by four runs, there were plenty of opportunities to make some noise.

In the top of the second inning, Calaveras had runners on second and third and was unable to bring them home. In the third, the bases were loaded, but no runs came around to score.

Alanda Cardon went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI; Angelina DeLeon went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI; Madison Clark went 1 for 4; Alexis Dawe went 1 for 4; Bri Head went 1 for 4; MacKenna Steele, Jordyn Okumura and Eve Stockdale each scored one run. In the circle, Head pitched all six innings, allowing seven runs, although only five were earned. She gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out three in the loss.

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